Seventh Fleet ships, Task Force 502, began the evacuation of Chinese nationalists from the Tachen Islands. Approximately between 29,000 to 30,000 people were transported by U.S. Navy ships and landing craft to Taiwan aftter the islands had been under attack by Communit Forces. During the evacuation, an AD-5W from USS Wasp (CVA-18) covering the evacuation was damaged by anti-aicraft fire when it flew over Chinese territory. Ditched, the three-man crew was resscued by Nationalist Chinese patrol boats.
U.S. Navy ships involved in the Tachen
Evacuation: USS Yorktown (CV-10),
USS Kearsarge (CV-33), USS Essex (CV-9), USS Wasp (CV-18),
USS Midway (CV-41), USS Pittsburgh (CA-72), USS Braine
(DD-630), USS Isherwood (DD-520), USS Mullany (DD-528), USS Stoddard
(DD-566), USS O’Brien (DD-725), USS Walke (DD-723), USS Harry E.
Hubbard (DD-748), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Richard B. Anderson,
USS Agerholm (DD-826), USS Rodgers (DD-876), USS Ingersoll (DD-652),
USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838), USS Ammen (DD-527) USS Knapp
(DD-653), USS Cogswell (DD-651), USS Naifeh (DE-352), USS Estes
(AGC-12), USS Union (AKA-106), USS Washburn (AKA-108), USS Henrico (APA-45),
USS Bexar (APA-237), USS Lenawee (APA-195), USS Horace A. Bass
(APD-124), USS Balduck (APD-132), USS Askari (ARL-30), USS Colonial
(LSD-18), USS Catamount (LSD-17), LST 516, LST 772, LST 8uss gh55,
LST 803, LST 1159, USS Helena, USS Toledo, 2 LSMRs and 3 LCUs, plus support