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Courtesy of USS Saratoga Association

USS SARATOGA   (CV-3)


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World War II
1942
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020368
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"On 11 January 1942, when heading towards a rendezvous with Enterprise, 500 miles southwest of Oahu, [Saratoga] was hit without warning by a deep-running torpedo fired by Japanese submarine, I-6. Although six men were killed and three firerooms were flooded, the carrier reached Oahu under her own power. There, her 8-inch guns, useless against aircraft, were removed for installation in shore defenses, and the carrier proceeded to the Bremerton Navy Yard for permanent repairs and installation of a modern antiaircraft battery."

"Saratoga departed Puget Sound on 22 May for San Diego." (Text from DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Saratoga was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-6, but DANFS incorrectly mentions I-16).

NS020368:Puget Sound Navy Yard photo #641-42, 18 February 1942. Shell indentations along inboard edge of outboard docking keel, looking forward.

NS020368a:Puget Sound Navy Yard photo #646-42, 18 February 1942. Upper blister damaged area in way of temporary patch; looking forward.

NS020368b:Puget Sound Navy Yard photo #648-42, 18 February 1942. Upper blister in way of after end of temporary patch.

Read "U.S.S. Saratoga (CV3) - Final Report on War Damage," at the Researcher @ Large web site.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020368a
63k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020368b
64k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343
42k

At Puget Sound on May 14, 1942 following repairs after being torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-6 (LCDR Inaba) off Hawaii, January 11. Her new silhouette is evident. The twin 8" gun mounts have been replaced by twin 5"/38 mounts. She's finally received the wider forward flight deck and the lengthened after flight deck first envisaged as early as 1936. A British-style open bridge (a standard modification to US warships at that time) has been built atop the flag plot. The tripod foremast has been replaced by a light pole. The stack has also been lowered. She's also received a pair of Mk-37 5" directors, with Mk-4 radars, and a secondary air search radar (SC) at the after end of the stack. Note barrage balloon overhead. (USN photo.)

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343a
87k

Puget Sound Navy Yard, 14 May 1942. View of USS Saratoga (CV-3), showing all radar antennas.

Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941–45.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343i
147k

Additional photos of USS Saratoga (CV-3) at Puget Sound, 14 May 1942, following repairs after being torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-6 (LCDR Inaba) off Hawaii, 11 January.

Puget Sound Navy Yard photos.

Ed Zajkowski
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343g
136k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343d
136k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343e
122k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343f
129k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343h
151k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343j
172k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343b
81k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020343c
75k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020307
170k

Taken at Pearl Harbor in mid 1942. Her original 8" guns and mounts were removed in January, 1942, at Pearl Harbor, just after she was torpedoed off Hawaii on January 11th. She was rebuilt at PSNS with 5"/38's in twin mounts, and returned to active duty on May 22, 1942. Both her 8" guns and those from the USS Lexington (CV-2) became shore defense weapons in Hawaii.

USN
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020357
110k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) arrives at Pearl Harbor from the U.S. West Coast, 6 June 1942. She departed the following day to join USS Enterprise (CV-6) and USS Hornet (CV-8) near Midway, bringing replacement aircraft for those two ships, whose air groups had been depleted during the Battle of Midway.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives (# 80-G-10121).

Paul Rebold
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020358
68k

Carrier task force at sea, photographed from USS Enterprise (CV-6) in August 1942, during the Guadalcanal Campaign. USS Saratoga (CV-3) is in the center, with a Farragut-class destroyer to the left and a New Orleans-class heavy cruiser to the right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives (# 80-G-K-557).

Paul Rebold
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020383
55k

The aircraft carriers USS Saratoga (CV-3) (foreground) and USS Enterprise (CV-6) underway, circa August 1942, with aircraft spotted for launch.

U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo (#1996.448.012.019).

Robert M. Cieri
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020319
35k

Wartime photo. Date and place unknown (might have been taken in August 1942, during the Guadalcanal campaign).

Submitted by Clint Wingrove from the collection of his grandfather Joseph L. Wingrove. BM/2c. USN, USS Phoenix CL-46, 1939-45
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020344
50k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) on September 8, 1942 listing at 9.5° whilst under repair at Tongatabu, after being torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-26 (LCDR Yokota) on August 31.

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020305
169k Underway on September 17, 1942, en route to Pearl Harbor and permanent repairs. Saratoga had been hit by a Japanese submarine torpedo on August 31, in the Solomons, and made temporary repairs in Makualofa Harbor, Tongatabu Island. USN
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020311
422k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) underway at sea, circa 1942. Planes on deck include five Grumman F4F fighters, six Douglas SBD scout bombers and one Grumman TBF torpedo plane.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-459).

Scott Dyben
Larger copy submitted by David Wright
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020376
257k

Saratoga – CV 3. From U.S. Naval Ships & Aircraft (ONI 54-R), condensed and printed for FM 30-50, NAVAER 00-80V-57 (Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels). Supplement 2 - 19 November 1942.

