World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Perils of the Sea

The Navy Department announced last week the loss of three destroyers in a recent typhoon. From the western Pacific, TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod had filed this delayed dispatch under date of Dec. 29:

The fast carrier task force of Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet had retired to refuel. There had been reports of an approaching typhoon; however, most of the Fleet's aerologists had charted it considerably farther east. Then the storm began to veer erratically toward the task force. We could see that we were in for a typhoon of savage ferocity.

The wind rose to 54 knots at 11 a.m., and there...

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