CA-24 U.S.S. PENSACOLA


Heavy Cruiser Class: Pensacola
Commissioned: 02/23/33
Length Overall: 586'
Extreme Beam: 65'
Standard Displacement tons: 9,100
Mean Draft: 21'
Designed Complement: Off.: 51;  Enl.: 797
Armament: Main:
(10) 8"/55cal.
Armament: Secondary:
(8) 5"/25cal.
(6) 40 mm quads
(20) 20 mm
Airfcraft: (2) SC-1
Catapults: (2) Amidship
Armor: Max. Thickness: 8"
Designed Speed: 31.5 kts.
Designed Shaft Horsepower 107,000
Engine Manufacturer Parson (Beth)
Engine Type geared turbine
Fuel (oil) tons 3088


U.S.S. PENSACOLA
CONFIDENTIAL Date Sunday, November 1, 1942.
WAR DIARY
TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 61 Rear Admiral Kinkaid - TF16 & TF17. TASK GROUP 61.9 Rear Admiral Tisdale - PENSACOLA, MUSTIN, ANDERSON, PRESTON, CUSHING. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 302322 CTF65 OpPlan C-1 Enclosure-- CTF62 300455 CTF65 301421 CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 19°- 57.1'S 18°- 51.8'S 16°- 25'S Long.- 162°- 49.2'E 162°- 14.5'E 162°- 20'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Oct. 31 to 1200 Nov.1 : 310° 325mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TG61.9 (CTG61.9 aboard). CONFIDENTIAL Date Monday November 2, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 61 Same as November 1, 1942. TASK GROUP 61.9 " TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF65 OpPlan C-1, CTF62 300455, CTF65 301421. Enclosure-- CHANGES- Comsopac 020835, 021220 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 12°- 44'S 11°- 34.6'S 10°- 29.8'S Long.- 162°- 38'E 162°- 48'E 162°- 37.5'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 1 to 1200 Nov.2 : 005° 295mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TG61.9 (CTG61.9 in PENSACOLA) proceeding to rendezvous with TG64.2, 64.4, TU62.6.1 & TU62.2.2. 1430 Sighted one B-17E type aircraft. 1537 Sighted Task Groups 64.2, 64.4, and Task Units 62.2.1, & 62.2.2 1635 CTG61.9 assumed command of TG65.9; PENSACOLA, MUSTEN, ANDERSON, CUSHING, PRESTON, McKEAN and MANLEY forming protective and A/S screen on NEVILLE, HEYWOOD and FOMALHUAT. 1645 Received mail from MANLEY. 1817 TG65.9 took position generally astern TG65.8 (Remainder of TF65). 1900 All transports ordered to retire toward Espiritu Santo on basis of reports of enemy surface units (3CLs and 13 DDs) heading for Indispensable Strait. Combatant ships ordered to cover retirement. 1956 Set modified condition of readiness 1 for night. 2218 PENSACOLA formed column on SAN FRANCISCO (CTF65) and HELENA. DD screen composed of CUSHING, ANDERSON, STERRETT, McCALLA, GWIN and WALKE. Proceeding to rendezvous with ATLANTA (R.Adm Scott) group at Lat. 10°-10'S, Long. 160°-30'E, and and to intercept reported enemy forces. AP's retiring with 4 DD escort. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 3, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Rear Admiral Callaghan - San Francisco, Helena, Atlanta, Hunter Liggett, President Hayes, DDs 459, 445, 483, 487, 497, 407, 433, 488, 416, 484, and Task Group 65.9 TASK GROUP 65.9 Rear Admiral Tisdale - Pensacola, Mustin, Anderson, Cushing, Preston, Manely, McKean, Neville, Heywood, Formalhuat. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF65 OpPlan C-1 Enclosure-- CHANGES- Comsopac 021232, 021319, CTF65 021540. POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 11°- 12.5'S 11°- 09'S 10°- 2.3'S Long.- 161°- 13.5'E 162°- 24'E 161°- 58.6'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 2 to 1200 Nov.3 : 310° 32mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with San Francisco, Helena, DDs 407, 411, 416, 433, 476, and 488 heading for rendezvous south of Guadalcanal Island with Atlanta Group. 