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Victory at Pegu - 9/30/2012 10:15:57 PM   
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October 5, 1943 –

There was no action again during the Night Phase.

Daylight brought a break in the weather and thus some substantial Allied Bombing attacks. First in were the 2Es in Burma that hit the Japanese Troops east of Taung Gyi. Next the British 4Es hit the Air Base at Chiang Mai.

Then the USAAF 4Es hit the Japanese Troops at Pegu, and to my surprise there were no Japanese Fighters on LR CAP. Take a look at the Combat Report below:

Morning Air attack on 19th Division, at 55,53 (Pegu)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 53
B-24J Liberator x 12
P-38H Lightning x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 18

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
758 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 69 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 42nd Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 2nd RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 19th Division ...
Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 42nd Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 2nd RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 19th Division ...
Also attacking 11th Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 42nd Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 2nd RTA/B Division ...


Okay, keep that in mind because we will refer to it later.

The action then shifted to Northern Australia and the DEI as USAAF 4Es, escorted by a Squadron of P-38Gs, attacked the Air Base at Koepang on Timor. I’ve been flying Recon over Koepang for months and it hasn’t shown any Japanese planes there for as long as I can remember. However, look what the USAAF Air Raid ran into:

Morning Air attack on Koepang, at 68,116

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 40

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 20
B-24D1 Liberator x 46
B-24J Liberator x 23
P-38G Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 9 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-III Dinah: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 5 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 5 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 5 destroyed

Airbase hits 56
Airbase supply hits 17
Runway hits 110

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 27 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 35200.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
28 planes vectored on to bombers
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 23 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers


Another half dozen P-38s were lost on the way home due to damage. So having those Lightnings on Escort was a Bad, Bad move.

Then came the Critical part of the turn – the Allied Ground Attack on Pegu:

Ground combat at Pegu (55,53)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 37347 troops, 888 guns, 1176 vehicles, Assault Value = 1338

Defending force 4116 troops, 43 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 99

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 1029

Japanese adjusted defense: 26

Allied assault odds: 39 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Pegu !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2999 casualties reported
Squads: 74 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 78 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 58 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 33 (32 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 5

Allied ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
26th Indian Division
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
255th Armoured Brigade
2nd British Division
5th Indian Division
85th British AT Gun Regiment
21st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
8th Medium Regiment
25th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
20th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
IV Indian Corps
26th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
42nd Infantry Regiment
2nd RTA/B Division
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
37th Const Co
53rd Const Co


Take a look at the Japanese units that were kicked out of Pegu, and then go back to the 4E attack and take a look at the Japanese units that the 4Es were bombing. The Japanese 19th Infantry Division and 11th Tank Regiment weren’t there for the final Ground Assault. They pulled out of Pegu before the Ground Assault began. During the Combat Reply I saw a “movement arrow” on the Japanese Troops in Pegu, but I didn’t expect any troops to be able to get out after the 4E attack.

Oh well, that just made my job easier at Pegu. Now the Japanese Troops at Rangoon are pretty much trapped, although I guess that they could move or retreat into the swamp hexes to the southwest of Rangoon. But I’m in no hurry to start Assaulting Rangoon. I’ve found out in my Japanese pbems that Rangoon can be a Tough Nut to Crack and I don’t want to break any of my Assault Units in a premature attack. So I ordered the 4Es to attack the Air Base at Rangoon again next turn.

I’ll leave the Victorious Allied Troops at Pegu for the next couple of days to rest up and receive more Supplies. Then I’ll order them to begin the March to Moulmein.

BTW – I just landed a British Naval Base Force at Ramree Island to join the USA Engineers that are already there building up the Base. Currently it is a F2 AF2 P1 base, but I’ve got Lots and Lots of Engineers on the way, so it ought to get Built Up fairly quickly. I like the fact that it can be built up to a Level 8 Air Base.

BTW II – I flew the Very Experienced Marine Corsair Squadron in to Ramree Island in order to keep Japanese LBA from pestering my Amphibious TFs as they bring in more Forces.

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To Darwin, With Bombs - 10/1/2012 2:01:59 AM   
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October 6, 1943 –

My opponent only had time to send the Combat Replay this evening.

There was no Action again during the Night Phase.

Daylight brought the Return of Bad Weather over much of Asia, so the 4Es stayed home in Burma. The Allied 2Es did fly against the Japanese Troops to the east of Taung Gyi, but the weather affected their attacks and they didn’t cause much damage.

In Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es turned their attention to the Air Base at Darwin this turn. An attack consisting of 31 B-24D1s, 14 B-24Ds and 23 B-24Js fought their way through 36 Ki61-Ia Tonys and 18 A6M3a Zeros to hit the base fairly well. One Liberator was lost and a number of Japanese planes were damaged or destroyed on the Ground.

But over all, these Long Range Bombing Raids aren’t doing anywhere as well as the shorter range raids in Burma. I’ve got to re-think things in this region again.

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RE: To Darwin, With Bombs - 10/2/2012 9:14:51 PM   
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October 6, 1943 – Final Comments:

Looking over the Turn brought some interesting items to light. First off, the Air Raid on Darwin worked better than initially reported – 13 Ki-46-III Dinahs, and 2 A6M3a Zeros were destroyed on the Ground. The USAAF lost 4 Liberators.

