Fleet Oiler, USS Neches (AO-47) fuels an aircraft carrier during heavy seas in World War II
Pacific Ocean Date:1945, April 2 Duration:3 min 13 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Fleet Oiler, USS Neches ( AO-47) is seen refueling an aircraft carrier during heavy seas and weather in the Pacific in World War 2. At one point the rudder of the USS Neches is seen exposed as she pitches. In final part of the sequence, the number 47 can be seen clearly on the bow of the Neches as viewed from a covered deck on the carrier. Note: A crew member on the Neches added the following inforrmation: "This fueling of the fleet was just days before we sailed into an inlet off the island of Okinawa. Several days later we shot down a suicide plane while anchored there in the inlet. I was the sightsetter on the 5 inch gun that shot the plane down. We hit it on our third shot and it splashed into the water just shy of an LST, its target. The plane's original target was our Neches but, after the first shot, it turned and headed toward the LST. My memory tells me it was on April 7th."
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