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|( 0133 )||U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV6)|
June 8, 1942
|From:||The Commanding Officer.|
|To:||The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet|
|Via:||Commander Task Force Sixteen.|
(Rear Admiral R.A. Spruance, U.S. Navy).
|Subject:||Battle of Midway Island, June 4 - 6, 1942 -- Report of.|
|Reference:||(a) Articles 712 and 874, U.S. Navy Regulations, 1920.|
|Enclosures:||(A) Track Chart.|
(B) Photographs of enemy CA, damaged in the action of June 6, 1942.
(C) Executive Officer's Report.
2. At 2000, June 3, 1942, Enterprise, Flagship of Commander Task Force 16 was in position 33° 16' N, 175° 46' W, course 100° T, speed 15 knots and zigzagging according to Plan Number 7. Wind south 9, clouds cumulus 7, visibility 30, sea smooth.
3. The following significant messages were received during the night of June 3 - 4:
II. THE ACTION.
|0906||Commenced launching attack group of 33 VSB, 14 VT, 10 VF.|
15 VSB armed with one 1000 lb. bomb each.
12 VSB armed with one 500 lb. bomb and two 100 lb. bombs each.
6 VSB armed with one 500 lb. bomb each.
14 VTB armed with torpedoes.
|1015||Type 97 enemy twin-float seaplane sighted bearing 180° T., distance 72,000 yards. Combat Patrol failed to find this plane although radar and lookouts confirmed its position.|
|1129-1132||Launched 8 VF for second Combat Patrol|
|1145-1152||Landed first Combat Patrol 8 VF.|
|1202||Commander Enterprise Air Group sighted Japanese Force composed of 4 CV, 2 BB, 4 CA, 6 DD.|
|1220||VT commenced attack; probably one hit on CV.|
|1222||VSB commenced dive bombing attack; two (2) CV badly damaged with many direct bomb hits, left in flames. Position of enemy force, Lat. 30° 05' N, Long. 178° 50' W.|
|1244-1247||Launched 8 VF for third Combat Patrol.|
|1255||Commenced landing VF escort.|
|1316-1329||Landed second Combat Patrol 8 VF.|
|1337-1340||Launched 8 VF, fourth Combat Patrol.|
|1405||20 enemy planes reported bearing 310° coming in. (Attack on Yorktown followed).|
|1410||Completed landing attack group.|
|1433-1435||Launched 8 VF, fifth Combat Patrol.|
|1437-1438||Landed 5-B-3 and 5-B-16 (Yorktown planes). Yorktown pilot reported Yorktown in bad shape. Heavy smoke seen from Yorktown.|
|1442-1448||Landed 5-B-7, 5-B-8, 5-B-9, 5-B-10, 5-B-12, 5-B-14, 5-B-15 (Yorktown planes).|
|1451-1459||Landed 5-F-2, 5-F-3, 5-F-8, 5-F-21, 5-B-4, 5-B-5, 5-B-6, 5-B-11, 5-B-13, 5-B-17 (Yorktown planes).|
|1504-1505||Landed 5-F-10, 5-F-15 (Yorktown planes).|
|1539-1541||Launched 6 VF, sixth Combat Patrol.|
|1547-1559||Landed third and fourth Combat Patrol, 16 VF.|
|1610||VF shot down seaplane tracker 50 miles south of our force.|
|1645||Received message from Yorktown scout, "1 CV, 2 BB, 3 CA, 4 DD, 31° 15' N, 179° 05' W, course 000, speed 15."|
|1730||Commenced launching second attack group composed of 24 VSB.|
11 VSB armed with one 1000 lb. bomb each.
13 VSB armed with one 500 lb. bomb each.
|1742-1752||Landed fifth and sixth Combat Patrols 10 VF. 6-F-12 Mach. Warden missing and reported to have landed in water out of gas. Also landed 3 VF and 3 VSB from Yorktown. Landed 6-S-16 from Attack Group.|
|1835||Combat Patrol (6-F-1 shot down 4-engine enemy seaplane).|
|1842-1846||Launched 12 VF for ninth Combat Patrol.|
|1850-1852||Landed 5 VF of seventh Combat Patrol. Also landed 1 VF and 4 VSB from Yorktown.|
|1905||Attacked Japanese Force composed of 1 CV, 2 BB, 3 CA, 4 DD, position Lat. 31° - 40' N, Long. 179° - 10' W. Left 1 CV and 1 BB severely damaged and mass of flames.|
|1928-1930||Landed 2 VF of eight Combat Patrol and 1 VF from Yorktown.|
|1958-2005||Launched 20 VF for tenth Combat Patrol.|
|2008-2034||Landed 20 VSB of Attack Group. (3 did not return). Landed 9 VF of ninth Combat Patrol. Landed 2 VF of tenth Combat Patrol.|
|2034||Completed landing attack group.|
|2046-2056||Landed 17 VF of tenth Combat Patrol.|
|2120||Landed 1 VF of tenth Combat Patrol. Last plane landed.|
During the night June 4 - 5 distance from Midway of approximately 150 miles was maintained by steaming east and north and then retracing the track.
