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Louisville hit by Mitsubishi Ki-51 special attack aircraft, Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands, 6 Jan 1945

Caption     Louisville hit by Mitsubishi Ki-51 special attack aircraft, Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands, 6 Jan 1945 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-363217
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Photos on Same Day 6 Jan 1945
Photos at Same Place Philippines
Added By C. Peter Chen

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Gareth Horvath says:
15 Jan 2013 04:04:57 PM

My father's first cousin Andrew Gall Junior was killed on board the Louisville on 6 Jan 1945 most likely at the time of this photograph.
2. Mary Moore Smith says:
8 Dec 2017 06:08:44 PM

Just recently found out about my Father Harold Moore was on this ship at this time. Brave Men ❤️
3. gayle bland osborn says:
4 Jan 2018 05:18:11 AM

my 92-yr-old father was on this ship at the very time of this battle. I have heard the story but to actually see a picture is a completely different experience. God bless those lost as well as those who survived.
4. Craig Adam says:
9 Aug 2021 10:35:29 PM

The gun turret that was hit in this picture was was replaced in Mare Island Naval Shipyard with a spare turret so the ship could be turned around and back to battle. The original turret was repaired and left sitting on the docks. In the mid 1950's the turret found a new life as an armored test platform in the Nevada Atomic Test Grounds.
5. Robert says:
2 Apr 2023 02:37:27 PM

My dad, W.L. Stephenson, was a radioman on the Louisville, worked high up in the radio shack. During one of, I understand two, Kamikaze hits he was given a 15 minute lunch break. He lived and his replacement did not. That’s the story. I wonder who it was that died in that 15 minute twist of fate. I’m here in part because of that. Thanks to the unity of the country -24/7- and all those guys and gals who worked so hard and risked and gave their lives. Imagine the demons they had to live with, yet so few complaints.

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