Bombing Squadron 6 Action Report, Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942
U.S. AIRCRAFT - ACTION WITH THE ENEMY
(a) To be filled out by unit commander immediately upon landing
after each action or operation
in contact with the enemy.
(b) Do not "gun deck" this report--if data can not
be estimated with reasonable accuracy enter
a dash in space for which no data is available.
2. Weather Clear - Visibility, good - Ceiling, unlimited.
3. Unit Reporting BOMBING SQUADRON SIX (Enterprise)
Type planes SBD-2 and -3
4. Nature of Operation: Air Group attack against Japanese Force of four carriers and supporting ships. _______________________________________________________________________
5. Specific Objectives: Japanese carriers _______________________________________________________________________
6. Forces Engaged (include models and markings):
|7 SBD-2||4CVs, 2 BBs, 3CA, many DDs|
|8 SBD-3||Type Zero Fighters Type Kawanishi 95 single float seaplane|
9. Brief Description of Action (include altitudes and range
of contact. Altitudes and directions of release and withdrawal)
enemy disposition sighted to northward, dist. 40 mi. Own altitude
21,000 ft. Reduced altitude to 15,000 during approach. Attack
made westerly direction enemy course southerly. Retired to NW
swinging around enemy disposition through N to course for Midway
(120 deg) thence to ship. _______________________________________________________________________
10. Weapons Employed:
|1000# bombs, twin mound .30 cal.flex.guns.||Fighters used .50 cal. and cannon of about 20mm.|
11. Evasive Action Employed:
Low altitude retirement. _______________________________________________________________________
12. Ammunition Expended (include types and fuse settings. Indicate
number of duds.)
15 - 1000# bombs with 1/100 sec. Fuses - No duds. ________________________________________________________________________
13. Results (certain): CVs hit; each by several bombs; huge fires on both; one of these
first hit by VS-6; a third CV hit by VB-3.
14. Damage to own aircraft; Effectiveness
of leak-proofing and armor.
Ten SBDs lost after pull-out from dives; several becsue gasoline tanks badly shot up,
others for same reason or because of fuel exhaustion. Leak-proof tanks not proof
against heavy small caliber AA and fighter 20 mm fire. Armor effective. One SBD-3
badly shot up - elevators, elevator torque tube, fuselage, and wings.
15. For attack on submarine. ----
16. Remarks: Additional information in sketch.
J. R. PENLAND
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy,
Commander, Bombing Squadron Six
Source: VB-6 reports, World War II action reports, Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740
4 May 2001