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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/1/2013 12:27:18 AM)

Saros,

Yes I had picked that up about the Type 3 mines. None of my airgroups can "Mine Port" yet though.




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/1/2013 1:44:47 AM)

Ebadon

All the size 0 airbases in the Marshalls have been left alone. This is great as I can still run Naval Search out of Jaluit and Majuro to see what he's up to. Even better, my "secret" base at Ebadon is still intact, with its 16 av support. Next turn I hope to ambush the unescorted B-25s which he is using for Ground Attack at Roi-Namur with 9 N1K1 Rex's.

This sort of thing might seem trivial, but psychologically if you can install some sort of threat in what your opponent considers to be a safe area then the benefits may well outweigh the costs. He may feel forced to clean up all the bases in the Marshalls before proceeding on to Eniwetok or Ponape for example.




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/2/2013 3:25:28 PM)

12 Aug 1943

Today we lost 2 Rex's in exchange for 4 B-25s. I am hoping that he will now devote considerable resources and time to eradicating these pesky 16 floatplanes and the tiny garrison supporting them (2 x JNAF Coys with 16 AV and 4 fts).

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Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 26

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
452 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
802 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/6/2013 1:34:26 AM)

14 Aug 1943

An unescorted airfield attack on Kwajalein sees 4 B-24s fall to the Rex's today. That makes 4 x 2E + 4 x 4E bombers so far, in exchange for about 6 Rex's.

I am going to reinforce success. So an additional JNAF Coy will be air transported from Ponape to Ebadon and my only other float fighter unit (still equipped with Rufes) which was training in the Bonins will start to hop its way over.

Sidenote: We experienced the first Allied recon over Bangkok today. I have therefore moved my single incomplete Tony unit there to reinforce the probably useless Dinah fighters. There is no possibility of Sweep at this point but some 4Es might conceivably turn up.




obvert -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/6/2013 7:19:10 AM)

Glad you're having success with the float planes. They can be a good needle but certainly will suffer if he gets sweepers in range.

Is he hitting industry at Bangkok?




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/9/2013 2:49:53 PM)

The Rex's have already been Swept a couple of times. Of course they lose, but only 2 or 3 planes a turn. I think the rest of them are too slow to climb up to the silly altitude of the incoming fighters.

There has been no bombing beyond Moulmein so far. He is very focused on taking Rangoon I think. One step at a time ...




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:00:55 AM)

17 Aug 1943

Nothing has changed, just never-ending ordnance deliveries by air at Roi-Namur, Wotje and Rangoon.

Production wise I now have 2 Norms in the pool. This is another plane which I might usefully use at Ebadon, especially given its range.

Babeldoab is the first base to reach size 8 forts. Saipan will probably be next.

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:03:31 AM)

LCUs at Saipan.

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:08:06 AM)

Iwo Jima

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:09:40 AM)

LCUs at Iwo Jima

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:12:16 AM)

Airgroups at Iwo Jima.

IJA anti-shipping power. Hopefully ...

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:15:24 AM)

Production.

I was somewhat amazed this turn to notice that I have 5,700 aircraft in the pool.

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:20:38 AM)

Pool numbers. Over 1,000 Oscars :-)

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:40:58 AM)

China.

Very quiet ...

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:44:33 AM)

I have a mutant division at Amoy, which is where it will stay.

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:54:46 AM)

There is a bunch of heavy artillery at Hankow waiting to be shipped out. I just haven't decided where it's going yet, but it will be places where we need to "fight them on the beaches".

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/12/2013 1:57:13 AM)

I have fallen into the habit of keeping a fair amount of troop transport capacity at Hankow.

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/15/2013 12:57:00 AM)

20 Aug 1943

It looks like another landing is imminent in the Marshalls. My guess would be Wotje, or perhaps Roi-Namur based on the amount of 500lb bombs delivered.

