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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/11/2013 5:35:59 AM   
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Summary of Operations 7/07/43

Formosa: US patrol sub engaged with Jap surface ASW in sea passage between Formosa and mainland China. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Taihoku at 87,61 (NW of Taihoku)

Japanese Ships
PB Yodozo Maru
PB Hinode Maru #20
E Chidori

Allied Ships
SS Sculpin

SS Sculpin launches 2 torpedoes at PB Yodozo Maru
E Chidori fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Yodozo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/06 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Kyuma Maru reported in port at Rabaul
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 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 3, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
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: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga ,Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 7, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 7, Moving Northwest


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

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ASW attack near Victoria Point at 49,66 (SW of Victoria Point)

Japanese Ships
DD Isonami
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack, hits 1 (minor system damage, sub remains on patrol)

SS Amberjack is located by DD Isonami
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mutsuki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 115 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

RAF bombers fly night aerial mine laying mission against Rangoon. Some bombers that reached Rangoon aborted the mission when intercepted by Japanese CAP fighters. No Allied planes reported lost or damaged. Pillager has a Jap minesweeping TF operating in Rangoon. Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast (25% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 17

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 8000 feet *

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 8000 feet *

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

12 mines cleared

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Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 9 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


China: Japanese ground attack on Chinese forces in southern China continues. Latest AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11870 troops, 154 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 462
Defending force 14176 troops, 105 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 373
Japanese adjusted assault: 165
Allied adjusted defense: 235
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
389 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 53 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
313 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
64th Chinese Corps
24th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force

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< Message edited by wneumann -- 4/11/2013 5:37:08 AM >

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/12/2013 2:53:06 PM   
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Summary of Operations 7/08/43

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/07 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje. Detected status of Wotje shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/07 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Kyuma Maru reported in port at Rabaul
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 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: 5 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 9, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: AK Yamagiri Maru 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 Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 2, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown


Australia: Maximum numbers of pilots (pilot capacity) in many RAAF squadrons have increased - this occurring in squadrons where maximum plane numbers are due to increase in 1/44 (these increases generally from 12 to 18 planes or 21 to 24 planes). As I now have about 90% of the RAAF operating as pilot training squadrons (for the moment), the increase in number of pilots translates (at this time) into more “slots” to be occupied by pilots training for various mission skills.

At this point in the campaign, the emphasis across all Allied air forces is pushing as many pilots as possible through the on-map training process before the start of general offensive operations. Approximately 80-85% of Allied air squadrons continue to operate as pilot training squadrons – the general “guideline” being that any Allied air squadron not required to be kept ready for immediate combat operations is employed as a training squadron (as long as the individual squadron is not actively used or needed for use in combat). The present situation can (and should) be considered a temporary luxury – overall capacity for pilot training across all Allied air forces is expected to decrease considerably from current levels once general offensive operations begin.

The start of a general offensive will require many air squadrons now training pilots to be quickly re-configured for use in front-line operations. A typical re-configuration would include removal of partially trained pilots from the squadron’s roster and transferring fully trained pilots into the squadron from the Reserve pool – possibly combined with an upgrade of the squadron’s current aircraft to a first-line plane type where necessary. Time needed to convert an individual air squadron from pilot training to front-line combat operations is estimated as 7-10 days in most cases. Nearly all the Allied air units designated for conversion from training to front-line combat status are already located near the front line in forward theatre areas (South & Southwest Pacific, Hawaii, mainland India) – movement of these squadrons into front-line air bases for use in active combat from their current locations generally a simple matter of flying them in once a squadron’s conversion process is complete.

The doctrine described above has been in effect since mid-1942 and applied across virtually all Allied nationalities, all squadron types and all missions. The intent of this particular doctrine for air units is facilitating rapid transformation from the current mode of static defensive operations to a general Allied offensive - a similar set of doctrines for Allied ground and naval forces is also in place.


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub remains in action vs Japanese surface ASW. Latest AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Victoria Point at 48,65 (W of Victoria Point)

Japanese Ships
E Saga
E Hachijo
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack

SS Amberjack launches 2 torpedoes at E Saga
Amberjack diving deep ....
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 – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 117 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 14 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no Jap planes detected, oil production 113(188), refinery 97(4).


China: Sigint report entries are showing some movement of Japanese LCU from Chungking mainly southward – this development is not unexpected. At this point it cannot be determined whether Pillager is moving these LCU toward Burma or to port bases in southern China (i.e. Hong Kong, Canton) for eventual sea transport – some combination of both of these is considered likely. Reports in Sigint occur almost daily and showing various Jap ground units previously involved in the capture of Chungking. It’s too early to identify any possible trends or direction of this movement from these reports.


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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/18/2013 4:00:11 PM   
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Summary of Operations 7/09/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub south of Kyushu intercepts southbound Jap transport convoy, attacked and damaged by convoy’s ASW escort. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Nagoya at 109,63 (SW of Nagoya)

Japanese Ships
DD Uzuki
AK Kashii Maru
AK Tacoma Maru
xAK Otori Maru
xAK Nittei Maru
xAK Kusuyama Maru
xAK Pacific Maru
xAK Ohio Maru

Allied Ships
SS Flying Fish, hits 1 (system damage 8, float 4, returning to base at 19 kts)

SS Flying Fish launches 4 torpedoes at DD Uzuki
Flying Fish diving deep ....
DD Uzuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wake Is. Detected status of Wake shows unidentified Jap planes based there, port size 1(0), airfield size 3(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Lunga. Detected status of Lunga shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port – airfield size 5(5), port size 3(1). No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/08 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Kyuma Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: E W-33 reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Jusan Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 15, Moving West
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: 1 Japanese ship at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 109,129 near Buka, Speed 14, Moving Southeast


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 74 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39). Pillager transferred some planes out of Rangoon this game turn.

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 12 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no Jap planes detected, oil production 114(187), refinery 97(4).

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/20/2013 4:28:25 AM   
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December 41 summary from Johnjohn. I have had to restart due to an unanticipated computer crash after reaching June 44.

CHINA--Japan has pushed inward to established front line of defense. Thus far the defensive line is holding, with all defenders in at least 2X defensive squares, many in 3 and 4 times defense bonus. No attempt has been made to hold anything but the cities that make the line and all cities behind those lines. Troops are abandoning other communities and bases to the enemy as the Chinese army repositions to defensible lines. The one exception is Wenchow which has repeatedly repulsed three Japanese Divisions, causing over 15K in causalties to the loss of less than 700 troops for China. They are dug in (level 2) and still digging.

The AVG has one squadron in Rangoon and two in China, shooting down forty enemies in China alone. The ground force in Burma has been successfully airlifted from Lashio to Kumming. Lashio's Engr unit is marching deeper into China as well.

All LCUs not engaged in combat or operations, are set to train. For China, this means many units will have the opportunity to improve in readiness. The front line units, however, are on their own.

BURMA--The grand strategy here is to delay from Rangoon back to India, but to that with the Burma Inf Div and the two Brigades of the 17th Inf Div. All other units, esp ENGR types and small Inf outfits have moved to Swebo and are marching to India. Burma is going down without much of a fight. Everything will be pulled out once the enemy invades.

DEI--Enemy is just now reaching outskirts of DEI. Three enemy KB carriers have arrived and were pummeled by the Dutch Navy. All three were shot up some, but not enough to disrupt air ops. The Dutch Navy paid the price, only two DDs survived. BB Hiei was shot up too. Virtually all cargo shipping loaded up with fuel and headed out, to Darwin, Perth, and Colombo.

PI--The Northern Luzon areas are in the hands of the enemy, but initial orders to fortify has slowed down the advance. Iba, Clark, Bataan, and Manila are holding. Everything else on Luzon is gone. Mindanao is also under assault, but the central and northern bases are holding--for now. Jolo is gone and the enemy is using Jolo to hit further south.

All fighter and bomber aircraft have been expended and squadrons withdrawn. All shipping ordered out day 1. Unfortunately the AS hit mines and sank off Bataan.

MALAY--The assault here has bogged down north of Kuala Lampur. Digging in is paying off in delays. POW and Repulse both damaged and on the way to Capetown--day 1 air attack. The Buffaloes are really having a feast--shooting up the second line planes sent in to attack. Amazing. All cargo vessels ordered out after picking up fuel from DEI. Most now on the way to Capetown to establish the East Coast to Capetown convoy system.

Decision made to leave the two Aussie Brigades to help with delays. 8th Aussie Division will take much longer to rebuild.

INDIA--Training and consolidation of units the order of the day. Numerous supplies and fuel has been shipped in via Colombo. All cargo ships ordered out, the long legged ones going to Cape town and the shorter legged ones to Aden. The British 18th Div was formed at Madras and sent to Calcutta. The one 17th Inf Div Bde in India is at Imphal, waiting for the two in Burma to arrive.

CENPAC--Wake fell 17 Dec. VMF-211 withdrew just before the fall (and the arrival of the KB on way back to Japan.) Midway was just hit by a 2CVL raid, which sank two of the four defending DDs. The trailing tankers paid the price when DBs from Midway hit them.

NORPAC--Base building and stockpiling at Dutch Harbor and Kodiak.

SOPAC/SWPAC/AUSSIE--All NZ forces concentrated into parent units. Now training. Same for Aussie Inf Div, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and several smaller units now repositioning and training. ENGR units repositioned to facilitate squadron training. Armor units all sent to Townsville for repositioning. Troops moving into the NE area bases with ENGRs to follow.

All LCUs at Rabaul airlifted to PM. All sep company units recalled to PM. They are half way there. It is not enough, but it does build up the PM Bde. No troops are avaliable for Luganville, Efate, Tanna, or Noumea (Free French LCU already there.) 40th Infantry planned deployment to Suva. 27th and or 23rd to Noumea, with two Rgmts of 2nd USMC Div going to Pago, Pago. Several Defense BNs have been deployed to Pago, Pago, Canton Island, Christmas Island and Palmyra. Engrs also deployed to all just mentioned. All LCUs are digging in, deeply.

