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Leyte Gulf borders Leyte and Samar.

Battle of Leyte Gulf
During October 23-26, 1944 three related actions that comprised the Battle for Leyte Gulf including the Battle of Surigao Strait, Battle Off Samar and Battle off Cape Engano.

This battle was a major disruptive effort by the Japanese Fleet was opposed by surface and air elements of the Seventh Fleet (Vice Admiral T. C. Kinkaid) and by the Fast Carrier Force of the Third Fleet (Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey) in three related actions that comprised the Battle for Leyte Gulf during October 23-26, 1944.

The Japanese forces divided into three elements: Southern Force, Central Force and Northern Force, each converging on Leyte Gulf from three directions.2

On October 24, 1944 US Navy carrier aircraft located and attacked the "Southern Force" in the Sulu Sea and the "Central Force" in the Sibuyan Sea, sinking Musashi and a destroyer. Japanese aircraft located and sank USS Princeton CVL-23.

Michishio
Sunk October 25, 1944 by gunfire and torpedoes from USS McDermutt and USS Hutchins

B-25D "Shifless Skonk" 41-30765
Pilot Burnham MIA September 6, 1945 over Leyte Gulf

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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