0030 Orders received from Comsopac to carry out CTF65 OpPlan C-1 one day later than originally planned. 0300 Interception of reported enemy forces abandoned in view of their retirement. Proceeding to rendezvous with transport group. 0403 Set Condition of Readiness I. San Francisco reported radar surface contact. McCalla directed to investigate, sighted submarine on surface, depth charged. Reported quite positive submarine destroyed. 0910 Sighted Atlanta and 4 DDs. 1410 Sighted Transport group. 1715 Formed Task Group 65.9 as of November 2, 1942 taking position astern Task Group 65.8 about 6 miles. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 4, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Same as November 3, 1942. TASK GROUP 65.9 TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF65 OpPlan C-1 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 9°- 25.8'S 9°- 26.2'S 9°- 24.3'S Long.- 160°- 33.9'E 160°- 30.8'E 160°- 37.2' COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 3 to 1200 Nov.4 : 289° 115mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TF65 (TG 65.9 about 6 miles astern TG 65.8) in special convoy cruising disposition heading for Aola Bay, Guadalcanal. 0020 Manley and McKean left formation proceeding ahead to land Raider companies establishing beachhead at Aola Bay. 0350 TG 65.9 parted company with TG 65.8 proceeding direct Aola Bay, the latter for landing at Lunga Pt. TG 65.5 (APs of TG 65.9) left formation with Cushing and Preston, stood into beach point lighted by 3 fires at Aola Bay to disembark troops, construction forces, and material. Pensacola, Mustin, and Anderson patrolling line 4 - 6 miles north Aola Bay anchorage. 0520 3 unidentified planes, flying low, headed for AP group. Escorting destroyers opened fire apparently firing warning shots for planes were identified friendly (Army transport type). Approach of planes to formation was unnecessary and in hostile manner. 1020 Sighted bomb bursts or gun firing west of Taivu Pt. (San Francisco, group known to be bombarding enemy position in Near vicinity) 1112 Received word from Radio Guadalcanal, flight 12 enemy single engine planes due there about 1115. 1130 Set condition of readiness I, impending air strike. 110 APs ordered underway to forming cruising disposition. 1210 APs joined up, zigzagging frequently, Pensacola conforming. 1255 APs ordered anchor and resume unloading operations. Making normal patrol. 1706 Sighted Bellatrix and O'Bannon. Unloading 50% complete. 1812 Manley and McKean detached. Note: Maintained condition of readiness 2 as minimum condition Of the day. CONFIDENTIAL Date Thursday, November 5, 1942.
WAR DIARY
TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Same as November 3, 1942. TASK GROUP 65.9 " TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF65 OpPlan C-1 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 09°- 26.9'S 09°- 27.5'S 09°- 26.2'S Long.- 160°- 32.0'E 160°- 30.8'E 160°- 37.4'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 4 to 1200 Nov.5 : 149° 1.6mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Patrolling area northward of Aola Bay anchorage with MUSTIN and ANDERSON against possible approach of enemy units toward APs unloading at beach. SAN FRANCISCO group patrolling to westward. Ships in modified Condition of Readiness I. 0750 Day minimum readiness - II in main battery, I in AA battery. 0911 Radio Guadalcanal reported 27 two-engined bombers and 24 fighters coming in from NW, de to arrive about 1100. 