The Battle of Leyte Gulf occurred during October 23-26, 1944 in Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. The combatants were the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) versus the U. S. Navy (USN) plus aircraft from both sides.
The Battle of Leyte Gulf was a series of engagements including the Battle of the Sibyuan Sea, Battle of Surigao Strait, Battle Off Samar (Battle of Samar) and Battle off Cape Engaño.
The Japanese forces divided into three elements: Southern Force under the command of Admiral Shōji Nishimura, Central Force under the command of Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita and Northern Force under the command of Vice Admiral Jisaburō Ozawa planned to converge on Leyte Gulf from three directions with the aim of distrupting the American landing on eastern Leyte.
The defending U. S. Navy (USN) forces included surface and
air elements of the Seventh Fleet under the command of Vice Admiral T. C. Kinkaid and the Fast
Carrier Force of the Third Fleet under the command of Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey.
On October 24, 1944 USN carrier aircraft locate and attack the "Southern Force" in the Sulu Sea and the "Central Force" in the Sibuyan
Sea. During the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, carrier aircraft sinking Musashi and a destroyer. Meanwhile, Japanese aircraft located and sank USS Princeton CVL-23.
Sunk October 25, 1944 by gunfire and torpedoes from USS McDermutt and USS Hutchins.
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January 18, 2020