AP-9 U.S.S. ZEILIN
War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,


                           U. S. S. ZEILIN 

                               SECRET 
   
                             WAR DIARY 

COMMANDER TRANSPORT DIVISION FOUR (COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. 
ZEILIN).  OPERATING UNDER COMMANDER TASK FORCE SIXTY-TWO.

 
From: November 1, 1942 to November 30, 1942. 

Enclosures: (A) Copy of action reports on November 11, 1942.
            (B) Copy of C.O. U.S.S. ZEILIN MAILGRAM #210131
                of 21 November, 1942 (Report of Damage). 


Original to:    Chief of Naval Operations 
                (Office of Naval Records and Library).


                           U. S. S. ZEILIN 

November 1, 1942. 

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before on course 003-T, speed 
                    14 knots, enroute Noumea, New Caledonia, to 
                    Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Group. 
                    Zig-zagging in accordance with Plan No. 11, 
                    U.S. 1940. in company with USS BETELGUESE, 
                    escorted by PC476. 
1819      0519      Ceased zig-zag. Resumed base course. 
1824      0524      Changed course to 348-T. 
1830      0530      Resumed zig-zag plan No. 11. 
2035      0735      Futuna Island abeam, bearing 320-T, distant 
                    14 miles. 
2100      0800      Position: 19-27 S., 170-24 E. 
2200      0900      Adjusted base course to 352-T. 
0100      1200      Position: 18-33 S., 170-16 E. Distance since 
                    noon 323 miles. Weather: Wind ESE. Barometer 
                    30.05. Temperature 82. Sea 78. Cloudy. Moderate 
                    ESE'ly swell. 
0745      1845      Ceased zig-zag and resumed base course. 
0800      1900      Changed course to 299-T. 
0900      2000      Position: 16-55 S., 169-53 E. 
                                                        D. A. DURBANT. 

November 2, 1942. 

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before. 
1330      0030      Resumed zig-zag plan No. 11. 
1600      0300      Ceased zig-zag.
1619      0319      Various courses approaching Selwyn Strait. 
1720      0420      Set course 165-T. 
1740      0440      Resumed zig-zag. 
1829      0529      Ceased zig-zag. 
1832      0532      Changed course to 240-T. 
1850      0550      Changed course to 270-T. 
1905      0605      Changed course to 295-T. South Point Pentecost 
                    Island abeam to starboard, distant 2 miles. 
1910      0610      Resumed zig-zag plan No. 11, speed 15.5 knots. 
2100      0800      Position 15-50 S., 167-45 E. 
2253      0953      Ceased zig-zag, resumed base course. 
2303      1003      Various courses and speeds entering Segond 
                    Channel, Espiritu Santos.
0011      1111      Anchored west of berth A-5 Segond Channel. 
0057      1157      Shifting berths. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind SE. Barometer 29.94. Temperature 84. 
                    Partly cloudy. Fine. 
0117      1217      Anchored in berth x-6. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 3, 1942. 

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301  0001          Anchored as before. 
2100      0900      Unloading drill for crew and troops. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-3. Barometer 29.88. Temperature 
                    83. Cloudy. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 4, 1942. 

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
1100      1200      Weather: Wind E-3. Barometer 29.84. Temperature 
                    82. Partly cloudy. Fine. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 5, 1942. 

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind SE-3. Barometer 29.88. Temperature
                    83. Cloudy.

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 6, 1942. 

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind SW-4. Barometer 29.94. Temperature
                    80. Cloudy. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.
 
November 7, 1942.
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-4. Barometer 29.93. Temperature
                    77. Cloudy. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.
 
November 8, 1942.
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-4. Barometer 29.87. Temperature
                    79. Cloudy. 
0245      1345      Received six torpedoes for transhipment 
                    to CACTUS. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.
 
November 9, 1942.
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
2234      0934      Underway in accordance with ComTaskFor 62 
                    despatch 070430. Various courses and speeds 
                    leaving harbor. 
2324      1024      Bogacio Island abeam to starboard. 
2330      1030      Set course 090-T. ATLANTA (11) (Flag) ZEILIN (12) 
                    LIBRA (13) BETEIJGUESE (14). USS FLETCHER, ARRON 
                    WARD, LARDNER, and McCALLA destroyer screen. 
2334      1034      Standard speed 15.5 knots.
2340      1040      Changed course to 045-T. 
0002      1102      Changed course to 350-T. 
0024      1114      Commenced zig-zag according to plan #6 FTP #188. 
0100      1200      Position: 15-21 S., 167-26 E. Distance since 
                    departure 30 miles. Weather: Wind E-3, Barometer 
                    29.86, Temperature 86, Sea 78, Cloudy. 
0142      1242      Sighted USS ALCHEBA with barge in tow and escort 
                    on opposite course. 
0225      1325      Ceased zig-zag. 
0227      1327      Column left to 3l6-T. 
0230      1330      Debarkation drill. 
0234      1334      Resumed zig-zag plan as before. 
0735      1835      Ceased zig-zag and resumed base course. 
0900      2000      Position: 13-47 S., 166-07 E. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.
 