1025 APs ordered to stand out from anchorage. 1035 Set Condition of Readiness I for impending air raid. 1040 APs joined up, forming special cruising disposition. SAN FRANCISCO group joined up, forming additional protective screen. Total of 7 DDs in screen. APs zig-zagging on signal. Screen conforming to movements. Maximum speed of APs - 14 knots. 1100 Lunga Point AP unloading completed. 1135 Planes on Guadalcanal combat air frequency reported first enemy plane sighted. 1140 Bombers reported over Henderson Field. 1206 Unidentified aircraft reported headed north from Guadalcanal apparently returning home. 1212 All clear signal given by Radio Guadalcanal. Note: Unidentified aircraft reports received during expected raid of morning over Guadalcanal combat air frequency and from HELENA. 1217 APs ordered to return to anchorage and resume unloading operations. SAN FRANCISCO group left formation, taking up patrol to northward. 1225 PENSACOLA, MUSTIN, & ANDERSON resumed noemal patrol off anchorage. ATLANTA, HUNTER LIGGET, BARNETT, and PRESIDENT HAYES and DDs stood out from Lunga Point, proceeding toward Espiritu Santo. 1422 WALKE joined PENSACOLA screening group. BENHAM joined AP screening group. 1830 WALKE joined AP screening group. 2145 LAFFEY of SAN FRANCISCO group patrolling to NW of PENSACOLA reported 2 unidentified radar surface contacts. Contacts later verified by HELENA. 2155 PENSACOLA ordered by SAN FRANCISCO (CTF65) to investigate.. 2206 Set condition of readiness I. 2217 Ordered ANDERSON to investigate. Negative results. 2241 Sighted ships to starboard, challenged, identified as SAN FRANCISCO group. 2250 Radio Guadalcanal reported enemy planes overhead. Sighted flares and searchlight in vicinity. No further reports. 2356 Resumed modified condition of readiness I. CONFIDENTIAL Date Friday, November 6, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Same as November 3, 1942. TASK GROUP 65.9 Same as November 3, 1942, plus WALKE, BENHAM. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF65 OpPlan C-1 Enclosure-- CHANGES- CTF65 051747 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 09°- 56.2'S 10°- 13.8'S 11°- 40.2'S Long.- 161°- 50.2'E 162°- 39.9'E 163°- 03.7'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 5 to 1200 Nov. 6 : 105° 149mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Patrolling to northward of Aola Bay anchorage with Mustin, ANDERSON and WALKE. Transport group completing unloading at beach. SAN FRANCISCO group patrolling to northward. 0115 NEVILLE, HEYWOOD, FOMALHAUT and 3 DDs standing out from anchorage to from cruising disposition on PENSACOLA; proceeding Espiritu Santo. 0141 Ordered to join SAN FRANCISCO with 2 DDs (CUSHING & BENHAM). Left APs with 4 DDs, reversed course standing for Sealark Channel. Reports received of enemy surface craft off Lunga Point (possible 2 CLs). 0208 Radio Guadalcanal reported enemy aircraft over field - Condition Red. 0215 Set Condition of Readiness I on signal from CFT65. 0230 Radio Guadalcanal reported last estimate enemy CL 230°T, distance 11 mile from Lunga Point, believed retired NW. 0233 Radio Guadalcanal reported All Clear - condition green. 0245 CTF65 ordered PENSACOLA to reverse course and rejoin APs with BENHAM and CUSHING. Took speed 20 knots. Set Condition of Readiness II for day. Joined transports in normal cruising disposition. NEVILLE (guide). Sighted SAN FRANCISCO group (CTF65) bearing 290°T - 11 miles. Note: SAN FRANCISCO group remaining astern generally in visual range, proceeding to arrive Espiritu Santo with TG65.9. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 7, 1942.
