From: USA now in Brasil
March 28, 1945 South Of Toyohara
1718 men are based at Fushan.
1st Guards Mixed Brigade is located at Tokyo.
Elements of the 1st Mongolian Cavalry Division are located at Shanghai.
Elements of the 2nd Ind. Brigade are located at Kaigan.
91st Naval Guard Unit is located at Hanoi.
Ryojun Fortress is located at Port Arthur.
7th Mixed Brigade is located at Mutanchiang.
1st Mortar Regiment is located at Sasebo.
34th Division is located at Nanning.
9th Engineer Regiment is located at Changkufeng.
143rd Division is located at Nagoya.
Elements of the 2nd Mongolian Cavalry Division are located at Tsingtao.
Elements of the 5th Mongolian Cavalry Division are located at Peking.
21st Reserve Engineer Regiment is located at Shimuzu.
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Nanning 32 LCUs
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Victoria Point 7 LCUs 21680/105/0
F-5A Lightning takes recon photos of Tavoy 8 LCUs 40800/383/14
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Sandakan vacant
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Naga 8 LCUs 86000/878/11
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Manila 1 X SS, 1 X AP, 13 LCUs 20160/119/0
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Gili Gili 8 LCUs
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Tuguegarao 1 LCU 3540/10/0
F-5A Lightning takes recon photos of Rabaul 7 LCUs 36020/56/0
The SS Whale tried and failed to attack 2 X AP and 1 X MSW about 31 miles W of Toyohara.
5 USN DDs attacked an IJN sub 94 miles E of Tori Shima, claiming some hits.
The RN conducted a naval bombardment of Andaman Island that caused light damage to the airstrip and moderate casualties. Then 126 X Liberator VI struck and did very heavy damage to the airfield, triggered many secondary explosions and personnel losses were negligible. The 146th IJN Base Force had moderate casualties from an air attack. The 118th IJNAF Base Force was attacked by Allied planes and had moderate losses.
The USN executed a naval bombardment of the Japanese near Cagayan inflicting moderately heavy losses. The IJA 4th Division sustained moderate casualties from an air raid. The IJA 18th Division had moderately heavy losses from being bombed and strafed. The IJA56th Division took light losses from 2 air attacks. The IJA 24th Ind. Mixed Brigade had very heavy casualties from 2 air strikes. The IJA 102nd Division sustained heavy losses from being attacked twice by Allied aircraft. Another ground attack on the Japanese resulted in both sides having very heavy casualties and a little ground was taken.
Toyohara was under a CAP of 23 X Zeke when a fighter sweep of 24 X P-51D bounced them. 8 Zekes were destroyed and 7 more took damage. Then 87 X B-29 (7 damaged), 6 X P-47D and 3 X P-38J arrived and the airfield was heavily damaged, there were some secondary explosions, 4 Bettys and 8 Irvings were trashed and casualties were negligible.
Tokyo underwent a fighter sweep made by 48 X P-51D and they fought with 76 X Zeke, 41 X George, 62 X Frank and 32 X Tony. 41 Zekes, 5 Georges, 33 Franks and 23 Tonys were shot down while 7 Mustangs were splashed (2 damaged).
Japanese ships 22 miles S of Toyohara were attacked by 27 X TBF (3 damaged), 47 X TBM (5 damaged), 17 X F6F, 57 X FM-2 and 10 X F4F-4 with the convoy suffering greatly.
AP Kuretake Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kogi Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire
AP Kisaragi Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kizan Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kakyu Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kinjosan Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Nihonkai Maru 2 torpedo hits, sunk
AP Kyuden Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire
AP Gokoku Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire
Japanese soldiers were seen jumping from the burning ships.
Another strike was made later by 9 X TBF, 40 X TBM (4 damaged), 21 X F6F, 34 X FM-2 and 8 X F4F-4 who added to the carnage.
AP Aikoku Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire
AP Shofuku Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kisaragi Maru 1 torpedo hit, sunk
AP Nichiryu Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kakyu Maru 1 torpedo hit, sunk
Once again Japanese troops reportedly went into the water.
In the afternoon another raid by 46 X B-24D, 9 X TBF, 31 X TBM, 19 X FM-2, 5 X F4F-4, 30 X P-38J and 42 X P-47D was conducted on the already battered Japanese ships.
AP Kunimitsu Maru, 1 bomb hit, on fire
MSW Wa 9 9 bomb hits, sunk
AP Kizan Maru 9 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kembu Maru 3 bomb hits, on fire
AP Aikoku Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kuretake Maru 2 torpedo hits, sunk
AP Kinjosan Maru 7 bomb hits, sunk
AP Kiyoshima Maru 2 torpedo hits, sunk
AP Nihonkai Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
Japanese personnel were again seen going into the cold waters to escape the flames.
Another attack was made by 34 X TBM, 44 X F6F and 16 X FM-2 and they too scored.
AP Kunimitsu Maru 3 torpedo hits, sunk
AP Heito Maru 2 torpedo hits, sunk
More Japanese were observed diving into the ocean.
Then 16 X TBM (1 damaged) got into the act.
AP Kashiwa Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire
AP Konzan Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire
More troops were seen going into the water.
Finally some Japanese planes arrived and the 4 X Zeke faced the daunting task of stopping 52 X B-24D, 23 X P-51D, 44 X P-47D and 30 X P-38J. All of the Zekes were promptly destroyed and the bombers went to work while the fighters diligently searched for more Japanese planes.
AP Hikawa Maru 2 bomb hits, on fire
AP Shofuku Maru 8 bomb hits, sunk
AP Heito Maru 7 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kogi Maru 4 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
Many more Japanese went for a swim rather than burn to death.
The USN also had 4 X BB, 2 X CA and 6 X DD engage the enemy.
AP Gokoku Maru 7 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Gotake Maru 3 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Hikawa Maru 6 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kashiwa Maru 5 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kembu Maru 2 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kizan Maru 2 shell hits, sunk
AP Kogi Maru 2 shell hits, sunk
AP Konzan Maru 8 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Koryu Maru 1 shell hit
AP Koshu Maru #2 4 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kotobuki Maru #5 16 shell hits, sunk
AP Kyuden Maru 3 shell hits, sunk
AP Nichiryu Maru 6 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
A huge number of Japanese went for a swim.
At Naga the Japanese artillery bombardment inflicted negligible casualties on the Allied forces. The Allied guns dished out heavy losses on the Japanese.
As they collapse into their freshly dug holes Slim and his lads are told that they go again tomorrow. With a collective groan they resume whatever they were doing. Some light a smoke, others have something to eat and some fall asleep immediately. Slim wakes them up and tells everybody to see to their weapons.
Ed's Old Gals step up to the plate again tomorrow. After all of the needed things are attended to Phil hands Ed a message report and Ed's eyes light up. “Three of our sisters up north seemed to have feasted on a Japanese troop convoy while the planes got in the first punches the battle wagons really gave them the coup de grace. Anytime you want to give me good news like this please feel free to do so,” Ed says as he slaps Phil on the back.
Lousy weather is keeping the Lucky 11 on the ground and though it's safer than flying the boredom is tough to deal with.
US Army troops entered Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.
Gotenhafen fell to the Soviet Army.
Hitler fired Guderian and gave Krebs the job of Chief of OKH.
Argentina declared was on Germany.
Victory Points Allied 57053 Japanese 40427