USS South Dakota (BB-57) during the repair in ABSD-6 floating dry dock due to the consequences of the ignition of gunpowder in the cellars of the guns of the main caliber.
On May 6, 1945, the South Dakota battleship received ammunition from the supply vessel Wrangler, being on Okinawa island. During the loading of the cellars of the main-caliber guns, a powder charge ignited.
Urgent flooding of the cellars of the turret number 2 rescued “South Dakota” Battleship. Directly during the incident, three people died, 32 were injured, burns and poisoning. Eight of them subsequently died.
“South Dakota” the battleship was taken for repairs to Guam Island, and then to Leyte Island.
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Location: Guam Island, USA
Image Date: 1945