USS Bismark Sea (CVE 95)
Escort carrier of the Casablanca class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. (Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||17 Jul 1942|
|Laid down||31 Jan 1944|
|Launched||17 Apr 1944|
|Commissioned||20 May 1944|
|Lost||21 Feb 1945|
|Loss position||24° 36'N, 141° 48'E|
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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|1||T/Capt. John Lockwood Pratt, USN||20 May 1944||21 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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