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USS Saratoga (CV-3) Special Feature
The Harold C. Cassar Photo Collection
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|Sara at Sea
|116k||"Sara on Manuvers followed by destroyer"
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"Then, on 5 November, in response to reports of Japanese cruisers concentrating at Rabaul to counterattack the Allied landing forces, Saratoga conducted perhaps her most brilliant strike of the war. Her aircraft penetrated the heavily defended port and disabled most of the Japanese cruisers, ending the surface threat to Bougainville. Saratoga, herself, escaped unscathed and returned to raid Rabaul again on 11 November". (DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 6, page 341).
Saratoga's Air Group 12 was led by CDR Caldwell, whose Avenger returned badly shot up.
ADM Halsey said: "My utmost admiration for your brilliant performance during recent operations.
Your strike was another shot heard round the world. When the Saratoga is given a chance,
she is deadly".
|89k||"Navy ace fighter pilot Commander Caldwell (right) speaking to Rear Admiral Sherman about Rabaul raid"
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"Saratoga and Princeton
were then designated the Relief Carrier Group for the offensive in the Gilberts; and, after striking
Nauru on 19 November, they rendezvoused on 23 November with the transports carrying garrison troops
to Makin and Tarawa. The carriers provided air cover until the transports reached their destinations,
and then maintained air patrols over Tarawa". (DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting
Ships, Vol. 6, page 341).
|93k||"This is one Jap plane that will not fly again. Destroyed by USS Saratoga pilots on the raid on Tarawa."
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|113k||"The remains of a Jap plane that took a direct hit by one of the USS Saratoga pilots on Tarawa."
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|108k||"A scene of the damage done by USS Saratoga pilots on Tarawa."
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|106k||"A bunker demolished on Tarawa by Saratoga pilots. Blasted/twisted re-bar supports gone..."
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|128k||"Another bunker destroyed by USS Saratoga pilots on island of Tarawa."
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|96k||"Another bunker destroyed on Tarawa by USS Saratoga pilots."
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|112k||"An inspection party assessing some of the damage done on Tarawa by USS Saratoga pilots."
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|97k||"An inspection party looking over some of the damage done on Tarawa by USS Saratoga pilots."
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|Page 1 At Sea; Rabaul; Tarawa||Page 2 Kamikaze Attack|
|Page 3 The Aftermath (part 1)||Page 4 The Aftermath (part 2)|
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