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KB quietly lurks! - 12/30/2009 10:50:17 AM   
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16 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 22nd Chinese Division is attacked by 45 Betty and 17 casualties are reported.

China
Air: West of Hanoi 20 Sally bomb 29th Chinese Corps causing 17 casualties.
North east of Homan 19 Ann and 5 Sonia bomb 74th Chinese Corps causing 22 casualties and 1 gun lost. A second attack on the same unit, this time by 9 Kate, 12 Ann and 18 Sonia causes 29 casualties and 1 gun lost.
Ground: Northeast of Homan Japanese bombardment causes 224 Chinese casualties and 7 guns lost.

DEI
Ground: Troops are ashore at Padang.
Air: At Medan 7 Helen bomb 1st NS Garrison Battalion causing 8 casualties. A second raid by 4 Sally and 6 Helen causes 14 casualties to 6th Dutch Naval Base Force.
South of Palembang 15 Sally bomb So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion causing 14 casualties.

South East Pacific
Ground: Sura’iro is occupied by Japan.

Subs
North of the Philippines SS Sturgeon makes contact with a cargo convoy but is unable to score any hits.
Near Balikpapan an ASW Task Force of destroyers locates SS Gudgeon and report 2 hits. Gudgeon then targets the destroyers without result.
In the Makassar Strait SS Gato locates a tanker convoy but secures no hits.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
The voyage south for KB is over. Nagumo has the fleet positioned mid way between Norfolk Island and Brisbane. Reports from the submarine screen strung out across the approach to Brisbane indicate that the convoy previously seen sailing to Brisbane is making the return journey to the east. KB has been operating in quiet mode and so far all indications are that the enemy has no idea of the presence of the strike force sitting astride the shipping lane.


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The scene is set. - 12/30/2009 12:13:34 PM   
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17 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Lashio 2nd Tank Regiment is bombed by 9 SB-2c causing 13 casualties.
East of Myitkyina 38th Chinese Division is attacked by 58 Betty and 64 casualties are reported.

China
Air: East of Yunan 67th Chinese Division is bombed by 15 Sally causing 21 casualties.
North east of Homan 20 Sonia, 10 Ann and 8 Kate escorted by 5 Oscar meets 13 I-153c. 1 Kate is destroyed and those bombers that make their bomb runs cause 2 casualties on the Chinese ground unit.
Ground: North east of Homan Japanese bombardment causes 2 Japanese casualties and 1 gun lost against 227 Chinese casualties and 11 guns lost.

DEI
Ground: Troops are ashore at Amboina.
At Padang Japanese deliberate attack on the undefended base achieves assault odds of 7 to 1 (fort level 2) and the base is captured. 2 T.Iva are reported destroyed on the ground.
West of Kendari Japanese bombardment causes 8 Allied casualties.
Air: At Medan 13 Sally and 18 Helen bomb 6th Dutch Naval Base Force causing 68 casualties.

Australia
Air: At Cooktown 17 Betty bomb 4th Dutch Naval Base Force causing 13 casualties.

Subs
Near Balikpapan SS Gudgeon is located for the second day running. An ASW task force made up of destroyers Yugiri, Murakumo, Shirayuki, Kawakaze and Yudachi report 2 hits.
During daylight hours Gudgeon is located by another ASW task force [Ikazuchi, Ushio and Akebono] with 1 further hit being reported.
Some 300 miles east of Brisbane an allied tanker convoy trips my submarine screen. SS I-10 reports 2 torpedo hits on TK Papoose. Other ships identified in the convoy are tankers Connecticut, R.J. Hanna and Tulsagas escorted by destroyers Crosby, Talbot and Waters.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
The prospect of some air action originating from KB on 18 May is at hand. The submarine screen has done its job and picked up the convoy moving in the direction of KB. The big question is what is travelling with the convoy.... will there be any large warships. Recon suggests there are a couple of battleships with the convoy.... could it be POW and Repulse being redeployed?

The attached screen shot shows the relative positions of the fleets on the day before. It seems that the convoy is going to sail unwarily into the waiting arms of KB.




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RE: The scene is set. - 12/30/2009 1:08:59 PM   
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Hey SJ,
good to see the game is ongoing and that you might be about to have another nice moment where planning has paid dividends.

Amazing to also see 5:1 A2A ... well done!

Have a good N.Y


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RE: The scene is set. - 12/30/2009 2:44:59 PM   
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Your 5 May mention of recce a/c targetting Wake might be indicative of an Allied move against the island - alternatively, Wake could be nothing more than a convenient target for such aircraft. If specialist recconnaissance planes were being used then this might indicate a higher level of Allied 'interest'.

An atoll invasion at this date can be very chancy for an Allied player, particularly if it is within reach of escorted land attack planes carrying torpedoes. But Japan still needs to have fortified infantry in place to repel such an attack, so I hope Wake isn't wide open!

A fat tanker convoy could be a cheap and juicy prize for the KB, but clearly announces its whereabouts a long way distant from Wake if the Allies do have designs on the place.