In either case, I am this time in the luxurious position of having more than zero AV in situ. What I don't have is any air other than floatplanes. Maybe they can get a lucky hit or two :-)

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/16/2013 2:48:29 AM)

21 Aug 1943

It looks like Roi-Namur is the target.

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/17/2013 2:16:22 AM)

22 Aug 1943

Roi-Namur falls. He landed the 1st Marine Division plus some tanks.

We managed a consolation prize though.

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Sub attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-16

Allied Ships
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Baltimore
CA Chicago
CLAA Oakland
CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Diego
DD Braine
DD Radford
DD Pringle
DD Philip
DD Nicholas

Massive explosion on CV Wasp
Ammo storage explosion on CV Wasp
Fuel storage explosion on CV Wasp
SS I-16 launches 8 torpedoes at CV Wasp
DD Radford fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Pringle fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Philip fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nicholas fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/17/2013 2:19:14 AM)

Here's the actual ground attack, plus a sitrep graphic.

I am going to try an air attack from Ponape next turn. Emilies and Frances's.

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Ground combat at Roi-Namur (132,114)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 13442 troops, 297 guns, 298 vehicles, Assault Value = 513

Defending force 3329 troops, 54 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 55

Allied adjusted assault: 652

Japanese adjusted defense: 2

Allied assault odds: 326 to 1 (fort level 6)

Allied forces CAPTURE Roi-Namur !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2764 casualties reported
Squads: 61 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 470 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 71 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 55 (55 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Allied ground losses:
392 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 21 (17 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Marine Division
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
XIV US Corps
179th USAAF Base Force /3

Defending units:
52nd Naval Guard Unit
6th Base Force

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obvert -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/17/2013 12:45:30 PM)

Interesting that with all of that Allied stuff floating around, a sub can still get in and do some damage. That will make this bittersweet for your opponent. All of those explosions don't look good for the Wasp.




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/17/2013 1:39:00 PM)

I did lose two subs and three more are damaged.




JocMeister -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/17/2013 3:57:38 PM)

Wasp is toast! No way she can make it through that.

I have also found out the hard way Jap subs have it a tad too easy to sneak through ASW screens to get to the capital ships.




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/17/2013 7:10:52 PM)

This is all the sub action from the turn. I had absolutely no luck apart from the Wasp.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Aug 22, 43
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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 132,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-170

Allied Ships
DD Renshaw
CL Santa Fe
DD McKee
DD Brownson
DD Terry
DD Ringgold

SS I-170 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Renshaw
I-170 diving deep ....
DD Terry fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ringgold fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Renshaw fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Terry fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Terry fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Terry fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Terry fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-24, hits 8

Allied Ships
BB Colorado
CA Pensacola
CL Boise
CL Trenton
DD Conway
DD Abbot
DMS Dorsey
AM Herald
AM Heed
APA Cambria
APA La Salle
APA Crescent City
APA President Monroe
APA President Jackson
APA American Legion
APA Harris
AKA Castor
AKA Oberon
AKA Mercury
AKA Aquarius
DD Endicott
DD Meade
DD Gillespie
DD Bailey

SS I-24 is sighted by escort
DD Endicott attacking submerged sub ....
DD Endicott loses contact with SS I-24
DD Meade fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Gillespie attacking submerged sub ....
DD Bailey fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 132,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-172

Allied Ships
DD Mahan
DD Fanning

SS I-172 is sighted by escort
DD Mahan fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Fanning fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 132,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-172, hits 15, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Gridley
DD Mahan
DD Fanning

SS I-172 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Gridley
DD Mahan fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fanning attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mahan attacking submerged sub ....
DD Fanning fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mahan fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Fanning fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fanning attacking submerged sub ....
DD Fanning fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fanning fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Roi-Namur at 132,114

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-23, hits 4, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CA Chester
BB New Mexico
BB West Virginia
CA Astoria
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
CLAA Reno
DD Hobby
DD Barton
DD Lardner
DD Lansdowne

SSX Ha-23 launches 2 torpedoes at CA Chester
DD Hobby fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Barton fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Lardner fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Lansdowne attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-16

