USS SARATOGA CV-3 1927-1946. Complete story, from 1924 commissioning to 1947 sinking at the Bikini Atomic Tests. Each chapter dedicated to the Sara under a different Commanding Officer. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" Illustrations: over 200 b/w photographs. Pages: 192 pages.
Every aircraft type is shown. Sara, with her unmistakeable profile, was revered by every sailor in the Pacific Fleet.
Originally laid down as one of six giant battle cruisers, the Saratoga survived the 1922 Washington Disarmament Treaty's cutting torch through her conversion to a new and seemingly benign type of vessel-the aircraft carrier. She reported for fduty off Long Beach, CA in 1927 and for the next twelve years trained the men who would eventually fight World War II.
One of only three carriers on duty at the outset of World War II, Saratoga, at one point, was the sole American carrier available to Naval Aviation. She suffered two torpedo attacks and a horrifying kamikaze attack, and was reported sunk many times by the Japanese. Refitted as a night-attack carrier, then relegated to the role of training carrier, Saratoga survived the war including the great Battle of Midway only to be sacrificed in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. No carrier, or ship, played a greater role in developing the men and tactics that became the massive force that United States Naval Aviation.
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