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'Many merchantmen' - 1/1/2010 10:22:56 PM   
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Winter in the southern reaches of the Coral Sea is a peaceful time of the year. The threat of tropical storms this far south had long receded. For Nagumo and the fleet, though, with dawn fast approaching peacefulness had been left behind ages ago. Preparations proceeded efficiently towards getting the first strike of the day up and away. Scout planes were already aloft and an air of anticipation pervaded the fleet. The composition of KB had altered slightly since the action against Enterprise. Kaga had been left behind and was currently some hundreds of miles to the north. Hiryu was still completing her repairs in the Home Islands. For this action Akagi, Soryu, Zuikaku and Shokaku would fight in company with Shoho.

Not far away and a little to the northwest a large convoy of allied ships sailed serenely on through the quiet waters of the pacific. Their mission complete with the delivery of war goods to Australia the sailors onboard were looking forward to completing their journey back to the west coast of America. They had made it past the submarine picket and the war zone was far to the north and the prospect of a pleasant journey back home was a pleasant diversion from the daily grind of ship board life. The talk of what to do on shore leave was the topic on many a ship. On board the escorts the mood was more disciplined and watchful. The submarine attack after leaving Brisbane had been an unpleasant reminder that the enemy could strike at the most unexpected time and place. Not until they had made their final port would the tension onboard the escorts ease.

Not long after sun rise the message Nagumo was waiting for arrived. ‘Many merchant ships bearing east’. Fuchida was in the air with the first strike. He too had received the message of the first sighting. It was not long before he too was able to look upon the enemy fleet. And a great many ships it was. Somewhat disappointed he noted no large enemy warships but not to worry there was a job to be completed here and he had been granted an opportunity to oversee the destruction of as many of the enemy’s ships as was possible on this day!


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Southern Coral Sea - 1/2/2010 11:40:30 PM   
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18 May 1942
Destruction of east bound convoy; Southern Coral Sea

In the first aerial assault of the day 20 Val and 20 Kate escorted by 10 A6M2 fall upon the unsuspecting merchant fleet. Of the cargo ships present San Felipe stops 1 torpedo and Mormacwren is struck by 5 bombs. The tanker Frank G Drum is smashed by 3 torpedoes and the transport Tasker H. Bliss stops 1 torpedo. 1 Val and 6 Kate are reported damaged as the jubilant airmen return to their carriers.

The next wave is made up of 17 Val and 17 Kate escorted by 7 A6M2. Cargo ships are hunted down and this time Susan Luckenbach stops 1 torpedo and 2 bombs and Lancaster is hit by 2 torpedoes whilst Mormacwren is demolished by no less than 4 torpedo hits. Tanker K.R.Kingsbury is struck by 6 bomb hits and fellow tanker F Humphrey stops 1 torpedo. 2 Val and 6 Kate are damaged.

The next strike sees 20 Val and 20 Kate escorted by 8 A6M2 bear in on the tanker Gulfcoast 3 torpedo hits, cargo ship San Felipe 1 bomb and the destroyer Talbot 2 bombs. 1 Val and 5 Kate are damaged and 1 Kate is shot down.

The next strike comprising 18 Val and 20 Kate escorted by 3 A6M2 deals with a group of escorts. John D. Edwards is smashed by 5 bombs and Peary is hit by 2 torpedoes. 1 Kate and 1 Val are damaged.

KB now gets the co-ordination issues rectified and launches a wave of 53 Val and 39 Kate. The fighter boys finding no opposition have taken a break this time. In this raid the following cargo ships are struck; Santa Rita 3 bomb hits, Empire Summer 2 torpedoes, Modjekerto 2 torpedoes, Utahan 5 bombs, Andrea Luckenbach 5 bombs, whilst the following tankers are struck; Brandywine 4 bombs, Connecticut 1 torpedo, Mexicos H Whittier 2 bombs, Tulsagas 1 torpedo and H.D.Collier 2 bombs. The transport Royal T. Frank is struck by 2 torpedoes. 1 Kate is destroyed and 4 damaged in this strike.

In the next strike 17 Val escorted by 28 A6M2 find Susan Luckenbach and drop a further 7 bombs on this luckless ship. The convoy has broken up and hunting down ships is going to become more difficult to the point that in the final strike of the day 17 Kates fly a fruitless sortie.

So ends the first day of hunting. Nagumo is reasonably satisfied with the results but knows better can be achieved yet. There are numerous damaged and undamaged ships to locate and deal with.


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RE: The scene is set. - 1/2/2010 11:45:29 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: n01487477

Hey SJ,
good to see the game is ongoing and that you might be about to have another nice moment where planning has paid dividends.

Amazing to also see 5:1 A2A ... well done!

Have a good N.Y




Hope you N.Y. was a good one too. Todd and I have been keeping up a steady pace of usually a turn a day. My AAR has slipped to a couple of months behind so plenty to catch up on when I get time to string a few words together. As you can see I did have a very nice moment and the next couple of AAR days will see yet more Allied shipping lost. A pin scratch I know but a very satisfying result non the less.

The A2A results have been very good too although it is mainly made up of the south east asia conquests and lots of fairly good pickings over China.

Opps had to do a small edit after forgetting that some words have a double meaning.

< Message edited by SierraJuliet -- 1/2/2010 11:57:04 PM >


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RE: The scene is set. - 1/2/2010 11:54:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Local Yokel

Your 5 May mention of recce a/c targetting Wake might be indicative of an Allied move against the island - alternatively, Wake could be nothing more than a convenient target for such aircraft. If specialist recconnaissance planes were being used then this might indicate a higher level of Allied 'interest'.