Enterprise and Lexington avoided KB and made port in San Diego. Lex took two torpedos off San Clemente after three unsuccessful ASW attacks on sub. Rats. She is out for three to four months including upgrade. Sara and Ent on way to Midway to drop off VMF-221 and 18 fighters to join the 18 SBDs already there.

PEARL HARBOR--I have read of worse attacks, but this was very good for the enemy. WeeVe, Okla, Ari, and Nev all sunk. Raliegh and Honolulu also sunk. Callie, Penna, Mary and Tenn all took 50+ major flotation damage. All out for two years, minimum, assuming they make it to the West Coast.

Four cruisers were damaged, two for one month, two for four months. Four DDs were sunk. Two AVs damaged for one month. Lots of other small fry damaged, but most repaired and back in service. Fuel and supplies building up. Troops sent from SF filling out the divisions. Having to wait for PPs though.

WC/EC--41st Division training at Fort Lewis. 27th Training at March AAF Base. 40th Training at Los Angeles. 8th USMC Rgmt and 2nd USMC Rgmt training at Pendelton. Supply moving to Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, all Alaska and Canada coastal bases. All aircraft squadrons in training mode but for those on search or ASW duty, with two fighter squadrons SF, LA, and SD on cap. All 10th AAF aircraft assigned training to EC waiting for shipment to India via Capetown. (Perth if India not viable.) Mojave and Las Vegas being developed as AAF training bases.

Aussie reinforcements via Aden going to India. Strategy is to hold India. Warspite being sent to Eastern Fleet.

Convoy system being established 1--EC to Capetown 2--Cape to Colombo or Perth 3.--SF to PH 4. WC to Aussie East Coast.

Am paying more attention to type of ships going to small ports. Don't want equipment coming back that can't offload because the transport is too big for the port.

Its a beginning. Ent and Sara basing at PH after delivery of planes to Midway. Houston, Boise, Marblehead and DDs forming nucleus of SAG (surface action group) based at Pago,Pago. Minneapolis and Louisville (CAs) will join them with their escorts--currently based at Canton Island. Excepting Mablehead, all will eventually join the carriers as escorts. For now they are the SOPAC deterent force. Allies will be able to search all of the SOPAC from Suva to Palmyra, PP to Christmas and Canton.

Summary--PH attack very successful for enemy. Immediate response, nothing servicable. LCU reinforcement to build out 24th and 25th Div. Reinforcements beefing up Army and AAF. All bomber and fighter groups not on assignment are in training. Exp levels poor. Same for US squadrons.

China is holding a line from Paotow (both mountain hexes) to Yenan, Tsiatoa, Loyang, Nanyang, Ichang, Changsha, Nanchang, Kashien, (Wenchow isolated), Kukong, Wuchow, Nanning (currently under attack) (Pakhoi--isolated) to Burma. Nanning and Wuchow are expected to fall. Line is stiffer behind those cities.

Grand design is to hold China, India, Aussie, and SOPAC. I am concerned about SOPAC. With Lex out of action, I am not going to risk the carriers. Yorktown is staying put and Ent and Sara will run at first sign of trouble. I am trying to hold at PM, but that is doubtful too. There are not enough PPs to put in Aussie Div at PM.

John

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 4/20/2013 5:17:36 PM   
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johnjohn,

I'll reserve comments and suggestions to the "small stuff", things I did early in my game or would have done early in my game if Pillager and I were starting over again - most of the latter being actions I eventually did implement though I could have done them in 12/41 had I thought of it.

quote:

The AVG has one squadron in Rangoon and two in China, shooting down forty enemies in China alone. The ground force in Burma has been successfully airlifted from Lashio to Kumming. Lashio's Engr unit is marching deeper into China as well.

The AVG may eventually be more useful to you in India rather than China. Several reasons... First, the Chinese (in the long run) do not have enough supply to operate its own air force let alone the AVG while at the same time supporting a land war. Secondly, the AVG squadrons also represent a pool that includes most of the best available USAAF pilots in 12/41 and early 1942. The fighter planes (H81-A3's) are also the best available inventory in India and China (combined) at this stage of the campaign. The 3 AVG squadrons are the elite of the Allied air forces in both India and China at this point.

Another factor to account for with the AVG - it has a 7/01/42 withdrawal date and does not return to the game. Between now and then, employ the AVG in whatever manner you find suitable. Immediately before or on the 7/42 withdrawal date, remove all pilots and planes from the AVG squadrons before you withdraw them. This action is not entirely ahistorical - many of the AVG pilots (Pappy Boyington among others) went on to fly combat with regular USAAF squadrons after their time with the AVG. Transfer all AVG pilots from the squadrons to the Reserve pilot pool, at that point the pilots join the regular USAAF and become available for transfer to any desired USAAF air unit or left in the pool until needed. At the withdrawal date, "upgrade" planes in the AVG squadrons from H81-A3 to any obsolete US fighter type. The H81-A3 planes will go to the Chinese plane replacement pool and can eventually be used for upgrading Chinese fighter squadrons - the H81-A3 is equal or better than any fighter plane type available to the Chinese (even in the later game).

At some point, consider getting the AVG out of China (it's okay there for now). I pulled it back into Calcutta where it formed the main part of the early Allied fighter CAP force there.


quote:

All LCUs not engaged in combat or operations, are set to train. For China, this means many units will have the opportunity to improve in readiness. The front line units, however, are on their own.

Agree. The only thing I'd add here is leave any LCU with engineer elements in combat mode to build fortifications wherever they are (no other construction or repair activities). In the DEI, move as many LCU with engineers as possible to Palembang, Soerabaja, Balikpapan, Tarakan in order to perform demolition of oil production facilities. Transfer of these LCU does not require the use of transport ships, it can be done by air using Dutch transport planes and patrol squadrons. It's also not necessary to transfer complete Dutch engineer LCU's, only the engineer squads in these LCU are of interest, and the engineer squads from these LCU will transfer by air.

While diverting Dutch patrol air squadrons to this purpose eliminates their use for naval search - except for the few cases you absolutely need to know where Japanese ships are in the DEI, it likely wouldn't matter whether you knew or not. They're coming, period.


A point not mentioned in your post... Supply. This applies particulaly to Luzon, Java, Sumatra and Malaya. At this point, you have no doubt selected the bases where Allied ground forces in each of these areas will make their last stand. In my campaign they were Bataan (Luzon), Soerabaja (Java), Palembang (Sumatra), and Singapore. What I immediately did in these four bases was set Required Supply Values (the little arrow to the right of Supplies Required) in the Base display to maximum. What this does is draw all supply into these bases from all other bases still under Allied control that can trace a land route to the base pulling supply. The eventual end result of this action is all available supply points are pulled into bases where you are making a stand and supply in the other bases is now zero. Using the example of Luzon, available supply was drawn into Bataan (where it was needed) from other locations on Luzon and made available to US and Philippine ground forces that eventually dug in there. Again... this is not entirely ahistorical as the US command in Luzon actually did this (and later wished they done more of it).

This action with supply accomplishes two purposes. It provides as much available supply as possible to defending Allied ground forces. The second result of this action can loosely be described as AE's equivalent of "Scorched Earth" tactics. Reducing supply in other bases to zero ahead of advancing Japanese ground forces places either the AI or your human Japanese opponent in a position where he (or it) is required to transport in supply points for front-line Japanese forces from elsewhere in order for said Japanese forces to either attack effectively or continue their advance. Doesn't stop the inevitable, just makes the process for the Japanese a bit slower and more difficult. The more time your Japanese opponent wastes due to delays, the less he (or it) gets to conquer and the slower that gets done.


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Convoy system being established 1--EC to Capetown 2--Cape to Colombo or Perth 3.--SF to PH 4. WC to Aussie East Coast.

On #4 above, consider WC to New Zealand (Auckland) instead of Australia. This uses the WC mainly as the departure point for build up in Central and South Pacific. My build up of Australia (SW Pacific) was done entirely through the EC via Capetown. Also simplifies the process of sorting out what is going where before it leaves the mainland US.


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Aussie reinforcements via Aden going to India.

Consider whether these units could be more valuable in Australia rather than India. In my case, I did send 6th Australian Division to Colombo to cover its defence (it's still there for now), all other Australian LCU arriving in Aden went to Australia. 6 Australian Division will eventually go to Australia as well for front-line use in SW Pacific theatre once I determine it's no longer required in Colombo.


Air HQ's... I didn't do this at first, but they are relevent to your pilot training process. Get the best available training commanders into your rear-area air HQ's and locate air squadrons engaged in pilot training within command radius of these HQ. This is especially true for mainland US restricted commands where the action can be employed on the largest scale. Elsewhere (Australia, India, etc), performing this step with air HQ will have to take into consideration possible front-line requirements but can also be done in these locations if front-line requirements do not restrict implementing it.


Overall it looks good (for 12/41 anyway). Thus I was sticking to the "small stuff".


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Summary of Operations 7/10/43

Yellow Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy off western coast of Korea. SS Saury also spots a Jap transport TF – convoy contains 3 ships including one xAKL, one CM, no indication as to whether the torpedoed Japanese ship is part of this TF or sailing independently. Movement of this Jap TF was not reported. AAR’s follow.

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

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hoki Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Saury

xAKL Hoki Maru is sighted by SS Saury
SS Saury launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Hoki Maru

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Submarine attack near Moppo at 99,53

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hoki Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Saury

xAKL Hoki Maru is sighted by SS Saury
SS Saury launches 2 torpedoes

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North Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/09 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Paramushiro-jima. Detected status of Paramushiro-jima shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, airfield size 4(4), port size 1(1) – this location appears developed as an air base covering the outer (northern) area of the Kurile Islands.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/09 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wake Is. Detected status of Wake shows unidentified Jap planes based there, port size 1(0), airfield size 3(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/09 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 Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: xAP Hoten Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 0, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: E Maeshima reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 3, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 9, Moving Northwest


DEI: US patrol sub in action with Jap surface ASW patrol off southern exit of Sunda Strait. AAR follows.