(See NS020343.)

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Mike Green
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020376a
277k
1943
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020330
72k

The carrier USS Saratoga is shown sometime in 1943, location unknown. Note that the twin 8 in (203 mm) guns have been replaced by twin 5 in/38 (127 mm) DP gun mounts, and the light AA armament has been considerably reinforced by numerous 40 mm and 20 mm guns.

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020345
90k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) at anchor circa 1943, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020312
87k

Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighters on the flight deck, as a TBM torpedo plane approaches to land, circa 1943-44. Photographed by Commander Edward Steichen, USNR. Note open elevator well in the foreground and flight deck crewmen chocking wheels of the F6Fs.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-15300).

Scott Dyben
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020395
141k

Captain, later Admiral, John H. Cassady (USNA 1919) was commanding officer of USS Saratoga (CV-3) between August 1943 and June 1944. Portrait sketched at sea by LT G.B. Richardson and signed by CAPT Cassady for CDR Joseph C. Clifton, Sara's Air Group commander in 1944.

Bill Gonyo
CV-3 Saratoga
NS0203aa
108k

Commander, later Rear Admiral, Joseph Clinton ("Jumping Joe") Clifton (USNA 1930) was commanding officer of VF-12 in 1942–44, flying F4U Corsairs, and later F6F Hellcats from USS Saratoga (CV-3). In 1944 he commanded Saratoga's Air Group 12.

NS0203aaa: Commander Joseph C. Clifton of VF-12 in his F6F-3 Hellcat about to be launched from Saratoga in 1944 during flight operations. Photo courtesy of LIFE magazine.

Bill Gonyo
CV-3 Saratoga
NS0203aaa
168k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020359
113k

Plane parker signaling to pilot of F6F aboard USS Saratoga (CV-3), November 1943.

National Archives photo # 80-G-470922.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020373
101k

Kenneth Bratton is pulled out of the gun turret of Air Group Commander Henry H. Caldwell's TBF Avenger by LT Julie Briscoe, after raid on Rabaul, 5 November 1943. Photographer Paul Barnett was killed on the flight. Photo by LT Wayne Miller.

Pieter Bakels
1944
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020328
114k

"Aircraft Carrier Saratoga." (From a Russian publication).

This drawings show Saratoga after repairs at Pearl Harbor in September-October 1942 (top) and after a summer 1944 Puget Sound refit (middle and bottom). At Pearl Harbor her last 1.1-inch quad mounts were replaced by quad 40-mm Bofors (for a total of nine such weapons), and the number of single 20-mm Oerlikons was increased to 52. At Puget Sound the antenna of her main air search radar (SK) was moved to the foremast and replaced on the forward end of the stack by a fighter-director set (SM); she was also fitted with two H-2 hydraulic catapults.

Alex Tatchin
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020385
89k

These photographs, taken at Hunters Point on 2 January 1944 after a refit, show the density of Saratoga's new light AA battery, increased at the request of her commanding officer.

Ed Zajkowski
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020385a
92k
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020346
54k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) tied-up at Hobart, Tasmania, mid-March 1944.

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020370
76k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) (middle distance) along with the fleet carrier HMS Illustrious and other major British naval units at Trincomalee, or 'Trinco', in Ceylon (today Sri Lanka), April 1944. At this time Saratoga was operating with the Royal Navy against targets in Sumatra (IWM A23475).

Photo from "The Fleet Air Arm Handbook," by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020396
245k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) underway at sea on 30 May 1944.

Australian War Memorial photo (# 106031).

Mike Green
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020360
317k

Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, RN, (center) addresses personnel aboard USS Saratoga at Trincomalee, Ceylon, April 30, 1944. Photo by LT Wayne Miller.

National Archives photo # 80-G-470720.

Michael Mohl
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020314
93k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) in Puget Sound, Washington, following overhaul, 7 September 1944. Note her unique camouflage scheme, Measure 32 Design 11A. By this time she had been fitted with numerous 40-mm/56-cal Bofors mounts. The Mk.37 directors were now equipped with Mk.12/22 radars.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-72626).

(Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info).

NHC
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020314b
125k

As above.

Steve Whitby
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020314a
165k

As above. National Archives photo.

Steve Whitby
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020314c
156k

As above.

Steve Whitby
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020314d
94k

As above.

"CV3 [USS Saratoga] - 7 September 1944.
Puget Sound, Washington.
Broad on starboard beam."

BuAer photo # 180790.

David Buell
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020336
131k

"Dawn Strike". USS Saratoga (CV-3) in Measure 32, Design 11A camouflage after having launched a strike against Formosa, 1944. Painting by Wayne Scarpaci, 18"x24".