So the Libs will be off to visit the Air Base at Koepang again next turn, minus any Escorts. I'll keep on alternating until both enemy Air Bases are closed.

One thing in the Reports that is bothersome is that almost all of the Air Transport Squadrons in India will be withdrawn in 55 days. That will certainly hinder my efforts there. I definitely need to capture Rangoon before then.

And in a bit of good news, it looks as if some of the Japanese Troops that are sitting 1 hex east of Taung Gyi are pulling back. I don't care if they make the Long March back to French Indo China – I just don't want them threatening my Lines in Burma. In any event, I'll keep up the 2E Attacks in order to "encourage" them to pull Far, Far Away.

And the 4Es have their orders to Bomb the Air Base at Rangoon again. It would be nice if they flew this turn – the Damage Levels at the Air Base continue to decrease.

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Back to Koepang - 10/3/2012 9:37:08 PM   
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October 7, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw USS Sculpin put a torpedo into a TF near Bara in the DEI. Sculpin got away from the escorts in the big Japanese TK Transport TF. There was no confirmation that the burning Japanese TK went down.

Daylight brought reports of Bad Weather Everywhere, but the Allied Air Missions took off for the most part anyway. In Burma the 2Es hit the Japanese Troops to the east of Taung Gyi again while the 4Es hammered the Air Base at Rangoon.

Off along the northern coast of Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Koepang again – minus any Escorts. Some Nicks and Tojos flew CAP but the 4Es blew past them and hit the Air Base fairly hard. Eventually 1 Tojo was shot down and 1 Nick was destroyed on the Ground.

And finally, USS Gato was chased by Escorts near Shimushiri-jima in the Kuriles. Gato got away and is still hanging around, looking for targets.

So all-in-all it was a fairly quiet turn, other than for continual Base Building. For the next turn I've got the Brit 4Es set to drop Mines at Port Blair – my opponent is using that base to refuel Submarines so I want to see if I can catch any with the air dropped mines.

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RE: Back to Koepang - 10/4/2012 3:10:02 PM   
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October 8 1943 -

There was no night action.

Then there was Rain...

Then there was more Rain everywhere...

Then Everything got Rained Out Everywhere except for the Brit 4Es which dropped their mines on Port Blair.

I've never seen a total washout of all Combat missions before...

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A Break in the Weather - 10/7/2012 3:32:02 AM   
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October 9, 1943 –

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought a break in the Weather and the Allied Bombing Attacks flew as planned.

In Burma the Allied 2Es and British 4Es hammered the Air Base at Lashio. I want to make certain that my opponent doesn’t get tempted to fly in some planes in an attempt to ambush me.

Then the USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Rangoon. Recon and Intel report that there are something like 45K Japanese Troops at Rangoon so I want to soften them up well before I try an assault. But just to test the waters I ordered my besieging forces to do an Artillery Attack next turn.

Off in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es attacked the Air Base at Katherine, surprising and destroying a half dozen Dinah IIIs on the Ground and damaging the Air Base quite nicely.

And a handful of B-25s hit the Japanese Troops at Ndeni again. But the Real Action in the Region will start in a few days as I prepare to do some serious Bombing in the Solomons.

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Artillery Attack at Rangoon - 10/7/2012 8:12:38 PM   
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October 10, 1943 –

There was no Night Action, although there were reports of increased Japanese Shipping activity in the eastern Solomons.

Daylight brought out the Allied Bombers again. In Burma the Allied 2Es hit the Japanese Troops that are just to the east of Lashio, while the 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Rangoon.

In Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Darwin and found no CAP. Therefore, the attack was able to hammer the Air Base quite nicely.

And 2 Mitchell Squadrons hit the Japanese Troops at Ndeni.

At the end of the day USS Trident was chased by Japanese PBs off of Singapore, but got away.

The Allied Troops besieging Rangoon then tried an Artillery Attack. The result was that the Allies suffered around 4 times the casualties as the Japanese. But I now have an idea of what I am facing at Rangoon – there are 2 Japanese Infantry Divisions there and various odds-and-ends units.

So I’ll continue to Pound the Japanese Troops there from the Air while more Allied Troops move forward.


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Gray Day - 10/10/2012 7:54:06 PM   
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October 11, 1943 –

The Night Phase started out with USS Grayling hitting a little xAKL with 3 torpedoes just off of Shimonoseki. There were a dozen or more xAKLs in the TF. Grayling escaped the Japanese Escorts unharmed.

Then USS Grayback hit an xAK with 2 torpedoes at Tulagi. That Japanese TF had almost a dozen xAKs and xAKLs in it. Grayback also got away from the Japanese Escorts.

Daylight brought out the 2Es and British 4Es in Burma. Japanese troops east of Mandalay and east of Lashio were hammered, as was the Air Base at Lashio. The USAAF 4Es didn’t fly.

In Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Wyndham after it was reported that Japanese Fighters had moved back in. Sure enough, the 38 B-24D1s, 16 B-24Ds, and 20 B-24Js ran into 36 Tonys. The 4Es fought past the Tonys and hammered the Air Base hard. One B-24D1 was shot down during the attack.