June 5, 1942.
Wind SE 9, clouds cumulus 9, visibility 20, sea smooth.
|1025-1029||Launched 12 VF for first Combat Patrol. 6 Yorktown VF to land aboard Hornet upon completion of patrol.|
|1300-1302||Launched 6 VF for second Combat Patrol.|
|1315-1318||Landed 6 VF of first Combat Patrol.|
|1616-1619||Landed second Combat Patrol 6 VF.|
|1700||Commenced launching attack group composed of 32 VSB (VB-3, VB-6, VS-5, VS-6). Objective 1 burning CV, 2 BB, 3 CA, 4 DD. Position of objective given as at 1000, Lat. 32° - 00' N, Long. 179° - 32' W, course 310, speed 12 knots. (Approximate distance estimated to be 230 miles.)|
32 VSB with one 500 lb. bomb each.
|2030||Objective not found. Attacked 1 CL position Lat. 33° - 00' N, Long. 177° - 00' E. Damage undetermined.|
|2058-2100||Landed third Combat Patrol|
|2203||Completed landing group; 30 VSB plus 5 VSB from Hornet.|
During the night June 5 - 6, the course was 280° T, the speed 16 knots and zigzag Plan Number 6 was followed during moonlight.
June 6, 1942.
Wind SW 16, clouds cumulus 2, visibility 50, sea smooth.
|0702||Launched search group of 18 VSB to search relative sector 180° - 360° (t) distance 200 miles. 18 VSB with one 500 lb. bomb each. Four of these landed on Hornet. Fourteen returned with bombs.|
Launched first Combat Patrol 6 VF.
|0759||Landed 6-B-17 -- Deferred forced landing.|
|0845||8-B-2 (operating from Enterprise) contacted enemy, 1 CV, 5 DD, position Lat. 29° - 33' N, Long. 174° - 50' E, course 270°.|
|0930||(about) -- Contact report on enemy -- 2 CA, 2 DD, Lat. 28° - 55' N, Long. 175° - 10' E, course 215°, speed 15.|
|0952-0954||Launched 6 VF second Combat Patrol.|
|0959-1009||Landed first Combat Patrol 6 VF.|
|1015-1039||Landed 14 VSB from morning search.|
|1231||Launched 8 VF third Combat Patrol.|
|1245||Commenced launching attack group composed of 31 VSB, 3 VT, 12 VF, position of objective given as of 1350, Lat. 29° - 33' N, Long. 175° - 35' E, course 270° speed 15 knots, armed as follows:|
31 VSB with one 1000 lb. bomb each.
3 VTB with torpedoes.
|1315-1316||Landed second Combat Patrol, 6 VF.|
|1350||Commenced attack, dive bombing and VF strafing. VT did not attack. Damage: left 1 CA (Mogami) severely damaged and aflame, 1 CL damaged, 1 DD damaged with minor explosions. (Note: There was no CV in this group.)|
|1527-1615||Landed third Combat Patrol, 6 VF. (Hornet took over Combat Patrol). Landed 10 VF of Attack Group. Landed 28 VSB of Attack Group, Two Hornet planes and 6-B-1 landed on Hornet.|
Landed 3 VTB of Attack Group with torpedoes, attack not completed.
|1753||Launched 2 VSB for photographic flight of above damaged ships. Photographs are Enclosure (B).|
