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October 1, 1944 Morotai
Southwest Fleet is located at Singapore.
211845 men are based at Masan.
8170 men are based at Hakodate.
Karafuto Mixed Brigade is located at Shikka.
38th Construction Battalion is located at Toyohara.
65th Construction Battalion is located at Kagoshima.
10th Aviation Rgt is located at Changchun.
25th Air Flotilla is located at Tokyo.
5th Army is located at Tsitsihar.
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment is located at Tsitsihar.
3rd Cavarly Brigade is located at Mishan.
Najin Fortress is located at Changkufeng.
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Koepang 3 LCUs 12060/30/0
PB2Y Coronado takes recon photos of Paramushiro Jima 8 bombers, 2 aux, 7 LCUs 8040/54/0
PBY Catalina takes recon photos of Wotje 4 LCUs 60/0/0
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Victoria Point 8 LCUs 16900/100/0
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Ubon vacant
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Davao 63 fighters, 12 bombers, 62 aux, 12 LCUs 39780/319/0
F-5A Lightning takes recon photos of Wewak 1 LCU 640/0/0
Tavoy was awakened by 42 X B-25J, 9 X Thunderbolt II and 9 X Spitfire VIII but the AA batteries were on alert and damaged 9 of the Mitchells. The airfield was moderately damaged, there were some secondary explosions and casualties were moderate. Before the gun barrels of the AA batteries had cooled another raid appeared which consisted of 51 X B-25J (2 damaged), 44 X Mosquito FB.VI (1 damaged), 10 X Thunderbolt II and 12 X Spitfire VIII. This time damage to the airfield was heavy, there were a couple secondary explosions and troop losses were moderate.
Bangkok was swept by 63 X P-38J, who sliced through the gaggle of Japanese fighters. Of the 16 X Zeke, 4 X George, 6 X Jack and 2 X Frank all but 3 Zekes and 2 Jacks were shot down at the cost of 2 Lightnings destroyed. About an hour later 19 X P-51D came calling only to find a single Zeke in the air. The Japanese plane tried to flee, but was destroyed.
Krung Thep was bombed by 37 X B-29 46 X B-24J (1 damaged), 130 X Liberator VI (2 damaged) and 21 X Thunderbolt II. The airstrip took extremely heavy damage, There were to many secondary explosions to get any kind of count and casualties were heavy. A bombardier from one of the B-29s stated at the debriefing that it looked like the 4th of July. Later 80 X B-29 (1 downed, 3 damaged) added heavy damage to the airfield, many secondary explosions and light personnel losses.
Koepang's port was lightly damaged by 32 X B-24J. There were some secondary explosions reported and casualties were thought to have been extremely light. Another attack was made by 45 X B-24D (2 damaged) and 48 X B-24J (6 damaged) who added very heavy damage to the port, many secondary explosions and light troop losses.
Lautem was the object of attention for 143 X B-25J, 21 X P-40N and 22 X Kittyhawk III who administered light damage to the port and caused a single secondary explosion. Elements of the he IJA 22nd Ind. Mixed Brigade were bombed and strafed by 56 X P-38J for heavy losses.
Truk was raided by 35 X B-29 who lightly damaged the port and inflicted light casualties.
Kwajalein was struck by 33 X PB4Y for a couple of large fuel explosions and a few other secondary explosions.
Gili Gili had moderate port damage and many secondary explosions thanks to 42 X B-24D.
Lunga was bombed by 106 X B-24J for light damage to the airfield and port, a secondary explosion was seen and personnel losses were extremely light.
On Morotai the IJA 66th Division had heavy losses thanks to 17 X TBF, 144 X TBM and 17 X F6F. Then 76 X SBD, 82 X SB2C, 75 X TBF, 78 X TBM, 123 X F6F, 167 X FM-2 and 8 X F4F-4 attacked the port and airstrip. The port was lightly damaged, the airfield heavily, there were some secondary explosions and personnel losses were very light. Another attack pushed the Japanese defenders back some more as the defensive network is starting to crumble. Casualties for both sides were heavy.
On Kai Island he IJA 28th Ind. Mixed Brigade was jumped by 64 X P-38J and 2 X Kittyhawk III. The unit had heavy losses.
5th New Chinese Corps had moderate casualties from 13 X Peggy.
20 miles N of Krung Thep 1st BAF AA Regiment was being snooped on by a couple of Dinahs, but 10 Jugs chased them away, damaging both of the Japanese planes. A short time later the 44th Indian Division was attacked by 3 X Frances, 11 X Peggy and 3 X Jack. The 10 Thunderbolt IIs were still on the job and they tried to attack the Japanese planes as they departed. A Jug was damaged and the LCU took moderate losses.
The PT-46, near Rangoon, was attacked by 3 X Frances who were greeted by 3 X P-51D, 18 X P-47D, 9 X Thunderbolt II and 3 X Spitfire VIII who promptly ended the careers of all three Japanese crews. Another raid was made by 3 X Frances and the CAP destroyed all of them too.
The Japanese AP 137 miles N of Marcus Island was attacked by 24 X SB2C, 18 X TBF and 14 X F6F who administered 6 bomb and 2 torpedo hits, dooming the vessel.
The SS Rock, on patrol 89 miles E of Teloekbetoeng, spotted and attacked 2 AKs being escorted by 2 MSWs. She hit 1 of the AKs with a fish, starting fires.
Another mission was completed by the 500th VHBG, but the Lucky 11 had to abort because two of the engines quit. The big bird can fly on 2 motors, but can't maintain the speed needed to keep formation. The men are unhappy because this means that they haven't moved closer to their rotation home.
The CL Helena continues to cruise close to Morotai as part of a CVTF. As usual Bill takes comfort from the Hellcats on patrol overhead. They are joined by Wildcats too as the CVEs are very busy also. He rarely knows much about what is going on, but in his little corner of the war he is lord and master of one of the finest cruisers in the USN, or so he thinks. His crew goes about their business and he hasn't heard about any disciplinary problems lately.
The Palawan continues her steady course to Morotai. Red listens to the radio and from what he pieces together it seems like there is heavy fighting going on at their destination. He relates this to Cookie over some food and expresses his misgivings about going into an area that is “hot.”
Monte Battaglia, in the Gothic Line, was taken by the US 5th Army after a 5 day battle.
The Red Army crossed the Danube into Yugoslavia.
A secret Hungarian delegation arrived in Moscow to sign a truce.
Victory Points Allied 41258 Japanese 34735