Next Mitchells hit the Japanese troops at Ndeni again.

Then a mistake in planning hurt me as 5 B-24D1s flew in to attack an xAK at Tulagi. I had forgotten to set that Bomber Squadron to Search instead of Naval Attack when I moved it within range of Tulagi. Sure enough, 13 N1K1-J Georges and 17 A6M3a Zeros were on CAP and they shot down 1 of the Liberators and shook up the rest enough so that the xAK got away unscathed.

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Building and Building - 10/12/2012 9:52:36 PM   
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October 12, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw USS Grayback chased off by DDs and Es that were escorting a Transport TF at Tulagi. Grayback got away untouched.

Daylight brought out all of the Allied Bombers in Burma, but Rain scrambled the attacks by the 2Es and British 4Es on the Japanese Troops east of Tuang Gyi and east of Lashio, so there was little effect from the attacks. On-the-other-hand, the 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops in Rangoon again.

In the meanwhile my opponent continues to mass more and more Fighters at Bangkok and surrounding Air Bases. That's fine, my interest is on the Ground at this point, not in the Air.

Elsewhere, the 4Es in Northern Oz didn't fly. Some Mitchells attacked the Japanese Troops at Ndeni but couldn't find the target. And Lots of USN and USAAF 4Es flew Recon over the Eastern Solomons. It appears that my opponent is building those bases up as fast as he can.

Elsewhere it was again a matter of building my own bases. I haven't seen any sign of the KB or Combined Fleet for a while so I am taking advantage of this lull in Japanese Naval Activity to move Forces Forward.

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Fish in a Barrel - 10/14/2012 1:39:33 AM   
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October 13, 1943 -

The Night Phase started out with USS Albacore putting two torpedoes into an xAK just off of Truk. Albacore got away from the escorts in the Transport TF.

Then USS Pollack hit a mine when it attempted to sneak into the Harbour at Bangkok. So Pollack is now limping home and the other US subs in the region will patrol outside the mine field at Bangkok.

Daylight started with Allied 2Es and Brit 4Es hitting the Japanese Troops east of Mandalay and east of Taung Gyi again. I'll keep on bombing those troops until they dissipate or move away since Japanese fighters can no longer reach that region of Burma.

Later on the 4Es hit the Japanese Troops in Rangoon again. The attacks continue to cause heavy casualties, but I know from my other pbems how tough Rangoon can be to capture so I am in no hurry to try any assaults. I am also waiting for Supply to level out in the area. Although the Allied Troops that are besieging Rangoon are fine as far as Supply goes, next door the Supply Level at Pegu remains in the Red, despite constant Air Re-Supply. I have the feeling that Supply is being used to fill-out the LCUs and that they haven't been topped-off enough yet.

Off in the South Pacific Mitchells hit the Japanese troops at Ndeni again. There are a lot of Japanese TFs in the eastern Solomons, so I've moved up some ships to provide local protection to my bases too. As long as the KB stays away I'll be able to continue to pour troops, Supply and Fuel into my ever-growing bases in the region.

And the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Wyndham again, this time destroying a couple of Tonys on the ground. Those Tonys are trapped at Wyndham unless my opponent disbands their air unit, so I'll happily bomb the Air Base until they are gone. Its like shooting fish in a barrel.

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Cut and Paste - 10/14/2012 8:46:51 PM   
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October 14, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw USS Trident chased off by PBs in a TK transport off of Benghalis and then USS Capelin ran into a mine at Singapore.

Daylight saw the Allied 2Es and Brit 4Es hit the Japanese troops that are east of Taung Gyi again. There was no Flak, which suggests that those troops are out of Supply. The USAAF 4Es then hit the Japanese Troops at Rangoon again, causing another good amount of enemy casualties.

Then off in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Wyndham again, destroying another Tony on the Ground.

Otherwise, things remained quiet. The Allies received dozens of new ships this turn, so the future continues to look bright.

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More of the Same - 10/16/2012 3:01:36 AM   
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October 15, 1943 -

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought out some of the Allied 2Es against the Japanese troops to the east of Mandalay and of Lashio. The rest of the Allied bombers in Burma sat out the Bad Weather.

Off in Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Darwin again and found no CAP. They hammered the base hard.

Otherwise, not much went on beyond Base Building and Troop, Supply and Fuel transport. Things will likely stay this way for a while as I wait for key forward bases to be built up to levels that meet my needs. There are opportunities for Raids right now, but the problem is that the Allied Forces, particularly the Naval Forces, just aren't as good as their Japanese opponents so I don't want to be on the wrong end of Battles of Attrition.

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A Change of Pace - 10/17/2012 10:43:09 PM   
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There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought a change to the Burmese Theatre – the skies over Pegu were first Swept by 18 Tojos, then 145 Helens, escorted by 40 Nick Ics and 42 Oscar IIas, hit the Air Base there. I had no CAP in place, so the Japanese Bombers only had to deal with Flak. Never-the-less, the damage wasn't bad.

