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A Guide to the Microfilm Edition of,World War II Research Collections. U S Navy Action and Operational,Reports from World War II. Pacific Theater,Commander in Chief Pacific Area Command. Project Editor,Robert Lester,Guide compiled by,Blair D Hydrick. A microfilm project of,UNIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS OF AMERICA.
An Imprint of CIS,4520 East West Highway Bethesda MD 20814 3389. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. U S Navy action and operational reports from World. War II Pacific Theater,World War II research collections. Accompanied by printed reel guides compiled by,Robert E Lester. Includes indexes,Contents pt 1 CINCPAC Commander in Chief Pacific. Area Command 16 reels pt 2 Third Fleet and Third Fleet. Carrier Task Forces 16 reels pt 3 Fifth, Fleet and Fifth Fleet Carrier Task Forces 12 reels.
1 United States Navy History World War 1939 1945,Sources 2 World War 1939 1945 Naval operations. American Sources 3 World War 1939 1945 Campaigns,Pacific Ocean Sources 4 United States Navy Fleet. 3rd History Sources 5 United States Navy Fleet,5th History Sources I Lester Robert. Microfilm 90 7009 E 940 54 5973 90 956103,ISBN 1 55655 190 8 microfilm pt 1 CIP. Copyright 1990 by University Publications of America. All rights reserved,ISBN 1 55655 190 8,TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Introduction v,Scope and Content Note vii,Source and Editorial Note ix. Reel Index,Reel 10 22,Reel 11 25,Reel 12 26,Reel 13 28. Reel 14 34,Reel 15 35,Reel 16 37,Subject Index 43,INTRODUCTION. Fleet Admiral Chester W Nimitz was commander in chief Pacific Fleet CINCPAC from. December 31 1941 to December 1945 CINCPAC was charged with orders to win the 85. million square miles of the Pacific back from the Japanese In cooperation with General. Douglas MacArthur commander in chief Southwest Pacific Area a two prong advance against. the Japanese empire was initiated One prong from the south through New Guinea to the. Philippines was coordinated by General MacArthur and his Allied forces which included the. Seventh Fleet The second prong through the central Pacific consisted of the forces of the. Third and Fifth Fleets and their attendant task force groupings At the core of this two prong. advance was the strategy of island hopping, This strategy consisted of leapfrog hops from one island to another by coordinated air. sea and land attacks to cut off heavily defended Japanese bases which could then be bombed. into submission at will To support this island hopping strategy the United States and the Allies. assembled the most diverse and powerful armada in naval history in addition to overwhelming. air forces Of vital importance to the island hopping strategy was the control of the air and sea. Carrier task force groupings provided abundant air power both for offensive and defensive. operations Carrier based planes were integral in turning the tide against the Japanese. Effective February 1 1941 U S naval forces were organized into various mission. groupings Foremost of these groupings was that of the U S Fleet The U S Fleet comprised. the Atlantic Fleet Pacific Fleet and the Asiatic Fleet reorganized in 1942 These designated. fleet groupings were primarily administrative and task organizations They normally operated. under the instructions orders of the Navy Department by way of a flag officer having the title of. commander in chief Pacific Fleet These fleets were further subdivided into area or task. commands and in most cases assigned a number designation In March 1943 the. commander in chief U S Fleet instituted a standardized system of numbering the components. of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet designations Even numbers were assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. and odd numbers to the Pacific Fleet Several of the assigned numbers referred to. administrative and type rather than operational commands The numbered fleets were further. subdivided into task forces These task forces provided operational flexibility in any situation. Task force commanders were not burdened by administrative or type commands. This micropublication highlights the activities of CINCPAC and its operational control of its. two primary components the Third and Fifth Fleets through action operation reports The First. and Ninth Fleets were also assigned to the Pacific Theater but were administrative groupings. used to facilitate organization and communications in the task force system The Seventh Fleet. is not discussed in this micropublication due to its subordination to the Commander in Chief. Southwest Pacific Area General MacArthur In addition the Seventh Fleet comprised both U S. and Australian naval forces, For additional reading see Furer Julius Augustus Administration of the Navy Department in.
