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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 1/26/2013 2:58:09 PM   
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To get a perspective on the late war situation I tried the Downfall scenario for a dozen turns or so. Very interesting about the kamikazes, Japanese ASW effectiveness, and the B-29 campaign. The Marianas are at the limit of B-29 range so coordination and effectiveness of strikes is not great. His flak and night fighters take a toll. You can handle his naval bombers easily beyond the range of his fighters, but within range he can overwhelm with numbers of fighters and kamikazes mixed with the bombers. It becomes another island hopping exercise to try keep some LBA cover.

I will have to pull up that scenario and try it out. Appears I could find it useful for getting an general idea of what to expect in late 1944 and into 45. I'm going to have to come up with countermeasures for Japanese tactics and weapons Pillager will have available to him by that time. Kamikazes being the most noteworthy but there could be other things as well. Rendering Japanese tactics and weapons ineffective is the first step in their destruction.

< Message edited by wneumann -- 1/26/2013 3:17:40 PM >

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 1/26/2013 3:09:59 PM   
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Summary of Operations 5/19/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport TF west of Kyushu in night action. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Koshiki-jima Retto at 99,60 (W of Koshiki-jima Retto)

Japanese Ships
PB Chiyo Maru
AK Nitisan Maru
AK Tokai Maru
xAK Shoho Maru
xAK Hikosan Maru
PB Kogyoku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Runner

SS Runner is sighted by escort
Runner diving deep ....
PB Kogyoku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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US sub Tunny on patrol SW of Saishu To (hex location 98, 57) reports contact with probable Jap surface ASW. No reported combat.


Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts large, escorted Jap transport TF. My estimate is this transport convoy just departed from either Osaka/Kyoto or Nagoya and very possibly transporting Jap 1st Guards Division from the Home Islands to Rabaul. If true, this action is the first of a number of US patrol subs already located or moving to be located along the Jap convoy’s projected movement course to Rabaul. Movement of 1 Guards Division via sea transport to Rabaul had been reported in a 5/17 Sigint entry. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Hamamatsu at 110,64 (NW of Aogashima)

Japanese Ships
xAP Hakusan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk, 18 VP makes this ship a rather large kill with or without troops aboard)
AM Wa 104
AM Wa 103
AM Wa 101
AK Yamahuku Maru
AK Fushimi Maru
AK Kozui Maru
AK Okiyu Maru
AK Yodogawa Maru
AK Yamazuki Maru
AK Yamagiri Maru
xAP Montevideo Maru
xAP Manzyu Maru
xAP Kanzyu Maru
xAP Rakuyo Maru
xAP Hakozaki Maru
xAP Hakone Maru
xAP Brazil Maru
E W-21
E W-3
E Etoforu
PB Sinko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

Japanese ground losses: (Not many troops but there were troops aboard that ship. Or was that thing tied down on the stern deck a Japanese Big Bertha.)
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

SS Wahoo launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Hakusan Maru
Wahoo diving deep ....
E W-21 fails to find sub and abandons search
E W-3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Etoforu fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sinko Maru attacking submerged sub ....
SS Wahoo eludes PB Sinko Maru by diving deep
PB Sinko Maru cannot reach attack position over SS Wahoo
SS Wahoo eludes ASW attack from PB Sinko Maru
PB Sinko Maru loses contact with SS Wahoo
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub Gar continues receiving multiple attacks from Ki-48 Lily and Ki-49 Helen air patrols SE of Kyushu (hex location 104, 62). No reported hits or damage.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/18 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Nauru. Detected status of Nauru shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there plus ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Eniwetok reported in another 5/18 Sigint entry. Detected status of Tarawa shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port size 3(2), airfield size 1(0). Only one Jap LCU (47 Naval Gd) is known to be located on Eniwetok from available intelligence data.


South Pacific: As predicted (from the 5/18 Coastwatcher report), Japanese ships arrived in Lunga and intercepted by a US patrol sub located in the base hex. As can be seen, there are advantages and pitfalls to submarine actions in shallow water base hexes. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack at Lunga 114,138 (night action)

Japanese Ships
E W-16
xAP Palau Maru
xAK Nissen Maru
xAK Nasusan Maru
xAK Nitiho Maru
xAKL Nagaragawa Maru
xAKL Kanaiyama Maru
xAKL Tateyama Maru
xAKL Kaijo Maru #2
xAKL Kashiwa Maru
xAKL Heiwa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Tambor

SS Tambor launches 2 torpedoes at E W-16
E W-16 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack at Lunga 114,138 (daylight action)

Japanese Ships
xAK Nitiho Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Palau Maru
xAK Nissen Maru
xAK Nasusan Maru
xAKL Nagaragawa Maru
xAKL Kanaiyama Maru
xAKL Tateyama Maru
xAKL Kaijo Maru #2
xAKL Kashiwa Maru
xAKL Heiwa Maru
E W-16

Allied Ships
SS Tambor, hits 8 (system damage 29, float 49, engine 13 – returning to base at 9 kts speed)

Massive explosion on xAK Nitiho Maru
SS Tambor launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Nitiho Maru
Tambor bottoming out ....
E W-16 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 5/18 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Lunga. Detected status of Lunga shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port. Current detected port size at Lunga is 3(1), airfield size 3(5). Excluding elements of Jap 10th Infantry Division and 80 JAAF AF Bn (both known to be moving into Lunga from Noumea), four Jap LCU are known to be located in Lunga from available intelligence data including Sasebo 6 & Yokosuka 2 SNLF, 4 Naval Construction Bn and 15 JNAF AF Unit.

Another 5/18 Sigint entry reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tulagi. Detected status of Tulagi shows unidentified Jap planes based there, airfield size 2(2), port size 2(3). No other visible Japanese activity or forces observed at Tulagi.

There is little question at this point Pillager is developing Lunga/Tulagi as a major Japanese base in the eastern Solomons area. Lunga/Tulagi (as a complex of bases) could be overtaking Noumea in importance as a primary Japanese forward base in this geographic area. I do not believe Pillager is abandoning Noumea, just the role of Noumea in the Japanese “big picture” is changing significantly (the question is exactly how and what for).


Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/18 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 3, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Malaya: Sigint entry for 5/18 indicates Jap 9 Medium Field Artillery Rgt is moving north from Singapore via land movement. Reported location of 9 Artillery Rgt is hex 48, 79 near Kuala Lumpur, this unit had been reported in Singapore as of 3/29/43. My estimate is that Pillager is likely transferring 9 Artillery Rgt from Singapore to Burma.


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in action with Jap surface ASW off Phuket. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Phuket at 47,69 (adjacent hex W of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
DD Isonami
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Peto

SS Peto launches 2 torpedoes at DD Isonami
Peto diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 7 Japanese ships anchored in port (-1 from last report), 2 Jap TF in harbor, 180 aircraft (72 fighters, 57 bombers), airfield damage 17, 7 Jap LCU’s.


China: Continued Jap ground bombardment attack on Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units arriving)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 287848 troops, 2797 guns, 1460 vehicles, Assault Value = 10327
Defending force 471047 troops, 2002 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 11405

Allied ground losses:
297 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (2 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Assaulting units:
37th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Division
15th Tank Regiment
59th Infantry Brigade
26th Division
6th Division
40th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
35th Division
13th Division
39th Division
3rd Tank Division
41st Division
70th Division
116th Division
34th Division
36th Division
17th Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
58th Division
110th Division
15th Division
104th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Division
8th Armored Car Co
38th Division
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
North China Area Army
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
NCPC Army
1st Army
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
RGC Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
23rd Army
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
China Expeditionary Army
12th Army
11th Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
18th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
46th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
79th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
21st Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
120th Red Chinese Division
99th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
67th Chinese Corps
303rd Brigade
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
1st Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
17th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
91st Chinese Corps
7th Construction Regiment
30th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
1st Construction Regiment
11th Chinese Corps
43rd Chinese Corps
5th War Area
21st Group Army
5th Group Army
China Command
18th Artillery Regiment
7th Chinese Base Force
15th Chinese Base Force
31st Group Army
6th Group Army
4th Group Army
8th Group Army
39th Chinese Corps
26th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force
3rd Group Army
17th Chinese Base Force
7th New Chinese Corps
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
9th Chinese Base Force
Central Reserve
5th Construction Regiment
32nd Group Army
22nd Group Army
7th War Area
23rd Group Army
7th Group Army
9th War Area
38th Group Army
29th Group Army
18th Group Army
2nd Chinese Base Force
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
41st AA Regiment
6th War Area
6th Chinese Base Force
20th Artillery Regiment
20th Group Army
Lusu War Area
30th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment
37th Group Army
27th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
4th Construction Regiment
11th Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Base Force
36th Chinese Corps
2nd War Area
57th AT Gun Regiment
17th Group Army
12th Group Army
3rd Chinese Corps
3rd War Area
4th Chinese Base Force
11th Chinese Base Force
16th Chinese Base Force
33rd Group Army
25th Group Army
18th Chinese Base Force
65th Chinese Corps
22nd Artillery Regiment
CAF HQ
34th Group Army
39th Group Army
49th AA Regiment

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< Message edited by wneumann -- 1/26/2013 3:13:23 PM >

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 1/28/2013 1:29:39 PM   
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Summary of Operations 5/20/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport TF in night action, engaged by Jap surface ASW in daylight. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Fukue-jima at 97,58 (night action S of Saishu To)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kensho Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
xAKL Zuiho Maru
SC CHa-46

Allied Ships
SS Finback

SS Finback launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Kensho Maru
Finback bottoming out ....
SC CHa-46 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Saishu To at 98,56 (daylight action SW of Saishu To)

Japanese Ships (TF detected with 3 ships total including the two E below)
E Ukishima
E Wakataka

Allied Ships
SS Finback

SS Finback is located by E Ukishima
E Wakataka fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub Gar remains under attack from Ki-48 Lily and Ki-49 Helen air patrols SE of Kyushu. No reported hits or damage.


South Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts small Jap transport TF in sea passage between eastern Solomons and Ndeni. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Ndeni at 119,140 (NW of Ndeni)

Japanese Ships
PB Yomei Maru
xAK Keihuku Maru
PB Saishu Maru

Allied Ships
SS Guardfish

SS Guardfish launches 2 torpedoes at PB Yomei Maru
Guardfish diving deep ....
PB Saishu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 5/19 reports a second day of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Lunga. Detected status of Lunga again shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port. A second 5/19 Sigint entry also states Jap 10th Infantry Division is now located in Lunga – confirming both my estimates and previous Sigint reports indicating Pillager was transferring Jap 10 Division from Noumea to Lunga.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/19 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Ayo Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in daylight actions with Jap surface ASW off Victoria Point. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Victoria Point at 48,66 (SW of Victoria Point)

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer is sighted by escort
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Isonami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Victoria Point at 48,66

Japanese Ships
E Saga
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer launches 2 torpedoes at E Saga
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Night air strikes by RAF and USAAF 2E bombers against oil production facilities in Magwe. 91 of the 124 bombers launched (9 squadrons) reached Magwe. Initial reports showing minimal or no added damage to Magwe oil production. One USAAF B-25 Mitchell destroyed (ops loss), 2 RAF Wellingtons damaged. Combat reports entries and AAR’s follow.

7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.353 Sqn RAF Hudson IIIa stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x No.353 Sqn RAF Hudson IIIa stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 21
B-25C Mitchell x 18

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Oil hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet * (do these asterisks indicate something?)
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Oil hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Hudson IIIa x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson IIIa: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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USAAF and RAF Liberators fly aerial minelaying mission over Rangoon. No bombers reported lost, 5 bombers (3 USAAF B-24, 2 RAF Liberator II) damaged. 46 bombers total (four squadrons) were launched on the mission, 28 actually reached Rangoon.

Pool display shows 28 Mk 13 mines were drawn and used in the operation – this number coincides exactly with the number of Allied planes actually reaching Rangoon (also 28). What this appears to indicate is that mines carried by planes in the mission that turned back without reaching Rangoon were not counted as being used from the pool – only those mines actually delivered on planes reaching the target hex are counted as drawn from the pool. In this particular case, it's likely that all 28 mines reaching Rangoon were actually laid - results would probably be different if attacking planes were damaged or shot down. Combat reports entries and AAR’s follow.

7 x No.160 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Liberator II laying Mk 13 Mine from 5000 feet
5 x B-24D Liberator laying Mk 13 Mine from 5000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator II laying Mk 13 Mine from 5000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator laying Mk 13 Mine from 5000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator laying Mk 13 Mine from 5000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port (+2 from last report), 2 Jap TF in harbor, 187 aircraft (71 fighters, 69 bombers), airfield damage 18, 7 Jap LCU’s.



China: Japanese deliberate ground attack on Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 275862 troops, 2688 guns, 1542 vehicles, Assault Value = 10412
Defending force 471892 troops, 1988 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 11509
Japanese adjusted assault: 4768
Allied adjusted defense: 5669
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

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

Japanese ground losses:
19009 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 1765 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 105 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 246 disabled
Guns lost 167 (5 destroyed, 162 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
44637 casualties reported
Squads: 737 destroyed, 2821 disabled
Non Combat: 854 destroyed, 770 disabled
Engineers: 39 destroyed, 87 disabled
Guns lost 232 (85 destroyed, 147 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 7

Assaulting units:
116th Division
15th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
110th Division
22nd Division
8th Armored Car Co
39th Division
36th Division
104th Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th Division
17th Division
35th Division
41st Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Division
6th Division
26th Division
58th Division
3rd Tank Division
40th Division
37th Division
70th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
32nd Division
15th Tank Regiment
38th Division
21st Mortar Battalion
12th Army
1st Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Army
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
China Expeditionary Army
11th Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
23rd Army
NCPC Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
RGC Army
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
North China Area Army
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
86th Chinese Corps
62nd Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
120th Red Chinese Division
70th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
91st Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
303rd Brigade
58th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
94th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
20th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
259th Brigade
74th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
50th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
7th Construction Regiment
40th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
1st Construction Regiment
China Command
39th Group Army
3rd Chinese Corps
8th Group Army
3rd War Area
9th War Area
38th Group Army
Lusu War Area
22nd Group Army
25th Group Army
22nd Artillery Regiment
5th Construction Regiment
33rd Group Army
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
39th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Base Force
27th Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
1st Chinese Base Force
5th War Area
65th Chinese Corps
29th Group Army
37th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
32nd Group Army
18th Chinese Base Force
6th Group Army
34th Group Army
36th Chinese Corps
20th Group Army
11th Chinese Base Force
31st Group Army
17th Group Army
7th New Chinese Corps
21st Group Army
11th Group Army
18th Group Army
2nd Chinese Base Force
4th Group Army
5th Group Army
12th Group Army
Central Reserve
13th Group Army
CAF HQ
20th Chinese Base Force
6th Chinese Base Force
30th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
Jingcha War Area
7th Group Army
7th War Area
3rd Group Army
11th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Base Force
4th Construction Regiment
26th Group Army
6th War Area
18th Artillery Regiment
43rd Chinese Corps
23rd Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
20th Artillery Regiment
1st Artillery Regiment
17th Chinese Base Force
16th Chinese Base Force
57th AT Gun Regiment
2nd War Area
7th Chinese Base Force
49th AA Regiment

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Summary of Operations 5/21/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub passes through Kuriles into Sea of Okhotsk, intercepts Jap tanker off southeast coast of Sakhalin. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Toyohara at 125,47 (night action S of Shikuka)

Japanese Ships
TK Urato Maru, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

TK Urato Maru is sighted by SS Haddock
SS Haddock attacking on the surface

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US patrol sub engaged by ASW escort of Jap transport TF off the northern Home Islands. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Ominato at 120,54 (NW of Ominato)

Japanese Ships
PB Yasushima Maru
xAKL Anbo Maru
xAKL Kamishima Maru
xAKL Buyo Maru
PB Teibo Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

SS Blackfish is sighted by escort
Blackfish diving deep ....
PB Teibo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub Gar still under attack from Ki-49 Helen air patrols, also contact with Jap surface ASW SE of Kyushu. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Kanoya at 103,62 (adjacent hex SE of Kanoya)

Japanese Ships
PB Kyo Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Gar

SS Gar is sighted by escort
PB Kyo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/20 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Canton Is. Detected status of Canton Is shows unidentified Jap plane(s) based there, airfield size 2(0), port size 2(2). No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Canton Is.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/20 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Lunga for the third consecutive day. Detected status of Lunga again shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/20 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in action with Jap surface ASW off Phuket. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Phuket at 47,69 (adjacent hex NW of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
DD Isonami
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Peto, hits 2 (minor damage, sub remains on patrol)

SS Peto is located by DD Isonami
Peto diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isonami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 7 Japanese ships anchored in port (-2 from last report), 1 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 199 aircraft (71 fighters, 77 bombers), airfield damage 12, 7 Jap LCU’s.


China: No reported ground combat activity at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 5/22/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub engages Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Saishu To at 98,56 (SW of Saishu To)

Japanese Ships
E Kyosai
E Wakataka

Allied Ships
SS Finback, hits 2 (minor system damage, sub remains on patrol)

SS Finback launches 2 torpedoes at E Kyosai
E Wakataka attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub continues operations off the southeast coast of Sakhalin. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Shikuka at 126,45 (S of Shikuka)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Saiho Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

xAKL Saiho Maru is sighted by SS Haddock
SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Saiho Maru

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US patrol sub in contact with Jap surface ASW escort in sea passage between Okinawa and southern Kyushu. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Amami Oshima at 98,63 (adjacent hex N of Amami Oshima)

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 41

Allied Ships
SS Runner

Captain of SS Runner elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
SC Ch 41 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/21 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows unidentified Jap plane(s) based there, ship(s) in port. No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Truk.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/21 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 120,149 near Santa Maria, Speed 8, Moving Southeast


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 7 Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 218 aircraft (85 fighters, 77 bombers), airfield now fully repaired, 7 Jap LCU’s.

Sigint entries for 5/21 report elements of three Jap flak LCU are now in transit to Rangoon via sea transport – units include 5 Air Defense AA Rgt and 63 Field AA Bn (both transferring from Tokyo), 60 Field AA Bn (this LCU new to the known Japanese OOB and previously unreported).


China: No reported ground combat activity at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 5/23/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub off the southeast coast of Sakhalin reports contact with small Jap transport, does not attack. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Shikuka at 125,45 (S of Shikuka)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Rozan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

xAKL Rozan Maru is sighted by SS Haddock
Captain of SS Haddock elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 5/22 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Jaluit and Ponape. Detected statuses of Jaluit and Ponape show no visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/22 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Enju Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Muroto reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 120,150 near Luganville, Speed 3, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 13, Moving Northwest


DEI: US patrol sub attacked by Jap surface ASW at southern exit of Sunda Straits. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Oosthaven at 46,97 (S of Oosthaven)

Japanese Ships
PB Shoei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Kingfish

SS Kingfish is sighted by escort
PB Shoei Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Andaman Sea: US patrol subs in several actions with Jap surface ASW

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Sub attack near Phuket at 47,70 (adjacent hex S of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki
E Hachijo
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Peto, hits 3 (system damage 6, float 31, engine 1 – returning to base at 14 kts for repair)

SS Peto launches 2 torpedoes at DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Phuket at 47,69

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 6
AMc Wa 20

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

Captain of SS Puffer elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Puffer diving deep ....
AMc Wa 20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 7 Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor, 223 aircraft (86 fighters, 80 bombers), 7 Jap LCU’s. Pillager is holding the largest air show in Southeast Asia, attracting the attention of more than the local natives.


China: No reported ground combat activity at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 5/24/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub off the southeast coast of Sakhalin in contact with Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47 (S of Shikuka)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-23

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at SC CHa-23
SC CHa-23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/23 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows the expected unidentified Jap planes plus ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje reported in another 5/23 Sigint entry. Detected status of Wotje shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-54 (5 xAK, 9 LST, 9 LCI) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes 47K supply and 2500 fuel, no air units or LCU. All LST and LCI arriving with WP-54 will be detached from the convoy and remain on reserve in the South Pacific area for use in future operations. Including arrivals with WP-54, total US landing craft on hand in South Pacific theatre now at 44 LST and 15 LCI. Movement of additional landing craft and amphibious ships from the mainland US via the transport convoy system continues.

Sigint entry for 5/23 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Lunga. Detected status of Lunga shows unidentified Jap planes and ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/23 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: AKE Kashino reported in port at Lunga (interesting)
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 120,149 near Santa Maria, Speed 7, Moving Southeast


Burma: USAAF and RAF 4E bombers launch night attack on Rangoon airfield - 39 Japanese aircraft reported destroyed on the ground, 3 CAP fighters (all A6M2 Zero) destroyed in air-to-air action over Rangoon. Jap planes reported as destroyed on the ground include 15 G4M Betty, 9 Ki-44 Tojo, 8 Ki-61 Tony, 5 Ki-21 Sally, 2 A6M2 Zero (in addition to the three CAP fighters). 34 of 58 Allied bombers reached and attacked Rangoon - one USAAF B-24D and one RAF Liberator II reported destroyed, both ops losses. It appears they did find Southeast Asia’s biggest air show. Combat Events entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon (after bombing) – 7 Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 127 aircraft (44 fighters, 49 bombers), airfield damage 11, 7 Jap LCU’s. Total count of Jap planes based in Rangoon reported this game turn is 96 less than the number observed on 5/22.

4 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Clear sky (71% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 8
B-24D Liberator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 7 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 7 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 26

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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This raid did not go unanswered… A small force of G4M Bettys bomb the airfield in Calcutta – this raid and the Allied strike on Calcutta were simultaneous. No reported airfield damage or Allied planes destroyed on the ground. I suspect damage inflicted by the Jap attack was none-to-minimal due to a combination of (1) small number of attacking planes, (2) higher altitude at which the attack was launched, (3) smaller rated bomb load of G4M Betty aircraft.

A RAF night fighter squadron (16 Beaufighter VIf) had just been transferred into Calcutta last game turn in anticipation of possible Jap night bombing strikes but had not been activated for this action. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Calcutta, at 52,37

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak (confirmed)

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Calcutta, at 52,37

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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A small raid on Myitkyina airfield by RAF 2E bombers mainly intended to see what Pillager had located there. Current detected status of Myitkyina shows airfield size 3(4), no airfield damage or Japanese planes based in Myitkyina. AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on Myitkyina, at 64,42

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Allied aircraft
Hudson IIIa x 12

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Hudson IIIa bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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A third night air raid by USAAF and RAF 2E bombers launched against Magwe but no bombers reached the objective. Targets of the raid in Magwe included the airfield plus the refinery facilities. Targeting set for this raid had been for the B-25C's to hit the airfield, RAF bombers (Blenheims & Wellingtons) to hit the refinery. No AAR’s but Combat Events report entries follow.

One item discovered while setting orders for this raid is that bomb load of US B-25C Mitchells consists of SAP ordnance when these planes are set to fly against a city target, they do carry an HE bomb load when targeted against an airfield. Based on this unexpected observation, it appears the B-25C is likely to be a less effective bomber when employed against city targets (in other words, not your best strategic bomber). This observation on the premise that HE bombs have greater effect against ground targets (in general) compared to SAP ordnance.

7 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night


Some observations on night bombing in AE: No surprise to anyone... not all planes ordered to fly a night bombing mission reach the assigned target or reach the target together, some of them don't even take off. This is one of the "cons" of night bombing missions - being a trade-off in exchange for reduced number of plane losses. What follows are observations from personal experience so far with night bombing and interpretation on how AE handles and displays the end result.

  • It's pretty much a given that any night bombing mission where multiple air squadrons are assigned to attack the same target usually (if not always) becomes an uncoordinated attack.
  • Planes shown in the AAR(s) - These obviously (at least) reached the target, most if not all of them actually bombing it. Those planes appearing in the initial AAR of an attack appear to be those planes that went directly to the target without going "astray due to night". Planes appearing in the second and later AAR(s) of an attack appear to include planes which strayed (and listed in the Combat Events messages) but did find the target after the initial strike.
  • Planes listed in Combat Events messages - Planes shown in some but not all of these messages go on and find the target (these planes appearing in the second and later AAR(s) of a given attack). For some Combat Events messages, the planes listed in the message appear to abort the mission and return to base without reaching the assigned target.
  • There also appears to be a number of planes from those ordered to launch on a night bombing raid that remain on the ground and do not take off. This could be a case where some planes within a given air squadron take off (and others remain on the ground) and/or an "all or nothing" scenario where all the planes in a squadron fly or don't fly.


China: No reported ground combat activity at Chungking.


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Summary of Operations 5/25/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub reports contact with Jap transport ship while moving through the sea passage between Sakhalin and northern Hokkaido. SS Blackfish is entering the Sea of Japan to locate and attack any Japanese transport shipping between ports on the eastern coast of Korea and the Japanese Home Islands. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack at Wakkanai at 123,48

Japanese Ships
xAKL Saiho Maru

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

xAKL Saiho Maru is sighted by SS Blackfish
Captain of SS Blackfish elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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US sub patrol remains off eastern coast of Sakhalin, attempts attack on Jap transport. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47 (S of Shikuka)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hiyori Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

xAKL Hiyori Maru is sighted by SS Haddock
SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Hiyori Maru

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Central Pacific: Jap transport TF encountered by a group of 5 US patrol subs east of the southern Marianas. The Jap TF is reported moving on a SW heading. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Saipan at 115,96 (E of Guam)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-22
xAP Teibi Maru
xAP Kamo Maru
xAP Takatiho Maru
xAP Teia Maru
xAK Koyu Maru
PB Yamahagi Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Greenling

SS Greenling is sighted by escort
Greenling diving deep ....
PB Yamahagi Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Saipan at 115,96

Japanese Ships
xAK Koyu Maru
SC CHa-22
xAP Teia Maru
PB Yamahagi Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Bowfin

SS Bowfin launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Koyu Maru
PB Yamahagi Maru #3 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/24 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 8 ships reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 11, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Tatsuho Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 120,150 near Luganville, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 9, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 100,132 near Milne Bay, Speed 10, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,132 near Port Moresby, Speed 16, Moving West


Andaman Sea: Action between US patrol sub and Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Mergui at 50,61 (SW of Tavoy)

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
E Saga

Allied Ships
SS Jack

SS Jack launches 2 torpedoes at E Hachijo
Jack diving deep ....
E Saga fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port (+2 from last report), 1 Jap TF in harbor, 59 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 10, 7 Jap LCU’s.

Pillager appears to have removed many Jap planes from Rangoon airfield, leaving only CAP fighters behind. It’s likely at this point that Pillager has considered or started dispersal of Jap LBA air units other than CAP fighters to multiple bases, this development not unexpected. The scope of Allied aerial recon over Burma will be expanded to monitor forward Jap bases in Burma to identify locations where Pillager is moving planes. Airfield locations where Jap planes are found in significant numbers will then be hit with air strikes. Objectives of this campaign are threefold – (1) continued attrition of Jap planes, (2) disruption of Japanese air activity in Burma to increase difficulty for Pillager to launch any significant Jap air strikes into Allied territory on a consistent basis, and (3) create another distraction and a new task on Pillager’s “to do” list each game turn.


A second attempt to launch an air strike by USAAF and RAF 2E bombers against airfield and refinery facilities in Magwe proved unsuccessful. No AAR’s but Combat Events report entries follow.

Mission cancelled for 16 x Blenheim IV from No.113 Sqn RAF
Mission cancelled for 12 x B-25C Mitchell from 341st BG/11th BS
Mission cancelled for 12 x B-25C Mitchell from 341st BG/22nd BS
Mission cancelled for 16 x B-25C Mitchell from 341st BG/490th BS
Mission cancelled for 12 x B-25C Mitchell from 341st BG/491st BS
7 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.353 Sqn RAF Hudson IIIa stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night


China: No reported ground combat activity at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 5/26/43

US Carrier Air Upgrades: Fighter aircraft upgrades (F4F-4 Wildcat to F6F Hellcat) are now completed on all US fleet carriers. Current plane contingents aboard all US fleet carriers include F6F-3 Hellcats, SBD-3 Dauntless, TBF-1 Avenger. This is also the projected composition for air groups on US CVL’s – first CVL is scheduled to enter the game in 31 days.

Employment of F4F-4 Wildcats as a first-line fighter is projected to continue for the time being in air groups aboard CVE’s and with US Marine LBA fighter squadrons. There are no plans to use either the FM-1 or FM-2 Wildcat in front-line service. F4F-4 has superior armament to both the FM-1 and FM-2 (F4F-4 having six .50 cal vs four .50 cal for FM-1 & FM-2), neither the FM-1 nor FM-2 having any significant performance advantage over the F4F-4. Current projections have the FM-1 and FM-2 operating in training squadrons, also in second-line service where needed, both of these uses intended to free up F4F-4 Wildcats for front-line use.

