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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78048
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Date:03-JAN-1943
Time:05:05
Type:Curtiss SOC-2 Seagull
Owner/operator:USS Columbia, US Navy
Registration: 0420
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 11' S 164 15' E -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
At 1130 hrs on 2 January 1943 TF 67 left Espiritu Santa port for a double mission: covering a convoy bringing reinforcements to Guadalcanal and bombarding the Japanese airfield at Munda, New Georgia. The task force was divived in two groups, a bombardment group made of the cruisers Nashville, Helena and St Louis and the destroyers Fletcher and O'Bannon, and a support group made of the cruisers Honolulu, Columbia, Louisville and HMNZS Achilles and the destroyers Lamson, Drayton and Nicholas.

At 0505 hrs on 3 January 1943, the formation was sailing towards the Solomon Islands when the light cruiser USS Columbia lost one of its two aircraf, the SOC-2 Buno 0420, that rolled off port side from the catapult with one man aboard, AMM1c Anthony E Valerio, of the aviation unit of the cruiser. The destroyer Drayton was directed two minutes later to pick up the man and sink the plane. It was still dark and nothing was seen before sunrise at 0545 hrs. At 0602 hrs a plane dropped a smoke pot to lead the destroyer and at 0607 hrs a raft and the plane were seen in the water. Two minutes later, the destroyer picked up Valerio. At 0624 hrs the Drayton sank the damaged plane by 13 11' S 164 15' E, before sailing back to the formation, rejoining it at 0900 hrs.

Sources:

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLJan43.htm
TF 67 war diary, January 1943 (online at https://www.fold3.com/image/268521026)
USS Drayton war diary, January 1943 (online at https://www.fold3.com/image/1/268530926)
USS Columbia Muster Roll, October 1942 (online at https://www.fold3.com/image/308004672/
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=fr&lat=-13.175771&lon=164.245605&z=6&m=b


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Jan-2017 14:57 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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