An atoll invasion at this date can be very chancy for an Allied player, particularly if it is within reach of escorted land attack planes carrying torpedoes. But Japan still needs to have fortified infantry in place to repel such an attack, so I hope Wake isn't wide open!

A fat tanker convoy could be a cheap and juicy prize for the KB, but clearly announces its whereabouts a long way distant from Wake if the Allies do have designs on the place.




Yes you are quiet right regarding Wake Island. Since the Enterprise foray in Febraury I have been working at getting the airfield up to a level 4 so I can launch torpedoes when the attack does come. Hard to know what Todd will do with this island though as he keeps hinting a leaving some nice Japanese POW camps scattered throughout the Pacific. With the game currently up to the early days of July no attack has eventuated yet although the pesky reconn planes make a daily visit and my Zero CAP just can't seem to bring any of them down.

And yes the attack on the convoy certainly announced the presnece of KB a long way south but with almost 2 months of game play now gone it seems that Todd chose not to take advantage of this knowledge. I think it fits in with his overal strategy of pulling back to a line he is happy to defend then build up overwhelming firepower and strike at a time and place of his choosing. I think he has a dash of Montgomery about him. In any event I reckon the strike on this convoy so far south would have come as an awful shock and I'm quite pleased I managed to sneak KB into position without him becoming aware of it.

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The battle unfolds - 1/4/2010 5:55:55 AM   
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18 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 28th Chinese Division is bombed by 21 Betty causing 22 casualties and 1 gun lost. Later in the day 40 Betty follow up and bomb 38th Chinese Division causing 24 casualties.

China
Air: East of Yunan 21st Chinese Corps is bombed by 15 Sally causing 17 causalities.
Ground: Northeast of Homan Japanese bombardment causes 170 Chinese casualties and 11 guns lost.

DEI
Ground: Troops are ashore at Kuala.
South of Palembang Japanese bombardment causes 11 casualties.
Air: South of Palembang So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion is bombed by 14 Sally causing 13 casualties and 1 gun lost.

Subs
North of Tulagi SS Tambor puts 6 shells and 1 torpedo into AK Akibasan Maru causing 15 31 49 damage.

Naval Losses for the Day
DD Peary, AK Susan Luckenbach, AK Mormacwren, TK Frank G Drum

Comments
Well not much more to say apart from the ongoing action in the Coral Sea. Nagumo faces a difficult decision on where to place his task force for the next day of operations. He expects that all the undamaged ships will hightail back to Brisbane and the cover of all the land based air power that the Allies can muster. On the other hand the damaged ships, he expects will be well dispersed by dawn of the next morning.

Remembering that the object of this sortie is to destroy as much shipping as possible without endangering KB Nagumo opts not to pursue and place his ships within range of land based air operating out of Brisbane. In order to maximise his changes against the dispersed convoy Nagumo orders KB to head to the location of the convoy when attacked. This should provide the best opportunity to locate plenty of fleeing ships no matter which heading they are on.





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Mopping up - 1/5/2010 2:24:35 AM   
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19 May 1942
The destruction continues. KB is busy hunting down and despatching wounded ships.

20 Val and 20 Kate locate AK Empire Summer and score 1 bomb hit and 2 torpedoes.
20 Val and 19 Kate locate AK Utahan and score 10 bomb hits and 1 torpedo.
17 Val and 20 Kate escorted by 28 A6M2 locate DD Talbot and drop 8 bombs and 1 torpedo into her.
17 Val and 10 Kate locate AP Royal T. Frank and score 6 bomb hits.
16 Val escorted by 28 Zero locate TK Mexicos H Whittier and drop 10 bombs onboard.
20 Kate locates TK Connecticut and hit her with 2 torpedoes.
16 Val locates TK Brandywine and drop 7 bombs on her.
10 Kate locates TK Torres and hit her with 3 torpedoes.
19 Val locates TK William F Humphrey and drop 5 bombs on this ship.


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19 May '42 in review - 1/16/2010 1:02:43 AM   
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19 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 29th Chinese Division is bombed by 45 Betty causing 134 casualties. At the same location 93rd Chinese Division is bombed by 15 Betty with 28 casualties reported.

China
Air: East of Yunan 21st Chinese Corps is bombed by 23 Sally with 17 casualties reported.
Ground: Northeast of Homan Japanese bombardment causes 343 Chinese casualties and 7 guns lost.

DEI
Ground: Troops are ashore at Benkolen. The base is undefended and is subsequently captured by Japanese forces.
Japanese bombardment south of Palembang causes 14 Allied casualties.
Japanese bombardment at Amboina causes 28 Japanese casualties and 5 guns lost to 23 Allied casualties.
Air: South of Palembang So. Sumarta Garrison Battalion is bombed by 17 Sally and 14 casualties are reported. At the same location 4th DAF Base Force is bombed by 10 Sally and 14 casualties are reported.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
DD Talbot, AK Utahan, AP Royal T. Frank, TK Connecticut, AK Empire Summer

Comments
Another day of good pickings for KB. KB is now positioned where the convoy was and as can be seen the ships have scattered east and west. Nagumo must now decide how best to maximize Allied shipping loses.




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Day 3 of KB convoy attack - 1/16/2010 1:24:28 AM   
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Here are the results from day 3 of sorties by the combined forces of KB and her very happy pilots.

