vettim89 -> RE: Howlin' At The Moon - DBB Vettim(A) vs Greasylake (J) (11/9/2011 4:23:47 AM)
4 January 1942 (The Night of the Living Dead)
I beleived I mentioned before that Larry is the master of SCTF operations. The night started when an undetected IJN SCTF snuck into Milne bay and sank the AMC that had deliver a commando COY there. The troops were all ashore and the supplies would have been ofloaded this turn.
Larry then sent three separate SCTF into Tarakan hunting the Filipino Q-Boats. A series of engagements all at long range ended up with all three being sunk. I think Larry has had his fill of PT boat operations.
I had spotted a SCTF just north of the straits of Makassar last turn. I didn't think he would send it through. I thought he was chasing the two RN MTB that had hit Brunei a few days ago. As cursor intel said this TF was CA based I didn't worry because I had a fairly stout Anglo-American SCTF of my own at Balikpapan. What followed was an interesting series of combats. There was a couple of attempts by the IJN to intercept the MTBs that resulted one being sunk. Then the IJN TF built around BB Hyuga and BB Fuso tangled with my SCTF. This is the attached image.
Then the IJN hit my tanker TF containing four small TK and some AM. The TK were all slaughtered as were all but one AM. Then they found my SCTF and enaged at long range. I lost a couple of four-piper DD's but the IJN took some licks. Damage to my cruisers was minimal. Here is that combat report:
BB Fuso, Shell hits 5
CL Yura, Shell hits 4
CL Oi, Shell hits 7, on fire
DD Mikazuki, Shell hits 2
CA Exeter, Shell hits 2
CL Enterprise, Shell hits 3
DD Barker, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
DD Stewart, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Electra, Shell hits 1, on fire
Now those of you astute enough to pick up on the small things will notice that an IJN ship was missing from the second combat: Hyuga. Initially I was surpised by this as I can't beleive the one bounced hit in the first combat would have caused the BB to separate. I watched the combat report again and found I missed something the first time around: just before the first combat with my SCTF, there was that "clunk" sound followed by a ship's siren meaning somebody found a mine. Look again at the image and you can see Hyuga is already trailing smoke. By daylight she had only traveled 120 nm. I have two RNN subs and a S-boat now zigzagging the Makassar Strait. Here's hoping
Things are going poorly at Rangoon. My fighters are really falling low. I lost three more xAKL there today. An xAK was sub by an I-boat NW of Rangoon also. Not a good day at all.