- USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95)
USS "Bismarck Sea" (CVE-95) was a "Casablanca" class
escort carrierof the United States Navy. She was launched on 17 April 1944by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington, under a Maritime Commission contract as "Alikula Bay"; sponsored by Mrs. M. C. Wallgren, wife of Senator Monrad Wallgren; renamed "Bismarck Sea" on 16 May 1944; transferred to the Navy on 20 May 1944; and commissioned the same day, with Captain J. L. Pratt in command.
During July and August 1944 "Bismarck Sea" escorted convoys between
San Diego, California, and the Marshall Islands. After repairs and additional training at San Diego, she steamed to Ulithi, Caroline Islands, to join the 7th Fleet. During 14 November– 23 November 1944she operated off Leyte in support of the operations and later took part in the Lingayen Gulf landings ( 9 January– 18 January 1945). On 16 Februaryshe arrived off Iwo Jimato support the invasion.
21 February 1945, despite heavy gunfire, two Japanese suicide planes hit the "Bismarck Sea", first on the starboard side under the first 40 mm gun (aft), crashing through the hangar deck and striking the ship's magazines. The fire was nearly under control when the second plane struck the aft elevator shaft, exploding on impact and destroying the fire fighting salt water distribution system, thus preventing any further damage control. Shortly after, the order was given to abandon ship. She sank with the loss of 318 men. Three destroyers and three destroyer escorts rescued survivors over the next 12 hours, between them saving a total of 605 officers and men from her crew of 923. Survivors were then transferred to the transports USS|Dickens|APA-161|2 and USS|Highlands|APA-119|2.
According to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, the destroyer escort USS|Edmonds|DE-406|2 directed the rescue operations of the remaining hands, saving 378 of the carrier's crew including the commanding officer, in spite of darkness, heavy seas and continuing air attacks. Thirty of "Edmonds"' own crew went over the side to bring the wounded and exhausted carrier men to safety.
"Bismarck Sea" received three
battle stars for her World War II operations.
List of U.S. Navy ships losses in World War II.
* [http://www.navybuddies.com/cve/cve95.htm USS Bismarck Sea (CVE 95)]
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b6/bismarck-sea-i.htm Bismarck Sea]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) — im Majuro Atoll Geschichte Bestellung 1942 Kiellegung … Deutsch Wikipedia
USS Bismarck Sea — (CVE 95) im Majuro Atoll Geschichte Bestellung 1942 Kiellegung 31. Ja … Deutsch Wikipedia
USS Wake Island (CVE-65) — was an Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy. (An amphibious assault ship named USS Wake Island has appeared as a location in the television show JAG as well as in the movie Rules of Engagement.) She was laid down under a… … Wikipedia
USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) — was a Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy. OverviewShe was laid down as Bucareli Bay (ACV 61) under Maritime Commission contract by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington, 15 January 1943; renamed Manila Bay 3 April 1943;… … Wikipedia
USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62) — USS Natoma Bay (CVE–62) was an Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy. She was laid down as Begum (MC hull 1099), 17 January 1943, by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington, under Maritime Commission connamed… … Wikipedia
USS Lunga Point (CVE-94) — USS Lunga Point (CVE 94), originally Alazon Bay , was a Casablanca class escort carrier. It was named for Lunga Point on the northern coast of Guadalcanal, the site of a naval battle during World War II. It was laid down by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co … Wikipedia
USS Astrolabe Bay (AVG-60) — USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60) 1944 Geschichte Bestellung 1942 Kiellegung 5. Januar 1943 … Deutsch Wikipedia
USS Gambier Bay — Dienstzeit Kiellegung: 10. Juli 1943 Stapellauf: 22. November 1943 … Deutsch Wikipedia
USS Liscome Bay — (CVE 56) Geschichte Bestellung 1942 Kiellegung 9. Dezember 1942 … Deutsch Wikipedia
USS Casablanca — Geschichte Bestellung 1942 Kiellegung 3. November 1942 Stapellauf 5. April 19 … Deutsch Wikipedia