20 Val and 20 Kate escorted by 14 A6M2 locate San AK San Felipe and score 1 bomb hit and 2 torpedo hits.
20 Val and 20 Kate locate AK Santa Rita and score 2 bomb hits and 3 torpedo hits.
19 Val escorted by 13 A6M2 locate TK H.D. Collier and plant 5 bombs on board.
18 Val and 20 Kate escorted by 13 A6M2 locate TK Torres and tear her apart with 12 bomb hits.
16 Val and 12 Kate locate TK William F Humphrey and score 3 bomb hits and 2 torpedo hits.
16 Kate locates AK Lancaster and score 2 torpedo hits.


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20 May 1942 - 1/16/2010 11:16:29 AM   
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20 May 1942

China
Air: Northeast of Homan 74th Chinese Corps is attacked by 17 Ann and 6 Sonia which inflict 33 casualties.
Ground: Japanese bombardment northeast of Homan causes 152 Chinese casualties and 3 guns lost.

DEI
Sea: Coastal guns fire at the invasion fleet and score 1 hit on MSW W.8 for 1 point only of system damage.
At Balikpapan DD Kawakaze hits a mine which causes 57 54 03 damage. She will be putting straight into harbour to pump out that water!
Ground: Troops are ashore at Amboina.
Japanese bombardment at Amboina causes 12 Japanese casualties and 2 guns lost to 8 Allied casualties.
Air: At Medan 19 Helen bomb Medan Coastal Gun Battalion causing 7 casualties.

Subs
Some 440 miles east of Brisbane SS I-24 gets in on the KB action by putting 2 fish into TK K.R.Kingsbury.

Naval Losses for the Day
AKs Modjekerto, Lancaster, Santa Rita and San Felipe. TKs William F Humphrey, H.D. Collier, K.R. Kingsbury and Torres

Comments
Four more cargo ships and four tankers added to the list. Whilst I am sure Todd has managed to get all his undamaged ships back to port safely Nagumo and KB can reflect on a good result. No doubt a blow that would be felt keenly if it were my shipping under the hammer but in the long run this is but a little setback for the Allied cause. All the same I’m hoping it came as a nasty shock for Todd and the following comment from his email after KB first showed its hand probably best sums up his feelings on the matter.

‘Nothing short of a disaster for the Allies. This is the first of many turns that'll cause me nightmares. What's the KB doing so far south and where the hell are my search planes?’

Indeed; where were the Allied search planes? I’d like to think I did learn a thing or two about running silent from my Enterprise foray and of course there is a huge gap to exploit once convoys leave the protection of LBA. About the only thing to be concerned about is CV cover for the convoy and given the lack of CVs in the Pacific I couldn’t see Todd using his precious carriers for convoy protection. Besides I think this convoy was running in an area that Todd thought was probably well out of harm’s way and therefore the convoy was in very safe waters. Only thing that didn’t come off was my recon reporting battleships and cruisers hanging around with the convoy. Maybe just bad reporting but if they were there Todd should consider them lucky to be still above the waves.


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Bombers over Mandalay - 1/17/2010 11:18:59 PM   
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21 May 1942

Burma
Air: At Mandalay 12 Wellington III and 12 Hudson I mount an attack and are met by a CAP of 16 A6M2. 4 Wellington and 5 Hudson are destroyed and the attack is beaten off. Later in the day a force of 9 Blenheim IV approached and is met by the same CAP. 4 Blenheim are chopped from the sky and this attack turns away.
East of Myitkyina 28th Chinese Division is attacked by 44 Betty with 13 casualties reported and 1 gun lost.

China
Air: Northeast of Homan 60th Chinese Corps is attacked by 24 Sonia escorted by 5 A6M2. Today the Chinese have a CAP of 16 I-153c in the air. 1 Sonia is claimed and the attack breaks off its run.
Ground: Japanese deliberate attack northeast of Homan achieves assault odds of 1 to 1 and results in 649 Japanese casualties and 48 guns lost to 496 Chinese casualties and 9 guns lost.

DEI
Ground: Japanese bombardment at Amboina causes 6 Japanese casualties and 2 guns lost.
Air: South of Palembang So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion is bombed by 19 Sally causing 43 casualties and 4 guns lost.
At Medan 6th Dutch Naval Base Force is bombed by 14 Helen causing 4 casualties.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
Wow an unsupported bomber attack on Mandalay and the CAP performs brilliantly. I guess this was a testing raid by Todd to see what would happen. I doubt he will give me too many opportunities like this between now and when he has long range fighters to escort his bombers.
My forces are massing for an assault to clear the road leading into Homan.
KB has finished the job and is returning to the oilers based in the northern parts of the Coral Sea.

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Chinese fighters in the sky - 1/19/2010 11:42:47 PM   
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China
Air: East of Yunan 29th Chinese Corps is bombed by 15 Sally causing 11 casualties.
Northeast of Homan 22 Sonia escorted by 4 A6M2 attack 74th Chinese Corps. 16 I-153 are also present and at the end of the aerial battle 1 Zero and 2 I-153c are reported destroyed. The land troops suffer 11 casualties.
Ground: Northeast of Homan Japanese bombardment against the remaining Chinese units in this area causes 293 Chinese casualties and 1 gun lost.

