By Carl Lavo
This epic international struggle II submarine saga follows the extreme, intertwined destinies of the sister ships Squalus and Sculpin to their dramatic end -- the tragic defeat of the Sculpin by means of a jap destroyer and the frenetic wrath of its sister sub that undefined.
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Suddenly the ship received semaphore signals from the escorting destroyers, the Jones and Ludlow, which had sighted an enemy periscope. changed triumphant The Hornet went smiles; their calculations and the remaining pilot killed his bomber. The two destroyers plunged to general quarters, engines and climbed down from his through the heavy seas toward the wavering feather and hurled depth charge after depth charge. These weapons worked, and the sea churned into broth. Huge explosions rocked the Hornet, which opened 5-inch guns in the port-side stern gallery.
Then up on half-suffocated and split the sea The bos'n's pipe sky, by stack gases, the and soon the sun sounded retreat and about two thousand men temporarily in the navigation first brilliantly from general off duty trooped drills, GQ, sounded again to and sunset. Only the mechanics, ordnancemen, and plane pushers of the air group were exempt from GQ. Their job was to keep every aircraft in top condition, which meant constant servicing, repair, and shifting about of to breakfast. After a day of incessant carry the ship safely through dusk individual planes.
Mitscher decided to wait the tanks until the ship returned contaminate the waters of he hoped that a sludge barge could until the Hornet returned to Norfolk; remove most of the oily water. Mitscher was also concerned about the aircraft radar, which simply He did not work well. officer ofl'the ship to that the antenna technicians its took the extraordinary step of flying the radar Washington was faulty. " Fighter patrols enemy attacks that planes. By the to confer with experts. A new daily to one was brought aboard, and the improve the radar's capability "within were sent in directing the fighters cruise the from mock aloft to protect the carrier were conducted by the end of the They concluded ship's Homefs torpedo and bombing air controller had succeeded onto the approaching "enemy" aircraft within a twelve- to fifteen-mile radius of the ship.