On This Day…December 19th
Destroyed TBM Avenger on the hangar deck of the USS Monterey (CVL-27) on December 19, 1944. The Monterey was named after the Battle of Monterey in California, during the Mexican–American War in 1846. The damage was caused by the typhoon ‘Cobra’ mentioned in yesterday’s edition of this series. Monterey fought a fire on the hangar deck throughout the night of 18/19 December after taking a roll in the typhoon that threw airplanes into the bulkheads and smashing gas tanks, to be lit off by sparking electrical wires. Her navigator was climbing an external ladder to the bridge when a wave came over the bow, caught him and washed him across the deck, where he fell into a 40mm gun tub, thereby saving the life of Lt. Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States (Edited text thanks to Tom Cleaver…see below).
Never knowingly missing an opportunity to post a photo of the Enterprise, here she is just off Guadalcanal, December 19th 1942. USS Saratoga in the background with SBD Dauntless flying overhead.
Tiger II ‘223’ examined by US troops after being abandoned just outside of La Gleize on December 19th, 1944.
Members of the US 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion in Belgium, December 19 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.
On December 19th 1944, US submarine Redfish (SS-395), despite the presence of escorting destoyers, torpedoed and sank the Japanese carrier Unryu, 200 nautical miles southeast of Shanghai, China. This was the Unryu’s first war voyage, only six months after commission.
December 19, 1930; Amelia Earhart added another “first” to her astonishing career on this day by becoming the first woman to fly an autogyro carrying a passenger. It was only five days before that she needed just 15 minutes to learn how to pilot the machine, becoming the first woman to take one up for a solo flight.
C-47 Skytrain (DC-3) crashes onto a house shortly after takeoff in London, December 19th 1946.
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