DD-413 U.S.S. MUSTIN
War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,


    C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T-I-A-L                   U.S.S. MUSTIN (413)
    DD413/A12                               C/O Fleet Post Office
                                            San Francisco, Calif.
    Serial 133 
                                            December 4, 1942.


    From:          Commanding Officer.
    To  :          The Chief of Naval Operations (Office of Naval
                   Records and Library).

    Subject:       War Diary, Forwarding of.

    Reference:     (a) Cincpac ltr. A2-11 (987) of 3-11-42.

    Enclosure:     (A) War Diary for November 1942.

         1.        In accordance with reference (a), enclosure
    (A) is forwarded herewith.



                                        W.F. PETERSEN



                   WAR Diary - - U.S.S. MUSTIN


             From: November 1 to November 30, 1942.   


                        November 1, 1942.


           Operating as Task Group 61.9, consisting of USS 
           PENSACOLA, MUSTIN, ANDERSON, CUSHING, and PRESTON, in 
           accordance with secret dispatch #302322, Oct, 1942 of 
           Commander Southern Pacific Force.  This is a unit of 
           task force 61.      

    0800   Lat. 20-02.5 S.
           Long. 162-51 E.    

    1200   Lat. 18-52 S.
           Long. 162-12 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 320 miles.  Course 310 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 16-15.8 S.
           Long. 162-17.6 E.

                        November 2, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 12-44.3 S.
           Long. 162-45 E.

    1200   Lat. 11-31 S.
           Long. 152-39 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 445 miles.  Course 006 degrees.

    1535   Sighted Task Force 65.

    1558   Joined Task Force 65.  Task Group 61.9 becomes Task 
           Group 65.9 in accordance with Oplan C-1 of Commander 
           Task Force 65.

    2000   Lat. 10-21.1 S.
           Long. 162-49.2 E.

                        November 3, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 11-30 S.
           Long. 163-51.5 E.
           Unloading operations scheduled for today postponed for 
           a day, because of report of enemy forces in vicinity.

    1200   Lat. 11-02 S.
           Long. 163-13.5 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 32 miles.  Course 026 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 9-57.3 S.
           Long. 163-51.5 E.
    
                        November 4, 1942.

    0350   Commenced Patrolling Aola Bay, Guadalcanal.

    0543   Commenced firing at suspicious planes.
    
    0544   Planes identified as friendly.  Ceased firing.

                        November 5, 1942.

           Patrolling Aola Bay, Guadalcanal.

                        November 6, 1942.

    0105   Transports standing out from Aola Bay.

    0800   Lat. 9-56.6 S.
           Long. 161-51.2 E.
    
    1200   Lat. 10-13 S.
           Long. 162-40 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 122 miles.  Course 112 degree.

    2000   Lat. 11-42.5 S.
           Long. 163-14.5 E.
    
                        November 7, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 13-54 S.
           Long. 163-49.5 E.

    1200   Lat. 13-56 S.
           Long. 164-36 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 250 miles.  Course 153 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 14-09 S.
           Long. 166-03 E.

                        November 8, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 15-41 S.
           Long. 167-17 E.

    0906   Moored at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

                        November 9, 1942.

    0650   Underway in company with USS WALKE, BENHAM, and 
           ANDERSON in accordance with secret dispatch #061242 
           Nov., 1942, of Commander Southern Pacific Force.

    1200   Lat. 16-45.6 S.
           Long. 167-18 E.
           Distance from Espiritu Santo 75 miles.

    2000   Lat. 19-18.7 S.
           Long. 168-07 E.

                        November 10, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 23-01 S.
           Long. 167-52.3 E.

    1200   Lat. 22-54 S.
           Long. 166-47 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 372 miles.  Course 185 degrees.

    1558   Moored Noumea, New Caledonia.

                        November 11, 1942.

    1109   Underway in company with Task Force 16, as part of 
           Task Group 16-4, consisting of USS MUSTIN, ANDERSON, 
           HUGHES, MORRIS, RUSSELL, WALKE, CLARK, AND BENHAM.

    2000   Lat. 22-28.5 S.
           Long. 165-48.8 E.

                        November 12, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 20-26.0 S.
           Long. 162-03.3 E.

    1200   Lat. 19-84 S.
           Long. 167-40.7 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 265 miles.  Course 306 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 17-57 S.
           Long. 161-51 E.

                        November 13, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 14-25 S.
           Long. 161-20 E.

    0945   USS PENSACOLA, GWIN and PRESTON joined formation.

    1200   Lat. 13-35.8 S.
           Long. 161-42.5 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 376 miles.  Course 358 degrees.

    1945   Left formation in order to break radio silence in 
           accordance with visual signal of Commander, Task Force  
           16.  To rejoin formation at 0800, November 14.

    2000   Lat. 14-11 S.
           Long. 162-16.4 E.

                        November 14, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 12-00 S.
           Long. 161-20 E.
           Failed to contact Task Force 16 as planned.

    1200   Lat. 12-06.1 S.
           Long. 161-31.9 E.

    1216   Proceeded toward Espiritu Santo, in accordance with 
           verbal orders of Commander Task Force 16 as received 
           over TBL.

    1411   Sound contact bearing 226 degrees, 460 yards.

    1411   Dropped 4 depth charges.

    1428   Sound contact 135 degrees, 1900 yards.

    1432   Dropped 10 depth charges.

    1520   Discontinued search.
    

    2000   Lat. 13-01.8 S.
           Long. 163-30 E.

                        November 15, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 14-27 S.
           Long. 167-04.3 E.

