F6F-5 Hellcats of Air Group 11, the “Sundowners,” warm up on the deck of USS Hornet (Essex-class) in the Philippine Sea, late 1944Escort Carrier USS Gambier Bay, Destroyer Escort USS Raymond, and another Destroyer Escort, elements of Taffy 3, laying smoke before engaging the Japanese Center Force in the Battle Off Samar, Oct 25, 1944.USS Kitkun Bay prepared to launch FM-2 Wildcat fighters during Battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944; note shell splashes in backgroundYamato during the Battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944
F6F-5 Hellcats of Air Group 11, the “Sundowners,” warm up on the deck of USS Hornet (Essex-class) in the Philippine Sea, late 1944Escort Carrier USS Gambier Bay, Destroyer Escort USS Raymond, and another Destroyer Escort, elements of Taffy 3, laying smoke before engaging the Japanese Center Force in the Battle Off Samar, Oct 25, 1944.USS Kitkun Bay prepared to launch FM-2 Wildcat fighters during Battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944; note shell splashes in backgroundYamato during the Battle off Samar, 25 Oct 1944
Yamato in action off Samar, 25 Oct 1944Yamato in action off Samar, Philippine Islands, 25 Oct 1944; photo taken by aircraft of escort carrier USS Kadashan Bay
Yamato in action off Samar, 25 Oct 1944Yamato in action off Samar, Philippine Islands, 25 Oct 1944; photo taken by aircraft of escort carrier USS Kadashan Bay


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