©Wayne Scarpaci
1945
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020397
168k

USS Saratoga (CV-3), wartime image, exact date and location unknown, ©Liberty Picture Co. 1945.

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Tommy Trampp
Kamikaze attack off Iwo Jima, February 21, 1945 — The Harold C. Cassar Photo Collection
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020302
14k USS Saratoga (CV-3) underway in May 1945, after her final refit. Note tall radar mast and sleek cruiser lines. Her after elevator has been removed and a new, larger forward elevator has replaced the old T-shape lift. The hull bulge is also clearly visible. Her radar suite comprises SG and SK on the pole mast, SM on the forward edge of the funnel and SC-4 on the after edge. She is wearing Measure 21 camouflage. (Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info). USN
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020302a
131k David Buell
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020326
105k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) running full power trials in Puget Sound, Washington, following battle damage repairs, 15 May 1945.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (photo # 19-N-84312).

NHC
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020347
66k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) underway on a high-speed run in Puget Sound after her last, post-kamikaze refit, May 15, 1945. The aft aircraft lift was removed and the aft section of the hangar divided up into numerous accommodation rooms in preparation for transporting troops home during Operation Magic Carpet (USN photo).

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020361
158k

Official USN Photograph, via National Archives (# 80-G-K-14568). USS Saratoga (CV-3) is shown at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Date is about June 1945.

David Buell
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020389
438k

Mass "Aloha" on USS Saratoga's flight deck, at Pearl Harbor, 10 September 1945, as 500 WAVES put leis around the necks of departing Sailors in traditional Hawaiian style. A resounding kiss sped each man on his way. Saratoga was transporting Navy personnel back to the mainland for discharge.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-351675).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-3, CV-6, CV-12 and CVL-30
NS020632
116k

Naval Air Station, Alameda, California — Four aircraft carriers docked at the Air Station's piers, circa mid-September 1945. The ships are (from front to back): USS Saratoga (CV-3), USS Enterprise (CV-6), USS Hornet (CV-12) and USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). Note PBY amphibians parked at the far left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-701512).

Note that four, out of five, classes of fast Aircraft Carriers that fought in the Pacific (only the one-ship class Wasp is missing) are represented in this photograph.

NHC
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020348
68k

USS Saratoga (CV-3) in the autumn of 1945, showing her flight deck crowded with returning GIs from the Pacific. She is painted in Measure 21. Note the hull bulge is clearly visible. (USN photo.)

Robert Hurst
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020362
136k

USN photo of USS Saratoga (CV-3), undoubtedly taken after her last wartime refit, and possibly during one of her Magic Carpet runs.

David Buell
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020371
190k

USN official photo of USS Saratoga (CV-3), USN # 495981, U.S. Naval Station Washington D.C., released in January 1946.

Original caption reads: "The USS Saratoga (CV-3) enroute to the States with about 30,000 [sic] veterans aboard. This is her last [Magic Carpet] trip as a transport."

David Buell
Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests, 1946
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020363
149k

San Francisco Naval Shipyard photo # 578-46-S8, taken at the Naval Air Station, Alameda, on February 27, 1946 while Sara was being prepared for use as a target at Bikini. Note the missing #4 5"/38 mount as well as the other missing 5" and 40mm from the gun tubs, as well as some gun directors.

Another interesting aspect of this photo is that is shows three CVLs in the background. These are Belleau Wood (CVL-24), which reported for inactivation on January 31, after her third and final Magic Carpet run; and probably Cowpens (CVL-25) and San Jacinto (CVL-30). These three light carriers joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet. All other surviving CVLs were placed in reserve at Philadelphia after World War II except Independence (CVL-22) which also went to Bikini as a target.

David Buell
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020398
162k

This photo appears to have been taken on 1 May 1946, when Saratoga departed San Francisco for the last time, bound for Pearl Harbor and then on to Bikini Atoll and Operation Crossroads.

reddit, via Timothy Choi, used with permission
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020308
182k

Ex-USS Saratoga (CV-3) sinking in Bikini Lagoon after she was fatally damaged by the "Baker Day" underwater atomic bomb test, 25 July 1946. Note her hull number ("3") still visible at the front of her flight deck, air escaping from her submerged hull and oil streaming away to starboard.

NHC photo # SC 259372 (Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives).

Michael Mohl
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020333
256k

"The gallant carrier Saratoga, survivor of the air-burst Bikini bomb, slowly settles to the bottom after the under-water burst."

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020390
126k

Photos of old Sara as she is now (2014), taken by Stephen W. Hubbard, who comments: "The ship is quite dangerous and collapsing. While we where there this year, a major portion of the hangar deck collapsed (see photos)."

This is the cockpit of a Helldiver.

Stephen W. Hubbard, MD
CV-3 Saratoga
NS020390a
91k

The following day, a portion of the hangar overhead had collapsed over the cockpit.

CV-3 Saratoga
NS020390b
64k

A haunting view of the bridge.


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