USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56)
Escort carrier of the Casablanca class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. (Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||17 Jul 1942|
|Laid down||9 Dec 1942|
|Launched||19 Apr 1943|
|Commissioned||7 Aug 1943|
|Lost||24 Nov 1943|
|Loss position||2° 34'N, 172° 30'E|
Sunk by Japanese submarine I-175 (offsite link) off Makin Island in position 02º34'N, 172º30'E.
644 officers and men died when she sank, including her Commanding Officer Capt. Irving Day Wiltsie and Rear Admiral Henry Maston Mullinix. 272 of her crew were rescued by the USS Hughes, Hull and the USS Morris as well.
The Liscome Bay sank in 23 minutes with an explosion so intense, the stern vaporized, showering flesh and debris onto the battleship USS New Mexico (BB 40) which was a mile away.
Commands listed for USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56)
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|1||T/Capt. Irving Day Wiltsie, USN||7 Aug 1943||24 Nov 1943 (+)|
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