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USS Avocet, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
( 039 )
UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
AIRCRAFT SCOUTING FORCE
U.S.S. Avocet (AVP4)
Pearl Harbor, T.H.
December 12, 1941.
The Commanding Officer.
The Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Offensive Measures Taken During December 7th - Report of.
- At about 0745 Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 the U.S.S.
Avocet was moored at berth FOX One Afirm, Naval Air Station
Dock, in Pearl Harbor. A bomb explosion was heard and Japanese
planes were sighted attacking the hangers on Ford Island. General
Quarters were sounded and fire was opened about 0752 with both
3"/50 caliber anti-aircraft guns. The first shot from the
starboard gun hit a Japanese plane which had turned away after
torpedoing the U.S.S. California. This plane burst into
flames and crashed near the Naval Hospital. Fire was continued
as rapidly as possible through this and subsequent attacks. Fuse
settings from 2.5 to 5 seconds were used but no other known hits
were obtained. The Avocet fired 144 rounds of 3"/50
caliber ammunition and about 1,750 rounds of .30 caliber.
- During the dive bombing attack on the Nevada the Avocet
was firing at the attacking planes and high altitude bombers
dropped bombs which landed in the center of berth FOX TWO. These
bombs did not explode; muddy water was seen to bubble up in four
pools where they landed.
- There was no damage on board. There were no serious injuries.
One man was wounded slightly in the forearm by a spent bullet.
- The conduct of the officers and men was exemplary throughout.
The gun crews worked the guns deliberately and with apparent
total disregard for their own safety. The engineering departments
reported ready to get underway fifteen minutes after General
Quarters were sounded.
[signed] W.G. JOHNSON, Jr.
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC
action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II
the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.