The Escort Carrier Gambier Bay - Al RossLondon: Conway Maritime Press, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Cutaways; Silhouettes; Frontispiece; Plans;
From the cover: “The escort carrier Gambier Bay (CVE-73) was a ship of the mid-war Casablanca class, which operated with distinction in the Pacific, even fulfilling frontline roles never envisaged for earlier ships.
Undoubtedly the toughest task of the design was the action off Samar, in October 1944, when a task group of six escort carriers and a handful of destroyers was surprised by a force of Japanese surface ships including battleships and heavy cruisers. Mounting a masterly defence, the destroyers fought the Japanese heavy ships, while the CVEs attempted to escape. The only loss amongst the latter was Gambier Bay, and she came to symbolise this heroic battle against overwhelming odds.
She is, certainly, the most famous of all American escort carriers.”