On April 7, 1943 USS Erskine Phelps (YON-147) was refueling HMNZS Moa (T233) in Tulagi Harbor. During "Operation I-Go" attacked by Japanese D3A2 Val dive bombers. The Moa suffered a direct bomb hit that passed through the upper deck out the hull before exploding plus two near misses. During the same attack, Phelps sustained damage from bomb splinters. Afterwards, repaired and returned to service.
Phelps was listed as sunk in some reports, while
Admiral Nimitz’ report describes her as "badly damaged".
X Attack of I-Operation by Richard Dunn pages 30-31
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson for additional information
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November 16, 2018