The story of USS Franklin (CV-13). The documentary focuses primarily on the horrific damage and losses she sustained off the coast of Japan in March 1945, the heroic efforts to prevent the ship being lost and her subsequent career.
Emotions run deep, still today, in the surviving men of the USS Franklin. The carrier, known as "The Ship That Wouldn't Die", survived a direct hit by a Japanese armor-piecing bomb just fifty miles off the coast of Japan in March 1945. In an instant the crew's lives were changed forever and the events that followed would make the story of "Big Ben" one of the most dramatic and inspiring in naval history.Written by
The story of USS Franklin (CV-13), an Essex class aircraft carrier. The documentary focuses primarily on the horrific damage and losses she sustained off the coast of Japan in March 1945, the heroic efforts to prevent the ship being lost and her subsequent career.
Interesting, enlightening documentary. Details well the events that lead to Franklin being damaged, the life-and-death struggle to keep her afloat, her travails in returning home and what became of her. In particular, highlights the incompetence and sheer thuggery of her commanding officer, how this contributed to the incident and his subsequent conduct.
Good use of interviews of surviving sailors. Shows what the events meant to them and the ordeal they went through.
Decent narration by Dale A Dye, when I could hear him. The producers insisted on playing music over his narration, and cranking up the volume of the music vs his speaking, making it difficult at times.
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