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November 15, 1942
Albert Stoltzman 1943
On November 13, 1942 departed Shortland and steamed down "The Slot" bound for Guadalcanal. Although scheduled to arrive during the night of November 13, 1942, the convoy was recalled to Shortland, due to the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
During the afternoon of November 13, 1942 the convoy again departed Shortland again bound for Guadalcanal. Spotted by American aircraft, air attacks began hitting the convoy during the morning of November 14, and overwhelmed the escorting Japanese aircraft and sank six transports and forced one to turn back damaged, and later sank.
The remaining four transports and four destroyers continued to Guadalcanal. After nightfall, they stopped to the west of Guadalcanal, awaiting the conclusion of the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
Beginning at 5:55am, American aircraft from Henderson Field and elsewhere plus field artillery bombarded the ships. Later, destroyer USS Meade approached and opened fire for an hour with 5" shells, leaving them "blazing with many internal explosions."
These attacks set all four transports afire and destroyed most equipment not unloaded before dawn. Most of their ammunition and food supplies were lost. Approximately 2,000 troops with 260 cases of ammunition and 1,500 bags of rice made ashore.
Well broken up by enemy bombing, she is now covered in soft and hard coral growth. A deck gun is still recognizable. Penetration of this wreck is not advised because deterioration leaves the wreckage unstable.
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