November 10, 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before. 
1745      0445      Resumed zig-zag as before. 
2100      0800      Position: 11-24 S., 163-47 E. 
2258      0958      Emergency turns on submarine contact. 
2310      1010      USS FLETCHER dropping depth charges. 
2354      1054      Resumed base course 316-T. 
2400      1100      Resumed zig-zag plan as before. 
0033      1133      Sighted enemy scouting plane bearing 220-P. 
0100      1200      Position: 11-02 S., 163-12 E. Distance since 
                    noon, 358 miles. Weather: Wind NExE-3. 
                    barometer 29.81. Temperature 87. Sea 80. 
                    Partly cloudy. Fine. 
0106      1206      Ceased zig-zag. Changed course to 311-F. 
0111      1211      Resumed zig-zag. 
0155      1255      Sighted Owa Baha Island (Solomon Group) 
                    bearing 281-T. 
0207      1307      Reduced speed to 14 knots. 
0230      1330      Unloading drill for troops and crew. 
0400      1500      Santa Aura Island abeam to port. Distant 
                    17 miles. 
0605      1705      Reduced speed to 13 knots. 
0710      1810      Reduced speed to 12 knots. 
0730      1830      Ceased zig-zag. Changed course to 296-T. 
0750      1850      Column open order. 
0900      2000      Position: 10-00 S., 161-48 E. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 11, 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before. Base course 296-T. 
1427      0127      Nun Island abeam to port, approximate 
                    distance 2 miles. 
1630      0330      Nugu Island bearing 290-T. 
1643      0343      Changed course to 259-T. 
1657      0357      Entering Sealark channel. 
1741      0441      Changed course to 248-T.
1745      0445      All hands at unloading stations. 
1825      0525      Changed course to 210-T. Various courses 
                    and speeds approaching transport area east 
                    of Lunga Point. 
1840      0540      Hove to 1 mile east of Lunga Point 1500 
                    yards from beach. Betelguese and Libra 
                    at 1,000 yard intervals to east, Atlanta 
                    and destroyers formed submarine screen. 
                    Hoisted out all boats. 
1846      0546      Commenced debarkation of troops. 
1905      0605      Commenced discharging #4 hold. 
1914      0614      Commenced discharging #2 hold. 
1920      0620      Commenced discharging #3 hold. 
1930      0630      Commenced discharging #7 hold. 
1935      0635      Commenced discharging #8 hold. 
1945      0645      Anchored at short stay. 
2200      0900      Received air raid warning from radio 
                    Guadalcanal: 9 bombers and 12 fighters 
                    approaching. 
2218      0918      Cast off all boats. Underway preparing to 
                    repell air attack. See Enclosure (A) Action 
                    Report. 
2235      0935      Standard speed 15.5 knots. Course North. 
                    Column formation ATLANTA (11) ZEILIN (12) 
                    BETELGUESE (13) LIBRA (14). 
2238      0938      Turn right 45 degrees. 
2240      0940      All 3"/50 cal. AA guns commenced firing on 
                    ten dive bombers approaching from west at 
                    intermediate altitude. 
2242      0942      Turn right 45 degrees. Five dive bombers 
                    attacked this ship. 20mm battery opened 
                    fire. Bombers scored 2 near misses on port 
                    side. 
2243      0943      Third bomb glanced off hull at frame 45 
                    starboard side and exploded underwater. 
                    Two dive bombers strafed ship. Flare back 
                    in #2 fireroom. Steam pressure lost on 
                    steering gear. 
2244      0944      Steering gear in order. 
2245      0945      Starboard shaft alley flooded; #8 hold 
                    flooding. 
2246      0946      Turn left to North. Cease firing. 
2255      0955      Turn left to 270-T. Starboard list, #7 
                    hold flooding, #8 hold flooded to third 
                    deck level, #9 hold leaking. Starboard 
                    shaft alley flooded, port shaft alley 
                    leaking badly. Repair party shoring up 
                    watertight doors and bulkheads. One casualty, 
                    Thomas, J. Matt 2/c, U.S. Navy struck by bomb 
                    fragment right thigh. Two dive bombers shot down 
                    by our guns and two were damaged. Estimated total 
                    of five dive bombers shot down by AA fire. 
2325      1025      Proceeding to transport area. 
2341      1041      Anchored as before. Discharging all troops 
                    except Marine gun crews. 
2355      1055      Received second air raid warning. See Enclosure 
                    (A). 
0013      1113      Cast off all boats. Underway at 14 knots 
                    speed, course north, formation as before. 
0027      1127      Ships opened fire with AA batteries. Various
                    courses from north to west. 
0032      1132      Bombers attacking shore targets. 
0033      1133      Cease firing. One enemy bomber crashed in 
                    Lengo Channel. 
0043      1143      Proceeding to transport area. 
0103      1203      Anchored as before. Continued discharging 
                    troops and equipment and cargo from #7 hold. 
0200      1300      Secured #2, 3, and 4 holds. Discontinued 
                    discharging forward account trim of ship now 
                    ten feet down by the stern. 
0250      1350      Transferred to CACTUS 39 enlisted men (ship's 
                    company), 2 TR and 4 Tare boats in addition 
                    to 4 WI boats without crews (carried art). 
0348      1448      All beach party returned to ship. 
0404      1504      All troops and equipment ashore (1599 troops 
                    33 naval passengers) plus 48% of cargo. 
0425      1525      Flooded compartments controlled as follows: 
                    #8 hold at 3rd deck level, #7 hold at 4th 
                    deck level, starboard shaft alley flooded. 
                    Fresh water wing tank starboard side of #7 
                    hold ruptured. Draft forward 24½ ft., aft 
                    34½ ft. Continued shoring up bulkheads in 
                    #7 and 9 holds. 
0457      1557      Received aboard from USS McCALLA four Japanese
                    prisoners (aviation personnel). 
0500      1600      Underway in accordance with ComTaskFor 62.4 
                    Secret OP plan #110330 of November 11, 1942, 
                    base course 055-T, speed 12 knots, 106 RPM 
                    port engine, 45 RPM starboard engine. Escort USS 
                    LARDNER. 
0543      1643      Starboard propeller shaft carried away in 
                    vicinity of flooded shaft alley. Proceeding 
                    on port engine.
0550      1650      Changed course to 089-T. 
0600      1700      Two deserters from Second Marine Replacement 
                    Battalion found on board: Sorrentino, W.G., 
                    Pvt. and Kraft, W.T., Pvt. 
0627      1727      Pari Pile abeam to starboard, distant 0.6 
                    miles. Changed course to 070-T. 
0646      1746      Nugu Island abeam to port, distant 0.? miles. 
                    Changed course to 1l5-T. 
0650      1750      Commenced Zig-zag according to plan #6, FTP #188. 
0755      1855      Ceased zig-zag. 
0900      2000      Position: 9-27 S., 160-45 E. 
0927      2027      Nura Island abeam to starboard, distant 1.2 
                    miles. Changed course to l44-T. 
1140      2240      Met ships of Task Force 67.4 to port. 
1200      2300      Changed course to 180-T. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 12, 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before. 
1800      0500      Resumed zig-zag according to plan #6 FTP #188. 
1850      0550      Ceased zig-zag. 
1900      0600      Changed course to 121-T. 
1915      0615      Resumed zig-zag. 
2100      0800      Position 11-21 S., 161-24 E. 
2325      1025      Sighted orange observation plane bearing 190-P. 
0100      1200      Position 11-45 S., 161-57 E. Distance since
                    departure 207 miles. Weather: Wind ENE-3. 
                    Barometer 29.81. Temperature 82. Sea 78. 
                    Partly cloudy. Fine. 
0515      1615      Ceased zig-zag. 
0522      1622      Changed course to 150-P. 
0527      1627      Resumed zig-zag. 
0800      1900      Ceased zig-zag. 
0815      1915      Changed course to l15-T. 
0900      2000      Position: 12-40 S., 163-01 E. 
0930      2030      Resumed zig-zag. 
1047      2147      Ceased zig-zag. Resumed base course. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 13, 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before. 
1747      0447      Resumed zig-zag plan #6, FTP #188. 
2100      0800      Position: 13-37 S., 165-08 E. 
2300      1000      Ceased zig-zag. 
2305      1005      Changed course to 090-T. 
2308      1008      Speed 10 knots. Resumed zig-zag according 
                    to plan #7. 
0100      1200      Position 13-43 S., 165-47 E. Distance since 
                    noon 260 miles. Weather: Wind ESE-3. Barometer
                    29.82. Temperature 83. Sea 77. 
                    Cloudy. Small ESE'1y swell. 
0445      1545      Ceased zig-zag. 
0446      1546      Changed course to 140-T. 
0457      1557      Resumed zig-zag. 
0900      2000      Position: 14-16 S., 166-55 E. 
1130      2230      Ceased zig-zag. Resumed base course. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November l4 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Steaming as before. 
1418      0118      Adjusted course to 175-T. 
1708      0408      Resumed zig-zag according to plan #7 FTP #188. 
1747      0447      Ceased zig-zag. Changed course to 240-T. 
1752      0452      Changed course to 270-T. 
1759      0459      Changed course to 290-T. 
1821      0521      Various courses and speeds. 
1835      0535      Bogacio Island abeam to port. 
1853      0553      Entering Segond Channel 
1943      0643      Anchored in Berth A-8, Segond Channel, Espiritu
                    Santo, New Hebrides. 
2310      1010      USS NAVAJO moored to starboard side and commenced 
                    diving operations, inspecting hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind SE-3, Barometer 29.96, Temperature 
                    84, Sea 78. Partly cloudy. Fine. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November l5 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. USS NAVAJO moored to 
                    starboard side. 
2100      0800      Divers from USS NAVAJO making temporary repairs 
                    to hull between frames 44 and 46, starboard side. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-3, Barometer 29.90, Temperature 
                    84, Overcast. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November l6 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    

