1 Oct 1944

Caroline Islands
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-385 was mined and sunk in the Zowariau Channel, Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Ulithi | AC]
  • USS Alabama arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
2 Oct 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Cassin Young arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | Ulithi | CPC]
6 Oct 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Cassin Young departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands with Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Oct 1944
Damaged aircraft on the hangar deck of the USS Independence, 6 Oct 1944 following heavy seas 3 days earlier. Note the hand-tied rope lashings to secure the aircraft. Note also the AIA radar antenna in the damaged radome
20 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1944
Canberra and Houston being towed by USS Munsee and USS Pawnee toward Ulithi, Caroline Islands, Oct 1944
29 Oct 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands and joined Task Force 38 of Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
30 Oct 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Alabama arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1944
USS Langley, USS Hornet, and other warships at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 30 Oct 1944
1 Nov 1944

Photo(s) dated 1 Nov 1944
Cruiser USS Houston moored alongside repair ship USS Hector in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 1 Nov 1944. Houston was getting repairs after two torpedo hits on 14 and 16 Oct 1944 off Formosa (Taiwan).
2 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
  • USS Franklin arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands for temporary repairs. ww2dbase [Franklin | Ulithi | CPC]
3 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • Halsey personally inspected USS Franklin at Ulithi, Caroline Islands; she was the first major American ship to be damaged by "kamikaze" special attacks. ww2dbase [Franklin | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands and joined TG 38.4. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]
6 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
9 Nov 1944

Photo(s) dated 9 Nov 1944
USS Iowa at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 9-14 Nov 1944; note camouflage Measure 32 Design 1BAs seen from the flight deck of the USS Hancock near the No. 1 5-inch mount, sailors look at the nearby carriers Intrepid, Cabot, and Belleau Wood while anchored at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 9 Nov 1944.
11 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Franklin departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | Ulithi | CPC]
17 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands together with other ships of Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
Photo(s) dated 17 Nov 1944
Collage from USS Hancock Cruise Book showing Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Sr. aboard his flagship; shown on the flight deck, admiral
19 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • Japanese submarine I-37 was sunk by American ships off Ulithi, Caroline Islands; the four Kaiten submarines aboard that she was supposed to deliver for Operation Gen were also lost. ww2dbase [Kaiten-class | Ulithi | CPC]
20 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • Japanese submarines I-36 and I-47 each delivered five Kaiten submarines off Ulithi, Caroline Islands. Only one of the Kaiten submarines would find a target, setting the fleet oiler Mississinewa, full of aviation fuel, aflame. ww2dbase [Kaiten-class | Ulithi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1944
Sinking of oiler USS Mississinewa after being struck by a Kaiten in Ulithi anchorage, Caroline Islands, 20 Nov 1944; photograph taken from fleet ocean tug USS MunseeA column of smoke 500 feet wide rising from the burning fleet oiler USS Mississinewa after being struck by the first Japanese Kaiten deployed, Ulithi Atoll, 30 Nov 1944. Light carrier USS Langley is in the foreground.A destroyer escort dropping depth charges on a second Japanese Kaiten in the cruiser anchorage of Ulithi Lagoon on 20 Nov 1944 after the sinking of USS Mississinewa. Seen from USS Bunker Hill. Photo 1 of 3.A destroyer escort dropping depth charges on a second Japanese Kaiten in the cruiser anchorage of Ulithi Lagoon on 20 Nov 1944 after the sinking of USS Mississinewa. Seen from USS Bunker Hill. Photo 2 of 3.
See all photos dated 20 Nov 1944
22 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
24 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands Photo(s) dated 24 Nov 1944
Monterey at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 24 Nov 1944Battleship Massachusetts sailing into Ulithi anchorage in the Caroline Islands, 24 Nov 1944; note autograph of Chester Nimitz
26 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
30 Nov 1944

Photo(s) dated 30 Nov 1944
US Navy Admiral William Halsey presenting Vice-Admiral John McCain with the Navy Cross on the flight deck of USS Hancock at anchor in the Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 30 Nov 1944.
1 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands
2 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands Photo(s) dated 2 Dec 1944
Four Essex-class carriers at anchor at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, about 1600 on 2 Dec 1944; L to R: Wasp, Yorktown, Hornet, Hancock; viewed from Ticonderoga with sight of her F6F-5 Hellcat fighters
8 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1944
USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 1 of 3USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 2 of 3USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 3 of 3Carrier USS Ticonderoga at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon 8 Dec 1944 with USS Langley (Independence-class) beyond. Note the faded Ms33/10A paint scheme. Ticonderoga’s flight deck is loaded with the planes of Air Group 80.
10 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga departs Ulithi, Caroline Islands with Task Group 38.3. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Wasp departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to rejoin the fleet east of the Philippines. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]
16 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands
24 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands Photo(s) dated 24 Dec 1944
US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands, 24 Dec 1944, photo 1 of 7US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands, 24 Dec 1944, photo 2 of 7US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands, 24 Dec 1944, photo 3 of 7US Navy Task Group 38.3 entering Ulithi anchorage in a column following strikes in Philippine Islands, 24 Dec 1944, photo 4 of 7
See all photos dated 24 Dec 1944
26 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands
  • Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz held an official court of inquiry aboard destroyer tender USS Cascade at Ulithi, Caroline Islands over the losses during Typhoon Cobra. No conclusions would be made on this date. ww2dbase [Typhoon Cobra | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Wasp arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Ulithi | CPC]
30 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands
2 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri departed US Territory of Hawaii for Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
12 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
  • Kaiten submarines launched by Japanese submarines I-36, I-53, I-56, and I-58 struck targets at Ulithi in the Caroline Islands, Palau Islands, Admiralty Islands, and Guam in the Mariana Islands, respectively. The motherships reported 18 sinkings total, but actual damage done was far less and no ship was sunk. ww2dbase [Kaiten-class | Ulithi | CPC]
23 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands for repairs. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Ulithi | CPC]
24 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands; Captain Kiefer, the executive officer, and others wounded during the special attack three days prior were transferred to hospital ship Samaritan. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
25 Jan 1945