WAR DIARY
TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Same as November 3, 1942. TASK GROUP 65.9 Same as November 6, 1942. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF 65 051747. Enclosure-- CHANGES- Comsopac 061252 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 13°- 57.3'S 13°- 53.0'S 14°- 07.5'S Long.- 163°- 38.9'E 164°- 28.5'E 166°- 12.8'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 6 to 1200 Nov. 7 : 247 Mi 154° BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TG 65.9 (CTG 65.9 in PENSACOLA) proceeding Espiritu Santo. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 8, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Same as November 3, 1942. TASK GROUP 65.9 Same as November 6, 1942. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF 65 051747 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 15°- 35.6'S Long.- 167°- 15.5'E Anchored Espiritu Santo Harbor. New Hebrides. COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 7 to 1200 Nov. 8 : 120° 198mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TG65.9 (CTG65.9 in PENSACOLA) in cruising disposition proceeding to Espiritu Santo. 0855 Anchored in Berth A6, Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Bebrides. 0934 Underway and fueled from GUADALUPE, completed at 1350. 1452 Anchored Berth A6. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 9, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 65 Same as November 3, 1942. TASK GROUP 65.9 Same as November 6, 1942. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- Long.- Anchored Espiritu Santo Harbor. New Hebrides. COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 8 to 1200 Nov. 9 : - - - BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Anchored in Berth A6, Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 10, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 67 Rear Adm. Turner: ATLANTA, AARON WARD, FLETCHER, McCALLA, LARDNER, O'BANNON, BARTON, PRES. ADAMS, PRES. JACKSON, McCAWLEY, CRESCENT CITY TG67.4. TASK GROUP 67.4 Rear Adm. Callaghan: SAN FRANCISCO, PORTLAND, HELENA, PENSACOLA, JUNEAU, LAFFEY, BUCHANAN, GWIN, STERRETT, CUSHING, PRESTON, SHAW, & MONSSEN. TASK UNIT - - - OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF67 OpPlan 23-42. Enclosure-- CHANGES- Comsopac 100512 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 15°- 49.3'S 15°- 25.7'S 15°- 01.5'S Long.- 167°- 09.0'E 166°- 14.3'E 165°- 32.8'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 9 to 1200 Nov. 10 : 272° 60mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Anchored in Berth A6, Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides. 0621 Underway, standing out with various units of TG67.4 (CCTF16 in PENSACOLA). 0725 Formed column on SAN FRANCISCO (CTG67.4) and HELENA; BUCHANAN, CUSHING, STERRETT, GWIN, LAFFEY PRESTON forming screen. 1036 Test fired illuminating projectiles (5"). 1120 HELENA with 2DDs left formation to starboard, acting as target for SAN FRANCISCO offset practice, rejoining at 1535. 1340 Held searchlight and tracking exercises. 1732 PENSACOLA, GWIN, PRSTON detached, proceeding Espiritu Santo to fuel and await orders from Comsopac; designated Task Unit 67.4.4. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 11, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 67 Same as November 10, 1942. TASK GROUP 67.4 Same as November 10, 1942. TASK UNIT 67.4 Rear Admiral Tisdale - Pensacola, Preston, Gwin. OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF 67 OpPlan 23-42, Comsopac 100512. Enclosure-- CHANGES- Comsopac 110212 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- Long.- At Espiritu Santo COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 10 to 1200 Nov. 11 : 97° 54 mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with T.U. 67.4.4 proceeding Espiritu Santo. 0733 Moored alongside Guadalupe and commenced fueling. 0856 Underway, anchored in Berth A7 at 0931. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 12, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Rear Admiral Kincaid - Enterprise, Washington, South Dakota, Northampton, Walke, San Diedo, Clark, Hughes, Russell, Mustin, Anderson, and T.G. 16.9. TASK GROUP 16.9 Rear Admiral Tisdale - Pensacola, Gwin, Preston. TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 110212. Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 16°- 43.2'S 15°- 45.4'S 14°- 53'S Long.- 167°- 20.2'E 166°- 17'E 164°- 33'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 11 to 1200 Nov. 12 : 261° 75 mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Anchored in Berth A7, Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor. 0627 Underway, standing out, with Gwin and Preston (CTG 16.9 in Pensacola. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 13, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Same as on November 12, 1942 TASK GROUP 16.9 " TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - " Enclosure-- CHANGES- CTF 16 130230 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 14°- 03.1'S 13°- 65.5'S 14°- 25.8'S Long.- 161°- 36.9'E 161°- 37.3'E 162°- 61.4'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 12 to 1200 Nov. 13 : 292° 285mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with T.G. 16.9 (CTG 16.9 in Pensacola) proceeding to rendezvous with TF 16. 0736 Sighted TF 16. 1001 In position with TF 16 in cruising disposition I (circle 2.5 - R. Bearing 315). 1046 TF executed emergency ships left 90° on reported "Torpedo sighted" from Washington. Benham investigated. Results negative. 1304 TF executed emergency ships 30°. Submarine/sound contact from Gwin. 1505 CTF 16 reported force sighted by Japanese seaplane (shot down at noon) TF proceeding cover retirement our forces retiring from Guadalcanal. 1920 Washington, South Dakota, Walke, Gwin, Preston and Benham, detached proceeding Guadalcanal area to from night covering force against possible enemy landing attempts. 2013 Mustin detached. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 14, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Same as on November 13, 1942 TASK GROUP 16.2 Rear Admiral Tisdale - Pensacola, Northampton, San Diego. TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF 6 130230 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 12°- 52'S 12°- 51.1'S 14°- 53.2'S Long.- 158°- 47'E 159°- 06.9'E 158°- 43'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 13 to 1200 Nov. 14 : 302° 160mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TF 16 in cruising disposition I. 0648 Set minimum day readiness condition II. 0820 TF formed close anti-aircraft screen. 0828 Scout plane reported 10 enemy planes 100 miles northward headed for formation; went to General Quarters. (Threatened attack did not materialize). 0951 One Japanese 4 engined VP shot down bearing 040°T distant 32 miles. 1322 TF reformed cruising disposition I 1334 Resumed condition of readiness II 2240 TF executed emergency left turn 90° on basis of reported surface radar contact (220°T - 3 miles from Northampton) 2258 Resumed base course. Contact did not develop. Note: CV conducted intensive plane recovery and launching operations throughout day. Strong CAP kept in air at all times. Morning attacks group 18 SBD and 8 VF from CV damaged enemy surface units (type unknown) and afternoon group 7 TBF, 8 VF, 12 SBD, attacked enemy convoy in Guadalcanal area. Many contact reports received (transports as well as combatant) in area northwest of Guadalcanal. Several single aircraft radar contacts reported during day. In 2 cases later friendly, remainder lost and not identified. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 15, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Same as on November 13, 1942 TASK GROUP 16.2 Same as on November 14, 1942 TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Enclosure-- CHANGES- Comsopac 150140 POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 17°- 15.6'S 17°- 54.8'S 17°- 58'S Long.- 159°- 13.7'E 159°- 47.9'E 161°- 55'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 14 to 1200 Nov. 15 : 162° 317mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TF16 in cruising disposition I (CTG16.2 in Pensacola). Went to General Quarters (large group planes giving friendly signal reported by own radar - 270°T, distance 37 miles), as no friendly planes were known to be in this general vicinity. Planes identified later as single friendly plane by sky lookout. Secured from General Quarters. PENSACOLA, NORTHAMPTON, MORRIS, ANDERSON, RUSSELL designated TG16.6, detached, ordered proceed Espiritu Santo, fuel and await orders of ComSoPac. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 16, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Not in company - exact composition not available. TASK GROUP 16.6 Same as on November 15, 1942 TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 150140 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 16°- 18.3'S 15°- 56.2'S Long.- 165°- 17.4'E 166°- 32.'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 15 to 1200 Nov. 16 : 72° 410mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TF16.6 (CTG 16.6 in Pensacola) proceeding to Espiritu Santo. 