A.R. Zubik Baby Flattop and Minesweeper Lost in Leyte Campaign
Baby Flattop And Minesweeper Lost j In Leyte Campaign WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 tfP) — The Ommaney Bay,\ one of the intrepid "baby flattops" which defied a Japanese battleship force and saved the Leyte beachhead last October, has been suuk. A rookie in the Pacific fleet, I the escort aircraft carrier since last June had tallied this imposing record against the Japanese: A heavy cruiser and a troop transport sunk, four cruisers and four destroyers damaged, three battleships probably damaged, 16 planes shot down, other planes destroyed on the ground, troops wiped out with bombs, ground installations smashed. Was In Thr** Inrmiioni She fought through three invasions—Palau, Leyte and Mindoro. In the Philippines area, the Navy announced, she was sunk by enemy action. The minesweeper Long also was lost. The number of casualties was not disclosed; their next of kin have been notified. Both commanders were saved. The Ommaney Bay was the 10th U. S. aircraft carrier and the fifth of the "baby flattop" class sunk in this war. The losses hiked the total of warships sunk to 209. The carrier would have a normal complement of 500 officers and men, a Navy officer said, and the minesweeper about 120 personnel.