World Warll Washington D C Navy Department 1959,SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE. Action Operation reports were compiled by the various Pacific naval command structures. CINCPAC numbered fleet commands task forces area and section commands and even. individual naval vessels compiled reports and forwarded them through the chain of command. These reports contained summaries and analyses of data collected on major operations and. campaigns as well as individual battles There were also Action Operation reports compiled on. experimental naval doctrine and methods Action Operation reports were utilized in the tactical. and strategic planning of the war in the Pacific, These reports consist of information on organization highlighting the activities and. primary missions of subordinate forces and the disposition and condition of readiness vessels. aircraft and personnel and battle narratives with graphic representations Many of the reports. include detailed appendices These appendices consist of casualty reports vessel damage. reports photographs ordnance expenditure reports awards recommendations excerpts from. lower echelon commanders and lessons learned, The standardization of fleet designation led to a definite system in task force designation. A force was numbered with two digits the first being that of the fleet from which the force was. taken and the second indicating the sequence in that fleet example Task Force 38 Task. groups within a force were numbered by adding an additional digit separated from the task force. number by a decimal point example Task Group 38 1 To indicate a task unit within a group. another decimal point and digit were added Thus the second task unit of the first task group of. the eighth task force of the Third Fleet would be numbered 38 1 2. Part 1 CINCPAC Commander in Chief Pacific Area Command. The CINCPAC Action Operation Reports compiled by Fleet Admiral Chester W Nimitz. summarized and analyzed the various activities of the U S Pacific Fleet as a whole These. CINCPAC reports were distilled from the various numbered fleet command area and section. command and task forces reports These reports were forwarded for use by the secretary of. the navy and the commander in chief U S Fleet in Washington These reports were used in the. strategic and tactical planning of the war,SOURCE AND EDITORIAL NOTE. The materials utilized in this micropublication are from the holdings of the Operational. Archives Section U S Naval Historical Center Washington Navy Yard Washington D C. The materials in this micropublication have been microfilmed both as they are arranged and. in their entirety This micropublication consists of a large number of maps and charts These. have been microfilmed in sections beginning with top left and right then bottom left and right. SOURCE AND EDITORIAL NOTE, The materials utilized in this micropublication are from the holdings of the Operational.
Archives Section U S Naval Historical Center Washington Navy Yard Washington D C. The materials in this micropublication have been microfilmed both as they are arranged and. in their entirety This micropublication consists of a large number of maps and charts These. have been microfilmed in sections beginning with top left and right then bottom left and right. REEL INDEX, Entries in this index refer to specific file folders within U S Navy Action and Operational Reports. from World War II Pacific Theater Part 1 These folders are reports arranged in chronological order Each. entry details the report number title author date and number of pages In the interest of accessing the. material this index denotes major issues and actions under the heading Principal Topics The four digit. number on the far left represents the frame number at which the file folder begins. Throughout the guide CINCPAC refers to Commander in Chief Pacific Command. 0001 Serial 0243 Report of Submarine Contact February 3 4 1941. J P Womble Jr February 11 1941 23frs, Report by the commanding officer of the USS Dale of a sonic contact experienced off. Diamond Head February 3 and 4 1941 A search of the area by U S destroyers and. patrol aircraft was unsuccessful,Principal Topics Submarine contacts USS Dale. 0024 Serial 0311 Report of Attack on Enemy Submarine by USS Lexington Planes. Frederick C Sherman January 28 1942 6frs, Narrative report of an attack on an underwater contact believed to be an enemy. submarine at Latitude 17 33N Longitude 171 15W The attack was made by planes. attached to the carrier USS Lexington which was operating with Task Force 11. Probable minor damage to submarine resulted from this action. Principal Topics Submarine contacts USS Lex npfoa Task Force 11. 0030 Serial 0342 Report of Rescue of Plane Crew,J F Shafroth February 1 1942 6frs.
Search for and rescue of the crew of a patrol plane which went down in the area of. Latitude 06 48N Longitude 98 31W January 15 and 16 1942 Forces of the. commander southeast Pacific were involved in this operation including the USS. Trenton and the USS Richmond, Principal Topics Rescue operations Commander Southeast Pacific USS Trenton. USS Richmond, 0036 Serial 0460 Report of Voyage of Convoy No 2018. Captain W L Ainsworth February 13 1942 8frs, This report from the commanding officer of the USS Mississippi covers events. occurring while escorting Convoy No 2018 from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor The. report discusses the unfavorable weather conditions encountered by the convoy and. the necessity of maintaining an extremely slow speed in order to keep the vessels. together Also included are complaints regarding the poor discipline maintained by the. masters of the merchant ships under escort, Principal Topics Convoy No 2018 USS Mississippi convoy operations. U S Navy Action and Operational Reports from World War II Pacific Theater Part 1 CINCPAC Commander in Chief Pacific Area Command Project Editor Robert Lester Guide compiled by Blair D Hydrick A microfilm project of UNIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS OF AMERICA An Imprint of CIS 4520 East West Highway Bethesda MD 20814 3389 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data U S Navy action

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