The Battle of
Santa Cruz Islands26 October 1942
NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Poor, Henry V.
[Battle of Cape Esperance]
The battles of Cape Esperance, 11 October 1942 and Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942.
Henry V. Poor authored the account of the Battle of Cape Esperance while the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands was written by Henry V. Poor, Henry A. Mustin, and Colin G. Jameson; both were published together without attribution by the Office of Naval Intelligence in 1943.
Originally published: Washington, D.C. : Publications Branch, Office of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy, 1943. (Combat narratives. Solomon Islands campaign ; 4-5)
1. Guadalcanal Island (Solomon Islands), Battle of; 1942-1943.
2. World War, l939-l945--Campaigns--Solomon Islands--Esperance, Cape.
3. Esperance, Cape (Solomon Islands)--History, Military.
I. Poor, Henry V. Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. 1993.
II. Mustin, Henry A. Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. 1993.
III. Jameson, Colin G. Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. 1993.
IV Series: Combat narratives. Solomon Islands campaign ; 4-5.
The paper used in this publication meets the requirements for permanence established by the American National Standard for Information Sciences "Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials" (ANSI Z39.4-1984).
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Foreword iii Introduction 29 Forces involved 30 The approach 33 Action on Guadalcanal 34 Results of Enterprise air search 35 Carrier Zuiho damaged 42 Our Air Groups attack 44 First Hornet wave 45 Shokaku hit 46 Nachi cruiser hit 47 The Enterprise wave 47 Kongo-class battleship hit 48 Second Hornet wave 53 Chikuma hit 53 Another Tone-class cruiser hit, as well as CL or DD 54 Summary of damage inflicted on enemy ships 55 Enemy attacks on the Hornet group 55 Enemy attacks on the Enterprise group 62 Summary of damage suffered by Task Force KING 67 Conclusions 68 Appendix A: Torpedoing of the Hornet by our destroyers 73 Appendix B: Lieut. Stanley W. Vejtasa downs seven enemy planes 75 Appendix C: Designations of United States naval ships and aircraft 77
Charts and Illustrations
Illustration: Tone-class cruiser in Battle of Santa Cruz 27 Chart: Battle of Santa Cruz Islands 28 Illustrations: Damage to Hornet by suicide bomber 37 Burning bomber dives on Hornet 38 Plane crashes into stack 39 Fighting resulting fires 40 Destroyer removing wounded personnel 49 Hornet under tow by Northampton 50 Enemy plane drops torpedo 51 Abandoning Hornet 52 Torpedo plane under fire by South Dakota 69 Enterprise turning to avoid bomb 70 The maneuver succeeds 70 Enterprise on reverse course 71 She sustains a hit 71 Enemy plane crashes into Smith 72 Smith, after fires have been put out 72
Last updated: June 28, 2003Transcribed and formatted by Jerry Holden for the HyperWar Foundation