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Zuikaku dead in the water, 25 Oct 1944; BB Ise at right of photoZuikaku settling as she sinks, 25 Oct 1944; profile of an Avenger is seen flying overheadZuikaku under attack and smoking, 25 Oct 1944Zuikaku underway to Battle off Cape Engano, 25 Oct 1944
Zuikaku dead in the water, 25 Oct 1944; BB Ise at right of photoZuikaku settling as she sinks, 25 Oct 1944; profile of an Avenger is seen flying overheadZuikaku under attack and smoking, 25 Oct 1944Zuikaku underway to Battle off Cape Engano, 25 Oct 1944
ZuikakuZuikakuZuikakuAmerican survivors of the Battle off Samar rescued by an US Navy ship on 26 Oct 1944
Zuikaku's crew jettisoning explosives, 25 Oct 1944Zuikaku's crew saluted the Naval Ensign one last time as she sank, 25 Oct 1944Zuikaku's crew's final Banzai, 25 Oct 1944American survivors of the Battle off Samar rescued by an US Navy ship on 26 Oct 1944
Japanese cruiser Kumano bombed by carrier planes in the Sibuyan Sea, Philippines, 26 Oct 1944. She lost her bow the previous day from a torpedo fired by USS Johnston in the opening shot of the Battle off Samar.American ships off the coast of Leyte, Philippine Islands, Oct 1944Carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin afire after being hit by suicide aircraft, off Samar, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Cruiser Phoenix screening escort carriers off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
Japanese cruiser Kumano bombed by carrier planes in the Sibuyan Sea, Philippines, 26 Oct 1944. She lost her bow the previous day from a torpedo fired by USS Johnston in the opening shot of the Battle off Samar.American ships off the coast of Leyte, Philippine Islands, Oct 1944Carriers Belleau Wood and Franklin afire after being hit by suicide aircraft, off Samar, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Cruiser Phoenix screening escort carriers off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
Fantail of USS Belleau Wood burning after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 1 of 2Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 2 of 2Major fires on the fantail of USS Belleau Wood were finally extinguished about three hours after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
Fantail of USS Belleau Wood burning after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 1 of 2Firefighters of Belleau Wood fighting flames caused by a special attack aircraft, in the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944; note TBM Avenger aircraft on flight deck and Franklin burning in distance. Photo 2 of 2Major fires on the fantail of USS Belleau Wood were finally extinguished about three hours after being struck by a special attack aircraft, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944
USS Belleau Wood after fires were put out and damaged aircraft were jettisoned after being struck by a special attack aircraft earlier in the day, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944. Note hole in flight deckCaptain Dixie Kiefer, right, on the USS Ticonderoga’s bridge during an air attack off the Philippines during Ticonderoga’s first day of combat, 5 Nov 1944.American ships anchored off Leyte, Philippine Islands, late 1944American soldiers fighting in the jungles of Leyte, Philippine Islands, late 1944
USS Belleau Wood after fires were put out and damaged aircraft were jettisoned after being struck by a special attack aircraft earlier in the day, off the Philippine Islands, 30 Oct 1944. Note hole in flight deckCaptain Dixie Kiefer, right, on the USS Ticonderoga’s bridge during an air attack off the Philippines during Ticonderoga’s first day of combat, 5 Nov 1944.American ships anchored off Leyte, Philippine Islands, late 1944American soldiers fighting in the jungles of Leyte, Philippine Islands, late 1944

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