On This Day (December 18) in 1944

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  1. Day-Tripper

    Day-Tripper Member

    May 16, 2014
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    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.
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  2. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

    Jan 31, 2015
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    Wow. I did a little research on this and was amazed by the devastating effects of this storm. Thanks Day-Tripper for helping to bring attention to such a little-known, yet very significant, event.
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    One of his more memorable roles, perhaps only outdone by Monsieur Rick of Casablanca fame.
  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator

    Mar 14, 2014
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    This was the same typhoon that nearly claimed the life of a young junior officer of the carrier USS Monterey.

    "During the storm, he narrowly missed being a casualty himself. After the young officer left his battle station on the bridge of the ship in the early morning of 18 December, the ship rolled twenty-five degrees which caused him to lose his footing and slide toward the edge of the deck. The two inch steel ridge around the edge of the carrier slowed him enough so he could roll and twisted into the catwalk below the deck. As he later stated, "I was lucky; I could have easily gone overboard."

    The name of the fortunate Navy officer: Gerald R. Ford

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