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Task Force 16
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Many informations about Task Force 16 in Aleutians was taken from
Naval Historical Center, Dep. of Navy, Wash.: United States Navy Combat Narrative - The Aleutians Campaign June 19 42 - August 1943
1) 1942/02-07
Wake & Marcus raids 1942/02 - 03
"Shangri La" - Doolittle's Raid
x Coral Sea
x Midway
Midway reinforce 42/06
from 42/07/15
2) Southern Pacific Forces:
"WATCHTOWER" - Guadalcanal Landing
x Eastern Solomons
x Santa Cruz
x Guadalcanal
1942/12 - 1943/02, Battle off Rennell Is.
3) Northern Pacific Forces:
x Komandorski Islands
Attu Bombardment 1943/04/26
"LANDCRAB" - Attu landing
1943/06 - 07
Kiska Bombardment 1943/07/06
Kiska Bombardment 1943/07/22
The Battle of Pips
Kiska Bombardment 1943/08/02
Kiska Bombardment 1943/08/12
"COTTAGE"- Kiska Landing

4) Pacific Fleet Service Force
Galvanic
1943/12
1944/02 - 44/04
"FORAGER" - Service Force
"KING II." - Service Force

Wake & Marcus raids 1942/02 - 03
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CTF VAdm William F Halsey
CV Enterprise
CA Northampton, Salt Lake City, ?? Chester ??
DD Ralph Talbot, Blue
DesRon6: Balch/SF
DesDiv11: Maury/DF, Gridley, Craven, McCall
DesDiv12: Dunlap, Fanning
Bombardement Unit - BombUnit
RAdm Raymond A. Spruance
CA Salt Lake City, Northampton
DD Maury, Balch
42/02/14 departed from P.H.
42/02/22 waiting for better weather
42/02/23 waiting for better weather
42/02/23 BombUnit detached to shell Wake
42/02/24 strike & shell Wake: sinking guardboats Fukju Maru #5, Miho Maru #1
BombUnit attacked by E8N2s
42/03/03 strike Marcus
42/03/04 strike Marcus
42/03/06 refuel
42/03/10 back in P.H.

"Shangri La" - Doolittle's Raid
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CTF VAdm William F Halsey
TG 16.1
CV Enterprise/FF
CA Salt Lake City, Northampton
DD DesRon6: Balch/SF
DesDiv12: Benham, Ellet, Fanning
TG 16.2 - from 42/04/13
CV Hornet/GF
CA Vincennes
CL Nashville
DD DesDiv22 Gwin, Meredith, Monssen, Grayson
AO Sabine, Cimarron

42/04/08 sail from P.H..
42/04/13 TF 18 joined > merged into TG 16.2
42/04/17 cruisers, destroyers and oilers stay back
42/04/18 Hornet launched B-25's on Tokio
42/04/25 back in P.H.

x Coral Sea
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CTF VAdm William F Halsey
CA Pensacola
CL Atlanta (from 05/16)
DD Maury(from 04/30) Dewey (from 05/16)
TG 16.1
CV Enterprise/FF
CA Salt Lake City, Northampton
DD DesRon6: Balch/SF, Benham, Ellet
TG 16.2
CV Hornet/GF
CA Vincennes, Pensacola??
DD DesDiv2: Gwin, Monssen
Remains from TF 11 - joined 05/14
DD Worden, Monaghan, Phelps

42/04/27 P.H. - ordered to prepare join TF 17 in Coral Sea
42/04/30 P.H. - sail to join TF 11/17 in Coral Sea (Hornet VMF-212 in hangar deck)
42/05/04 crossed equator
42/05/08 450 miles east of Tulagi
42/05/11 Hornet launch VMF-212 to Noumea
42/05/12 start cruise E of New Hebrides
42/05/14 TF 11 remains joined
42/05/16 ordered back to P.H. - Atlanta, Dewey, joined
42/05/26 back in P.H.

