|Karama Retto Islands:
0810, Joined formation with Task Unit 51. Standard speed 12 knots steaming at two-thirds speed.
0846, Two enemy planes were sighted on the starboard beam, distance about 4000 yards, altitude about 3000 feet. Sounded General Quarters. Changed speed to 14 knots.
0848, A Japanese fighter plane, Zake, executed a suicide dive into the ship, approaching from an attitude of about 40 degrees, one point on the port quarter.
crashed into the radar mast, across the starboard side of the signal
bridge, and landed on the starboard side of the main deck forward at
about frame #81. Fires were started in the hold spaces forward and on
the main deck. Three members of the crew of the Taluga were blown
overboard. these men were Atkinson, J.W.,S1c; Beasley B.C. S2c; and
Jones R.E. S1c. These men were reported to have been picked up a short
time later by the USS
View: Attack Report
|Propeller of Zeke
separated from plane.
One blade extends
in lower left