CVE-95 USS Bismarck Sea .
CVE-95 USS Bismarck Sea


Casablanca Class


Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. Inc.

Vancouver WA

Laid down

31 January 1944


17 April 1944


20 May 1944

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign




NS San Diego CA
November 1944 - December 1944
West Pacific 
VC-86 FM-2 (16), TBM-3 (12) -
last update 14. January 2014
January 1945 - 21. February 1945
West Pacific 
VC-86 FM-2 (16), TBM-3 (12) -
last update 14. January 2014


21 February 1945 (sunk)


History (short)

During July and August 1944, Bismarck Sea escorted convoys between San Diego, California, and the Marshall Islands. After repairs and additional training at San Diego, she steamed to Ulithi, Caroline Islands, to join Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid's 7th Fleet. During 1423 November 1944, she operated off Leyte in support of the operations and later took part in the Lingayen Gulf landings (918 January 1945). On 16 February, she arrived off Iwo Jima to support the invasion.
On 21 February 1945, despite heavy gunfire, two Japanese kamikazes hit the Bismarck Sea, first on the starboard side under the first 40 mm gun (aft), crashing through the hangar deck and striking the ship's magazines. The fire was nearly under control when the second plane struck the aft elevator shaft, exploding on impact and destroying the fire fighting salt water distribution system, thus preventing any further damage control. Shortly after, the order was given to abandon ship. The USS Bismarck Sea sank with the loss of 318 men, and was the last US Navy aircraft carrier to be lost during World War II. Three destroyers and three destroyer escorts rescued survivors over the next 12 hours, between them saving a total of 605 officers and men from her crew of 923. Survivors were then transferred to Dickens and Highlands.
According to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Edmonds directed the rescue operations of the remaining hands, saving 378 of the carrier's crew including the commanding officer, in spite of darkness, heavy seas and continuing air attacks. Thirty of Edmonds' own crew went over the side to bring the wounded and exhausted carrier men to safety.

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