x Midway
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CTF RAdm Raymond A Spruance
TG 16.5 - Carrier Group
CTG Cap George D Murray
CV Enterprise/FF, Hornet
TG 16.2 - Cruiser Group
CTG RAdm Thomas C. Kinkaid (ComCruDiv6)
CA New Orleans, Minneapolis, Vincennes, Northampton, Pensacola
CL Atlanta
TG 16.4 - Screen
CTG Cap Alexander R Early (ComDesRon1)
DD DesRon1 (Cap Alexander R. Early): Phelps/SF, Monaghan, Worden, Aylwin
DesRon6 (Cap Edward P. Sauer): Balch/SF, Maury, Ellet, Benham
Conyngham
Oiler Group
DD Dewey, Monssen
AO Cimarron, Platte

42/05/28 sail from P H.
42/06/01 Point Luck
42/06/02 meet TF 17 350 nm NE of Midway
42/06/04 x - fight with StrFor1
42/06/05 hunting IJN
42/06/06 fight with CruDiv7, then retired eastward
42/06/09 AOs + screen arrived P.H.
42/06/10 ordered back to P.H. - meet TF 11 - recieved replacement planes
42/06/13 back in P.H.

Midway reinforce 42/06
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Cv Enterpirse
CA Pensacola
42/06/22 departed P.H. for Midway with MAG-22

from 42/07/15
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CTF RAdm Fletcher
CV Enterprise
CA Chester, Potland
CL Atlanta
DD DesRon6

42/07/15 cca - sail to Solomons
42/07/24 arrived Tonga

"WATCHTOWER" - Guadalcanal Landing
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CV Enterprise
BB North Carolina
CA Portland
CL Atlanta
DD DesRon6 (Cap Edward P. Sauer): Balch, Benham, Ellet (from 08/12), Maury
DesDiv22: Grayson, Gwin

42/07/26 off Fiji
42/08/12 Ellet joined

x Eastern Solomons
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CTF RAdm Thomas C Kinkaid
Carrier Group
CV Enterprise/FF (80 planes)
Screen
RAdm Mahlon S Tisdale
BB North Carolina
CA Portland
CL Atlanta
DD DesRon6 (Cap E.P Sauer): Balch, Benham, Maury, Ellet
DesDiv22(Cdr Harold R. Holcomb): Grayson, Monssen

42/08/16 300 Miles SE from Guadalcanal
42/08/22 attacked by I-121 SE of San Cristobal
42/08/23 N of Malaita
42/08/24 B A T T L E - Enterprise damaged (08-38S, 163-30E), Grayson damaged by strafing and near-miss
42/08/25 Atlanta, Grayson detached to TF 11
42/08/27 commenced cruising E of San Cristobal
42/08/31 Tongatabu, Tonga Is.
42/09/10 arrived P.H.

x Santa Cruz
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CTF RAdm Kinkaid
Carrier Group
CV Enterprise/FF (CVG-10)
Screen
RAdm Mahlon S. Tisdale (ComCruDiv4)
BB South Dakota (from 10/12)
CA CruDiv4 (RAdm Tisdale): Portland
CL CruDiv4: San Juan (from 10/23)
DD DesRon5 (Cap Charles P. Cecil):
Porter/SF
DesDiv9: Mahan, Lamson
DesDiv10 (Cdr Thomas M. Stokes): Cushing, Preston, Smith
DesRon3: Conyngham, Shaw
Maury

42/10/04 Preston joined
42/10/12 P.H. - South Dakota joined
42/10/16 P.H. - sail to join TF 17
42/10/22 DesDiv9: Mahan and Lamson sinking PG Hakkaisan Maru SW of Tamana (03-30S, 175-15E)
42/10/23 Esp. Santo - San Juan joined
42/10/24 rendevoused with TF 17
42/10/26 B A T T L E
sunk: Porter (torpedo from crash landed TBF),
disabled: Enterprise, Smith (B5N torpedo), San Juan (D3A bomb)
42/10/27 south Dakota and Mahan damaged in collision
42/10/30 submarine contact - South Dakota & Mahan damaged (collision) > sail to Noumea arrived Noumea

x Guadalcanal
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CTF RAdm Kinkaid
CV Enterprise/FF
CA Northampton, Pensacola (from 11/12?)
CL San Diego
DD 6: DesRon2: Anderson, Hughes, Mustin
from 11/12?: Preston, Gwin

