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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

July 29, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

          Steaming as before.

0545     Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.

0800     Position Latitude 52° 25’ N. Longitude 166° 06’ E.

1200     Position Latitude 52° 28’ N. Longitude 167° 59’ E.

1217     Changed speed to 19 knots.

1305     Surface radar contact bearing 042° T., distant 24,000 yards. U.S.S. SPROSTON investigated contact.

1313     Changed base course to 038° T & G, 023° psc.

1315     Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.

1327     Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.

1328     SPROSTON reported contact friendly.

1329     Changed fleet speed to 19 knots.

1334      Changed base course to 088° T & G, 089° psc.

1604      Changed base course to 090° T & G, 093° psc. Changed fleet speed to 20 knots.

1825      Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 065° T., distant 45 miles.

1859      Changed fleet speed to 21 knots.

2005      Changed base course to 085° T & G, 081° psc.

2100      Formed in column, BADGER guide. PICKING in station #2.

2115      Changed base course to 050° T & G, 026° psc.

2124      Changed base course to 044° T & G, 028° psc. Changed speed to 25 knots.

2133      Commenced steaming independently on various courses and speeds while proceeding through west channel into Massacre Bay.

2215      Moored starboard side to U.S.S. BRAZOS in berth D-13 Massacre Bay, and commenced fueling to capacity.

2230      YOUNG moored to starboard side of BRAZOS. Ships present: various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.

 

July 30, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

Moored to U.S.S. BRAZOS in berth D-l3 Massacre Bay, Attu, fueling.

0005      Completed fueling to capacity.

0635      Underway to anchorage.

0651      Anchored in berth D-ll, Massacre Bay.

 

July 31, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

Anchored in berth D-ll, Massacre Bay, Attu.

 

August 1, 1944                       Zone description plus ten

Anchored in berth D—ll, Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands. Ships present: Task Force 94 and various units of U. S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is  CTF 94 in CHESTER.

1134      Underway in accordance with CTF 94 mailgram 312006 of July, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing through West      Channel out of Massacre Bay and patrolling during sortie of Cruisers, Task Force 94.

1340      Formed in cruising disposition 9-Roger, U.S.S. CONCORD guide, O.T.C. is CTF 94 in CHESTER. Fleet axis 244° T, base course 244° T & G,     246° psc. Fleet speed 16 knots. PICKING in station #4 of eight ship screen. YOUNG not present in screen. Task Force proceeding enroute   to Kurile Islands, Japan to carry out bombardment in accordance with ComCruDiv 5 Operation Order 18-44.

1558      YOUNG joined screen. PICKING in station #4 of nine-ship screen.

1820      WICKES left screen to act as picket. PICKING in station #4 of eight-ship screen.

2000      Position Latitude 51° 51.5’ N. Longitude 170° 29.5’ E.

 

August 2, 1944                       Zone description plus ten:

Steaming as before.

0800      Position Latitude 50° 28’ N. Longitude 165° 34’ E.

0900      Changed base course to 245° T & G, 251° psc.

0910      Changed fleet axis to 020° T, PICKING took station #4.

1200      Position Latitude 50° 02.9’ N. Longitude 163° 57.l’ E.

1300      Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.

1504      SC radar contact on unidentified plane bearing 270° T, distance 35,000 yards. WICKES reported contact on TBS. Prepared to repel air   attack.

1508      Formed in disposition 6-Victor, CONCORD guide. PICKING took station #4.

1510      Sighted one Japanese type Betty bearing 335° T, distance 4000 yards. Plane passed out of sight in reduced visibility on bearing 335° T.

1511      Changed base course to 177° T & G, 183° psc.

1518      Changed base course to 090° T & G, 085° psc. Commenced partial retirement due to detection.

1535      Changed fleet speed to 28 knots.

1930     Formed in cruising disposition 9-Roger, CONCORD guide. PICKING took station #4 in screen.

1938     Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.

2000     Position Latitude 49° 37.5’ N. Longitude 165° 32’ E.

2030     Changed base course to 105° T & G, 116° psc.

2044     SG radar contact on surface vessel bearing llO° T, distant 15 miles.

2049     Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.

2051     Contact identified as U.S.S. ATR 32.

2052     Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.

 

August 3, 1944                       Zone description p1us ten

         Steaming as before.

0200     Changed base course to 000° T & G.

0330     Changed base course to 272° T & G, 273° psc. Proceeding to carry out bombardment of Paramushiro, Kurile Islands.

0800     Position Latitude 49° 56’ N. Longitude 165° 56’ E.

1054     WICKES reported radar contact on unidentified aircraft bearing 220° T, distant 7,900 yards.

1055     Formed in disposition 6-Victor. PICKING in station #2. Prepared to repel air attack.

1100     Changed fleet speed to 25 knots.

1115     Changed base course to OOO° T & G, 358° psc. WICKES lost contact.

1123     Changed base course to 063° T & G, 058° psc. Commenced retirement. Bombardment abandoned by CTF 94. Commenced standing toward Attu,

         Aleutian Islands.

1132     Formed in cruising disposition 6-Roger.

1137     Changed fleet speed to 16 knots.

1200     Position Latitude 50° 04’ N. Longitude 164° 51’ E.

2000     Position Latitude 51° 02’ N. Longitude 167° 53.2’ E.

 

August 4, 1944                       Zone description plus ten:

         Steaming as before.

0612     Changed fleet speed to 17 knots.

0735     Radar contact on Attu Island bearing 032° T, distant 45 miles.

0800     Position Latitude 52° 23.8’ N. Longitude 171° 52.7’ E.

0818     Changed fleet axis to 060° T, PICKING took station #4 in screen.

0830     Changed base course to 058° T & G, 048° psc.

0920     Sighted Attu Island bearing 353° T, distant 25 miles.

1000     Changed speed to 15 knots.

1055     Commenced steaming various courses and speeds proceeding to patrol sector for entry of cruisers, Task Force 94.

1105     Commenced patrolling.

1118     Commenced standing through West Channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.

1203     Anchored in berth D-ll, Massacre Bay. Ships present: various units of U.S. Fleet. S.O.P.A. is CTF 94 in CHESTER.

1622     Underway proceeding alongside U.S.S. RAPIDAN in berth D-l3.

1648     Moored starboard side to RAPIDAN; fueled to capacity.

1926     Underway from alongside RAPIDAN; proceeding to anchorage.

1940     Anchored in berth D-ll, Massacre Bay.

 

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