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Pacific Typhoon, June 1945: Extracts from Commander Carrier Division Six Report of 2 July 1945
|4 June 1945|
|0403||DesDiv 105 detached to take station as radar picket group.|
|0508||Commenced launching first of support air groups for OKINAWA.|
|0535||Formed cruising disposition 5-VB.|
|0646-0751||Topped off destroyers.|
|0745||Recalled all planes on support missions on orders from CTF 38 in order to retire to eastward to clear path of typhoon reported to the South.|
|0902||Set base course 110°.|
|0908-1016||Topped off destroyers.|
|1029||DesDiv 105 rejoined.|
|1032-1141||Topped off destroyers.|
|1147||Changed speed to 25 knots.|
|1607||Formed cruising disposition 5-R.|
|1732||Changed course to 150° to intercept TGs 30.8 and 38.1 on orders from ComTHIRDFlt.|
|1950||Changed speed to 20 knots.|
|2006||Upon intercepting T.G. 38.1, CTF assumed tactical command of the two groups and set course 110°, speed 12 knots as ordered by ComTHIRDFlt. T.G. 30.8 remained in company.|
|5 June 1945|
|0000||On course 110°, speed 12 knots to avoid typhoon path. As reports of storm center position were received the course and speed were changed as ordered by CTF 38 to maneuver to the west of the storm path.|
|0126||Changed course to 220°.|
|0131||Changed course to 300°.|
|0224||Changed speed to 16 knots.|
|0251||Changed course to 000°.|
|0505||Changed course to 350°.
TG 38.1 became separated while maneuvering independently in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid storm center which was much closer to that group than to 38.4.
|0510||Changed course to 340°.|
|0512||Changed speed to 18 knots.|
|0523||Changed course to 330°.|
|0558||Changed course to 320°.|
|0610||Changed course to 310°.|
|0630||Changed course to 300°.|
|0700||Changed course to 290°.
Weather commenced improving. T.G. 38.4 had suffered only insignificant minor damage.
|1050||Weather had cleared sufficiently to launch combat air patrol. Part of the patrol searched for T.G. 38.1 and T.G. 30.8 on orders from Commander Third Fleet.|
|1148||Changed speed to 16 knots.|
|1218||Changed course to 180° to join Task Group 30.8. T.G. 38.1 was also located to the south.|
|1725-1918||Fueled from T.G. 30/8 on course 270°, speed 10 knots.|
|6 June 1945|
|0502||Commenced launching first of support air groups and combat air patrols for OKINAWA.|
|0544||Benham (DD-796) rejoined.|
|0544-1735||Fueled and replenished all ships from Task Group 30.8 while continuing air operations.
Operated southeast of OKINAWA during the night.
|7 June 1945|
|0430||DesDiv 105 detached to take station as radar picket group.|
|0501||Commenced launching first of support air groups for OKINAWA. Launched search to cover shipping lane to south and east of OKINAWA to locate ships of a convoy which had become separated during typhoon of 4-5 June. Special search was made for Independence pilots lost on 3 June.|
Task Group Thirty-Eight Point Four (Commander Carrier Division SIX) report serial 0525 of 2 July 1945. Original held by Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.
10 April 2001
Published: Thu Apr 02 15:14:45 EDT 2015