Taffy 3 the united states navys code name for task unit 7743 was a part of the us navy participating in the 1944 return to the philippines campaign taffy 3 consisted of six escort carriers screened by 3 destroyers and 4 destroyer escorts. B taffy 3 task unit 7743 attached to the us 7th fleet battle of leyete gulf oct 25 1944 only instances during wwii to my knowledge for which quantitative and qualitative inferior us forces faced overwhelming enemy odds and snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat. A japanese surface force of battleships and cruisers battered earlier in the larger battle and thought to have been in retreat instead turned around unobserved and encountered the northernmost of the three groups task unit 7743 taffy 3 commanded by rear admiral clifton sprague. This taffy 3 as lonely sentinels east of samar and southeast of san bernadino strait on the route to leyte gulf as enemy ships fled the battle of surigao strait at daybreak on 25 october 1944 the powerful japanese center force slipped through san bernadino strait. The imperial japanese navy ijn mobilized nearly all of its remaining major naval vessels in an attempt to defeat the allied invasion but was repulsed by the us navys third and seventh fleets
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