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    Ormoc Bay Leyte Province Philippines
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USN December 7, 1944

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Justin Taylan 2005
Location
Ormoc Bay borders Ormoc on the western coast of Leyte Island in Leyte Provincein the Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) of the Philippines.

Wartime History
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese during their occupation of the Philippines and used as an anchorage and the shore area was used as a seaplane operating area. After the October 20, 1944 U. S. Army landing on eastern Leyte, the Japanese used Ormoc Bay to land supplies and reinforcements for the Battle of Leyte. Attacked by American aircraft between early November 1944 until early December 1944.

American missions against Ormoc Bay
November 2, 1944–December 7, 1944

Battle of Ormoc Bay
A series of Naval actions in Ormoc Bay between November 11, 1944 to December 21, 1944. On December 7, 1944, US Navy APDs with LCVP's landed the US Army 77th Division at Ormoc at White 1 and White 2 beaches and met no opposition on the shore. At least one camouflaged E16A Paul T-301 was captured camouflaged near shore.

P-38L Lightning 44-23957
Pilot 1st Lt. Perry J. "PJ" Dahl aerial collision November 11, 1944 ditched into Ormoc Bay

P-38L Lightning 44-23935
Pilot 2nd Grady M. Laseter, Jr., aerial collision November 11, 1944 went Missing In Action (MIA)

Naganami
Sunk November 11, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay during November 20017 found by RV Petrel at 827'/ 252m

Hamanami
Sunk November 11, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay on January 20, 2018 found by RV Petrel at 1,066' / 325m

Wakatsuki
Sunk November 11, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay

Shimakaze
Sunk November 11, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay

USS Cooper DD-695
Sunk December 3, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay by torpedo and sank within a minute

USS Ward APD-16
Sunk December 7, 1944 by kamikaze attack
during the Battle of Ormoc Bay

PV-1 Ventura 49624
Pilot Parker ditched January 18, 1945 crew rescued by PT Boat

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Last Updated
November 30, 2019

 

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