From: Reading, England
Faber has no more than 20 reported fighters left at Rangoon, Pegu and Moulmein. If recon is to be believed the constant sweeps and frequent bombing runs are taking their toll. Over 100 planes were claimed destroyed over the 2 days for the loss of 40 friendlies.
The B29's were socked in on the 12th but attacked Pnomh Penh on the 13th. 30 enemy Zeroes and Oscars were on CAP. They affected their aim and shot down 4 of the Superforts. Only 7 of 21 enemy LI was damaged. Time to rest for a few days before launching again.
Ground Troops still moving around.
Air attacks heavily hit 58th Infantry Rgt moving up from Palembang. Claiming about 1000 casualties over 2 days.
Supplies arrived on the 13th and my men attacked again on the 13th south of Djambi. A further Jap Bde had moved in from Djambi (which now makes that very vulnerable to direct attack with only 2/3 support units there I would presume) but more enemy men were lost again....can Faber continue to bring up enough troops to hold my men from breaking through.....eventually?
Ground combat at 47,89 (near Djambi)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 53144 troops, 1147 guns, 688 vehicles, Assault Value = 1516
Defending force 20842 troops, 309 guns, 648 vehicles, Assault Value = 615
Allied adjusted assault: 889
Japanese adjusted defense: 1101
Allied assault odds: 1 to 2
Japanese ground losses:
1544 casualties reported
Squads: 45 destroyed, 97 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Vehicles lost 59 (7 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
1389 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 136 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 44 disabled
Guns lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)
My CentPac CV TF snuck towards it's target un-detected on the 13th and attacked Truk's port with success:
Afternoon Air attack on Truk , at 112,108
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid detected at 72 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes
F6F-3 Hellcat x 74
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 56
TBM-1C Avenger x 81
Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 5 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 7 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak
CM Okinoshima, Bomb hits 11, and is sunk
CMc Ma 2, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
SST Yu-2, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
CMc Ma 1, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
SST Yu-4, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
SST Yu-1, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
AR Yamabiko Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CMc Kurosaki, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Nikki Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
ARD Dublon ARD, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
CM Tokiwa, Bomb hits 21, and is sunk
PB Hakata Maru #2, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
PB Okiyu Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
PB Yahada Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
ACM Hagoromo Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PB Toshi Maru #2, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
ACM Toyotsu Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
ACM Noshiro Maru #2, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
Those SST's are strange pointless things by the look of it!
Mission accomplished so heading back to Wake via the Marshall's for some sniping raids.
My transports reached Townsville on the 13th and have begun boarding men for the NG invasions.
No dud/missed attacks.
SS Swordfish sank AKL Shinki Maru south of Cam Ranh Bay on the 13th.
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