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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

April 25, 1944 Zone

Steaming as before.

0020 Took station No. 4 in antisubmarine screen 59, CONCORD guide. Changed base course to 300 T & G, 303 psc.

0500 Changed base course to 120 T & G, 103 psc. by countermarch.

0520 Commenced zig-zagging.

0800 Position Latitude 53 19 N. Longitude 173 23 E.

0947 Took station #4 in antiaircraft screen 73, CONCORD guide in circle center. Steaming various courses and speeds simulating evasive

maneuvers

1158 Completed exercises, commenced standing toward Massacre Bay, Attu.

1229 Passed Massacre Bay east channel entrance buoys abeam to port, distant 300 yards. Commenced proceeding through channel.

1318 Anchored in 14 fathoms of water in berth D-l3, Massacre Bay. S.O.P.A. is CTF 9 4 in CONCORD.

1513 Underway, steaming various courses and speeds, proceeding alongside U.S.S. BRAZOS to fuel.

1530 Moored port side to BRAZOS.

1640 Completed fueling, underway, steaming various courses and speeds, proceeding to anchorage.

1651 Anchored in 15 fathoms off water in Massacre Bay, Attu.

 

April 26, 1944 Zone description plus ten:

Anchored as before.

 

April 27, 1944 Zone description plus ten:

Anchored as before.

1356 Underway in company with DesDiv 97 in accordance with CTF 94 mailgram 262025 of April, 1944. OTC is CDS 49 in PICKING. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay and conducting tactical exercises south of Attu.

1700 Formed in scouting line, natural order normal to base course, scouting distance 2 miles. PICKING guide. Base course 165 T&G,

164 psc.

1725 Commenced zig-zagging according to plan.

1748 Changed base course to 230 T&G, 237 psc. Readjusted scouting line to bearing normal to base course.

1800 Ceased zig-zagging. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds investigating underwater sound contact.

1816 Results of investigation negative, resumed base course 230 T&G, 237 psc., speed 15 knots.

1902 Changed speed to 17 knots.

2000 Position Latitude 51 54 N. Longitude 171 51 E.

2241 Changed base course to 080 T&G, 039 psc.

2246 Changed base course to 230 T&G, 237 psc.

 

April 28, 1944 Zone description plus ten:

Steaming as before.

0000 Changed base course to 040 T&G, 03l psc.

0213 WILLIAM D. PORTER reported radar contact bearing 143 T, distant 32 miles. No investigation made.

0440 Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 220 T, distant 56 miles.

0550 Ceased zig-zagging.

0600 Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting torpedo, aircraft tracking and smoke exercises.

0800 Position Latitude 52 34 N. Longitude 172 32 E.

1010 Joined company with DesDiv 98.

1200 Position Latitude 52 08 N. Longitude 172 22 E.

2000 Position Latitude 52 43 N. Longitude 171 19 E.

2146 Completed exercises. Took station as guide in antisubmarine cruising formation; remaining ships forming antisubmarine screen 58.

Base course 340 T&G, 343 psc. Speed 15 knots.

2230 Commenced zigzagging.

2300 Changed base course to 270 T&G, 276 psc.

 

April 29, 1944 Zone description plus ten:

Steaming as before.

0200 Changed base course to 113 T&G, 108 psc. by countermarch.

0744 Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while conducting smoke exercises in vicinity of Attu.

0800 Position Latitude 52 24 N. Longitude 171 59 E.

1010 Formed antiaircraft screen 72, PICKING guide in circle center. Exercised at evasive maneuvers.

1105 Commenced standing toward Massacre Bay, Attu.

1150 Passed Massacre Bay south channel entrance buoy abeam to port distant 200 yards.

1216 Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-12, Massacre Bay. S.O.P.A. is CTF 9 4 in CONCORD.

1939 Underway, steaming various courses and speeds proceeding alongside U.S.S. BRAZOS to fuel.

1957 Moored port side to BRAZOS at buoy #3, Massacre Bay. Commenced fueling.

2050 Underway having completed fueling. Steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to anchorage.

2100 Anchored in 15 fathoms of water berth D-l2, Massacre Bay.

 

April 30, 1944 Zone description plus ten:

Anchored as before.

 

May 1, 1944 Zone description plus ten:

Anchored in 15 fathoms of water in berth D-l2, Massacre Bay, Attu, Alaska. Ships present: units of the U.S. Fleet. SOPA is CTF 94 in

U.S.S.CONCORD.

0730 Underway in company with destroyers of Task Force 94 in accordance with CTF 94 Exercise Plan 2-44 of April. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out of Massacre Bay through South Channel.

0829 Commenced patrolling sector along channel in accordance with CTF 94 Sortie Plan 3-44.

0900 U.S.S. CONCORD and U.S.S. DETROIT stood out from Massacre Bay. Commenced taking station #6 in anti-submarine screen 59, CONCORD guide. Base course 230 T&G, 236 psc. Fleet speed 17 knots.

0920 Took station #4 in anti-submarine screen 56. KIMBERLEY, SPROSTON and PORTER (T.U. 94.2.4) took departure for scheduled exercises.

0944 Commenced taking station #2 in scouting line eight miles ahead of guide in CONCORD in accordance with Search Plan #2, CTF 94 Operation

Order 6-44. Scouting line 105 - 285 T, distance 8 miles.

1200 Position Latitude 52 05 N, Longitude 172 43 E, On station in scouting line. Base course 195 T&G, 197 psc. Speed 18 knots.

1300 Commenced Day Search and Attack Exercise in accordance with Annex A of CTF 94 Exercise Plan 2-44.

1320 Changed base course to 090 T&G, 079 psc. Changed speed to 20 knots.

1345 Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while maneuvering for simulated attack on ships of T.U. 94.2.4 representing enemy convoy.

1455 Exercise completed. Commenced taking station #4 in antisubmarine screen 59, CONCORD guide. Base course 230 T&G, 234 psc. Changed speed to 18 knots.

1630 Changed base course to 034 T&G, 030 psc. Changed speed to 15 knots.

1651 Took station #2 in scouting line 8 miles ahead of guide in CONCORD in accordance with Search Plan #2 of CTF 94 Op. Order 6-44. Scouting distance 8 miles, line of bearing 170 - 350 T. Base course 260 T&G, 258 psc.

1830 Changed base course to 080 T&G, 068 psc.

2000 Position Latitude 51 16 N, Longitude 172 05 E.

2300 Commenced Night Search and Attack Exercise in accordance with Annex A of CTF 94 Exercise Plan #2-44.

2339 Steaming various courses while maneuvering for simulated night torpedo attack.

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