Countdown at Crossroads – 25 June 1946


4. BillMcGee on gun turret

Aboard the USS Fall River (CA-131), Flagship for the Target Fleet, 25 June 1946. Scuttlebutt was that all went well on Queen Day, the 24 June rehearsal for the big test on 1 July. The bombing plane made its run and dropped a flash-powder bomb at 0914, which went off near the bulls-eye ship, the battleship USS Nevada (BB-36), painted a bright red-orange to aid the bombardier. Pictured above: Bill McGee, Gunner’s Mate 2/c, USN, on the 8″ gun turret of the Fall River. (Author’s collection)

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