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Fanshaw Bay

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, June 17, 1944
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.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 13

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 1c Kenneth Bolander USN
Sea 1c Raymond Carter USN
SF 3c William Conner USN
Sea 1c George English USN
PhM 2c Ernest Grabill USN
Wt 1c George Kaiser USN
BM 2c Garland Lloyd USN
PhM 2c James Lynch USN
Sea 1c Francis Molanick USN
EM 3c Robert Pooler USN
AM 1c Lennard Sorem USN
Sea 1c Lawrence Waszkiewicz USN
Carp Albert Wili USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships