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My father (age, 78) has asked me to do some research for him.

A friend of his believes that all the battleships on battleship row on December the 7th 1941 had all their bottom void tanks open for a BuShip InSurv (Inspection & Survey) inspection.   I think I have recalled that it was true but he wants documentation.

I suspect somewhere the US Navy has a record of ordering an Inspection of the Ships probably scheduled for Monday December 8th. In that case all the ships voids would have been opened up on Friday June 6th to be ready for the Monday inspection.  

The ships logs for battleships such as Maryland, West Virginia and others in port would show that condition. He is convinced that  the Japanese had all that info and that is why they picked December 7th.  So anything you can find will keep him happy I suspect.

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"A friend of his believes that all the battleships on battleship row on December the 7th 1941 had all their bottom void tanks open for a BuShip InSurv (Inspection & Survey) inspection."

One battleship had her voids open for a Monday inspection.  That was Oklahoma.  She is mentioned specifically for this, but none of the other ships were so noted.

There was some speculation during the Hearings that the Employment Schedules for each Task Force had been distributed a bit to widely for proper security, but I'm not aware of any evidence that the Japanese obtained copies.  Most espionage in Hawaii was produced by direct observation of the harbor and loose talk.  

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I located the schedule for Inspections in the Exhibits of the Joint Committee, Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings.  In  Pt. 15, on page 1715, it shows that Oklahoma[/il] and [i]Pennsylvania were due for A.M.I. (Annual Military Inspection) on this date.  The Oklahoma[/il] had dates from 6-17 Dec. for this inspection and [i]Pennsylvania had 29 Nov.-12 Dec. listed.  Pennsylvania was in dry-dock during the attack.  No other battleships listed for inspections on Dec. 7th.
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