Three months of bitter air-ground-sea action in the Solomon Islands had resulted Two battleships, under Rear Adm. Hiroaki Abe, headed for Guadalcanal with. The Japanese sent another battleship, the Kirishima, accompanied by that Halsey had to fight in a surface action were two warships at sea. cruiser/destroyer action on the night of. November, the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and the battleship action on the night of November, the.

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When it came back on, it picked up Kondo forward of her starboard beam just three miles away. The executive officer was killed, the forward guns jammed in train, and Preston began to settle into the sea. This action demonstrated the tremendous value of radar in a night action.

Battle of Guadalcanal

Including the sinking of Juneautotal U. Juneau then turned east and slowly crept out of the battle area. Hieiwith her nine lit searchlights, huge size, and course taking her directly through the U. His destroyers were so cluttered with troops that he could not fight a battle. Now Kirishima limped behind Nagarabut the dreadnought kept listing to starboard.

The Japanese warships—mainly light cruisers or destroyers from the Eighth Fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa —were usually able to make the round trip down ” The Slot ” to Guadalcanal and back in a single night, thereby minimizing their exposure to air attack.

The IJN achieved mediocre results for the number of torpedoes fired and those results plummeted once the USN improved the DD operational doctrines that allowed them to better disrupt IJN formations when they were attempting to line up torpedo attacks. In the secondary battery fire control, Ensign Hal Berc later said: A range of 10, yards on the burning ship from the main battery coincidence range finder was within yards of the range set on the computer.


Lieutenant Ray Hunter was officer of the deck, but he was to turn that duty over to navigator Schanze.

Learning of the Japanese reinforcement effort, U. Admiral Patrick had a distinguished Navy career, culminating in his appointment as inspector general of the Navy in Everyone wondered why South Dakota —whose electrical problems had her virtually paralyzed—was plodding along silently behind.

Another set of searchlights came on and actoon was again shifted to them. This site uses cookies. Radar, fire control, turret motors, ammunition hoists, radios—everything went out, with her guns locked in train. Atlantahowever, sank near Guadalcanal at Radar spots were used against the first target while the target echo was present.

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guadalfanal To my father, as is true of so many of these men, he was just doing his job. I would like to point out a little know fact about this battle. One was all the torpedo misses, which were the result of poor firing angles. That night, all hell broke loose in Ironbottom Sound.

The First Offensivep. Seaman Graham quietly became a teenager, turning 13 on November 6, just as Japanese naval forces began shelling an American airfield on Guadalcanal Island.

Kondo was steaming south to meet the light cruiser Sendai. I think we all have some great information that we could share.

Admiral Scott and many of the bridge crew were killed. The Japanese destroyer was hit repeatedly and blew up and sank within a few minutes. That afternoon aircraft from Enterprise and Marine planes, both based on Henderson Field, hit the convoy, sinking Nako Maru. The self-sacrifice of Callaghan and his task force had purchased one night’s respite for Henderson Field. By their second salvo I could see it was the usual Jap pattern: You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Captain Sanji Iwabuchi fought to save Kirishimabut the flooding defied control.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Allied forces landed on Guadalcanal on 7 August and seized an airfield, later called Henderson Fieldthat was under construction by the Japanese military. Assigned to escort the two dreadnoughts were four tin cans [destroyers], WalkeBenhamPreston battledhip Gwin. Call battleshjp your boys! At a cost of five ships and thousands of lives, the U. It could not be South Dakotacould it?

Like Hiei the previous day, her boilers and engines still worked, but seawater had sloshed into her steering machinery compartments.

Enabling the approach of the transport convoy was a nighttime bombardment of Henderson Field by two battleships on 14 October that heavily damaged the airfield’s runways, destroyed half of the CAF’s aircraft, and burned most of the available aviation fuel. The United States reported sinking one battleship, five cruisers and five destroyers in exchange for two light cruisers and six destroyers.

USS Washington observed guadalcanall main battery hits.