Capt. Bill Addison
The Sad Story of Rear Admiral John W. Wilcox, Jr.
Story thanks to Capt. William Addison, USN, Ret.
I ran across this interesting story yesterday at the NAM (Naval Air Museum) library, while working on research papers relating to a book on the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It is from an original memo from CNO, Division of Navy History (OP 09B9). Bill Addison.
"On 26 March 1942, at Portland, Maine, USS WASHINGTON (BB 56) was assigned as Flagship of Task Force Thirty-nine, under command of Rear Admiral John W. Wilcox, Jr., USN. This same day, the task force was temporarily detached from the Atlantic Fleet and departed for Scapa Flow, Scotland, to report to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, under the operational control of the Commander in Chief, British Home Fleet.
BB-56 USS Washington, 1940-1945
BB-56 USS Washington North Carolina class battleship: Displacement: 37,484 tons (standard) / 44,377 (full load) Length: 729' Beam: 108'4" Draft: 35'6" Speed: 27 knots Armament: 3x3 16"/45, 10x2 5"/38, 4x4 1.1", 18x1 .50-caliber MG; 3 planes Complement: 2339 Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 575-psi boilers, 4 shafts, 121,000 shp Built at Philadelphia Navy Yard and commissioned 15 May 1941
For details about the incident, go to: (a great site! Expect to spend some time)
June 6, 2000