DEI
Sea: At Amboina coastal guns firing at the invasion task force score a hit on MSW Wa 19 causing 6 system damage and 2 hits on MSW Asahi Maru causing 81 35 23 damage.
At Medan the Coastal Gun Battalion is attacked by 14 Helen causing 11 casualties.
South of Palembang So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion is attacked by 14 Sally causing 27 casualties and 1 gun lost.
At Amboina 22nd DAF Base Force is attacked by 7 Nell causing 12 casualties.
Ground: South of Palembang Japanese bombardment attack causes 11 casualties.
Northwest of Kendari Japanese shock attack achieves assault odds of 60 to 1 and Kendari Garrison Battalion surrenders 452 men. The attacking Japanese lose 19 casualties and 1 gun lost.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
A rare show by the Chinese fighter planes outside of Homan vastly outnumbering the Zero escort. Seems honours are more or less even by the end of the dog fighting.


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Wuchow flare up - 1/21/2010 12:30:20 AM   
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China
Air: Northeast of Homan 6 Sonia and 16 Ann bomb 74th Chinese Corps causing 6 casualties.
Ground: Northeast of Homan Japanese bombardment causes 114 casualties and 1 gun lost.
At Wuchow a Chinese unit has made an exploratory push. Japanese shock attack achieves 233 to 1 assault odds and results in 486 Japanese casualties and 11 guns lost to 756 Chinese casualties and 33 guns lost and the Chinese unit retreats.

DEI
Sea: Kitakami, Maya, Atago and Nagato bombard Amboina causing 170 casualties and 1 gun lost, 6 runway hits, 3 port hits, 1 port fuel hit and 1 port supply hit. During the daytime bombardment 39 casualties, 3 airbase hits, 3 runway hits, 2 port hits, 2 port fuel hits and 2 port supply hits are reported.
Ground: Japanese bombardment south of Palembang causes 19 Allied casualties.
Air: South of Palembang 19 Sally bomb So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion causing 10 casualties.
At Medan 10 Sally and 10 Helen bomb 14th DAF Base Force causing 19 casualties. A second strike by 14 Helen causes 38 casualties.
At Amboina 7 Nell bomb 22nd DAF Base Force causing 19 casualties.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
Lunga airfield reaches level 4.


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24 May 1942 - 1/22/2010 9:51:34 AM   
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Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 36 Betty attack 49th Chinese Division and report 80 casualties and 1 gun lost.

China
Air: North east of Homan 17 Ann and 7 Sonia bomb 3rd New Chinese Corps and cause 52 casualties and 1 gun lost.
Ground: Japanese bombardment northeast of Homan results in 128 Chinese casualties.

DEI
Air: At Medan the Coastal Gun Battalion is attacked by 7 Sally and 9 Helen causing 60 casualties. Later in the day 3 Sally and 9 Helen bomb 14th DAF Base Force causing 14 casualties.
At Amboina 22nd DAF Base Force is bombed by 5 Nell causing 14 casualties.

Subs
East of Gili Gili a Japanese ASW task force locates SS S-43 and reports 4 hits.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
Little in the excitement department to report on here. Nice to see some grief being dealt to a US sub although no doubt this is another one that will sneak off to have that damage repaired. She will be back to haunt me one day!


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Abmoina captured - 1/23/2010 11:52:52 AM   
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25 May 1942

Seem to have lost the copy of results for this turn.

The following message, however, was received at Tokyo.


Message from Moscow delivered to the Japanese embassy 5/25/42 as follows:

The uneasy truce between our countries was violated by your forces six months ago. We now feel that there is a need on our part to be able to verify that Japanese forces are observing the truce and not preparing for offensive actions against the Soviet Union. Therefore it has been decided that the Soviet Union will reserve the right to overfly Japanese held territory, up to a 240 mile limit from existing boarders. These will be unarmed recon missions for the defense of the Motherland only. We will not grant the same rights to Imperial Japanese forces as they will only be used for offensive purposes. Any overflights by Japanese planes will be considered an act of war. Any attempt to shoot down Soviet aircraft on their peaceful verification flights will be considered an act of war.

No reply to this message is required as there will be no negotiations in this matter.


I can’t remember if I bothered to reply other than to clarify the 240 mile limit. My position is to sit tight and hope that Stalin still has his hands full with the Germans...... in the long run though expect to see the Soviets cashing in on American gains in the Pacific.

Back to matters at hand.

At Amboina Japanese forces are victorious and capture the base forcing Molukken Garrison to retreat. 4th Coastal Gun Battalion and 22nd DAF Base Force surrender.

South of Palembang the long awaited Japanese ground assault is launched and results in the surrender of Zuid Garrison Battalion, 1st W S Garrison Battalion, So. Sumatra Garrison Battalion, 5th Dutch Naval Base Force and 4th DAF Base Force.


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RE: Wuchow flare up - 1/24/2010 10:08:15 AM   
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nice reading up on the reports, good to see the war is still going on over here as well

If its may 42 and still you have just taken Amboina, are all main ports, airfield & production sites taken now? or are the more bases to assault before the "Dutch conquest" ends?

and on the soviets; isn't AA automatically working against the soviet recon?
In my game i have some nates still flying around in manchuria, they're either on cap or training for xp, wouldn't like to see the Russian recon fly into those
how are your fighters doing in HI & kwangtung army? all transfered or training over there? (how do you spend most of your PP? planes or ground units?)




