This will be a discussion of Task Group formations under normal steaming conditions and air defense.
Normal Steaming Conditions
Task Group 58.1 Flag Plot Maneuvering Board on 24 March 1945, showing TG 58.1 in Cruising Disposition 5 Roger (Special). Axis 010*. At this time TG 58.1 consists of Carrier Division 5, Battleship Division 8, Cruiser Division 14, Destroyer Squadrons 25, 49, 50, and 61. TG 58.1 has been temporarily augmented by the three Battleships USS New Jersey, USS Missouri and USS Wisconsin all from TG 58.4
|Refueling from oiler.||Fueling a destroyer. (1)|
|08 April 1945, Transfer at sea of powder for the main battery 16inch/45 guns from the USS Wrangell (AE-12), while underway east of Okinawa. Each aluminum casing held 3 bags of powder, half of a full charge for one gun. NARA #80-G-318948||Long awaited mail delivery. (2)|
|August 1945, Refueling destroyer at sea||1944, Transferring "gedunk" (ice cream) to destroyer at sea after refueling. (3)|
To give an idea of what routine activity was done on a daily basis, the following representive Plans Of The Day and Memoranda have been selected.
Every late afternoon the next Plan Of The Day and other Memoranda was posted on a bulletin board in the mess area. The Plan directed when to get up, what to wear, tasks we would be doing, and recreation, if any. Memos were instructional, advisory, and precautionary.
Plan Of The Day, Port Routine 08 November 1943
Plan Of The Day, Sea Routine 07 December 1943
Plan Of The Day, Port Routine 16 December 1943
Plan Of The Day, Christmas Day 25 December 1943
Plan Of The Day, Entering Tokyo Bay 05 September 1945
Memorandum, Obscene Language 03 December 1943
Memorandum, Fresh Water Consumption 16 June 1944
Memorandum, Leyte Gulf Area 12 June 1945
Memorandum, Censorship #2 29 September 1944
Memorandum, Censorship #3 11 July 1945
Memorandum, Censorship #4 17 July 1945
Memorandum, Spit and Polish 18 August 1945
This will be a discussion of special conditions that occured off of the Japanese Home Islands when they unexpectedly surrendered and the fleet was short of supplies and short of occupation personnel.
Special Reports, USS Indiana (BB-58)
Washington, DC, 1944
Benjamin M. Givens, Jr.
World War II Diary
Vienna, VA, 1987-2002
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