The Naval Historical Foundation is looking for some help identifying a few of the ships shown here:
Looking for Assistance on World War II Ship Recognition at Ulithi Atoll
We recently received an inquiry about some well known photographs from World War II. The images depict a vast fleet of U.S. Navy warships at anchor at Ulithi Atoll, on 8 December 1944, nicknamed “Murderer’s Row.” A group of model builders is working to recreate the images in question, using 1/2400 scale ship models. The aircraft carriers in the top image (National Archives photo 80-G-294131) are clearly identifiable: from the front, Wasp (CV 18), Yorktown (CV 10), Hornet (CV 12), Hancock (CV 19) and Ticonderoga (CV 14). In the bottom photo (National Archives photo 80-G-294129), taken just seconds apart from the first, carrier Lexington (CV 16) is also visible.
One day aboard the USS Franklin
This page from the War Diary of USS Franklin summarizes the events of October 13, 1944, including scrambling fighters for sorties against enemy targets and defending against an attack by Japanese “Betty” torpedo bombers.