I was surprised that my opponent chose Pegu rather than Rangoon. I'm not trying to do much there right now. But now I've got the warning I set a number of P-47 and P-38 Squadrons on High Alt LR CAP over Rangoon, and I also set the USAAF 4Es to hit the Air Base at Pisanuloke next turn.

Allied Bombers in Burma then got into action as 2Es and Brit 4Es hit the Japanese troops to the east of Mandalay and 2Es hit the Japanese troops to the east of Lashio. Then the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Rangoon again.

The Action then switched to the DEI as USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Roti. The 36 B-24D1s, 10 B-24Ds and 42 B-24Js found 27 Tonys on CAP. The 4Es fought their way through, shooting down a couple of Tonys and destroying another on the ground. But the Japanese pilots were able to down a B-24D1, 1 B-24 and 5 B-24Js. Fortunately most of the losses were write-offs so I didn't lose many pilots.

And some Mitchells hit the Japanese Troops at Ndeni again. My Search and Recon tells me that more and more Japanese ships are showing up at Tulagi and Lunga. I'm going to have to do something about that.

Finally, at the end of the day HMS Trespasser put a couple of torpedoes into a Tanker at Georgetown. I am sending over more subs that are in the area to see if they can also get lucky with the Tanker TF there.

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Big News (Top Secret) - 10/18/2012 7:28:45 PM   
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October 17, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw USS Grayback put a torpedo into an xAK at Tulagi. But then the Escorts hammered Grayback, and the sub is now limping home.

Daylight brought the usual Allied 2E and British 4E bombing runs on Japanese Troops near Mandalay and Lashio. The casualty count was higher then usual, so maybe those troops are finally running out of Supply.

Then the USAAF 4Es attacked the Air Base at Pisanoloke and ran into some very tough Japanese CAP. The 49 B-24D1s, 7 B-17Es and 9 B-17Js found 30 Tojos, 36 Georges, 6 Oscar Iias and 2 Oscar IIbs waiting for them. The Bombers shot down 1 George and 2 Tojos, but 4 B-24D1s were shot down too. Never-the-less the 4Es hit their target fairly hard.

And in Northern Oz the 4Es were washed out.

The Big News (Top Secret) this turn was that the Big E finally sailed away from the AR where it has been getting emergency repairs and is now starting to slowly head back to a Repair Shipyard. I flew a TB squadron onto the CV in order to provide some local Air ASW. I'll fly the DB squadrons on next turn.

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RE: Big News (Top Secret) - 10/18/2012 9:45:39 PM   
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I have seen posts stating that once a unit's disabled count gets over 50%, the number of destroyed squads per attack goes up sharply. This is most apparent when you have been pounding the enemy daily for a few weeks.

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RE: Big News (Top Secret) - 10/18/2012 9:52:11 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

I have seen posts stating that once a unit's disabled count gets over 50%, the number of destroyed squads per attack goes up sharply. This is most apparent when you have been pounding the enemy daily for a few weeks.


Well, at this point those Japanese units ought to be in sad shape - they have been pounded for weeks, many of them were defeated in battle, and they have to draw Supply across the jungle.

But given all of the dice rolls in the Game, I'm not going to go after them with troops until they appear to be good-and-dead - preferably bombed out of existence...

Thanks for the info -

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A Planet Under Water - 10/19/2012 12:50:49 AM   
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October 18, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw plenty of Underwater Action. First off USS Skipjack attempted to hit a DD in a big Transport TF at Bangkok, but missed. Skipjack then got away from the Escorts in the TF. However, later on Skipjack ran into a minefield and hit 2 mines in succession. Skipjack is very badly damaged and I doubt that it can stay afloat for another day. However, I've ordered it to head to a small port in Borneo that my opponent never captured, so there is always hope.

Next USS Grouper hit an xAK at Lunga, followed by USS Shad missing an xAKL at Tulagi.

Daylight came and it was hard to tell the difference from being submergered in a submarine. Rain washed out Air Missions across the Map. Only two 2E squadrons in Burma and one Mitchell squadron in the South Pacific attempted to fly, and they couldn't find their targets in the Rain.

Finally, at the end of the day USS Grouper hit an xAK with 1 torpedo and 1 deck gun shell.

Things will liven up over the next couple of days, Rain or Less Rain. (There is no “Shine” in the weather model in WitP...)

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The Chinese Army in Action - 10/19/2012 10:34:03 PM   
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October 19, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw a fair amount of activity from the USN Subs. First off USS Albacore shot at and missed a PB in a little 3-PB TF just northwest of Truk. The PBs then chased Albacore but the sub got away. Later on Albacore came back and hit one of the PBs with a torpedo, likely sinking it.

Next, USS Bowfin shot at and missed a DD in a large Transport TF at Munda. The escorts in the TF chased Bowfin but the sub got away.

Then USS Saury hit an xAK with a torpedo at Tulagi. I was surprised that there weren’t any Escorts chasing Saury afterwards.

Daylight brought out all of the main Allied Air Attacks that didn’t fly the previous day. The Allied 2Es and Brit 4Es hammered the Japanese troops to the east of Lashio, the USAAF 4Es hammered the Air Base at Rangoon, and in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hammered the Japanese Troops at Wyndham. I was pleasantly surprised to see the very large number of casualties there.