1533 Moored to port side Sabine, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides for fueling 1803 Underway, fueling completed and anchored at 1904, 350 yards 40°T from Berth A10. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 17, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Same as on November 16, 1942 TASK GROUP 16.6 Same as on November 15, 1942 TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 150140 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- Long.- Anchored in Espiritu Santo Harbor. COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 ------- to 1200 -------: BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Anchored in Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides. 1251 Underway and shifted to Berth A7. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 18, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Same as on November 16, 1942 TASK GROUP 16.6 Same as on November 15, 1942 TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 150140 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- Long.- Anchored in Espiritu Santo Harbor. COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 ------- to 1200 -------: BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 Anchored in Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides. 1500 HMNZS LEANDER reported to CTG16.6 for duty. 1546 CURTIS reported submarine periscope sighted. Additional submarine patrol immediately established. All vessel made preparation to get underway. 1715 Underway, readjusted position in Berth A7 to increase distance from close adjacent ships. 1730 Secured from submarine alert. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 19-24, 1942.incl.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 16 Same as on November 16, 1942 TASK GROUP 16.6 Same as on November 15, 1942 TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 150140 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- Long.- Anchored in Espiritu Santo Harbor. COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 ------- to 1200 -------: BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 November 19, anchored in Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides. 1340 November 21, HMNZS Leander stood out, detached from T.G. 16.6. 0940 November 24, New Orleans stood in, reported to CTG 16.6 for duty. 1100 November 24, reorganization Sopac Task Forces effective - Pensacola attached to TF 67. CONFIDENTIAL Date November 25-29, 1942.incl.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 67 Rear Admiral Kinkaid - T.G. 67.2, Lamson, Nicholas, O'Bannon, Fletcher, Grayson and Maury. TASK GROUP 67.2 Rear Admiral Tisdale - Northampton, Pensacola, Helena, Honolulu and New Orleans. TASK UNIT OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - Comsopac 230612. Enclosure-- CHANGES- CTF 67 OpPlan 1-42 of November 27, 1942. POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- Long.- Anchored in Espiritu Santo Harbor. COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 ------- to 1200 -------: BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 November 25 Anchored in Pekoa Channel, Espiritu Santo Harbor, New Hebrides. 1406 November 25 Honolulu stood in. 1545 November 25 Rear Admiral Kinkand (CTF 67) hoisted his flag in Northampton. 0950 November 26 Rear Admiral Tisdale (CTG 67.2) shifted his flag from Pensacola to Honolulu. 0800 November 28 Rear Admiral Wright assumed command of T.F. 67 in Minneapolis. 2030 November 29 TF 67 received orders to get underway without delay to proceed and intercept enemy force ( believed 6 AP's and 6 DDs) scheduled to make landing at Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal at 2300, November 30 (Cincpac Intelligence) 2308 November 29 Underway, standing out, natural order ships T.U. 67.2.2 (Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pensacola) in company with T.F. 67 including T.U. 67.2.3 (Honolulu, (Rear Admiral Tisdale), Northampton, and Fletcher, Drayton, Perkins and Maury. CTF 67 Sortie Plan 1-42 CONFIDENTIAL Date November 30, 1942.
