|Leaving Norfolk Naval Shipyard, February 21, 1944|
Franklin's combat operations in the Pacific theatre are among the most legendary war cruises in U.S. Naval history. After she arrived in the Pacific, the carrier participated in several strikes against Japanese-held islands including Guam, Formosa, and the Philippines throughout 1944. She sustained four major hits from Japanese aircraft during these operations. It was only on the fourth strike that the carrier returned to a shipyard for repairs. Returned to action on March 3, 1945, Franklin participated in strikes against the Japanese home islands.
|Another view of Franklin in the Elizabeth River on February 21, |
1944. This time the ship is passing downtown Norfolk.
Franklin's official damage report can be read at our parent command's web site here.
In large part to due her ship's company's company's heroic damage control, Franklin not only made it back to the United States, but made it all the way to New York City for repairs.