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Essex-class aircraft carrier
27,100 Tons (standard)
36,380 Tons (full loaded)
872 x 147' 6" x 34' 2"
4 x twin 5" guns
4 x single 5" gun
8 x quad 40mm
46 x 20mm cannon
Faccone May 11, 1945
USN May 12, 1945
Built at Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, Massachusetts. Laid down September 15, 1941. Launched December 7, 1942. Commissioned May 24, 1943 into the U. S. Navy (USN) as USS Bunker Hill CV-17.
On November 11, 1943 Bunker Hill participated in a strike against Rabaul. Next, against the Gilbert Islands and supported the landings at Tarawa between November 13, 1943 to December 8, 1943.
On December 25, 1943 her aircraft attacked Kavieng On January 1, 1944 her aircraft again attacked Kavieng. On January 4, 1944 they again attacked Kavieng. Lost is F6F Hellcat 26100 (MIA).
Between January 29, 1944 until February 8, 1944 supported operations in the Marshall Islands.
During February 17, 1944 and February 18, 1944 Bunker Hill aircraft participated in "Operation Hailstone" striking Truk and claim eight Japanese ships sunk.
On February 23, 1944 her aircraft attack the Mariana Islands. On March 30, 1944 until April 1, 1944 her aircraft participated in raids against Palau-Yap-Ulithi-Woleai. On April 29, 1944 until May 1, 1944 her aircraft attack Truk-Satawan-Ponape raids. During April 21-28, 1944 supported the U. S. landing at Hollandia. Next, during June 12, 1944 until August 10, 1944 supported the operations against the Mariana Islands.
On June 19, 1944 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, Bunker Hill was damaged when an enemy near-miss scattered shrapnel fragments across the carrier with two killing and 80 wounded. Bunker Hill continued to fight, with her aircraft shooting down some of the 476 Japanese aircraft destroyed during the battle, and assisting in the sinking of a Japanese carrier. During September, she participated in the Western Caroline operation and then launched strikes against Okinawa, Luzon, and Formosa until November.
On November 6, 1944, Bunker Hill withdrew across the Pacific back to Bremerton, Washington for repairs until late January 1945.
Damaged by Kamikaze
Thirty seconds later, a second A6M Zero piloted by Ensign Kiyoshi Ogawa, dived into the carrier dropped a 250kg bomb and crashed into the flight deck near the control tower. The bomb penetrated Bunker Hill's flight deck and exploded. Gasoline fires flamed up and several explosions took place. Aboard, the carrier suffered 346 killed, 43 missing and 264 wounded. A total of seventy-eight aircraft were destroyed. Although badly crippled, Bunker Hill crossed the Pacific via Pearl Harbor before arriving at Bremerton, Washington.
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