Current short term plans have SBD-3 Dauntless kept as the first-line dive bomber in air groups on US fleet carriers. SBD-5 Dauntless and SB2C-1C Helldiver are now available in small numbers, though not in sufficient quantities for large scale upgrades. Longer term plans have SB2C-1C Helldivers going to fleet carrier dive bombing squadrons, SBD-5 Dauntless planes to USN & US Marine LBA dive bombing units. Current projections have the SBD-3 Dauntless remaining in front-line service, mainly in LBA squadrons, possibly training units.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/25 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Maleolap. Detected status of Maleolap shows airfield size 4(1), port size 1(1), no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-55 (25 transports, 3 APA, 2 LST, one LSD, one AG, one AE) arrives this game turn in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes three LCU (216, 217 & 511 Coast AA Rgts), six LBA air units (4 USAAF fighter squadrons, one USN dive bomber & one USN recon squadron), 93K supply and 66K fuel. Amphibious ships (APA, LST, LSD) and auxiliaries (AG & AE) arriving with WP-55 will be detached from the convoy and remain in South Pacific theatre on reserve for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/25 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hukuzyu Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 120,150 near Luganville, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 119,149 near Luganville, Speed 3, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 98,130 near Port Moresby, Speed 7, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 7, Moving Northwest


Southwest Pacific: PBY Catalina air patrol spots Japanese TF (reported as 5 DD) in Port Moresby base hex.


Australia: Transport convoy EX-34 (31 transports, 1 APA, 1 AKA, 5 LSI, 9 xAP) arrives in Australia from the Eastern US via Capetown. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes four LCU (HQ US 7th Fleet, 150 USA Base Force, 258 USAAF Base Force, 39 Aviation Base Force), 130K supply and 65K fuel. Plans are to detach all amphibious capable ships (APA, AKA, LSI, xAP) from convoy EX-34, these ships will remain in Australia and kept on reserve for use in future operations.


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in action with Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Tavoy at 51,60 (SW of Tavoy)

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
E Saga

Allied Ships
SS Jack, hits 1 (system damage 9, float 40, engine 7 – returning to base at 11 kts)

SS Jack launches 2 torpedoes at E Hachijo
E Saga attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 64 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 13, 7 Jap LCU’s.

Japanese minesweeping operations reported in Rangoon base hex. These mines were dropped in Rangoon base by Allied 4E bombers on 5/20. AAR’s follow.

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TF 94 encounters mine field at Rangoon (54,53)

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 9, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
AMc Wa 6

60 mines cleared

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TF 94 encounters mine field at Rangoon (54,53) – 2 actions

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20

(35 mines cleared total in AAR of the two actions)

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China: Japanese resume ground attack on Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 285365 troops, 2797 guns, 1460 vehicles, Assault Value = 10091
Defending force 446471 troops, 1843 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 9585

Allied ground losses:
773 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 66 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
104th Division
110th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
39th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Division
58th Division
22nd Division
116th Division
41st Division
15th Division
8th Armored Car Co
34th Division
35th Division
3rd Tank Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Division
13th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
37th Division
36th Division
26th Division
32nd Division
15th Tank Regiment
17th Division
40th Division
38th Division
2nd Mortar Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
11th Army
1st Army
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
North China Area Army
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
NCPC Army
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
23rd Army
China Expeditionary Army
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
RGC Army
12th Army
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
68th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
81st Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
8th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
84th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
57th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
94th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
27th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
6th War Area
4th Construction Regiment
8th Group Army
39th Chinese Corps
21st Group Army
6th Group Army
65th Chinese Corps
26th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
22nd Group Army
7th War Area
30th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment
China Command
Central Reserve
39th Group Army
CAF HQ
23rd Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force
34th Group Army
33rd Group Army
32nd Group Army
20th Artillery Regiment
25th Group Army
20th Chinese Corps
1st War Area
13th Group Army
11th Chinese Base Force
20th Group Army
120th Red Chinese Division
2nd War Area
18th Group Army
5th Group Army
17th Chinese Base Force
9th War Area
96th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Base Force
1st Chinese Base Force
303rd Brigade
22nd Artillery Regiment
20th Chinese Base Force
259th Brigade
36th Chinese Corps
1st Construction Regiment
11th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
7th Construction Regiment
18th Artillery Regiment
16th Chinese Base Force
11th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Base Force
7th New Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
Y' Force
3rd Group Army
31st Group Army
47th Chinese Corps
Red Chinese Army
3rd War Area
7th Chinese Base Force
29th Group Army
12th Group Army
16th Group Army
5th War Area
41st AA Regiment
17th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force
23rd Group Army
15th Group Army
37th Group Army
38th Group Army
49th AA Regiment

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Summary of Operations 5/27/43

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/26 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Canton Is. Detected status of Canton Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there, airfield size 2(0), port size 2(2), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Sigint entry for 5/26 reports a second day of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Maleolap. Detected status of Maleolap continues to show no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport TF in northern sea approaches to Rabaul. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Manus at 103,119 (E of Manus)

Japanese Ships
xAK Argun Maru, Torpedo hits 1
PB Shotoku Maru
AK Yamasimo Maru
AK Azumasan Maru
TK Nanrei Maru
TK Juko Maru
xAK Ryuyo Maru
xAK Mitimei Maru
xAK Yuri Maru
xAK Toyokawa Maru
xAK Taian Maru
E W-18
E W-1

Allied Ships
SS Seal

SS Seal launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Argun Maru
E W-18 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-1 fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Manus at 103,119

Japanese Ships
xAK Argun Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Seal

xAK Argun Maru is sighted by SS Seal
SS Seal launches 4 torpedoes

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US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport TF near the Solomons. Jap TF is reported to contain 5 ships (including ships in the AAR below) and moving on an E heading. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Auki at 116,136 (NE of Tulagi)

Japanese Ships
xAK Kyokko Maru
E Nuwashima

Allied Ships
SS Skipjack

SS Skipjack launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kyokko Maru
Skipjack diving deep ....
E Nuwashima fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Omission on the 5/26 AAR report… Six US air units arrived in Auckland aboard transport convoy WP-55 in addition to other cargo listed on 5/26. These units included four USAAF fighter squadrons (all assigned to 13th USAAF) equipped with small numbers of A-36 Mustangs (not due to enter production until 10/43). Current plans are to temporarily keep these squadrons in a pilot training role until advanced fighter planes become available in sufficient numbers to properly equip these units, pilots in the squadrons will be partially trained fighter pilots (40-50 experience, 70 air skill) completing a second level of training (strafing skill). Other air units arriving on WP-55 included a USN land-based dive-bomber squadron (16 SBD-3), and an USN recon squadron (8 PB4Y-1P Liberators) – the latter two squadrons both ready for front-line service.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/26 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Bisan Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 8, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Eihuku Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 98,130 near Port Moresby, Speed unknown


Southwest Pacific: PBY Catalina air patrol continues to track Japanese TF near Port Moresby. The spotted Jap TF is a probable transport TF delivering cargo into Port Moresby. Current information reports the Jap TF with 9 ships and departing Port Moresby this game turn moving on an E heading. An attempt to launch a naval air strike using a small force of available US and Australian Catalinas in Townsville proved unsuccessful (pilots in these squadrons untrained in naval attack). No other Allied bombers are currently based in NE Australia within attack range of the Jap TF. 5/26 Combat Events report entries of this action follow.

3 x PBY-4 Catalina unable to locate target due to range or weather
5 x Catalina I from No.33 Sqn RAAF flight failed to link up returning to base

Two USAAF 2E bomber squadrons equipped and trained for naval and skip-bombing strikes (32 B-25D1 Mitchells total) are available in Australia and ready for immediate use – the two squadrons are now planned to transfer to NE Australia and begin operations to interdict Japanese ship movements in the Port Moresby area.

Four additional USAAF 2E bomber squadrons in Australia are in advanced stages of preparation for specialized use in naval strike and skip bombing missions. Two first-line Australian 2E torpedo bombing squadrons (24 Beaufort VIII total) are also available as an addition to this force. Perhaps it’s time to try out skip-bombing.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 77 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 8, 7 Jap LCU’s.

RAF 4E bombers drop additional mines in Rangoon base hex. Two Liberator II’s damaged, otherwise no planes lost on either side. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
7 x No.160 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Liberator II laying Mk 13 Mine from 7000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator II laying Mk 13 Mine from 7000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Japanese minesweeping operations continue in Rangoon base hex. AAR follows.

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TF 94 encounters mine field at Rangoon (54,53) – three separate minesweeping AAR’s

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

(54 mines cleared total in the three AAR)

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RAF 2E bombers launch strike against oil production facilities in Magwe – the raid not appearing to inflict any significant damage. Two RAF bombers (1 Blenheim, 1 Wellington) reported destroyed, both planes ops losses. One additional Blenheim IV damaged. No Japanese planes reported destroyed, though several CAP fighters hit in air-to-air combat. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Magwe shows oil production 77(224), refinery 101(0), 54 aircraft (49 fighters), 8 Jap LCU’s.

5 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (39% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 21
Wellington Ic x 12

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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USAAF B-25 Mitchells launch night airfield raid on Mandalay. One Mitchell destroyed (ops loss), none damaged. No reported Japanese plane losses. Detected status of Mandalay shows planes are based there (CAP fighters shown below, probably little or nothing else), no airfield damage, 8 Jap LCU’s. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

Weather in hex: Severe storms (39% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

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Night Air attack on Mandalay, at 59,46

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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China: Japanese launch deliberate ground attack on Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 278269 troops, 2725 guns, 1542 vehicles, Assault Value = 10212
Defending force 447992 troops, 1828 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 9674
Japanese adjusted assault: 6377
Allied adjusted defense: 5301
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
20619 casualties reported
Squads: 52 destroyed, 1700 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 171 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 215 disabled
Guns lost 134 (3 destroyed, 131 disabled)
Vehicles lost 94 (8 destroyed, 86 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
43585 casualties reported
Squads: 850 destroyed, 2506 disabled
Non Combat: 677 destroyed, 1269 disabled
Engineers: 32 destroyed, 29 disabled
Guns lost 229 (81 destroyed, 148 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 14

Assaulting units:
32nd Division
3rd Tank Division
15th Tank Regiment
58th Division
104th Division
15th Division
22nd Division
40th Division
26th Division
35th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
36th Division
37th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th Division
41st Division
110th Division
70th Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
17th Division
116th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
39th Division
8th Armored Car Co
6th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
64th Infantry Brigade
13th Division
38th Division
11th Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
China Expeditionary Army
RGC Army
NCPC Army
North China Area Army
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
23rd Army
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
12th Army
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
68th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
51st Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
99th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
17th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
100th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
57th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Base Force
7th Chinese Base Force
12th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
7th New Chinese Corps
6th War Area
9th War Area
5th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
1st Construction Regiment
8th War Area
4th Construction Regiment
259th Brigade
27th Group Army
25th Group Army
3rd Group Army
2nd War Area
9th Chinese Base Force
17th Group Army
20th Group Army
16th Chinese Base Force
120th Red Chinese Division
10th Chinese Base Force
CAF HQ
Central Reserve
Y' Force
96th Chinese Corps
13th Group Army
65th Chinese Corps
39th Group Army
6th Group Army
11th Chinese Base Force
18th Chinese Base Force
22nd Artillery Regiment
6th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Base Force
4th War Area
20th Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
5th War Area
20th Chinese Base Force
20th Artillery Regiment
33rd Group Army
22nd Group Army
7th Construction Regiment
39th Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
16th Group Army
3rd War Area
23rd Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
26th Group Army
47th Chinese Corps
21st Group Army
23rd Chinese Corps
37th Group Army
32nd Group Army
8th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
11th Group Army
29th Group Army
38th Group Army
303rd Brigade
7th War Area
15th Chinese Base Force
15th Group Army
3rd Chinese Corps
34th Group Army
1st War Area
31st Group Army
China Command
36th Chinese Corps
1st Artillery Regiment
30th Group Army
49th AA Regiment

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/8/2013 10:54:53 PM   
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Summary of Operations 5/28/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub in Sea of Japan (north of Kyushu) intercepts Japanese transport off the eastern coast of Korea. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Genzan at 106,50 (SE of Genzan)

Japanese Ships
xAK Juko Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

xAK Juko Maru is sighted by SS Blackfish
SS Blackfish launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Juko Maru

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Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-38 (24 ships) departing this game turn for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 5 air squadrons (3 fighter, 2 bomber) with 75 P-47D2 Thunderbolts & 32 B-25C Mitchells, six LCU (HQ XI Corps, 165 Field Artillery Bn, 863 & 871 Engineer Aviation Bns, 152 USA Base Force, 41 Aviation Base Force), 61K supply and 18K fuel.


Central Pacific: Two Sigint entries for 5/27 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Jaluit. Detected status of Jaluit shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entries for 5/27 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Manus (Admiralty islands) and Woodlark Is. Detected status of Manus shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, airfield size 0(5), port size 1(4) – one Jap LCU (4 Independent SNLF Co) reported at Manus from known intelligence data. Detected status of Woodlark Is shows no visible Jap forces or activity, airfield size 3(5), port size 2(2) – known intelligence data has two Japanese LCU (Sasebo 5 SNLF, 7 Naval Construction Bn) located on Woodlark Is.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/27 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 100,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: AK Tatuwa Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 3, Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, unidentified Jap TF(s) spotted in harbor, 74 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 9, 7 Jap LCU’s.


China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/11/2013 1:29:27 AM   
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Summary of Operations 5/29/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub in Sea of Japan intercepts small Japanese coastal transport TF moving northbound along the eastern coast of Korea. The Jap TF is reported to contain two small ships. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Ulleungdo at 106,51 (adjacent hex NW of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Awaji Maru, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

xAKL Awaji Maru is sighted by SS Blackfish
SS Blackfish attacking on the surface
Massive explosion on xAKL Awaji Maru

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Submarine attack near Ulleungdo at 106,52 (adjacent hex W of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tokiwasan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

xAKL Tokiwasan Maru is sighted by SS Blackfish
Captain of SS Blackfish elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Formosa Straits: US patrol sub in a contact with Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Hengchun at 85,68 (center of Formosa Straits channel)

Japanese Ships
E W-7
E Aotaka

Allied Ships
SS Shad

SS Shad is located by E W-7
E Aotaka fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Hawaii: Damaged LST (LST-459) in the convoy WP-49 ship collision on 4/15/43 is fully repaired (shipyard repair) and operational at Pearl Harbor. LST-459 now attached to transport convoy PW-62 and returning to the US West Coast from Hawaii – the LST to be reloaded on the West Coast with fresh cargo and sent with another outbound convoy to the South Pacific.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-57 (33 transports, 3 APA, 2 LST) arrives this game turn in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes one LCU (147 USA Base Force), two USN air squadrons (1 recon, 1 patrol), 143K supply and 128K fuel. APA and LST ships arriving with WP-57 will be detached from the convoy and remain in South Pacific theatre on reserve for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/28 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Hoko Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed 13, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 67 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 1, 7 Jap LCU’s.

Attempted night bombing attack against Rangoon light industry by USAAF and RAF 4E bombers aborted – possibly due to weather (thunderstorms at both home airfield and target hexes), also 21% moonlight. 5/28 Combat Events report entries follow.

Mission cancelled for 12 x B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/9th BS
Mission cancelled for 9 x B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/492nd BS
Mission cancelled for 6 x B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/493rd BS
7 x No.160 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night


China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 5/30/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts escorted Jap transport west of Kyushu. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Koshiki-jima Retto at 100,60 (W of Kagoshima)

Japanese Ships
xAK Tsukuba Maru
PB Heiei Maru #7

Allied Ships
SS Growler

SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tsukuba Maru
Growler diving deep ....
PB Heiei Maru #7 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Heiei Maru #7 loses contact with SS Growler
PB Heiei Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/29 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Majuro. Detected status of Majuro shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 5/29 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Luganville. Detected status of Luganville shows unidentified Japanese ship(s) in port. No other visible Jap forces or activity observed at Luganville. Current detected port size at Luganville is 3(3), airfield size 4(5). Pillager appears to have Luganville developed as the largest Japanese base in the Santa Cruz/New Hebrides island area. Three Jap LCU are known to be in Luganville from available intelligence data – including Yokosuka 3 SNLF, 28 JNAF AF Unit, 5 Naval Construction Bn.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/29 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: AK Seia Maru reported in port at Luganville (reported in 5/29 Sigint entry)
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown


Australia: Transport convoy MX-17 (5 TK) from Abadan via Capetown arrives this game turn in Australia. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes 51K fuel.


DEI: US patrol sub off southern exit from Sunda Straits in action against Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Oosthaven at 46,97 (S of Oosthaven)

Japanese Ships
PB Kaiun Maru

Allied Ships
SS Kingfish

SS Kingfish launches 2 torpedoes
Kingfish diving deep ....
PB Kaiun Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in action vs Jap surface ASW TF near northern exit of Malacca Straits. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Phuket at 48,70 (adjacent hex S of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer launches 2 torpedoes at E Hachijo
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Phuket at 48,70

Japanese Ships
E Saga
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer is located by E Saga
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon (after strike below) – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 83 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

USAAF and RAF 4E bombers hit light industry facilities in Rangoon in a night raid. Detected results of this raid are indicating nearly complete destruction of light industry in Rangoon. With completion of this raid, all Japanese controlled light industry production inside Burma and adjacent areas of southern China has been knocked out of operation. Primary objective of light industry attacks is elimination of all Japanese controlled supply point production within Burma – the intent of this objective requiring Pillager to import into Burma from outside sources most if not all supply points needed by Japanese air and ground forces based or operating within Burma.

Allied plane losses in the Rangoon attack include 2 USAAF B-24 and 3 RAF Liberator II destroyed (one B-24 lost to flak, the remainder ops losses). Reported Japanese planes losses are two A6M2 Zero fighters destroyed (both air-to-air). Operations and Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF is written off
Liberator II from No.160 Sqn RAF at Calcutta grounded due to maintenance
Damaged B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/493rd BS shot down on way home, pilot reported killed
B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/493rd BS at Calcutta grounded due to maintenance
Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF at Calcutta grounded due to maintenance
Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF is written off
Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF at Calcutta grounded due to maintenance
Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF at Calcutta grounded due to maintenance
Damaged Liberator II from No.160 Sqn RAF is missing, pilot reported killed

5 x No.160 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (14% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 9
B-24D Liberator x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 3 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Light Industry hits 29

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged

Light Industry hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Light Industry hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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USAAF and RAF 2E bombers launch night attack on Magwe airfield with no losses to Allied planes. 8 Japanese planes reported destroyed on the ground (4 Ki-44 Tojo, 4 Ki-45 Nick), none destroyed in air-to-air action.

Detected status of Magwe (after raid) shows 95 aircraft (94 bombers), airfield damage 11, 8 Jap LCU’s. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Clear sky (14% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 50
Wellington Ic x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 5/31/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts small Jap transport TF (4 ships including 2 xAKL) moving northward along the west coast of Korea. Save the torpedoes! AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Gunzan at 100,51 (SW of Keijo)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Suzan Maru, Shell hits 53, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Growler

xAKL Suzan Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler attacking xAKL Suzan Maru on the surface
SS Growler low on gun ammo, Gilmore, H.W. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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US patrol sub attacks a probable Jap surface ASW TF west of Kyushu. Jap TF is reported to contain two ships (both PB) and moving on a W heading. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Amami Oshima at 97,61 (N of Amami Oshima)

Japanese Ships
PB Heiei Maru #7

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 2 torpedoes at PB Heiei Maru #7
PB Heiei Maru #7 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sea of Japan: US patrol sub spots small Jap transport TF along the eastern coast of Korea at hex location 106, 50 (SE of Genzan). No reported combat occurred. Jap TF reported to contain 2 ships (including one TK) and moving southward.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/30 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Southwest Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transport convoy approaching Rabaul. Ships identified in the AAR below were matched against ships in the transport TF (believed to be) carrying Jap 1st Guards Division to Rabaul intercepted near the Japanese Home Islands on 5/19 (using the AAR from that action) – no ships listed in the AAR below match identities of known ships from the convoy intercepted on 5/19, thus the convoy intercepted below is likely a different transport TF from that carrying 1 Guards Division. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Emirau Island at 104,121 (NW of Kavieng)

Japanese Ships
xAK Chowa Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
SC CHa-22
xAP Teia Maru
xAK Koyu Maru
PB Yamahagi Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Seal

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

SS Seal launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Chowa Maru
PB Yamahagi Maru #3 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 72 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 97 aircraft (95 fighters), airfield damage 18, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 81(220).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 62 aircraft (55 fighters), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 6/01/43

6/43 Ship Upgrades: A large number of Allied ship upgrades become available this month, affecting many xAK in several large ship classes, most US fleet and S-class submarines, also most US light ASW ships (SC and PC) in service. Priority in this month’s scheduled upgrades is being given to the two Washington class BB and the AK/AP to AKA/APA transport conversions, as well as US submarines. The transport conversions are particularly valuable as the end result of the conversion adds 13 large AKA & 3 large APA to the US amphibious fleet – the AP and AK due to undergo the conversion had been collected and held in US West Coast ports to immediately enter conversion on the 6/01 game turn. Included in ship upgrades for 6/43 are the following.

• Light ASW – US SC and PC
• Transports – US xAKL, some US AK to AKA conversions, some US AP to APA conversions, many US xAK (several large ship classes)
• Auxiliaries – some US AD
• US Washington class BB (2 ships), also BB Pennsylvania
• Australian CA and CL – two CA now located on US West Coast with British CV Victorious, CL Adelaide in Australia
• CA Exeter (British)
• Dutch CL and DD – these ships all located in Australia
• Most US fleet and S-class submarines

Most transport ships and US submarines due for 6/43 upgrades are currently at sea in active operations – subs in patrol areas, transport ships in convoys at sea. Plans are for most subs and transport ships (eligible for 6/43 upgrade) currently in port to begin the upgrade process immediately, upgrade-eligible ships currently at sea will enter the 6/43 upgrade as they return to their home ports. The 6/43 ship upgrade is likely to have some disruption of transport convoy and sub patrol operations (this having been considered) – but current plans are to start and complete the 6/43 upgrade process as aggressively as possible with the lowest possible effect on at-sea operations. Present objective is to have all eligible ships enter if not complete the 6/43 upgrade by mid to late 7/43.


East China Sea: US patrol sub off western coast of Korea intercepts small Jap transport. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Gunzan at 100,51 (NW of Gunzan)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tamaki Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Growler

xAKL Tamaki Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Tamaki Maru

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Sea of Japan: US patrol sub off eastern coast of Korea intercepts small Jap transport, also in action against Jap surface ASW. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Genzan at 106,50 (SE of Genzan)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-5
SC CHa-17
PB Zosen Maru

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

SS Blackfish is located by SC CHa-5
Blackfish diving deep ....
PB Zosen Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Ulleungdo at 106,52 (adjacent hex W of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Ichiyu Maru, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

xAKL Ichiyu Maru is sighted by SS Blackfish
SS Blackfish attacking on the surface

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Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 5/31 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje and Tarawa. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at either Wotje or Tarawa.


South Pacific: A look at 6/43 ship upgrades of US light ASW ships (SC and PC) is showing estimated time for each SC or PC to complete upgrade at 18 days. Current policy for shipyard repair/upgrade at Auckland is no upgrade or repair of individual ships where the known or estimated time to complete upgrade/repair is longer than 10 days except in emergency situations – this policy in effect for security reasons so as to prevent ships from being “caught” in the shipyard, also to keep Auckland shipyard available for emergency repair activity. While I don’t anticipate Pillager sending the KB to Auckland at this time, Auckland is considered a front-line base and some amount of due diligence is still appropriate.

Depending on whether or not a shipyard is needed for SC/PC upgrade, current plans are to gradually send groups of SC and PC in the South Pacific theatre to either (1) Australia to complete the 6/43 upgrade if a shipyard is necessary, or (2) to rear-area ports in southern New Zealand to upgrade there if pier side repair mode is sufficient. I have large numbers of these PC and SC entering 6/43 upgrade on the US West Coast – a look at these ships next game turn once they have started the upgrade will provide enough information to determine which of the two options will be followed for SC/PC in the South Pacific area.

Estimated time to complete 6/43 upgrades of US subs (both fleet and S-class) and several xAKL now in the South Pacific area are under 10 days – plans are to upgrade these ships in Auckland.


Daily coastwatcher entries from 5/31 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Enju Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,150 near Luganville, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 119,151 near Lakatoro, Speed 7, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub reports contact with Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Victoria Point at 48,66 (SW of Victoria Point)

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer is sighted by escort
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Dutch submarine K-XVIII hit and damaged (system 26, float 7, engine 4) in attacks by Ki-30 Ann and Ki-48 Lily air patrols in the Malacca Straits NW of Georgetown (hex location 47, 72). The sub is returning to base for repair at 15 kts speed.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 9 Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 86 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 101 aircraft (all fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 15, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 82(219).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 62 aircraft (54 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

5/30 Operations report entry indicates Jap airfield construction activity is underway at Meiktila, entry reports airfield size increased to 2. Two Jap LCU are known to be located in Meiktila from currently available intelligence data – including 1 Raiding Rgt, 15 JAAF AF Bn. Pillager could be considering use of Meiktila airfield as a dispersal site for Japanese air units.


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Plans continue to launch periodic night airfield strikes against active Jap airfields in Burma including sites at Rangoon, Magwe, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Meiktila and Lashio. Primary general objectives of Allied bombing activity in Burma and adjacent areas of southern China include

(1) Making Burma (in general) as unusable as possible as a “platform” for launching Japanese offensive operations of any type in or from Southeast Asia.

(2) Destroy production of fuel and supply points inside Burma and adjacent locations in southern China for consumption by Japanese ground, air and naval forces operating in and from Burma. This objective will be accomplished through strategic bombing of oil & resource production, also refinery and light industry facilities (the latter useful in generating supply points for use by Japanese forces).

(3) Impede export of oil and fuel from Burma for use in Japanese war industry through destruction of oil production and refineries. This objective is also a secondary effect of bombing attacks on resource production.

(4) Attrition of Japanese aircraft, also disrupting capability of Japanese air forces in Burma to launch offensive missions as well as the ability of CAP fighters to defend strategic targets (oil/resource production, refinery, light industry) inside Burma and nearby areas in southern China. Primary means of accomplishing this objective is launching periodic night airfield strikes against active Jap airfields in Burma continue - including Rangoon, Magwe, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Meiktila and Lashio. Airfield bombing attacks also have the additional side effect of increasing Japanese supply consumption through damage to airfield facilities.

Given large numbers of Japanese CAP fighters reported to be deployed at various air bases in Burma and no Allied fighters in India capable of escorting bombing missions into Burma, continuation of night bombing operations is a necessity.

Current available USAAF and RAF bombing forces in NE India include five 4E bomber squadrons (55-60 total, B-24D & Liberator II) plus eleven 2E bomber squadrons (160 planes total including B-25C, Blenheim IV, Wellington Ic & GR.VIII). The one available RAF LBA recon air squadron at Calcutta has been divided into sub-units to maximize the use of available recon planes and increase the number of target bases for recon air missions.


China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.


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Summary of Operations 6/02/43

Formosa Straits: US patrol sub reports contact with probable Jap surface ASW TF in sea passage between Formosa and mainland China. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Taihoku at 87,62 (adjacent hex NW of Taihoku)

Japanese Ships
PB Yodozo Maru
PB Rokko Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon

SS Sturgeon is located by PB Yodozo Maru
Sturgeon diving deep ....
PB Rokko Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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East China Sea: US sub Halibut attacked and hit by Ki-49 Helen air patrol west of Kyushu (hex position 98, 61). SS Halibut was moderately damaged in the attack (system 9, float 4), now returning to base for repair at 19 kts speed.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/01 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Maleolap. Detected status of Maleolap shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.

Jap radio transmissions from Arorae were reported in another 6/01 Sigint entry. Detected status of Arorae shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there, airfield size 2(2), port size 1(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Unidentified Jap submarine spotted off Suva (hex location 132, 161) by a NZ Hudson IIIa naval search air patrol. US surface ASW is being dispatched to engage the sub.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/01 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Tazima Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hankow Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed 5, Moving Southwest


Southwest Pacific: Damaged Jap xAK finished off by US patrol sub in northern sea approaches to Rabaul. Chowa Maru was torpedoed and heavily damaged by another US patrol sub near Kavieng on 5/31. It appears the ship was a cripple and still moving at minimum speed – Pillager attempting to get the ship into Rabaul. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near New Hanover Island at 104,123 (WSW of Kavieng)

Japanese Ships
xAK Chowa Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Seawolf

SS Seawolf launches 2 torpedoes

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Sigint entry for 6/01 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Rabaul. Detected status of Rabaul showing unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port. No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed in Rabaul.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port (-7 from last report), no Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 71 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 117 aircraft (115 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 5, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 83(218).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 51 aircraft (48 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


China: Japanese resume ground bombardment at Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 285303 troops, 2797 guns, 1460 vehicles, Assault Value = 10084
Defending force 426115 troops, 1675 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 8327

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

Allied ground losses:
784 casualties reported
Squads: 55 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
70th Division
41st Division
15th Division
13th Division
116th Division
39th Division
3rd Tank Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th Tank Regiment
22nd Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
58th Division
36th Division
26th Division
37th Division
32nd Division
104th Division
35th Division
59th Infantry Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
110th Division
8th Armored Car Co
17th Division
40th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
34th Division
38th Division
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
11th Army
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
23rd Army
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
North China Area Army
12th Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
China Expeditionary Army
1st Army
21st Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
NCPC Army
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
RGC Army
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
19th Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
6th Construction Regiment
69th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
89th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
8th Construction Regiment
70th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
21st Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
81st Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
13th Construction Regiment
78th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
12th Construction Regiment
5th War Area
7th Group Army
14th Construction Regiment
9th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
4th War Area
20th Group Army
Y' Force
1st Artillery Regiment
24th Group Army
13th Group Army
17th Group Army
11th Chinese Corps
96th Chinese Corps
6th War Area
CAF HQ
11th Chinese Base Force
Red Chinese Army
36th Chinese Corps
35th Group Army
2nd Group Army
3rd Chinese Corps
38th Group Army
23rd Group Army
31st Group Army
22nd Artillery Regiment
8th War Area
37th Group Army
10th Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Base Force
33rd Group Army
16th Group Army
22nd Group Army
3rd War Area
7th Chinese Base Force
3rd Group Army
9th Separate Brigade
12th Group Army
8th Group Army
5th Group Army
1st War Area
47th Chinese Corps
26th Group Army
2nd War Area
China Command
20th Artillery Regiment
20th Chinese Base Force
18th Chinese Base Force
Central Reserve
6th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
15th Group Army
7th New Chinese Corps
32nd Group Army
18th Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
1st Group Army
39th Group Army
21st Group Army
14th Group Army
65th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Base Force
15th Chinese Base Force
51st Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Base Force
7th War Area
2nd Chinese Base Force
Jingcha War Area
11th Group Army
49th AA Regiment

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Summary of Operations 6/03/43

Sea of Japan: US patrol sub in contact with light Jap surface ASW TF off eastern coast of Korea. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Ulleungdo at 106,52 (adjacent hex W of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
PB Wa 11

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

SS Blackfish is sighted by escort
PB Wa 11 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub in contact with light Jap surface ASW south of Honshu. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Tsu at 108,63 (S of Kobe)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-59

Allied Ships
SS Grunion

Captain of SS Grunion elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
SC CHa-59 attacking submerged sub ....
SC CHa-59 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transport TF off eastern coast of Sakhalin. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47 (SE of Toyohara)

Japanese Ships
PB Shonan Maru #1
xAKL Kurama Maru
xAKL Kumakawa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at PB Shonan Maru #1
Haddock diving deep ....
PB Shonan Maru #1 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/02 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Roi-Namur. Detected status of Roi-Namur shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there, ship(s) in port, airfield size 4(1), port size 2(0). No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Roi-Namur.

Jap radio transmissions from Canton Is were reported in another 6/02 Sigint entry. Detected status of Canton Is shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: US surface ASW reached the reported hex position of the unidentified Jap sub spotted off Suva by naval air search on 6/02 – no contact made with the Jap sub.

Transport convoy WP-58 (19 transports, 5 APD, 5 DMS, one AV, 2 AGP, one YMS) arrives this game turn in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes one LCU (226 Field Artillery Bn), 103K supply and 5200 fuel. APD, mine warfare ships (DMS, YMS) and auxiliaries (AV, AGP) arriving with WP-58 are being detached from the convoy and will remain in South Pacific theatre on reserve for employment in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/02 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Daido Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed 10, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Noumea is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Australia: TOE upgrades are underway for some US and Australian Base Force LCU’s. Objective of these TOE upgrades is placing air search radar elements in all unrestricted command (SW Pacific theatre & subordinate HQ) base force LCU that can have radar elements attached to them. About half the Allied base force LCU in SW Pacific theatre command that can have radar elements already have radar.


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in action against Japanese surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Phuket at 47,69 (adjacent hex SW of Phuket)

Japanese Ships (4 ships total)
DD Mutsuki
E Hachijo
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer launches 2 torpedoes at DD Mutsuki
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port (-7 from last report), 1 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 88 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 58 aircraft (53 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


USAAF and RAF 2E bombers strike Magwe airfield in a night action. Reports indicate 27 Japanese aircraft destroyed on the ground (16 Ki-45 Nick, 10 Ki-44 Tojo, 1 Ki-46 Dinah) plus moderate airfield damage. No Allied planes lost or damaged. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) - 37 aircraft (35 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 19, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 84(217). 117 Japanese aircraft were reported in Magwe prior to the raid (on 6/02).

7 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Overcast (0% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5
Wellington Ic x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 8 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-II Dinah: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 39

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 16

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes



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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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India: RAF Catalina air patrol spots and attacks Jap submarine identified as I-160 off Colombo. British surface ASW is being dispatched to the hex location.


Manchuria: Recent Sigint report entries indicating Pillager is transferring Japanese flak units from the Kwantung Army to unknown destinations. Units observed so far include 51 and 52 Air Defense AA Rgts. This move by Pillager had been expected.


China: Japanese deliberate ground assault at Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 278785 troops, 2726 guns, 1542 vehicles, Assault Value = 10211
Defending force 426795 troops, 1654 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 8406
Japanese adjusted assault: 8859
Allied adjusted defense: 5055
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
16801 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 1303 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 187 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 190 disabled
Guns lost 102 (3 destroyed, 99 disabled)
Vehicles lost 50 (14 destroyed, 36 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
33236 casualties reported
Squads: 878 destroyed, 1608 disabled
Non Combat: 1086 destroyed, 1573 disabled
Engineers: 64 destroyed, 41 disabled
Guns lost 196 (84 destroyed, 112 disabled)
Units destroyed 8

Assaulting units:
34th Division
15th Tank Regiment
37th Division
26th Division
17th Division
40th Division
110th Division
36th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Tank Division
41st Division
32nd Division
13th Division
15th Division
39th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
70th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
59th Infantry Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
104th Division
6th Division
58th Division
8th Armored Car Co
35th Division
22nd Division
38th Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Army
North China Area Army
RGC Army
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
12th Army
1st Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
China Expeditionary Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
23rd Army
1st Mortar Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
NCPC Army
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
61st Chinese Corps
89th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
8th Construction Regiment
84th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
6th Construction Regiment
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
19th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
13th Construction Regiment
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
75th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
35th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
30th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
50th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
7th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
12th Construction Regiment
32nd Group Army
41st AA Regiment
21st Group Army
18th Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Base Force
5th War Area
22nd Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
18th Group Army
7th War Area
3rd Group Army
96th Chinese Corps
4th War Area
12th Group Army
7th Group Army
9th Separate Brigade
39th Group Army
38th Group Army
11th Chinese Corps
11th Group Army
3rd Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Base Force
8th War Area
2nd Chinese Base Force
Red Chinese Army
17th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force
33rd Group Army
13th Group Army
15th Group Army
26th Group Army
37th Group Army
16th Group Army
3rd War Area
7th Chinese Base Force
19th Group Army
7th New Chinese Corps
6th Chinese Base Force
Central Reserve
2nd War Area
Jingcha War Area
20th Group Army
51st Chinese Corps
22nd Artillery Regiment
4th Chinese Base Force
31st Group Army
16th Chinese Base Force
9th Chinese Base Force
11th Chinese Base Force
10th Chinese Corps
6th Group Army
9th Group Army
20th Chinese Corps
24th Group Army
5th Group Army
20th Artillery Regiment
1st Artillery Regiment
1st War Area
36th Chinese Corps
CAF HQ
14th Construction Regiment
8th Group Army
47th Chinese Corps
6th War Area
23rd Group Army
65th Chinese Corps
2nd Group Army
Y' Force
1st Group Army
14th Group Army
China Command
35th Group Army
49th AA Regiment

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Summary of Operations 6/04/43

Pilot Training: An interesting discovery made while reviewing some front-line fighter squadrons operating on full-time CAP missions over their base hexes (local defense). They train! The fighter squadrons in question had been left on continuous 30% CAP for several months flying only the area over their base hexes (range 1) – pilot fatigue levels in these squadrons remained below 10 through the entire period, no planes damaged or ops losses. Pilots in these squadrons started with ~70 Air and Straf skill levels, experience in 50-60 range. After several months of uninterrupted low-level CAP activity, pilots showed a large number of missions flown (no doubt CAP) and experience levels of all pilots in the CAP squadrons increased significantly.

This feature appears to have value as a third level of advanced training for fighter pilots in front-line squadrons that are not expected to immediately enter combat. This practice has recently been expanded to include all front-line fighter squadrons deployed in forward theatre areas regardless of location. Also being looked into is whether one or more rear-area fighter pilot training squadron(s) can be spared from other (Phase 1 or 2) pilot training functions to fly advanced “CAP training”. I currently have as many as several hundred “fully trained” US fighter pilots in the Reserve pool with 70 Air and Straf skill levels but experience ratings in the 40’s to low 50’s, this function could be a valuable tool here.

This appears to definitely work with fighter pilots, though a different process is needed for other pilots (i.e. bombers) using another mission type besides CAP. A preferred approach to this type of training for bomber pilots would involve few or no attacks on Japanese forces or territory – AAR reports on Allied bombing attacks against Japanese targets during training flights would provide Pillager with possibly useful intelligence information, plus possible interception of training flights by Japanese CAP fighters. Experimentation could be in order to identify a suitable training process of this type specifically for use by bomber and/or other pilots. Mission types now being examined include short-range naval search or ASW around friendly bases. If this premise is correct, just getting pilots in the air will accomplish the additional level of training.

In addition to pilot training, these missions also supplement security measures at bases in forward theatre areas.


East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts several Jap transports near SW tip of Korean peninsula in separate night acitons. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Moppo at 99,53 (adjacent hex NW of Moppo)

Japanese Ships
xAK Sinkoku Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (reported listing & flooding, not reported as sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Growler

xAK Sinkoku Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Sinkoku Maru

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Submarine attack near Moppo at 99,53

Japanese Ships
xAK Kunitu Maru

Allied Ships
SS Growler

xAK Kunitu Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kunitu Maru

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Another US patrol sub intercepts a small Jap transport TF in a daylight surface action west of Kyushu. A Japanese TF remains detected in the hex location (97, 59) after this action – the TF contains one ship (identified as an AM) and moving NW towards Korea. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Fukue-jima at 97,59 (NW of Amami Oshima)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Junpo Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Snapper, hits 2 (no system damage, float damage 2, sub remains on patrol)

xAKL Junpo Maru is sighted by SS Snapper
SS Snapper attacking on the surface
SS Snapper low on gun ammo, Gregory, R.V. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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Central Pacific: US patrol sub reporting contact with Japanese transport convoy near northern Marianas. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Agrihan at 113,87 (night action NE of Pagan)

Japanese Ships
PB Katsuragisan Maru
PB Heimei Maru
xAK Zenoa Maru
xAK Yamafuku Maru
xAK Yahiko Maru
xAK Unkai Maru #3
xAK Uyo Maru
xAK Tempei Maru
xAK Kinryu Maru
E Nasami
PB Kaika Maru
PB Kembu Maru

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake is sighted by escort
Hake diving deep ....
E Nasami fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kaika Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 6/03 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Ocean Is. Detected status of Ocean Is shows no airfield, port size 2(0), no visible Japanese forces or activity.

A second consecutive day of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Canton Is were reported in another 6/03 Sigint entry. Detected status of Canton Is continues to show unidentified Jap aircraft based there, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/03 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tassafronga (on Guadalcanal adjacent to Lunga). Detected status of Tassafronga is showing this is still a dot hex base, no visible Japanese forces or activity. However, this does not exclude the possibility Pillager has engineers in Tassafronga working on base construction activity.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/03 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port (-7 from last report), 1 Jap TF in harbor, 89 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 54 aircraft (48 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


USAAF and RAF 2E bombers strike Magwe oil production in a night action. Reports are indicating the raid inflicted no additional damage on oil production facilities at Magwe. Two Allied planes (one Blenheim, one Wellington) destroyed, both ops losses – no reported Jap aircraft losses. No hits, no runs, no errors… Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) - 69 aircraft (67 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 27, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 85(216).

5 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Severe storms (3% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 9
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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India: Jap submarine I-160 engaged by British light surface ASW off Colombo. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Colombo at 28,47 (adjacent hex NW of Colombo)

Japanese Ships
SS I-160

Allied Ships
ML No. 189
ML No. 187
ML No. 193
ML No. 191

SS I-160 is located by ML No. 189
I-160 bottoming out ....
ML No. 193 fails to find sub and abandons search
ML No. 191 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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China: No reported ground combat this game turn at Chungking.


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Summary of Operations 6/05/43

Formosa Straits: US patrol sub intercepts unescorted Jap transport north of Formosa. The Jap transport ships remains detected and is moving northbound. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Taihoku at 90,62 (N of Taihoku)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Heiku Maru, Shell hits 3

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon

xAKL Heiku Maru is sighted by SS Sturgeon
SS Sturgeon attacking on the surface
Wright, W.L. decides to submerge SS Sturgeon due to damage (system damage 3, no other damage to the sub)

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East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy west of Kyushu, then attacked and damaged by the convoy’s ASW escort. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Koshiki-jima Retto at 98,60 (N of Amami Oshima)

Japanese Ships
E Iki
PB Choun Maru #8
AK Kogyo Maru
AK Keiyo Maru

Allied Ships
SS Snapper, hits 3 (system damage 6, float 12, returning to base at 18 kts)

Captain of SS Snapper elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Snapper diving deep ....
E Iki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/04 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Majuro. Detected status of Majuro shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/04 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed 4, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Muroto reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 11, Moving Southeast


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port , 1 Jap TF in harbor, 105 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 56 aircraft (49 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) - 88 aircraft (87 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 27, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 86(215).


China: No reported ground combat this game turn at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 6/06/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport off eastern coast of Sakhalin. For reasons that remain unidentified, the sub declined to attack in the first action, then attacked and sunk xAKL Hukko Maru in the second. The Jap TF remains detected - reported with 2 ships and moving southbound. Both AAR’s that follow are daylight actions.

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Submarine attack near Toyohara at 125,47 (E of Toyohara)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hukko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

xAKL Hukko Maru is sighted by SS Haddock
Captain of SS Haddock elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hukko Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

xAKL Hukko Maru is sighted by SS Haddock
SS Haddock attacking xAKL Hukko Maru on the surface

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South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-59A (detachment, 5 ships) arrives this game turn at Pago Pago from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes 31K supply and 2600 fuel, no LCU or air units. Main body of convoy WP-59 is still in transit and approaching New Zealand.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/05 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown


Andaman Sea: Dutch submarine O-21 sunk after hits in multiple air attacks by Ki-21 Sally air patrols off Victoria Point (hex location 49, 65).