1301      0001      Anchored as before. USS NAVAJ0 continuing 
                    temporary repairs to hull. 
2025      0725      Commenced discharging #2, 3, and 4 holds 
                    (Cargo not landed at CACTUS) to USS LIBRA. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-3, Barometer 29.90, 
                    Temperature 85, Cloudy. 
1055      2155      Secured #2, 3, and 4 holds, Completed 
                    discharging cargo to USS LIBRA. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November l7 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    

1301      0001      Anchored as before. USS NAVAJO moored alongside to 
                    effect temporary repairs to hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind ENE-3, Barometer 29.80, 
                    Temperature 84. Partly cloudy. Fine. 
0200      1300      Discharging vehicles from #2 and 4 holds 
                    to beach. 
0455      1555      Completed discharging and secured #2 and 
                    4 holds. Damaged cargo in #7 and 8 holds 
                    not discharged. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November l8 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    

1301      0001      Anchored as before. USS NAVAJO alongside 
                    to effect temporary repairs o hull.
0100      1200      Weather: Wind, NE-1, Barometer 29.78, 
                    Temperature 81. Overcast, drizzle. 
0448      1548      General Quarters -- enemy submarine off 
                    western entrance to Legond Channel. 
0541      1641      Secured from General Quarters. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November l9 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    

1301      0001      Anchored as before. USS NAVAJO alongside 
                    as before to effect temporary repairs to 
                    hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind SWxW-2, Barometer 29.74, 
                    Temperature 82, Cloudy. 
0345      1445      USS NAVAJO completed temporary repairs to 
                    hull. Started pumping out #7 and 8 holds. 
0445      1545      Commenced salvaging cargo from #8 hold. 
0545      1645      USS NAVAJO underway. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.


November 20 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. Continued pumping #7 
                    and 8 holds and shaft alley. Continued 
                    salvage of cargo from #8 hold. 
2125      0825      U.S.S. VESTAL moored to port side to complete 
                    temporary repairs to hull. 
2128      0828      Transferred 3 TR boats to U.S.S. PRES. HAYES. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind NW-2, Barometer 29.86, 
                    Temperature 81, Cloudy. 
0338      1438      Commenced discharging #7 hold of powder, 
                    water soaked shells, and ammunition, sending 
                    them to the beach. Completed pumping out 
                    all after holds. 
1250      2350      Completed discharging damaged cargo from 
                    #8 hold. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.


November 21 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. VESTAL moored to 
                    port side for repair work. continued discharging 
                    damaged cargo from #7 hold. 
1445      0145      Completed discharging #7 hold (last damaged 
                    cargo aboard ship). 
2110      0810      Transferred 2 TL and 1 TR boat to U.S.S. 
                    NEVILLE, received 1 TL boat. 
O100      1200      Weather; Wind SE-2, Barometer 29.83, 
                    Temperature 86. Partly Cloudy, Fine. 
0225      1325      Received naval personnel, 83 survivors of 
                    U.S.S. PRESTON and U.S.S. WALKE, for temporary
                    lodging. 
                    
                    See Enclosure (B), C.0. U.S.S. ZEILIN 
                    MAILGRAM #210131 of 21 November (Report 
                    of Damage). 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 22 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. VESTAL moored
                    to port side for repair work to hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind SE-2, Barometer 29.89, 
                    Temperature 84, Partly Cloudy, Fine. 
0200      1300      Transferred 3 officers and 29 enlisted men 
                    (survivors of U.S.S. PRESTON) to U.S.S. RIGEL). 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 23 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. VESTAL moored 
                    to port side for repair work to hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind N-2, Barometer 29.97, 
                    Temperature 84. Cloudy to Overcast). 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 24 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. VESTAL moored 
                    to port side for repair work to hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind NE-3, Barometer 29.91, 
                    Temperature 78. Overcast, Raining). 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 25 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. V1STAL moored 
                    to port side for repair work to hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind NE-3, Barometer 29.92, 
                    Temperature 86. Cloudy). 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 26 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. VESTAL moored 
                    to port side for repair work to hull. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind NE-l, Barometer 29.94, 
                    Temperature 80. Overcast, Raining. 
0135      1235      Completed removal of starboard propeller and 
                    hoisted it aboard). 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 27 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. U.S.S. VESTAL moored 
                    to port side to work on hull. 
2105      0805      U.S.S. VESTAL underway from port side. 
2140      0840      Commenced transfer of provisions from #6 
                    hold to U.S.S. RIGEL. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-2, Barometer 29.95, 
                    Temperature 85. Partly Cloudy. Fine). 
0220      1320      Transferred the following named prisoners to 
                    C.0. Rear Echelon 2nd Marine Division: 
                         KRAFT, W.T., Pvt., U.S.M.C. 
                         SORRENTINO, W.G., Pvt., U.S.M.C.R. 
0515      1615      Completed transfer of provisions to U.S.S. 
                    RIGEL and commenced provisioning U.S.S. 
                    HONOLULU. 
0830      1930      99 Naval Personnel (enlisted men) survivors 
                    reported aboard for temporary lodging. 
0940      2040      Completed provisioning U.S.S. HONOLULU and 
                    commenced provisioning U.S.S. NEW ORLEANS. 
1135      2235      Completed provisioning U.S.S. NEW ORLEANS 
                    and secured #6 hold. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.
 
November 28 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
2010      0710      U.S.S. ZANE moored to port side to be provisioned
                    from #6 hold. 
2045      0745      Commenced loading airoplane engines from 
                    U.S.S. BETELGUESE and scrap tin from various 
                    units in #4 hold. 
2221      0921      Completed provisioning U.S.S. ZANE which got 
                    underway. Commenced transferring provisions 
                    to U.S.S. BETELGESUE. 
2300      1000      Commenced transferring 1500 troop mattresses 
                    to Cub I. 
0100      1200      Weather: Airs 1, Barometer 29.99, Temperature 
                    84. Partly Cloudy. 
0510      1610      Secured #4 hold. 
1215      2315      Transferred 4 T boats and 2 TP boats to 
                    U.S.S. BETELGUESE. Secured #6 hold. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.

November 29 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.   
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
1325      0025      Transferred 2 TL boats to U.S.S. BETELGUESE. 
2136      0836      U.S.S. GUADALUPE moored to port side and 
                    commenced fueling. 
2145      0845      Commenced loading empty ammunition containers 
                    from U.S.S. GUADALUPE into #4 hold. 
0030      1130      Completed loading #4 hold. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-l, Barometer 29.96, 
                    Temperature 88. Partly cloudy, Fine. 
0203      1303      U.S.S. GUADALUPE cast off. 
0230      1330      Received 225 naval personnel (both officers 
                    and enlisted men) survivors of U.S.S. ATLANTA 
                    for temporary lodging. 
0645      1745      Loaded damaged airoplane on #8 hatch. 

                                                        D. A. DURBANT.
 
November 30 1942. 
G.C.T.    L.C.T.                                                           D. A. DURBANT.
1301      0001      Anchored as before. 
2104      0804      Loaded second damaged airoplane on #8 hatch. 
0100      1200      Weather: Wind E-2, Barometer 29.95, 
                    Temperature 87. Partly cloudy, Fine. 
0245      1345      Grigerich, C. H., #287-42-18, Sea 1/c, U.S.N, 
                    and Kelley, G.T., #346-70-32, Matt 3/c, 
                    U.S.N., reported aboard under escort for 
                    transportation. 
0300      1400      Loaded 2 Japanese torpedoes in #7 hold. 
0450      1550      Knowles, G. C., Ensign, U.S.N., reported 
                    aboard for transportation. 
0547      1647      Transferred 6 enlisted personnel (U.S.N. 
                    survivors from U.S.S. WALKE) to U.S.S. RIGEL. 
0645      1745      Transferred all U.S.S. ATLANTA, U.S.S. PRESTON, 
                    and U.S.S. WALKE survivors to U.S.S. BARNETT 
                    (total 6 officers and 364 enlisted men). 
0830      1930      Transferred 2 40-foot ML boats to U.S.S. RIGEL. 
0930      2030      Transferred refrigeration unit from Admiral's
                    Cabin to Cub One. 


                                                 D. A. DURRANT, 
                                            Lieutenant, D-M, U.S.N.R., 
                                                   Navigator.

APPROVED: 
             P. BUCHaNAN, 
          Captain, U.S. NAVY, 
Commander Transport Division Four and 
        Commanding U.S.S. ZEILIN. 


                ACTION REPORT
                U.S.S. ZEILIN


                                              November 15, 1942.

From:          The Commanding Officer.
To:            The Commander in Chief, United States Fleet.

Subject:       Action Reports

Reference:     (a) Cominch confidential letter FF1/A16-3
                   Serial (0332) of March 7, 1942.

Enclosures:    (A) Anti-aircraft action by surface ships on
                   November 11, 1942, (first attack).
               (B) Anti-aircraft action by surface ships on
                   November 11, 1942, (second attack).
               (C) Report of executive officer of action on
                   November 11, 1942.

    1.     In compliance with reference (a), enclosures (A),
           (B), and (C) are forwarded.

    2.     The following summaries are submitted:

                              FIRST ATTACK

    This vessel in company with U.S.S. BETELGUESE and LIBRA, escorted 
by ATLANTA and Destroyer Division TWELVE, arrived off the designated 
unloading area east of Lunga Point, Guadalcanal Island, anchored, and 
commenced unloading at 0540.

    At 0857 a radio message reported that enemy bombers and fighters 
were headed for Guadalcanal; subsequently a message by radar set the 
arrival time at 0935.

    The ship ordered boats to remain clear and at 0919 proceeded to get 
underway.  At 0936 enemy planes were observed coming in over the 
western tip of the island and ten were identified as dive bombers, type 
Aichi 99-N-DB.  The fighters were to high to be accurately counted, 
however a message reported twelve.

    At 0940 the hip commenced firing 3"/50 cal. AA batteries using 1.5 
second fuse settings.  The enemy planes took diving formation and 
proceeded to peel off.  One was hit by shrapnel and the port wing was 
afire.  This plane did not dive.  Five planes dived on this vessel, 
releasing bombs at approximately 1,200 feet.  There were three near 
misses registered on the ship; two on the port side - one about 
amidships, the other aft; and one on the starboard side at about frame 
45 opposite No. 8 hatch, depth about 15-30 feet.  The ship suffered 
severely from this bomb.

    The ship sustained the following damage from this attack:

    Number 8 hold was flooded to the third deck; number 7 to the fourth 
deck.  Starboard shaft alley was completely flooded.  Port shaft alley 
is leaking and is kept dry by pumping.  Number four 3"/50 cal. AA gun 
carriage was sprung by shock.  A 3/8" pipe of inboard water column line 
on No 5 boiler in No. 2 fireroom was broken by shock.  A 1 ½" overboard 
water cooling line from generators was broken by shock next to 
overboard valve.  Fresh water tank, starboard side of No. 7 hold, c-
611, opened to the sea.  Feed water bottoms under engineroom are 
leaking slightly.  Starboard propeller shaft was either broken or 
coupling bolts sheared.  This shaft was broken about one-half hour 
after ship left CACTUS and no examination can be made until after the 
shaft alley is dewatered.  The bulkhead between No. 7 and No. 8 holds, 
starboard side, is torn for a space of 30 inches.  This hole was wedged 
practically tight before No. 7 hold was flooded.  On starboard side aft 
of No. 7 hold at lower first platform deck rivets are sheared for about 
6 feet.  This leak could not be stopped because of inaccessibility, the 
magazine being loaded at the time.  The flooding was controlled by 
closing of non-watertight door, shoring and wedging, then by pumping.  
Later the trunk leading into the magazine, 10'x10', was closed by 
welding over the whole trunk.  A few rivets were sheared in No. 9 hold 
at the skin of the ship, starboard side, between No. 8 and No. 9 holds.  
This leak was controlled by plugging and welding.  There is a dent in 
the starboard side of No. 8 hold about 1 and ½" in depth, caused by 
glancing bomb.  There are numerous small leaks in after part of ship, 
including leaks in after peak tank and small leaks in the feed water 
tank under the engineroom.  There is approximately 2,000 tons of water 
in the ship.

