Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in World War II

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Known throughout the fleet as "Big Ben," the USS Franklin was christened for the legacy of the four prior U.S. Navy ships named after Benjamin Franklin. The Franklin was a creation of World War II, one of twenty-four Essex-class fast carriers built during the conflict, forming the backbone of the U.S. Navy's war against Japan. By the time the war had moved to Okinawa in the spring of 1945, "Big Ben" had already seen substantial combat, having participated in the island campaigns of the central and western Pacific...
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Overview

Known throughout the fleet as "Big Ben," the USS Franklin was christened for the legacy of the four prior U.S. Navy ships named after Benjamin Franklin. The Franklin was a creation of World War II, one of twenty-four Essex-class fast carriers built during the conflict, forming the backbone of the U.S. Navy's war against Japan. By the time the war had moved to Okinawa in the spring of 1945, "Big Ben" had already seen substantial combat, having participated in the island campaigns of the central and western Pacific and the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, where she sustained heavy damage from the new and deadly Japanese kamikaze.On March 19, 1945, the Franklin was launching her aircraft against Honshu, the Japanese mainland, including the shipping industry in Kobe Harbor. Suddenly, a single enemy aircraft pierced the cloud cover and made a low level run on the ship, striking it with a 250kg bomb which pierced the deck and set off a chain reaction of exploding ordnance and aviation fuel. The aircraft carrier, now on fire, listing heavily to starboard, and with over 1,000 casualties, appeared to be mortally wounded. Inferno tells the heroic tale of the efforts that saved "Big Ben." It is a tremendous story of endurance and seamanship, told in harrowing detail in the survivors' own words. Inferno makes for gripping reading.
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NAVAL INSTITUTE PROCEEDINGS
"A fitting tribute to a crew who late in World War II took seriously the admonition immortalized more than a century before: 'Don't Give Up the Ship.' An excellent weaving of oral histories with factual research, this riveting account of tragedy and courage under horrific circumstances."

THE NYMAS REVIEW
"[In Inferno] we have a very different story, an epic of human courage and endurance, as the crew and those of other vessels, work desperately to save the ship, a task at which was ultimately successful, so that the ship survived to make home. The author has skillfully blended some very fine historical research and writing with numerous first-hand accounts by surviving crewmen to tell the story of the war at sea."

WASHINGTON TIMES
"Joseph Springer brings to life one of the most exciting stories of World War II as seen and told from the perspective of the officers and sailors who served on board the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin."

WARSHIPS INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW

"At the core of this gripping account are eyewitness recollections of sailors, fighting to ensure their own survival or that of the ship. It is a warts-and-all portrayal of an epic fight to save a ship, not sparing those it deems incompetent or unduly disciplinarian."

WORLD WAR II DATABASE
"I was immediately impressed by Springer's writing style, which was straight-forward but was done without sacrificing detail. He professed that his interest in the history of USS Franklin had been nearly life-long, and it showed. The book delivered in clear detail everything encompassing the ship's history, configuration throughout the war, and the environments she had been in. Springer also succeeded in providing just enough information about the Pacific War so to shine light on why Franklin engaged in actions that she did...a history told with harrowing and gripping detail."

NAVAL HISTORY
“Joseph Springer brings to life one of the most exciting stories of World War II as seen and told from the perspective of officers and Sailors who served on board the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin. The author has crafted a well-researched and easy-to-read oral history that not only pays tribute to the men who sailed in the Franklin but to the legacy of naval service and its values of honor, courage, and commitment…This book is a fitting tribute to the crew members of the Franklin and all the Sailors who fought during World War II.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760339763
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 623,050
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Joseph A. Springer retired from the United States Air Force after twenty-three years as an Aircraft Weapons Specialist. He now specializes in military oral history, having interviewed more than one thousand combat veterans over the last thirty-five years. Joe’s first book, Black Devil Brigade, tells the oral history of the First Special Service Force in World War II. Joe and his wife Susan reside in West Central Illinois.

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Table of Contents


Preface     9
Acknowledgments     13
Author's Note     15
Introduction     17
Part 1     31
Shakedown     33
Fast on Their Feet     67
The Long Count     109
Steel Rain     129
The Drawing of the Blade     151
Part 2     167
Gathering Gray     169
Seared Hearts     189
Adrift     251
The Last Full Measure     283
The Long Journey Home     307
Epilogue     315
Appendices     323
Bibliography     339
Glossary     345
Index     347
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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Thanks for your service, Dad! Thanks for telling his story, Mr. Springer-

    ...my Dad's story, and all those men like him. Dad always said that you couldn't explain or put into words, the actions and events he endured at sea, during the course of WWII. Luckily, I grew up hearing all those stories; and it's great to get to hear all the other vet's "telling it like it was" (to use a tired, but nonetheless true, cliche). Most folks can't put the book down; as the anecdotal renderings of each man's experience is absolutely gripping!

