US Navy Report of Japanese Raid on Pearl Harbor, Enclosure E, USS Phoenix
December 11, 1941.
|From:||The Commanding Officer.|
|To:||Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.|
|Subject:||Report of attack on Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 1941.|
|Enclosure:||(A) Brief Narrative of Events.|
- Enclosure (A) is forwarded as directed.
- No direct damage to enemy planes by this vessel can be definitely established. Three planes which were under fire of several ships including Phoenix were seen to crash.
- No damage was inflicted on this vessel by enemy fire. Number 3 - 6" gun was placed out of commission owing to swollen barrel.
- There were no individuals who were outstanding in the performance of duty.
Time marked with an asterix are fairly definite.
|0755*||First attacking planes sighted from signal bridge attacking from north of Ford Island. Plane had all guns firing, passed over stern of Raleigh and proceeded toward Ford Island Central Tower and dropped bomb.|
|0800||Bombing attack on battleships (Plane markings: varied "U.S.--", Swastika's and Rising Sun, painted on fuselage).|
|0806*||Phoenix made radio signal to ships of sector four to "prepare to get underway".|
|0807*||One plane burning in water at end of pipe line astern of berth F-8.|
|0810||Machine gun battery opened fire on attacking planes.|
|0815||AA Battery opened fire.|
|0845||Ship ready to get underway.|
|0900||Formation of 11 planes crossed over fleet on heading 070, high altitude. Approximately 10,000. Planes appeared to be painted silver. Expended approximately 50 rounds of 5". No apparent damage to planes.|
|0910 (Approx)||Second bombing attack on battleships. Expended approximately 60 rounds 5" ammunition.|
After planes came out of dive and turned toward berth C-6 planes were brought under fire of machine gun battery.
|0900-0915||Dive bombing attack on ships berthed northern side of Ford Island. Attack made at about 30° angle opposed with AA battery and machine gun battery. Expended about 20 rounds 5".|
One plane was entirely disintegrated by DD fire.
|0900-0930||Effected periodic fire on planes delivering low level bombing attack on Navy Yard and ships berthed there.|
|1010||Got underway, but returned to berth C-6 on receiving orders not to sortie.|
|1030||Got underway and started out of north channel, but received message from Tennessee "From Cincpac do not sortie". Turned around in channel and started back to berth C-6. On receipt of orders from Commander Cruisers, Battle Force proceeded via south channel and completed sortie and joined Commander Task Force One.|
|TOTAL AMMUNITION EXPENDED:|
|4500||-||50 Cal. Machine Gun.|
Source: United States National Archives, Modern Military Branch
Added By: C. Peter Chen
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