    Examination by diver upon arrival at BUTTON disclosed 5 shell 
plates between frame 45 and 46 are cracked, one stove in about 2 feet.  
One rupture is across three plates, 16 feet long and varies from 
nothing to 2 and one-half feet wide.  There is another crack 8 feet 
long across 2 plates.  This crack is about one-half in. in width.

                              SECOND ATTACK

    At 1055 following the earlier attack by dive bombers, the ship 
received word that enemy planes were again headed for Guadalcanal.

    Although damaged from the attack the ship got underway.  At 1127 a 
flight of enemy planes identified as heavy bombers, possibly Mitsubishi 
97M or 96, about 27 in number, were observed on a course towards 
Henderson Air Field.

    Fire was opened by all ships, this ship firing all 3"/50 cal. AA 
guns as they could be brought to bear.  Fuse settings were 21 and 30 
seconds.  Fire was controlled locally after the initial salvo and was 
checked once to change fuse settings and again to allow two guns to 
bear.  Bursts were well grouped and appeared to be reaching up to and a 
little ahead of the planes.  No hits were observed.  Fighter planes 
from Henderson Field began engaging the enemy and "cease fire" was 
ordered on all ships.

    Following the conclusion of the attack the ship returned to the 
unloading area.  The enemy's objective appeared to be Henderson Field 
on Guadalcanal.

    3.     The officers and crew preformed their duties in a most 
highly creditable manner.  Particular mention may be made of Lieutenant 
Commander Russell J. Bellerby, U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Einar N. Eriksen, 
D-M, U.S. Naval Reserve, Carpenter Allan R. Carlson, U.S. Navy, and the 
repair parties for prompt, efficient, and fearless work in damage 
control; of Frank Grasso, gunner's mate second class, U.S. Navy, for 
excellent gunnery on the 20mm battery; and Thomas Ralph Dobbins, 
boilermaker first class, U.S. Navy, for prompt and efficient action in 
closing a valve on a ruptured steam line in No. 2 fireroom.  The action 
of Privates William T. Kraft, U.S.M.C., and William G. Sorrentino, 
U.S.M.C.R., of the Second Replacement Battalion are subject to censure.  
From statements obtained these men deliberately remained on board after 
debarkation of troops.  A separate report of the circumstances has been 
made to the Commanding General, First Marine Division.


                                                           P. BUCHANAN.

_______________________________________________________________________


                                             U.S.S. ZEILIN

ANTI-AIRCRAFT ACTION BY SURFACE SHIPS

LOCATION OF SHIP: Guadalcanal, Solomon Island   U.S.S. ZEILIN
                  (SOLOMON ISLAND      First Attack     Date Nov. 11, 1942

(a)  REPEL ATTACK FIRST - THEN COLLOECT DATA FOR THIS REPORT!
(b)  DO NOT "GUN DECK" THIS REPORT - IF DATA CANNOT BE ESTIMATED WITH
     REASONABLE ACCURACY ENTER DASH IN SPACE FOR WHICH NO DATA IS 
     AVAILABLE.
(c)  THESE SHEETS ARE TO BE FILLED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ACTION IS
     COMPLETED WITH DATA AVAILABLE FROM SHIP'S LOG, MEMORY, AND CONSULTATION
     WITH SHIP'S OFFICERS.  INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER THAT THE 
     EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR EQUIPMENT CAN BE DETERMINED.  WHERE DATA IS
     DOUBTFUL ACCURACY FILL IN WITH GENERAL TERMS.  THE OBTAINING OF 
     THIS INFORMATION MUST NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY WAY TO ADVERSELY AFFECT
     THE HANDLING OF EQUIPMENT DURING ACTION.

 1.  SURPRISE ATTACK (yes or no): No

2.  METHOD PICKING PLANE UP (radar, binoculars, naked eye): Radio and
                                                             Radar.
     (If by Radar state type of set)  Radar from ComTaskFor.

3.  RANGE PLANE WAS PICKED UP (50 miles, 30 miles, 10 miles, less 5
     miles):  - 

 4.  NUMBER OF PLANES: 22 (10 bomber, 12 fighter).

 5.  TYPE OF PLANE (Fighter, scout, dive-bomber): 12F 9DB
                                  TYPE OF ATTACK: Dive Bombing.

 6.  SPEED AND ALTITUDE (high and fast, intermediate and fast, low and fast,
                         high and slow, intermediate and slow, low and slow):
                         Intermediate and fast

 7.  GUNS FIRING: AA & 20mm MG  SIZE: 3"/50, 20mm.
     Method of control: Local  Number: 4-3"50; 8-20mm.
                               Method Spotting: by gun captains

 8.  AMMUNITION EXPENDED: 24 rds 3"/50 cal., 670 20mm.

 9.  PERCENT SERVICE ALLOWANCE EXPENDED:    -   

10.  APPROXIMATE TIME TRACKING TO FIRST SHOT: 2 minutes

11.  APPROXIMATE TIME OF FIRST HITS: 0942

12.  APPROXIMATE TIME FIRST SHOT TO LAST SHOT: 0940-46(6 minutes.

13.  APPROXIMATE POSITION ANGLE OPEN FIRE: 35 degrees

14.  APPROXIMATE POSITION CEASE FIRE: 40 degrees

15.  APPROXIMATE BEARING FIRST SHOT: -

16.  APPROXIMATE BEARING LAST SHOT: -

17.  APPROXIMATE RANGE FIRST SHOT: 2500 yards

18.  APPROXIMATE RANGE LAST SHOT: 1330 yards

19.  APPROXIMATE ALTITUDE OF BOMB RELEASE: 1200 feet  TYPE BOMB: delayed---
                                                                 action.

20.  APPROXIMATE RANGE TORPEDO RELEASE: ----
                       SIZE OF TORPEDO: ----

21.  HITS ON SHIP:  None  WAS SHIP STRAFED: Yes  SIZE GUN: --

22.  NUMBER NEAR BOMB MISSES: none  CASUALTIES FROM NEAR MISSES: MG cal.

23.  PLANES SHOT DOWN: -- Sure:2  POSSIBLE: 1  DAMAGED: 1
     By what size gun: 20mm, 3"/50 cal. AA.

24.  DETAILS OF DAMAGE TO TARGET BY GUNFIRE IF AVAILABLE:  2 planes shot down
     in flames by ships MG fire.  One plane struck by ships 3"/50 AA gun
     (wing on fire).  One plane damaged by MG fire (ripping under wing).

25.  PERFORMANCE OF AMMUNITION (Excellent, good, bad, poor):  Excellent

26.  PATTERN SIZES (Large, small excessive):  Small.

SKETCH

        (a)  INDICATE DIRECTION OF ATTACK RELATIVE SHIP'S HEAD.

