The American South Dakota battleship (USS South Dakota (BB-57) is being repaired in ABSD-6 by floating dry dock due to the effects of gunpowder burning in the cellars of the guns of the main caliber.
On May 6, 1945, Okinawa’s battleship received ammunition from the supply vessel Wrangler. 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