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    Cape Engaño Cagayan Province | Luzon Philippines

Location
Cape Engaño the northernmost point of Palaui Island, off the northeasternmost point of Luzon in the Philippines. Today, administratively part of the municipality of Santa Ana in Cagayan Province. Also known as Cape Engano.

Prewar
Cape Engaño Lighthouse (Faro de Cabo Engaño) is one of the four lighthouses built by the Spanish as a lighthouse for ships. Built using Filipino laborers between September 21, 1888 and completed December 31, 1892.

Wartime History
The Battle off Cape Engano was one of three related actions that comprised the Battle for Leyte Gulf including the Battle of Surigao Strait, Battle Off Samar and Battle off Cape Engano.

Battle Off Cape Engano
At the same time the 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
August 25, 2018

 

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