“After directing the TBM's to make their individual runs, the Captain selected a Nachi-class cruiser, started his run alone from 6,000 feet, and nosed over at a 45' angle, fired his eight rockets, two of which hit the superstructure amidships and causing considerable damage. Unfortunately, his bombs failed to release. He regained altitude to 8,000 feet and was joined by Ens. Harms and two VC-81 FM-2's from the Natoma Bay. Together they made another run on a second cruiser of the Nachi-class. With the fighters ahead strafing, Jackson pulled out of his dive at 2,500 feet releasing his three 500 pound bombs. He obtained one hit on the port side aft. Harms, meanwhile, passed over the cruiser attacked by Jackson and put his eight rockets into and Atago-class cruiser on the other side of the Nachi and scored two hits aft just at the waterline.
Bitting, Douglas, Ensign Charles W. Iverson and Wand selected a Mogami-class cruiser and succeeded in getting two hits on the cruiser's starboard bow. Bitting was the first plane over the cruiser and, followed by the others, then attacked a large destroyer firing his eight rockets at it as did the other pilots. Four were scored on the destroyer amidships ranging from the waterline to the superstructure. Explosions were noted but due to evasive movements in recovery, the damage could not be ascertained.”