|UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET|
AIRCRAFT, BATTLE FORCE
BOMBING SQUADRON SIX
|U. S. S. ENTERPRISE,|
14 December 1941.
|From:||Ensign C. R. WALTERS, A-V(N), U.S.N.R.|
|To:||Commander, Bombing Squadron SIX.|
|Subject:||Contact with Enemy CV and CL.|
- On 7 December 1941, while on a search, I contacted a Japanese CV of the Soryu type in position L-20°-32'N, Lo.-158°-16'W. In order to more positively identify the ship, I circled wide in attempt to gain a position up sun from it; while doing so, I found an enemy plane closing on my starboard quarter. The plane was a silver, twin-engine monoplane carrying two vertical stabilizers. Attack was evaded by applying full throttle and diving to within twenty-five feet of the water. Shortly afterward, a CL of the Jintsu class was observed in L-20°-32'N, Lo.-158°-40'W. Under cover of one of many rain squalls, which reduced visibility to a minimum, I tracked the CL until I heard the ship order fighters to investigate.
- On the return leg, I was unable to find the ship and proceeded to Kaena Point, Oahu via Kauai. After sunset, I was given permission to land at Kaneohe Bay.
|(Signed) C. R. WALTERS|