Bomb Attack near Saipan
In a melee of raids from all sides which included about 70 Japanese planes, Fanshaw Bay was struck by a bomb, after her antiaircraft guns and fighter planes had splashed many of the attackers. The bomb penetrated the after elevator and exploded in midair above the hanger deck, killing 14 and wounding 23. Fire broke out and the fire main was ruptured, flooding several compartments aft. In just under an hour, the damage was brought under control, but Fanshaw Bay listed 3 degrees to port and settled 6 feet by the stern. She transferred Rear Admiral Bogan to a destroyer, and sailed for Pearl Harbor and battle damage repairs.