Army & Navy - COMMAND: Saunders of the Solomons

Stealthily through a Solomons channel a Jap Kongo Class battleship slipped near dusk on Oct. 25. A squad of Navy SBDs dive-bombed it, streaked back to Guadalcanal. A half-hour later six Army Flying Fortresses swung over the channel. From a tight, high-level formation they straddle-bombed the ship, scored two square hits. The battleship turned 45 degrees, headed north. Suddenly a magazine let loose. Fire leaped from bow to stern. The ship stopped dead. For hours the calm South Pacific sky and sea were lighted by flames until at midnight the battleship sank.

Navy communiqués have not yet credited Army bombers...

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