Finally the Chinese Army got a chance to shine as the US-lead Chinese Troops attacked the Japanese Troops on the Lashio Road to the east of Lashio:

Ground combat at 63,46 (near Lashio)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24117 troops, 215 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1028

Defending force 3531 troops, 66 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 113

Allied adjusted assault: 664

Japanese adjusted defense: 205

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), disruption(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1416 casualties reported
Squads: 34 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 33 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (7 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Allied ground losses:
431 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th New Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
NCAC

Defending units:
143rd Infantry Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


As usual, Chinese troops have trouble with even the smallest and most beaten up Japanese troops. Never-the-less, the Road to Lashio is open, and I will besiege Lashio next.

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The RN at Rangoon - 10/22/2012 10:42:34 PM   
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The Night Phase saw 2 RN Bombardment TFs sneak up to Rangoon and bombard it from close range. There weren’t many Casualties, but there was a lot of base damage, including fires:

Night Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Allied Ships
CA Frobisher
CA Cornwall
CA Dorsetshire
CL Danae
DD Redoubt
DD Racehorse
DD Jupiter

Japanese ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Light Industry hits 1
Manpower hits 1
Fires 358
Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 17
Port hits 9
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 2

CA Frobisher firing at Rangoon
CA Cornwall firing at Rangoon
Walrus II acting as spotter for CA Dorsetshire
CA Dorsetshire firing at Rangoon
CL Danae firing at 32nd Division
DD Redoubt firing at 14th Division
DD Racehorse firing at 14th Division
DD Jupiter firing at 32nd Division


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Night Naval bombardment of Rangoon at 54,53

Allied Ships
CA Hawkins
CA Suffolk
CA Shropshire
CL Caradoc
CL Newcastle
CL Kenya
DD Rotherham
DD Relentless

Japanese ground losses:
15 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Refinery hits 1
Fires 350
Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 17
Port hits 9
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 1

CA Hawkins firing at 32nd Division
CA Suffolk firing at 32nd Division
Seagull V acting as spotter for CA Shropshire
CA Shropshire firing at 14th Division
CL Caradoc firing at 14th Division
CL Newcastle firing at Rangoon
CL Kenya firing at 14th Division
DD Rotherham firing at 32nd Division
DD Relentless firing at 14th Division


This saves me from sending the 4Es on more Air Base raids and instead allows me to use them for Ground Attacks.

And sure enough, the 4Es did fly a fairly successful mission against the Troops at Rangoon, causing plenty of casualties.

Allied planes also hit the Japanese Troops at Lashio and to the east of Mandalay.

And in Northern Oz 4Es hammered the Japanese troops at Wyndham again.

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Daylight Bombardment - 10/27/2012 2:36:09 AM   
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October 21, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw an Allied Fast Transport TF drop off a small Allied Commando unit on the dot base Utupua south east of Ndeni. I like to keep the route to an invasion clear of enemy bases, and this also acts as a trigger to possible traps. As it was, the landing went off without a hitch.

Daylight brought Allied 2Es and Brit 4Es out over the Japanese troops to the east of Mandalay again. The results weren't spectacular, but every bit counts. Other Allied 2Es attacked Japanese Troops in Lashio but couldn't find the target.

The 4Es in Burma hit the Japanese troops at Rangoon again with no opposition. My opponent has around 300 Fighters in or near Bangkok, but they aren't venturing forward and my Bombers are also staying close to base.

USAAF 4Es also hit the Japanese troops at Wyndham again. I now have Troops marching in the region so when they finally get to Wyndham there shouldn't be much opposition left. Mitchells also attempted to bomb the remaining Japanese troops at Ndeni but couldn't find the target.

An oddity occurred in the south-central Pacific as a USN Naval Bombardment TF left from Tabiteua to Bombard Tarawa, but arrived late in the day and did the bombardment in daylight. Fortunately I had P-38s on LR CAP over the Bombardment TF so no Japanese LBA ventured in to try to attack the USN ships. There aren't many Japanese Troops on Tarawa so it shouldn't be hard to capture once I go after it. But for the meanwhile I am busy building up nearby bases in order to discourage my opponent from trying too hard to interfere with an invasion.

And in another oddity, Japanese subs started to show up at Rangoon. I don't know if they are laying mines, hoping to intercept future RN Naval Bombardments, bringing in supplies, or just refuelling since I dropped tons of mines at Port Blair.

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Subs vs Mines - 10/28/2012 12:15:42 AM   
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October 22, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw Utupua occupied by the small Kiwi force that landed there last turn. That was the highlite of the Night as USS Barb hit three mines consecutively at Georgetown and went down in pieces. That's the 9th sub that I've lost to mines. That's as many as I've lost to depth charges.

Daylight showed lots of Japanese subs sailing between Luganville, Ndeni and the eastern Solomons. My LBA was busy spotting and attempting to bomb the subs, but the DD ASW TF that I sent out didn't find any. The CAP over Luganville shot down a couple of Emilys, so my opponent knows quite clearly that I have a LOT of Fighters and other planes in that area.

