A selection of radio messages collected on 12th December 1942
From LCDR Snippe, O/C SS O20, to ABDA Batavia
Launched 6 torpedoes at two targets, three hits recorded. Confirmed sinking of two ships. 1 APD class and one Yusen A Class. Position approx 60nm of Soc Trang.
From LTJG Farrell, O/C VP-102 Det Manila, to Asiatic Fleet Manila.
Confirmed sinking of Std-C Cargo Class ship unloading at Aparri. Confirm success of torpedo carrying Catalina's.
From CDR Swinely, O/C TF 103 enroute to Sabang, to Malaya Army, Singapore.
Confirm loss of xAP Hong Kheng by torpedo bombers at Medan. Cargo unloaded successfully due to early air warning and stirling efforts of 488 Squadron. 224 RAF Group will be reboarded at Sabang.
From VADM Brown, O/C TF 405 CV Lexington.
Arrived position 240nm NE off Roi-Namur. Strike launched tomorrow morning, course will be set for Pearl for rendevous with Enterprise.
From VP-21, Midway Island, to CINCPAC Pearl Harbour.
Enemy carriers spotted 360nm NNE of Midway Island, heading North by North East. Will track and shadow enemy ships tomorrow. Request vectoring of submarines in the area.
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