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Navy pilots of Task Force 77 had already made two attacks against the railway bridge, and at midafternoon on 19 August the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) and USS Valley Forge (CV-45) launched 37 Corsairs and Skyraiders against this target. These dive bombers scored eight hits, after which one of their number flew the length of the span at low level and reported that the bridge was still standing but unusable for the foreseeable future.#64