From: San Antonio, TX
The buffaloes keep taking a toll on sweeping Nates, 2 downed for no loss today according to the combat reports. Unescorted airraids are keeping georgetown field closed, today a squadron will LRCAP it from Taiping.
A TF is sighted East of Kuantan, I'm guessing it's a landing forced aimed at Kuantan as sigint reveals extra troops embarking for the base. Everything carrying a torpedo in Singapore will fly against this fleet. There are still a CL and 2 DD in Singapore, meant as escorts for the POW, but they will sortie if the force is lightly escorted.
More strikes by zeroes, slightly more losses at my side. Surprisingly, the squadron flying P-35A has accounted for 6 kill up to now, while losing 5 or 6 planes from A2A combat. Good show. Clark is getting pounded, runway damage is up to 66.
A lot of merchants are still stuck in the area, some of the longer ranged ones are going to try and break out straight to the Pacific. Others must hope Ryuyo leaves so the can flee through the Eastern DEI. A question to other allied players, how many of the ships here do you usually manage to extract and how do you do it ? Japaneses players are free to tell me how they try to stop this excodus, so I can circumvent the usual blockades.
Nells attacked the DD from Manilla North of Borneo and sank one, they also took out one xAK around the same position. As the Celebes is now closed as well all ships will go into harbours and pray, only the DD will try a full speed run further along the coast and then South to Batavia. They may bump into a Japanese TF that's now North of Kuching.
The Celebes is being flooded by Dutch subs and S-boats, I'm hoping to get a hit on the Ryuyo and maybe find out what the other TF(s?) there are, navsearch planes reveal nothing, but an invasion against Tarakan isn't unlikely. The american cruisers and destroyers will leave Balikpapan for fear of a potential port strike.
Not much movement by my opponent, the units North of Ichang entered the hex, tomorrow they'll bomb to see what is there.
The enemy has entered Hong Kong, the Kowloon brigade is put in reserve as I'm expecting a bombardement tomorrow.
Lost track of KB again, I'm guessing this means it has retired as navsearch from Midway was looking East. This was done to make sure I found KB if it was still chasing Lexington. If it's still gone tomorrow I'll declare the battles after Pearl finished and put up a nice map of the manuevers.
8th Marine regiment will leave tomorrow, together with some FA Bat to reinforce Pago Pago, 2 infantry regiments are earmarked for Suva. More on my strategy for the Southern Islands later.
The counting of torpedoes for Allied and Japanese CVs in AE makes a whopping difference. No longer can the IJN (or Allied) CVLs or CVEs be torpedo-spewing machines of death until they run out of carrier sorties. Now, some of the CVEs only have 6 torpedo loads, IIRC, the CVLs have less than 20. That's it. After that, he'll either have to rearm, switch to bombs or have Ryujo rendered ineffective at stopping shipping after shooting its bolt.
As IJ player in PBEMs, the way I stopped the allied Asiatic fleet exodus was to bring KB into the initial strike on Manila, bypassing PH. Controversial, but effective. Sank damn near everything in the harbor though-SS, xAK, DDs, AVPs, PTs, everything. The range of KB strike aircraft was such that other ships in and around the PI were also destroyed (Naga harbor, CA Houston, etc.). When combined with early mining efforts around the PI, SCTF intercepts and submarine interdiction of straits around the Celebes, I think my efforts have been effective in limiting escapees. But this approach required a commitment to 'get 'em all'. If the IJN doesn't commit to a thorough destruction of the PI Asiatic fleet, you should be able to get some out.
Split 'em into penny packets-1 or 2 ships per TF. Multiple locations, multiple waypoints, multiple destinations. He doesn't have enough offensive firepower with just 1 CVL to get anywhere near all of these ships it they sortie simultaneously.
Lastly-a dirty little trick for you. If his CVL aircraft are set to naval attack, they're not set to ASW efforts. Time your breakout with a CVL TF hunt with your GOOD submarines (e.g., Dutch or British) leading the efforts to take a potshot at the CVL TF. Keep your temporarily worthless USN fleet boats with their crappy Mk. 14s out of the way for now.