9th June 1943
10th June 1943
04:53 Report from SS Sailfish. Spotted enemy ships leaving Truk
06:02 Report from SS Hoe. Attacked by carrier torpedo plane.
06:34 Report from SS 0-21 sighted enemy carrier dive bomber.
07:45 First wave hits Munda. Armoured units spearheading landings after effectiveness of tanks against Japanese infantry at Tassafaronga
08:56 First sightings of enemy search planes over target beaches. Chased away by LRCAP.
09:15 Radar CONTACT on USN Pennsylvania. Enemy ships approaching from North. Covering force moves to intercept. Two enemy CL’s engaged. One Kuma Class cruiser sunk by Pennsylvania.
11:34 Enemy air raid spotted. CAP and LRCAP engage over 40 enemy fighters. 20 at least shot down, but bombers get through.
11:42 Attack on CVE Sangamon unsuccessful. New Hellcat performs admirably.
11:54 Fuel storage explosion on CVE Long Island sinks ship in 5 minutes. 430 missing presumed killed. G4M1 launches torpedo.
14:34 Catalina’s returning from morning patrol confirm visuals of Japanese ships heading South just to the North of the Solomons Chain.
16:00 Covering Force ordered to Lunga to rearm. BB South Dakota heading North to relieve station.
18:09 Direct attack ordered by commander US I Corps to troops on Munda.