USS Wasp (lower right) and other Essex-class carriers, escorted by battleships, cruisers, and destroyers of Task Force 38 maneuvering off Japan, 17 Aug 1945

Caption     USS Wasp (lower right) and other Essex-class carriers, escorted by battleships, cruisers, and destroyers of Task Force 38 maneuvering off Japan, 17 Aug 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-278815
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Photos on Same Day 17 Aug 1945
Photos at Same Place Pacific Ocean
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 16 Sep 2008

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
7 Apr 2017 12:36:11 PM

These are ships of Task Group 38.4 as it was formed on 17 Aug 1945. The official US Navy caption for this photo identifies the USS Wasp (Essex-class) in the lower right with “five other Essex class carriers” but there are a total of only five fleet carriers in the photo, and one of them is not an Essex-class. The large carrier in the distance at far left is HMS Indefatigable, which was sailing with Task Group 38.4 at the time. The carrier just left of the center of the photo is the USS Shangri-La, force flagship of Vice-Admiral John S. McCain, and the other two are the USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and USS Bon Homme Richard. The battleship just beyond Wasp is almost certainly the USS Missouri, the fleet flagship of Admiral Halsey.

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