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DEI
Sea: Kitakami, Maya, Atago and Nagato bombard Amboina causing 170 casualties and 1 gun lost, 6 runway hits, 3 port hits, 1 port fuel hit and 1 port supply hit. During the daytime bombardment 39 casualties, 3 airbase hits, 3 runway hits, 2 port hits, 2 port fuel hits and 2 port supply hits are reported.
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just a minor remark here; kitakami is a torpedo ship at early stages in the war, i'm not sure if she's meant to be bombarding places (bombardments need escorts as well, but i like to stick oi & kita in TF's that are more likely to see combat )

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RE: Wuchow flare up - 1/24/2010 11:43:50 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: flaggelant



nice reading up on the reports, good to see the war is still going on over here as well

If its may 42 and still you have just taken Amboina, are all main ports, airfield & production sites taken now? or are the more bases to assault before the "Dutch conquest" ends?

and on the soviets; isn't AA automatically working against the soviet recon?
In my game i have some nates still flying around in manchuria, they're either on cap or training for xp, wouldn't like to see the Russian recon fly into those
how are your fighters doing in HI & kwangtung army? all transfered or training over there? (how do you spend most of your PP? planes or ground units?)




quote:

ORIGINAL: SierraJuliet
DEI
Sea: Kitakami, Maya, Atago and Nagato bombard Amboina causing 170 casualties and 1 gun lost, 6 runway hits, 3 port hits, 1 port fuel hit and 1 port supply hit. During the daytime bombardment 39 casualties, 3 airbase hits, 3 runway hits, 2 port hits, 2 port fuel hits and 2 port supply hits are reported.
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just a minor remark here; kitakami is a torpedo ship at early stages in the war, i'm not sure if she's meant to be bombarding places (bombardments need escorts as well, but i like to stick oi & kita in TF's that are more likely to see combat )




Hey there Flaggelant. Todd and I are getting in a turn a day on most days so it is steady as she goes. We have just made it to 1st August 1942. Not sure how far behind Todd’s AAR is but mine as you can see is a good 2 months shy of the action at the moment.

From memory I think I still have Medan to mop up and a couple of outposts on Sumatra still await conquest but most of the important places have now fallen. Dili and the islands north of Darwin are also still held by the Allies. As for the main production sites they are mine and the time has arrived to garner as much out of them as I can.

I’ve gone through all my units that should be in range of Soviet recon and turned them off. It seems to have worked as two months have gone by without a single Japanese combatant so much as shooting one bullet at a soviet spy plane. Not sure if this is the correct tactic to adopt against the Russians but we’ll see how it goes over the course of the game. I have no doubt Todd will open up a front here when he senses it is time to do so.

Fighters in HI and Kwangtung are for the most part on training. There are only a few Nate squadrons left and during July my production lines have finally ramped up Tojo and Tony production. I have been working towards Tony production more so and will be replacing Oscars with Tony when I can. It is about 6 to 7 weeks away in AAR time though before the Tony and Tojo start production. My main emphasis regarding fighters has been the Zero force based at Ichang... so far they have done outstandingly well against the elements of the AVG which pop up in Chungking from time to time. Todd has made no comment about his AVG loses but I’m sure it must be causing him some concern.

My PP is spent mainly on transferring planes and assigning leaders. Sometimes I have been transferring over lesser ground units too. I have a fairly good stock pile of PP at present.

As for Kitakami she is certainly not made for bombardment duties... so long ago now I can't remember if I deliberately put her on that task or plain forget that she is far too thin skinned for that caper. She is still kicking so there were no dire consequences to this action. I'm sure her captain and crew enjoyed getting in on the action.

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March to Homan - 1/26/2010 11:36:28 AM   
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26 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 28th Chinese Division is bombed by 36 Betty and suffers 94 casualties and 3 guns lost.

China
Air: Northeast of Homan 74th Chinese Corps is bombed by 17 Ann and 7 Sonia with 7 casualties reported.
Ground: Northeast of Homan Japanese shock attack achieves assault odds of 18 to 1. Japanese losses are reported as 1509 casualties, 37 guns and 2 vehicles lost to 537 Chinese casualties and 11 guns lost. The Chinese units retreat to Homan.

DEI
Air: At Medan 1st NS Garrison Battalion is bombed by 10 Helen and 20 casualties are reported.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
I think in a previous report about 1 week ago in game time I reported that the road to Homan had been opened. It hadn’t with several Chinese units still blocking the way. I’m hoping my memory is serving me correctly now and this time the road is indeed clear for my forces to march upon Homan. The defeated units doing the blocking and now in retreat where the 74th, 3rd New and 60th Chinese Corps. Judging from the combat results a difficult bunch to winkle out but they are gone now and Homan will be the next Chinese city in the sights of the Japanese Army.


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Mine v Patrol Craft: you know which wins. - 1/26/2010 12:06:07 PM   
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27 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 28th Chinese Division is bombed by 25 Betty causing 47 casualties.

China
Air: At Homan 23 Sonia bomb 72nd Chinese Corps and cause 10 casualties.

