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 USS PICKING WORLD WAR II LOG

February 29, 1944                   Zone description p1us ten.

          Steaming as before.

0745      PICKING took station 3.5300 in anti-submarine screen.

0800      Position Latitude 53°02’ N, Longitude 177°49’ E.

0830      Took station 4320 in screen.

0950      Changed base course to 255° T&G, 249° psc.

1015      Changed speed to 12 knots, 115 rpm.

1020      Ceased zigzagging.

1200      Position Latitude 53°14.5’ N, Longitude 174°52’ E.

1604      Changed base course to 255° T&G, 295° psc.

1750      Changed base course to 090° T&G, 097° psc. PICKING took station 5015.

1800      Changed speed to 20 knots.

1805      Changed speed to 15 knots.

1818      Changed speed to 20 knots.

1845      Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while cruising northward of Attu Island, Alaska.

2000      Position Latitude 53°04’ N, Longitude 173° 23.5’ E.

 

March 1, 1944                     Zone description plus ten:

Steaming in company with Task Force 94 enroute Attu, Alaska on base Course 285° T&G, 295° psc, speed 8 knots. OTC is CTF 94 in U.S.S.

RICHMOND. Destroyers in anti-submarine screen 58. PICKING station 5345.

0130      Changed base course to 105° T&G, 099° psc. PICKING station is 5015.

0445      Changed speed to 12 knots, 115 rpm.

0655      Changed base course to 165° T&G, 159° psc. Changed speed to 15 knots, 148 rpm.

0728      Changed base course to 220° T&G, 217° psc.

0800      Position Latitude 052°54.5’ N, Longitude 173°41’ E.

0815      Changed speed to 10 knots. Task force formed in column, PICKING guide.

0849      Sighted Attu channel entrance buoy bearing 225° T, distance 200 yards. Commenced steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding through channel into Massacre Bay, Attu.

1016      Anchored in 13 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor in berth Dl3, Massacre Bay, Attu. SOPA is CTF 94 in U.S.S.  RICHMOND.

1107      Underway steaming various courses to moor alongside U.S.S. CUYAMA to fuel.

1150      Moored starboard side to U.S.S. CUYAMA. Commenced fueling.

1259      Completed fueling. Underway steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding to anchorage.

1311      Anchored in 18 fathoms of water with 60 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor in berth DlO, Attu.

1512      Shifted anchorages. Anchored in 12 fathoms of water with 90 fathoms of chain to the starboard anchor.

1846      Underway in company with Task Force 94 in accordance with ComDesRon 49 dispatch 020405 of March 1944. Steaming various courses and speeds while proceeding out of Massacre Bay and through entrance channel.

1956      Destroyers formed in anti-submarine screen 58, PICKING station 5015.

2000      Position Latitude 52°49.5’ N, Longitude l73°36.3’ E.

2023      Set base course 330° T&G, 330° psc, speed 15 knots.

2040      Commenced zigzagging according to plan.

2150      Changed base course to 270° T&G, 270° psc.

 

March 2, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

          Steaming as before.

0000     Changed base course to 244° T&G, 249° psc.

0500     Ceased zigzagging.

0800     Position Latitude 52°33’ N, Longitude 170°14’ E.

1015     Destroyers formed in anti-aircraft screen. PICKING station 1.5000

1156     Changed speed to 16 knots.

1200     Position Latitude 52°11’ N, Longitude 168°57’ E.

1245     Destroyers formed in anti-submarine screen PICKING station 5015.

1340     Had radar contact (SG) bearing 150° T, distant 28 miles, believed to be aircraft.

1350     Destroyers formed anti-aircraft screen. PICKING station 1.5000

1450     Sighted PBY bearing 160° T, distant 7 miles.

1716     Ceased zigzagging.

1720     Destroyers formed anti-submarine screen. PICKING station 5015.

1922     Changed speed to 14 knots.

2000     Position Latitude 51°13.2’ N, Longitude 164°58’ E.

 

March 3, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

          Steaming as before.

0457     Changed speed to 16 knots.

0800     Position Latitude 50°24’ N, Longitude 162°35.1’ E.

1022     Destroyers formed in anti-aircraft screen.

1027     Changed base course to 240° T&G, 246° psc. Changed speed to 18 knots.

1200     Position Latitude 50°00’ N, Longitude 161°15’ E.

1339     Changed speed to 20 knots.

1422     Changed base course to 246° T&G, 256° psc.

2000     Position Latitude 48°41’ N, Longitude 137°29’ E. (error - 157)

2130     Task force formed in two columns by divisions. DesDiv 97 to the right, division guides on relative bearing 090°. Interval 3500 yards.

         PICKING formation guide.

2200     Changed base course to 280° T&G, 292° psc.

2215     Changed speed to 25 knots.

2355     Had radar contact on Shasukotan Island, Kurile Group, Japan bearing ds.

300° T, distant 83,000

March 4, 1944                        Zone description plus ten:

         Steaming as before standing into pass south of Shasukotan Island,

0151     Changed base course to 285° T&G, 298° psc.

0200     Entered Sea of Okhotsk. Changed speed to 20 knots. PICKING guide with DesDiv 97, formed scouting line 6000 yards ahead of U.S.S.

         RICHMOND and DesDiv 98, scouting line normal to course, scouting distance 4 miles. Commenced searching area for enemy shipping.

0400     Changed base course to 050° T&G, 061° psc.

0700     DesDiv 97 commenced forming in column, PICKING guide. Changed base course to 060° T&G, 07l0 psc. DesDiv 97 took departure from TF 94.

0800     Position Latitude 49°39’ N, Longitude 154°24’ E.

0831     Changed speed to 22 knots.

0930     Approached Musashi Wan, Kurabu Zaki area of southern Paramushiro Island for shore bombardment in accordance with CTF 94 operation order 2-44.

1002     Bombardment postponed due to low visibility. Changed course to 120° T&G, 115° psc, proceeding to rejoin remainder of Task Force 94 to

         eastward of Onekotan Island.

1056     Rejoined Task Force 94. Destroyers formed anti-submarine screen 58, PICKING station 5015. Base course to 185° T&G, 190° psc. Speed 20

         knots

1200     Position Latitude 49°l9’ N, Longitude l55°lO’ E.

1245     Destroyers formed in anti-aircraft screen. PICKING station 1.5000.

1305     Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc.

1401     Changed speed to 15 knots.

1514     Changed base course to 180° T&G, 175° psc. Changed speed to 20 knots.

1528     Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc. Changed speed to 15 knots.

1630     Changed base course to 295° T&G, 306° psc.

1738     Changed base course to 330° T&G, 334° psc.

1820     Changed base course to 010° T&G, 010° psc.

1849      Changed base course to 337° T&G, 335° psc. Commenced proceeding toward southern shore of Paramushiro Island for shore bombardment in accordance with CTF 94 operation order 2-44.

1900      Commenced taking station with DesDiv 97 in van echelon 8000 yards ahead of U.S.S. RICHMOND and DesDiv 98.

1945      Bombardment cancelled due to heavy seas. Destroyers rejoined, formed in anti-submarine screen 58. PICKING station 5015. Base course to llO° T&G, 112° psc, enroute Attu, Alaska.

2000      Position Latitude 49°29’ N, Longitude 155°35’ E.

2020      Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc.

2240      Changed base course to 340° T&G, 342° psc.

2310      Changed base course to 090° T&G, 091° psc

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