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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 2:52:03 PM   
erstad

 

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quote:

Also, what the he.., some guys have over 100 missions, and Defence still at mid-30s?


Defense rarely increases during missions. Dedicated training missions are about the only way to make a substantial difference in defense.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 3:40:33 PM   
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Good to hear from you again Fish
You should definetly post your own AAR if you have time!

The wok pans for destroyers campaign has been postponed until 1945

Fatigue jumped from ca 10 to 99 in one mission, flying with drop tanks and 8 hexes.
Few ops losses though, one of the problems me thinks is that I don't have maxed out the number of pilots.
After the heavy attrition battles in the SRA I had to scrounge all trained pilots, including those with less than optimal
Air and Def skills. Instead of having 36 pilots for 27 ac units I sometimes only have 28 or 29.

If I committ heavily in Burma now I will not be able to replace the lost pilots with anything but green rookies straight from training scools (36-38 exp).

Yes, it's a bit ironic that combat doesn't increase basic skills like Def into 60~sh at least.

A bit unfortunate that our CAP trap in Burma didn't connect.
I am in a little bit of a squeeze there now because 30ish enemy LCUs have been spotted moving towards the front.
The frontline hexe in the jungle NNW of Schwebo only holds a handfull units inc a full size division. I'm shifting one from the
hex to the right but this still leaves us vulnerable.

So I have been forced to march reinforcements through the open hex north of Schwebo but we're taking heavy casualties from air attacks and a tank bde is down to 70% strength (rest is damaged). To make matters worse the attacks cancelled the movement in progress, another very annoying WitP ground feature.

I will move multiple AA units into the open hex to support and divert enemy attacks, should have done this to begin with but the AA Regiment that had moved 44/45 miles cancelled its movements as well... So I have to choose between taking the hits or supporting the movement with LRCAP once our squadrons are rested.

Another major enemy offensive in Burma will also force me to send more troops back to the jungle.
The question is whether we can defend the jungle line with enough strength and what to do if not.

You have already highlighted the alternatives and different cons / pros.
Not easy at all, have to bring back 6-7k worth of troops as well as our suffering Army Air Force if we want to seriously contest the Allies in this theatre in 1944.

I do have a couple of aces up the sleeve though

No turn yet today, still a few days behind with posting and house chores as well as nice weather and a Lpool game keeps me grounded!-)

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 6:54:50 PM   
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Again our LCUs in the clear hex north of Scwhebo are hit hard and they hardly move forward.
Just added a few of the biggest ground strikes this turn. No doubt I have to rotate these units back for R&R soon.

With Andy's attention firmly glued to the LCUs I have reopened Magwe; our favorite size 9 af in the Basin.
Air support will be in place next turn so today I will only order George and Franks to LRCAP Schwebo and see what they can accomplish.

I got a feeling that we need to stand up to Allied air power in Burma to have a chance at blunting the 44 vintage ground offensive.
To do so we need really good performance from our George and Frank figher units


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 26, 43

Air Combat

Submarine attack near Pearl Harbor at 183,101

Japanese Ships
SS I-169

Allied Ships
xAK Borgfred, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Borgfred is sighted by SS I-169
SS I-169 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Borgfred

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Air Combat

Morning Air attack on 38th/B Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D Mitchell x 12
Blenheim I x 12
Blenheim IV x 27
Blenheim VD x 21
Liberator B.III x 15
Wellington Ic x 3
Wellington B.X x 15
A-20G Havoc x 11

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 1 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged
Blenheim VD: 1 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
513 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D Mitchell bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim VD bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim I bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Wellington B.X bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Wellington B.X bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Wellington Ic bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Liberator B.III bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Blenheim VD bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
11 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Blenheim VD bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
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Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
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Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
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Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 38th/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 12
Wellington B.X x 9

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
52 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington B.X bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x Wellington Ic bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 38th/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 12
B-25D1 Mitchell x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
114 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 2000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 38th/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 18

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
100 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 7:05:36 PM   
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Strange...ordered Franks and George fighters from Proome to LRCAP Schwebo, 50% LRCAP and 50% rest with max range 7.
When enemy sweepers hit the hex north of Schwebo (8 hex range from Proome) our fighters engaged them and not a single one stayed behind to slaughter enemy 4Es over Schwebo and Mandalay as planned

Well, the good news is that our crack Franks and George units eats enemy fighters for breakfast, lunch, supper and dinner.
Despite being swept but superior numbers including T-bolts, Mustangs and Lightnings we inflicted 30% more casualties than we took and only lost 4 pilots KIA and 4 MIA over our own turf.
8 Tbolts and 4 Mustangs were reported lost in A2A today, and more a most likely write offs.

