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USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier: 1944

USS Franklin Aircraft Carrier: 1944

In this image, the USS Franklin can be seen from aboard the USS Duane. According to a site dedicated to the USS Franklin, the ship spent a majority of its time in World War II in the Pacific. The ship has an unbelievable history of its own – it was the closest US carrier to the Japanese mainland, and was attacked by a Japanese plane. During the attack, 724 crew members were killed and 265 were wounded. Amazingly, the battle torn ship did not sink and eventually made its way back to New York. It has been called “The ship that wouldn’t die”.

This photograph came from my grandfather John "Jack" Baker's Warbook. This book contains pictures from while he was in the USCG on the cutter ship USS Duane. This image is believed to have been taken from it.

In looking at the USS Franklin’s history – it was on the East Coast of the United States and sailed to Trinidad in March of 1944. It is likely that this photograph was taken during this time as it was in the Pacific thereafter – while the USS Duane was in Europe. The photographer of this image is unknown as Dale Rooks (who took many of the other photographs in the Warbook) wasn’t on the ship during the time period this was believed to be taken. View full size.

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