42/11/10 Hughes joined
42/11/11 sail from Noumea
42/11/12 Pensacola, Preston and Gwin joined from TG 67.4
42/11/13 attacking Hiei
42/11/14 200 Miles SW Guadalcanal
42/11/16 returned to Noumea

1942/12 - 1943/02, Battle off Rennell Is.
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CTF RAdm Frederick C. Sherman
CV Enterprise/FF
CVE Chenango, Suwannee - temporary joined from TG 18.2 (only 43/01/30)
CL San Diego
DD 5: Anderson, Ellet (42/11-43/05), Hughes

42/12/04 operate out of Espiritu Santo - antisubmarine patrols, exercises
43/01/28 departed Esp. Santo to randezvous Saratoga
43/01/30 cover TF 18 retreat - temporary joined TG 18.2
43/02/01 arrived Esp. Santo

x Komandorski Islands
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TG 16.6
CTG RAdm Charles H. McMorris
CA Salt Lake City
CL Richmond/GF
DD Cap R.S Riggs (ComDesRon14):
Bailey/F, Coghlan, Dale, Monaghan

43/03/22 16.6 departed Dutch Harbor
43/03/25 16.6 - Bailey & Coghlan refuel from Salt Lake City -
ordered back to base
43/03/26 16.6 - B A T T L Eof Komandorsky Is.:
damaged Salt Lake City (by Maja, Naci, Abukuma - 52-47N, 172-45E) and Bailey (53-20N, 168-36E)
43/03/28 16.6 - Richmond, Bailey, Dale arrived Kuluk Bay, Adak
43/03/29 16.6 - Salt Lake City, Coghlan, Monaghan arrived Dutch Harbor
43/04/02 16.6 - Dutch Harbor - Bailey departed for repairs
 
43/04/16 Farragut, Hull, MacDonough joined

Attu Bombardment 1943/04/26
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TG 16.6
CTG RAdm Charles H. McMorris
CL Richmond/GF, Detroit, Santa Fe
DD Coghlan, Bancroft, Caldwell, Edwards, Frazier, Gansevoort
TG 16.14
CA Wichita/GF, Louisville
DD 4

43/04/1? Gansevoort joined
43/04/24 16.14 departed Adak to sweep W & NW off Attu
43/04/25 16.6 - routine patrol - ordered to bombard Holtz Bay & Chichagof Harbor at Attu
43/04/26 16.6 - shell Holtz Bay & Chichagof Harbor at Attu
16.14 - back at Adak

"LANDCRAB" - Attu landing
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CTF RAdm Thomas C. Kinkaid
Shore Based Air Group
MajGen William O. Butler, USAF
Air Striking Unit
MajGen William O. Butler, USAF 24 heavy bombers, 30 medium bombers, 128 fighters
Air Search Unit
Cap Leslie E. Gehres 24xPV-1, 30 PBY-5A AV/AVD/AVP 5
TG 16.2 - Alaska Sector Escort and Supply Group
RAdm John W. Reeves, Jr
DD 1: King
DMS Lamberton
DM 1
DE 2 (RCN)
PG 1
AM 3
ATF 1
LST LST-450, LST-451, LST-461, LST-477
LCT 8: LCT-353, LCT-354, LCT-355, LCT-356, LCT-357, LCT-358, LCT-394, LCT-395
Motor Torpedo Boat Group
PT 11
d) TG 16.5 - Submarine Group
CTG Cdr Gray
SS Nautilus, S-32
TG 16.6 - Southern Covering Group
CTG RAdm Charles H. McMorris
CL Detroit, Richmond, Santa Fe
DD Bancroft, Caldwell, Coghlan, Frazier, Gansevoort
f) TG 16.7 Northern Covering Group
CTG RAdm Robert C. Giffen
CA Louisville, San Francisco, Wichita
DD Balch
DesRon2: Hughes, Morris, Mustin
Attu Reinforcement Group
Cap Charles L. Hutton
InfReg32
AP 1
XAP 4
XAK 3
Tanker & Service Group
AO Brazos, Cuyama, Guadalupe, Neches, Platte, Tippecanoe
AD Black Hawk, Markab
i) Shemya Occupation Group
InfReg4, EngReg18,
AP 1
XAP 1
XAPc 3
XAK 1

