As to the troopships, I believe my dad did make the comment that the invasion forces were well covered by the carrier inner patrols. Submarines were the biggest threat, but by the time of the Central Pacific invasions, they were pretty well disposed of. Any land based aircraft such as those on the Philippines were destroyed by Halsey long before the invasion fleet ever got close. There were no troopships lost after 17 December 1943. Before that eighteen were lost in the SW Pacific. The last was the USS APC-21 lost off of New Britain. We lost two in the area within three months of each other.
My information might have been in regards to U-Boats. Hitler's U-Boat War was where I read the statistic....
Oh. I forgot Conditon V - Pierside/At Anchor.
Although eighteen is the correct figure for both the Atlantic and Pacific, the last two troop transports lost were in the Pacific during the Okinawa campaign, both were Clemson class tin cans converted to troop transports. My data shows that five were lost off of Algiers and Morocco during the Invasion of Tunisia. I found none during the invasions of Sicily, Italy or Normandy.
Pierside/At Anchor... makes sense probably a forgettable level, IMO>.
The only thing to remember is to never argue facts with Dennis. Simply say "Yes, Dear."
Hey, I can't help it. Thirty four years working for the USN, my dad worked twenty seven years and six years in WWII, my mom worked for the Navy and my grandfather worked for the Navy. I' am retired, remember. I have all day for this stuff. BTW, you certainly have the "Yes, Dear" down pat. So do I.
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