National Geographic : 1945 Aug
Sentsin Korea # _' . Tsingt o okyo 28- First carrier strikeson Ryukyus and Formosa, king 'S unfl" i/ 21- Battle of 22- Bombed Guam, a iYUngl~a(WePncho Amami Pippne Sea, Tinian, and Rota, Midway. MinhowFoochow) inawa June 19-20,'44 July 44 12- Capt. Buracker 2 9-Princeton lost in Amy F IwoJima .Marcus 23-At Eniweto for rest Hender apt Battle for LeyteGulf, 20-Air strikes / HitTruk and replenishments, Kwaalein, Feb. 8,'44 Oct. 24,'44 Hong on Saipan, and Ponape Aug.'44 i Kong June 44 on way back Sr f s to Majuro, .Wake II- Marshall slands 26- First fighter sweep Luzon Apr.44 13-Bombed operation, Jan. overManila, Sept. 21-22,44 Eniwetok, Feb. 44 Bangkok Mani Maria Fe 25- First carrier strikes PHILI Guam En tM on Philippines, Sept.'44 Mo jUlith Commanding Sept.'44 " or a Gailberts : - ae t .. officer, Ulithi, Equator iB -Baker Oct.'44 - --- auru Ca aet 1d I landia ' \ Canton New a dBuka 15- First carrier strikes e Guinea -O up on Palau,Yap, and olomons 4-Occupation ' Woleai, Mar. '44 7- First carrier 8- First carrier strie ' of Baker Island, S|a strikes on on Nauru Nov '43 V4 Aug. -Sept.'43 17- Air support for Rabaul, Nov.'43 General MacArthur, 9- Occu o- Softenin uT New Guinea, Apr.'44 9- Occupation of 5- Softening up Tarawa Gilberts,Nov.-Dec.'43 Espiritu Santo d Makin, Sept.'43 A STRA A1o,via "4- Majuro for rest 16 ToEspiritu Santo via and upkeep,Mar.'44 A U S T RA L I A Mauro, fortraining Mar.'4 On September 21 and 22 we were again off the Philippines. Our pilots made the first fighter sweep over Manila and did an excel lent job. They knocked down 38 enemy planes with the loss of only one, but its pilot, Lt. W. E. Lamb, USN, was not missing for long. On one of these strikes, Lieutenant Lamb, the executive officer of our fighter squad ron, made a forced landing in Lake Taal, 35 miles south of Manila, after Jap AA fire had damaged his engine. Later this resourceful pilot showed up at Pearl Harbor and gave an interesting account of his visit with friendly guerrillas on Jap-held Luzon and his rescue by an American submarine. Early in October we proceeded to Ulithi Atoll, recently wrested from the Japs and now used as an advance fleet base. A typhoon was raging in the vicinity, and so we put to sea for two days to ride it out. Western Pacific typhoons are no fun. Some times they develop with little warning, but this time our weatherman gave advance informa tion which enabled our task-force commander to maneuver his ships clear of the path of the storm. However, even along its edge we experi enced high winds and rough seas, with green water breaking over even the largest ships. Destroyers looked like submarines, and from previous service in them I knew that life aboard was none too comfortable. On the Princeton the planes had to be secured with additional lines, and activities on the tossing, slippery, wind-swept flight deck were limited to essentials. At Ulithi Capt. John M. Hoskins, USN, reported aboard the Princeton as prospective commanding officer. Though I was glad to welcome him as a friend, I certainly did not appreciate his coming aboard to take my ship. Hoskins was to ride with me during the next operation as a passenger. On October 10 our task force struck deep into the heart of the Japanese homeland when we hit the Ryukyus for the first time.* We were getting closer and closer to the core of the rotten apple. These strikes were followed, on the 12th to 14th inclusive, by the first carrier attacks on Formosa.t Now we were near the coast of China itself. We went in so close that we could see Formosa from the Princeton. We always approached targets warily, try ing to get our flights off prior to Jap attacks. A few "snoopers" usually showed up, but be fore real opposition developed our flights were launched and well on their way. We received considerable attention from the enemy off Formosa in the late afternoon of the third day. Just before dark, torpedo * See "Peacetime Rambles in the Ryukyus," by William Leonard Schwartz, NATIONAL GEOG;RAPHIC MAGAZINE, May, 1945. t See "I Lived on Formosa," by Joseph W. Ballan tine, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, January, 1945.