DEI
Sea: Overnight at Balikpapan one of my ASW task forces stumbles into a mine field and PC Sonan Maru # 5 is unlucky enough to hit a MK10 mine and sustains 69 101 89 damage. Given the ferocity of the explosion the crews on her consorts are saddened but not surprised to locate no survivors.
Ground: Japanese troops are ashore at Bulla.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
PC Sonan Maru # 5

Comments
Not too much action going on, however, Japanese troops are moving up the road towards Homan. A couple of Japanese divisions are moving overland from Ichang in an attempt to cut the city off from Sian. If this is successful there may even be a chance to go for encirclement at Homan.


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Bulla captured - 1/26/2010 12:31:24 PM   
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28 May 1942

Burma
Air: East of Myitkyina 28th Chinese Division is bombed by 13 Betty causing 35 casualties and 1 gun lost. In a second attack for the day 22 Betty attack 38th Chinese Division and cause 23 casualties.
Ground: My forces attempting to grab the T-junction on the track between Myitkyina and Yunan run into Chinese forces. They also have to assault them whilst making a cross river attack whilst fording the Salween River. In a bloody shock attack the Japanese achieve 0 to 1 assault odds and report 2129 casualties, 27 guns and 2 vehicles lost.

China
Air: At Chungking the Japanese set out to sweep the skies again. This time 78 A6M2 and 27 A6M3 take on 33 I-16c. 5 A6M2 are lost from the Japanese force whilst 18 of the Chinese planes are reported destroyed.
At Homan 8 Kate, 16 Ann and 21 Sonia escorted by 6 Oscar bomb 87th Chinese Corps and cause 82 casualties and 2 guns lost.

DEI
Ground: At Bulla Japanese deliberate attack achieves assault odds of 59 to 1 on the undefended base and Bulla is captured.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
TK Papoose is reported as scuttled after sustaining torpedo damage near Brisbane in the KB convoy massacre.

Comments
PO2 Fujiwara P. of F2/Tainan Daitai operating out of Ichang is credited with 5th kill to achieve ace status.
LTJG Chono D. of F2/Tainan Daitai is credited with 5th kill to achieve ace status.
F1/Omura Daitai operating out of Ichang is credited with its 50th kill.
Another lesson here in scouting after my land force meets with an unexpected foe whilst crossing the Salween River. A bloody action but my force is across and if I can hold the position a substantial force of about 8 Chinese units will be caught between this force and the Japanese forces based at Myitkyina.


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Japanese forces settle in at Homan - 1/27/2010 12:04:53 AM   
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29 May 1942

Burma
Air: At the T-junction north of Lashio 9th Chinese Corps is bombed by 25 Betty with reports of 93 casualties and 2 guns lost.

China
Air: West of Wuchow 55th Chinese Corps is bombed by 23 Sonia and 15 Sally for 14 casualties and 1 gun lost.
Ground: Japanese bombardment at Homan causes 88 Chinese casualties.

DEI
Air: At Medan 9 Helen bomb 1st NS Garrision Battalion and cause 7 casualties.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
AK Andrea Luckenbach is reported as scuttled after sustaining bomb damage near Brisbane. Chalk up another kill to KB.

Comments
Sitting pretty for the time being.... happy with the progress in China and the recent reports of scuttled ships brings the tally for KB up to 2 destroyers, 8 cargo ships, 7 tankers and 1 troop transport.


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Chinese attack north of Lashio - 1/27/2010 1:17:13 AM   
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30 May 1942

Burma
Air: At the T-junction north of Lashio 83rd Chinese Corps is bombed by 18 Betty with reports of 61 casualties and 1 gun lost.
Ground: At Lashio T-junction an allied deliberate attack achieves assault odds of 0 to 1. The Japanese force reports 29 casualties and 1 gun lost to 21 Allied casualties.

China
Air: At Homan 7 Kate and 21 Sonia escorted by 7 Oscar meets a CAP of 7 I-153c. 1 Sonia is damaged and the Japanese knock 1 Chinese plane from the sky. Bombs fall upon 72nd Chinese Corps causing 47 casualties.
Ground: At Homan Japanese bombardment causes 139 Chinese casualties and 1 gun lost.

DEI
Ground: Namlea is occupied by Japanese forces.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
CVE Unyo arrives at Tokyo. I’m planning on using her for antisubmarine work in convoys ferrying troops around.
The Japanese forces at the T-junction north of Lashio, although still stunned from the arduous river crossing assault, have managed to regroup and mount a resolute defence against the Chinese assault. Marginally outnumbered in the attack [5068 Japanese troops and 35 guns against 7574 Allied troops and 46 guns] the Japanese used the terrain to good effect and of course are confronting what is likely to be less well drilled Chinese troops. I expect from here on in the Japanese forces should be able to dig in and maintain their position whilst further reinforcements make their way to the front line.


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May 1942 comes to a close - 1/27/2010 3:57:07 AM   
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31 May 1942

Burma
Air: At the T-junction north of Lashio 9th Chinese Corps is bombed by 38 Betty with reports of 120 casualties and 4 guns lost.

China
Ground: At Homan Japanese bombardment causes 72 Chinese casualties.

DEI
Air: At Medan 3 Sally and 6 Helen attack Medan Coastal Battalion causing 16 casualties.