In Burma the 2Es and Brit 4Es hit the Japanese troops to the east of Mandalay again, but the Allied 2Es couldn't find the target at Lashio, and the USAAF 4Es sat the day out as Rain covered Rangoon.

And in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again. I'm moving more and more troops along the northeastern roads – Supplies or not.

And more and more Allied Forces are moving into Southern Burma every day. I should be in a position to Assault Rangoon in a week or so.

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Forgetting the "little" things - 10/29/2012 1:36:19 AM   
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The Night Phase saw a couple of Japanese subs get run over and attacked by a large number of USN Escorts in a TF on it's way to Ndeni. At least one of the subs went down. However, the US Invasion fleet didn't unload at Ndeni – once again the TF got to its target sooner than I expected and I didn't have a chance to change the setting to “unload”.

Daylight brought out even more massive Allied Bomber attacks on the Japanese Troops at Lashio. Unfortunately, the results weren't commensurate with the number of bombers involved. The USAAF 4Es in Burma hit the Air Base at Moulmein for a change – I don't want to give my opponent an opportunity to bring in hundreds of Fighters and Bombers in a Surprise Attack.

Off in Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again, causing reasonable casualties. The Mitchells at Luganville also went after the Japanese Troops at Ndeni again, but couldn't find the target.

Elsewhere, it looks like my opponent is starting to move troops up in China near Sian again. All of my troops in that area are well-fortified, but they are all very low on Supplies. That could be a real headache there. I guess that it is imperative that I grab Rangoon and Lashio sooner rather than later.

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Ndeni Invaded - 10/30/2012 1:54:18 AM   
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The Night Phase started out with the US troops finally landing at Ndeni with no significant problems. Only one Gun shot from shore and the ships in the Invasion Fleet replied quite convincingly.

Then a series of ASW and Sub actions took place. First off a Japanese Sub near Ndeni tangled with the wrong USN DDs, was forced to the surface, and sunk. Then USS Aspro hit an xAKL with 2 torpedoes near Makassar, sinking it. Next more USN DDs in a big Surface Combat TF near Ndeni drove another Japanese Sub to the surface and then promptly sank it with Gunfire. Finally, USS Pickerel hit an E-Class with a torpedo at Medan, likely sinking it. Pickerel did get some damage from the other escorts in the Tanker TF, but it ought to make it back to Base.

Daylight brought out IJAAF Bombers and Fighters in China for the first time in quite a while. They bombed Liuchow and Hengyang. There is nothing I can do, other than to move forward in Burma and reestablish the Burma Road.

Allied Bombers then got into action as a Massive Attack by Allied 2Es and British 4Es did surprisingly little to the Japanese Troops at Lashio. I'm still waiting for the Chinese troops there to all get into the Black as far as Supplies go before I try an attack, so the Bombers will get Yet Another chance next turn.

And the USAAF 4Es in Burma hit the Air Base at Chiang Mai for the first time in a while. There wasn't any CAP, but I still want to keep those nearby Japanese Air Fields as Unready for Action as possible.

The USAAF 4Es in Northern Oz hit the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again, once again causing reasonable casualties. More Allied Forces are on the move so the 4Es have their days planned out for quite some time.

Finally, the IJN Naval Guard Unit at Ndeni tried a futile auto-bombardment attack against the USA Troops on the Island. That's one of those Silly Things that does nothing for the Game, other than to weaken defending troops. In any event, unless I get an Incredibly Bad dice roll next turn Ndeni ought to get captured.

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Ndeni Captured - 10/30/2012 6:57:21 PM   
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October 25, 1943 –

The Night Phase saw the invasion of Ndeni continue along uninterrupted.

Daylight brought Japanese Bombers and Fighters over Sian and the Chinese troops on the road to the southeast of the city. That's rough terrain so it's not an easy job for the IJAAF to hit those Chinese troops.

Off in Burma Allied Bombers went after the Japanese Troops at Lashio again. This time the Bomber Attacks were spread out and many of them didn't hit anything. But some did, so I'll take what I get. The USAAF 4Es in Burma didn't fly.

The USAAF 4Es in Northern Oz hit the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again causing more casualties. They aren't killing troops, but disabling hundreds each attack has a cumulative effect. The Air Base at Wyndham is no longer being repaired, so I suspect that things are very tough there right now for the Japanese.

At the end of the day Japanese Troops attempted an Artillery Bombardment against the Chinese Troops southeast of Sian. It definitely wasn't pretty for the Japanese as they didn't cause any Chinese casualties and suffered a fair number of counter-battery fire casualties themselves. Maybe this will discourage my opponent from trying to re-establish an Advance in China.

At Ndeni, the AI had the defending Japanese Naval Guard Unit try one last futile Artillery Bombardment – a Banzai charge would have been more useful. In any event, the US Army Assault achieved a 403:1 result and wiped out the Japanese Troops. I haven't been doing Air or Naval Bombardments of the base at Ndeni for quite some time so the Base wasn't messed up too badly. So since I landed a US Army Base Force along with the Assault Troops I was able to move in some P-47s and B-25s right away.

