December 11, 1941.
|From:||The Commanding Officer.|
|To:||The Commander in Chief, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET.|
|Subject:||Action during air raid on December 7 Report on.|
|Reference:||(a) CinCPAC desp., 102102 December 1941.|
|0726||Underway from berth X-7 for deperming buoys at West Loch. All hands at special sea detail stations. Both boats manned and in the water with instructions to follow the ship to West Loch. All magnetic compasses and chronometers had been left in the Blue preparatory to deperming.|
|0755||Turned into West Loch channel and headed up toward deperming buoys.|
|0759||First enemy plane sighted in shallow dive over Ford Island, headed northwest. Observed first bomb hit on hanger at southwest end of Ford Island. Called crew to General Quarters. Executive Officer went below to assist in opening magazines and getting ammunition to guns.|
|0800||Torpedo planes sighted approaching from direction of Barber's Point. They passed over West Loch channel and dropped torpedoes either in North Channel or across the island. Targets for these planes appeared to be ships in berths F-9 to F-13. The planes came in low, and several strafed the ship. All bullets missed the ship by a few feet. No fire was opened, since the forward machine guns which could bear were coated with preservative grease and had to be cleaned before they could fire.|
|0800||Backed engines and commenced maneuvering ship out of West Loch channel to head for entrance.|
|0805||Opened fire with after machine guns at planes over the main channel, followed shortly by the forward machine guns firing at passing torpedo planes.|
|0807||Opened fire with 5" battery. No hits observed.|
|0810||In main channel steaming toward entrance. Fire from port after machine gun, manned by HUFF, W.C., GM.2c, 337 00 90, hit plane approaching from south. Plane veered sharply, caught fire, and crashed behind trees near Hickam Field. Ordered all boilers lighted off.|
|0813||Passed gate vessel.|
|0817||Sighted conning tower of submarine to right of channel, northward of buoy #1. Gave orders to open fire, pointer fire, but submarine submerged before guns could get on.|
|0818||Increased speed to 25 knots, cleared entrance buoys, turned right.|
|0819||Submarine conning tower surfaced.|
|0820||Opened fire on submarine off Tripod Reef, bearing 290 distance 1200 yards from buoy #1. No hits observed, but there were several close splashes. Submarine appeared to be touching bottom on ledge of reef, and in line of breakers. While still firing at submarine it apparently slipped off ledge and submerged.|
|0820||Main contact relay on power panel of steering motor short circuited due to loose pigtails. Bridge lost steering control. Orders were given to shift to hand steering, commenced maneuvering ship by engines. Main circuit breakers opened, taking all light and power off ship for about one minute.|
|0820||Made plain language contact report of Submarine to CinCPAC on 2562 Kc.|
|0821||Men on after guns and amidships observed torpedo pass close under the stern on a northwesterly course. Report of this did not reach the bridge.|
|0824||The shift to hand steering was completed.|
|0830||Steaming on various courses and speeds off harbor entrance, steering by hand, firing intermittently at enemy planes, and searching for submarines, numerous large splashes being observed close at hand. One plane under fire from forward machine guns was observed to veer sharply away and may have been hit.|
|0900||Destroyers commenced sortie.|
|0915||Small enemy fighter plane approached ship from astern (northwest), in medium glide and dropped two bombs, which exploded in water 50 yards off port bow and 20 yards off starboard bow. Plane was sighted by after machine gun crews while close in on dive. They opened fire, but apparently did not hit plane. Ship was swinging rapidly to port, which probably caused bombs to miss. Ship shook violently and all forward part was deluged with water. Steering casualty had just been repaired, but shock shorted relay again and hand steering was continued. Cyro rotor tumbles; all repeaters out. Choke coils tubes and resistors in sound gear burned out; echo ranging inoperative.|
|0920||(about) Received orders by TBS to patrol sector 3.|
|0930||Shifted steering motor power to diesel generator; regained bridge control of steering.|
|1000||Reported to ComDesRon Four that ship was patrolling sector 3. Continued patrol until orders were received at 1215 to rendezvous on Detroit.|
|1100||Sound listening watch heard screws on starboard quarter. Ship circled for attack but lost contact. No depth charges dropped.|
|1215||Received orders to join Detroit. Ceased patrolling.|
5" and .50 caliber fire at all enemy aircraft within range, after 0805. Fire was slow due to necessity of breaking ammunition out of magazines and belting all but a small amount of .50 caliber ammunition. Total of 90 rounds 5" and 350 rounds .50 caliber was expended.
5" fire at enemy submarine off Tripod Reef at 0820.
One plane shot down by machine gun fire at 0810. One plane possibly hit by machine gun fire at 0830.
Possible fragment hits on conning tower of submarine at 0820.
There were no losses or injuries to personnel.
Throughout the attack the conduct of personnel was of the highest order. Men of the engineer force and torpedomen turned to without orders belting Machine gun ammunition and breaking out powder and projectiles. The spirit evidenced by all hands was a true "fighting spirit"; the Commanding Officer knows of no instance where this was not the case.
[signed] C.E. CARROLL.
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