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

Japanese Ships
PB Kaiun Maru

Allied Ships
SS Puffer

SS Puffer launches 2 torpedoes
Puffer diving deep ....
PB Kaiun Maru 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 – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+2 from last report), 109 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Small night bombing attack on Rangoon airfield by RAF bombers. No reported damage to Rangoon airfield, no Jap planes reported destroyed on the ground. One A6M2 Zero reported destroyed (ops loss), one RAF Wellington bomber reported lost. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Clear sky (57% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 12

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 12

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged (plane reported going down during return to base in 7/09 Operations report)

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
8 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 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 11

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 11 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no Jap planes detected, oil production 115(186), refinery 97(4). An Allied night bombing raid attempted on Magwe airfield this game turn was aborted. Combat Events report entries from this raid follow.

Mission cancelled for 16 x Blenheim IV from No.113 Sqn RAF !!!
Mission cancelled for 12 x Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF !!!
Mission cancelled for 6 x B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/493rd BS !!!
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x No.353 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
5 x No.353 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night


India: Conversion of four 10th USAAF bomber squadrons from B-25C to B-17E is completed, all B-17 planes in these squadrons now fully operational.


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Summary of Operations 7/11/43

Yellow Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese TK (12 VP) off Shanghai in daylight action. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Shanghai at 95,55 (E of Shanghai)

Japanese Ships
TK Jinzan Maru, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 6, on fire, heavy damage (confirmed sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Sawfish

TK Jinzan Maru is sighted by SS Sawfish
SS Sawfish attacking on the surface

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Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transport TF southwest of the Marshalls in a daylight action. The Jap TF remains visible on the game map – includes 8 ships and moving on a NW heading. Appears the Jap TF is likely returning from a destination in the Gilbert Islands area (probably Tabiteuea). AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Ebon at 130,124 (NE of Nauru Is)

Japanese Ships
PB Kensin Maru
xAK Tohuku Maru
xAK Matsue Maru
E Tomozuru
E Fuyo

Allied Ships
SS Runner, hits 4 (two reported direct hits – system damage 19, float 50, returning to base at 10 kts movement)

SS Runner launches 2 torpedoes at PB Kensin Maru
E Tomozuru fails to find sub and abandons search
E Fuyo attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 7/10 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Marcus Is. Detected status of Marcus Is shows port size 1(0), airfield size 1(0), no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/10 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: AKE Kashino reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 7, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 8, Moving Northwest


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

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ASW attack near Phuket at 47,68 (W of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki
E Hachijo
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Billfish

SS Billfish is located by DD Mutsuki
Billfish 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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ASW attack near Phuket at 47,68

Japanese Ships
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Billfish, hits 3 (system damage 5. float 1, sub remains on patrol)

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

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon (after air strike below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 62 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 16, 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Rangoon airfield hit in night bombing attack by USAAF and RAF 4E bombers. No Alllied bombers lost, 4 planes returned to base damaged. Japanese planes reported destroyed include 11 A6M2 Zeroes (7 air-to-air, 3 on the ground, 1 ops), 2 Ki-44 Tojo and 2 Ki-61 Tony (these destroyed on the ground). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

5 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
6 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
6 x No.353 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light cloud (67% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 13

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 7
B-24D Liberator x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 18

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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 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 12 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 7

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 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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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 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 11 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 3

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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 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 27 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 11 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19). No change from last game turn.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no Jap planes detected, oil production 116(185), refinery 97(4).

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Thanks for the help with AVG. My plan is to do just what you suggested, although I may use Imphal rather than Calcutta. Getting the LCU out was part of the abandon Burma strategy. I plan to fly it to Ledo when the link is set up. The Lashio ENGR unit is headed for the base south of Kumming to develop it or help the defense dig in. About digging in, all ENGR units in China and elsewhere not engaged in air ops, those with actual engineers instead of aviation support, are helping LCUs dig in. I started that Dec 8 and many are level 2 forts already. The plan, especially in SOPAC, is dig in to max forts if possible. The Wenchow defense force is fort level 2, one reason the enemy took such huge losses trying to take the place.

I did not know about the supply--wish I had known about that sooner. Will implement Jan 1. Same for Air HQs. Will have to move some Generals around. On PPs, I am hording them now. Changed out a few squadron commanders Dec 8 to improve training. Now holding the PPs. I have several big land units to reassign HQ on. Going to take several thousand PPs to do.

As for India over Aussie, I will wait to see what the AI wants to do. If they come for India, the Aussies stay. If they stay in Burma, then I may transfer them to Aussie later in 42. The 41st Inf will deploy to Brisbane for further use. The 32nd also will end up there. I found that this worked well the first time around. Of course, by then the enemy was down four carriers. Not so this time. (And I am not going looking for them either). John


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Summary of Operations 7/12/43

North Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/11 reporting intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Onnekontan-jima (Kuriles). Detected status of Onnekontan-jima shows unidentified Jap planes based there, port size 1(1), airfield size 4(4).

US patrol sub operating off eastern coast of Sakhalin reports contact with Japanese transport TF near Toyohara (hex location 125, 47). Jap TF remains visible on game map – contains 9 ships (including ASW escort) and is moving northward. Probable destination of the Jap TF is Shikuka. No reported combat between the US sub and the Jap contact.


Formosa: US patrol sub in action with Japanese surface ASW in northern exit of sea passage between Formosa and mainland China. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Taihoku at 87,62 (adjacent hex W of Taihoku)

Japanese Ships
PB Hinode Maru #20
E Chidori
PB Yodozo Maru

Allied Ships
SS Sculpin

SS Sculpin launches 2 torpedoes at PB Hinode Maru #20
E Chidori fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Yodozo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Okinawa: US patrol sub operating near Okinawa reports contact with Jap transport TF moving northbound at hex location 98 66 southeast of Amami Oshima. Jap TF is visible on game map and contains 4 ships (including ASW escort). No combat reported between the US sub and Jap transport TF.


Japanese Home Islands: Heavy volume of intercepted radio transmissions from one or multiple unidentified Jap TF(s) reported in a Sigint entry for 7/11. Location of this contact is at hex location 108, 66 northwest of Torishima. No available information as to number of Jap TF(s), composition or movement. One US patrol sub is operating in the immediate vicinity of the contact location.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 7/11 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from multiple locations including Majuro, Tarawa, Canton Is and Baker Is. Unidentified Japanese planes detected on Baker and Canton islands, one or more unidentified Jap LCU(s) also detected at Baker Is. Detected status of Tarawa is showing evidence of Japanese base construction activity - port size 3(1), airfield size 3(2). No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at these four locations.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/11 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: AK Kagu Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
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: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 5, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,138 near Lunga, Speed 5, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 5, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+2 from last report), 90 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – 12 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no Jap planes detected, oil production 117(184), refinery 97(4).


China: Japanese ground attack on Chinese forces holding roadblock position in mountains of southern China. This position blocks the main land movement route between China and northern Burma. A 7/11 Sigint entry reports Jap 15th Infantry Division is now at Tsuyung – this unit likely moving southward to reinforce Japanese forces engaged in the action below. 15 Division was previously involved in the capture of Chungking. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11782 troops, 154 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 456
Defending force 14028 troops, 103 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 357
Japanese adjusted assault: 312
Allied adjusted defense: 217
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
310 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
166 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
64th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
24th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 5/1/2013 3:35:03 PM   
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Summary of Operations 7/13/43

US patrol subs reporting contacts with Japanese ASW air patrols in many locations. Pillager appears to have a large part of the Jap Army LBA bomber force employed on ASW missions. The principal Japanese plane type reported in these contacts is Ki-49 Helens, though other Jap plane types also observed.

To date in this campaign, seven Allied submarines (4 Dutch, 3 US) have been credited as sunk by Japanese ASW forces, all seven of these from ASW air attacks. Most of the Allied submarine sinkings from Japanese ASW attack have occurred in the Andaman Sea area. So far, no Allied subs have been sunk in action against Japanese surface ASW forces.

The effect of Japanese ASW against Allied subs in this campaign has mainly appeared in two ways – (1) Jap surface ASW escorts attached to transport TF’s often divert Allied subs away from targeting Jap transport ships in attacks on transport TF’s; and (2) attacks by Japanese ASW on US subs often result in significant damage to the subs, this damage in many cases causing the sub to abort its patrol and return to base for repair. Damage to Allied subs from Japanese ASW attack has affected 10-15% of all Allied sub patrols across all theatres – though this proportion is considerably higher for Allied sub patrols in the East China Sea and Andaman Sea areas compared to elsewhere. It is a significant “cost of doing business” but not a major disruption of the Allied submarine campaign.


Japanese Home Islands: US sub patrol in contact with Japanese transport TF near Sakhalin, sub was engaged by the TF’s ASW escorts. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Toyohara at 126,46 (E of Toyohara)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-26
xAKL Saiho Maru
xAKL Gyoku Maru
PB Shonan Maru #7
PB Shintohoku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock is sighted by escort
Haddock diving deep ....
PB Shonan Maru #7 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Shintohoku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Formosa: US patrol sub Barb operating in patrol zone E of Formosa attacked and hit in attacks by several Ki-49 Helen air patrols near Ishigaki at hex location 89, 68. SS Barb received significant damage (41 system, 16 float, 3 engine) – the sub now returning to base at 16 kts movement.


Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-43 (46 transports plus BB Maryland) departing this game turn for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one LCU (82 Mortar Bn), 128K supply and 108K fuel. BB Maryland is in transit to Australia to join forward Allied naval forces.


Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport TF in the western Marshalls. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Ebadon at 130,114 (WNW of Kwajalein)

Japanese Ships
xAK Matsue Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAK Hakodate Maru
xAK Tohuku Maru
xAK Tusima Maru
E Tomozuru
E Fuyo

Allied Ships
SS Seadragon

SS Seadragon launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Matsue Maru
Seadragon diving deep ....
E Tomozuru fails to find sub and abandons search
E Fuyo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 7/12 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tabiteuea. Detected status of Tabiteuea shows unidentified Japanese planes based there, also ship(s) in port, port size 3(1), airfield size 4(3). No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Tabiteuea.


South Pacific: Pillager is transferring Jap flak LCU to forward bases in the Solomons. A Sigint entry for 7/12 reports 38 Field AA Machine Cannon Co is now located at Lunga, this LCU transferred here from Truk. Other recent Sigint reports are indicating similar movements.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/12 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: AK Kogyo Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 111,135 near Munda, Speed 3, Moving Southeast


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub pursued by Jap surface ASW. AAR follows

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ASW attack near Phuket at 47,68 (W of Phuket)

Japanese Ships
E Saga
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Billfish

SS Billfish is located by E Saga
Billfish diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isonami fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 97 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39), airfield damage 16.

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay – 11 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 104 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 118(183), refinery 97(4). Currently available intelligence has only 7 Jap LCU in Magwe identified – these including the “A” sub-unit of 33 Infantry Division, 9 Armored Car Co, 36 Field AA Bn, 7 JAAF Base Force; plus 8, 93 & 94 JAAF AF Bns.


China: Japanese continue ground attack on Chinese forces holding roadblock position in mountains of southern China. Latest AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11665 troops, 154 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 447
Defending force 13897 troops, 103 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 341
Japanese adjusted assault: 315
Allied adjusted defense: 208
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
123 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
700 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 73 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
80th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
24th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 5/4/2013 2:34:10 AM   
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John's January 42 Update--From the crashed computer, the restart went well as did most of January. Unlike the lost game (computer crash), I did several things differently. First, every base that can is digging in. Second, I am not trying to defend the lost causes too much. Malay has seen a lot of delays on the part of the enemy, as has the PI, and hopefully, as will the DEI. Here is what happened in January.

CHINA--not much difference. Wenchow is a killing zone again, another 10,000 lost to the enemy in January to less than 700 for the allies. Nanning fell. That's it. Otherwise the line is holding and the training is beginning to have effect.

BURMA--the enemy grabbed Pegu before the Rangoon force could evacuate. They are now running up the road. The Burma division is bringing up the rear, but it looks like 98% of the Burma defense force will get out intact.

MALAY--Singapore is reached, but thousands are dying on the part of the enemy. The rest is a lost cause. So is Singapore, but that will take awhile yet.

PI--Allies retreated all to Clark and Bataan. The enemy cannot bust through Clark and is losing thousands trying. Digging in. So far it is holding them up. The rest of the PI is down the tubes. All important ships, etc., got out in the first few days. All the squadrons left in December.

DEI--Japan has grabbed Borneo. Attacks on Indonesia have concentrated on the eastern islands. All the engr units are at Sorobaja or Palembang. Softening up still happening. Was able to get 200K of fuel out before it became too dangerous. Have also gotten all the attack planes (TBs and DBs) out. Some to India the others to Darwin.

AUSSIE--No changes other than the divisions, 1 thru 5 are formed. Planes from ABDA are training. They are useless, but the pilots can be saved before they depart. Divisions 6 and 7 are at Colombo and Calcultta respectively. The 18th UK Division is at Calcutta too. Enemy subs are all over the east coast. I have very little ASW capability.

SOPAC--Pago Pago significantly reinforced with all available elements of 2 USMC Div. (Both Rgmts and Engr). Eventually the Division will form here. PP is building out port, AF, and forts. Canton Island forces repulsed an enemy SAG attack based on three cruisers with three cruisers and escorts of their own. Pensacola is headed to SF for repairs, but Canton held. The new Surface Action Group of 5 cruisers and 6 dds intercepted an invasion force headed to Baker Island and wiped it out in total--another 6,000 lost to the enemy. Noumea invaded by small occupation force that immediately lost its supplies when Noumea's SAG--one AM--showed up. The stranded unit has not been able to take the base. I am rushing in troops from SWPAC in Aussie and the 2 USMC Para Bn from PP to make the allied presence stronger than that of the enemy. 3 CLs and several escorts are enroute to Noumea to augment the SAG. The real goal is to hold on until the 23rd US Inf Div (Americal) arrives from the West Coast. That is three weeks away. Meanwhile I am sending my two carrier force into the area to help resist the enemy. With both parts of the KB working over the PI et al at present, I think this may work. Yorktown is headed to PP to be available if needed. If the KB disappears, so will I. I am no match for that.

SWPAC--NG is gone except for PM which is under attack. Right now I have more AV than the enemy present, but I need more. The problem, there is no more. So we will see. The march down the Solomons is beginning. Tulagi fell yesterday.

INDIA--Continuing to hold out and build up. The Burma Force will hold near Imphal. Two divisions will be in Imphal. One AVG sqd is at Chittagong with the land support unit. One is at Chungking and the other at Kwelien. All are destined for India.

KEWI--Auckland is receiving 190K supply with fuel following. Going to use Auckland as major support base.

Summary: It is getting hairy in the SOPAC area. I cannot stand up to a strong enemy push. So far it has not been a strong push.

1. I am doing much better controlling the use of planes. Hornet will have 36 SBDs waiting for her when she arrives.
2. The badly damaged BBs are jammed into a supply convoy and on the way back to the coast.
3. Midway has been raided twice. So far just hit and run carrier raids.
4. The carrier move is temporary--to buy enough time to get the 23rd to Noumea. There is a good chance this will not work. If not, the 23rd will invest Suva or PP.

I am severly limited by the lack of ships, troops, and planes. Lexington is due for another four months in the body shop. The cruisers damaged at PH are starting to reappear and the DDs are all back. All in all, I am having to pick where to fight and let the rest go.

Still having fun, John







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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 5/5/2013 8:59:09 PM   
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Johnjohn,

quote:

Singapore is reached, but thousands are dying on the part of the enemy. The rest is a lost cause. So is Singapore, but that will take awhile yet.

The longer it takes, the better. Make the Japanese waste supply, casualties and (most importantly) time.

quote:

Planes from ABDA are training. They are useless, but the pilots can be saved before they depart.

With the exception of emergency situations where these squadrons are absolutely needed in the front line (also cases where the squadron is located becomes the front line), most if not all air squadrons with a withdrawal date should be employed as a training squadron right up to their withdrawal date. When looking at this during early '42 with US air squadrons in the mainland US, I saw little point in shipping out air squadrons with a withdrawal date from the mainland US unless it was absolutely needed in a front-line theatre and the air squadron would remain in the game long enough for it to serve its purpose once it reached a forward theatre. Whenever possible, preference for transferring US air squadrons from the mainland US should go to squadrons with no withdrawal date or with the latest possible withdrawal date (1944-45). There will be exceptions and I did have some. 1942 and early 1943 is "prime time" for Allied pilot training - many if not most of your air squadrons will have little else to do (at least as far as doing any missions with useful results).

No Penalty for Early Withdrawal: I also encountered a number of instances where withdrawing an air squadron 2-3 days ahead of its scheduled withdrawal date provides a small PP bonus (generally 20 PP or so) when the withdrawal is done. I can't recall specifically which air squadrons qualified for this PP bonus on withdrawal or how they qualified for the PP bonus. This seems to occur with only a small number of air squadrons and most if not all of these are US air units. Worth looking into...

Also... when withdrawing an air squadron, clean it out. All the pilots to the reserve pool. If the withdrawing squadron has a good commander, swap in a bad commander - the squadron commander you save now may later be worth the PP cost of "purchasing" him out of the withdrawing air unit. Don't forget the planes. If you're withdrawing a bomber squadrons with B-17's, swap the B-17's out with some older, less useful type first if suitable older plane types are in the replacement pool and available in the needed quantity. P-40's (of any variant) are more useful at this stage in US fighter squadrons than P-26 or P-36 planes. Send the junk to Europe. Ike may not appreciate it but he's not in AE anyway to make a protest.

quote:

Lexington is due for another four months in the body shop.

Not necessarily a bad place for it. While in repair (or the ships otherwise inactive), carrier air squadrons can also be training more pilots. Some rotation of pilots back and forth is likely necessary, but the USN carrier force needs trained replacement pilots as well.


Everything else seems to be on track. Good hunting.

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Summary of Operations 7/14/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transport TF off Shanghai. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Shanghai at 95,55 (NE of Shanghai)

Japanese Ships
TK Takekun Maru, Torpedo hits 1

Allied Ships
SS Sawfish

TK Takekun Maru is sighted by SS Sawfish
SS Sawfish launches 4 torpedoes

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Sub attack near Shanghai at 95,55

Japanese Ships
TK Takekun Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Sawfish

SS Sawfish attacking on the surface

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Japanese Home Islands: Intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Iwo Jima reported in a 7/13 Sigint entry. Detected status of Iwo Jima shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port size 1(1), airfield size 1(1).


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 7/13 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Nauru and Wake Is. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at either Wake Is or Nauru. Detected status of Wake Is shows port size 1(0), airfield size 3(0). Detected port size at Nauru is 2(0), airfield size 2(2).


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/13 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: E W-27 reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Madras Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 89 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39), airfield damage 4.

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay – 11 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).


