Friday, April 23, 2010

Military Snapshots - USS Franklin

In the early monring hours of March 19, 1945, a single bomb from a lone Japanese aircraft crippled the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Franklin, causing nearly 1,300 casualties. The story of how the Franklin was saved remains one of the most riveting in naval history. Seen here, Captain Hal Fritz pulls the USS Santa Fe clear as Franklin loses all headway. This shot taken by Santa Fe's photographer, Al Bullock, is one of the most famous of World War II. NARA courtesy of Nathan Cawthon, from Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II by Joseph A. Springer.

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