From: Reading, England
Thanks Mac for the kind words. Hardly a master but thanks
A very good day for my subs today most likely sinking a CVE outright!
The final reinforcements of the current batch are ashore at Benkoelen. They'll move to the east to cover for any Jap movement from Palembang whilst 1200 AV moves southwards to take Oosthaven.
Concurrently forces will begin to advance towards Djambi further north.
Palembang will (hopefully) remain a 100K Jap. prison. I'll keep bombing the place (the refineries are mainly damaged to prevent supply creation) to take down the supply.
Further recon of the rest of Malaya indicates very few troops in the north. It seems there's about 50-60K Jap troops in total throughout Malaya mainly in Singapore and Johore Bharu.
I'll start to recon western Borneo as well now and then make a decision where to go for after Sumatra!
My SC TF scouted near Oosthaven and located the remaining Jap LB's sinking all 9 of them.
Virtually all material is ashore at Sorong now so the Armada (which moved to a position west of Sorong today) will head towards Ambon to unload the remaining material and planes there before heading south, covering a few more quick invasions on empty bases, back to Australia. CV Chimera is still at the same damage level today (43 FLT).
Interestingly a Jap. DD Sqn was detected by patrols 3 hexes ENE of Sorong during the day. CV air hit the enemy hard:
Morning Air attack on TF, near Manokwari at 86,106
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes
F6F-3 Hellcat x 132
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 29
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 62
TBF-1 Avenger x 1
TBM-1C Avenger x 18
Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 9 damaged
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 5 damaged
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 1 destroyed by flak
TBM-1C Avenger: 2 damaged
DD Kiyonami, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
DD Matsu, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kiyoshimo, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Michishio, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Hokaze, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
DD Samidare, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Wakazuki, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Okinami, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Akigumo, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Hayashimo, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Manokwari at 86,106
Weather in hex: Heavy rain
Raid detected at 61 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes
F6F-3 Hellcat x 75
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 29
TBF-1 Avenger x 17
Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 4 damaged
DD Michishio, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kiyoshimo, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Akigumo, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Kiyonami, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Okinami, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DD Wakazuki, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Samidare, heavy fires, heavy damage
3 x dud/missed attacks.
First, the highlight of the day. SS Becuna located and hit CVE Chuyo with 3 torpedoes just south of Kobe. A fuel and ammo explosion were reported as well. I would hope she's sunk but she doesn't have far to go to a major port. The heavy escort gave Becuna a going over leaving her with 50ish SYS/FLT damage. She'll hopefully return to a heroes welcome at Wake!
SS Tang sank AKL Taikai Maru west of Japan.
SS Cod sank AKL Hanakawa Maru with 3 torpedoes SW of Borneo. Later in the day she heavily damaged the troop filled AK Saiho Maru with a torpedo east of Soerabaja.
SS Shark II sank TK Otowasan Maru with 2 torpedoes near Daito Shoto.
< Message edited by Speedy -- 4/22/2013 12:28:25 PM >
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