This exhibit describes the events on Friday October 13, 1944. The text is contained in an August 30, 1945 letter from the First Naval District Headquarters Public Information Office in Boston, MA.
It was shortly before sunset on
October 13, 1944.
USS CANBERRA WITH TASK FORCE 38
The CANBERRA was in the protecting screen of ships around the aircraft carriers which were recovering their planes following a raid on Formosa.
TASK FORCE 38 AT ULITHI ATOLL
Seven Japanese torpedo bombers attacked the task force. Three of the planes were shot down.
UNKNOWN SHIPS, ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS FIRING
USS Canberra Reunion Association
... and the fourth began a run at the CANBERRA, which was making an emergency turn to cope with them.
JAPANESE AICHI D3A1 DIVE BOMBER
The big cruiser had held fire up to this point to avoid hitting other vessels, but now her anti-aircraft gunners went into action and quickly downed three of the attackers.
A JAPANESE TORPEDO BOMBER GOES DOWN IN FLAMES
The fourth succeeded in launching its torpedo before joining the others in a flaming crash into the water.