USS Birmingham fighting fires on USS Princeton

USS Birmingham fighting fires on USS Princeton
Here we see the Cleveland class light cruiser USS Birmingham (CL-62) attempting to help put out the fires on the light carrier USS Princeton (CVL-23), after she was hit by a single dive bomber during the battle of the Sibuyan Sea (part of the battle of Leyte Gulf). The Birmingham was badly damaged by a major explosion on the Princeton, and the carrier eventually had to be sunk by torpedoes.
US Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45, Mark Stille. Covers the five classes of US Navy light cruisers that saw service during the Second World War, with sections on their design, weaponry, radar, combat experience. Nicely organised, with the wartime service records separated out from the main text, so that the design history of the light cruisers flows nicely. Interesting to see how new roles had to be found for them, after other technology replaced them as reconnaissance aircraft [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (24 February 2014), USS Birmingham fighting fires on USS Princeton , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_USS_Princeton_on_fire.html

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