Also available with hard cover (74002)
Laid down in 1937 and launched on 9 April 1941, the USSÂ North CarolinaÂ was the first new construction battleship to enter service during World War II and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater, becoming the most decorated U.S. battleship of WWII.Â Â After a brief stint post war as a training ship, theÂ North CarolinaÂ â€“ dubbed in the press as the “Showboat” â€“ was laid up in the reserve fleet, before her eventual movement to Wilmington, in her namesake state, and her preservation there as a war memorial. This second volume in the Squadron at Sea series traces the history of theÂ North Carolinafrom her keel-laying to her preservation, photographically documenting the evolution of armament and electronics that resulted from her pre-Pearl Harbor design to its peak â€“ bristling with guns to counter the threat ofÂ kamikazeÂ attack as she operated against the Japanese home islands.Â In addition to the ship’s evolution, this volume documents theNorth Carolinaâ€™sÂ wartime operations that earned her 12 battle-stars. More than 330 photographs,Â many of them color, illustrate the ship, her crew, and their work and recreation. Her years in the reserve fleetÂ and ultimate restoration are also covered in the bookâ€™s 136 pages.Â Detailed line drawings illustrateÂ North Carolinaâ€™sÂ changing configurations, and 11 color profiles show the various camouflage schemes worn by both the ship and her scouting aircraft through the years.
Soft Cover in perfect binding: ISBN: 978-0-89747-647-5
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-0-89747-648-5