Unidentified Jap TF(s) detected at hex location 45, 64 (adjacent hex E of Trinkat) – this contact not a Sigint entry or any reported sighting by Allied planes or patrol subs. No information available as to number of TF(s), composition or movement heading. It’s possible Pillager has something enroute to Colombo, appropriate alerts and measures now in effect at Colombo.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port , 2 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 91 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 43 aircraft (38 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) - 109 aircraft (105 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 17, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 86(215).


China: No reported ground combat this game turn at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 6/07/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub reports contact with light Jap surface ASW off eastern coast of Sakhalin. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Shikuka at 126,45

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-23

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock is sighted by escort
Haddock diving deep ....
SC CHa-23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 6/06 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from multiple locations – including Wake Is, Maleolap, Majuro and Tarawa. Detected status of Wake Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there. No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at these four bases.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/06 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: CVL Chiyoda reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville


Andaman Sea: Several actions between US patrol subs and Jap surface ASW. The Andaman Sea along with Burma has become a “mini-game” within the game. With multiple Japanese flak LCU enroute to Burma via sea transport (this sea transport almost certainly passing through the Andaman Sea to Rangoon), the sea movement route between the Straits of Malacca and Rangoon has become for the time being more of a battlefield than usual. Little surprise that Pillager is putting up this level of Japanese surface and air ASW activity – it’s likely he suspects that I’m aware of this movement (flak LCU to Burma) and is taking appropriate action. Allied victory conditions of this “mini-game” is the number of Japanese flak guns that will be rusting on the bottom of the Indian Ocean (the sunken transport ships carrying these guns being collateral damage), Pillager’s condition is stopping Allied subs from doing so. Regardless of the outcome, this “mini-game” plays into the overall Allied strategy of stretching the Japanese defense (possibly along with Pillager’s attention span). AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Tavoy at 52,58 (NW of Tavoy)

Japanese Ships
E W-10
E Kamome
DD Numakaze
DD Yunagi

Allied Ships
SS Billfish

SS Billfish launches 2 torpedoes at E W-10
Billfish diving deep ....
DD Numakaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yunagi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yunagi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yunagi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yunagi cannot establish contact with SS Billfish
DD Yunagi loses contact with SS Billfish
DD Yunagi cannot reach attack position over SS Billfish
SS Billfish eludes ASW attack from DD Yunagi
DD Yunagi cannot establish contact with SS Billfish
DD Yunagi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yunagi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yunagi cannot establish contact with SS Billfish
SS Billfish eludes ASW attack from DD Yunagi
DD Yunagi cannot establish contact with SS Billfish
SS Billfish eludes ASW attack from DD Yunagi
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Phuket at 47,69 (adjacent hex SW of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki
E Hachijo
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Puffer, hits 1 (system damage 4, float 30, returning to base at 14 kts)

SS Puffer is located by DD Mutsuki
Puffer diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port , 3 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 83 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39). The number of Jap LCU in Rangoon is being closely monitored as it is a possible (though not 100% reliable) indicator of Japanese flak LCU arriving in Burma via either land or sea movement.

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 51 aircraft (47 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 108 aircraft (104 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 17, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 86(215). Repairs to the airfield and oil production facilities in Magwe appear to have stopped. Is this the result of a supply problem?


China: No reported ground combat this game turn at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 6/08/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub in night actions off western coast of Korea against Jap transports. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Keijo at 101,50 (W of Keijo)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Yamatsuru Maru

Allied Ships
SS Growler

xAKL Yamatsuru Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Yamatsuru Maru

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Submarine attack near Keijo at 101,50

Japanese Ships
xAKL Jouban Maru

Allied Ships
SS Growler

xAKL Jouban Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Jouban Maru

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Central Pacific: US patrol sub returning to Pearl Harbor for replenishment intercepts Jap transport convoy along its movement path in night actions SSE of Kyushu. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Chichi-jima at 119,72 (NE of Iwo Jima)

Japanese Ships
PB Yamabato Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
E Sanae

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo launches 2 torpedoes at PB Yamabato Maru
E Sanae fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Chichi-jima at 119,72

Japanese Ships
xAK Alaska Maru
xAK Toba Maru
xAK Maebasi Maru
E Sanae

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Alaska Maru
Wahoo diving deep ....
E Sanae fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/07 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 99 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39). As seen below, Pillager apparently has a Jap minesweeping TF operating in Rangoon base hex.

RAF bombers fly night aerial mine laying over Rangoon. At least some of the mines were immediately swept in daylight by Jap local minesweepers stationed in Rangoon. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53 (28% moonlight)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 9 (16 planes had been assigned to the attack)

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 5000 feet *

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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TF 94 encounters mine field at Rangoon (54,53)

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

11 mines cleared

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Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 57 aircraft (49 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


USAAF and RAF 2E bombers launch night bombing raid on Magwe airfield. No report of any Japanese planes destroyed in the attack, though damage level to airfield facilities in Magwe has increased. One Wellington bomber lost due to flak, 2 additional Wellingtons returned damaged. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) - 105 aircraft (102 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 32, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 87(214).

7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47 (28% moonlight)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 21

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Wellington Ic bombing from 1000 feet
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Wellington Ic bombing from 1000 feet
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 12

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 12

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 1000 feet
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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India: Jap submarine (probably I-160) remains detected off Colombo at hex location 28, 47 - British surface ASW (2 DD, 2 KV) now “circling overhead”. RAF Catalina air patrol from Colombo reports oil slick in the water at this hex location.


China: No reported ground combat this game turn at Chungking.


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Summary of Operations 6/09/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese TK off western coast of Korea. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Moppo at 100,52 (N of Moppo)

Japanese Ships
TK Ayayuki Maru, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Growler

TK Ayayuki Maru is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler attacking on the surface
SS Growler low on gun ammo, Gilmore, H.W. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/08 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Kwajalein. Detected status of Kwajalein shows unidentified Jap planes based there, ship(s) in port and unidentified Jap LCU. No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Kwajalein.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/08 reports heavy volume of intercepted radio transmissions from one or more unidentified Jap TF(s) at hex location 103, 120 (NW of Kavieng). No information available as to number of Jap TF(s), composition or movement heading. If the Jap TF(s) are entering Rabaul, at least one or possibly two US patrol sub(s) are in the movement path between the Jap TF(s) current position and Rabaul base hex.

Another Sigint entry for 6/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Rabaul itself. Detected status of Rabaul shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port. No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed in Rabaul.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/08 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Ume Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 8, Moving Northeast


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 4 Japanese ships anchored in port (+2 from last report), 2 Jap TF in harbor, 83 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39). As seen below, Pillager apparently has a Jap local minesweeping TF operating in Rangoon base hex.

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 58 aircraft (48 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


RAF Blenheim 2E bombers launch night bombing raid on Magwe airfield. No Japanese planes reported destroyed in the attack, appears that little or no additional damage was inflicted on airfield facilities in Magwe. Little effect had been anticipated from this particular raid as Blenheim IV bombers are operating at extended range (with reduced bomb load), plus effects of the raid breaking up into small parts due to being a night operation. Still… any bombing raid is better than none. One Blenheim bomber destroyed (ops loss) along with its pilot lost. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) - 107 aircraft (104 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 28, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 87(214).

5 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (39% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 19

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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India: Jap submarine (probably I-160) remains stationary off Colombo at hex location 28, 47 - British surface ASW remains in this hex but made no attack on the sub. I-160 was spotted and attacked this game turn by RAF Catalina air patrol from Colombo.


China: No reported ground combat this game turn at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 6/10/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub attacks Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Kume-jima at 93,63 (NW of Okinawa)

Japanese Ships
PB Tatsumi Maru

Allied Ships
SS Lapon

SS Lapon launches 2 torpedoes at PB Tatsumi Maru
PB Tatsumi Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Tatsumi Maru is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub off Keijo reports contact with Jap transport TF, no combat occurred. Jap TF is reported to contain 2 ships (at least one xAK), moving northward to either Keijo or an unknown destination in Manchuria/northern China.


Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy, gets a rare hit on a surface ASW escort. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Kanoya at 106,66 (SE of Kanoya)

Japanese Ships
E W-25, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
PB Okuyo Maru
xAK Amagi Maru #2
xAK Eihuku Maru
xAK France Maru
E Niizaki
PC Sumire

Allied Ships
SS Whale

SS Whale launches 2 torpedoes at E W-25
E Niizaki attacking submerged sub ....
PC Sumire fails to find sub and abandons search
E Niizaki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Intercepted radio transmissions from one or more Jap TF(s) at sea reported in a Sigint entry for 6/09 – position of this contact at hex location 125, 56 SSE of Hokkaido. No information available as to number of Jap TF, composition or movement heading. One possible estimate is the Jap TF(s) are enroute to an unknown destination in the Kurile islands.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 6/09 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Majuro and Wotje. Detected statuses of Majuro and Wotje show no visible Japanese forces or activity at either base.


South Pacific: US patrol sub in action against small Jap transport TF south of Rabaul. The Jap TF remains detected and visible on the game map, contains two ships and moving on a SE heading. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Feni Islands at 107,128 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
E W-15
xAKL Miiko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Scamp

SS Scamp launches 2 torpedoes at E W-15
Scamp diving deep ....
E W-15 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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While watching the 6/09 game turn replay, a number of unidentified Japanese TF were visible on the game map in both the north and south sea approaches to Rabaul – these TF apparently detected during last game turn’s movement/combat phase resolution but did not remain detected going into the 6/10 game turn Orders Phase (I may or may not be correctly assuming this). Regardless… there’s little question a significant amount of Japanese ship activity is or has been occurring in the Rabaul area, especially given the Sigint reports from the Rabaul area on 6/08.

A 6/09 Combat Events report entry indicates another US patrol sub in the sea area south of Rabaul was spotted by a Japanese “dive bomber” west of Munda (hex location 108, 134). Was the dive bomber really a dive bomber or some other plane?

Another interesting item… a daily coastwatcher entry for 6/09 (shown below) reports a Jap AR (repair ship) is now located at Lunga. Presence of the AR in Lunga is not likely a random occurrence.

While the evidence for the moment is all circumstantial, it cannot be excluded Pillager could be running a sortie of the KB and/or Jap surface naval forces southward from Rabaul. If true, the current position of Jap forces is likely in the Solomon or Coral Sea area off the central Solomon islands. Some preparations are underway in the South Pacific theatre area in the event this actually is a KB or Jap surface naval sortie. Measures now in effect include routing or sortie of available US subs into the sea area N of New Zealand (between New Zealand and Noumea), increased naval air search patrol flights into this area. Allied LBA based in Suva and New Zealand also alerted – this force includes 2E skip bombers plus 11 first-line dive bombing squadrons (170+ SBD-3 Dauntless) with matching LBA fighter escort. I would have no objection to the KB coming within range of this.


Transport convoy WP-61A (detachment, 5 ships) arrives this game turn at Pago Pago from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes 31K supply and 2500 fuel, no LCU or air units. Two other sections of convoy WP-61 are still in transit, each section of the convoy approaching a separate destination port in New Zealand.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/09 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: AR Kiyosumi Maru reported in port at Lunga (see above)
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 3 Japanese ships anchored in port (-1 from last report), 3 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 98 aircraft (all fighters), 10 Jap LCU’s (+3 from last report), light industry 2(39).

Two observations taken from this game turn's recon – (1) identified Jap ships from the three TF in Rangoon include significant numbers of surface ASW and minesweeping ships, (2) it’s quite possible one or more of the three new Jap LCU arriving in Rangoon are flak units. It is known from multiple Sigint reports over the last 8-10 game turns that Pillager has several Jap flak LCU enroute to Rangoon via sea transport – specific identities of these units are known, most being transferred to Burma from the Japanese Home Islands. Movement of Japanese flak units to cover forward bases might solve Pillager’s immediate problems, though the end result could make Allied bombing in 1945 easier.

An attempted night raid by USAAF and RAF bombers against refinery facilities in Rangoon was aborted. No planes from the 6 bomber squadrons in the raid reached Rangoon – appears that most never took off, the remainder “got lost” and returned to base. Weather conditions the last few game turns have been unfavorable for air operations in general, this being monsoon season. Combat Events report entries follow, there were no AAR’s for this action.

7 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night


Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 65 aircraft (46 fighters) based in Mandalay, 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 90 aircraft (all fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 26, 8 Jap LCU’s, oil production 87(214).


China: Japanese resume ground bombardment at Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 284009 troops, 2763 guns, 1460 vehicles, Assault Value = 10394
Defending force 411006 troops, 1553 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7614

Allied ground losses:
546 casualties reported
Squads: 100 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 16 (16 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
35th Division
22nd Division
34th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
15th Tank Regiment
36th Division
110th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
59th Infantry Brigade
116th Division
15th Division
3rd Tank Division
39th Division
8th Armored Car Co
70th Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
37th Division
41st Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
40th Division
13th Division
104th Division
6th Division
17th Division
26th Division
32nd Division
58th Division
38th Division
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
RGC Army
North China Area Army
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
23rd Army
China Expeditionary Army
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
12th Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
NCPC Army
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Army
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
11th Army
21st Mortar Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
21st Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
17th Construction Regiment
81st Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
7th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
2nd Construction Regiment
19th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
57th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
56th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
42nd Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
70th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
48th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
76th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
11th Construction Regiment
6th Chinese Base Force
7th War Area
6th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
4th Chinese Base Force
24th Group Army
13th Group Army
Jingcha War Area
65th Chinese Corps
15th Group Army
9th Separate Brigade
7th Chinese Base Force
47th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Base Force
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
18th Group Army
96th Chinese Corps
5th Group Army
14th Group Army
3rd Construction Regiment
3rd War Area
6th Construction Regiment
31st Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
26th Group Army
8th Construction Regiment
13th Construction Regiment
China Command
33rd Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force
32nd Group Army
1st War Area
10th Chinese Base Force
22nd Group Army
Central Reserve
5th War Area
2nd Chinese Base Force
21st Group Army
18th Chinese Base Force
17th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Base Force
8th War Area
36th Group Army
Y' Force
CAF HQ
83rd Chinese Corps
20th Artillery Regiment
38th Group Army
2nd Group Army
35th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
9th Group Army
7th New Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Base Force
23rd Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
12th Construction Regiment
4th War Area
49th AA Regiment
20th Group Army
12th Group Army
2nd War Area
14th Construction Regiment
19th Group Army
16th Group Army
11th Chinese Corps
1st Group Army
99th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
6th War Area
20th Chinese Corps
10th Construction Regiment
10th Chinese Corps
37th Group Army
3rd Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment

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John piping in with observation that I have not been able to check. In reading "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral" the author opined on the difference between the F4F models with 4 machine guns vs. F4F-4s with six. The models with 4 MG have twice the ammo capacity. If this is true in AE, then you may want to reconsider the FM-1, FM-2 for service. I have made that adjustment and have found it really doesn't make much difference. The LBA Marines will end up with F4Us anyway. It is the escort carrier force that gets most of the FMs. Since the escort carrier force will not likely face frontline enemy forces, the difference really ends up being a matter of supply. Eventually you will run out of F4Fs if that is where you concentrate.

BTW--the Hellcats are superior in all regards to the Wildcats, no surprise there. However, unless used in high numbers (multiple carrier task group), they are not as effective against the enemy as one may think. The USN jetisonned the single carrier task group at about this time in 1943. The advantages in greater aircraft numbers and better screens for the carriers proved that to be the best organizational approach. Of course, this is when you start to get many more carriers. Something to consider.

I use multiple carrier task groups and am able to put up AAA of 10000 in most groups. I also have close to 100 fighters for CAP too. Generally I follow the actual groupings, 3 CVs, or 2 CVs and 2 CVLs that the USN used in WWII. This will give you five groups which are not unwieldy to utilize. The 2 big KBs may be slightly larger, but, there are only two of them. Only the one with Shokaku and Zuikaku present any real difficulties. The other carriers do not carry that many planes, meaning you will outgun the smaller KB with its carriers that only have A/C complements of 50 or so.

Lastly, and this is meant as possible strategy and not a criticism. I found that the Union Army's approach to managing the Civil War applies here as well. What the union did was press on every front until something gave. They did not always know where that would be, especially against the ANV and Robert E. Lee, but eventually they punched holes in the circle defense that they were able to take advantage of. Same thing applies here. Obviously the Big KB is a threat that must be accounted for, but it cannot be everywhere. So there are opportunities in the north and Southwest that you may be able to use, making the enemy chase your ships all over the map, using up precious fuel. Something to think about. Also, I have used the dangle the bait trick more than once. I load up several land bases with naval aircraft set to naval attack and then lure an enemy force in close. The result is predictable. They get clobbered, and you don't. Just don't do that with the KB, big or little. 100 Zeros tear up land based squadrons.

Although this has been a deliberate match, I am eagerly awaiting what is to come. John (johnjohn)

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johnjohn,

Pretty much agree with what you stated.

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John piping in with observation that I have not been able to check. In reading "Black Shoe Carrier Admiral" the author opined on the difference between the F4F models with 4 machine guns vs. F4F-4s with six. The models with 4 MG have twice the ammo capacity. If this is true in AE, then you may want to reconsider the FM-1, FM-2 for service. I have made that adjustment and have found it really doesn't make much difference. The LBA Marines will end up with F4Us anyway. It is the escort carrier force that gets most of the FMs. Since the escort carrier force will not likely face frontline enemy forces, the difference really ends up being a matter of supply. Eventually you will run out of F4Fs if that is where you concentrate.

I had noticed that myself - the FM-1 and 2 having only four MG vs the F4F-4 Wildcat's six. With availability of F6F Hellcats for CV and CVL squadrons, the distinction between F4F-4 and FM fighters determines only which planes will be used elsewhere. My current plans have FM-1 and 2 planes going mainly to training squadrons. I designated F4F-4 Wildcats the primary fighter plane for CVE squadrons, they will also remain the primary plane for US Marine VMF squadrons until F4U Corsairs phase them out. I actually have a rather large number of F4F-4 planes available - little danger in running out of those planes in their projected service role as long as they continue to be needed.

Current (short to medium-term) plans have US escort carriers being employed in a separate group of Air Combat TF (3-5 CVE in each plus DD escorts) to be used as close-in cover for Amphibious TF's during landing operations. Escort carrier TF's will usually "stack" in the same hex with other amphibious/transport TF's while landing operations are taking place. Air groups on most CVE's will mainly be fighters operating in a CAP role - except for being equipped with F4F's, fighter squadrons aboard these CVE will otherwise be set up much like their front-line brethren on CV and CVL's. In most cases, anticipated Japanese opposition for CVE fighter squadrons will probably be mostly LBA sent to attack the landing force. Escort carriers literally used as escort.

Most CVE bomber and torpedo squadrons have been put ashore and being used in a training role, though plane numbers in these squadrons have been kept at original values to allow them to re-board the CVE if needed or desired.


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use multiple carrier task groups and am able to put up AAA of 10000 in most groups. I also have close to 100 fighters for CAP too. Generally I follow the actual groupings, 3 CVs, or 2 CVs and 2 CVLs that the USN used in WWII. This will give you five groups which are not unwieldy to utilize. The 2 big KBs may be slightly larger, but, there are only two of them. Only the one with Shokaku and Zuikaku present any real difficulties. The other carriers do not carry that many planes, meaning you will outgun the smaller KB with its carriers that only have A/C complements of 50 or so.

I'm still operating one CV carrier task forces (now 7 TF's in all), the current US fleet carrier force includes the original six US carriers plus CV Essex. The start of the big push of US CV and CVL reinforcements is within 2-3 months, at this time I will have to start looking at multiple carrier TF's. The first step in this will probably be 1 CV and 1 CVL in many cases, otherwise 2 CV. Current plans are to keep carriers dispersed across as many TF as possible - availability of escort ships for carriers being a primary factor in how many carrier TF will be operating.

I can't predict if or how this is going to work out... if Pillager does not aggressively use the KB immediately, my plans will be to go after Japanese LBA as the primary target in the air campaign. The objective being destruction of Japanese land-based air to a point where the KB becomes Pillager's last and best remaining air force. Once that situation is reached (assuming the KB is still alive and in action), Pillager will be required (at some point) to use the KB as a stand-alone force, probably in a time and place not of his liking.


quote:

Lastly, and this is meant as possible strategy and not a criticism. I found that the Union Army's approach to managing the Civil War applies here as well. What the union did was press on every front until something gave. They did not always know where that would be, especially against the ANV and Robert E. Lee, but eventually they punched holes in the circle defense that they were able to take advantage of. Same thing applies here. Obviously the Big KB is a threat that must be accounted for, but it cannot be everywhere. So there are opportunities in the north and Southwest that you may be able to use, making the enemy chase your ships all over the map, using up precious fuel. Something to think about. Also, I have used the dangle the bait trick more than once. I load up several land bases with naval aircraft set to naval attack and then lure an enemy force in close. The result is predictable. They get clobbered, and you don't. Just don't do that with the KB, big or little.

My strategic view at this time is geared heavily toward a battle of attrition. If it floats, sink it. If it flies, shoot it down or destroy it on the ground. If it crawls across land, either bypass and starve it or flatten it with as much force as can be brought to bear. Priorities of this strategy is destruction of enemy forces and closing in on the Japanese Home Islands with as much damage as possible done at as little cost as possible, capture of real estate is a secondary objective exercised in support of the first objectives.

This strategy has no fixed path of advance, it will follow whatever path of least resistance presents itself to the greatest extent this path can be followed. This strategy is likely to follow multiple routes of attack, not allowing Pillager to concentrate his attention on one area of the game map and turn his back on everything else.

My current estimate (correct or otherwise) is that Pillager is aware of "bait and switch". Pillager is for the most part anticipated to use Japanese forces in a manner to preserve them as long as possible. There will be times and places where Pillager does sacrifice a Japanese force, this will likely occur for one of two reasons - (1) the Japanese force is forced to stand where it is due to it no longer being mobile or otherwise stuck where it is, or (2) he is buying space and time to defend something else. I don't expect any Banzai charges from him unless there is a very clear reason for doing so. This doesn't exclude the possibility of Pillager sending out KB on a spoiling action - I could see him doing this now on the chance I'm giving too much attention to the air campaign in Burma and taking it for granted things will remain quiet elsewhere. Though if Pillager does a move like this and isn't careful with the bait, he could very easily get the switch (it's there and waiting).

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Summary of Operations 6/11/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy off eastern coast of Sakhalin in night actions. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47 (E of Toyohara)

Japanese Ships
xAK Kinsyu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Rasin Maru
xAK Midori Maru
SC CHa-26

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kinsyu Maru
Haddock diving deep ....
SC CHa-26 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47

Japanese Ships
xAK Kinsyu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock launches 4 torpedoes

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Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-39 (31 ships) departs this game turn for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes two LCU (249 Field Artillery Bn, 227 USN Base Force), 96K supply and 38K fuel. At this time, all LCU and air units currently in the game and assigned to SW Pacific command are already located in Australia or now enroute to Australia via convoy. Movement of supply, fuel and new LCU/air units entering the game as reinforcements from the Eastern US to Australia is continuing.


South Pacific: Observations and reports this game turn are indicating the high level of Japanese task force activity in the Rabaul area reported on 6/10 may be an unusually large number of Jap transport TF(s) that simultaneously entered and left Rabaul in or from various directions. Despite no direct evidence this game turn of Japanese carrier or surface naval activity in sea areas south of Rabaul, alerts set for Allied forces in the South and SW Pacific theatre areas will briefly remain in effect until the possibility of a KB or Jap surface naval sortie in the Coral Sea can definitely be eliminated (this will certainly be verified in the next game turn or two). At this point, there are no substantial disruptions of ongoing Allied activity in either the South or SW Pacific theatre areas.

No Japanese air activity was reported by Allied patrol subs operating in adjacent sea areas south of the Solomons.

Several daylight actions against Japanese transport shipping by a US patrol sub near Shortlands. It cannot be determined from the AAR whether the Jap transport ships shown are in the same or different transport TF. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Treasury Islands at 108,132 (SW of Shortlands)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kanaiyama Maru

Allied Ships
SS Pickerel

xAKL Kanaiyama Maru is sighted by SS Pickerel
SS Pickerel launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Kanaiyama Maru

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Submarine attack near Shortlands at 108,131 (adjacent hex W of Shortlands)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Heiwa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Pickerel

xAKL Heiwa Maru is sighted by SS Pickerel
Captain of SS Pickerel elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/10 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Tenposan Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: TK Sanju Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 104,133 at Woodlark Island, Speed 4,
Moving Southwest


The main body of transport convoy WP-59 (14 transports, one AKA, 6 LST) arrived this game turn in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the main body of WP-59 includes a USN patrol air squadron (12 PB2Y-3 Coronado), 56K supply and 101K fuel. AKA and LST arriving with the convoy will remain in South Pacific theatre on reserve for use in future operations. A detachment from WP-59 (convoy WP-59A) previously arrived in Pago Pago.


Australia: Transport convoy EX-35 (47 transports, 2 APA, 1 LSI) arrived in Australia from the Eastern US via Capetown. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes one LCU (2 Engineer Amphibious Brig), one USAAF recon air squadron (4 F-10 Mitchell), 144K supply and 51K fuel. The APA and LSI arriving with the convoy will remain in SW Pacific theatre on reserve for use in future operations.


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in actions with Japanese surface ASW off southern Burma – it cannot be determined from the AAR whether SS Billfish engaged one or two Jap TF(s). SS Billfish received light damage from hits in the two actions (system damage 6, float 5, no engine or fire) – now returning to base at 19 kts speed for repair. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Tavoy at 51,59 (night action W of Tavoy)

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Billfish, hits 2

SS Billfish launches 2 torpedoes at E Hachijo
Billfish bottoming out ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Tavoy at 51,59 (daylight action)

Japanese Ships
DD Minekaze
DD Usugumo

Allied Ships
SS Billfish, hits 2

SS Billfish is sighted by escort
Billfish bottoming out ....
DD Minekaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Usugumo attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 3 Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF in harbor, 100 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s (-1 from last report), light industry 2(39).

Attempted night raid by USAAF and RAF bombers against refinery facilities in Rangoon was aborted for a second time. No planes assigned to the raid reached Rangoon – most did not appear to take off, the remainder “getting lost” and returning to base. Combat Events report entries follow, no AAR’s for this action.

4 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 63 aircraft (59 fighters) based in Mandalay, 11 Jap LCU’s (+3 from last report), resource production 2(19).


USAAF and RAF 2E bombers launch night bombing strike on Magwe airfield. Japanese losses reported indicate 13 aircraft (9 Ki45 Nick, 4 Ki-44 Tojo) destroyed on the ground. One RAF Blenheim reported destroyed (ops loss), two other planes returned damaged. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid) - 52 aircraft (all fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 29, 10 Jap LCU’s (+2 from last report), oil production 88(213).

7 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47 (60% moonlight)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 29
Wellington Ic x 9
B-25C Mitchell x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 5 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 21

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1/B with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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China: Japanese ground bombardment at Chungking continues. Latest AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 285074 troops, 2763 guns, 1460 vehicles, Assault Value = 10496
Defending force 412027 troops, 1543 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7748

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

Allied ground losses:
386 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
34th Division
26th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th Division
58th Division
35th Division
6th Division
36th Division
13th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
8th Armored Car Co
3rd Tank Division
15th Tank Regiment
104th Division
37th Division
32nd Division
40th Division
116th Division
70th Division
110th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
39th Division
22nd Division
59th Infantry Brigade
41st Division
17th Division
38th Division
North China Area Army
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Army
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
23rd Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
NCPC Army
RGC Army
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
China Expeditionary Army
12th Army
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
42nd Chinese Corps
16th Construction Regiment
7th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
56th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
79th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
70th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
2nd Construction Regiment
59th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
12th Chinese Corps
45th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
9th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
60th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
1st New Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
74th Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
11th Construction Regiment
36th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
20th Group Army
24th Group Army
6th Chinese Base Force
China Command
7th War Area
11th Chinese Corps
6th War Area
9th Separate Brigade
31st Group Army
12th Group Army
8th Construction Regiment
7th New Chinese Corps
10th Construction Regiment
13th Group Army
4th Group Army
1st War Area
5th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
19th Group Army
65th Chinese Corps
14th Group Army
15th Group Army
3rd Group Army
10th Chinese Corps
12th Construction Regiment
33rd Group Army
21st Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Base Force
99th Chinese Corps
Y' Force
9th Group Army
96th Chinese Corps
26th Group Army
2nd Group Army
38th Group Army
20th Artillery Regiment
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
13th Construction Regiment
32nd Group Army
18th Chinese Base Force
6th Construction Regiment
37th Group Army
17th Construction Regiment
8th War Area
5th War Area
36th Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force
2nd War Area
47th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
CAF HQ
3rd War Area
3rd Chinese Corps
Jingcha War Area
11th Chinese Base Force
22nd Group Army
1st Chinese Base Force
15th Chinese Base Force
14th Construction Regiment
23rd Group Army
21st Group Army
4th War Area
7th Chinese Base Force
Red Chinese Army
83rd Chinese Corps
6th Group Army
3rd Construction Regiment
20th Chinese Corps
10th Chinese Base Force
4th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Base Force
35th Group Army
16th Group Army
16th Chinese Base Force
1st Group Army
49th AA Regiment
41st AA Regiment
Central Reserve
56th AT Gun Regiment

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/28/2013 3:28:45 PM   
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Summary of Operations 6/12/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy south of Honshu. Jap TF remains detected and visible on the game map – reported to contain 5 ships (4 PB, one xAK) and moving on a E heading. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Torishima at 110,66 (WSW of Aogashima)

Japanese Ships
PB Fumi Maru
PB Yachiyo Maru
PB Wa 2
xAK Seizan Maru
xAK Anzan Maru
xAK Italy Maru
PB Ma 3

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 2 torpedoes at PB Fumi Maru
Snapper diving deep ....
PB Fumi Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ma 3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Torishima at 110,66

Japanese Ships
xAK Kusuyama Maru
PB Yachiyo Maru
PB Wa 2
xAK Seizan Maru
xAK Anzan Maru
xAK Italy Maru
PB Fumi Maru
PB Ma 3

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kusuyama Maru
Snapper diving deep ....
PB Fumi Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ma 3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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A second Jap transport convoy was detected by another US patrol sub in the same sea area S of Honshu. The Jap TF is visible on the game map – reported to contain 9 ships (including 2 CL, 4 xAK) and moving on a SW heading. No reported combat between the US sub and the Jap convoy.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 6/11 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Jaluit and Roi-Namur. Detected status of Roi-Namur shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Jaluit.

Heavy volume of intercepted radio transmissions from Truk reported in another 6/11 Sigint entry. Detected status of Truk shows unidentified Japanese planes based there, ship(s) in port, also LCU(s) – these all as expected. No other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entries for 6/11 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from multiple locations in the Rabaul area – including Manus, Hansa Bay, Woodlark Is. No visible Japanese forces or activity at any of these locations.

US sub Skipjack on patrol E of Tulagi at hex location 120, 136 reporting contact with unidentified Japanese “dive bomber”. Given a 6/11 coastwatcher entry is reporting Jap CVL Mizuho (30 plane capacity) to be in port at Lunga (7 hexes W of SS Skipjack’s position), it is not impossible the “dive bomber” could actually be a dive bomber.

While most ongoing Allied activity in nearby South and SW Pacific theatre continues without interruption, alerts set in the last several days for Allied forces in the South and SW Pacific theatre areas remain in effect.


Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/11 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Iwaki Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Mizuho reported in port at Lunga (see above)
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 97,121 near Hansa Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 3 , Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port (-1 from last report), 2 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 107 aircraft (all fighters), 10 Jap LCU’s (+1 from last report), light industry 2(39).

It appears likely that many (though not all) of the new Japanese LCU arriving in Burma are flak units. Reports posted for the 6/11 game turn show approximately 8-10 newly arrived Japanese LCU in Burma, not all of them flak units and not all arriving by sea. Sigint and other reports will be watched closely to obtain specific identities of these new arrivals, also determine exactly where Pillager is deploying Japanese flak LCU within Burma. Deployment of new Jap LCU in Burma is being monitored (to the extent this can be done) but adjustments will still be required in Allied night bombing operations (specifically attack altitudes).


Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 58 aircraft (51 fighters) based in Mandalay, 11 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


USAAF and RAF bombers launch night bombing strike on oil refining in Magwe. No Allied planes were lost, one RAF Liberator II returned damaged. No reported Japanese plane losses. Reported damage on oil refineries in Magwe from the bombing raid appears to be minor – all damage appearing to be from only the first bombing attack below. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid) - 70 aircraft (68 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 34, 10 Jap LCU’s (+2 from last report), oil production 88(213), refinery 97(4).

4 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
4 x No.353 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
5 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
5 x No.353 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (71% moonlight)

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
B-24D Liberator x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged

Refinery hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Liberator II bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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India: An end result of many automatic upgrades of British and Indian combat LCU (most of these started before they could be caught) is a very high level of demand for 6 pdr AT gun elements from the replacement pool combined with a rather low rate of production (12 per month). The effect of this shortage is a number of units (mainly infantry LCU of all sizes) rebuilding to nearly full TOE strength lacking only a full complement of 6 pdr AT gun elements. A “compromise” solution in progress is temporarily allowing infantry LCU at (otherwise) full TOE strength to have a partial complement of 6 pdr AT gun elements.

Note: I previously had a similar shortage of AIF Combat Engineer 43 replacement elements in Australia due to simultaneous upgrading of 6th, 7th and 9th Australian Divisions plus rebuilding of 8th Division as a divisional unit. The game simply did not produce combat engineer elements quickly enough to meet demand, though all four divisions gradually received the engineers. The situation in India with 6 pdr guns had already started before I grasped the lesson.

The moral of the story is watching your LCU upgrades…


China: Japanese launch ground assault on Chungking. AAR follows.

** below indicates Japanese LCU reinforcements arriving this game turn. (no new units)

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Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 286172 troops, 2763 guns, 1539 vehicles, Assault Value = 10532
Defending force 413809 troops, 1533 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 7896
Japanese adjusted assault: 6288
Allied adjusted defense: 4245
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
14258 casualties reported
Squads: 37 destroyed, 1549 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 158 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 187 disabled
Guns lost 109 (1 destroyed, 108 disabled)
Vehicles lost 67 (2 destroyed, 65 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
44312 casualties reported
Squads: 1090 destroyed, 1247 disabled
Non Combat: 976 destroyed, 1852 disabled
Engineers: 54 destroyed, 49 disabled
Guns lost 185 (98 destroyed, 87 disabled)
Units destroyed 19

Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Division
15th Tank Regiment
104th Division
6th Division
23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
3rd Tank Division
41st Division
116th Division
32nd Division
34th Division
15th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
8th Armored Car Co
59th Infantry Brigade
36th Division
37th Division
39th Division
110th Division
70th Division
13th Division
35th Division
40th Division
17th Division
26th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
58th Division
64th Infantry Brigade
38th Division
China Expeditionary Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
North China Area Army
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
13th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
RGC Army
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
12th Army
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
11th Army
1st Army
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
NCPC Army
23rd Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
7th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Cavalry Corps
70th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
3rd Prov Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
79th Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
8th Prov Chinese Corps
68th Chinese Corps
25th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
94th Chinese Corps
32nd Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
44th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
26th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Corps
9th Prov Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
22nd Chinese Corps
12th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
2nd Prov Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
31st Chinese Corps
63rd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
52nd Chinese Corps
14th Chinese Corps
69th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
8th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
97th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps
13th Chinese Corps
129th Red Chinese Division
45th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
67th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
59th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
56th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
46th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
1st New Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
115th Red Chinese Division
2nd Construction Regiment
20th Chinese Base Force
20th Chinese Corps
14th Group Army
47th Chinese Corps
11th Construction Regiment
6th Chinese Base Force
18th Group Army
11th Chinese Base Force
3rd Construction Regiment
12th Group Army
17th Chinese Corps
23rd Group Army
36th Chinese Corps
5th War Area
2nd War Area
26th Group Army
16th Construction Regiment
14th Construction Regiment
3rd War Area
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
6th Construction Regiment
1st Group Army
18th Chinese Base Force
96th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
2nd Group Army
7th Chinese Base Force
Y' Force
1st Chinese Base Force
4th War Area
49th AA Regiment
9th Chinese Base Force
6th War Area
2nd Chinese Base Force
15th Group Army
24th Group Army
99th Chinese Corps
6th Group Army
7th New Chinese Corps
Jingcha War Area
38th Group Army
33rd Group Army
17th Construction Regiment
21st Chinese Corps
5th Group Army
Red Chinese Army
7th War Area
10th Construction Regiment
13th Group Army
1st War Area
21st Group Army
9th Separate Brigade
31st Group Army
36th Group Army
10th Chinese Corps
CAF HQ
20th Group Army
19th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
9th Group Army
32nd Group Army
3rd Group Army
11th Chinese Corps
41st AA Regiment
13th Construction Regiment
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
12th Construction Regiment
China Command
10th Chinese Base Force
16th Chinese Base Force
37th Group Army
8th War Area
4th Group Army
15th Chinese Base Force
3rd Chinese Corps
16th Group Army
65th Chinese Corps
Central Reserve
8th Construction Regiment
22nd Group Army
35th Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/2/2013 11:23:04 PM   
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Summary of Operations 6/13/43

A first in this PBEM… replay of the 6/12 game turn produced a completely empty Combat report file. Other than three incidents involving attacks by air patrols on opposing submarines, absolutely nothing happened (at least visible to the naked eye).


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 6/12 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Maleolap and Abemama. Detected statuses of the two bases show no visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.

Heavy volume of intercepted radio transmissions from Truk reported for a second day in another 6/12 Sigint entry. Detected status of Truk shows unidentified Japanese planes based there, ship(s) in port, also LCU(s) – these all as expected. No other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entries for 6/12 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tulagi and Woodlark Is (second consecutive day from this location). Detected status of Tulagi shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there, port size 2(3), airfield capacity 2(2). There’s little question now that Pillager is developing a major Japanese air/naval base complex at Tulagi and Lunga. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Woodlark Is.

US sub Skipjack on patrol E of Tulagi at hex location 116, 136 reports two air attacks by Japanese bombers – this time the planes were identified as a G3M Nell and G4M Betty, possibly operating from the Tulagi/Lunga base complex mentioned above. Entries in the 6/12 Combat Events report indicate the G3M was hit by SS Skipjack. No hits or damage reported by the sub. So much for “Dive Bombers”. Someone aboard SS Skipjack needs a refresher course in plane identification.


Main body of transport convoy WP-61 (21 transports, 8 APA, 1 LSD) arrives this game turn in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes US 4th Marine Division, 58K supply and 83K fuel. Two detachments from the convoy in addition to the main body has reached South Pacific theatre - one detachment (convoy WP-61A with five xAK) arrived in Pago Pago on 6/10 with supply and fuel cargo, a second detachment (convoy WP-61B with 10 xAK) is due to reach New Zealand shortly with additional fuel and supply. The APA, LSD and some xAP from the main body of WP-61 are remaining in the South Pacific to be held in reserve for future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/12 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Miho Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 6, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Shinkoku Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 104,133 near Woodlark Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 3 Japanese ships anchored in port (+1 from last report), 3 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 98 aircraft (all fighters), 10 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 58 aircraft (48 fighters) based in Mandalay, 11 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 71 aircraft (70 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 28, 10 Jap LCU’s, oil production 90(211), refinery 97(4).


India: Two Japanese subs spotted and attacked by British air patrols off Colombo – one identified as I-160, the second an unidentified Type KD4 class sub. A 6/12 Operations Report entry indicates a hit was scored on one of the two Jap subs off Colombo, no report of any Jap sub sinking.


China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.

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Summary of Operations 6/14/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub returning to base intercepts Japanese transport convoy. The Jap TF remains visible on the game map - reported to contain 5 ships including a DD, moving on a NW heading (this course indicates the convoy likely returning to Japan from the general direction of Wake Is or the Marshalls). AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Chichi-jima at 120,74 (E of Chichi-jima)

Japanese Ships
AK Aobasan Maru
xAK Taito Maru
xAK Kosei Maru
DD Ayanami

Allied Ships
SS Grunion

SS Grunion launches 2 torpedoes at AK Aobasan Maru
DD Ayanami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/13 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Jaluit. Detected status of Jaluit shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.

Heavy volume of intercepted radio transmissions from Truk reported in another 6/13 Sigint entry - for a third consecutive day. Detected status of Truk shows unidentified Japanese planes based there, ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 6/13 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Woodlark Is (third consecutive day from this location). Detected status of Woodlark Is shows a stationary Jap transport TF containing two ships (1 xAKL, 1 AM), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. The Jap TF at Woodlark Is was also spotted by a US PBY Catalina naval search air patrol from NE Australia.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 6/13 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: AR Kiyosumi Maru reported in port at Lunga (second coastwatcher report indicating this ship at Lunga, previously reported here on 6/10)
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: PB Tomitu Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed 5, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Shinkoku Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – 2 Japanese ships anchored in port (-1 from last report), 3 Jap TF in harbor, 107 aircraft (all fighters), 10 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39). One of the new Jap LCU’s in Rangoon was identified this game turn as 11 Shipping Engineer Rgt in a 6/13 Sigint report entry. This unit was transferred to Burma from its previous known location at Georgetown (Malaya).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 53 aircraft (47 fighters) based in Mandalay, 11 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 99 aircraft (97 fighters) based in Magwe, airfield damage 23, 10 Jap LCU’s, oil production 91(210), refinery 97(4).


India: Jap submarine I-160 attacked and reported sunk by a Dutch/Indian surface ASW TF. The second unidentified Jap sub off Colombo remains detected at hex location 27, 49 southwest of Colombo – the sub spotted this game turn by a RAF Catalina naval search air patrol plus a TF of British light surface ASW is also in this hex position. AAR’s follow

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ASW attack near Colombo at 28,47 (NW of Colombo)

Japanese Ships
SS I-160, hits 6

Allied Ships
DD Tjerk Hiddes
KV Genista
DD Van Galen

SS I-160 is located by DD Tjerk Hiddes
I-160 bottoming out ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Van Galen fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tjerk Hiddes attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Colombo at 28,47

Japanese Ships
SS I-160, hits 2 (reported sunk)

Allied Ships
DD Tjerk Hiddes
KV Genista
DD Van Galen

SS I-160 is located by DD Tjerk Hiddes
I-160 bottoming out ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes attacking submerged sub ....
DD Tjerk Hiddes is out of ASW ammo
DD Van Galen fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Tjerk Hiddes fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Three US fighter squadrons that entered the game this turn at Capetown under 10th USAAF command are being retained in Capetown for temporary use in pilot training. The three squadrons at this time are surplus to current front line operational needs of 10th USAAF command in on-map areas of India – there being sufficient numbers of front-line capable Allied fighter squadrons in mainland India for now. The three squadrons entered the game with virtually no pilots and have been filled to full strength with a total of 75 partially trained USAAF fighter pilots from the reserve pool.

A possibility now under consideration is the possible transfer of HQ 14th USAAF out of India, possibly into the Pacific. 14th USAAF command is the historic successor to the AVG in China – in AE, the HQ LCU and its subordinate air units enter the game as reinforcements at various locations in India and nearby off-map bases. As no viable front exists within China for 14th USAAF to operate in, a decision is being considered as to whether parts or all of this air command will be used to reinforce 10th USAAF in India and/or transferred out for probable use in the Pacific. The three USAAF fighter squadrons in Capetown will probably transfer from 10th to 14th USAAF command and fall (in some manner) within the scope of this decision. Pending a decision, the squadrons will remain in Capetown and used there to complete training of partially trained USAAF fighter pilots now in the reserve pool.


China: No reported ground combat at Chungking.


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