September 7, 1943 –
The Night Phase saw the RN Bombardment TFs once again go after the IJA Regiment south of Akyab. Like the previous night, the first TF missed the target while the second TF hit the Japanese Troops.
The one Not Nice Report from the Night was a report that the Temporary Flotation Repairs on South Dakota failed a couple of times. I want to get South Dakota further south before I park her in a Port, but I'm getting edgy.
Daylight brought a Japanese Surprise Air Attack on the British Brigade that is on its way to Bassein from Prome. The Brits were hammered in the Open by 75 Helen IIas that were escorted by 53 Oscar IIbs. I didn't have any CAP nearby, so the Japanese Attack had an easy time.
That British Brigade is due to be withdrawn in a few months so I re-set it to "Move", told the Troops to Stiffen the Upper Lip, and ordered them to continue on to Bassein which is empty. I also set 3 P-38 Squadrons on LR CAP over the Troops for the next turn, just in case my opponent tries to do the same thing twice. However, due to heavy Japanese Air Recon, I suspect that he may attempt an attack on Prome instead, so I ordered some P-47s to fly LR-CAP over there too.
The Allied Air Response in Burma consisted of the 4Es hammering the Air Base at Pegu again, and 135 P-39s attacking the IJA Infantry Regiment that is south of Akyab. Those 135 planes succeeded in disabling 1 Japanese Squad.
Off in the South Pacific the USN PB4Y-1s hit the SNLF at Luganville again, while the USAAF 4Es in north-eastern Oz dropped Air Mines at Horn Island. I've now used up most of my Air Mines, so there will be one last Mission for the NE Oz 4Es and then it's back to Dropping Bombs.
It was then the turn of the East African Division to once again attack the remaining Japanese Troops on the road south of Akyab:
Ground combat at 54,47 (near Ramree Island)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 12330 troops, 276 guns, 159 vehicles, Assault Value = 376
Defending force 1116 troops, 8 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4
Allied adjusted assault: 334
Japanese adjusted defense: 1
Allied assault odds: 334 to 1
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-)
Japanese ground losses:
1573 casualties reported
Squads: 34 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 61 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1
11th (East African) Division
1st USN Naval Construction Regiment
2nd USN Naval Construction Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
So the East Africans wiped out the Japanese Troops and opened the Road from Akyab to Prome once and for all. Now they get to march south to Prome and eventually to Rangoon, while the USN Engineers, who were sitting the fight out in Reserve, will now march to Ramree Island and start to build up that base. That will be a pain, because Ramree is a 0(0) Port right now, but I have Plenty of Engineers, and I am patient, so eventually it will get Maxed-Out, just like all of my other bases.
And with that Japanese Infantry Regiment gone I no longer have any Targets within reasonable range of my P-39s, so I sent them Back Behind the Lines for Training and Upgrades. About half of them are due to be upgraded to Level Bombers, so I set them to Ground Attack Training, while the other half are due to upgrade to Fighter Squadrons, so I upgraded them to various P-40s for now and set them to Escort Training.
And in one other change in the Region, the Japanese Troops that have been sitting across the border in China on the Lashio Road finally pulled back into Burma. I'm not following yet, because most of my Chinese units there are Hard Restricted, but I will eventually convert the ones that I can and have them start to move into Burma too to join the 2 Chinese units that have already been converted.
BTW – Back in the South Pacific it appears that the Japanese CVs have moved closer to Rabaul again. Just in case this is a feint, I ordered the PB4Y-1s out of Attack Mode and into Naval Search. I've got plans in the South Pacific and I want to be able to keep track of what the Japanese CVs are doing and where they are doing it.
BTW II – My opponent is going on a Sun and Sea Vacation for the next couple of weeks, and it's unlikely that he will find any WiFi where he will be sunning and splashing. So this will probably be it until the end of August.