World War II History 1941-1945
Click on the sections below to learn more about the wartime history of USS ASTORIA CL-90:
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Chapter 1: Beginnings
Construction of USS ASTORIA CL-90 through Launching, September 1941-March 1943.
Chapter 2: Plankowners
Commissioning and Trials, March 1943-June 1944.
Chapter 3: Shakedown Cruise
Mighty Ninety's shakedown off Bermuda and Trinidad, June-July 1944.
Chapter 4: Mouth of the Dragon
ASTORIA CL-90 returns from her shakedown, July 1944.
Chapter 5: "Golden Gate in '48"
From Philadelphia to San Francisco, August-October 1944.
Chapter 6: The Mare Island Photographs
"Ready for her closeup," 21 October 1944.
Chapter 7: Here There Be Dragons
Heading toward the Pacific War, October-November 1944.
Chapter 8: Reporting for Duty
Joining the Fast Carrier Task Force, December 1944.
Chapter 9: OPERATION LOVE III
Mighty Ninety's first sortie: the Mindoro landings, December 1944.
Chapter 10: The Storm
The Fast Carrier Task Force steams through the heart of a Pacific typhoon, December 1944.
Chapter 11: Home for the Holidays
Resting the fleet at Ulithi, December 1944.
Chapter 12: OPERATION MIKE I UPDATED
Mighty Ninety returns to the Philippines for the Luzon landings, January 1945.
Chapter 13: OPERATION GRATITUDE part 1 UPDATED
Task Force 38 raids Japanese shipping in the South China Sea, January 1945.
Chapter 14: OPERATION GRATITUDE part 2 UPDATED
Task Force 38 is attacked off Formosa, January 1945.
Chapter 15: MOG MOG UPDATED
Recreation, Inspection and Awards Jan-Feb 1945.
Chapter 16: OPERATION JAMBOREE UPDATED
Strikes on the Tokyo Plain, February 1945.
Chapter 17: OPERATION DETACHMENT part 1 UPDATED
ASTORIA CL-90 at Iwo Jima on D+2, 21 February 1945.
Chapter 18: OPERATION DETACHMENT part 2 UPDATED
ASTORIA CL-90 at Iwo Jima on D+3, 22 February 1945.
OPERATION JAMBOREE part 2 COMING SOON
From more strikes against Tokyo back to Mog Mog, late February 1945.
OPERATION ICEBERG part 1
The Mighty Ninety's heaviest action, off the Japanese Home Islands 18-21 March 1945.
OPERATION ICEBERG part 2
Task Force 58 supports Okinawa operations, late March 1945.
OPERATION ICEBERG part 3
Continued support of Okinawa operations, April 1945.
OPERATION ICEBERG part 4
Task Force 58 spends its third consecutive month at sea, May 1945.
Rest and repair in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, June 1945.
The Home Island Raids
ASTORIA and the fast carriers in Japanese waters, July-August 1945.
UNCLE SUGAR ABLE
Mighty Ninety comes home, September 1945.
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