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TASK ORGANIZATION COMPOSITION TASK FORCE 67 Rear Admiral Wright - T.U. 67.2.2 and 3 and Fletcher, Drayton, Perkins, Maury. TASK GROUP 67.2 Rear Admiral Wright - T.U. 67.2.2 and T.U. 67.2.3 (Honolulu, (Rear Admiral Tisdale CTU 67.2.3), Northampton. TASK UNIT 67.2.2 Rear Admiral Wright - Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pensacola. OPERATION PLAN (ORDER) - CTF 67 OpPlan 1-42 CTF 67 291909 Enclosure-- CHANGES- POSTIONS(LCT) 0800 1200 2000 Lat.-- 13°- 08.5'S 11°- 57.1'S 09°- 32.7'S Long.- 166°- 44.1'E 163°- 59.5'E 161°- 00.0'E COURSE AND SPEED MADE GOOD FROM 1200 Nov. 29 to 1200 Nov. 30 : 326°T 295mi. BRIEF OF DAY'S OPERATIONS 0000 In company with TF 67 standing out of Espiritu Santo Harbor. 0124 In normal TF 67 cruising formation (CAs in column, DDs in straight scouting line ahead). Speed 25 knots. All boilers in use. Proceeding Guadalcanal area. 0450 Planes #10 and #11 launched to report Comairsopac for temporary duty. 0514 Sunrise. Visibility generally poor. Intermittent rain squalls. Overcast. TF speed 27 knots. 1612 Planes #9 and 12# launched to proceed rendezvous with other CA planes Tulagi. (CA planes to be used for illumination of enemy forces during expected night action). 1720 Changed TF speed to 25 knots. 2000 Set Condition of Readiness I. 2005 Changed TF speed to 20 knots. Order of ships Fletcher, Perkins, Maury, Drayton in anti-submarine screen 2 miles ahead of leading CA, Minneapolis (CTF 67), New Orleans, Pensacola, Honolulu (CTU 67.2.3), Northampton in column 1000 yards distance. 2025 In TBS communication with Lamson and Lardner. These DDs directed by TF Commander to take position as rear unit, taking position about 2105. 2031 Set Radar Condition I. 2045 TU 62.4.6 passed to port proceeding east. 2100 DDs formed column. Energized degaussing rear. 2145- TF passing through Lengo Channel. Note: Various flashing 2233 lights seen on beach. Possible signal lights of some sort - red, white, and blue colored. 2217 Set Radar Condition III. 2307 CTF 67 reported 2 unidentified sips near Cape Esperance. 2312 Drayton reported 2 unidentified ships 280°T, 7 miles from her, TF ordered take Radar Condition I. 2319 Northampton reported flashing signal light Tassafaronga. CTF 67 ordered DDs (less 467 and 487) attack with torpedoes, now reporting 4 unidentified ships (probable DDs). 2321 TF 67 ordered open fire. Minneapolis and New Orleans opened fire with starshells. Course 300°, speed 20, wind 170°T 8 knots, good visibility, no moon. 2323 Pensacola opened fire with starshells followed by 8 inch. 2325 Minneapolis and New Orleans torpedoed almost simultaneously, respective bows blown off. Pensacola came left momentarily to avoid damaged ships and then resumed course 300°T. Note: The enemy consisted according to various estimates of 6 DDs off Tassafaronga, believed to have launched torpedo attack on our formation. 1 CA 2 or 3 CLs, 4DDs off Cape Esperance and 5 APs westward of Cape Esperance. The enemy fired little or none in return. Frequent flashes of probable explosions on their ships were seen. 2335 Own DDs which had encircled Savo Island and were heading back toward us reported being fired on by own ships (no damaged). Note: Star shell illumination was fair. Greatest reliance on finding targets and spotting was placed on FC radars. CXAM radar was of no value in surface craft detection because of saturated land signals and was put out of commission after a short period of 8 inch firing. A single stack Mogami or Yubari class cruiser was observed hit by Pensacola 8 inch salvos and to bow up. 2339 Pensacola hit by torpedo at frame 100 port. Steering control lost, and 13 degree port list developed immediately. Ships head fell off to port. Damage in brief: after engine flooded, only #1 engine and shaft in commission, mess hall (Repair II section) out of action, after 20 mms, after 5" and 8" directors and Turret III out of action, after 5" battery temporarily out of action. Various after compartments flooded. Draft roughly 18 ft. forward and 28 ft. aft. Severe fire broke out in area, exploding 20 mm ready ammunition, 150 8" inch shells in Turret III. Oil splatter by explosion burning over large area. Considerable difficulty found later extinguishing fire in bedding and lockers in living spaces. The fire was controlled after 7 hours finally extinguished about noon 1 fire was lack of intact fire main connections aft of frame 48. Communication with steering aft was established again shortly after hit and steering control regained there. Steering magnetic courses. Pensacola ceased firing when hit. No targets believed available. 2343 Northampton bearing 330°relative, 2 miles distant, was torpedoed and fires started. 2350 List reported holding steady. Main list correction later effected by pumping port wing tanks: Forward engine room and both boiler rooms. CXAM radar array collapsed and fell to port. Note: Various units of task force began establishing communication via TBS and trying to orient themselves with others. CTU 67.2.3 ordered to take charge undamaged units by CTF 67. DDs undamaged and able to join up. Honolulu undamaged. Fighting lights were used by several units, apparently.


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