Carrier Down: The Story of the Sinking of the U. S. S. Princeton

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  • ISBN-13: 9780890157732
  • Publisher: Eakin Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 240

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    Excellent Story Of The USS Princeton CVL-23

    My Uncle, William J. Spencer, helped build, served and died aboard the 'Pearless P' as he and the other crew proudly called her. I was born on October 24, 1956. The same day she was sunk in 1944. My grandmother told my father that when God took one away, he replaced them with another. My father told me that I was my Pop-Pop's favorite all the time and I didn't realize why until I found out about how my uncle Bill died many years later. Anyone who was close to the 'Pearless P' or had relatives serve in World War Two will love this book. It goes from her being transformed into a carrier in the New York Shipyard in Camden, NJ, to that fatefull day when a lone dive bomber came out of the clouds and dropped a 500 bomb that crashed through the hanger deck and exploded during The Battle Of Leyte Gulf. The resulting fires caused a massive explosion in her magazine ripping part of the ship off and causing hundred's of casualties on the USS Birmimgham which was along side to assist in battling the fires.

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