The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal November 12-15, 1942 was fought in Iron Bottom Sound was off the northern coast of Guadalcanal.
On November 12, 1942 the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal began when Japanese aircraft attack U.S. warships and transports in Iron Bottom Sound off the north coast of Guadalcanal. At 2:16pm a G4M1 Betty released a torpedo that missed USS San Francisco (CA-38). The same Betty was hit by anti-aircraft fire and deliberately crashed into the after control station that killing 30 crew. This was the only damage inflicted on the American vessels by the bombers. Also damaged was USS Buchanan (DD-484) that was hit by friendly gunfire that killed five aboard and forced it to be withdrawn for repairs.
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February 4, 2018