USS Chicago (i) (CA 29)
Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Mare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||10 Sep 1928|
|Launched||10 Apr 1930|
|Commissioned||9 Mar 1931|
|Lost||30 Jan 1943|
|Loss position||11° 26'S, 160° 56'E|
USS Chicago (Captain Ralph Otis Davis) was hit by a torpedo dropped by Japanese airplane during Battle of Rennel Island on the 29th. She sank on the 30th in position 11º26'S, 160º56'E while being towed to safety.
Commands listed for USS Chicago (i) (CA 29)
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|1||Capt. Abel Trood Bidwell, USN||15 Jun 1938||16 Dec 1939|
|2||Capt. Marion Clinton Robertson, USN||16 Dec 1939||Feb 1941|
|3||Capt. Bernhard Henry Bieri, USN||Feb 1941||17 Jan 1942|
|4||Capt. Howard Douglas Bode, USN||17 Jan 1942||Dec 1942 (1)|
|5||T/R.Adm. Ralph Otis Davis, USN||Dec 1942||30 Jan 1943 (1)|
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Notable events involving Chicago (i) include:
31 May 1942
The USS Chicago (i) has a particular connection to the city of Sydney, Australia. Chicago was moored in Sydney Harbour on the night of 31 May 1942 and was attacked by a Japanese midget submarine (one of three)launched the previous day. The Chicago fired on the midget submarine and then survived a torpedo attack from the submarine that sank and destroyed another allied ship killing 19 people. The Chicago immediately left Sydney Harbour and made for open sea. This is a very famous wartime incident in Australian and Sydney's history. Refer official Australian archive fact sheet at: http://www.naa.gov.au/Publications/fact_sheets/fs192.html (2)
9 Aug 1942
USS Chicago was part of Allied forces operating near Guadalcanal and took part in Battle of Savo. Japanese forces (under command of Admiral Mikawa) totally surprised the Allies. Chicago was hit by "Long Lance" torpedo and lost her bow. (2)
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