CEAG: Commander Howard L Brigham Young
April 18th 1942
CEAG: Lieutenant Commander C. Wade McClusky
April 30th to May 26th 1942 Delivered Marine Fighter Squadron to Efate. Not participation, to Coral Sea Battle because she arrive too late to be engaged in the battle ( May 7th and 8th 1942 )
CEAG: Lieutenant Commander. Wade McClusky
CEAG: Lieutenant Commander Wade McClusky
July 15th to August 25th 1942 Occupation of Guadalcanal, and battle pf Eastern Salomon with on August 24th 1942 - Battle of Stewart IslandsCAG: Lieutenant Commander Richard K. Gaines
During summer 1942 , Enterprise covered the Allied landings on Guadalcanal But during the Battle of the Eastern Salomon in August she was heavily damaged
CEAG: Lieutenant Commander Max Leslie
10 September - 16 October 1942 - under repair in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard
26 October 1942 - Battle of Santa Cruz Islands
.After the Battle of Santa Cruz in October, she go once more in November to block another major Japanese effort to retake Guadalcanal.
During the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, on November 12th to 15th 1942, the US Navy after five days of heavy combat, destroyed the Japanese landing forces and their supporting battle groups, . This action signalling the end of Japan's southern expansion
4-15 November 1942 - Battle of Solomon Island
CAG: Lieutenant Commander Richard K. Gaines
In 1942 the Big E was struck six times by Japanese bombs, and more than 300 of her men were killed or wounded
The losses for US Navy were important CV2 Lexington was lost in May, and Yorktown less than a month later. And the CV7 . Wasp CV-7, was sunk by three torpedoes on September 16, was not so lucky.
And in august, CV3 Saratoga CV-3 hit by torpedoes was forced to retire to Pearl Harbor
The beginning of 1943 is marked by a period of recovery and regrouping for both Japan and the United States after the hard battles of 1942,
But the fighting not ceased entirely.
On Guadalcanal the fight continued until February 9th 1943.during this period in late January, known place the Battle of Rennell when USS Enterprise was sent into the Coral Sea, to cover the landings of four transports full of men and supplies on Guadalcanal, In her final engagement in the seas around Guadalcanal, she provided air cover for the heavy cruiser USS Chicago, torpedoed by land-based Japanese planes the evening of January 29th . But the USS hit by four more torpedoes sunk
Halsey - operating under MacArthur's command - would conduct a series of landings in the Solomon Islands, from Guadalcanal to New Georgia, and on to Bougainville, just 250 miles from Rabaul. In the end, Rabaul was isolated and bypassed, but not without several bitter night engagements between Japanese and Allied surface forces.( operation Cartwheel )
From May 8th to October 31st 1943 US Enterprise was under repair at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard and after at Puget Sound Navy Yard
November 10th to December 9th 1943- Gilbert Island Occupation Makin Island, Tarawa, Kwajalein Atoll
CAG: Lieutenant Commander Edward "Butch" O'Hare (M.I.A. 26 November 1943)
CAG: Lieutenant Commander John C. Phillips (Eff. 4 December 1943)
she return in Pearl Harbor on November 6th
But now around the surviving veterans of 1942. Enterprise and Saratoga, we found now over a dozen new flattops, including six new Essex-class fleet carriers.
Returning to action November 19, off the Gilbert Islands, Enterprise would not return to the United States for another 560 days
1944 in all the Theater of operations is the year where war would be won or lost.
On January 22nd 1944, the Task Force 58, slowly filed out of Pearl Harbor and set course southwest for the Marshall Islands. She his divided into four task groups - any one of which could have crushed the Japanese forces at the Eastern Solomons or Santa Cruz - the "big blue fleet" would not return to Pearl Harbor until the war's end.
It is the application by the USA of the War Plan Orange Or liberation of the Philippines by two simultaneous offensives one commanded by General Douglas Mac Arthur from the south and the other led by Admirals Spruance and Mitscher through the Marshall and Marianas islands
The Japan would be attract the US Navy into Japanese home waters, to be destroyed in a single, decisive battle and USS Enterprise was tirelessly in action for the entire year.
We found all the action took part by the USS Enterprise during 1944
29 January - 4 February 1944 Raid on Taroa, in the Marshall islands, and to the north of Kwajalein atoll in preparation for its occupation
16-17 February 1944 Truk Islands raid . Truk was the Japan's feared mid-Pacific fortress, USS Enterprise break her own record for the tonnage of bombs dropped in a single day, and launch the first night bombing attack in the history of naval warfare.
20 February 1944 Jaluit raid she covered the Emirau landings (one of the few easy landings of the war )
30 March - 1 April 1944 Palau, Woleai and Yap Islands raid where she bomb the Japanese defenders of the Palau atoll, including Peleliu
20-24 April 1944 She raid Woleai, sailed to Majuro atoll for a short rest, then headed south to cover MacArthur's landings at Hollandia, on the northwest coast of New Guinea
29-30 April 1944 New Truk Islands raid and return to Majuro
11 June - 5 July 1944 Marianas Island occupation Like in ETO simultaneously, in PTO a fleet of 535 ships and 127,000 soldiers and Marines bore down on Guam, Saipan and Tinian: major links in Japan's inner defensive line.USS Enterprise hammered on Japanese planes and air fields in the Marianas, in preparation for invasion launched on June 15th .