43/04/28 16.7 - W of Attu
43/05/03 16.7 - Adak
43/05/19 16.7 - Adak

1943/06
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TG 16.17 05/25-06/22
CTG RAdm Kingman
BB Idaho, Tennessee (from 06/11)
CA Portland (from 06/11)
DD ??
43/05/25 16.17 - Idaho departed Adak for patrol
43/06/04 16.17 - refuel at sea
43/06/11 16.17 - Tennessee and Portland joined
43/06/18 16.17 - refuel at sea
43/06/22 16.17 - arrived Adak
TG 16.17 07/04-07/13
CTG RAdm Kingman
BB Idaho, Tennessee
DD ??
43/07/04 16.17 departed Adak
43/07/07 departed for Dutch Harbor
43/07/10 ordered to intercept enemy cruiser force heading for Kiska
43/07/11 word enemy cruisers was taken care of > resumed original course
43/07/13 arrived Dutch Harbor

Kiska Bombardment 1943/07/06
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TG 16.7
CTG RAdm Robert C. Giffen
CA Louisville, San Francisco, Wichita
CL Santa Fe
DD Lansdowne
DesRon2: Hughes, Morris, Mustin

43/06/2? Abner Read joined
43/07/06 16.7 shell Kiska

Kiska Bombardment 1943/07/22
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TG 16.12
CTG Robert M. Griffin
BB BatDiv3: New Mexico/GF, Mississippi
CA Portland
DD Abner Read, Farragut, Monaghan, Perry
TG 16.21
CTG RAdm Robert C.Giffen
CA Wichita/GF, San Francisco, Louisville
CL Santa Fe
DD Aylwin, Bache
DesRon2: Hughes, Morris, Mustin

43/07/22 shell Kiska

The Battle of Pips
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TG 16.22
CTG Robert M. Griffin (ComBatDiv3)
BB BatDiv3: Mississippi, Idaho
CA Portland, San Francisco
CL 3
DD 9: Mustin

43/07/23 departed Dutch Harbor
43/07/26 shell Kiska
43/07/27 commenced fire based on fire control radar - false reflections
43/07/31 16.22 shell Kiska

Kiska Bombardment 1943/08/02
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TG 16.6
CTG RAdm Wilder D. Baker
CA Salt Lake City, Indianapolis
CL Richmond, Detroit, Raleigh
DD Edwards, Farragut, Frazier, Gansevoort, Meade
TG 16.17
CTG RAdm Howard F. Kongman
BB Tennessee/GF, Idaho
DD Anderson, Aylwin, Dale, Phelps

43/08/02 shell Kiska
43/08/03 arrived Adak

Kiska Bombardment 1943/08/12
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TG 16.6
TU 16.6.1
CTG RAdm Wilder D. Baker
CA Salt Lake City, Indianapolis
CL Richmond, Detroit, Raleigh
DD Edwards, Phelps, Frazier, Gansevoort, Meade

