Enemy ships believed sunk:13
1 CV, Ryujo By Saratoga attack group. 1 CL or DD By Army B-17's. 3 DD's One probably sunk by Marine attack group; one by Saratoga attack group (torpedo); one by Marine attack group.
2 SS's One by Enterprise plane; one by Grayson, Patterson and Monssen. 1 AP By Marine attack group.
Enemy ships believed damaged:
1 CV Possibly hit by Army B-17's. 1 BB, Mutsu One 1,000-pound bomb hit by Saratoga attack group. 2 CA's One hit by Saratoga attack group (torpedo); one hit by at least one 1,000-pound bomb by Marine attack group. 1 CL Torpedo hit by Saratoga attack group.
Enemy aircraft believed destroyed:
Approximately 2 carrier groups plus 21 land or carrier based planes downed by Marine planes, a total of about 90 aircraft.
Own ships damaged:
1 CV, Enterprise.
Own plane lasses:
A total of about 20 aircraft. Of 17 carrier planes involved, 7 were shot down or otherwise lost in combat; 7 were lost through water landing, the crews being saved; and 3 were expended because of severe damage. The remaining 3 planes were Marine fighters shot down defending Guadalcanal.
13 Subsequent information made the following minimum enemy losses seem certain: 1 CV (Ryujo), 1 DD, 1 AP.
Last updated: May 3, 2003Transcribed and formatted by Jerry Holden for the HyperWar Foundation