    1200   Lat. 15-25.5 S.
           Long. 167-30 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 395 miles.  Course 126 degrees.

    1436   Anchored at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

                        November 16, 1942.

           Anchored at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

                        November 17, 1942.

    1606   Underway in company with McCALLA, BETELGUESE, and 
           LIBRA which is towing PAB #4, as Task Unit 62.4.2, a 
           unit of Task Force 62.  Operating in accordance with 
           secret dispatch #160420, Nov., 1942 of Commander Task 
           Force 62.

    2000   Lat. 15-37 S.
           Long. 167-23.8 E.

                        November 18, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 14-37 S.
           Long. 167-00 E.

    1200   Lat. 14-35 S.
           Long. 166-57.7 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 57 miles.  Course 348 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 14-04 S.
           Long. 166-10 E.

                        November 19, 1942.

    0137   Sound contact at 2600 yards bearing 300 degrees.

    0143   Dropped 4 depth charges.

    0235   Discontinues search.

    0800   Lat. 12-41.5 S.
           Long. 164-51.7 E.

    1200   Lat. 12-00 S.
           Long. 164-34 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 155 miles.  Course 322 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 11-16.5 S.
           Long. 164-18.5 E.

                        November 20, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 10-24.8 S.
           Long. 163-02.7 E.

    1200   Lat. 10-20 S.
           Long. 162-19 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 166 miles.  Course 307 degrees.

    1715   USS ZANE and TREVOR joined formation.

    2000   Lat. 09-48. S.
           Long. 161-26 E.

                        November 21, 1942.

    0600   Arrived at Lunga Point, Guadalcanal.  Commenced 
           patrolling.  Distance since 1200 yesterday 147 miles.  
           Course 293 degrees.

                        November 22, 1942.

    1700   Left Lunga Point.

    1925   Anchored Tulagi Harbor.

    2028   Underway, patrolling Tulagi.

                        November 23, 1942.

    0430   Left Tulagi.

    0535   Arrived Lunga Point.  Commenced patrolling.

    1715   Left Lunga Point.

    1830   Commenced patrolling Tulagi.

                        November 24, 1942.

    0559   Anchored at Tulagi.

    1330   Underway.

    1435   Commenced patrolling Lunga Point.

    1715   Left Lunga Point.

    1900   Anchored at Tulagi.

    2152   Commenced fueling from USS LIBRA.

    2400   Completed fueling.

                        November 25, 1942.

    0400   Underway.

    0540   Patrolling Lunga Point.

    1825   Left Lunga Point in company with USS BETELGUESE and 
           Zane.

                        November 26, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 10-33.4 S.
           Long. 163-02.8 E.

    1200   Lat. 11-12 S.
           Long. 163-45 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 277 miles.  Course 116 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 12-17. S.
           Long. 165-10 E.

                        November 27, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 14-14 S.
           Long. 166-42 E.

    1200   Lat. 15-08.5 S.
           Long. 167-18 E.

    1448   Anchored at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

                        November 28, 1942.

           Anchored at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

                        November 29, 1942.

    0731   Underway in company with USS BETELGUESE and ARRON 
           WARD, in accordance with secret dispatch #260455, 
           Nov., 1942 of Commander Task Force 62.

    1200   Lat. 16-07.5 S.
           Long. 167-47 E.

    2000   Lat. 17-51 S.
           Long. 167-37 E.

                        November 30, 1942.

    0800   Lat. 20-32 S.
           Long. 168-23 E.

    1200   Lat. 21-23 S.
           Long. 168-34 E.
           Distance past 24 hours 319 miles.  Course 173 degrees.

    2000   Lat. 22-58.6 S.
           Long. 167-46.9 E.


History of the U.S.S. MUSTIN DD-413


                                    Sims Class
                             Completed - 1939 - 40

DD 409 SIMS 
DD 410 HUGHES
DD 411 ANDERSON
DD 412 HAMMAN
DD 413 MUSTIN
DD 414 RUSSELL
DD 415 O'BRIEN
DD 416 WALKE
DD 417 MORRIS
DD 418 ROE
DD 419 WAINWRIGHT
DD 420 BUCK


Dimensions

Displacement:
   1,570 tons (stand)
   2,300 tons (Mean War Service)
Length: 348' (oa)
Beam: 36
Draft: 18' (max)

Armament

4 5"/ 38 DP
3 40mm singles
2 40mm twins
4 20mm
2 DC tracks
4 DC projectors
2 21" TT (quads)

Propulsion

Speed: 35 knots (max)
Max. Cruising radius:
  2,200 miles @ 25 knots 
  4,700 miles @15 knots
Horsepower: 50,0000 (shaft)
Drive: 2 screws; geared turbine
Fuel: 489 tons oil (max)

Remarks

  Slightly longer and wider than the ELLET's, the SIMS Class are otherwise 
very similar.

  They were lengthened to accommodate a fifth 5"-gun which was subsequently
replaced by additional light AA batteries.  The torpedo tubes are given high,
center-line mounts.  As the last American one-stack destroyers, they mark a 
transitional stage in development between the basic CUMMINGS-GRIDLEY design
and the BENSON-FLETCHER group that followed.

War losses include:

SIMS (DD409)
HAMMAN (DD412)
O'BREIN (DD415
WALKE (DD416)
BUCK (DD420)



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