Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 237th week of the war, 119th week of U.S. participation Side: 2 of 2
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The vast Pacific Ocean, with its thousands of enemy-held islands far beyond the
reach of America's home air bases, has always been considered the traditional
battlefield for carrier warfare. If Tojo ever had any doubts of American ability
to reach his far-flung holdings the campaigns in the Gilberts, the Marshalls, the
Carolines, and in the Southwest Pacific may well have made up his mind.
Our greatest carrier strength is operating in the Pacific. But the need for air
support in the European theater and along the Atlantic approaches to that continent
has given our carriers new opportunities to hit the enemy. The use of our recentlydeveloped
"baby flat-tops," converted cargo vessels, in anti-submarine work is
widely known and nowhere more seriously pondered than in what remains of bombwracked
Berlin's Wilhelmstrasse. In the crucial period before our conquest of
Africa, the USS WASP brought planes within flying distance of Malta, bolstering
that vital island fortress controlling the Central Mediterranean.
Possibly one of the most colorful of our carrier operations in the European
theater was executed by the USS RANGER. In her strike against German shipping
off the coast of Norway in October,
including four merchant vessels, a
tanker, and an oil barge.
The RANGER also played a dramatic
role in the invasion of North
Africa when a three-day series of
raids by her planes was of major
importance in the smashing of enemy
resistance. In addition, the
flat-top has ferried hundreds of
Army fighter planes across the subinfested
These photographs illustrate
some of her recent operations.
A cascade of spray and smoke towers above the SAAR, a
new type German merchant vessel, from a near-hit during
the raid by planes of the RANGER off Bodo, Norway. When
she was last seen the Nazi vessel was down by the stern.
Quivering and smoking from mortal wounds administered
by the carrier's planes, this Nazi merchantman lies dead
in the water . . waiting for the "coup de grace" which
sent it down to the bottom during the October, 1943, raid.
Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, RN, commander of the Britis
Home Fleet, and himself a veteran "flat-top" skipper,
piped aboard the RANGER during the latter's service
English waters. The carrier was anchored at Scapa Flo'
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[United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch. Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 237th week of the war, 119th week of U.S. participation, poster, March 27, 1944; [Washington, D.C.]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc929/m1/2/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.