Battery 155 - Ventura

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Battery 155 - Ventura (1943-1944) - Battery 155 - Ventura was a temporary, World War II, 155mm coastal gun battery on Panama mounts. Located on the beach at Ventura, Ventura County, California. Battery construction started January 1943, was completed July 1943 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 18 Apr 1944 at a cost of $ 9,990.25. Deactivated in 1944. Also known as Battery 2 - Ventura.

Battery 155- Ventura Panama Mount #1
Battery 155- Ventura Panama Mount #1 in Foreground, Panama Mount #2 in Background
Battery 155 - Ventura Panama Mount #2

World War II

Originally built as a temporary World War II coastal gun battery with two 155mm rapid fire guns mounted on mobile marriages emplaced on circular Panama mounts.

Located on a 10 acre site that included some 21 temporary buildings, a rifle range and ammunition magazine. The property was originally obtained from Ventura County on 15 Aug 1942. Units conducted monthly live fire target practice on offshore towed targets.

Property returned to Ventura County on 15 May 1945.

155mm M1918 Gun at Fort Morgan
Panama Mount at Fort Pickens


Battery Battery 155 - Ventura Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI M1 Unk Unk Mobile, M1918, #Unk 1943-1945
2 155mm Rifle 240" M1918MI M1 Unk Unk Mobile, M1918, #Unk 1943-1945
Source: CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 190-191
Battery Battery 155 - Ventura Plan


Current Status

Destroyed, no period guns or carriages in place. Two Panama mounts in the surf.


Location: Emma Wood State Beach, Ventura, Ventura County, California.

Maps & Images

Lat: 34.275716 Long: -119.310680

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project Harbor Defenses of Los Angeles, (LA-AN-WDC-44), 31 Aug 1944, CDSG

Links:

Visited: 24 Dec 2012

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