JocMeister -> RE: Carrier Clash. Sheep bites back? (6/9/2012 7:40:41 PM)
Even the best of plans fall apart as soon as battle is joined. There were nothing organized or military about the battle. It was mayhem and it was ruled by the weather.
I donīt know if the weather was a blessing or a curse. I had thunderstorms over my CV TFs which was a blessing. On the other hand Suva also did. Suva was the major focus of my plan. It was supposed to be the unsinkable carrier stacked with 2E supporting the strike aswell as providing a LRCAP of almost 300 fighters over my TFs. That didnīt work...
As it turns out only a few P39s (4 out out of 200) show up over my CVs and makes little difference in the outcome. This is the major strike by the KB.
BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 1
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Quincy, Torpedo hits 1
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CV Hornet, Bomb hits 1
Just before the strike I got several message about my B25 not being able to "link up" or some sort. As can be seen in the picture below the Hornet TF for some reason didnīt manage to keep up with the rest of the TFs. Again, blessing or a curse?
My first strike go in and hit the MKB lingering just south of the KB. Not happy about that obviously.
CV Junyo, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CVL Ryujo, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CVE Hosho, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
At this time I feel like an idiot that just gambled away everything on a silly plan. Luckely there was one more strike left. This is the one Iīm not sure about. Either it saved the day or made the fiasco complete...
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Efate at 124,154
Weather in hex: Light rain
Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes
A6M2 Zero x 31
F4F-4 Wildcat x 53
SBD-3 Dauntless x 102
TBF-1 Avenger x 12
Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed by flak
SBD-3 Dauntless: 13 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 damaged
CV Soryu, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CV Shokaku, Bomb hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
CA Tone, Bomb hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
CV Zuikaku, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 1
CA Chikuma, Bomb hits 1, on fire
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Zuikaku
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Shokaku
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Soryu
Fuel storage explosion on CV Soryu
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Tone
The idea to complement the strikes with 2Es proved almost a complete fiasco since only about 15 planes of the 80 actually flew. But atleast a happy ending to that...
A6M2 Zero x 20
B-25C Mitchell x 9
No Japanese losses
Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 damaged
CV Shokaku, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
After that my avengers decided it was time to fly in broken up packages without any kind of escort. I get two hits, both duds and a lot of dead Avengers. They were almost completly wiped out.
Now the lovely game engine decides to give me a nice kick in the scrotum and diverts most of the surviving DBs to Anatom instead of Nadi. Nadi was closer and had clear weather. 90 planes and pilots are lost in the following attack on Anatom when obvert captures the base the same turn. [:(]
The engine will come back and haunt me the next day costing me a carrier.