|CL7/A16 (0167)||U.S.S. Raleigh|
|December 13, 1941|
|To:||Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.|
|Subject:||Report of U.S.S. Raleigh's participation in the battle of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.|
|Reference:||(a) Article 712, Navy Regulations.|
|Enclosure:||(A) Executive Officer's Report|
|3"/50 caliber||266 rounds|
|.50 caliber||9990 rounds|
Many planes were taken under fire from time to time without apparent results. However, there were five planes destroyed which this vessel registered hits on and assisted in their destruction, namely:
#1 - Bomber flew over stern from starboard to port, burst into flames over Raleigh and crashed on deck of U.S.S. Curtiss.
#2 - Plane flew over bow from starboard to port and crashed near Pearl City.
#3 - Plane flying north on our starboard beam crashed in water between Dobbin and Baltimore.
#4 - Plane off our stern flying over air station towards Curtiss was hit by a 3" shell and was blown to pieces in the air.
#5 - A plane flying across our stern had its tail blown off and fell over by Pearl City without burning or great damage. The pilot may have escaped.
|December 12, 1941|
|From:||Commander William H. Wallace, U.S. Navy, Executive Officer.|
|To:||Captain R.B. Simons, U.S. Navy, Commanding.|
|Subject:||Engagement of December 7, 1941, Report on.|
|Reference:||(a) Art. 948, U.S. Navy Regulations.|
At this time the ship was in a precarious position due to the damage resulting from the torpedo hit and the bomb hit. The ship gave every indication of capsizing. Although this fact was self-evident, no person showed any desire to leave his post or the ship.
The Anti-Aircraft battery of 3", 1.1 and 50 caliber, had been manned and opened fire with great rapidity. Most of the crews were firing for the first time. Despite this it was reported that the Raleigh was credited with three enemy planes and a probable fourth. Ammunition parties were quickly functioning and no shortage of ammunition resulted.
Compartments were counterflooded promptly and in the proper sequence. The Damage Control Organization, directed by the Damage Control Officer, has worked constantly day and night to keep the ship afloat. Their efforts have been ably directed and should be crowned with success.
The Engineers, ordered topside, fearlessly reentered the after boiler and engine spaces. Lighting off, with water over the floor plates, to raise steam and get pumps running.
Coffee and sandwiches were prepared by the Commissary Department and distributed to the crew at their station.
Orders were carried out promptly and without confusion. The rapidity and good seamanship displayed in getting both planes over the side without damage, in jettisoning heavy topside weights, such as catapults, torpedo tubes, boat skids, etc., were all done without power on the ship, contributing materially in saving the ship.