Night bombing attack on Magwe airfield by USAAF and RAF bombers. Reports are indicating the results of this attack shows light Jap plane losses and little damage to Magwe airfield. Six Japanese planes (4 Ki-45 Nick, 2 Ki-44 Tojo) reported destroyed – 3 destroyed on the ground, 2 air-to-air, one ops loss. Allied plane losses include 7 bombers destroyed (1 air-to-air, 7 ops) plus 9 damaged. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air strikes) – 82 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 3, 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 119(182), refinery 97(4).

7 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x No.353 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (92% moonlight)

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5
Wellington GR.VIII x 7
B-17E Fortress x 41
B-24D Liberator x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 35200.
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 36 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 61 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 71 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 9

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 18 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 5

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (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 Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (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 Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (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 Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (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 Magwe, at 57,47

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

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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China: Japanese ground attack on Chinese forces in mountains of southern China continues. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11590 troops, 154 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 439
Defending force 13434 troops, 103 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 284
Japanese adjusted assault: 274
Allied adjusted defense: 202
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
233 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
645 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 52 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
80th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
24th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force

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Summary of Operations 7/15/43

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

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Submarine attack near Fukue-jima at 100,57 (adjacent hex NW of Fukue jima)

Japanese Ships
xAK Tyoyo Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage (sunk, 10 VP) **

Allied Ships
SS Rasher

xAK Tyoyo Maru is sighted by SS Rasher
SS Rasher attacking on the surface

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** Addition of VP values for sinkings of Japanese transport and auxiliary ships are being made to describe approximate size and cargo capacity for the individual ship in question. Not to count VP as to provide a basic measure of how much Japanese sea transport capacity (tonnage) is being taken out by Allied action - larger ships with more cargo capacity having higher VP values.


Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub engaged by Jap surface ASW off Sakhalin. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Shikuka at 126,45 (E of Torohara)

Japanese Ships
PB Shonan Maru #1

Allied Ships
SS Haddock

SS Haddock is sighted by escort
PB Shonan Maru #1 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Japanese floatplane reported over Palmyra base hex. Transport convoy WP-69 (8 ships) is now at Palmyra and unloading cargo (1 USN Seabee Bn and 14K supply). Surface ASW escort from convoy WP-69 is patrolling the base hex. No other Allied shipping or naval forces operating in the immediate area around Palmyra.

Sigint entries for 7/14 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Majuro and Jaluit. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at either location. Detected status of Jaluit shows port size 3(1), airfield size 0(0). Detected port size at Majuro is 1(1), airfield size 0(0).


South Pacific: Unidentified Jap submarine detected NE of Savaii (hex location 148, 156). Jap floatplane (probably from this sub) reported flying over Savaii. No information available on the Jap sub’s movement.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/14 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Kirisima Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
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 Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 1, Moving Southwest


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

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Sub attack near Victoria Point at 48,65 (W of Victoria Point)

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki
E Hachijo
DD Isonami

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack

SS Amberjack launches 4 torpedoes at DD Mutsuki
Amberjack diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isonami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isonami is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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US submarine Billfish on patrol in Malacca Straits near Sabang (hex location 46, 72) attacked and damaged by Ki-21 Sally air patrol. Reported damage to SS Billfish is 55 system, 24 float, 5 engine – sub is returning to base at 14 kts movement.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 111 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39), no airfield damage.

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay – 14 aircraft (type unknown), 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 88 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 3, 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 120(181), refinery 97(4). This report more or less confirms damage (or lack thereof) from the 7/13 night air raid on Magwe.


China: Japanese ground attack on Chinese position in mountains of southern China continues. Latest AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8450 troops, 128 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 425
Defending force 12911 troops, 102 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 242
Japanese adjusted assault: 270
Allied adjusted defense: 199
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

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

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

Allied ground losses:
306 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
80th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
24th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force


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Summary of Operations 7/16/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub torpedoes Jap SC, not known whether the Jap SC was operating alone or in a TF (either transport or surface ASW). AAR follows.

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

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-4, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Finback

SS Finback launches 2 torpedoes
Finback diving deep ....
Sub escapes detection

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Central Pacific: Japanese floatplane continues flying over Palmyra base hex. Transport convoy WP-69 still unloading cargo in Palmyra.

Sigint entry for 7/15 reports Jap 41 Air Defense AA Rgt is now located at Truk, this LCU transferred to the Pacific from the Kwantung Army (Manchuria). 41 AA Bn was previously reported at Port Arthur on 6/03/43.


South Pacific: Jap floatplane (probably from unidentified Jap submarine now detected E of Wallis Is) is still reported flying over Savaii. The Jap sub and its floatplane are likely being employed on a recon mission – as Pillager isn’t seeing anything of significance, this Jap recon mission might indulge or reinforce an illusion of Allied inactivity.

Allied activity in the Samoa area is mainly garrison and base construction, Pago Pago airfield is expanded and fully operational as a transit base for USAAF 4E bombers moving between Hawaii and the South Pacific area. Samoa is being developed as a possible base of operations for Allied offensive movements toward the southern flank of Japanese perimeter facing the Central Pacific (Ellice islands and the southern Gilberts). This action may or may not be an option I will take, but the option is available.


Convoy WP-67 (28 ships) arrived this game turn in Auckland from the mainland US. Most ships arriving in this convoy are amphibious transports and various auxiliaries – these ships including one CLAA (converted Canadian AMC), one AD, 2 AR, 4 APA, 13 AKA, one LSI, one APD. Amphibious transports and auxiliaries arriving in WP-67 will remain in the South Pacific theatre on reserve for future operations. Cargo arriving aboard convoy WP-67 includes HQ US 5th Fleet, 117K supply and 26K fuel. Current plans have the two USN carrier fleet HQ split between the Central and South/SW Pacific theatre areas – US 3rd Fleet HQ to be located in the Central Pacific after its scheduled arrival in 12/43.

Sigint entry for 7/15 reports 80 JAAF AF Bn now located in Lunga – this LCU was also transferred by Pillager from Noumea back to Lunga.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/15 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
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: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
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: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
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: 3 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Australia: Jap floatplane reported flying over a small PT-boat task force arriving in Brisbane. This scenario is likely similar to that described earlier at Savaii – Pillager is dispatching Jap sub patrols on recon to locate Allied coastal shipping along the east coast of Australia. Again he is seeing nothing of siginficant intelligence value as there is virtually no Allied transport shipping movement along the eastern coast of Australia. Land transportation routes in eastern Australia have proved more than adequate for moving “stuff” in this region making sea transport along the eastern coast almost completely unnecessary.

A major objective in execution of my Allied activities is allowing Pillager to see little or nothing up to the last possible moment, particularly activity in forward theatre areas. Design of Allied plans and movements in these regions are intended so that any offensive actions and preparations for them occur with little or no advance warning as to the point(s) of attack or to their timing.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+2 from last report), 95 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay – 8 Jap LCU’s, resource production 2(19).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 101 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 121(180), refinery 97(4).


China: Japanese ground attack on Chinese position in mountains of southern China continues. Two unidentified Jap LCU detected and visible on the game map in the adjacent hex N of the Chinese position – these Jap units probable reinforcements for this engagement. This game turn’s AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8425 troops, 128 guns, 626 vehicles, Assault Value = 426
Defending force 12681 troops, 102 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 216
Japanese adjusted assault: 60
Allied adjusted defense: 181
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

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

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

Allied ground losses:
228 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
24th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force

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A number of Sigint report entries have appeared indicating Pillager's movement of various Jap LCU from Chungking. Sigint entries are identifying specific Jap ground units in transit from Chungking plus some indication of where they may be going. Trends in the Sigint reports are showing these Japanese units are moving in one of two directions – some moving southward toward Burma (the Chinese blocking position in the AAR above obstructing this movement) and others moving generally eastward toward various coastal ports in China (the latter Jap units possibly bound for the Pacific theatres). Sigint reports of these LCU are being closely monitored, though at this time it's too early to determine exactly what Japanese LCU transfers from China will end up where.

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Summary of Operations 7/17/43

Central Pacific: Japanese floatplane continues flying over Palmyra base hex. Transport convoy WP-69 remains at Palmyra and still unloading.

Sigint entries for 7/16 report intercepted Jap radio signals from Baker Is and Majuro. Detected status of Baker Is shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there – otherwise no visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/16 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Vaitupu. Detected status at Vaitupu shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port size 1(1), airfield size 0(0).

Intercepted radio signals from one or more unidentified Jap TF(s) reported in another 7/16 Sigint entry. Reported location of the Jap TF(s) is hex location 112, 157 (adjacent hex NE of Noumea) – no information available as to number of Jap TF, composition or movement heading. Estimate from this report is the Jap TF(s) is/are likely entering or departing Noumea. This contact also reported in a 7/16 Coastwatcher report entry (below).

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/16 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: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Kosin Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
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 Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 8, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 4, Moving Southeast


Australia: Australian mine sweepers in action with Japanese sub off eastern coast. The Jap submarine is probably the same sub operating the floatplane reported by the PT-boat TF on 7/16 near Brisbane. Plans are underway to begin increasing Allied surface ASW patrols off the Australian east coast – more to engage Japanese targets of opportunity rather than due to security concerns. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Maryborough at 97,157 (adjacent hex E of Maryborough)

Japanese Ships
SS I-21, hits 3

Allied Ships
AM Tamworth
AM Pirie

SS I-21 launches 2 torpedoes at AM Tamworth
I-21 bottoming out ....
AM Pirie attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Maryborough at 97,157

Japanese Ships
SS I-21

Allied Ships
AM Tamworth
AM Pirie

SS I-21 launches 2 torpedoes at AM Tamworth
I-21 bottoming out ....
AM Pirie fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Andaman Sea: US patrol sub in action with Japanese surface ASW near Victoria Point. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Victoria Point at 50,64 (NW of Victoria Point)

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki
E Hachijo

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack, hits 2 (system damage 10, float 3, returning to base at 19 kts)

SS Amberjack launches 2 torpedoes at DD Mutsuki
Amberjack diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 89 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

RAF bombers launch night aerial mine laying mission against Rangoon. One Wellington bomber reported destroyed (ops loss). Jap minesweeping activity in Rangoon base hex also reported. Combat Events report entry and AAR’s follow.

7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53 (100% moonlight)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 18

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 8000 feet *
12 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 8000 feet *

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 6 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

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TF 94 encounters mine field at Rangoon (54,53) – two separate minesweeping AAR reported

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

18 mines cleared (total both AAR’s)

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USAAF and RAF bombers launch night bombing strike on oil production facilities in Magwe. One B-17E reported destroyed (ops loss), 8 Jap Ki-45 Nick fighters destroyed (6 air-to-air, 2 ops). Current detected status of Magwe shows no additional damage to oil production from the bombing strikes. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after bombing strikes) – 106 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 122(179), refinery 97(4).

5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Severe storms (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 9
B-17E Fortress x 28
B-24D Liberator x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5
B-24D Liberator x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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China: Sigint entry for 7/16 identified one of the two detected Japanese LCU moving southward to reinforce the battle in the mountains near Paoshan as 32nd Infantry Division. 32 Division was previously at Chungking – its current location in southern China at hex 67, 45 (adjacent hex to the mountain battle and just S of Tsuyung).

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Summary of Operations 7/18/43

East China Sea: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy W of Kyushu. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Fukue-jima at 98,59 (SW of Fukue jima)

Japanese Ships
xAK Kimishima Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAKL Hokuhi Maru
SC CHa-32

Allied Ships
SS Rasher

SS Rasher launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kimishima Maru
Rasher diving deep ....
SC CHa-32 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Japanese transport TF intercepted north of Truk by US patrol sub. Jap TF detected and visible on the game map – reported to contain 5 ships (including 1 xAK, 2 TK) and moving northward. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Truk at 112,104 (N of Truk)

Japanese Ships
E W-22
xAK Tamaki Maru

Allied Ships
SS Raton

SS Raton launches 2 torpedoes at E W-22
E W-22 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Unidentified Jap submarine detected moving eastward at hex location 147, 155 east of Wallis Is.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/17 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown


Andaman Sea: Japanese surface ASW attacks British patrol sub near Rangoon. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Tavoy at 51,58 (S of Rangoon)

Japanese Ships
DD Isonami
E Hachijo
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Trident

SS Trident launches 2 torpedoes at DD Isonami
Trident diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mutsuki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from British aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 112 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

RAF bombers hit the airfield at Pegu in a small night raid. This raid was launched as a “recon in force” in response to unidentified Japanese planes detected in Pegu on 7/17. No reported airfield damage at Pegu, no British or Japanese planes reported destroyed. Combat Event report entries and AAR follows.

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

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Night Air attack on Pegu, at 55,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (100% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
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 19 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after bombing strikes) – 93 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 123(178), refinery 97(4).


China: Japanese ground attack eliminates Chinese blocking position in the southern mountains covering the road from Kunming southward into northern Burma. This action destroyed the last significant Chinese ground force inside China. Chinese forces still in the game include a weak force defending the far western area of China and the “free” Chinese ground and air forces now in India. The Chinese blocking position eliminated in this AAR is probably the final possible Allied action inside China that can effectively block Pillager from transferring Japanese LCU from China into Burma via land movement. AAR follows.

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Ground combat at 67,44 (N of Paoshan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24544 troops, 266 guns, 695 vehicles, Assault Value = 920
Defending force 12431 troops, 102 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 185
Japanese adjusted assault: 740
Allied adjusted defense: 190
Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
516 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
3414 casualties reported
Squads: 200 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 214 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (32 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 7

Defeated Allied Units Retreating! (All Chinese LCU below are now remnants and will be attempting an overland march to Ledo through northern Burma. It is likely at least some of these LCU will “waste away” in the jungle before reaching India.)

Assaulting units:
15th Division (this unit previously at Chungking)
3rd Tank Division
58th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
24th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
95th Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
88th Chinese Corps
64th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Base Force

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Summary of Operations 7/19/43

Sigint report entries for 7/18 identified two new Japanese divisional LCU that Pillager has formed from combining their component sub-units - 65th Infantry Division located at Lanchow (China) and 1st Tank Division at Victoria Point. Formation of 1 Tank Division somewhere in Southeast Asia was not unexpected as many (but not all) of the individual LCU that had been its original sub-units were known to have transferred through Singapore into Southeast Asia.


East China Sea: US submarine Rasher on patrol west of Kyushu attacked and hit in attack by Ki-48 Lily air patrol. Reported damage levels to SS Rasher is system 43, float 11, engine 6 – the sub returning to base for repair at 17 kts.


Central Pacific: Japanese transport TF moving north from Truk intercepted a second time southeast of the Marianas by another US patrol sub – the Jap TF attacked in this AAR is the same one attacked by SS Rasher last game turn. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Saipan at 112,98 (SE of Saipan)

Japanese Ships
xAK Nansin Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
AK Keisyo Maru
xAK Tamaki Maru
xAK Taian Maru
E W-22

Allied Ships
SS Harder

SS Harder launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Nansin Maru
E W-22 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub
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Sigint entry for 7/18 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows unidentified Japanese aircraft based there and ship(s) in port (both as expected), airfield size 5(2), port size 7(4). No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Truk. Nothing out of the ordinary.


South Pacific: US submarine enters Noumea base hex. Detected status of Noumea base shows port size 5(4), airfield size 2(5), no visible signs of Japanese LCU or air units. Currently available intelligence data has one Jap LCU (13 JNAF AF Unit) located in Noumea – this LCU reported there on 12/01/42, information placing this unit in Noumea is possibly obsolete. Based on a variety of intelligence data, my current estimate (subject to change with additional information) has it likely that Pillager is arranging this sector of the Japanese outer perimeter such that Noumea is outside the main Japanese line of defense - this main line appears to be building through Lunga/Tulagi, Ndeni and Luganville. This development does not suggest Pillager has abandoned Noumea. What this could indicate is Pillager is not designating Noumea as a major Japanese stronghold. Pillager may be sending occasional Jap transport ships to Noumea to “harvest” the stockpile of available resource points produced in Noumea – a possible explanation for the unidentified Japanese ships detected near Noumea on 7/17. Noumea could be part of a Japanese-controlled buffer zone in front of the main Japanese outer perimeter line designed to absorb initial attacks of an Allied offensive in this area of the South Pacific.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/18 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Meisan Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi , Speed unknown


Australia: Transport convoy EX-37 (37 ships total) arrives in Australia from the Eastern US via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one LCU (151 USA Base Force), seven USAAF bomber squadrons (4 with B-24’s, 3 with B-25’s), 67K supply and 19K fuel. One LSI and 16 small-to-medium xAP ships included in EX-37 are being detached from the convoy in Australia – the ships will remain in Australia on reserve for future operations in the SW Pacific/South Pacific theatres.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 117 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 101 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 124(177), refinery 97(4).


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Summary of Operations 7/20/43

Central Pacific: Japanese floatplane still reported flying over Palmyra. Parts of transport convoy WP-69 continue unloading cargo in Palmyra. Ships in WP-69 that could not immediately dock at Palmyra were moved this game turn to Christmas Is where they will unload their remaining cargo. Current port size at Palmyra is not adequate to handle all ships in the convoy at once. The remaining time required to fully unload all ships of WP-69 presents Pillager with a possible opportunity for a Japanese surface naval or carrier force to reach Palmyra and attack the convoy. 1 USN Seabee Bn (the primary cargo aboard WP-69) is now fully disembarked at Palmyra along with some of the convoy’s supply cargo – the remaining cargo (all supply) can easily be unloaded anywhere in the Line Islands, no urgent need exists to drop everything off at Palmyra.

Sigint entries for 7/19 report heavy volumes of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk and Nauru Is. Detected status of Truk is same as reported last turn. Detected status at Nauru Is shows unidentified Japanese aircraft based there, ship(s) in port, airfield size 2(2), port size 2(0). No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at either Truk or Nauru Is. Reported arrivals of several Jap LCU in other 7/19 Sigint entries (42 Air Defence AA Rgt, 16 Field AF Construction Bn) are likely connected with Jap radio transmissions reported from Truk.

Pillager is transferring flak LCU into the Pacific theatres, mainly from the Kwantung Army (Manchuria). A 7/19 Sigint entry reports 42 Air Defense AA Rgt now located at Truk – previous reported location of this unit was Port Arthur. This LCU is the third recent flak unit transfer reported from Manchuria to Truk.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/19 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
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: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 2, Moving Southwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 116 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 113 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 125(176), refinery 97(4). Aerial recon reports over Magwe for the last several days appear to accurately confirm the Allied night bombing raid on 7/17 probably inflicted no damage on oil production in Magwe.

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Summary of Operations 7/21/43

With the coming arrival of CV Yorktown II (Lexington II, etc), I noticed AE provided the option for Allied players to rename these carriers before their entry in the game. This is a nice little option for players with the luxury of not having lost the original Yorktown, Lexington, etc when the new one appears in the game. My thought was taking the traditional USN naming convention for carriers (battles) and using a few names that might have been considered but never used.

With that… CV Yorktown II is entering the game this turn as CV Manassas. Actually there is no shortage of US Civil War actions that never found their way onto a US carrier. Plus there’s San Juan Hill for you Rough Rider fans.


Central Pacific: Damaged Japanese xAK intercepted by US sub patrol near Truk. Jap xAK Nansin Maru had been torpedoed SE of Saipan on 7/19 by another US sub. The xAK appears to have moderate damage but it has to be noted Pillager had turned this ship back to Truk for unknown reasons – Nansin Maru’s transport TF had been attacked twice by US subs (on 7/18 & 7/19) while moving northward from Truk. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Truk at 113,104 (N of Truk)

Japanese Ships
xAK Nansin Maru (moderate damage visible)

Allied Ships
SS Raton

xAK Nansin Maru is sighted by SS Raton
SS Raton launches 2 torpedoes

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Sigint entry for 7/20 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Canton Is. Detected status of Canton Is shows unidentified Japanese aircraft based there, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 7/20 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Ndeni. Detected status of Ndeni shows unidentified Japanese aircraft based there plus one or more Jap LCU. No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed. Three Jap LCU are known to be (or have been) at Ndeni from current intelligence data – these include 15 Naval Gd, 5 JAAF AF Co and 12 Naval Construction Bn.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/20 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 11, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 3, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 4, Moving Northwest


Andaman Sea: British patrol sub Trident hit and damaged in attack by Ki-21 Sally air patrol south of Rangoon. Reported damage to SS Trident is system 41, float 22, engine 11 – returning to base at 10 kts speed.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 118 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).


USAAF and RAF bombers hit oil production facilities at Magwe in a night raid. Reported aircraft destroyed in the action include seven Jap Ki-45 Nick CAP fighters (5 air-to-air, 2 ops) and two Allied bombers (1 RAF Wellington X and 1 B-24, both ops losses) - 10 additional Allied bombers returned to base damaged. Minor additional damage to Magwe oil production from the raid is indicated by daily air recon (see below). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid) – 83 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 120(181), refinery 97(4).

5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
6 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
7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (82% moonlight)

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 5
B-17E Fortress x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (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 Magwe , at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (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 Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Allied losses

Oil hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 5

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 7/22/43

South Pacific: Sigint entries for 7/21 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from both Lunga and Tulagi. Detected status of the bases show unidentified Japanese aircraft based at both Lunga and Tulagi, plus ship(s) in port at Lunga. A total of 11 identified Japanese LCU are known to be located at Lunga and Tulagi (7 LCU at Lunga, 4 at Tulagi).

US patrol subs are operating in sea areas near and in the approaches to the Japanese base complex at Lunga/Tulagi – objective to monitor, intercept and attack Japanese transport shipping and naval movement entering or leaving Lunga/Tulagi from points to the north. Several contacts reported in this sea area between US subs and Japanese air and surface ASW – reported contacts with Jap air patrols a likely indicator Pillager has both Betty and Nell bombers operating from Lunga/Tulagi. AAR and situation map of the Eastern Solomons area follow.

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ASW attack near Russell Islands at 112,137 (W of Tulagi)

Japanese Ships
PB Myoken Maru
PB Tokati Maru
PB Kensin Maru

Allied Ships
SS Thresher

SS Thresher is located by PB Myoken Maru
PB Tokati Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kensin Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Funafuti (Ellice islands) reported in another 7/21 Sigint entry. Detected status of Funafuti shows unidentified Jap aircraft, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/21 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: E Kari reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 6, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: AK Koei Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 9, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 3, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 13, Moving Northeast


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 128 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).


Magwe airfield hit in a night raid by RAF 2E bombers – light airfield damage reported, two Japanese planes (1 Ki-45 Nick, 1 Ki-44 Tojo) destroyed on the ground. No reported air-to-air plane losses on either side in this action. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid) – 91 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 1, 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 120(181), refinery 97(4).

5 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.113 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 (71% moonlight)

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 42

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

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 7/23/43

Central Pacific: Intercepted Jap radio transmissions reported in Sigint entries for 7/22 from multiple locations including Jaluit, Majuro, Roi-Namur, Maleolap and Ocean Is. Except for Roi-Namur, no visible Japanese forces or activity observed. Detected status of Roi-Namur shows unidentified Jap planes based there, ship(s) in port, port size 2(0), airfield size 4(1), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Current intelligence data has four identified Jap LCU located at Roi-Namur – units at Roi-Namur include 24 Air Flotilla HQ, 6 Base Force (IJN), 2 Garrison Unit, 2 Sasebo SNLF Co.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-66 (27 transports, 4 DE, 4 LST, 3 LCI) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes one LCU (C Det USN Port Svc), one USMC VMF squadron, 150K supply and 19K fuel. DE, LST and LCI with WP-66 are being detached from the convoy and placed on reserve in the South Pacific theatre area for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/22 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: AK Yamagiri Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: AK Akiura Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 113 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 87 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 121(180), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 7/24/43

Japanese Home Islands: A 7/23 Sigint report entry indicates Pillager has formed the divisional LCU for Jap 42nd Infantry Division from the division’s sub-units. The Sigint entry also indicated 42 Division’s current location is at Chiba (near Tokyo).


Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-44 (32 ships) departing Eastern US for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes two LCU (104 Combat Engineer Rgt, 155 USA Base Force), one USMC air transport squadron, 110K supply and 64K fuel.


Central Pacific: US patrol sub returning to Pearl Harbor intercepted by Jap surface ASW. Cannot be determined whether the Jap PB in the action below is alone or attached to a TF. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Wake Island at 140,98 (night action E of Wake Is)

Japanese Ships
PB Kaito Maru

Allied Ships
SS Albacore

SS Albacore is located by PB Kaito Maru
PB Kaito Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 7/23 reports a second day of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Ocean Is. Detected status of Ocean Is shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port size 2(0), airfield size 0(0). Current intelligence data has one identified Jap LCU at Ocean Is – 51 Naval Gd.


South Pacific: US patrol sub off Rabaul engaged by Jap surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Green Island at 108,128 (night action S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
PB Tokati Maru
PB Kensin Maru

Allied Ships
SS Triton

SS Triton is sighted by escort
Triton diving deep ....
PB Tokati Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kensin Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/23 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 10, Moving Northwest


Andaman Sea: Dutch patrol sub K-XVIII hit and damaged in attack by Ki-49 Helen air patrol near Phuket (hex location 47, 69). Reported damage to K-XVIII is system 47, float 18, engine 10 – sub returning to base at 13 kts.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 118 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).


Small night airfield raid on Magwe by RAF 2E bombers. Reported aircraft destroyed include one Wellington X (flak), no Japanese planes lost. Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid) – 90 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 122(179), refinery 97(4).

4 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (53% moonlight)

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington Ic bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick 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 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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China: Remnants of Chinese LCU in southern China are reporting movements of unidentified Japanese LCU along the Tsuyung-Paoshan road, presumably units of the China Army now transferring southward into Burma – this development not at all unexpected. Three Jap LCU were detected in two hexes adjacent to the Chinese units.

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Summary of Operations 7/25/43

Central Pacific: US patrol sub returning to Pearl Harbor in contact with Jap surface ASW. This contact is in the same general area as the action reported last game turn near Wake Is (also involving a contact between a US sub and a lone Jap PB). The possibility appears this could be part of a pattern. The hex location of this game turn’s contact is well east from the likely route of Japanese ship movements between Wake and the Marshall islands, also a short distance outside what could be considered the main perimeter line of Japanese controlled territory. My current estimate is that Pillager may be employing Jap PB’s and/or other types in one ship TF’s as picket ships or in patrol zones just outside the main Japanese controlled sea areas as some form of an early warning system (if true, at least for this sector of the Central Pacific). AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Wake Island at 142,102 (ESE of Wake Is)

Japanese Ships
PB Fuji Maru #4

Allied Ships
SS Sculpin

SS Sculpin launches 2 torpedoes
Sculpin diving deep ....
PB Fuji Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entries for 7/24 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Canton Is and Maleolap. Detected status of Canton Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there, otherwise no visible Japanese forces or activity at either Canton Is or Maleolap.


South Pacific: Convoy WP-60 arrived this game turn in New Zealand with what might prove a useful if not valuable addition to naval forces in the South/SW Pacific area – a 55,000 ton capacity floating dry dock (AFDB). Capacity of the dry dock appears to be sufficient for handling repair of most if not all current US fleet CV’s (the main intended client for this facility if needed) – if so, presence of this AFDB in the South/SW Pacific area could well be the difference between salvage and sinking of a damaged US carrier.

WP-60 arrived in New Zealand consisting of only the AFDB, a small CL/DD escort and an AO with 7400 fuel aboard. The AFDB entered the game at Seattle on 5/10/43 and immediately departed for New Zealand. The voyage of WP-60 from Seattle to New Zealand via Los Angeles was a painfully slow 2 1/2 months at its best 5 kts speed (3 hexes movement/game turn).

Current plans are to employ the AFDB as the core element of a Support TF specifically intended for handling ship repair on medium to larger ships, particularly ships too large for capacities of shipyards in New Zealand and Australia. At least one AR will be combined with the dry dock in this support TF (several AR if any value in doing this), plus other auxiliary ship type(s) that might have value in this type of support TF. The support TF (once formed) will likely be “parked” at a larger port with access to naval support elements ashore and ample supply point stocks. With arrival of the AFDB, all the required ships and elements to form this operation are now available in either the South or SW Pacific theatre.


Sigint entry for 7/24 reports intercepted radio signals from a detected Jap submarine visible on the game map at hex location 113,132 (NE of Munda). No information available on the sub’s identity or movement. While viewing last game turn’s combat phase replay, an unidentified Jap sub was briefly visible on the game map as it passed through a hex near Lunga/Tulagi that also contained a US patrol sub. It’s quite possible this Jap sub and the one reported above in Sigint are one and the same – if so, the Jap sub is likely bound for either Rabaul or Truk.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/24 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAP Husimi Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne 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: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: AK Momokawa Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Andaman Sea: Dutch sub K-XVIII targeted in four attacks by Jap air patrols (2 Ki-30 Ann, 2 Ki-49 Helen) south of Phuket while attempting to return to base after damage from Jap air attack on 7/24. K-XVIII was hit twice during this game turn’s air attacks and later sank.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 128 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).


Another night airfield raid on Magwe by RAF 2E bombers. Reported aircraft destroyed include 2 Blenheim IV’s (1 air-to-air, 1flak), no Japanese planes lost. Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid) – 94 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 121(178), refinery 97(4).