And in an almost equally important event – the Port at Ramree Island was maxed-out at Level 3 this turn. This means that it is even easier to move in Troops and Supplies for my Assaults in Southern Burma. Sure, Troops have to cross a Jungle Hex to get to the Road, but that's not a show-stopper by Burma standards. Now I'll get back to maxing out the Air Base at Ramree – it is already at Level 4 and I intend to move Bombers there soon.

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Lashed in Lashio - 10/31/2012 9:41:01 PM   
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October 26, 1943 –

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought a renewed focus on Sian from IJAAF Bombing squadrons, along with the occasional High Alt Sweep by IJAAF Fighter planes. There's no way that I am going to send any Fighters to Sian, so my opponent can do what he wants there. (In theory I could send some P-38s into China and try some Air Ambushes, but I don't want to weaken my position in Burma at this time.)

Speaking of Burma, the Allied 2Es and Brit 4Es hit the Japanese Troops at Lashio again in large numbers, but as usual the results were nothing to write home about. The USAAF 4Es in Burma stayed home again.

Off in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es flew against the Japanese Troops at Wyndham again and once more caused decent casualties. I'm getting the feeling that I am reaching a point of diminishing returns, however in my Japanese pbems I have also been on the receiving end of focussed 4E attacks and have seen my LCUs get wiped out, so I keep on hoping that something similar will happen here.

Land Combat time came and the Japanese Troops on the road southeast of Sian fired off an Artillery Bombardment at the Chinese Troops that are dug in there. This time they Japanese caused a few Chinese casualties, but the Japanese still suffered more. However, more Japanese Troops are on the way to that battle, so things will get nastier soon. Therefore, I have decided to go into Guerrilla War mode and have ordered a number of Chinese Reserve LCUs to move out and attempt to cut the Japanese Supply lines. Sure, my opponent will bomb those troops when he notices what they are doing, but he can't bomb everywhere all the time.

Then it was the turn of Vinegar Joe's Chinese Troops to attempt an attack on Lashio. Remember, Lashio has been isolated and bombed regularly for months and months:

Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24029 troops, 215 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1001

Defending force 6316 troops, 131 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 192

Allied adjusted assault: 769

Japanese adjusted defense: 787

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 5)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
575 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
736 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 105 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Assaulting units:
5th Chinese Corps
7th New Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Corps
NCAC
X' Force

Defending units:
11th Infantry Regiment
143rd Infantry Regiment
3rd Mortar Battalion
55th Mountain Gun Regiment


So despite having 4 times the troops, and being in full supply, those Chinese Troops just aren't up to the job. Now I'll have to send in some better LCUs, and my opponent has moved his troops away from the hex next to Mandalay and into the hex next to Lashio. It looks like it will take some time to recapture Lashio.

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A Bad Night for Subs - 11/1/2012 11:17:06 PM   
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October 27, 1943 –

The Night Phase wasn't good for USN Subs. First off USS Sailfish hit a mine at Medan. Next, USS Triton was attacked by the PB Escorts in a Tanker TF off of Muntok and suffered enough damage to be sent back to Base. Then USS Skipjack finally sank a few hexes off of the coast of French Indo China. In Reality, the sub would have been grounded and abandoned since it was damaged at the coast. But the Game won't allow that.

Daylight brought a break in Japanese Air Attacks in China. Allied Air Attacks in Burma continued, with 2Es and Brit 4Es hitting the Japanese Troops that are west of Lashio fairly hard. The various Allied 2Es that tried to Attack the Japanese Troops in Lashio itself had little luck. And the USSAF 4Es in Burma didn't fly again.

Off in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es flew and hammered the Japanese Troops at Katherine for a change. I've got Troops advancing on Katherine and I want those Japanese LCUs to be softened up a bit. I'm also fighting Supply Wars and am moving more and more Transport Planes to North-Central Oz to provide Supplies for the upcoming Assaults.

Finally, the Japanese Troops on the Sian Road did another Artillery Bombardment against the Chinese Blocking Force and once again Japanese casualties were much higher than Chinese casualties. This will also eat up Supplies for the Japanese, so my opponent may, sooner rather than later, regret starting this.

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Georges - 11/2/2012 12:49:11 PM   
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October 28, 1943 –

There was no Night Action.

Daylight brought the IJAAF back over Sian where they bombed the Air Base. That’s fine; there is no way I can defend that Air Base so I won’t bother worrying. Chungking would be a different matter.

In Burma Allied some of the 2Es hit the Japanese Troops on the road to the west of Lashio while other 2E squadrons missed the Japanese Troops in Lashio itself. This is reminding me of the situation in Myitkyina – I might have to bring the Brit Dive Bombers back into action to be able to do anything at Lashio.

And none of the 4Es – USSAF or British – flew in Burma this turn.

After the last turn I noticed that the Air Base at Darwin was being repaired fairly quickly so I decided to send the Northern Australian 4E Force to hit the Air Base there. Here is what I found:

Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 25
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 13
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 40

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 34
B-24J Liberator x 41

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 13 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 3 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 14 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 27
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 67

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 16 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 26 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
66th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36740 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes


So it looks as if my opponent was setting up to try a Surprise Attack on some of my advancing Forces.