        (b)  SHOW RELATIVE POSITION OF SUN.

        (c)  INDICATE OWN MANEUVERS.


                                             U.S.S. ZEILIN

ANTI-AIRCRAFT ACTION BY SURFACE SHIPS

LOCATION OF SHIP: Guadalcanal, Solomon Island   U.S.S. ZEILIN
                                                     Date Nov. 11, 1942

(a)  REPEL ATTACK FIRST - THEN COLLOECT DATA FOR THIS REPORT!
(b)  DO NOT "GUN DECK" THIS REPORT - IF DATA CANNOT BE ESTIMATED WITH
     REASONABLE ACCURACY ENTER DASH IN SPACE FOR WHICH NO DATA IS 
     AVAILABLE.
(c)  THESE SHEETS ARE TO BE FILLED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ACTION IS
     COMPLETED WITH DATA AVAILABLE FROM SHIP'S LOG, MEMORY, AND CONSULTATION
     WITH SHIP'S OFFICERS.  INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER THAT THE 
     EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR EQUIPMENT CAN BE DETERMINED.  WHERE DATA IS
     DOUBTFUL ACCURACY FILL IN WITH GENERAL TERMS.  THE OBTAINING OF 
     THIS INFORMATION MUST NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY WAY TO ADVERSELY AFFECT
     THE HANDLING OF EQUIPMENT DURING ACTION.

 1.  SURPRISE ATTACK (yes or no): No

 2.  METHOD PICKING PLANE UP (radar, binoculars, naked eye): Radar.
     (If by Radar state type of set)  Radar from ComTaskFor.

 3.  RANGE PLANE WAS PICKED UP (50 miles, 30 miles, 10 miles, less 5
     miles):  - 

 4.  NUMBER OF PLANES: 27.

 5.  TYPE OF PLANE (Fighter, scout, dive-bomber): Mitsubishi Twin-motor
                                  TYPE OF ATTACK: Dive Bombing.

 6.  SPEED AND ALTITUDE (high and fast, intermediate and fast, low and fast,
                         high and slow, intermediate and slow, low and slow):
                         High and fast

 7.  GUNS FIRING: AA   SIZE: 3"/50, 20mm.
     Method of control: Local  Number: 4
                               Method Spotting: open sights

 8.  AMMUNITION EXPENDED: 118 rds. 21-30sec. fuses.

 9.  PERCENT SERVICE ALLOWANCE EXPENDED:    -   

10.  APPROXIMATE TIME TRACKING TO FIRST SHOT: 3-1/2 mins.

11.  APPROXIMATE TIME OF FIRST HITS: No hits

12.  APPROXIMATE TIME FIRST SHOT TO LAST SHOT: 6 minutes.

13.  APPROXIMATE POSITION ANGLE OPEN FIRE: 45°

14.  APPROXIMATE POSITION CEASE FIRE: 45°

15.  APPROXIMATE BEARING FIRST SHOT: 250°

16.  APPROXIMATE BEARING LAST SHOT: 170°
17.  APPROXIMATE RANGE FIRST SHOT: 7,000 yards

18.  APPROXIMATE RANGE LAST SHOT: 7,600 yards

19.  APPROXIMATE ALTITUDE OF BOMB RELEASE: - -  TYPE BOMB: - -

20.  APPROXIMATE RANGE TORPEDO RELEASE: ----
                       SIZE OF TORPEDO: ----

21.  HITS ON SHIP:  None  WAS SHIP STRAFED: No  SIZE GUN: --

22.  NUMBER NEAR BOMB MISSES: none  CASUALTIES FROM NEAR MISSES: None.

23.  PLANES SHOT DOWN: -- Sure: -  POSSIBLE: -  DAMAGED: -
     By what size gun: 20mm, 3"/50 cal. AA.

24.  DETAILS OF DAMAGE TO TARGET BY GUNFIRE IF AVAILABLE:  2 enemy planes
     were observed falling as result of attack by our fighters

25.  PERFORMANCE OF AMMUNITION (Excellent, good, bad, poor):  Excellent

26.  PATTERN SIZES (Large, small excessive):  Large

SKETCH

        (a)  INDICATE DIRECTION OF ATTACK RELATIVE SHIP'S HEAD.

        (b)  SHOW RELATIVE POSITION OF SUN.

        (c)  INDICATE OWN MANEUVERS.





      ACTION REPORT
                U.S.S. ZEILIN


                                              November 15, 1942.

From:          The Commanding Officer.
To:            The Commander in Chief, United States Fleet.

Subject:       Action Reports

Reference:     (a) Cominch confidential letter FF1/A16-3
                   Serial (0332) of March 7, 1942.

Enclosures:    (A) Anti-aircraft action by surface ships on
                   November 11, 1942, (first attack).
               (B) Anti-aircraft action by surface ships on
                   November 11, 1942, (second attack).
               (C) Report of executive officer of action on
                   November 11, 1942.

    1.     In compliance with reference (a), enclosures (A),
           (B), and (C) are forwarded.

    2.     The following summaries are submitted:

                              FIRST ATTACK

    This vessel in company with U.S.S. BETELGUESE and LIBRA, escorted 
by ATLANTA and Destroyer Division TWELVE, arrived off the designated 
unloading area east of Lunga Point, Guadalcanal Island, anchored, and 
commenced unloading at 0540.

    At 0857 a radio message reported that enemy bombers and fighters 
were headed for Guadalcanal; subsequently a message by radar set the 
arrival time at 0935.

    The ship ordered boats to remain clear and at 0919 proceeded to get 
underway.  At 0936 enemy planes were observed coming in over the 
western tip of the island and ten were identified as dive bombers, type 
Aichi 99-N-DB.  The fighters were to high to be accurately counted, 
however a message reported twelve.

    At 0940 the hip commenced firing 3"/50 cal. AA batteries using 1.5 
second fuse settings.  The enemy planes took diving formation and 
proceeded to peel off.  One was hit by shrapnel and the port wing was 
afire.  This plane did not dive.  Five planes dived on this vessel, 
releasing bombs at approximately 1,200 feet.  There were three near 
misses registered on the ship; two on the port side - one about 
amidships, the other aft; and one on the starboard side at about frame 
45 opposite No. 8 hatch, depth about 15-30 feet.  The ship suffered 
severely from this bomb.

