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Ticonderoga

Sunday, January 21, 1945
Kamikaze Attack near Formosa
Ticonderoga, along with other carriers of TF 38 transited to a suitable launch site for striking the airfields January 22, 1945 on Formosa, in the Pescadores, and at Sakishima Gunto. ... Just after noon, a single-engined Japanese plane scored a hit on USS Langley with a glide-bombing attack. Seconds later, a kamikaze emerged from the clouds and plunged into Ticonderoga, crashing through her flight deck with his bomb exploding just above the hangar deck. Several planes erupted into flames. Death and destruction abounded, but the ship's company fought valiantly to save the threatened carrier. ... Taking advantage of the damaged condition of Ticonderoga, other kamikazes quickly pounced on the stricken carrier. Her antiaircraft gunners struck back with methodical, ferocity and quickly swatted three tormentors into the sea. A fourth plane slipped through AA barrage and smashed into the carrier's starboard side near the island. ... His bomb set more planes on fire, riddled the flight deck, and injured or killed another 100 sailors-including the CO. ... Smart shiphandling enabled the ship to keep the wind from fanning the blaze. The magazines and other compartments were flooded to prevent further explosions and to correct a 10-degree starboard list. Finally, the damage control party was directed to induce a ten degree port list by flooding compartments on Ticonderoga's port side which dumped the fire overboard! Fire-fighters and plane handlers completed the job by dousing the flames and jettisoning burning aircraft.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 137

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c John Geis USN
Lt(jg) Edward Gray USN
Ens Edgar Gregory USN
Sea 2c James Grubbs USN
Sea 2c William Gunn USN
Sea 2c Benjamin Guzman USN
StM 2c Beaufort Hall USN
AMM 3c Kenneth Hawkins USN
Sea 2c Eugene Herrick USN
Sea 1c James Higgins USN
Sea 2c John Hilton USN
Sea 2c David Hoehler USN
Sea 1c Charles Hollenstein USN
Std 3c Therman Holloway USN
Y 1c Noah Horn USN
Sea 2c Julius Horvath USN
Sea 1c John Hrosovsky USN
Sea 1c Joseph Hubiak USN
PhoM 1c John Hughes USN
StM 1c Frank Jackson USN

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