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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/25/2012 4:11:07 PM   
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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 6:16:53 PM   
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Good news! Admiral Lord SPrior has just escaped from the clutches of William Wallace...or maybe he was at the 112th annual Northumberland mountain man wrestling classic...either way, he was able to stop in at Kandy House and give some orders.

We should have a combat resolution in no less than 72 hrs provided that Admirar Rord Fabertong was not also taken captive in the Wallace raid..


I went to the funeral service of my first wife's father yesterday. He flew Skyraiders off USS Kearsarge. He didn't complete his training until the Korean War was over or at least unitl Kearsarge was done with her tour of duty. I think that was what he was most proud about. Sadly, he was disqualified by a flight surgeon after two years or so because of migraine headaches with vision loss.

I think that was what he wanted to do with his life and he was never as happy afterwards. He told me once they called his ship "USS Queerbarge" . I got up and said some things at the ceremony but declined to tell that story. It was a very nice ceremony and everyone said they liked my story about trying to tune his up his station wagon..putting in about $40 worth of parts and it still ran like crap. Even so, it brought on some melancholy about life's goals or dreams unmet. Funerals can be like that.

Two sailors came to give a flag to the family. It was done beautifully and really was powerfully moving. I was pretty sure "taps" was done via recorded music because I don't think anyone could have played it that perfectly with a valveless trumpet. It was still beautiful. The sailor in charge was a Vietnamese-American. She was superb. She approached the family, got down to eye level and looked them right in the eyes and thanked them sincerely. Damn moving.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 7:03:00 PM   
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**********************Feb. 14, 1943(c)****************

Sorong: Another combat engineer unit landing. An ASW group sent out to aid the return of the damaged CL finds a target.

Sub attack near Misool at 81,108

Japanese Ships
SS I-8, hits 11

Allied Ships
DD Benham
DD Thracian
DD Preston


Then there is this a bit closer to Sorong...the crew of Elektra has a nice war story to tell their grandkids. How they sank a Jap sub with their deck gun.

Submarine attack near Sorong at 82,107

Japanese Ships
SS I-160, hits 29, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Gwin
SC PC-580
AP Leonard Wood
AK Electra



SS I-160 is sighted by escort
DD Gwin attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-160 forced to surface!
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gwin firing on surfaced sub ....
SC PC-580 firing on surfaced sub ....
AP Leonard Wood firing on surfaced sub ....
AK Electra firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 7:04:06 PM   
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quote:

Sub slips beneath the waves


I'm guessing this was not intentional

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 7:09:00 PM   
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Port Hedrand: I didn't know Admiral Lord SPrior was going to attack again so I set some of the B-25's to airfield atack.


Morning Air attack on Port Hedland , at 57,129

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Beaufort V x 14
Beaufort VIII x 18
Bolingbroke IV x 11
B-17E Fortress x 3
B-25C Mitchell x 47
B-25D1 Mitchell x 2
B-26 Marauder x 4
B-26B Marauder x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
107 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 44 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 19 (5 destroyed, 14 disabled)



Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 14
Port hits 3


We just miss a 1:1..even with shock attack. We suffer more destroyed squads/vehicles but they suffer much more disabled. Even so, we probably need to rest the infantry.

Ground combat at Port Hedland (57,129)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 20085 troops, 475 guns, 747 vehicles, Assault Value = 471

Defending force 34291 troops, 363 guns, 188 vehicles, Assault Value = 704

Allied adjusted assault: 103

Japanese adjusted defense: 130

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
2206 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 127 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 27 (5 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
895 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 90 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 21 (2 destroyed, 19 disabled)
Vehicles lost 46 (10 destroyed, 36 disabled)


Assaulting units:
22nd (East African) Brigade
2/11th Armoured Car Battalion
2/5th Armoured Regiment
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
2/10th Armoured Regiment
32nd Infantry Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
2nd British Division
7th RAN Base Force
14th USN Naval Construction Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
5th Division
24th Infantry Regiment
6th Guards Division
66th Infantry Group
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
56th Engineer Regiment
30th Fld AA Gun Co
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind. Engineer Regiment
9th Field AF Construction Battalion
65th Brigade
22nd Air Flotilla
16th Army
51st JNAF AF Unit


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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 7:14:04 PM   
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Wyndham: Moderately effective air attacks.

Morning Air attack on 7th Ind.Tank Brigade, at 70,127 (Wyndham)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 35
B-25C Mitchell x 6


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
77 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Evidently, Admiral Lord SPrior is still in his "roid rage" after the wrestling competition because he attacks at Wyndham too. JJ seems still not to understand they are future KIA/POW


Ground combat at Wyndham (70,127)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 7804 troops, 75 guns, 466 vehicles, Assault Value = 488

Defending force 5572 troops, 67 guns, 190 vehicles, Assault Value = 110

Allied adjusted assault: 83

Japanese adjusted defense: 103

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (2 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
230 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 46 (6 destroyed, 40 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2/7th Armoured Regiment
4th Armoured Brigade
3rd Motor Brigade
3rd Army Tank Brigade
Wyndham RAAF Base Force

Defending units:
7th Ind.Tank Brigade
80th JAAF AF Bn
21st Air Flotilla
6th Air Defense AA Regiment
3rd Provisional Base Force

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 8:12:59 PM   
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Then there is this a bit closer to Sorong...the crew of Elektra has a nice war story to tell their grandkids. How they sank a Jap sub with their deck gun.

Submarine attack near Sorong at 82,107

Japanese Ships
SS I-160, hits 29, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Gwin
SC PC-580
AP Leonard Wood
AK Electra




To be fair, I think AKs get at least TWO deck guns!

Re: Pt. Hedrand - those LYBs are exceedingly tough! They must be eating the iron ore from Corunna Downs! Can't have any other tucker left there.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 8:42:48 PM   
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USS Electra


Class & type:

Arcturus-class attack cargo ship

Type:

Type C2 ship

Displacement:

14,225 long tons (14,453 t)

Length:

459 ft 1 in (139.93 m)

Beam:

63 ft (19 m)

Draft:

20 ft 1 in (6.12 m)

Speed:

16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)

Complement:

267

Armament:

• 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mount
• 4 × 3 in (76 mm) gun mounts

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 8:47:34 PM   
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Quite a handsome vessel, perhaps even rivalling Alaska or Hood in her lines. Looks like the 5 inch gun is on the stern.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 8:51:27 PM   
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Here is the 5 inch gun crew of Electra. That is Sp. 1C Homer Rice on the right without the shirt.


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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 8:53:37 PM   
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Here is Specialist Rice at Aunt Edna's in Terre Haute.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 9:02:28 PM   
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Lt. Cdr C H Austin (right). He ordered Electra to come about when the sub surfaced in order to bring her 5 inch gun to bear. He yelled, "Aim at the waterline boys! Kill the bastards!" and then he laughed demonically. In nfact, everyone had a grand time except Bob Fraschetti the loader on the 5 inch crew who suffered permanent hearing loss.

The CPO in charge of the officer's meals was renowned for his SOS. Lt. Cdr. Austin would often ask for seconds.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/28/2012 9:06:19 PM   
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The fun-loving lads of USS Electra.

http://www.usselectra.org/gallery_pers.html

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 1:34:48 AM   
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Oh, sure - give all the credit to the 5-inch gun crew. The 3-inchers always get the short end of the ... barrel, and get ribbed about the size of their weapon constantly [but at least they didn't have 1.1s]!

I wonder if Anthony Romano is the same Tony Romano who was a mob hit man in Queens in the fifties. I thought they called him "5 inch Romano" because of the size of his knife blade ... down«















Legal Disclaimer - The above stuff was totally made up, and any resemblance to persons living or not so much is purely coincidental and anyway this is Cap Mandrake and Sprior's AAR so any libel is their fault!

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 2:33:27 AM   
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BB that disclaimer makes it sound like you might be afraid A. Romano's relatives might come looking for you.  You know, you just might have made it a "Family" thing and all.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 2:45:25 AM   
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This email received from a Ms. Antonia Romano:

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My great uncle, Antonio Romano Sr., was a kind and gentle person. He was one of the highest producing salesman of the South Queens Romano and Prosciuto Import Company. He had no association with organized crime. Please inform Mr. BB that we have his IP address.


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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 6:48:28 AM   
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This email received from a Ms. Antonia Romano:

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My great uncle, Antonio Romano Sr., was a kind and gentle person. He was one of the highest producing salesman of the South Queens Romano and Prosciuto Import Company. He had no association with organized crime. Please inform Mr. BB that we have his IP address.


Oh Geez! Now I'm gonna be hacked one way or another ...

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 2:34:08 PM   
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Some bits of London you don't get to see everyday:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/gallery/2012/oct/29/london-hidden-interiors-architecture-pictures#/?picture=398398625&index=0

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 2:59:50 PM   
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Kandy House. Quite nice...but do you have a bidet?


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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 3:08:57 PM   
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do you have a bidet?


Is that one of those French foot-washers?

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 3:21:45 PM   
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No, it's a French drinking fountain.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 8:02:13 PM   
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Thanks for the post, Sprior! As an Anglophile whose trips to your country are temporarily suspended for fiscal reasons, I wish I could see these places for real.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 8:10:35 PM   
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Kandy House. Quite nice...but do you have a bidet?




Pity really. They spent all that money on the ceilings and cannot furnish the place, save for one lousy chair. Honestly, Lord Admiral, I do wish you'd think these things out a bit in advance.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 8:35:02 PM   
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one lousy chair.


It's a very special chair. My thinking chair. Doesn't get used very often.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 8:53:21 PM   
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-19914593

Ironic that it's Killick that reports (use the 4th rotor if you have one).

Shades of On the Beach for those of us launching them...

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 9:04:39 PM   
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I dunno, but the more I look into it the more the Cold War seems to leave relics. I've been around Scapa Flow and seen the remains of WWI and II and grew up on army bases with air raid shelters and funcioning sirens. Now some Royal Observer Corps, and indeed some Thor sites, are being preserved.

Heck, I was shown around a post office in Orkney that still had hand-wanked phones and sirens, just in case,

Arse, maybe I'm just getting old.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 10:41:12 PM   
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Here is what is under the carpet at Kandy House




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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 10:47:45 PM   
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Canada's largest contribution to the cold war was the radar DEW lines across the Arctic and mid-Canada. The idea was to give the US sufficient warning to launch their missiles - the Mutual Assurred Destruction strategy. MAD was the right acronym for it.
The big joke was that by the 1970's the only place we could get spare parts for the vacuum tube based radars was .... Russia. No one wanted to spend the money to update to transistor based radars and then harden the sites against EMP that would burn them out. BMEWS and satellite surveillance made the DEW line redundant, but their trash dumps remain an enduring Arctic legacy.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 10:53:20 PM   
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I miss the Cold War. Sure, there was the constant threat of instant thermonuclear incineration and that bit but at least you knew where it was coming from.

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RE: Robusto Havana - 10/29/2012 11:56:53 PM   
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All the unknown, unknowns can really get you down...

I note that Lt. Cdr C H Austin must have been known as a 1.1 gunner in the ranks (the necktie is a bit of a give away...)

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