    Mr. Springer truely captured my father's personality throughout my Dad's sections in the book. I'm sure there are many other family members of those CV-13 survivors that feel equally proud of the actions of their dads, brothers, and grandads. Hats off to you Mr. Springer, a great book. I can hardly wait for the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    extraordinary

    I originally purchased as a gift for my father and started to peruse and found myself emotionally involved. It is an eyewitness account of comaraderie and unspeakable horror. It makes me sad to read of men and their first hand account of a time of great anguish yet it held an underlying feeling of pride in their ahip and in themselves. It saddens me to think that we have lost this type of man that came from that generation. If you are familiar with the USS Franklin or WWII I recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    A well written book. It shows the dangers and terrors of being

    A well written book. It shows the dangers and terrors of being on an aircraft carrier full of explosives and avgas that was hit by the enem during the naval war with Japan. It helped me to understand what my father went through on this ship and why he was reluctant to talk about it.
    This is a good way for anyone to see what "the greatest generation" lived through in the US Navy in the pacific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Lol

    I said yes the long reveiw was helpfull... only beacuse its long :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Aircraft Carrier At War

    From an avid military history reader and former Marine... This is a fantastic read for anyone interested in better understanding what WWII at sea felt like to sailors. The destruction of the bomb strike, fires and individual survival stories is stunnning. A great education on fast carrier operations, and the high risks of war at sea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    I will always love you, Dad.

    My Dad, Omer Dee Simms, speaks to me one last time through the eloquent words of Mr. George Black. Thank you,sir. And thank you Mr. Springer for the great book. Richard Don Simms

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Big Ben Lives On.

    You watched The War from Ken Burns which purportedly was an oral history depicting WWII from the soldier-level point of view. It was a fine attempt but fell short of the goal in comparison to Joseph A. Springer's Inferno as he takes us on board the USS Franklin (a.k.a Big Ben) and into battle with the sailors and airmen who fought for our freedom. The reader benefits from a reduction in scope from global conflict to one in which a sailor blown overboard cannot see beyond the next ocean swell. From this perspective, one can begin to understand the war in a personal way. A well-crafted book, we are taken 'from the keel, up' as Inferno begins with Big Ben's specifications and construction as well as crew training and shake down. After laying the proper groundwork, the book quickly moves the reader into naval operations as a fast fleet carrier, dealing death and destruction along a vast swath of the South Pacific including many famous battlegrounds Iwo Jima, Peleliu, Luzon, Manila, Leyte, and Honshu. In carefully organized interviews, we are taken into the cockpits and gun turrets of dive-bombers, torpedo planes and fighter aircraft in the words of the men who were actually there. Riveting action reports, aircrew survival stories and eyewitness bomb damage assessments make it seem as if we are inside the minds of the frightened, but brave young men risking their lives to do their duty. Inferno notes that aircraft carriers were high-value targets commanding the special attention of Japanese aviators who flew through the Battle Group to zero in on flattops. Big Ben's size and importance led to one of the the Navy's first encounters with Japan's Divine Wind - their suicide Kamikaze attack planes - where they delivered a severe blow to the Franklin off of the Philippines in October 1944. This first successful attack by the Kamikaze forced Big Ben back to Bremerton, WA for repairs. Call it fate or bad luck, but this was not to be the last time that she would taste the sting of battle and catastrophic damage. A few short months later in March 1945, she would experience the near-fatal bomb attack off of Honshu that would define her crews' courage and valor as they saved the ship and brought her back to New York where she was nearly rebuilt - but never the same. The book strives to restore honor to the entire crew as the vindictive actions of a misguided captain attempted to segregate the crew into the Big Ben 704 Club - those sailors and airmen that remained on board during the entire ordeal - and those who did not even if they were blown overboard by exploding ordnance, forced off due to flames and heat, removed to a rescue vessel as a result of injury or simply because they were ordered to abandon ship. Springer's Inferno makes it clear that All Hands of the U.S.S. Franklin, and those on the rescue vessels, were the real heroes of this heart-rending struggle. First class photos, maps, illustrations and an information-packed Addendum lend clarity to the story and help to hold the many details together in a concise and compelling manner. If you are ready for a hard-to-put-down book, Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in WWII should be on your Christmas list.

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