43/08/12 shell Kiska

"COTTAGE"- Kiska Landing
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CTF Radm Rockwell
Unassigned ships (need info):
DD Frazier, Edwards
Attack Force Command Group - ComGrp
RAdm Rockwell
BB Pennsylvania/FF
DD Ammen
TG 16.17 - Support Group
CTG RAdm Howard F. Kongman
BB Idaho, Tennessee/GF
CA Portland
CL Santa Fe
DD Abner Read, Brownson, Phelps
DesRon24: Bache, Beale, Hutchins
Transport Group - TranGrp
DD DesRon1 DesDiv1: Dewey, Hull
DesDiv2: Farragut, Aylwin, Monaghan, Dale
Bush, Daly, Mullany
APA Zeilin, Doyen, Harris, Heywood, J. Franklin Bell
AKA Thuban
AP St. Mihiel, U.S. Grant
APD Kane
LST 1
MC Richard March Hoe, George Flavel, Perida, Chirikof, David W. Branch, Tjisadane, President Fillmore, Henry Failing
Control Unit
DM Pruitt, Sicard
Salvage Unit
ATF Cree, Ute
Landing Ship Group - LSTGrp
DD Bancroft, Caldwell, Coghlan
LST 13
LCI(L) 9
LCT 19
YTB Wobam
DMS Group
DMS MineRon2: Chandler, Long, Perry
DD Anderson
43/07/30 ?? Kodiak - Anderson joined
43/08/02 shell Kiska
43/08/10 16.17 sail from P.H..
43/08/14 16.17 departed Adak
43/08/15 16.17 D-Day Kiska
43/08/18 16.17 Abner Read - AS patrol off Kiska -disabled(mine)
Idaho arrived Adak
43/08/22 Kane, Dale - reconnaissance Rat & Buldir Islands - no enemy found
43/08/23 back at Adak
43/08/28 Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico and Wichita disjoined
43/08/31 Aylwin disjoined to San Francisco
43/09/21 Anderson disjoined to P.H..

Galvanic
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TG 16.10
TU 16.10.1
DE Dempsey
AO Platte, Guadalupe, Cimarron
TU 16.10.3
DE Duffy, Cabana
AO Neshanic, Neches, Neosho
TU 16.10.4
DE Wintle, Emery
AO Schuykill, Swamico, Tallulah
43/11/16 16.10.1 departed Nandi for Gilberts
44/11/27 16.10.1 departed Gilberts for P.H.
16.11.4 departed Funafuti for Gilberts
44/12/01 16.11.3 and 16.11.4 rendezvoused at fueling area "Beech"
44/12/02 16.10.1 arrived P.H.
44/12/04 16.11.3 and 16.11.4 commenced refueling of 5th Fleet units off Gilberts
44/12/08 16.11.3 and 16.11.4 departed for Funafuti
44/12/20 16.11.4 dissolved at sea

1943/12
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TG 16.15
TU 16.15.1
AK Alkes
TU 16.15.2
CTU ? (Trathen's CO)
DD Trathen
DE Martin
MC Mormacport
TU 16.25.9
DE Sederstrom

43/12/0? 16.15.1 departed P.H.
43/12/03 16.15.2 departed P.H. to Canton Is. -> Funafuti -> Tarawa -> Makin
43/12/16 16.15.1 arrived Makin Is.
43/12/18 16.15.2 arrived Makin
43/12/24 16.25.9 departed P.H. for Gilberts
43/12/27 16.25.9 - Sederstrom diverted to Ellice Is.

1944/02 -44/04
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TG 16.1
TG 16.1.8
DD Patterson
TG 16.11
TU 16.11.6
DE Riddle
TG 16.12
AK Alkes
TG 16.16
TU 16.16.3
DD Evans, Halligan
AO Cimmaron

44/02/10 16.11.6 departed P.H.
44/02/2? 16.11.6 arrived Marshalls
44/03/08 16.1.8 departed San Francisco for P.H.
44/03/12 16.12 departed P.H. for Marshall & Gilbert Is.
44/03/08 16.1.8 arrived P.H.
44/03/23 16.16.3 departed P.H. for Majuro
44/03/29 16.16.3 arrived Majuro
44/03/31 16.16.3 departed Majuro to 1753'N, 17001'W
44/04/05 16.16.3 arrived Majuro

"FORAGER" - Service Force
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DD Evans
TG 16.1
TU 16.1.5
DE Snyder
TG 16.6
DE Mitchell
TU 16.6.4
DE Whitman
TU 16.6.7

TG 16.7
TU 16.7.11
CVE Breton
DD David W. Taylor
AO CAhaba
44/05/27 16.6.4 departed P.H. for Marianas
44/06/03 departed P.H.
44/06/23 16.7.11 refueled TG 58.7
44/07/11 16.1.5 departed San Francisco to P.H.

"KING II." - Service Force
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TG 16.8
TU 16.8.5
DD Sterett

44/11/19 16.8.5 departed P.H.
44/12/01 16.8.5 arrived Manus

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