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USS Saratoga (CV-3) Special Feature
The Harold C. Cassar Photo Collection
Captions in italics are taken from the back of each photo.
(February 21, 1945)
Iwo Jima "On 21 February, Saratoga
was detached with an escort of three destroyers [USS McGowan
(DD-678), USS McNair (DD-679) and
USS Melvin (DD-680)] to join the
amphibious forces and carry out night patrols over Iwo Jima and night heckler missions over nearby
Chi-chi Jima. However, as she approached her operating area at 1700 on the 21st, an air attack
developed, and taking advantage of low cloud cover and Saratoga's insufficient escort, six
Japanese planes scored five hits on the carrier in three minutes. Saratoga's flight deck
forward was wrecked, her starboard side was holed twice and large fires were started in her hangar
deck, while she lost 123 of her crew dead or missing. Another attack at 1900 scored an additional
bomb hit. By 2015, the fires were under control and the carrier was able to recover aircraft, but
she was ordered to Eniwetok and then to the west coast for repairs, and arrived at Bremerton on
16 March". (DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 6, page 341).
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|55k||"A few seconds after Jap plane hit catapult (Photo CV3 3687)"
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|44k||"Fire on flight deck out of control. (Photo CV3 3682)"
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|79k||"Fighting fire against terrific heat and wind (Photo CV3 3608)"
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|65k||"Fire fighting following second attack fwd. during attack. (Photo CV3 3579)"
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|72k||"Flight deck fwd. afire. (Photo CV3 3559)"
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|39k||"The starboard side of the gallant lady fighting for her life after Jap attack".
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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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