US military forces lost 800 killed and 146 planes lost in ine day. In the 3rd day of the famous Battle of the Bulge? No. In MacArthur's ongoing campaign in the Phillipenes? No. It was the US Navy's Task Force 38, commanded by Admiral Bull Halsey's, losses as a result of a terrible typhoon in the central Pacific. Typhoon Cobra. Three ships were lost entirely, with all hands. Many others were damaged. Aircraft carriers witnessed their Hellcats blown off the deck into the sea like toys. Experienced naval commanders were shaken more by this storm than they had ever been in combat. Mother nature was more lethal than the Imperial Japanese Navy! It was witnessed by a young US Navy ensign from the Bronx named Herman Wouk, who later became a novelist and used the experience as a story background in his epic book (and later movie) "The Caine Mutiny". Remember? Humphrey Bogart as the infamous Captain Queeg, with Fred McMurray & Van Johnson. Great stuff.