From: Reading, England
Still pretty quiet as forces move before the next round.
Only actions to note are that Salamaua fell on New Guinea to a US Para Rgt, 3 x Allied K's were sunk by Betties on their way back from Ambon and Oosthaven fell to Allied forces on the 25th:
Ground combat at Oosthaven (48,96)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 47723 troops, 1018 guns, 711 vehicles, Assault Value = 1388
Defending force 6459 troops, 55 guns, 76 vehicles, Assault Value = 162
Allied adjusted assault: 905
Japanese adjusted defense: 6
Allied assault odds: 150 to 1 (fort level 3)
Allied forces CAPTURE Oosthaven !!!
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-)
Japanese ground losses:
2213 casualties reported
Squads: 146 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 166 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 50 (42 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 68 (68 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 3
Units destroyed 1
Allied ground losses:
172 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
3 x dud/missed attacks.
SS Cisco sank AKL Awaji Maru west of Japan on the 24th.
SS Grouper sank AKL Kurenai Maru from the same convoy.
SS Trigger sank E W-39 off Sakhalin on the 25th.
SS Wahoo sank AK Nanman Maru with 2 torpedoes south of Okinawa.
SS Blackfin sank AKL Taiten Maru with a torpedo SW of Japan.
On the other side SS Albacore was sunk by an ASW TF south of Japan. SS Archerfish was damaged by ASW force sand is returning to base.
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