USS Saratoga (CV-3) Special Feature

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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.

Kamikaze Attack
(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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USS Saratoga (CV-3) 55k "A few seconds after Jap plane hit catapult (Photo CV3 3687)"

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USS Saratoga (CV-3) 44k "Fire on flight deck out of control. (Photo CV3 3682)"

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USS Saratoga (CV-3) 79k "Fighting fire against terrific heat and wind (Photo CV3 3608)"

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USS Saratoga (CV-3) 65k "Fire fighting following second attack fwd. during attack. (Photo CV3 3579)"

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USS Saratoga (CV-3) 72k "Flight deck fwd. afire. (Photo CV3 3559)"

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USS Saratoga (CV-3) 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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