[Photo] Aerial view of US battleship Massachusetts, 1943; note OS2U Kingfisher float planes on the fantail catapults
The battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) under way sometime in 1943. This angle reveals the immensity of the ship and the abundance of her secondary armament. In her day, just like her sisters, she was a floating fortress that feared no emeny.
US battle line steaming into position to bombard Kamaishi steelworks on mainland Japan. Photo taken from USS South Dakota (BB-57). Battleships USS Indiana (BB-58), USS Massachusetts (BB-59) and heavy cruisers USS Chicago (CA-136) and USS Quincy (CA-71) follow behind, 14 July 1945.