This image shows what is likely an American or German ammunition ship being hit by a torpedo off Southern France. This image was taken from the Coast Guard cutter ship USS Duane. Based on the dates when other pictures similar to this one were taken, the estimated date is probably around August 16, 1944. It is believed that Dale Rooks was the photographer of this image.
About John Baker’s Warbook
The Warbook is a collection of approximately 150 original photographs taken during World War II revolving around the travels of Coast Guard cutter USS Duane. This book was compiled by my grandfather John Baker, who is the subject of many photos. Each image and caption from the book will be sequentially posted on this blog, along with other historical research when possible.
-Adam Michael Baker Randazzo
- Featured on the LIFE Magazine Website
- Dale Rooks Website
- One Year Ago
- Updates to “1943 – USS Duane Signaling Navy Blimp” Post
- 1945 – Minor Surgery Performed by Ph. M Baker and Ph. M. Schaefer
- 1945 – “Sack Time” for Baker, Rooks and Schaefer aboard the USCG USS Duane
- 1945 – Members of USCG USS Duane Crew with Shaved Heads
- June 16, 1943 – “The Duane Torpedo” interviews John Baker on his 27th birthday
- 1945 – Morning exercises for members of 8th Fleet, North Africa
- 1945 – USS Duane Captain Awards Crew Members in North Africa