Allied Warships

USS Bismark Sea (CVE 95)

Escort carrier of the Casablanca class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeEscort carrier
ClassCasablanca 
PennantCVE 95 
Built byKaiser Shipbuilding Co. (Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered17 Jul 1942 
Laid down31 Jan 1944 
Launched17 Apr 1944 
Commissioned20 May 1944 
Lost21 Feb 1945 
Loss position24° 36'N, 141° 48'E
History

Initially named Alikula Bay but renamed before completion on 16 May 1944.

Sunk by Japanese kamakaze aicraft north-east of Iwo Jima in position 24º36'N, 141º48'E with the loss of 318 men and 605 survived. The USS Edmonds (DE-406) rescues 378 including the Commanding officer Captain John Lockwood Pratt,USN.

 

Commands listed for USS Bismark Sea (CVE 95)

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1Capt. John Lockwood Pratt, USN20 May 194421 Feb 1945

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Notable events involving Bismark Sea include:


21 Feb 1945
The Bismarck Sea was attacked by 3 Japanese kamikazes, two of which were shot down. The other plane crashed onto her deck, exploding her ammunition storage, causing uncontrollable fires, despite the efforts of her crew. The carrier took 90 minutes to sink with 318 men lost. (1)

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Y\'Blood, William T.

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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