A. R. Zubik --Ommaney Bay Sinking
loss in combat of a single pilot or alrcrewman the navy said. She fought through throe invasions,! Palau, Lovte and Mindoro, and thei battle of Leyt " " " THE OMMANEY BAY, "BABY FLATTOP" HAS BEEN SUNK WASHINGTON, Feb. 14— The Ommanejr Bay, one of the Intrepid Intrepid "Baby Flattops" which de-i fled a Japanese battleship force and saved the Leyte beachheadsj last October, has been sunk. A rookie In the Pacific fleet, the escort all craft carrier since last June has tallied this imposing record record against the Japanese: A heavy ciulstt and a troop transport transport sunk, four cruisers and four destroyern damaged, three battleships battleships probably damaged, 16 planes shot down other planes destroyed on the ground, troops wiped out with bombs, ground installations smashed. She fought through three Invasions—Palau, Invasions—Palau, Leyte and Mlndoro. In the Philippine area, the navy. announced, she WHS sunk by enemy action. The minesweeper Long was lost. The number of casualties was not disposed; their next of kin have b»en notified. Both commanders commanders were saved. The Ommaney Bay was the 10th U. 3. aircraft carrier and the fifth of the "'Baby Flatop" class sunk in this war. The losses hiked the total of warships sunk to 209. The ua-rter would have a normal complement of 500 officers and oficer said, and the minesweeptT about 120 personnel. Up until her final action, the Ommaney Bay and her air complement complement wrought heavy destruction destruction on enemj forces without the four torpedo bombers as the Japanese Japanese battleships approached. On« hit a cruiser. In the second fight, Smith led a group against a fleeing heavy cruiser and sunk it. It was finally finally found through efforts of Smith's crewman, Arnold R. Zubik, avia- tion radioman. 2-C, Richmond, Tex. As a insult of the feat, Zublk, previously awarded the navy and Marine Coips Medal for rescuing a pilot from a burning airplane, was sent on to flight school, to become a commissioned officer and aviator. „„,.._„„,„ „. uuu „„,,...„ men, a navy oficer said, and Tho .ihln and her air complement known as composite squadron 75,. spent 12 days helping the Palau attack attack la-it September, at one stage 1 catching a heavy concentration of i enemy troops with 10 accurate i bomb hits ! Coy W. McClendon, aviation ord-l nanceman 1-C, Richland, Tex., tur-' ret gunner was wounded on the! arms and legs as he sprayed the' Japane'.p with his 50-calibre gun.! McLondon was not seriously Injur-1 ed and was back at his gun In the next flett action. Fought Two Jap Forces In tho Leyte fleet battle Oct. 24, the carrier and her airmen fought' two Japanese forces. The first fight came when a force of planes was launched to hunt down the' fleeing Japanese fleet. ! Lt. Comdr. Allen W. Smith, At-' lanta, Go., and Jacksonville, Fla.,' commanding composite 75, led the attack In an Avenger. They found a Mogami clasf. heavey cruiser. Tho Japanese cruiser was not; sunk but was damaged. i Meantime another enemy fleet! was menacing the Bay and her sister sister esoort carriers. She launched Color spikes your casual lifet Joyce coolee in pink faille. 4.95 Bright red in leather walker. 5.50 Army russet calf by Gold Cross 6.95 Mezzanine Floor J.M.Dyer Co.