Sunken Ships World War II: US Naval Chronology, Including Submarine Losses of the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Italy

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Branden Books, 2006 - History - 360 pages
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Sunken Ships of World War II is truly one of the greatest compendiums of naval history that has ever been put together. Not only does it give an exhaustive chronology of events and ac-tions of the United States Navy, it also contains listings of the Al-lies (American and English) and of the Axis (Japanese, German and Italian) naval losses wherever they took place. Each of the more than 350 pages of this book is packed with minute informa-tion on each sunken vessel. Entries also include the most available information on the commanders, crews, size, displacement and location in degrees of each vessel, the battles, the forces, and just about any other particular information of interest on each vessel. By any measurement Sunken Ships of World War II stands alone for its depth and breath of the information revealed in its detailed pages

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This could be a good reference, but it has multiple inaccuracies. Neither CV 17 nor CV18 were sunk. In fact the US Navy never lost an Essex Class Aircraft Carrier in battle, ever.

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LST 557 was not sunk in Okinawa, Japan. It was comissioned to go to China to be repaired and owned by the Chinese Gov't.

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Page 34 - J"une 1936. Fleet Admiral King was appointed Commander in Chief of the United States Fleet on December 20, 1941. and assumed command December 30, 1941. The duties of Commander in Chief, United States Fleet, and Chief of Naval Operations were combined by Executive order of March 12, 1942.
Page 13 - States vessels and citizens from entering combat zones; establishes the National Munitions Control Board composed of the Secretaries of State, Treasury, War, Navy, and Commerce. President declares area around British Isles a combat zone.
Page 30 - States surface craft, 2035'N.,15555'W. 31, Sat. Office of Procurement and Material (OP&M) is established in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy; Vice Adm. SM Robinson becomes director. Japanese land at Amboina Island, Netherlands East Indies. February 1, Sun. Two carrier task forces (Vice Adm. WF Halsey and Rear Adm. FJ Fletcher) and a bombardment group (Rear Adm. RA Spruance) totaling 2 aircraft carriers, 5 cruisers and 10 destroyers attack Kwajalein, Wotje, Maloelap, Jaluit and Mill...
Page 113 - Islands, under cover of intensive naval gunfire and carrier-based aircraft. Carrier-based aircraft from two task groups (Rear Adm. JJ Clark and Rear Adm. WK Harrill) bomb Japanese installations on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands and Chichi Jima and Haha Jima in the Bonin Islands; attack on Iwo Jima is repeated 16 June. United States naval vessel damaged: Battleship Tennessee (BB-43), by coastal defense gun, Saipan, Marianas Islands, 1502'N.,143050'E.
Page 101 - Atlantic area, 1310'N.,33044'W. 20, Mon. Naval attack group (Commodore LF Reifsnider) lands 4th Marine Division (Brig. Gen. AH Noble) on Emirau Island, Bismarck Archipelago. Task force including 4 battleships, 2 escort carriers and destroyers (Rear Adm. RM Griffin) bombards and bombs Kavieng, New Ireland. Submarine Angler (SS-240) evacuates 58 persons including women and children from the west coast of Panay, Philippine Islands.
Page 24 - Nagumo) heavily attack ships of the United States Pacific Fleet and military installations at Pearl Harbor and other places on Oahu, TH Four battleships, 1 minelayer, and 1 target ship are sunk; 4 battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, 1 seaplane tender, and 1 repair ship are damaged. Navy Yard and Naval Base, Pearl Harbor; Naval Air Station, Ford Island; Naval Patrol Plane Station, Kaneohe; Marine Corps airfield, Ewa; Army airfields Hickam, Wheeler, and Bellows are damaged; 188 Naval and Army aircraft...
Page 15 - Navy is created for the duration of the emergency. France opens northern Indochina to Japanese military mission and supporting troops. 22, Sat. French-German armistice is signed at Compiegne, France. Prince Konoye forms new Japanese cabinet with Gen. Hideki Tojo, Minister of War, and Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister of Foreign Affairs. 24, Mon. Charles Edison's resignation as Secretary of the Navy is effective; Lewis Compton becomes Acting Secretary. France signs armistice with Italy. Japan requests that...
Page 94 - Atlantic area, 5315'N.,15521W. 29, Sat. Aircraft from fast carrier force (Rear Adm. MA Mitscher) begin series of strikes to destroy Japanese air power and shipping in the Marshall Islands. Attacks continue daily until 6 February 1944. Submarine Bowfin (SS-287) lays mines off southeastern coast of Borneo. United States naval vessel damaged: Ocean tug ATR-1, by horizontal bomber, Anzio, Italy, 4127'N, 1240'E.
Page 110 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, invades Western Europe. Landings are made on the beaches of Normandy, France, following pre-invasion minesweeping and bombardment by Allied warships, and under cover of Allied aircraft and naval gunfire. The invasion fleet of thousands of naval vessels, merchant ships, and landing craft under the command of Adm.
Page 198 - Atoll, Marshall Islands, Surrenders; this is the first enemy garrison to capitulate in the Pacific Ocean area. Surrender is accepted on board the destroyer escort Levy (DE-162). 25, Sat Aircraft from carrier task groups begin daily flights over Japan to patrol airfields, shipping movements and to locate and supply prisoner of war camps; operation continues until 2 September 1945. 27, Mon. Third Fleet (Adm. WF Halsey) stands into Sagami Bay, the outer bay to Tokyo, Japan. Two Japanese submarines surrender...

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Karl Heden was a licensed diver for over 50 years. He also had access to various U.S. Government archives and foreign embassies of the nation's capital, where he has been researching shipwriecks worldwide for the past 40 years.

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