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20 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1944
United States Army General Douglas MacArthur and his staff leaving USS Nashville aboard an LCM to inspect the landing beaches on Leyte in the Philippines, 20 Oct 1944.
21 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1944
Cruiser USS Nashville, General Douglas MacArthur’s flagship during the Leyte Gulf operations, at anchor off Leyte, Philippine Islands, about 21 Oct 1944. Note destroyer USS Bush at right.
1 Nov 1944

  • A battleship force on station at the northern entrance to Surigao Strait consisting of battleships USS Mississippi, California, and Pennsylvania screened by cruisers USS Phoenix, Boise, Nashville, and HMAS Shropshire along with destroyers Ammen, Bush, Leutze, Newcomb, Bennion, Heywood L. Edwards, Robinson, Richard P. Leary, Bryant, and Claxton came under an intense Japanese air attacking force that included special attack aircraft. USS Ammen sustained a glancing blow from a Yokosuka P1Y 'Francis' that caused considerable topside damage and killed 5 men. An Aichi D3A 'Val' crashed across Abner Read's main deck as it dropped a bomb down one the destroyer's stacks that exploded in the engine room. Abner Read jettisoned her torpedoes which immediately began their runs toward other ships in the group. Abner Read began sinking by the stern and 20 minutes after the attack, she rolled over and sank. 24 were killed. Meanwhile, Mississippi and Nashville had to take emergency evasive actions to avoid the torpedoes. ww2dbase [Pennsylvania | Boise | Phoenix | Nashville | Leutze | Mississippi | California | Tokko "Kamikaze" Special Attack Doctrine | Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Leyte Gulf | DS]
12 Nov 1944

  • The Japanese Army Banda Squadron in the Philippine Islands launched its first tokko mission against American ships in Leyte Gulf, claiming the sinking of a battleship and a transport although the actual damage done to the Americans was minimal. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Leyte Gulf | CPC]
25 Nov 1944

  • USS New Mexico sailed into Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Leyte Gulf | CPC]
12 Dec 1944

2 Jan 1945

  • USS Kimberly departed Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands to screen a battleship group toward Luzon. ww2dbase [Kimberly | Leyte Gulf | CPC]
23 Jun 1945


Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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