My opponent grumped about his new, shiny Georges with their 4 20mm cannons not shooting down any 4Es, but the Japanese Air Defense came in scattered, those 4Es have very experienced crews, and anyway, those aren’t the same bombers that the Japanese fighters were encountering in 1942 so he can’t really expect them to go down like B-17Ds.

And I feel his pain in my two Japanese pbems on a regular basis too, so I empathize, but in this match I enjoy seeing the 4Es Rule the Skies.

Finally, off on the road southeast of Sian the Japanese Troops fired off another Artillery Bombardment, this time causing little damage to either side.



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October 28 Final Report - 11/3/2012 2:41:23 PM   
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I finally got the Turn and it turned out that things worked out better at Darwin than I had thought:

End of Day Losses:

Tojo IIa – 1 A-to-A, 13 G, 1 Ops
Oscar IIb – 6 G, 1 Ops
George – 1 A-to-A, 2 G, 1 Ops
Nick Ia – 1 A-to-A, 1 G, 1 Ops

B-24D1 – 1 Ops

So the 4Es are heading back to Darwin, Weather Permitting.

Weather hasn't been Permitting off in Burma, so the Air Base at Rangoon is almost repaired again. I certainly hope that my 4Es don't take a 5th day off in a row in Burma.

SIGINT gave an interesting report – a Radio report at Sea in the Marshalls just north of Mili. I couldn't spot anything there, but my opponent has been hinting that I have crossed some Trip Wires, so this could be a response to my build-up in the Gilberts. In any event, I ordered my Supply TFs to pull out of the Gilberts for now until the situation becomes a bit clearer.

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More Fighters Caught on the Ground - 11/4/2012 1:23:23 PM   
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October 29, 1943 -

The Night Phase saw USS Rasher chased and attacked by the Escorts in a Transport TF off of Choiseul Bay.

Daylight brought out IJAAF Bombers over Sian again. That is getting too tempting, so I have moved the Chinese Air Force in to try some intercepts and also to try some Strafing Attacks on Japanese Troops. This will cause my opponent to react, by which time I may well have some more “interesting” air capabilities in the Region.

Off in Burma the odds-and-ends Allied 2Es attempted to attack the Japanese Troops at Lashio again, but couldn't find the Target. The main 2E/Brit 4E attacks didn't fly. I've got Air Base Forces moving ever-so-slowly into Central Burma, so once they finally arrive I will move the Brit DBs back into action – it's going to be Myitkyina all over again.

The USAAF 4Es took off this turn, probably because their target was the Air Base at Rangoon, and hammered the Air Field quite well. The Fortifications are probably already quite strong at Rangoon, but I still don't want to give them any opportunity to become stronger. In the meanwhile, more Allied Troops march closer to Rangoon.

Off in Northern Oz the USAAF 4Es hit the Air Base at Darwin again. This time there was no CAP. The Base was hit hard and 2 Georges and 4 Tojos were destroyed on the Ground. Afterwards I noticed what appeared to be a Japanese Barge TF at Darwin so I ordered some B-25s to fly at 100 feet to see if I can shoot them up. I've also got a submarine on the way. If the Barge TF doesn't have an escort there is a chance that the sub will go to the surface to Shoot Up the Barges.

Finally, the Japanese Troops on the road southeast of Sian fired off another Artillery Bombardment. Once again the Japanese casualties were twice the Chinese casualties, so I'm satisfied.

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Surprise over Sian - 11/6/2012 4:46:27 AM   
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October 30, 1943 –

This was not a good Night Phase for Allied submarines. First off USS Balao shot at a PB in a TF north of Truk but missed. The TF contains CM Tokiwa, which means that some base was mined or will soon be mined.

The HMS Tally Ho and USS Billfish ran into mines at Medan. I knew that Medan had mines, but I can't remember if I had those subs heading there deliberately, or if the AI had them sail into Medan on their way somewhere else. In any event, the result is the same and both subs are limping home on fire.

Daylight brought a turn of luck as the Chinese Air Force caught the IJAAF by Surprise over Sian. First up were some Helens that came in unescorted:

Morning Air attack on 76th Chinese Corps, at 84,42 , near Sian

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 21

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 11
P-66 Vanguard x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 8 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses


Next an escorted attack flew in:

Morning Air attack on 76th Chinese Corps, at 84,42 , near Sian

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 30
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 9
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 39

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 11
P-66 Vanguard x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 destroyed, 8 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-66 Vanguard: 3 destroyed


The CAF will now sit back and wait for some assistance from their Allies.

The Air War in Burma saw lots of Bad Weather again. The Air Attacks on the Japanese Troops in Lashio and just to the west of Lashio were scattered due to bad weather. Only the USAAF 2Es that were set to Strafe caused any casualties. The USAAF 4Es in Burma stayed home again.

Off in Northern Australia the USAAF 4Es took a break from dropping Bombs to drop Mines in the Harbour at Darwin. Then the Mitchell Squadron that had been sent to Strafe Barges in Darwin was surprised to find the following:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 7

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAKL Jouban Maru, Shell hits 4
xAK Minryo Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Kofuku Maru
xAKL Higari Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Hasuna Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb


If I knew there were Freighters instead of Barges I would have sent more Bombers. I'll also have to send a Sub back to Patrol Darwin Harbour.



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