“The Words of a True Flyboy”

“The air group is the only reason for the carrier’s existence. Remember that . . . Their comfort and efficiency is our major concern . . . A carrier, offensively, you know, is no better than the air group it supports.” — Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague, Commander, Task Group 77.4

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, by James D. Hornfischer

Sprague’s Escort Carrier Group — which included Taffy 1, Taffy 2, and Taffy 3, the “Tin Cans” of the title, went down in history for their role in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.


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