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Escort Carrier off Samar

October 12 2009 at 6:32 PM
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Jacques  (no login)
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I've seen this specific picture before in more than one publication on the Pacific War and in this case the caption reads: "During the Battle of Samar in October 1944 escort carriers of the US Seventh Fleet found themselves under fire from Japanese battleships and cruisers. This carrier has been nearly straddled by a salvo of heavy projectiles."
What puzzles me is that the planes on deck are clearly P-47's (note the 4-bladed propellors). I have read a lot about the Battle of Samar where the CVE's, DD's and DE's put up such a brave fight but I never picked up anywhere that some CVE's were ferrying Army planes and were therefore unable to launch planes to join the fight, because there were no land bases to return to.
(P-47 could not land on carriers) Or were there? Or did the author get it wrong and was this picture not taken off Samar?

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