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

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Hardcover, Zenith Press, 2007, ISBN13 9780760329825, ISBN10 0760329826

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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 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.


Publisher: MBI Publishing Company LLC
Publish Date: Oct 15, 2007
ISBN-13: 9780760329825
ISBN-10: 0760329826
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 352
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.0 x 6.0 x 3.0

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