Friday, August 24, 2012

Aug

24

1942

USS Saratoga planes sink the Ryujo

The U.S. aircraft carriers USS Saratoga (CV-3) (foreground) and USS Enterprise (CV-6) are underway with aircraft spotted for launch, circa August 1942.

I had many other things to do. My ship was moving out to a 5,000-meter distance from Ryujo, just as were Tone and Tokitsukaze, to fight the oncoming enemy planes. Ryujo radioed the 21 planes which had struck Guadalcanal, ordering them to go to Buka, midway between Rabaul and Guadalcanal, instead of returning to the carrier.