5 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 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: Moderate rain (42% moonlight)

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 24

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base in Mandalay from aerial recon – no aircraft, 1 Jap LCU, resource production 2(39).


Since the arrival of Japanese flak LCU in Burma, overall effectiveness of Allied night bombing raids has dropped considerably – the presence of flak requiring normal altitude of night bombing raids to increase from 5000 to 8000 ft. The decline in bombing efficiency is true across all Allied bomber types (both 2E and 4E) and for all targets. Weather conditions are also a likely factor in the low effectiveness of most Allied night bombing – though how much of a factor is not certain. Plans are to continue night bombing raids against targets in Burma despite the decrease in target damage results – these raids still have value in (1) increasing Allied bomber pilot experience levels and (2) requiring Pillager to commit Japanese fighters to combat these raids with a modest consumption of Jap supply stocks on hand plus replacement planes drawn to cover Jap air losses. Attrition effects of these raids on the Japanese are small but Japanese attrition at any level is good, especially given the minimal to no Allied cost of these raids. There is little question effectiveness of Allied bombing in Burma could be increased by changing bombing ops from night to day but day operations are not practical given the numbers of Ki-44 Tojo and Ki-45 Nick CAP fighters Pillager has available in Burma along with the fact there are no available Allied fighters in India with sufficient range to escort day bombing raids or conduct fighter sweeps over target bases. Pillager has at least 200 Japanese fighter aircraft (total) based in Burma according to available intelligence – most of these Ki-44 or Ki-45 with a small number of A6M2 Zeroes.


China: Remnants of Chinese LCU in southern China continue reporting 3 unidentified Japanese LCU along the Tsuyung-Paoshan road.


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Summary of Operations 7/26/43

Central Pacific: US patrol sub attacked by Jap surface ASW in northern Marshalls. This is the third action in 3 consecutive days between US subs and Jap surface ASW in the sea area surrounding Eniwetok. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Eniwetok at 128,112 (SE of Eniewetok)

Japanese Ships
E Yaeyama

Allied Ships
SS Pollack, hits 1 (system damage 5, no float or engine, sub remains on patrol)

SS Pollack is sighted by escort
E Yaeyama attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Both sections of transport convoy WP-70 arrive this game turn in the South Pacific from the mainland US. The main body of WP-70 (22 ships) arrived in Auckland – cargo aboard the main body includes 90K supply and 67K fuel, no LCU or air units. A detachment of WP-70 (convoy WP-70A, 10 transports) reached Suva – cargo aboard this part of the convoy includes 65 Coast AA Rgt, two US Marine fighter squadrons, 24K supply and 23K fuel.

An unidentified Jap submarine is visible on the game map NE of Waipapakuri (northern tip of New Zealand) at hex location 118, 175. This sub did not appear in 7/25 Sigint or Operations reports, though the Jap sub’s location is within Allied naval air search zones extending north from New Zealand. No information available as to the Jap sub’s identity or movement. No Allied transport shipping or naval forces currently at or near the Jap sub’s reported position.

Sigint entry for 7/25 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tulagi. Detected status of Tulagi shows unidentified Jap planes based there, port size 2(3), airfield size 2(2). No other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Jap radio signals from Funafuti (Ellice islands) reported in another 7/25 Sigint entry. Detected status of Funafuti shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there, port size 1(1), airfield size 1(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 7/25 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 3 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: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Osaka Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed 4, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 112 aircraft (all fighters), 9 Jap LCU’s, light industry 2(39).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 110 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 124(177), refinery 97(4).

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John's February 42 update.

Lead Story
--Singapore surrenders. Singapore lasted until Feb 27, not long enough, but that's that.

China--no real change. Chinese troops training and digging in even deeper. AI is concentrating on PI and DEI.

Burma--totally abandoned, but enemy not advancing into Burma yet.

India--still building up. All Burmese elements are on the border with two divisions in Imphal and one at Chittagong (18th UK Div). Reinforcements are being hustled in from Aden and Capetown (CT). 100 fuel at Colombo, 150K supply. 6th Aussie there too. 7th going to Calcutta via Kirachi.

Aussie--building up, another 100K fuel to Sydney. PM under attack, but holding.

PNG--the ant farm is moving along the Papua end, all bases including PM under attack. The Central NG bases are unaffected at this time. The enemy is securing New Bismark and the Solomons, and the islands off Papua.

Vanutu--US Carriers are defending the islands, intercepting reinforcements to Noumea and sinking the force. Allied troop level in Noumea now at 136 AV due to infusion of Marines (1st Raiders and 2nd Para USMC). 23rd Inf Div is afloat enroute just south of Pago Pago (PP). Once at Noumea, the Raiders will go to Espiritu Santo and the Paras to Efate. The local detachment will head to the north end of the island. The 23rd will deal with the enemy engineers at Noumea. Base is enlarging, one USMC fighter squadron and one Vindy DB squadron is stationed there. So is one large Patrol of Cats with AV support. UK cruisers are providing the SAG support while carriers operate off Espiritu which intel says is next on the agenda for the enemy. Intel and map and combat reports have all KB carriers occupied in DEI or off Midway. So far so good, 40th is just loading at LA heading to Espiritu. We will see who gets there first with the most.

SOPAC--PP and Suva are building up as support bases. Canton and Baker remain in Allied hands with Yorktown dispatching the occasional enemy sorties into the area. A US Cruiser SAG also patrols the area. My smallest AE is moving to Canton to resupply both action groups from PP. Yorktown did not use TBs this trip, so the AS stayed in PP.

CENPAC--Not much new here. Four times the enemy has raided Midway, the last two times with Hiyru and Soryu. No significant losses incurred. I am not biting at the bait to move my carriers there.

NZ--100 fuel and 200 supply moved to Auckland. Auckland building up as major support base.

Pressing needs. Aussie needs fighters and Engrs to start building defenses in NW to oppose Enemy movements from PM. PM is a lost cause, but we are putting up a real fight. I cannot get supply in there, so I don't think we will hold out much longer. Right now I am trying to get significant numbers of troops into SOPAC to hold key bases. If KB comes, I will run. But while they are occupied elsewhere, I am doing everything I can to reinforce.

Allied reinforcement of India from East Coast is going very slowly. I have sent four fighter groups to help, but they are still a month away from reaching India. Supply issue is not too bad, in fact much better than first time around.

DEI--Enemy is starting to hit Indonesia. All shipping evacuated using fleet oilers to assist the short legged ACMc's. These will be distributed along the Aussie Indian Coast. DEE may hang on two more months, not any longer than that.

PI--Clark is still holding, but the end is near. Bataan is ready, but how long they hold out is anyone's guess. Cebu is putting up a stiff defense, but the rest of the islands are falling like dominoes--or did someone already say that?

So far so good. If the 40th makes it to Espiritu first, then things could get really interesting. If not, they will invest in Suva.

John

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Correction--John

That is 100K fuel and 200K supply for Auckland, not 100 and 200 as previously reported.

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quote:

Four times the enemy has raided Midway, the last two times with Hiyru and Soryu. No significant losses incurred. I am not biting at the bait to move my carriers there.

Agreed. Carriers alone can’t capture “real estate”. What comes behind them may be another matter. When the carriers leave, consider showing up to see what appears next.

quote:

Allied reinforcement of India from East Coast is going very slowly.

Typical movement time from Eastern US to Capetown is around 27-28 days, this tends to be true regardless of rated speeds of ships in a TF making this transit. The benefit of this route is that your ships consume no fuel – though the ships do need to be sufficiently fuelled to cover the equivalent hex distance between the Eastern US and Capetown.

Total time for (one way) movement of an EX convoy from the Eastern US to southern Australia is about 2 months (Eastern US to Capetown plus Capetown to Australia). In 1942, getting things to Australia quickly is less important than simply getting them there and getting them moving. With the KB running around in ’42, security and invisibility is more essential than speed. What your opponent doesn’t know won’t hurt you and may well hurt him later.

Another thing to consider with sea transport on this end of the world… there’s an abundance of British and Commonwealth transport ships hanging around Capetown, Aden and India – in considerably greater quantities than needed to move cargoes to India. A majority of Allied transport ships I have working the EX convoy route are British/Commonwealth, with emphasis on large capacity, long range ships.

quote:

Singapore lasted until Feb 27, not long enough, but that's that.

Better than I did in either of my PBEM’s vs Pillager… Although Pillager was likely placing a high priority on taking Singapore – to the point of diverting Japanese LCU intended for the Philippines and DEI into Malaya.

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All shipping evacuated using fleet oilers to assist the short legged ACMc's

AO aren’t required for moving short range ships (PB/PC, SC, minesweepers, etc) over long distances. Attaching short range ships in TF with large, longer range transports (usually large xAK) works quite well. The difference is that short range ships refuel from the fuel cargo of an AO – in the case of an xAK (or other large ship), a short range ship refuels by drawing from fuel the larger ship is carrying for its own movement. Any reduction of a TF’s speed from moving small ships appears to be equal whether an AO is used or they refuel from other large ships. More than a few WP transport convoys have ferried 1500 mile range SC from the US West Coast to Auckland (about 15-20 SC total). The SC are far more useful around Suva than San Francisco. Several "rules of thumb" from my practice follow.

(1) There should be at least one large ship (preferably more) in a TF for each small ship being moved. My ratio in normal practice is around 4-5 larger ships for each small ship in the TF – this is not a “hard and fast” rule, I just use this ratio to create a substantial margin of error.

(2) Large ships in a TF where small ships are being moved should have an endurance (fuel capacity) great enough to cover the distance the TF will be moving plus some left over to refuel the small ship(s). Also important that all ships in this kind of TF be fully fuelled before departure.

(3) I typically move not more than 4-6 small ships in a single TF.



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