    The ship sustained the following damage from this attack:

    Number 8 hold was flooded to the third deck; number 7 to the fourth 
deck.  Starboard shaft alley was completely flooded.  Port shaft alley 
is leaking and is kept dry by pumping.  Number four 3"/50 cal. AA gun 
carriage was sprung by shock.  A 3/8" pipe of inboard water column line 
on No 5 boiler in No. 2 fireroom was broken by shock.  A 1 ½" overboard 
water cooling line from generators was broken by shock next to 
overboard valve.  Fresh water tank, starboard side of No. 7 hold, c-
611, opened to the sea.  Feed water bottoms under engineroom are 
leaking slightly.  Starboard propeller shaft was either broken or 
coupling bolts sheared.  This shaft was broken about one-half hour 
after ship left CACTUS and no examination can be made until after the 
shaft alley is dewatered.  The bulkhead between No. 7 and No. 8 holds, 
starboard side, is torn for a space of 30 inches.  This hole was wedged 
practically tight before No. 7 hold was flooded.  On starboard side aft 
of No. 7 hold at lower first platform deck rivets are sheared for about 
6 feet.  This leak could not be stopped because of inaccessibility, the 
magazine being loaded at the time.  The flooding was controlled by 
closing of non-watertight door, shoring and wedging, then by pumping.  
Later the trunk leading into the magazine, 10'x10', was closed by 
welding over the whole trunk.  A few rivets were sheared in No. 9 hold 
at the skin of the ship, starboard side, between No. 8 and No. 9 holds.  
This leak was controlled by plugging and welding.  There is a dent in 
the starboard side of No. 8 hold about 1 and ½" in depth, caused by 
glancing bomb.  There are numerous small leaks in after part of ship, 
including leaks in after peak tank and small leaks in the feed water 
tank under the engineroom.  There is approximately 2,000 tons of water 
in the ship.

    Examination by diver upon arrival at BUTTON disclosed 5 shell 
plates between frame 45 and 46 are cracked, one stove in about 2 feet.  
One rupture is across three plates, 16 feet long and varies from 
nothing to 2 and one-half feet wide.  There is another crack 8 feet 
long across 2 plates.  This crack is about one-half in. in width.

                              SECOND ATTACK

    At 1055 following the earlier attack by dive bombers, the ship 
received word that enemy planes were again headed for Guadalcanal.

    Although damaged from the attack the ship got underway.  At 1127 a 
flight of enemy planes identified as heavy bombers, possibly Mitsubishi 
97M or 96, about 27 in number, were observed on a course towards 
Henderson Air Field.

    Fire was opened by all ships, this ship firing all 3"/50 cal. AA 
guns as they could be brought to bear.  Fuse settings were 21 and 30 
seconds.  Fire was controlled locally after the initial salvo and was 
checked once to change fuse settings and again to allow two guns to 
bear.  Bursts were well grouped and appeared to be reaching up to and a 
little ahead of the planes.  No hits were observed.  Fighter planes 
from Henderson Field began engaging the enemy and "cease fire" was 
ordered on all ships.

    Following the conclusion of the attack the ship returned to the 
unloading area.  The enemy's objective appeared to be Henderson Field 
on Guadalcanal.

    3.     The officers and crew preformed their duties in a most 
highly creditable manner.  Particular mention may be made of Lieutenant 
Commander Russell J. Bellerby, U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Einar N. Eriksen, 
D-M, U.S. Naval Reserve, Carpenter Allan R. Carlson, U.S. Navy, and the 
repair parties for prompt, efficient, and fearless work in damage 
control; of Frank Grasso, gunner's mate second class, U.S. Navy, for 
excellent gunnery on the 20mm battery; and Thomas Ralph Dobbins, 
boilermaker first class, U.S. Navy, for prompt and efficient action in 
closing a valve on a ruptured steam line in No. 2 fireroom.  The action 
of Privates William T. Kraft, U.S.M.C., and William G. Sorrentino, 
U.S.M.C.R., of the Second Replacement Battalion are subject to censure.  
From statements obtained these men deliberately remained on board after 
debarkation of troops.  A separate report of the circumstances has been 
made to the Commanding General, First Marine Division.


                                                        P. BUCHANAN.




                                             U.S.S. ZEILIN

ANTI-AIRCRAFT ACTION BY SURFACE SHIPS

LOCATION OF SHIP: Guadalcanal, Solomon Island   U.S.S. ZEILIN
                  (SOLOMON ISLAND      First Attack     Date Nov. 11, 1942

(a)  REPEL ATTACK FIRST - THEN COLLOECT DATA FOR THIS REPORT!
(b)  DO NOT "GUN DECK" THIS REPORT - IF DATA CANNOT BE ESTIMATED WITH
     REASONABLE ACCURACY ENTER DASH IN SPACE FOR WHICH NO DATA IS 
     AVAILABLE.
(c)  THESE SHEETS ARE TO BE FILLED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ACTION IS
     COMPLETED WITH DATA AVAILABLE FROM SHIP'S LOG, MEMORY, AND CONSULTATION
     WITH SHIP'S OFFICERS.  INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER THAT THE 
     EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR EQUIPMENT CAN BE DETERMINED.  WHERE DATA IS
     DOUBTFUL ACCURACY FILL IN WITH GENERAL TERMS.  THE OBTAINING OF 
     THIS INFORMATION MUST NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY WAY TO ADVERSELY AFFECT
     THE HANDLING OF EQUIPMENT DURING ACTION.

 1.  SURPRISE ATTACK (yes or no): No

 2.  METHOD PICKING PLANE UP (radar, binoculars, naked eye): Radio and Radar. 
               (If by Radar state type of set)  Radar from ComTaskFor.

 3.  RANGE PLANE WAS PICKED UP (50 miles, 30 miles, 10 miles, less 5
     miles):  - 

 4.  NUMBER OF PLANES: 22 (10 bomber, 12 fighter).

 5.  TYPE OF PLANE (Fighter, scout, dive-bomber): 12F 9DB
                                  TYPE OF ATTACK: Dive Bombing.

 6.  SPEED AND ALTITUDE (high and fast, intermediate and fast, low and fast,
                         high and slow, intermediate and slow, low and slow):
                         Intermediate and fast

 7.  GUNS FIRING: AA & 20mm MG  SIZE: 3"/50, 20mm.
     Method of control: Local  Number: 4-3"50; 8-20mm.
                               Method Spotting: by gun captains

 8.  AMMUNITION EXPENDED: 24 rds 3"/50 cal., 670 20mm.

 9.  PERCENT SERVICE ALLOWANCE EXPENDED:    -   

10.  APPROXIMATE TIME TRACKING TO FIRST SHOT: 2 minutes

11.  APPROXIMATE TIME OF FIRST HITS: 0942

12.  APPROXIMATE TIME FIRST SHOT TO LAST SHOT: 0940-46(6 minutes.

13.  APPROXIMATE POSITION ANGLE OPEN FIRE: 35 degrees

14.  APPROXIMATE POSITION CEASE FIRE: 40 degrees

15.  APPROXIMATE BEARING FIRST SHOT: -

16.  APPROXIMATE BEARING LAST SHOT: -

17.  APPROXIMATE RANGE FIRST SHOT: 2500 yards

18.  APPROXIMATE RANGE LAST SHOT: 1330 yards

19.  APPROXIMATE ALTITUDE OF BOMB RELEASE: 1200 feet  TYPE BOMB: delayed---
                                                                 action.

