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USN Nov 15, 1942
During the afternoon of November 13, 1942 the convoy departed Shortland again, but was spotted by American aircraft. During the morning of November 14, 1942 American aircraft attacked the convoy, overwhelming their escorts and sank six of the transports and damaged another, forcing it to turn back and later sink.
The remaining four transports and four destroyers continued tp Guadalcanal. After dark, they stopped to the west of the island, awaiting the conclusion of the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal during the night of November 14-15, 1942.
Yamaura Maru beached near Tenaro. Beginning at 0555, American aircraft from Henderson Field plus field artillery began bombarding the ship. Later, USS Meade DD-602 approached and opened fire for an hour with 5" shells, leaving them "blazing with many internal explosions."
These attacks set the transports afire and destroyed most equipment not unloaded before dawn. Approximately 2,000 troops with 260 cases of ammunition and 1,500 bags of rice made ashore. Most of their ammunition and food supplies were lost.
Ewan Stevenson adds:
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