koniu -> RE: Docup (A) vs Koniu (J) (12/23/2012 11:08:08 AM)
5-7 Feb 43 Three day summary
More enemy troops is marching toward Akyab and Crosing river South of it.
Enemy bombers close Lashio again.
I summary, Burma is very quiet
On 4th i have detected anamy TF unloading on Island. Two CLs send to intercept.
Day Time Surface Combat, near Cocos Islands at 33,101, Range 19,000 Yards
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
xAK City of Canterbury, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Clan Mactaggart, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
KV Auricula, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
KV Aster, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
KV Hollyhock, Shell hits 13, and is sunk
KV Fritillary, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
PG Yarra, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
It start good but not end good. Enemy CVE was ecorting those ships. Sendai have bad luck today
Morning Air attack on TF, near Cocos Islands at 34,101
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes
Martlet II x 2
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
TBF-1 Avenger x 17
No Japanese losses
No Allied losses
CL Sendai, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
Worst news is that Cocos is now AF lvl 1
Quiet. Salomon's situation is giving me some extra time to build defences there
Three quiet days. KB is slowly moving north. On 6 FEB KB refuel north of Kavieng and Battleships and Cruisers rearm from AKEs in Kavieng port. Kaga is again capable of moving with max designed speed. KB is gone for allied radars and that is good.
Tagula AF is closed.
I have detected enemy units on Woodlark. Two SNLF units captured island next day. I think Docup use that island as base for patrols. That way he was able to detect my ships so early. After fall he is now not detecting anything in area and i have many ships sailing around
Ground combat at Woodlark Island (104,133)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 2216 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 65
Defending force 83 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 45
Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 45 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Woodlark Island !!!
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
Allied ground losses:
87 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 24 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1
66th Naval Guard Unit
81st Naval Guard Unit
73rd RAAF Wing /1
Shorthands AF repaired and now have 100 fighters defending it. Also Air HQ is in base. Tommarow i will have radaar there so cap should be strong.
What firs look for me as 3 CVE was CV Saratoga and CVE.
I have send two unsuccessful attack against them losing in two days 60 planes and 30 pilots.
Only one attack get trough CAP . Saratoga and CVE avoid TT attack. We manage to score hits on three xAKs.
Bad days. Bombers and fighters are now resting and building morale.