|1829-1835||Launched 12 VF for fourth Combat Patrol.|
|1844||Landed 6-F-7. Could not retract wheels.|
|1950||Landed 6-F-26. Deferred forced landing.|
|2100||Landed fourth Combat Patrol.|
|2107||Recovered photographic group.|
III. PERSONNEL AND MATERIAL.
2. Personnel losses in the Air Group were heavy, particularly Torpedo 6. A summary to date which is subject to final check is as follows:
|6T1||LtCdr. E.E. Lindsey, USN.||GRENAT, C.T., 279 45 11, ACRM, USN.|
|6T2||Ens. S.L. Rombach, A-V(N), USNR.||GLENN, W.F., 360 18 53, ARM2c, USN.|
|6T6||Lt.(jg) J.T. Eversole, USN.||LANE, J.U., RM2c, 299 90 90, USN.|
|6T9||Ens. R.M. Holder, A-V(N), USNR.||DURAWA, G.J., 300 32 99, ARM3c, USN.|
|6T10||Lt. A.V. Ely, USN.||LINDGREN, A.R., 223 42 69, RM3c, USN.|
|6T12||Ens. F.C. Hodges, A-V(N), USNR.||BATES, J.H., 368 48 44, RM2c, USN.|
|6T13||Lt. P.J. Riley, USN.||MUSHINSKI, E.J., 268 28 74, ARM2c, USN.|
|6T14||Ens. J.W. Brock, USN.||BLUNDELL, J.M., 410 41 61, ARM3c, USN.|
|6T7||Lt.(jg) L. Thomas, USN.||LITTLEFIELD, H.F., 238 59 08, ARM2c, USN.|
|6T8||Mach. A.W. Winchell, USN.||COSSITT, D.M., 413 55 55, RM3c, USNR.|
|6B5||Lt.(jg) W.E. Roberts, A-V(N), USNR.||STENMAN, W.B., 376 01 68, AMM1c, USN.|
|6B6||Ens. D.W. Halsey, A-V(N), USNR.||JENKINS, J.W., 372 17 00, RM3c, USN.|
|6B8||Ens. T.F. Schneider, A-V(N), USNR.||HOLDEN, G.L., 300 09 02, ARM2c, USN.|
|6B9||Ens. E.A. Greene, A-V(N), USNR.||MUNTEAN, S.A., 401 42 22, RM3c, USNR.|
|6B11||Ens. T.W. Ramsay, A-V(N), USNR.||DUNCAN, S.L., 376 06 50, AMM2c, USN.|
|6B13||Lt.(jg) J.J. VanBuren, USN.||NELSON, H.W., 382 02 50, ARM1c, USN.|
|6B14||Ens. N.F. Vandivier, A-V(N), USNR.||KEANEY, L.E.J., 283 21 96, Sea1c, USN.|
|6B15||Ens. G.H. Goldsmith, A-V(N), USNR.||PATTERSON, J.W., 387 23 15, ARM3c, USN.|
|6B18||Ens. B.S. Varian, A-V(N), USNR.||YOUNG, C.R., 356 55 07, ARM3c, USN.|
|6B3||Ens. F.T. Weber, A-V(N), USNR.||HILBERT, E.L., 382 18 65, AOM3c, USN.|
|6S3||Ens. J.Q. Roberts, A-V(N), USNR.||SWINDELL, T.R., 262 28 14, AOM1c, USN.|
|6S15||Ens. J.R. McCarthy, A-V(N), USNR.||HOWELL, E.E., 382 11 71, RM3c, USN.|
|6S12||Ens. C.D. Peiffer, A-V(N), USNR.||JECK, F.C., 224 16 97, Sea1c, USN.|
|6S4||Lt. C.R. Ware, USN.||STAMBAUGH, W.M., 287 22 69, ARM1c, USN.|
|6S5||Ens. F.H. O'Flaherty, A-V(N), USNR.||GAIDO, B.F., 300 20 05, AMM1c, USN.|
|6S14||Ens. J.C. Lough, A-V(N), USNR.||MANSEN, L.D., 368 49 16, RM3c, USN.|
|6S1||Ens. J.N. Vammen, A-V(N), USNR.||GLARY, M.W., 356 14 29, AMM2c, USN.|
3. Aircraft losses as the result of 3 days action:
|Torpedo SIX||Bureau No.||(Ten (10))|
|6T1 - TBD-1||0289|
|6T2 - TBD-1||1512|
|6T6 - TBD-1||0366|
|6T7 - TBD-1||0294|
|6T8 - TBD-1||0367|
|6T9 - TBD-1||0378|
|6T10 - TBD-1||0342|
|6T12 - TBD-1||0365|
|6T13 - TBD-1||1505|
|6T14 - TBD-1||0327|
|Bombing SIX||Bureau No.||(Eleven (11))|
|6B3 - SBD-3||4682|
|6B5 - SBD-3||4581|
|6B6 - SBD-2||2153|
|6B7 - SBD-3||4532|
|6B8 - SBD-2||2105|
|6B9 - SBD-2||2123|
|6B11 - SBD-3||4620|
|6B13 - SBD-2||2180|
|6B14 - SBD-2||2125|
|6B15 - SBD-3||4542|
|6B18 - SBD-2||2145|
|Scouting SIX||Bureau No.||(Nine (9))|
|6S1 - SBD-3||03207|
|6S3 - SBD-3||8524|
|6S4 - SBD-3||03206|
|6S5 - SBD-3||03224|
|6S6 - SBD-3||03225|
|6S10 - SBD-3||03208|
|6S12 - SBD-3||4600|
|6S14 - SBD-3||4612|
|6S15 - SBD-3||4615|
|Fighting SIX||Bureau No.||(One (1))|
|6F12 - F4F-4||5062|
4. Ammunition expended:
5. Steps have been taken to replenish Air Group losses of personnel and material.
6. The ship, although subjected to threat of air attack on several occasions experienced no actual attack and suffered no damage during actions on June 4-5-6.
7. It is extremely difficult to determine the extent of the damage inflicted upon the enemy by Enterprise, as the air groups of all carriers, as well as land based aircraft at Midway, participated in continuous attacks on enemy units throughout the three days action. Based upon reports available to Enterprise, it is estimated the following damage was inflicted upon the enemy:
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