20.  APPROXIMATE RANGE TORPEDO RELEASE: ----
                       SIZE OF TORPEDO: ----

21.  HITS ON SHIP:  None  WAS SHIP STRAFED: Yes  SIZE GUN: --

22.  NUMBER NEAR BOMB MISSES: none  CASUALTIES FROM NEAR MISSES: MG cal.

23.  PLANES SHOT DOWN: -- Sure:2  POSSIBLE: 1  BAMAGED: 1
     By what size gun: 20mm, 3"/50 cal. AA.

24.  DETAILS OF DAMAGE TO TARGET BY GUNFIRE IF AVAILABLE:  2 planes shot down
     in flames by ships MG fire.  One plane struck by ships 3"/50 AA gun
     (wing on fire).  One plane damaged by MG fire (ripping under wing).

25.  PERFORMANCE OF AMMUNITION (Excellent, good, bad, poor):  Excellent

26.  PATTERN SIZES (Large, small excessive):  Small.

SKETCH

        (a)  INDICATE DIRECTION OF ATTACK RELATIVE SHIP'S HEAD.

        (b)  SHOW RELATIVE POSITION OF SUN.

        (c)  INDICATE OWN MANEUVERS.





U.S.S. ZEILIN

ANTI-AIRCRAFT ACTION BY SURFACE SHIPS

LOCATION OF SHIP: Guadalcanal, Solomon Island   U.S.S. ZEILIN
                                                     Date Nov. 11, 1942

(a)  REPEL ATTACK FIRST - THEN COLLOECT DATA FOR THIS REPORT!
(b)  DO NOT "GUN DECK" THIS REPORT - IF DATA CANNOT BE ESTIMATED WITH
     REASONABLE ACCURACY ENTER DASH IN SPACE FOR WHICH NO DATA IS 
     AVAILABLE.
(c)  THESE SHEETS ARE TO BE FILLED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER ACTION IS
     COMPLETED WITH DATA AVAILABLE FROM SHIP'S LOG, MEMORY, AND CONSULTATION
     WITH SHIP'S OFFICERS.  INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER THAT THE 
     EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR EQUIPMENT CAN BE DETERMINED.  WHERE DATA IS
     DOUBTFUL ACCURACY FILL IN WITH GENERAL TERMS.  THE OBTAINING OF 
     THIS INFORMATION MUST NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY WAY TO ADVERSELY AFFECT
     THE HANDLING OF EQUIPMENT DURING ACTION.

 1.  SURPRISE ATTACK (yes or no): No

 2.  METHOD PICKING PLANE UP (radar, binoculars, naked eye): Radar.
     (If by Radar state type of set)  Radar from ComTaskFor.

 3.  RANGE PLANE WAS PICKED UP (50 miles, 30 miles, 10 miles, less 5
     miles):  - 

 4.  NUMBER OF PLANES: 27.

 5.  TYPE OF PLANE (Fighter, scout, dive-bomber): Mitsubishi Twin-motor
                                  TYPE OF ATTACK: Dive Bombing.

 6.  SPEED AND ALTITUDE (high and fast, intermediate and fast, low and fast,
                         high and slow, intermediate and slow, low and slow):
                         High and fast

 7.  GUNS FIRING: AA   SIZE: 3"/50, 20mm.
     Method of control: Local  Number: 4
                               Method Spotting: open sights

 8.  AMMUNITION EXPENDED: 118 rds. 21-30sec. fuses.

 9.  PERCENT SERVICE ALLOWANCE EXPENDED:    -   

10.  APPROXIMATE TIME TRACKING TO FIRST SHOT: 3-1/2 mins.

11.  APPROXIMATE TIME OF FIRST HITS: No hits

12.  APPROXIMATE TIME FIRST SHOT TO LAST SHOT: 6 minutes.

13.  APPROXIMATE POSITION ANGLE OPEN FIRE: 45°

14.  APPROXIMATE POSITION CEASE FIRE: 45°

15.  APPROXIMATE BEARING FIRST SHOT: 250°

16.  APPROXIMATE BEARING LAST SHOT: 170°
17.  APPROXIMATE RANGE FIRST SHOT: 7,000 yards

18.  APPROXIMATE RANGE LAST SHOT: 7,600 yards

19.  APPROXIMATE ALTITUDE OF BOMB RELEASE: - -  TYPE BOMB: - -

20.  APPROXIMATE RANGE TORPEDO RELEASE: ----
                       SIZE OF TORPEDO: ----

21.  HITS ON SHIP:  None  WAS SHIP STRAFED: No  SIZE GUN: --

22.  NUMBER NEAR BOMB MISSES: none  CASUALTIES FROM NEAR MISSES: None.

23.  PLANES SHOT DOWN: -- Sure: -  POSSIBLE: -  DAMAGED: -
     By what size gun: 20mm, 3"/50 cal. AA.

24.  DETAILS OF DAMAGE TO TARGET BY GUNFIRE IF AVAILABLE:  2 enemy planes
     were observed falling as result of attack by our fighters

25.  PERFORMANCE OF AMMUNITION (Excellent, good, bad, poor):  Excellent

26.  PATTERN SIZES (Large, small excessive):  Large

SKETCH

        (a)  INDICATE DIRECTION OF ATTACK RELATIVE SHIP'S HEAD.

        (b)  SHOW RELATIVE POSITION OF SUN.

        (c)  INDICATE OWN MANEUVERS.




History of the U.S.S. ZEILIN AP-9


                                 Harris Class
                             Completed - 1921-22 

APA-2  Harris
APA-3  Zeilin (AP-9)
APA-12 Leonard Wood 
APA-13 Joseph T. Dickman
APA-14 Hunter Liggett
APA-16 J. Franklin Bell
APA-17 American Legion


Dimensions

Displacement:
   21,300 (Full load)
Length: 535' (oa)
Beam: 72'
Draft: 30'6" (max)

Armament

4 3"/50 DP
1 40mm twins
1 40mm quad
10 20mm twins

Carrying capacity

Cargo DWT: 3,991
2-4 LCM (3)
33 LCVP (22 on #2)
1,650 - 1,900 troops

Propulsion

Speed: 17.5 knots (max)
       13.5 knots (econ) 
Horsepower: 12,0000 (shaft)
Drive: Geared turbine
       2 screws; 
Fuel: 4,449 tons oil (max)




Links to other web-sites with information on the
U.S.S. ZEILIN



Naval Historical Center  Has info. and photos of the U.S.S. ZEILIN
NavSource  Has info. and photos of the U.S.S. ZEILIN


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