My uncle, a survivor of the sinking of the USS Yorktown
(CV-5) at the Battle of Midway and months of combat (including kamikazes) as CEM of the USS Hancock
(CV-19), referred me to this book about another terror they encountered while in combat aboard the Hancock
. Strikes were canceled due to the severe typhoon. At the height of the storm, waves broke over the carrier’s flight deck, fifty-five feet above the waterline.
As commanding officer of a ship that came close to destruction in the typhoon of December 1944, the author of this book, Captain C. Raymond Calhoun, was in an unparalleled position to document a tragic ordeal that claimed 778 men, 3 destroyers, and more than 100 aircraft. This compelling account details for the first time the events surrounding the storm, as well as the controversial aftermath.
Divided into four parts--Prelude to a Typhoon, The Struggle for Survival, The Aftermath (including The Court’s Findings, Opinions, and Recommendations), and Summary--this very thorough history of the U.S. Third Fleet’s battle with a typhoon in the Philippine Sea includes appendices, notes, a bibliography, and an index.