From: USA now in Brasil
February 24, 1945 Manila Bay
22nd AA Regiment is located at Osaka/Kobe.
49th Ind. Mixed Brigade is located at Kadina.
119th Division is located at Tokyo.
25th AA Regiment is located at Osaka/Kobe.
35th Division is located at Nanning.
21st AA Regiment is planning for an attack on Chungking.
3rd Mortar Battalion is located at Balikpapan.
3088 men are based at Anshan.
64th Construction Battalion is located at Nagasaki.
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Tabun-Nur 1 LCU 1060/10/0
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Shikka 2 LCUs 18960/174/0
Yak-9UF takes recon photos of Chiamussu 8 LCUs 48220/432/157
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Mishan 9 LCUs 31720/315/195
Yak-9UF takes recon photos of Mutanchiang 69 fighters, 28 bombers, 86 aux, 12 LCUs 87980/987/15
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Harbin 15 fighters, 14 aux, 15 LCUs 240/16/0
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Haiphong 1 X SS, 1 X APD, 1 X AP, 1 X AG
F-5A Lightning takes recon photos of Victoria Point 7 LCUs 23200/113/0
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Tavoy 9 LCUs 94320/1020/27
PB2Y Coronado takes recon photos of Tarakan 2 LCUs
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Legaspi 3 LCUs 12360/124/5
OS2U-3 Kingfisher takes recon photos of Naga 1 LCU 4460/0/0
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of San Jose vacant
PBY Catalina takes recon photos of Maloelap vacant
PBY Catalina takes recon photos of Majuro vacant
Manila 18 X AP, 87 fighters, 69 bombers, 103 aux, 18 LCUs 140560/1145/25
Andaman Island was raided by 43 X Liberator VI (1 damaged) resulting in some secondary explosions and extremely light casualties. The 146th IJN Base Force was jumped by 32 X Mosquito FB.VI (2 damaged) and 33 X B-25J (2 damaged) and had moderately heavy personnel losses.
22 Miles from Gasmata the Kure 2nd SNLF was hit by 6 Mitchells, but the unit escaped without losses. Then 65 X B-24D and 72 X B-24J tried and failed to harm the Japanese unit.
Near Cagayan the IJA 18th Division had very heavy casualties from 3 separate attacks made by Allied aircraft. The IJA 56th Division was struck twice for heavy troop losses. The IJA102nd Division also had heavy casualties from a couple of air attacks. The Allied artillery barrage continued as it dealt out very heavy losses on the Japanese.
A Dauntless spotted an AP near Manila and reported a hit. Then the Japanese ships were under a CAP of 40 X Zeke, 7 X George, 14 X Jack and 20 X Frank when 61 X SBD, 54 X SB2C, 18 X TBF, 72 X TBM and 99 X F6F made a thunderous appearance. The fighters whirled and swirled, doing their deadly dance and then the AA blossomed over the ships. A lone Jack lived to file his report while the USN suffered the loss of 12 Hellcats. A Dauntless, 2 Helldivers, a TBF, 6 TBMs and 3 F6Fs were damaged in the fighting. It was described as a target rich environment as the following report was filed.
AK San Francisco Maru 2 bomb hits, 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Bugen Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
DD Tokitsukaze 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AK Kenan Maru 5 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Saigon Maru 4 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
DD Arashio 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Reikai Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AK Shinan Maru 2 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Takamisan Maru 1 torpedo hits, on fire
AK Sumatra Maru 6 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
DD Hayate 4 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
PC PC-28 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Seiki Maru 5 bomb hits, 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
DD Shimozuki 6 bomb hits, 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Tainan Maru 3 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Sakito Maru 3 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
Another attack was made by 3 X PB4Y and 3 X P-38J who encountered the lone Jack who fled again. The AK Saigon Maru was struck by 3 bombs and was burning with heavy damage. A Jack was dealt with by another strike of 10 X PB4Y (1 damaged) and 6 X P-38J who hit the following ships:
AK Shinmei Maru 2 bomb hits, on fire
AK Kinugasa Maru 3 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Nishi Maru 4 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
Many of the above listed ships no longer exist, but reports are conflicting and heavy smoke prevented accurate assessment of what was accomplished.
“You didn’t bother to find out what outfit they were from?” the captain asked Sam to which Same just shrugged and muttered something about not thinking of it at the time. Nobody is really doing their jobs properly as the boredom is destroying the unit.
FDR is beaming and he says that he can't believe that Moscow has actually managed to pry so much territory from the Japanese. “You would think that Tokyo learned their lessen about Stalin letting us use a Soviet base to attack from. Now the northern part of Japan will suffer from our bombers as our long overdue bombardment of Japan will commence soon.”
Stick had the day off and he just lazed around, wrote a couple of letters and then visited with the line mechanics. He still loves those guys, unlike so many of the pilots who take them for granted.
U-boats sunk 8 ships and 2 DDs in a convoy bound for Murmansk.
Victory Points Allied 52787 Japanese 39603