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 USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

November 30, 1944.                   Zone description (-) 9

Steaming as before enroute Manus to Bougainville.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-36.0’ S; Longitude - 150°-18.0’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-39.0’ S; Longitude - 151°-04.0’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-39.0’ S; Longitude - 151°-04.0’ E.

 

December 1, 1944.                    Zone description (-) 9

PICKING operating under Commander Task Force 79, Vice Admiral T. S. Wilkinson, USN, Commander Third Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet. With the Seventh Fleet in the South West Pacific Area. Assigned to Destroyer Squadron 49 and operating as a squadron unit under the Command of Captain E. R. McLean, Jr., USN, Commander Destroyer Squadron 49.

 

At 0700 arrived at Cape Torokina, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands and conducted anti-submarine patrol while the transports entered Empress Augusta Bay. After the transports had anchored, ceased patrol, entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage. At noon changed zone time to minus 11.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-21.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.0’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-14.5’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.2’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.5’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.2’ E.

 

December 3, 1944.                    Zone description (-)11

At 0930 underway, proceeded to area “FOX”, South of Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands between Latitude 06°-18’ S., Longitude - 154-55’ E. and Latitude - 06°-21’ S., Longitude - 154°-59’ E. and began patrolling in accordance with CDS 49’s anti-submarine patrol plan. At noon, having been relieved by the WICKES, ceased patrol, entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage, Torokina.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-15.7’ S; Longitude - 155°-01.3’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-17.5’ S; Longitude - 154°-57.0’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.8’ E.

 

December 4, 1944.                    Zone description (-)11

At noon underway, proceeded to area “FOX” and began antisubmarine patrol. During the afternoon held battle problem drill.

Positions:

 0800 — Latitude - 06°-14.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.4’ E

              1200 — Latitude - 06°-17.3’ S; Longitude - 154°-56.4’ E.

 2000 — Latitude - 06°-20.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-57.0’ E

 

December 5,_1944.                    Zone description (—)11

Steaming as before; conducting anti-submarine patrol in area “FOX”. At noon, upon being relieved by the SPROSTON, ceased patrol, entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage, Torokina.

Positions:

              0800 - Latitude - 06°-18.1’ S; Longitude - 154°-55.0’ E.

              1200 - Latitude - 06°-16.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-58.0’ E.

              2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.8’ E.

 

December 7, 1944.                    Zone description (-)11

At noon got underway, proceeded to patrol area “FOX” and began anti-submarine patrol in this area.

Positions:

               0800 - Latitude - 06°-13.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.0’ E.

               1200 - Latitude - 06°-18.8’ S; Longitude - 154°-56.0’ E.

               2000 - Latitude - 06°-18.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-55.0' E.

 

December 8, 1944.                    Zone description (-)11

Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area “FOX”.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-18.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-55.0’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-19.5’ S; Longitude - 154°-53.3’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.0’ E.

  

December 9, 1944.                    Zone description (-)11

Steaming as before, conducting anti-submarine patrol in area “FOX”. At noon, when relieved by SPROSTON, ceased patrolling, entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage, Torokina.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-19.5’ S; Longitude - 154°-53.3’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-19.1’ S; Longitude - 154°-53.5’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-13.8’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.5’ E.

  

December 10, 1944.                   Zone description (-)11

Remained anchored in Empress Augusta Bay until 2045 at which time the ship got underway, proceeded to area “FOX” and commenced antisubmarine patrol.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-13.8’ S; Longitude - 154°-53.2’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-13.8’ S; Longitude - 154°-53.2’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-13.8’ S; Longitude - 154°-53.2’ E.

 

December 11, 1944.                   Zone description (-)11

Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area “FOX”. During the morning held AA firing exercises with all batteries; ammunition expended: 46 rounds 5” AA Common, 200 rounds 40mm, 58 rounds 20mm.

Positions:

              0800 - Latitude - 06°-18.0’ S;   Longitude - 154°-55.0’ E.

              1200 - Latitude - 06°-18.0’ S;   Longitude - 154°-55.0’ E.

              2000 - Latitude - 06°-18.0’ S;   Longitude - 154°-55.0’ E.

  

December 12, 1944.                   Zone description (-)11

Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area “FOX”. During morning held AA firing exercise with the machine gun battery. During the afternoon held AA firing exercise with all batteries Ammunition expended during exercises: 50 rounds of 5"/38, 1808 rounds of 40mm, 3485 rounds of 20mm.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-15.0’ S; Longitude - 155°-00.5’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-19.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-59.5’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-18.0’ S; Longitude - 154°-55.0’ E.

 

December 13, 1944.                   Zone description (-)11

Steaming as before conducting anti-submarine patrol in area “FOX” south of Empress Augusta Bay. 1230 After having been relieved by the MONSSEN, ceased patrol, entered port and anchored in the destroyer anchorage at Torokina.

Positions:

0800 - Latitude - 06°-16.0’ S; Longitude - 155°-01.l’ E.

1200 - Latitude - 06°-13.2’ S; Longitude - 154°-57.0’ E.

2000 - Latitude - 06°-14.0’ S; Longitude - 155°-00.0’ E.

 

December 15, 1944.                   Zone description (-)11

At 0811 got underway, proceeded to sortie station and conducted anti-submarine patrol. Upon completion of sortie, formed the cruising disposition with TASK GROUP 79.5 and set course for Huon Gulf, New Guinea in accordance with CDS 49 Movement Order Number 2-44. PICKING in station #1 of anti-submarine screen plan #57. Guide is LST 625. O.T.C. is CDS 49 in PICKING.

 During the afternoon held AA firing exercises with the machine gun battery. Ammunition expended: 400 rounds of 40mm, 235 rounds of 20mm.

Positions:

             0800 - Latitude - 06°-14.0’ S; Longitude - 155°-00.0’ E.

             1200 - Latitude - 06°-33.5’ S; Longitude - 154°-47.8’ E.

             2000 - Latitude - 06°-37.0' S; Longitude - 153°-43.0  E.

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