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    Battle off Cape Engaño  Philippines
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The Battle off Cape Engaño (Battle off Cape Engano) happened off Cape Engaño in the Philippines as one of the related actions that comprised the Battle for Leyte Gulf. The combatants were Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) versus U. S. Navy (USN) plus carrier aircraft.

Wartime History
On October 25-26, 1944 during the Battle off Cape Engano, the U. S. Navy (USN) Fast Carrier Force met the Japanese "Northern Force" during the Battle Off Cape Engano, sinking the aircraft carrier Zuikaku and light carriers Chiyoda, Zuiho, and Chilose, the latter with the assistance of cruiser gunfire.

In the first planned suicide attacks of the war, Japanese Kamikaze aircraft attack American attack ships off off Leyte including USS St. Lo and damage USS Sangamon, USS Suwannee (AO 33), USS Santee, USS White Plains, USS Kalinin Bay and USS Kitkun Bay.

During October 26-27, 1944 the remnants of the Japanese Fleet limped homeward through the Central Philippines and were attacked by U. S. Navy carrier aircraft that sink another light cruiser and four destroyers to bring Japanese battle losses to 26 combatant ships totaling over 300,000 tons.

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Last Updated
October 24, 2019

 

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