November 14, 1942 – This Day During World War ll – Planes from carrier Enterprise (CV-6) and from Henderson Field bomb and sink Japanese Heavy Cruiser Kinugasa

November 14, 1942 – Planes from carrier Enterprise (CV-6) and from Henderson Field bomb and sink Japanese Heavy Cruiser Kinugasa
Kinugasa (衣笠 重巡洋艦 Kinugasa jūjun’yōkan) was the second vessel in the two-vessel Aoba class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. The ship was named after Mount Kinugasa, located in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.
On 14 November, during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Kinugasa was attacked by Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers and Douglas SBD Dauntlesses from USS Enterprise and USMC Avengers from Guadalcanal. At 09:36, a 500-pound bomb hit Kinugasa’s 13.2 mm (0.5 in) machine gun mount in front of the bridge, starting a fire in the forward gasoline storage area. Captain Sawa and his executive officer were killed by the bomb, and Kinugasa gradually began to list to port. Near-misses caused additional fires and flooding and a second attack by 17 more Dauntlesses knocked out Kinugasa’s engines and rudder and opened more compartments to the sea. At 11:22, she capsized and sank southwest of Rendova Island at 08°45′S 157°00′ECoordinates: 08°45′S 157°00′E, taking 511 crewmen with her.

Japanese Heavy Cruiser Kinugasa

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