With Magwe almost ready for combat operations and Andy's attention firmly glued to the LCUs in the "gap" between Schwebo and the front line I think it's a good time to
re-open the air war over Burma. Let's give it a try and see how it works out! Perhaps we can discourage Andy again


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 27, 43

Sub Attacks

Our subs keep on scoring and that's good!
An onion a day they say....

Submarine attack near Luganville at 120,150

Japanese Ships
SS RO-101

Allied Ships
xAP Raranga, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAP Raranga is sighted by SS RO-101
SS RO-101 launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Raranga

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Air Combat

Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 14
Ki-84a Frank x 16

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 4 destroyed

CAP engaged:
301 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 9
Ki-84a Frank x 13

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 5 destroyed

CAP engaged:
301 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 105 minutes
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 40000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 101 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 39000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 9
Ki-84a Frank x 12

Allied aircraft
P-51A Mustang x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-51A Mustang: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
301 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
301 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 31350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 32350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 32350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 4

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 31350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
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Morning Air attack on 38th/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 38
B-25D1 Mitchell x 21

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim VD: 7 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
156 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Blenheim VD bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x Blenheim VD bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim VD bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 38th/A Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 15

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Wellington B.X bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x Wellington B.X bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 38th/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 12
A-20A Havoc x 6
A-20G Havoc x 6


Allied aircraft losses
A-20A Havoc: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
55 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x A-20A Havoc bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...

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Airwar in Burma






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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 7:08:23 PM   
PzB


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Today Franks engaged Mustangs for the first time!





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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 7:11:04 PM   
PzB


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Ace High!





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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/23/2011 10:11:52 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

There's only one still flying...maybe it was this one?

CASA (Spanish Built) He-111
The Spanish built version of the famous He-111, actually a CASA 2111 H-16, this aircraft is based at the Arizona Wing of The Commemorative Air Force and was photographed in February 2000. This machine was the personal transport of General Franco and is the last one of its type still flying regularly. It has visited Vancouver, Canada a couple of times in recent years. The aircraft is powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines because of the non availability of original German engines at the end of World War II. In the background is the Wing's example of the North American SNJ.

Adolf said he'd rather pull a tooth than have another meeting with Franco, so much for that Alliance





That's the one. It's called the Commemorative air force now.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 12:11:43 AM   
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The dispersed CAP didn't show up today..until the very last formation of enemy ac approached Taung Gyi.
A dozen Beaufighters were killed by the elite Frank and George units.

Again our troops in the clear hex got pounded, but they also got a quiet turn and Andy has become more wary about
how he's deploying his air force in Burma after we showed up with our fighters again.

Magwe has been left alone as well and with size 9, 250+ AS and 200 engineers we can again direct operations
from central Burma.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 28, 43

Air Combat


Morning Air attack on Taung Gyi , at 59,48
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D Mitchell x 12
Liberator II x 3
Liberator B.III x 3
B-17E Fortress x 25
B-24J Liberator x 29

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 3 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 55

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D Mitchell bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Liberator II bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Liberator B.III bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 38th/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 30

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 8 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
298 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
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Afternoon Air attack on 9th Tank Regiment, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 3
Ki-84a Frank x 5

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 6 destroyed, 1 damaged

CAP engaged:
301 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIb Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Raid is overhead

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 12:16:37 AM   
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A few destroyers lurked into the Bay of Bengal.
Some enemy long range bombers on naval couldn't hit the elusive targets.

A quiet turn in the air, bombers hit Port Moresby and our LRCAP was removed by P-38 sweepers.
Looks like all enemy 4Es have been removed from Northern Oz. Nothing at Darwin or Port Hedland.
- Were to?

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 29, 43

Surface Combat

Raider!

I think Andy has a line of picket ships around Hawaii - that's why we've been
picking them off one by one unescorted

Day Time Surface Combat, near Lahaina at 194,104, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Gokoku Maru

Allied Ships
xAK Alcoa Planter, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Reduced visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 12,000 yards
AMC Gokoku Maru fires at xAK Alcoa Planter at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
AMC Gokoku Maru engages xAK Alcoa Planter at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
xAK Alcoa Planter sunk by AMC Gokoku Maru at 7,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Sub Attacks

Sub attack near Singkawang at 55,87

Japanese Ships
xAK Kisaragi Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
PB Chiyo Maru #4

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead

SS Steelhead launches 6 torpedoes at xAK Kisaragi Maru
Steelhead bottoming out ....
PB Chiyo Maru #4 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Chiyo Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chiyo Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chiyo Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Chiyo Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Air Combat

Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 6

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x P-38H Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Vizagapatnam at 43,40
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Asashio
DD Hagikaze

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 7000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Vizagapatnam at 43,40
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Hagikaze
DD Asashio

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 7000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

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Confirmed Sinkings

Warspite and CVE Anzio reported sunk.
CA Baltimore is still alive though, tough ship!




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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 12:26:33 AM   
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This turn ca 250 of Andy's best fighters swept the clear hex before the bombers went int.
I'm kinda amused, this is the maximum effort we forced by deploying our fighters.

Our LCUs have received a 30-40% beating, mostly damaged units.
It was necessary to reinforce the jungle line though, even at a steep cost. Hopefully the units will recover
well enough within a few weeks.

Next turn I have s surprise ready for Andy...

Our CVEs have received their new TBD units, I'm filling em out with green pilots and Kates and starting pilot training asap.
Andy is kinda worried were KB is, I would too if I were him.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 30, 43

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 10

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-51A Mustang x 22

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x P-51A Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 10

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 22

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 36

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
3 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
3 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
2 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 30000 feet
2 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
3 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 38th/B Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 3
B-25D1 Mitchell x 37

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 38th/B Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 6
B-25D1 Mitchell x 13

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
Also attacking 38th/B Division ...
Also attacking 38th/C Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 22

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x P-40N1 Warhawk sweeping at 30000 feet *
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Afternoon Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
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Afternoon Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 12

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 30000 feet

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Long range SBD strike scored a bomb hit on a destroyer in the Bay of Bengal.
No serious damage but RTB...

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 47,49
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Hagikaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Asashio

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hagikaze

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 3:47:03 AM   
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Ooooo flak trap.  Whoo-Hoo!



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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 5:49:54 AM   
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Hate to break it to you but, if he stays at above 6-10k ft. the effect will be minimal. Japanese flak sucks, or at least used to when I last ran a few tests with it.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 11:35:09 AM   
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I am aware about Jap flak limits and that anything flying high should be safe String...the ac doing damage to my LCU are low flying though.
Probably a hundred plus fighters and mediums strafing from 100 feet the last few turns. My hope is to..discourage them


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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 5:05:52 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

I am aware about Jap flak limits and that anything flying high should be safe String...the ac doing damage to my LCU are low flying though.
Probably a hundred plus fighters and mediums strafing from 100 feet the last few turns. My hope is to..discourage them



Mhh flak trap in an open hex, could result in an worse than expected outcome. Chances are good that it will kill strafing fighters and bombers at a good rate, but they can be killed by 4E at 15k+ feet in quite a short time. But never less a good suprise

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 8:58:58 PM   
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This turn things worked out well

First of all: Our CAP trap worked perfectly!
Loads of enemy ac swept the undefended hex and then hundreds of bombers attacked.
- The bombers flying at medium height didn't loose many planes but didn't inflict heavy casualties either.
- The low flying bombers really took a beating, best Jap FLAK results of the war

Here comes the bonus:
Andy diverted 1/3 of his fighters to sweep Magwe followed by most of his heavy bombers in theatre.

The sweepers met a vastly superior force, in all I had placed some 350 of our best fighters at Magwe.
We did loose ca 30-35 fighters in the air, but "only" 15 pilots were killed and 10 WIA.
A number of ac were also destroyed on the ground.

In return the enemy lost 19 Thuds, 26 Beauforts, 26 Wellingtons and 19 other heavy bombers.
Some 108 enemy ac were reported kills today - ops losses and damage ac are most likely higher

This should slow em down a bit and we have now made it much more difficult to interdict our LCUs and bases in the Burma basin.
The jungle frontier has been reinforced and I have moved troops back to Rangoon to act as a reserve for alternative Allied trusts down from Akyab area.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 01, 43

Sub Attacks

Sub attack near Lahaina at 187,97

Japanese Ships
SS I-169

Allied Ships
xAK Itria, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

SS I-169 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Itria

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Air Combat

This is the list of Allied fighters sweeping the clear hex north of Schwebo!
Ca 250...


P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 27
Spitfire VIII x 10
Spitfire VIII x 16
Hurricane IIc Trop x 16
Spitfire VIII x 16
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
Spitfire VIII x 2
P-51A Mustang x 3
P-51A Mustang x 18
24 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt
Spitfire VIII x 28
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
P-51A Mustang x 19
P-40K Warhawk x 3
P-40N1 Warhawk x 22
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 41
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 42
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 76
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 41
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 4
Ki-84a Frank x 64

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk IV: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
301 Ku S-2 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 17 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 30000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
341 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 20 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 24000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 24 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 27000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 31 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 26000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIb Tojo (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 31 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 21000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 38 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 24000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
68th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 37 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 28000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIb Tojo (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 38 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
203rd Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-61-Ic Tony (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Raid is overhead
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 39
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 41
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 76
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 41
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 4
Ki-84a Frank x 64

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 2 destroyed

Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 39
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 41
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 76
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 41
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 4
Ki-84a Frank x 62

Allied aircraft
B-25D Mitchell x 12
Liberator B.III x 16
Wellington B.X x 12
B-17E Fortress x 28
B-24J Liberator x 34

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 damaged
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 4 damaged
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 18 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 4 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D Mitchell: 1 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged
Wellington B.X: 1 destroyed
B-17E Fortress: 11 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 49

Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 47 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 37
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 39
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 72
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 36
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 3
Ki-84a Frank x 54

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 5 destroyed

Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
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Morning Air attack on 42nd Infantry Regiment, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IId Trop x 20
Hurricane FR.IIb x 12

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IId Trop: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged
Hurricane FR.IIb: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Hurricane FR.IIb bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
20 x Hurricane IId Trop bombing from 100 feet

Also attacking 56th Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 38th/A Division ...
Also attacking 42nd Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 56th Field AA Battalion ...
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Morning Air attack on 42nd Infantry Regiment, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 30

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim VD: 3 destroyed, 9 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim VD bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
11 x Blenheim VD bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x Blenheim VD bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 102nd Machine Canno AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 42nd Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 102nd Machine Canno AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 42nd Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 102nd Machine Canno AA Battalion ...
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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank/A Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 16

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
38 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000' *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Tank/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank/A Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim I x 12
Blenheim IV x 27

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim I: 5 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed, 13 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 25 (1 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim I bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Tank/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 101st Machine Canno AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 52nd Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 54th Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 52nd Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 52nd Field AA Battalion ...
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 36
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 66
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 30
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 47

Allied aircraft
Beaufort VIII x 27

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 12 destroyed

Time for all group planes to reach interception is 72 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 35
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 62
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 30
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 47

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 4 destroyed, 4 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington B.X bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 30
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 61
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 30
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 44

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 16
B-17F Fortress x 16
B-24J Liberator x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 1 damaged
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 destroyed, 8 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 20

Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 18
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 37
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 15
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 17

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 5 destroyed, 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Wellington Ic bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 101st Machine Canno AA Battalion, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 5
Hurricane IIc Trop x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 3 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Beaufighter VIc bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 52nd Field AA Battalion, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 12

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim VD: 7 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim VD bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 54th Field AA Battalion, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 17

Allied aircraft losses
A-20G Havoc: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (2 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 48th Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 48th Field AA Battalion ...
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Morning Air attack on 48th Field AA Battalion, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 16

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Hurricane IIc Trop bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x Hurricane IIc Trop bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Hurricane IIc Trop bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 41 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 30
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 9
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 15

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 1
A-20A Havoc x 9
A-20G Havoc x 6

Allied aircraft losses
A-20A Havoc: 3 damaged
A-20G Havoc: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
19 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x A-20G Havoc bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x A-20A Havoc bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank/A Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 21

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 62nd Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 62nd Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 62nd Field AA Battalion ...
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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank/C Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 8
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 7
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 19
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 6
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 14

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIb Tojo: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 9:43:42 PM   
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GOOD JOB! Again

So, as we all could guess, the highest loses you took actually against unescorted 4Es?

Remember, that Allies number of sorties is only slightly higher, and since Japan won all air-campaigns so far, whatever is your current state in the air, Allies can not be better.
I do not see reason, to force 50% of rest for LRCAP. If they do not meet enemy, they will rest anyway, if they do, extra pilots will get into air, and after turn there will be enough damaged planes, to probably ground whole unit for few days. I usually use 10% CAP (I have learned hard way to always keep someone over motherbase) 40% LRCAP, and 10% train. That way most of pilots awaits for actual action.
Also, LRCAP at 7 hexes is terribly far, I actually consider 4 hexes too far, in most cases. I am guessing range have also impact on number of pilots in battle.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/25/2011 10:32:41 PM   
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Well, yes - especially if you include ground losses 
The last Thud sweep was also nasty as it came in after our CAP was a spent force.

This time I only had 10% of the fighters flying CAP, idea was to get fighters to scramble in increasing numbers and thus be able to hit the main bomber formations and not only the early sweepers.
Agree, 4 hexes is far enough but since Magwe is the closest base to support the front lines still operational I had to fly CAP from long range. Problem with rest is that these ac are often caught on the ground if the enemy hits the home base,
so I prefer either LRCAP or CAP only to maximize strength and avoid splitting up.

Andy said he's hitting Magwe all out next turn; there's nothing there..as my units had 50% damaged ac and repair facilities were still heavily damaged I had no choice but withdrawing to Rangoon.
Just as well cause I don't like to face 300 sweepers and 400 bombers.


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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/26/2011 12:24:51 AM   
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oh, a CASA H-16. They had british engines !!! Merlin, no less..... 

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/28/2011 7:10:07 PM   
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PzB,

I imagine you are still using the last patch. I wanted to give you a heads up about the beta patch. My opponent asked that I upgrade to the newest beta and I did. I found some very important changes for the Japanese side. First, you can now build PT boats (MTBs). That could be good for point defense of forward bases. I just turned on MTB production in a big way. The other extremely important change is that every Zero squadron can now upgrade to Georges and Jacks! I had relegated my Zero squadrons to rear area defenses and training. But now it looks like those squadrons will be useful again once I can get enough planes built. (I had to expand my production quite a bit since I was not expecting to be able use that many Georges and Jacks.)

Overall, these changes could prove quite useful to you. (Also, the new pilot management stuff will make it easier to run your training/allocation program.)

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/28/2011 9:41:44 PM   
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I am wondering, if all those MTBs stuck at 1 day, still suck Naval Shipyard points every turn...

When you will try to make LRCAP trap over those marching units, it will be probably wise, to also include RADAR in stack.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/28/2011 11:14:51 PM   
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Didn't know about the Zeke upgrades C&G - thx
It almost sounds too good to be true, will be kinda hard for Allies to face only Franks, Jacks and George fighters in 44!

It will take some time to optimize the production line to sustain a major production of Jacks and Georges.
Already got a good amount of George and Franks in production but only 32 Jacks - but that's the inferior relative here anyway me thnks.

Yeah, the MTBs stuck on the production line has annoyed me for some time - I halt the boats when they get stuck on day 1.
So I shouldn't have any unneccessary production drains.

I asked Andy whether we could upgrade to the beta patch and he said ok and that he probably could live with it..
That's good sport even though we would have upgraded anyway when the patch goes public in x-xx days / weeks.

This turn bombers decimated a light tank regiment heading into the jungle east of Magwe.
Had planned to create a picket line as I'm kinda expecting Andy to launch a two pronged attack in this direction.
- Didn't know he had spotted us and the attacks were devastating.

Our fighters have just recently repaired damage and I set 100 fighters to CAP the tank regiment next turn.
Very possible that Andy will sweep it heavily, but his dividing his attention among multiple targets.

Nells hit a large troop ship near Luganville, looks like Andy is bringing in troops - need that to get an airfield started.
One of the biggest surprises this turn was the appearence of multiple TFs near Nuku Hiva, a CVE TF among them.
- Very likely a pending invasion.

Not much we can or want to do about that, but a limited reaction force has been alerted at Xmas Island!
No way I'm going to send KB into the vast expanses of the Central Pacific at this time: we need to protect the SRA and Burma first of all.

Actually it would be a good thing to engage Andy in a battle he thinks he can win, just like Zhukov at Stalingrad. If we feed in just enough troops
to delay and halt the Allies in Burma while building up strong reserves we may be able to lock them in another stalemate.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 04, 43

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on 4th Tank Regiment, at 57,46
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 30
P-40N1 Warhawk x 10

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 19 (1 destroyed, 18 disabled)
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Morning Air attack on 4th Tank Regiment, at 57,46
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 36

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 38 (5 destroyed, 33 disabled)
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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank/B Division, at 60,44
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-20A Havoc x 8
A-20G Havoc x 22
B-25C Mitchell x 13

Allied aircraft losses
A-20A Havoc: 2 damaged
A-20G Havoc: 7 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
63 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Also attacking 101st Machine Canno AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/C Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
Also attacking 48th Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 62nd Field AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/B Division ...
Also attacking 101st Machine Canno AA Battalion ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank/A Division ...
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
APD Dickerson
xAP Mount Vernon, Torpedo hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G3M3 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/29/2011 7:24:56 AM   
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One of those "Andy´s". Why does he send a big troop transport like Mount Vernon to a frontline base he can´t really defend instead of using more smaller ones to carry the same load and unload in no time compared to the fat troop ship? I really start getting frustrated about these habits as it really is summing up over time. Booh booh once or twice, who cares, you got enough to play with, but constantly...

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/29/2011 9:04:52 AM   
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After a brief stay at Cape Town, 'Mount Vernon' skirted around the Cape of Good Hope, the tip of South Africa and set course north for Mombasa on the east coast of Africa. She arrived on Christmas Day and instead of finding the traditional snow and Christmas Tree, liberty parties found jungle colours in the over abundant orchids, with gardeners, basket weavers all at work in the streets. Animals were cheap and began appearing aboard ship. While one officer was standing his "officer-of-the-deck" watch, a monkey appeared on the quarter deck. Trying to be friendly, the OOD offered his hand only to see the monkey suddenly grab the hand with both fists and his teeth. However, the OOD didn't have time for disciplinary action as his sentry appeared with a horrified look on his face, pointing towards the dock. Upon looking down the OOD saw a sailor serenely ambling towards the ship leading his newest pet, a gigantic elephant.....


no wonder they got sunk, monkeys and elephants on board.... LOL


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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/29/2011 5:24:36 PM   
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Maybe xAP was send for evacuation? If it was quick supply run, why do not use xAK, and no troops were reported lost.

Why actually not send KB there (and retake Luganville)? Allies seriously have no heavy warships to make invasion in DEI right now. Most are either sunk, or under repair.

Anyway, CVEs are pretty vulnerable. Some land-based planes (old VALs?) could deal serious damage, with TOJO escort. Assuming airfield are big enough. Aviation Support can always be transported quickly by air.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/29/2011 6:29:37 PM   
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IMO, Luganville has already served it's purpose. those bases in SPAC are so far away they really only serve as a buffer and a delay for Allied invasions of more important bases.

Keep the KB out of sight and it will always be on Andy's mind.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/30/2011 2:25:11 AM   
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Lol! Andy's Ark has come to Luganville in other words
Guess he's hauling with everything he got instead of waiting for suitable transports.
But yes, he shouldn't risk 20k ton liners without air support at a forward base. An influx of enemy LCUs has been spotted at Luganville now (3).

Nuku Hiva has air support for a whopping 8 ac..just a forward scouting base.
So I will send subs and small surface units as well as 9 Jills trained for low naval attack.

Luganville and Solomons will indeed only be diversions now, if Andy goes for Line Islands I could be tempted to send KB but yes, let's keep the carriers hidden away for now
Just upgraded all TBDs to the V2 Jill.

We also upgraded to the beta patch this turn!
Now this looks great

Suddenly 8 MTBs were released, most were ****e, only 1 with top speed of 28 knots, the rest has a lousy 22 knot top speed....
Lots of new buttons, options and improvements that will make life easier.

- It's finally possible to purchase destroyed LCUs for a few PPs. Most will be re-created within a month with a skeleton crew.

- Zekes can no upgrade freely to Jacks and Georges!
This can easily be overdone, so I will be realistic. A large number of A6M2/5 units will remain as training units.
A number of A6M5 units that are carrier trained or capable will be kept as reserve units for the KB.

I probably upgraded 3-4 Zeke units to George fighters today and 2 more with Jacks.
The units upgraded were mostly Zeke units deployed as interceptors in the SRA, NG and Burma area.
Zekes are lousy interceptors and replacing them makes sense.

My pool of George has shrunk from 200+ to 40 ac, of 100 Jacks some 30 remains as reserves.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 05, 43

Invasions

Ua Huka is a size 0(3) AF and undefended...! Andy's first target.

Amphibious Assault at Ua Huka (192,167)
TF 239 troops unloading over beach at Ua Huka, 192,167

Allied ground losses:
116 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
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Sub laid mines...

TF 122 encounters mine field at Luganville (120,150)

Allied Ships
PT-224, Mine hits 1, heavy damage

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Surface Combat

An enemy scout moving towards Line Islands encounters a TF with 2 CLs.
Indecisive engagement....

Day Time Surface Combat, near Christmas Island at 180,145, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Yura
CL Tenryu

Allied Ships
DE Hotspur, Shell hits 2

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CL Tenryu engages DE Hotspur at 12,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DE Hotspur engages CL Tenryu at 11,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Tenryu engages DE Hotspur at 7,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 11,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
CL Tenryu engages DE Hotspur at 14,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
CL Tenryu engages DE Hotspur at 15,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CL Tenryu engages DE Hotspur at 19,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 19,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 21,000 yards
CL Yura engages DE Hotspur at 21,000 yards
Range increases to 24,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Air Combat

Enemy carrier ac strike Nuku Hiva!
Our LBA at Lunga et al hits the enemy transports of Luganville and sinks an AV and heavily damages a small AP.


Morning Air attack on Nuku Hiva , at 191,167
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 20
SBD-1 Dauntless x 11
SBD-5 Dauntless x 18
TBF-1 Avenger x 7

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 19
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
AV Wright, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Mount Vernon
xAP Neptuna, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 2

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
18th FG/44th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 10 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
AV Wright, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Neptuna, on fire, heavy damage
APD Dickerson

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/30/2011 3:18:32 AM   
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Your radar at Magwe seems a little flakey. Only one 120nm detection I saw and recall. Have you got enough there?



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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 4/30/2011 4:27:44 AM   
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Sitches to "Yes" will stockpile that item at that base.  VERY useful for oil/resource shipping.  Not working perfectly yet in k9, but Michael has it working for k10.

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 5/1/2011 9:38:23 AM   
inqistor


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ORIGINAL: PzB
Nuku Hiva has air support for a whopping 8 ac..just a forward scouting base.
So I will send subs and small surface units as well as 9 Jills trained for low naval attack.

You do not need enough Aviation Support, for first few days (until planes begin to break, because of lack of maintenance), and against fighters, it will be probably only ONE strike, anyway

However, the small unit, can be used during Night Attack. With short range, maybe we finally see it fly?

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RE: The Empire Strikes Back! - 5/1/2011 10:04:32 PM   
PzB


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Possibly Mynok, I'm rotating base force units around the Burma basin bases according to which ones are open for business
Will check and see if there's another mobile radar nearby...

Ok thx Pax!

True Inq, but what I expected happened this turn; enemy BBs bombarded and closed the place.
So the remaining ac have been returned to Xmas.

A bit surprise when the Nuku defenders survived the first attack by a large enemy force including a full Marine Div!
4 forts and 100% prep gave the small garrisons a strong AV modifier.
- Now Nuku and the brave defenders have done more than what was expected of them.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 06, 43

Bombardments

Night Naval bombardment of Nuku Hiva at 191,167

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Washington
BB North Carolina

Japanese ground losses:
171 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 20
Port hits 11
Port supply hits 1

BB Alabama firing at Nuku Hiva
BB Massachusetts firing at 86th Naval Guard Unit
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Washington
BB Washington firing at Nuku Hiva
BB North Carolina firing at Nuku Hiva

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Air Combat

Heavy skirmishes over Luganville; bulk of Nells somehow carried bombs..they do so now and then even though torps are available.
With enemy CAP in place long range strikes are getting to costly.

Enemy CAG hits Nuku Hiva.


Morning Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 17
Ki-46-IIIb Dinah x 5

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x Ki-46-IIIb Dinah sweeping at 15000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Nuku Hiva , at 191,167
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21
F6F-3 Hellcat x 60
SBD-1 Dauntless x 11
SOC-1 Seagull x 2
TBF-1 Avenger x 14

No Allied losses

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

Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Nuku Hiva ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Nuku Hiva ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
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Morning Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 191,167 (Nuku Hiva)
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 64
SBD-5 Dauntless x 18
SOC-1 Seagull x 2
TBF-1 Avenger x 6

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 21

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-484
xAP Mount Vernon

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 15000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-46-IIIb Dinah x 5

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 13

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 2
F4F-4 Wildcat x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-484
APD Dickerson

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M3 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Invasions

Enemy troops were not 100% prepped and took heavy casualties coming ashore!

Pre-Invasion action off Nuku Hiva (191,167)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

19 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
KV Dundas
AM Velocity
AM Oracle
AM Requisite
AVD Coos Bay
AVD Chincoteague
AVD Mackinac
APA Bolivar

KV Dundas fired at enemy troops
AM Velocity fired at enemy troops
AM Oracle fired at enemy troops
AM Requisite fired at enemy troops
AVD Coos Bay fired at enemy troops
AVD Chincoteague fired at enemy troops
AVD Mackinac fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards
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Amphibious Assault at Nuku Hiva (191,167)
TF 139 troops unloading over beach at Nuku Hiva, 191,167

Allied ground losses:
979 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 249 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 137 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 112 (0 destroyed, 112 disabled)
Vehicles lost 259 (1 destroyed, 258 disabled)

Motorized Support lost from landing craft during unload of 3rd Marine Div /5
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Ground combat at Nuku Hiva (191,167)
Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1442 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 62
Defending force 10162 troops, 228 guns, 440 vehicles, Assault Value = 463

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

Assaulting units:
86th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /3
69th JAAF AF Coy

Defending units:
2nd USMC Parachute Bn /1
1st USMC Corps Tank Bn /3
3rd USMC Tank Bn /1
1st USMC Tank Bn /1
1st USMC Parachute Bn /1
3rd USMC Parachute Bn /1
3rd Marine Div /8

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 07, 43

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on Luganville , at 120,150
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 7
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Luganville , at 120,150
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 1
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Nuku Hiva , at 191,167
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 31
SBD-1 Dauntless x 11
TBF-1 Avenger x 14

No Allied losses

Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Nuku Hiva ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Nuku Hiva ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
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Morning Air attack on Yokosuka 3rd SNLF, at 191,167 (Nuku Hiva)
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36
SBD-5 Dauntless x 18
TBF-1 Avenger x 6

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Also attacking 69th JAAF AF Coy ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /3 ...
Also attacking 69th JAAF AF Coy ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /3 ...
Also attacking 86th Naval Guard Unit ...

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Ground Combat

Ground combat at Nuku Hiva (191,167)
Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 10121 troops, 228 guns, 440 vehicles, Assault Value = 480
Defending force 1596 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 62

Allied adjusted assault: 574
Japanese adjusted defense: 175

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 4)
Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), disruption(-)
preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
432 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
262 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd USMC Tank Battalion
3rd USMC Parachute Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
1st USMC Corps Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
3rd Marine Division
1st USMC Parachute Bn /1

Defending units:
86th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /3
69th JAAF AF Coy

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Nuku Hiva




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