March 21-April 1, 1942
The British carriers sink a few transports near Port Blair and then headed back to Bombay once the island was captured. The Japanese are on the move in Burma. A large force captured Tavoy and is marching on Moulmein. Iíve been setting up CAP traps but he is not using his bombers to aid his attack on Burma. In fact, with the exception of daily raids on Darwin and Bataan, the Japanese have pretty much stopped bombing with their air.
The KB has been raiding the West Coast. They hit Seattle harbor and sank 30 some small ships. They then moved north, sank a TF of 10 or so transport ships (empty at least), and are now threatening the Aleutians. I have all my West Coast fighters (200 obsolete planes) guarding San Fran. All my ďgoodĒ ships are hiding in the San Fran harbour.
Meanwhile, small TFs leave Christmas Island daily with reinforcements for Pago Pago, Savaii, and Suva. Iím a long ways from feeling Samoa or Fiji is secure but given another couple months, they should be safe.
The American carriers and most of the rest of the fleet is undergoing repairs and upgrades in Pearl Harbour. I plan to have everyone sit in well-defended ports (San Fran, Pearl, Christmas Island) until the KB goes away. I donít intend to go toe to toe with the KB until I load up my carriers with Avengers and F4F-4s. That means August 42 at the earliest.
No major developments in China. Changsha is looking safe for now. I believe the Japanese are sending troops to grab Kukong. I hope to pull back my troops before they get routed and will defend the forested hills north of Kukong instead.
Hereís the current scoreboard. Iíve lost lots and lots of ships to the KBs raids on major ports but very few warships or valuable transports have been sunk. The air war has slowed way down with my opponent admitting that his bomber squadrons are needing to be rebuilt. In a way, thatís too bad as thatís the only way I have to really do any damage at this point. I anticipate April will see the fall of Burma. I will try to delay him at Moulmein and Pegu. Once these cities fall, everyone will run for India. Hopefully, I get some troops to safety but if not, I still think India and Ceylon should be ok.