- Dec 6, 2006
If we going to split hairs the SBDs never sank any carriers at Midway. They were all put down by Japanese torpedoes.That Japanese D4Y did not sink the Princeton as her Damage Report makes clear. Para 11
“11. Even after the explosion of the bombs in the torpedo stowage, the ship was apparently still seaworthy but damage received by the escorting ships and the tactical situation precluded further salvage efforts.”
As a result the cruiser Reno was ordered to sink her. She fired two torpedoes one of which reportedly hit Princeton’s forward magazine and sinking her.
Damage Report here
USS Princeton CVL23 War Damage Report No. 62CONFIDENTIAL U.S.S. Princeton (CVL23) Loss In Action Battle for Leyte Gulf 24 October 1944 The Chief of Naval Operations directs that this report be shown only to those persons to whom the report would be of value in the performance of their duties. Steps shall be taken accordingly to insure...www.history.navy.mil
Edit photo of her from Birmingham showing extent of flight deck damage and with the fires seemingly under control.
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