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USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

 

January 25, 1944                                              Zone description_plus ten:

Steaming as before.

0800      Position Latitude 53°ll N, Longitude l74°20’ E. Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

1000      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out exercises.

1128      Sighted Attu Island bearing 250° T&G, distant 26 miles.

1136      Resumed station in anti-submarine screen. Base course 275° T&G, 267° psc. Speed 16 knots.

1147      Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

1200      Position Latitude 53°ll’ N, Longitude l74°l2’ E.

1254      Ceased zigzagging. Steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out exercises.

1451      Commenced approach to Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska. Task Force in column, PICKING guide.

1545      Entered Massacre Bay.

1556      Anchored in Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska. Various units of U.S. Fleet present. OTC is CTF 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND.

 

January 26, 1944                                              Zone description plus ten:

Moored as before.

1353      Anchor aweigh, underway in company with Task Force 94 from Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska in accordance with CTF 94 visual dispatch 262215 of January, 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing out through channel.

1514      Took station in anti-submarine screen 5000 yds ahead of cruiser column. OTC is CTF in 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND. Base course 050° T&G, 045° psc. Speed 12 knots.

1533      Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

1800      Changed base course to 110° T&G, 335° psc.

2000      Position Latitude 53°07.5’ N, Longitude l74°56’ E. Changed base course to 335° T&G, 335° psc.

2057      Took station in special Task Force disposition #3, PICKING with DesDiv

97 in screening line 10,000 yds. ahead of cruiser column.

2210      Took Station in special Task Force disposition #4, PICKING with DesDiv

97 forming on line of bearing 45° to left of base course, 13,000 yds. Ahead of cruiser column.

2240      Resumed station in anti-submarine screen 5000 yds ahead of cruiser column. Base course 335° T&G, 335° psc. Speed 12 knots.

 

 

January 27, 1944                                              Zone description plus

        

0107     Changed base course to 270° T&G, 270° psc.

0800     Position Latitude 54°02’ N, Longitude l72°00’ E.

0920     Changed base course to 135° T&G, 135° psc. Changed speed to 15 knots.

0950     Changed speed to 7 knots.

1000     Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out

         exercises.

1630     Resumed station in anti-submarine screen. Base course 110° T&G, 105°

         psc. Speed 8 knots

1650     Changed base course to 095° T&G, 092° psc.

 

January 28, 1944                     Zone description plus ten:

         Steaming as before.

0610     Changed base course to 155° T&G, 160° psc.

0630     Changed base course to 200° T&G, 195° psc.

0700     Changed speed to 15 knots, 148 RPM.

0800     Position Latitude 53°38’ N, Longitude 173°35’ E.

0803     Changed base course to 270° T&G, 270° psc.

0811     Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while carrying out exercises.

1200     Position Latitude 53°32’ N, Longitude 172°57 E.

1330     Resumed station in anti—submarine screen. Base course 125° T&G, 135° psc. Speed 15 knots.

1355     Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

1516     Changed speed to 15 knots.

1529     Changed course to 110° T&G, 115° psc.

1535     Ceased zigzagging.

1642     Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while approaching Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska.

1820     Entered Massacre Bay.

1825     Anchored in 8 fathoms of water in Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska. Various units of U.S. Fleet present in harbor. SOPA is CTF 94 in

         U.S.S.RICHMOND.

 

January 29 , 1944                    Zone description plus ten:

         Anchored as before.

 

January 30, 1944                     Zone descr~p~ion plus ten:

         Anchored as before.

 

January 31, 1944                     Zone descriptionplus

         Anchored as before.                      

 

February 1, 1944     Zone description plus ten:

         Anchored in Massacre Bay , Attu Island , Alaska . Various units of U.S.Fleet present in harbor. SOPA is CTF in U.S.S. RICHMOND. U.S.S.

         WICKES moored alongside to port.

1650     U.S.S. WICKES underway from alongside.

1707     Underway from anchorage, steaming various courses and speeds while

         proceeding alongside U.S.S. WICKES alongside U.S.S. KUYAMA.

1733     Moored port side to U.S.S. WICKES, alongside U.S.S. KUYAMA. Massacre

         Bay, Attu Island .

1923     Underway from Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska in company with Task oup 94.6 in accordance with ComNorPac secret despatch 020449 of

         GrFebruary in execution of secret operation order 2-44. Steaming various courses and speeds while standing through channel. O.T.C. is

         CTF 94 in U.S.S. RICHMOND .

2007     Set base course to 087° T&G, 077° psc. Speed 15 knots.

2100     Changed base course to 030° T&G, 035° psc.

2110     Changed speed to 12 knots.

2206     Changed speed to 15 knots. Changed base course 300° T&G, 295° psc.

2215     Took station in destroyer anti-submarine screen, position 4000 yards

         ahead of guide. Changed speed to 12 knots.

2221     Changed base course to 345° T&G, 342° psc. Commenced zigzagging

         according to plan.

 

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