5 JUNE 1945 - TYPHOON DAMAGE
On 5 June 1945 the carrier was damaged by a typhoon off Okinawa and retired to Leyte for repairs, arriving 12 June.
Here is an eyewitness account from Don Fitzgerald, in Chico, Ca.
You guys bragging about water over the bow, look what the typhoon did to CV-20 in 45, can you top that??
Hope no one ever has to.
That was some experience when it tossed the ship around like a match box.
I was on the Main throttle of #1 main engine that morning it struck, a lot of people don't realize we were running our
starboard engines full astern and our port engines full ahead just to keep the island into the wind to keep from capsizing.
The stress and strain in the engine and the vibrations was like standing on a vibrating machine.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED
DIRECTLY FROM THE HISTORY/CHRONOLOGY
FOR PERIOD 6 AUGUST 1944 thru 15 SEPTEMBER 1945.
5 June 1945
Her repairs completed, Bennington left Leyte 1 July 1945 and
during 10 July - 15 August took part in the final raids on the Japanese home islands.