Photo(s) dated 25 Jan 1945
Capt Dixie Kiefer (left) and executive officer Cdr Willian Burch, both badly injured in an air attack four days earlier, being prepared for transfer from Ticonderoga to the hospital ship Samaritan at Ulithi, 25 Jan 1945Captain Dixie Kiefer, badly injured in an air attack four days earlier, addressing his crew one more time before being transferred from USS Ticonderoga to the hospital ship Samaritan at Ulithi, 25 Jan 1945.
26 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
28 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
  • Captain Giles Elza Short was named the commanding officer of USS Ticonderoga. She then departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands for Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States via Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
31 Jan 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wake Island completed her repairs at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Ulithi | CPC]
5 Feb 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Ulithi | CPC]
6 Feb 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Marcus Island was relieved as Rear Admiral W. D. Sample's flagship while at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Ulithi | CPC]
8 Feb 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Marcus Island was made the flagship of Rear Admiral Felix Stump's Carrier Division 24 whiel at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Bennington joined the US 5th Fleet at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Bennington | Ulithi | DS]
Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1945
Ships of the US fleet at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Feb 1945. Visible are 7 large carriers, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, and numerous cruisers, destroyers, and support vessels including 1 hospital ship.
10 Feb 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Hancock departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands as part of Task Group 58.2. ww2dbase [Hancock | Ulithi | DS]
  • USS Wake Island departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands with Task Group 52.2. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Astoria departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Astoria (Cleveland-class) | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands for raids in support of the landings on Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]
16 Feb 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands as a part of Task Unit 50.8.25 in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Ulithi | CPC]
1 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
3 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 3 Mar 1945
Two (Essex-class) carriers at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 3 Mar 1945. USS Hancock, in front, is in Berth 22 and USS Wasp is in Berth 29. Both ships show very battle worn paint schemes.
4 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Hancock arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands; Air Group 6 relieved Air Group 80. ww2dbase [Hancock | Ulithi | DS]
  • USS Wasp arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Ulithi | CPC]
5 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Ulithi | CPC]
11 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • In Operation Tan No. 2, Japanese Navy aircraft conducted a large-scale special attack operation on American warships at Ulithi atoll, Caroline Islands. Closer to the home islands, a P1Y1 Ginga aircraft of 762nd Naval Air Group based in Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan struck USS Randolph at dusk. ww2dbase [Randolph | Ulithi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Mar 1945
USS Randolph with heavy damage to the hangar deck and flight deck after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashing into the ship while at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.Crews apply water to smoldering fires on the hangar deck of the USS Randolph after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship while at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.
12 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 12 Mar 1945
What is left of an SB2C Helldiver on the heavily damaged flight deck of the USS Randolph after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship while at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.USS Randolph Captain Felix Baker (pointing) showing Admiral Raymond Spruance damage to the flight deck after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.
13 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Franklin arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | Ulithi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1945
USS Shannon steaming through Ulithi anchorage, Caroline Islands, 13 Mar 1945; note USS Flint at left, USS Miami at right, carriers USS Enterprise, USS Intrepid, USS Essex, and USS Bunker Hill, and battleship Tennessee behind Intrepid.13 Mar 1945 photo of the Essex-class carrier USS Randolph with damage to her flight deck as the result of a Japanese Yokosuka P1Y Ginga "Frances" Special Attack aircraft crashing into her at Ulithi Atoll, 11 Mar 1945.
14 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Missouri departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
  • US Navy Task Force 58 departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to provide indirect support for the campaign against Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to resume raids on Japan in support of the Okinawa operations. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]
20 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS New Mexico departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Ulithi | CPC]
21 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wake Island departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Ulithi | CPC]
22 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Cassin Young departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands for Okinawa. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Missouri arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
24 Mar 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Franklin arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Franklin | Ulithi | CPC]
28 Apr 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Alabama arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
9 May 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | Ulithi | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Ulithi | CPC]
10 May 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Miami departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Miami | Ulithi | CPC]
14 May 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands on and remained there until 24 May 1945. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]
22 May 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands and joined Task Group 58.4. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
23 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 23 May 1945
Aboard USS Ticonderoga, Navy Fighting-Bombing Squadron 87 takes possession of the 10,000th F6F Hellcat to be produced, 23 May 1945 at Ulithi.
24 May 1945

Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands with other ships of Task Group 58.4. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) sortied from Ulithi, Caroline Islands with TG 58.4 to rejoin the forces off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Ulithi | DS]

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




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