Australia
Air: At Cooktown 4th Dutch Naval Base Force is attacked by 16 Betty causing 20 casualties and 1 vehicle lost.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
Wow the AAR for the month of May 1942 has taken some time to knock over.... started it way back on October 8 last year! By way of review, though, it has been a busy month. The stand out highlights has been the continuing aerial battles over Imphal and Chungking with a host of Japanese aces being recorded this month. Medan has coped an aerial pounding throughout the month. In China my attack has refocussed upon capturing Homan and by the end of the month the road to Homan had been cleared of Chinese forces and the siege was just beginning.

Bases captured by Japanese forces included Palembang, Sinkep Island, Muntok, Raba, Padang, Amboina, Bulla and Lunga.

Of course probably the two most important events during the month – KBs convoy ambush and the demand by the Soviet Union for spy flights (just to add something extra to the mix).

Overall planes loss from all causes for the month of May 1942 was Japan 169 to Allied 203.


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RE: Chinese attack north of Lashio - 1/27/2010 10:43:13 PM   
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quote:

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CVE Unyo arrives at Tokyo. I’m planning on using her for antisubmarine work in convoys ferrying troops around.
The Japanese forces at the T-junction north of Lashio, although still stunned from the arduous river crossing assault, have managed to regroup and mount a resolute defence against the Chinese assault. Marginally outnumbered in the attack [5068 Japanese troops and 35 guns against 7574 Allied troops and 46 guns] the Japanese used the terrain to good effect and of course are confronting what is likely to be less well drilled Chinese troops. I expect from here on in the Japanese forces should


hey,

a CVE on ASW duty sounds like a strange idea to me?
i do use AV's & cs to scout/lure subs, but CV's arent in my list of ASW weapons (what if they hit one??)

an important point on aircraft on ASW duty is XP, i believe you need to be at about 80 XP to get some decent ASW results.
newly arrived cv's often have bad xp ratings in the squadrons, might want to check (especially since you get some land based val & kates with 80-ish xp at the start, might want to swap them for the low xp cv based planes, if your still asw-ing with cv's)


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RE: Chinese attack north of Lashio - 1/28/2010 5:00:35 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: flaggelant


quote:

ORIGINAL: SierraJuliet

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CVE Unyo arrives at Tokyo. I’m planning on using her for antisubmarine work in convoys ferrying troops around.
The Japanese forces at the T-junction north of Lashio, although still stunned from the arduous river crossing assault, have managed to regroup and mount a resolute defence against the Chinese assault. Marginally outnumbered in the attack [5068 Japanese troops and 35 guns against 7574 Allied troops and 46 guns] the Japanese used the terrain to good effect and of course are confronting what is likely to be less well drilled Chinese troops. I expect from here on in the Japanese forces should


hey,

a CVE on ASW duty sounds like a strange idea to me?
i do use AV's & cs to scout/lure subs, but CV's arent in my list of ASW weapons (what if they hit one??)

an important point on aircraft on ASW duty is XP, i believe you need to be at about 80 XP to get some decent ASW results.
newly arrived cv's often have bad xp ratings in the squadrons, might want to check (especially since you get some land based val & kates with 80-ish xp at the start, might want to swap them for the low xp cv based planes, if your still asw-ing with cv's)





Hi flaggelant

Well it might seem a little unorthodox but it was a regular feature of the Atlantic war. I certainly wourldn't be using my CVs or CVLs in this role and my other CVEs are tied up in a dedicated carrier task force of some kind. This one was just for something different to see if something good might come of it... part of my learinig experience. Good point on the 80XP factor.... had a look at the Vals I put onboard and they only rate a combined value of 73. I'll be scouting around to see what better offerings I might have to increase this ships potency. As Unyo turned up without planes I had to go hunting to put something on board in any case.

We'll see how she goes over time.

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Settling in at Homan - 1/28/2010 5:49:13 AM   
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1 June 1942

Burma
Air: At the T-junction north of Lashio 83rd Chinese Corps is bombed by 33 Betty with reports of 44 casualties.


China
Air: At Homan 14 Ann and 7 Sonia are met by 5 I-153c and 13 I-16c. 1 Ann and 1 Sonia are destroyed whilst the ground unit loses 14 casualties. At the T-junction north of Lashio 9th Chinese Corps is bombed by 38 Betty with reports of 120 casualties and 4 guns lost.
Ground: At Homan Japanese bombardment causes 58 casualties.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
Well this was a relatively calm day. If it weren’t for Homan you could be excused for thinking there was a temporary ceasefire.


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RE: Focus continues at Homan - 1/28/2010 9:29:36 AM   
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2 June 1942

Burma
Air: At the T-junction north of Lashio 9th Chinese Corps is bombed by 29 Betty with reports of 65 casualties and 2 guns lost.

China
Air: At Homan 7 Kate, 12 Ann and 11 Sonia are met by 17 I-16c. 1 Kate and 2 Sonia are destroyed in the air. On the ground 17 casualties are reported.
Ground: At Homan Japanese bombardment causes 255 casualties.
East of Homan Japanese and Chinese forces meet in the field. A Japanese bombardment results in 37 Japanese casualties and 6 guns lost to 10 Chinese casualties and 1 gun lost.
Japanese forces have made it to the road south of Homan. This Japanese force is subjected to Chinese bombardment which causes 4 casualties and 1 gun lost.

Subs
No action reported.

Naval Losses for the Day
Nil

Comments
The action in and around Homan is slowly ramping up. Lucky those bombers over Homan are not being met by Warhawks or I’d be reporting some serious loses.


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