1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 6, 2021 2:03 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking Log Book of USS Enterprise CV-6

    Antonio DeGaetano Newbie

      I've been studying the operational history of the USS Enterprise CV-6 and have discovered that at some point in 1941 she lost her starboard anchor, but I am not sure when and what caused it. In every photo of Enterprise during 1942 she is missing the anchor, and it was replaced in 1943 during her major overhaul in Puget Sound. Does anyone have copies of her log book from 1941 or know what caused her to lose the anchor in the first place?

       

      Enterprise in Pearl Harbor, May 1942 from David Doyle's "USS Enterprise"

        • Re: Seeking Log Book of USS Enterprise CV-6
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. DeGaetano,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck log of the USS Enterprise (CV-6) for 1941, 1942 and 1943. We also located General Correspondence Filed Under Filing Classifications CA/A1-3 To CVL48-49/588, 1940 - 1945 in the Records of the Bureau of Ships (Record Group 19) which includes records relating to USS Enterprise (CV-6) in containers 715 - 726. Additionally, we located World War II Action and Operational Reports in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that may include reports relating to the loss of the anchor. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

           

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          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located World War II War Diaries, Other Operational Records and Histories, ca. 1/1/1942 - ca. 6/1/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) that contains war diaries and reports concerning the activities of the USS Enterprise during World War II and may indicate when the anchor was lost. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.  Please keep in mind that the Catalog does not always list files in chronological order.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!