19-20 June 1944 Battle of the Philippine Sea the last great carrier battle of the war when US Task Force with Mitscher and Spruance faced off against Ozawa in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and destroyed Japan's naval air power for good
16 July - 4 August 1944 under repair Pearl Harbor Navy Yard ,and to bring aboard a new air group: Air Group 20.
31 August - 3 September 1944 - Bonin Islands raid and on Yap, Ulithi, Peleliu
6-18 September 1944 - occupation of Palau
10 October 1944 - Nansei Shoto raid
12-13 October 1944 Formosa raid
14-31 October 1944 occupation of Leyte Island
24-25 October 1944 second Battle of the Philippine Sea
11-19 November 1944 Philippine Islands raids
CAG: Commander Roscoe L. Newman (CV-6 Air Officer, eff. 23 February 1944)
CAG: Commander William R. "Killer" Kane (Eff. 23 February 1944)
Air Group 20
On Christmas 1944 USS Enterprise was re designated CV(N)-6. The "N" stood for "Night". Because she was the first fleet carrier able to fight around-the-clock warfare.
CAG: Commander CDR Daniel "Dog" SmithIn attacks in October 1944 the first Kamikaze attack change the nature and psychology of the Pacific war.
In the face of this threat, and with Japanese naval air power in ruins, U.S. carrier forces had three primary roles:
providing air support for ground forces and landings,
providing air defense for the fleet,
suppressing Japan's ground-based air forces.
As a night carrier, carrying Night Air Group 90, Enterprise was particularly involved in the latter two missions.
Luzon Invasion, Tokyo Raids Iwo Jima, Okinawa
CAG: Commander William I. Martin
7-8 January 1945 support of invasion of Luzon Island.
12-16 January 1945 strikes on French Indo-China, Hong Kong and Canton
20-22 January 1945 strikes on Formosa and Okinawa
16-17 February 1945 first carrier strikes on TokyoDwarfing the Doolittle raid of April 1942, the February 16-17 strikes on Tokyo involved nearly 800 Navy fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes: blasting airfields, shipping and port facilities and industrial targets in and around Tokyo Night Air Group 90 (NAG-90)of the USS Entreprise flew into Tokyo Bay at dusk February 16, attacking the air base at Yokosuka, tearing up planes and airfields, radio and radar installations, trains and depots.
19 February - 9 March 1945 In support of occupation of Iwo Jima with attacks nearby enemy airfields, and providing close air support for the Marines who landed on February 19th On Iwo Jima, 5931 Marines, 881 sailors and over 20,000 Japanese defenders died.
Kamikaze attacks sank the escort carrier Bismarck Sea CVE-95, and knocked old Saratoga . USS Enreprise provided air defense Iwo Jima Only severe weather forced the Big E to halt flight operations on March 2nd .
18-21 March 1945 Strikes on Kyushu and Shikoku , in preparation for the Okinawa landings The next day, USS Enterprise herself was under attack. Late in the afternoon, two 'Judy' bombers dove on the ship in separate attacks. The near misses caused no serious damage. After 20 minutes of fire-fighting efforts, fires were under control, and 15 minutes later, out for good.
7-12 April 1945 In support of occupation of Okinawa After reparation at Ulithi, on April 5, she sailed to joint TF 58 off Okinawa, where the 3rd Marine Corps and XIV Army Corps had landed on April 1.
On the 6th, as the Big E steamed northwest, 350 Kamikazes attacked TF 58, sinking three ships. Over the next six weeks, suicide attacks sank another 33 ships and damaged 368 others. On April 11, for the second time in less than a month, Enterprise was again attacked. Two Kamikazes crashed within yards of her, wrenching her hull, killing one man, and wounding 18.
6-11 May 1945 - After a withdrew to Ulithi for repairs , three weeks later, she returned to combat with strikes on Anami Gunto and Daito Gunto On May 11th after the attack on CV 17 Bunker Hill CV-17 Mitscher transferred his Flag to Enterprise.
11-14 May 1945 Strikes on Kyushu and Shikoku
On 14th may one Kamikazes penetrate the destroyer screen, and hit USS Enterprise, The explosion sent the 15 ton elevator rocketing 125 meters into the air, wounding 72 men and killing 12. And on 16 May 1945, she withdrew from combat .
She would not return to war. returning to Pearl Harbor, she received an enormous pennant: She was repaired and overhauled: to Pier 6 in Puget Sound Navy Yard when Japan surrendered on August 14th 1945.
She rejoined the fleet in New York Harbor October 17, for the Navy Day celebration on October 27.
After is the Magic Carpet voyage Her last Magic Carpet voyage took her to the Azores, where she picked up 3557 passengers, including 212 WACS, returning to New York January 17, 1946. The next day she moored at Bayonne, New Jersey: a proud ship, but never to sail under her own power again.
She remained in active service until February 17th 1947 when she was decommissioned, and reclassified as a unit in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
As a reserve unit she was redesigned CVA-6 (attack carrier) in October 1952, and then CVS-6 (anti-submarine carrier) on August 8th 1953. But she could not economically to be modernized
In October 1956, US Navy released a list of ships to scrapped . The list included Enterprise, as well as several of the great battleships that had fought at her side: North Carolina, South Dakota and Washington
When the Navy announced it could no longer maintain Enterprise; the Association stepped forward to save her. But all as a catch and the Association have ,no money to assume full fiscal responsibility for maintaining Enterprise
Having served the USA ,CV 6 Enterprise or, the Big E, the Galloping Ghost, "the carrier that fought the most throughout the entire war" - was sold for scrap on July 1, 1958 and in March 1960, she was gone.
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