Air Attack in Leyte Gulf
Arriving in Leyte Gulf on November 25, Aulick joined TG 77.2. On the 29th, while on antisubmarine patrol in the east entrance to Leyte Gulf, Aulick was attacked at 1750 by six Japanese planes. ... One peeled off end dived toward the destroyer, dropped a bomb close aboard, then exploded on hitting the water approximately 20 yards off the destroyer's port bow. Another aircraft approached and struck the starboard side of the bridge with its wingtip, continued forward and downward, and exploded near the bow Just above the main deck. The explosion set the number 2 gun and handling room on fire. ... Metal fragments killed several men on the bridge and flying bridge. Altogether a total of 31 men were killed, 64 were wounded, and 1 was missing.