The aircraft carrier USS Cowpens rolls violently to starboard during Typhoon Cobra, Dec. 18, 1944
Sailing through the Philippine Sea on this day in 1944, Adm. William “Bull” Halsey’s Task Force 38 heads directly into Typhoon “Cobra”. The 100 mph-plus winds and high seas capsize and sink three destroyers, while heavily damaging a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers. The deadly storm claims the lives of 790 U.S. sailors and destroys over 100 planes, leading to the creation of a Naval weather center and typhoon tracking center on Guam the following year.
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