Allied Ships
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Baltimore
CA Chicago
CLAA Oakland
CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Diego
DD Braine
DD Radford
DD Pringle
DD Philip
DD Nicholas

Massive explosion on CV Wasp
Ammo storage explosion on CV Wasp
Fuel storage explosion on CV Wasp
SS I-16 launches 8 torpedoes at CV Wasp
DD Radford fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Pringle fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Philip fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nicholas fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-20, hits 3

Allied Ships
BB Indiana
CA Vincennes
CA Minneapolis
CLAA Juneau
CLAA Atlanta
DD Eaton
DD McCalla
DD Monssen
DD Gwin
DD Waller

SS I-20 is sighted by escort
I-20 diving deep ....
DD McCalla fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Monssen fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Gwin attacking submerged sub ....
DD Waller fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Gwin attacking submerged sub ....
DD Waller fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Gwin fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Gwin fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Gwin fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-24, hits 28, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Indiana
CA Vincennes
CA Minneapolis
CLAA Juneau
CLAA Atlanta
DD Eaton
DD McCalla
DD Monssen
DD Gwin
DD Waller

SS I-24 is sighted by escort
DD McCalla attacking submerged sub ....
DD Monssen attacking submerged sub ....
DD Gwin attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-24 forced to surface!
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Waller firing on surfaced sub ....
DD McCalla firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Monssen firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-20

Allied Ships
CA Baltimore
CA Chicago
CLAA Oakland
CLAA San Diego
DD Bennett
DD Radford
DD Pringle
DD Philip
DD Nicholas

SS I-20 is sighted by escort
DD Radford fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Pringle fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Philip fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nicholas fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Pringle fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-20

Allied Ships
CLAA San Juan

SS I-20 launches 6 torpedoes at CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Juan fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA San Juan fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA San Juan fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA San Juan fails to find sub, continues to search...
CLAA San Juan fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/20/2013 1:33:28 AM)

23 Aug 1943

The heroic I-16 makes another successful attack and escapes unscathed again. It will now retire to Truk to re-arm.

Weather prevented any air action.

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Sub attack near Roi-Namur at 131,113

Japanese Ships
SS I-16

Allied Ships
CL Columbia, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Balch

SS I-16 launches 8 torpedoes at CL Columbia
I-16 diving deep ....
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch attacking submerged sub ....
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch attacking submerged sub ....
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/22/2013 12:56:05 AM)

25 Aug 1943

He is consolidating at Roi-Namur. No air yet since the runway is still badly damaged.

I did quite well this turn. Who says midget subs are useless? Plus the Emilies say hi again (from Ponape) :-)

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Submarine attack near Roi-Namur at 132,114

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-3

Allied Ships
AM Starling, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

AM Starling is sighted by SSX Ha-3
SSX Ha-3 launches 2 torpedoes at AM Starling

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Submarine attack near Roi-Namur at 132,114

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-4

Allied Ships
AM Token, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

AM Token is sighted by SSX Ha-4
SSX Ha-4 launches 2 torpedoes at AM Token

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Night Air attack on TF, near Roi-Namur at 132,114

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 72 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
H8K2 Emily x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K2 Emily: 3 damaged
H8K2 Emily: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Colorado, Torpedo hits 1
DD Ammen
BB Idaho, Torpedo hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x H8K2 Emily launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo




obvert -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/22/2013 9:36:19 AM)

Nice results. Odd he has no CAP over those BBs, and amazing that your Emilys get these results with all of that flak around. Well done. Keep it up!




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/23/2013 12:42:47 AM)

It was a night attack. There are certainly some CVEs in the Roi-Namur hex doing day-time ops.

The Emilies have golden pilots.




Captain Cruft -> RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) (2/26/2013 12:48:46 AM)

28 Aug 1943

He is occupied consolidating at Roi-Namur.

Over in the Indian Ocean I have just spotted this (port 1 airfield 2) ...

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