16 December 1942
It's rumored that a change at the top of the leadership in the American Pacific Fleet is about to take place. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, a little know admiral currently serving in the Bureau of Navigation was spotted on a cross country train headed for the west coast. It is unknow when the Admiral will arrive. Clean up continues in and around Pearl Harbor after last week's devastating attack. The death toll now stands at 2213, with many still missing.
Adolf Hitler became commander-in-chief of the Nazi German army, replacing Walther von Brauchitsch.
Japanese bombers struck the Port of Manilla today damaging the ship yard as well as several structures on the pier. There were no reports of deaths from the attack, but many many civilians were injured.
An American floatplane attacked a Japanese transport today near Legaspi. The pilot of the aircraft claimed he put the pickle dead amidships causing a small explosion and fire on the Japanese vessel.
MURDER ON THE HIGH SEAS!
BBC Singapore is reporting that Japanese submarines torpedoed a British liner evacuating civilians from that embattled city. The SS Kudzah was struck by multiple torpedos and sank 300 miles south of the British Colony. Survivors from the attack report that the enemy submarine surfaced and attacked men, women and children with small arms for an hour after the sinking before moving away from the ship.
An American/British task force lead by the USS Marblehead attacked a Japanese task force of Kuching destroying it will heavy loss of life for Xargun's forces.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Kuching at 58,87, Range 1,000 Yards
PB Kantori Maru, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
xAP Hakusan Maru, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
xAP Kobe Maru, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Nako Maru #2, Shell hits 23, and is sunk
PB Fuji Maru #4, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
CL Marblehead, Shell hits 1
DD Paul Jones
Japanese ground losses:
423 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 19 disabled
Guns lost 16 (2 destroyed, 14 disabled)
The task force was attacked later in the day by a Japanese task force but American sources are saying that the damage to the ships was very light.