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Quiz about Battle off Samar
Quiz about Battle off Samar

Battle off Samar Trivia Quiz


World War II, off the coast of of the Philippine island of Samar, the Japanese Center Force opens fire on Taffy III, a group of American escort carriers, escorted by ships known as tin cans for their lack of armor. America, must win.

A multiple-choice quiz by tmothymorris13. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
362,926
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
5 / 10
Plays
215
Last 3 plays: henniget (5/10), ww2quizguy (9/10), Guest 97 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. What ship led the Japanese Center Force in the Battle off Samar? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What size guns did the US carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts of Taffy III have? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What US ship attacked the Center Force alone? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Who was the captain of the USS Johnston? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What type of ship was the USS Samuel B. Roberts? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. With which Japanese ship did the USS Samuel B. Roberts engage a torpedo run? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What forced the Yamato to leave the fight? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What Japanese cruiser led four destroyers on a torpedo run against the crippled American escort carriers? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. How many American ships were sunk in the battle? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What escort carrier was sunk by kamikaze planes hours after the American victory? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What ship led the Japanese Center Force in the Battle off Samar?

Answer: IJN Yamato

The IJN Yamato was the most heavily armed battleship in history. She had a main battery of 9 18.1" (45.974 centimeters) guns. She was 862' (262.7376 meters) long and weighed 72,000 tons (62,317.301 metric tons, 64,285.714 long tons). The Yamato was the largest battleship in history.
2. What size guns did the US carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts of Taffy III have?

Answer: 5"

Taffy III's three destroyers were armed with 5 5" (12.7 centimeters) guns; four destroyer escorts were armed with 2, and 6 carriers were armed with 1. The destroyers also had 10 Mark 15 torpedoes aboard in 2 quintuple launchers on their deck. And the destroyer escorts had 3 Mark 15's housed in a single triple launcher.
3. What US ship attacked the Center Force alone?

Answer: USS Johnston

The destroyer USS Johnston attacked the heavy cruiser IJN Kumano with only her 5 5" (12.7 centimeter) guns and 10 Mark 15 torpedoes. The Johnston's torpedoes blew the Kumano's bow off. Before the torpedoes hit home, Johnston unleashed 200 rounds of 5" ammo in only 5 minutes, wrecking Kumano's bridge.

After the Kumano pulled out of the fight, escorted by IJN Suzuya (later sunk by TBM Avenger torpedo bombers). But this attack came at the Johnston's price: she was then within 7 miles (11.265408 kilometers) of the battleship IJN Kongo. Kongo smashed Johnston's bridge with 3 14" (35.56 centimeters) projectiles. Johnston's speed was cut in half to just 17 knots. Seconds later, 3 6" (15.24 centimeters) shells (possibly from Yamato) smashed the bridge.

The Johnston retreated.
4. Who was the captain of the USS Johnston?

Answer: CDR. Ernst E. Evans

CDR. Ernst E. Evans was a very brave captain of the Johnston. He was killed in the sinking of the Johnston and later there was a destroyer escort named after him. He led the Johnston into battle alone.
5. What type of ship was the USS Samuel B. Roberts?

Answer: Destroyer Escort

The USS Samuel B. Roberts was a lightly armed destroyer escort (or DE), 1 of the 4 destroyer escorts of Taffy III. Armed with three Mark 15 torpedoes in a single triple launcher, and 2 5" (12.7 centimeters) guns, 1 on the front, and 1 on the back.
6. With which Japanese ship did the USS Samuel B. Roberts engage a torpedo run?

Answer: IJN Chokai

As the Roberts approached, the Chokai fired, but was unable to train her guns low enough. The Roberts fired her torpedoes, and scored a direct hit. Then, for 60 incredible minutes, the Roberts dueled with the Chokai with her 2 5" (12.7 centimeters) guns.

She unleashed 600 rounds of ammunition. The Roberts suffered devastating hits, knocking out 1 of her 5" (12.7 centimeters) turrets. With her only gun, she set IJN Chikuma's bridge afire. Then, 3 14" (35.56 centimeters) projectiles ripped a 40' (12.192 meters) hole in her hull, sinking her.

The ship is known as "The Destroyer Escort That Fought Like a Battleship."
7. What forced the Yamato to leave the fight?

Answer: USS Hoel and FM-2 Wildcats

As FM-2 Wildcats attacked Japanese ships, the Wildcats forced the Japanese into defensive maneuvers allowing USS Hoel, and USS Heermann to launch their torpedoes. USS Heermann's torpedoes missed their intended target, and streaked toward the Yamato, which broke hard left to avoid the threat.

When an FM-2 started shooting at Yamato with his .50 caliber machine guns, after the air and torpedo assault, Yamato did not rejoin the fight.
8. What Japanese cruiser led four destroyers on a torpedo run against the crippled American escort carriers?

Answer: IJN Yahagi

The Yahagi led four destroyers on a torpedo run. The only ship in position to stop them was the battered USS Johnston. The Johnston opened fire, and attempted to cross the T, the Japanese turned hard right, and fired their torpedoes, which missed the Johnston.

The Yahagi and the four destroyers, struck the Johnston; her engines quit, and the Japanese sank Johnston. After this, the Japanese retreated - and 200,000 American soldiers were safe.
9. How many American ships were sunk in the battle?

Answer: 5

2 destroyers, 2 carriers, and 1 destroyer escort were sunk. Over 1,000 American sailors are airmen were killed.
10. What escort carrier was sunk by kamikaze planes hours after the American victory?

Answer: USS St. Lo

Hours after the Battle off Samar, the USS St. Lo was attacked by kamikaze. One hit sank it in minutes.
Source: Author tmothymorris13

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