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Gal Mann in detail above. Photo. by Paul J Battaiola Jr. in honor of his father Paul James Battaiola USN. Photo.


Displacement 11,450 t.(lt) 20,175 t.(fl)

Length 622' 7".

Beam 75' 6".

Draft 25' 6".

Speed 20.6 kts.

Complement 465.

Troop Accommodations 5,142.

Armament: Four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, four quad 1.1" AA gun mounts replaced by twenty 20mm AA gun mounts.

Propulsion steam turbines, twin shafts, 17,000hp.

Operating out of NorfolkVa.General W. A. Mann delivered troops and supplies to the North African theater, making four successive round-trip voyages to Casablanca and one to Oran before mid-May 1944. She stood out 5 June 1944 for Oran again and after touching North Africa sailed thence to Rio de JaneiroBrazil, to load troops bound for NaplesItaly.

Gal Mann anti aircraft gun. Photo

AP Gal Mann being overflown by one Brazilian PBY 5 Catalina over Brazilian coast during her journey to Italy. Photo

Above a copy of Gal Mann diary depicting departure plan from Brazil to Italy with 5 000 Brazilian troops. Photo.



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