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|Lettens Jan14/12/2009Operation HAILSTONE (The Battle of Truk)
On 17th February 1944, TF 58 (Vice Admiral Raymond A. Spruance), which includes nine carriers and six battleships, strikes Japanese installations and shipping at Truk, in Operation HAILSTONE inflicting massive damage; enemy air attacks in response succeed in only damaging carrier Intrepid (CV-11) with an aerial torpedo.
- SB2Cs and TBFs from carrier Bunker Hill (CV-17) and TBFs from small carrier Cowpens (CVL-25) sink the Japanese light cruiser Naka 35 miles west of Truk.
- Battleships New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61), heavy cruisers Minneapolis (CA-36) and New Orleans (CA-32) and destroyers Radford (DD-446) and Burns (DD-588) sink the Japanese training cruiser Katori northwest of Truk, after she had been damaged by planes from carriers Yorktown (CV-10), Intrepid (CV- 11) and Bunker Hill (CV-17) and small carrier Cowpens.
- TG 50.3 gunfire sinks destroyer Maikaze, 40 miles northwest of Truk.
- Destroyer Burns (DD-588), detached from TG 50.9, sinks the Japanese submarine chaser Ch-24 west of Truk.
TF 58 planes sink:
- Japanese destroyers
- Oite (carrying survivors of light cruiser Agano sunk the day before)
- armed merchant cruiser Akagi Maru
- auxiliary submarine depot ship Heian Maru
- aircraft transport Fujikawa Maru
- Rio De Janeiro Maru, Kiyosumi Maru, Aikoku Maru, Gosei Maru, Hanakawa Maru, Hokuyo Maru, Amagisan Maru, and Kensho Maru
- Matsutani Maru
- Momokawa Maru
- Reiyo Maru
- San Francisco Maru
- Seiko Maru
- Taiho Maru
- Zukai Maru
- Unkai Maru No.6
- Yamagiri Maru
- fleet tankers
- Fujisan Maru
- Hoyo Maru (damaged on 4 November 1943 by submarine Scorpion)
- Shinkoku Maru
- Tonan Maru No.3
- water carrier Nippo Maru
- auxiliary vessel Yamakisan Maru
- army cargo ships Nagano Maru and Yubai Maru.
- merchant cargo ship Taikichi Maru.
- motor torpedo boat Gyoraitei No.10
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| ||Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII|
|Lettens Jan18/07/2009On February 18th 1944, TF 58 (Vice Admiral Raymond A. Spruance) repeats strike on Japanese installations and vessels at Truk.TF 58 planes sink the destroyer Fumizuki, 07°24´N, 151°44´E, the submarine chaser Ch-29, 07°25´N, 151°45´E and the motor torpedo boat Gyoraitei No.10, 07°31´N, 151°59´E.
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| ||Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII||