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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/10/2013 7:20:59 PM   
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Summary of Operations 9/06/43

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/05 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Kwajalein and Nauru Is. Unidentified Japanese aircraft and ship(s) in port are visible at both bases.

Detected status of Kwajalein shows no other visible Japanese forces or activity – port size 4(2), airfield size 1(0). Five Jap LCU known to be located on Kwajalein – HQ 4th Fleet, 6 and 26 Shipping Engineer Rgts (naval support), Kwajalein Base Force, plus the static fortress LCU. No visible evidence Pillager has done much with this base, especially given the Central Pacific theatre area has been mostly static on both sides throughout the campaign to date. This possibly also indicates Pillager is more closely watching events farther south.

Detected status of Nauru Is also does not show any other visible Japanese forces or activity – port size there is 2(0), airfield size 2(2). Two known Jap LCU are located on Nauru Is – 1 Sasebo SNLF Co, 7 JNAF Co. Nauru is certainly a Japanese rear area base. The Japanese garrison on Nauru appears rather small – stacking on this island will support a full strength Jap division, though no evidence to date that Pillager has or is sending one to Nauru. It is possible Pillager has more at Nauru than my information indicates – this will need watching as a possible item of interest later.


South Pacific: US patrol sub operating S of Rabaul in contact with Japanese surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Feni Islands at 107,128 (S of Feni Islands)

Japanese Ships
PB Myoken Maru
PB Tokati Maru
PB Kensin Maru

Allied Ships
SS Triton

SS Triton launches 2 torpedoes at 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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Sigint entry for 9/05 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Lunga. Detected status of Lunga shows unidentified Jap aircraft based there, ship(s) in port, port size 3(1), airfield size 5(5). Occasional coastwatcher reports over the last month or so are stating Pillager has CVL Mizuho is stationed in Lunga. Eight Jap LCU are known to be located at Tulagi – 10th Infantry Division, two SNLF (Sasebo 6 & Yokosuka 2), 38 Field AA Machine Cannon Co, 4 Naval Construction Bn, 80 JAAF AF Bn, 13 and 15 JNAF AF Units. Pillager is operating G3M Nell and/or G4M Betty bombers from one or more airfields in the Lunga/Tulagi base complex. As stated before, Lunga is the probable core of a key base complex in the second (main) layer of the Japanese outer perimeter – the base complex also including Tulagi, Tassafronga and Thousand Ships Bay. Evidence of construction activity has been observed at both Tassafronga and Thousand Ships Bay. It should also be noted here that 10 Infantry Division and at least one of the base force LCU now in Lunga had previously been located at Noumea – Pillager had moved these units from Noumea to Lunga several months ago.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/05 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Enju Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Mizuho reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: AK Kozui Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


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

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

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Kingfish

SS Kingfish launches 2 torpedoes at DD Mutsuki
DD Mutsuki 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 aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 111 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 7(34).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 76 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 134(167), refinery 97(4).

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/10/2013 7:24:37 PM   
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Summary of Operations 9/07/43

Japanese Home Islands: Sigint entry for 9/06 reporting sub-units of Jap 46th Infantry Division were combined at Kyoto to form the divisional LCU.


North Pacific: Unidentified Jap patrol sub continues snooping in the Aleutians – current location NW of Atka island (hex location 163, 51) moving on an E heading. The sub is operating a float plane which appears to be scouting the various US bases (Amchitka, Atka, Unmak and Dutch Harbor). Pillager has probably obtained little useful information from this sub on US activity in the North Pacific – larger islands in the Aleutians are occupied by US LCU’s and a small amount of air activity (mainly naval search) with occasional ship traffic. Transport convoy WA-28 from Prince Rupert is approaching Adak, arrival of this convoy will likely be detected by the sub which may give Pillager some illusion of activity in this region. Along with the convoy, additional Allied (US & Canadian) light ASW ships have been dispatched from the West Coast to the Aleutians providing the sub with yet more illusion of Allied activity.


South Pacific: A small item in the 9/06 Operations report… VMF-441 is based at Suva and one of 3 squadrons flying CAP there – from available information, the probable Jap victim is a H6K4 Mavis flying either recon or naval search.

FO Short O. of VMF-441 is credited with kill number 2


Transport convoy WP-80B (9 ships, detachment from WP-80) arrives in Suva. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 25K supply and 10K fuel, no LCU or air units. The main body of WP-80 is now approaching New Zealand.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/06 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: AV Kiyokawa Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 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 , 111 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 8(33).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) - 75 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers in night raid on oil production in Magwe, additional damage to oil production in Magwe from the raid appears unlikely given weather conditions, small bomb loads in the attacking Allied bombers plus information shown in the aerial recon report above. Plane losses in the raid were 2 RAF Blenheim IV (both ops losses), no Japanese CAP fighters reported destroyed. AAR’s and Combat Events report entries follow.

5 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 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: Severe storms (57% moonlight)

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 36

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 7 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes


< Message edited by wneumann -- 8/10/2013 7:25:02 PM >

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/15/2013 5:02:21 AM   
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April Summary, 1942--John piping in again.

Enemy forces made three significant forays into Allied areas. The Ellice Islands were taken without opposition. A major raid against Canton island was repulsed at sea in the first carrier vs carrier action. Enterprise and Yorktown intercepted Zuikaku, Hiryu, and Soryu, sinking Zuikaku and decimating the air groups on Hiryu and Soryu while laying on about 15 hits, but none serious. Yorktown was lost, but the air group moved to Canton and continued the fight, getting in a lot of hits. That invasion failed. The escorts were hit as well, and a number of ships will be in the body shop for a while. Enterprise was able to replenish its air group and was repaired in a couple of days, fully operational, upon arrival at PH. Bad intel led to the intercept--Halsey in command was actually supporting an allied soiree against Baker island. Intel had the enemy as three CVLs and Halsey was routed out of range to the north. Halsey ignored the reroute and went straight for the enemy Carriers. Intel was wrong. So much for intel.

Later in the month the enemy tried to invest troops at Lungaville, but ran into an allied SAG and the entire force was destroyed. Horn island is under attack and 2200 enemy are on the islands, but I am holding. Diego Garcia was also invaded by the enemy but the reinforcement of an Indian BDE blew them off. The entire support group was sunk. The Burmese coastal cities fell to the enemy--all of Burma except Klylemo (SP?)is in Japanese hands, but a UK SAG force has sunk all three attempts to reinforce Alkyab and Cox's Bazzar. Nothing has changed in China, while the enemy is making progress in DEI. I have moved everything that can be moved to the most remote bases available, but it is a lost cause and not much has been saved. Aussie is positioning and digging in the northeast. Air bases are being expanded. The elements of the 8th Div are enroute to Darwin, but it will be a year before it is up to full strength. The 40th Inf Div USA is at Lungaville. (We won that race.) The 23rd is at Noumea. The 27th is a couple of days out from Suva. The 2nd USMC is at Pago Pago. The Marine defense BNs, Raiders, and Parachute BNs are sitting on vital islands (Efate, Tanna, Canton, etc.). Most of the April ship upgrades are complete. Lexington is one month from joining Enterprise.

Most of the rear area squadrons are in training mode. Most of them start in the mid 30 range, so training is essential. I am holding back the F4F-4s, so most are flying Buffs. The Flying Tigers are piling up quite the score, nearly 500 planes destroyed since Dec 7.

Aussie is secure, Ndeni on down to Noumea belong to allies. Ellice gone, but Suva, PP, Canton, and Palmyra--Christmas and all bases south of there in allied hands. Johnson and Midway also in allied hands. PI is nearly gone, a couple of remote bases still to fall. DEI is still being rolled up and process is nearly complete. PoW and Repulse nearly repaired at Capetown.

More planes and ships are arriving, so I continue to build up and contest only those areas essential to defense.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/18/2013 7:52:30 PM   
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Summary of Operations 9/08/43

Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-49 (36 ships) departs for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one US Marine fighter squadron, 120K supply and 26K fuel. Ships in EX-49 include some completed AG and AKE conversions (from xAK) bound for the Pacific theatres.


South Pacific: Conflicting reports on Japanese sub contact(s) near Suva at hex location 130, 158 (NW of Nadi). An unidentified Jap sub is visible on-map in this hex, also an entry in the Intelligence screen Sunk Ships report indicating Jap submarine I-4 was sunk on 9/07 in the same hex. My estimate is the truth lies somewhere in between – Jap sub I-4 is located in this hex, the sub spotted and attacked by a PBY Catalina naval search patrol but not sunk.

The two damaged xAK detached from transport convoy WP-80 after the ship collision on 9/03 arrive in Auckland with intact cargoes. The main body of WP-80 had been routed around the Jap submarine contact E of Auckland and due to arrive shortly.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/07 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship 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 Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: PB Kensin Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,129 near Buna , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 10, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed 0, Moving Southwest


Australia: Allied engineers occupy Lord Howe Island.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor , 99 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

RAF bombers lay mines in night raid on Rangoon base hex. Jap mine sweeping activity in Rangoon reported by daylight. No planes reported lost on either side. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 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: Partial cloud (67% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 8

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 6000 feet *

CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes

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

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

7 mines cleared

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 84 aircraft (all fighters), 14 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


Unopposed Japanese fighter sweep reported over Akyab. No Allied planes are based in AKyab – one British infantry LCU (1 Burma Bn) is located there. Akyab is a forward Allied outpost in no-mans’ land between the main Allied and Japanese positions along the Burma-India frontier. AAR of sweep follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on Akyab, at 54,45

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 4

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Ki-61-Ia Tony sweeping at 20000 feet *

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China: USAAF and RAF bombers launch unsuccessful night attack on light industry facilities in Kunming. Light industry in Kunming is currently the largest intact operating Japanese-controlled LI or HI facility in China within range of Allied bombers. One USAAF B-17E reported destroyed (ops loss), no reported Japanese plane losses.

As shown below, Allied bombers in the raid were greatly dispersed in small packets, many bombers not reaching Kunming, most of those reaching Kunming did not appear to drop bombs. Supply difficulties at Ledo airfield (departure point for Allied bombers) are a likely cause in addition to the usual night bombing problems. A possible overstacking of air groups (Base Administration level) in Ledo (airfield size 8) may also be a factor. While detected status of Kunming base shows 8 Japanese fighter planes based there, no air-to-air combat action was visible or reported.

Detected status of Kunming shows no visible damage to light industry – status shows resource production 61(0), heavy industry 7(45), light industry 81(0), 8 aircraft (all fighters), 2 Jap LCU’s.

Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
3 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
3 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
3 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (67% moonlight)

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

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 4
B-17E Fortress x 4
B-24D Liberator x 3

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington B.X bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 4

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

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

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

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

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 3

No Allied losses

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

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/18/2013 7:54:58 PM   
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Summary of Operations 9/09/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol subs intercepted by Jap surface ASW while entering Sea of Japan. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Wakkanai at 123,48 (adjacent hex E of Wakkanai)

Japanese Ships
E Yurijima
SC CHa-39
PB Kosin Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Hake, hits 1 (minor system damage, sub remaining on patrol)

SS Hake is located by E Yurijima
Hake bottoming out ....
E Yurijima attacking submerged sub ....
PB Kosin Maru #3 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Kosin Maru #3 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Kosin Maru #3 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/08 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Roi-Namur and Nikunau (Gilbert islands).

Detected status of Roi-Namur shows unidentified Jap planes based there, ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity. This is no change from what had been reported a few game turns back.

Detected status of Nikunau shows unidentified Jap planes based there, port size 1(0), airfield size 2(2), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Known Japanese LCU on Nikunau include four units – Ichiki Detachment, 22 Special Base Force, 13 JAAF AF Co, 4 JNAF AF Co. It is uncertain from the available information exactly role Nikunau has in Pillager’s outer Japanese perimeter – best estimate is that it’s a likely secondary base and a supporting position for the main Jap base at Tabiteuea for the southern Gilberts. Other possible Jap bases in the Gilberts that Pillager may have developed in the same or similar role as Tabiteuea include Arorae and Abemama.


South Pacific: Sigint entry for 9/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Luganville. Detected status of Luganville shows unidentified Jap planes based there, ship(s) in port, port size 3(3), airfield size 4(5), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Current available intelligence data reports 3 known Jap LCU at Luganville (Yokosuka 3 SNLF, 28 JNAF AF Unit, 5 Naval Construction Bn). It is strongly suspected that Jap 38th Infantry Division from China has arrived in Luganville although I have yet to see direct evidence confirming it is at Luganville (this evidence is expected any day now). There’s little question Luganville is the primary Japanese base in the New Hebrides area and a major position in the main defensive belt (second layer) of Pillager’s Japanese outer perimeter line.


Two transport convoys from the mainland US arrive in New Zealand this game turn.

Main body of convoy WP-80 (29 transports, 4 AM, 1 LST) arrives with cargo of 2 air squadrons (one US Marine dive bomber, one USN patrol), 139K supply and 37K fuel. LST and AM arriving in WP-80 will be detached and remain in the South Pacific for use in future operations.

Convoy WP-81 (31 ships) arrives with cargo of one USN patrol air squadron, 4 USN Naval Construction Rgt, 177K supply and 13K fuel.


Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/08 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
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 Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Chiyoda reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, 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 Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 16, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


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

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

Japanese Ships
DD Isonami
DD Mutsuki

Allied Ships
SS Kingfish

SS Kingfish is located by DD Isonami
Kingfish 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 aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor , 137 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 77 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s (+1 from last report), oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

Jap recon flight reported over Akyab.


China: Second attempt by USAAF and RAF bombers launching night attack on light industry facilities in Kunming – this time some hits made on LI. No Allied bombers lost in action, 3 B-17E bombers returned damaged.

Detected status of Kunming (after raid) – resource production 61(0), heavy industry 7(45), light industry 73(8), 2 Jap LCU’s.

Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (75% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3
Wellington Ic x 3
B-17E Fortress x 7
B-24D Liberator x 11

No Allied losses

Light Industry hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

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

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/19/2013 11:34:12 PM   
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I have experienced the same problem with night bombing. As a result, I left those missions to those trained in night combat. Too many lost flights, lost bombs, and used up fuel and planes.

I also did not get to try the B-29s at very high altitude, they bombed between 20-25 thousand feet, so I don't know if 30K or up would have reduced losses. I am sure it would have negatively affected accuracy. As a result the B-29s got chewed up and just before the computer crash that ended that campaign, I had to stand all of the squadrons down to replenish aircraft losses--a projected six month stand down. I would definitely use them differently next time around. Good luck setting up pillager for a good ole boy beating. I bet they (the japs) don't have Gatorade.

The main lesson I picked up this time is watch it when an aggressive commander is in command. Fletcher never would have attacked. He would have turned and run away as ordered. Halsey defied my instructions to pull back away from the jap carrier force. He is now beached--Spruance has his carrier. Fitch has the other in San Diego where the escorts are finishing their refits. Once again I got lucky. Although I can't repeatedly trade fleet carrier for fleet carrier, Yorktown for Zuikaku and depletion of H and S air groups is about even. The Big E lost about half her fighters, but replacements were waiting at PH, so she had a full air group once she arrived. Wasp will be here soon. It looks I will be able to hold in the So Pacific.

A major enemy buildup is happening at Cox's Bazar. I had to send the BBs back to Columbo to rearm. A small cruiser force will take their place. It looks like the enemy is getting serious about moving up the coast into India. The 18th Brit Inf Div and the 7th Aussie Inf Div are waiting for them at Chittagong.

The lack of strike aircraft is hurting. The Wilderbeast (evac from DEI) and a swordfish squadron at Chittagong got shot up a couple of weeks ago game time, so I withdrew them. (This was in response to losing too many Swords in my last campaign and being unable to upgrade a couple of torpedo squadrons on carriers in 1944 due to lack of type 1 swords. The US Battleships are...well...the crew liberties are keeping the ladies busy in San Francisco.

Two significant sorties to Horn Island has cost the enemy 5,000 dead and the elimination of a Guards Inf LCU. I am rushing in supplies the long way around (Darwin doesn't have any to spare) and flying in what I can. I think the enemy is planning to come back soon.

I moved so much fuel out of Capetown that I cannot send any convoys forward. DUMB DUMB DUMB! Replenishment is coming from US. Up side, Perth, Columbo, Bombay, and Calcutta are loaded. 200K fuel at Auckland, with another 150K enroute. All is needed. Sydney and east coast has no fuel. Some of what is in New Zealand is moving up.

The only stuff I could not get out of DEI is the restricted stuff.

John

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quote:

I have experienced the same problem with night bombing. As a result, I left those missions to those trained in night combat. Too many lost flights, lost bombs, and used up fuel and planes.

I also did not get to try the B-29s at very high altitude, they bombed between 20-25 thousand feet, so I don't know if 30K or up would have reduced losses. I am sure it would have negatively affected accuracy. As a result the B-29s got chewed up and just before the computer crash that ended that campaign, I had to stand all of the squadrons down to replenish aircraft losses--a projected six month stand down. I would definitely use them differently next time around.

This phenomena is true in both AE and historically... Effective bombing in daylight without heavy losses to bombers flying a mission is possible only under two circumstances - (1) the Allies have complete air superiority in the target area (this meaning the virtual absence or elimination of all effective Jap fighter CAP), or (2) the Allied player can escort a bombing mission with fighters in sufficient numbers and quality to effective counter Japanese CAP. If neither condition above can be satisfied, night bombing becomes mandatory. Look at the Battle of Britain in 1940 (the Luftwaffe going from day to night bombing), RAF bomber command over Germany (likewise going from day to night), USAAF daylight bombing losses before the arrival of long-range fighter escorts. Both historically and in AE, effective bombing without heavy bomber losses in daylight requires the absence or elimination of opposing CAP fighters over the target. Otherwise night bombing is mandatory.

From my analysis, the first priority of an Allied bombing campaign is preservation of the bomber force. Plane replacement/production rates for Allied bombers (especially 4E) are very low. Any bombing campaign with a significant rate of attrition to the attacking bombers will quickly exhaust available planes in the replacement pools. In this campaign, Pillager would wipe out my bomber force over Burma in a week if they were flying in daylight and it would likely be months before the squadrons would have planes to fly again. Bombing accuracy is meaningless if your squadrons can only fly one mission every ___ months due to plane losses and the rate of replacing said plane losses. One may have to fly 2-3 or more night bombing raids to achieve the effect of one good daylight attack but night bombing does keep your bomber squadrons in action.


quote:

I moved so much fuel out of Capetown that I cannot send any convoys forward. DUMB DUMB DUMB! Replenishment is coming from US.

I had a similar experience to yours in late 1942. I do as little refueling as possible in Capetown. I've been using my convoy system between Capetown and India to maintain (and increase) fuel stocks in Capetown. This method involves adding a third leg in the convoy route involving the return trip from India back to Capetown. Convoys transporting supply, air units, LCU, etc from Capetown to India or Colombo are routed from India (Colombo) to Abadan before they return to Capetown. Once in Abadan, all ships in the convoy capable of carrying fuel points are loaded with fuel cargo (as well as the ships themselves refueled) without regard to ship type. Fuel point stockpiles in Abadan are virtually inexhaustible. Convoys returning to Capetown from Abadan are routed via Socotra and unload their fuel cargo upon arrival in Capetown.

For the most part, transport convoys moving between the Eastern US and Australia via Capetown do not require refueling in Capetown. The one exception being the leg of the return trip back to Eastern US from Australia to Capetown - this due to on-map sea movement from Australia to the map edge. This is the only part of my EX/CE Eastern US to Australia convoy route where ships consume fuel (ships must still be fuelled to move off-map though they do not consume fuel in off-map movement).

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Summary of Operations 9/10/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol subs entering Sea of Japan intercepts Jap transport TF while passing N of Hokkaido. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Sapporo at 118,50 (WNW of Sapporo)

Japanese Ships
AK Nozima Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (reported listing)
xAK Kaimei Maru
xAK Midori Maru
PB Kyo Maru #5

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at AK Nozima Maru
Tunny diving deep ....
PB Kyo Maru #5 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Multiple Sigint entries for 9/09 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tassafronga and Thousand Ships Bay near Lunga/Tulagi.

Detected status of Tassafronga shows port size 0(0), airfield size 1(0), no visible Japanese forces or activity. Current available intelligence data has one known Jap LCU at Luganville (Kure 5 SNLF) - it is likely Pillager has at least one additional undetected engineer LCU in Tassafronga engaged in construction of base facilities and/or fortifications.

Detected status of Thousand Ships Bay shows undetected Jap planes based there, port size 1(1), airfield size 2(3), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. One Jap LCU (6 Independent SNLF Co) is known to be at Thousand Ships Bay from current intelligence data – as at Tassafronga, it is likely Pillager also has one or more additional undetected Jap engineer LCU located at Thousand Ships Bay engaged in construction activity.

Visible information at these two bases confirms the conclusion Pillager occupied both Tassafronga and Thousand Ships Bay and is developing them as part of a complex of Jap bases centered on Lunga/Tulagi.


Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/09 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 Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Izumo Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna Speed 2, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 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, no Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 141 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) - 99 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

RAF bombers launch night bombing raid on Magwe airfield. Reports indicate no airfield damage at Magwe, no Japanese planes destroyed. Three RAF Blenheim IV reported destroyed – one each to air-to-air combat, flak and ops loss. Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 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: Severe storms (85% moonlight)

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 20
Wellington B.X x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x Wellington B.X bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 7 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 11000.
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 50 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 4000.
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 21 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 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 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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China: USAAF and RAF bombers launch a third night attack on light industry facilities in Kunming – a small amount of additional damage on LI, supply point shortage in Ledo may have contributed to poor effects of this raid. No Allied bombers lost in action. Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Kunming (after raid) – resource production 61(0), heavy industry 10(42), light industry 69(12), 10 aircraft (all fighters), 2 Jap LCU’s.

Combat Event report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
6 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
3 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x No.160 Sqn RAF Wellington GR.VIII stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Weather in hex: Clear sky (85% moonlight)

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

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3
B-17E Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 4

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 3

No Allied losses

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

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 8/20/2013 5:35:58 AM   
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Summary of Operations 9/11/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol subs in the Sea of Japan report several intercepts of Jap transport shipping N of Honshu. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Sapporo at 119,50 (WNW of Sapporo)

Japanese Ships
AK Nozima Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk, this ship previously torpedoed in a US sub attack last game turn)

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes

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Sub attack near Hirosaki/Aomori at 116,52 (N of Sadogashima)

Japanese Ships
TK Hoten Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Hake

TK Hoten Maru is sighted by SS Hake
SS Hake launches 4 torpedoes

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US patrol sub hit in attack by G4M Betty air patrol S of Nagoya (hex location 109, 64) – damage to sub is system 72, float 36, engine 15, returning to base at 11 kts.


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

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

Japanese Ships
PB Musashi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)
E Chidori

Allied Ships
SS Crevalle, hits 2 (system damage 18, float 9, returning to base at 18 kts)

SS Crevalle launches 2 torpedoes at PB Musashi Maru
E Chidori attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Eastern Pacific: Small US supply transport TF bound from Hawaii to Johnston Is encounters Jap submarine. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Johnston Island at 172,112 (E of Johnston Is)

Japanese Ships
SS I-9

Allied Ships
SC-641

SS I-9 is sighted by escort
SC-641 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/10 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: CVL Mizuho reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Nitiren Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,138 near Lunga Speed 4, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown


Australia: Transport convoy EX-43 (44 transports, 8 xAP, 1 LSI and BB Maryland) arrives in Australia from Eastern US via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one LCU (82 Mortar Bn), 141K supply and 108K fuel. BB Maryland, xAP, and LSI in the convoy are being detached to remain in Australia on reserve for use in future operations.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – 3 Japanese ships anchored in port (+3 from last report), no Jap TF in harbor , 115 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 82 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


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Summary of Operations 9/12/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol subs in the Sea of Japan N of Honshu report several actions with Jap transport shipping and surface ASW. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Olga at 116,50 (SE of Olga)

Japanese Ships
DD Oite
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny is located by DD Oite
Tunny diving deep ....
DD Hatakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hatakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hatakaze loses contact with SS Tunny
SS Tunny eludes ASW attack from DD Hatakaze
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Olga at 116,50 (SE of Olga)

Japanese Ships
DD Hatakaze
DD Oite

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny is located by DD Hatakaze
DD Oite attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Toyama at 111,55 (NW of Toyama)

Japanese Ships
xAK Bandoeng Maru
DMS W-19

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake is sighted by escort
Hake diving deep ....
DMS W-19 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Nakhodka at 111,50 (SE of Vladivostok)

Japanese Ships
TK Gyoshin Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Choun Maru #21

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny launches 4 torpedoes at TK Gyoshin Maru
Tunny diving deep ....
PB Choun Maru #21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Vladivostok at 110,50 (S of Vladivostock)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kuramasan Maru, Shell hits 50, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Tunny, hits 1

xAKL Kuramasan Maru is sighted by SS Tunny
SS Tunny attacking xAKL Kuramasan Maru on the surface
SS Tunny low on gun ammo, Scott, J.A. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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US sub Swordfish sinks S of Aogashima (hex location 111, 66) from damage in hit from attack last game turn by G4M Betty air patrol S of Nagoya. SS Swordfish had been returning to base and sunk after multiple reports of failing pumps and damage control. Weather conditions in the area near Aogashima (thunderstorms) may also have a role in the sinking.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 9/11 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Mili. Detected status of Mili shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port size 2(1), airfield size 1(2). Current intelligence data indicates two Jap LCU located on Mili – 67 Naval Gd and the static fortress (Mili Naval Fort).


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/11 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Reiyo Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Nitiren Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Chitose reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
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 Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed unknown


Australia: Transport convoy EX-45 (10 ships) arrives in Australia from Eastern US via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 73K supply and 5300 fuel.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port (-3 from last report), 2 Jap TF in harbor (+2 from last report), 125 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 90 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: A small number of recent Sigint entries indicate Pillager appears to be transferring Japanese flak LCU from Manchuria (Kwantung Army) to major industrial centers (bases) in central and southern China within range of Allied strategic bombing raids from India. While this development has some impact on Allied bombing operations from India, it also results in wider dispersal of Japanese flak forces (this aiding the “big picture” as a whole).


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Summary of Operations 9/13/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts multiple Jap transport TF in the Sea of Japan along the east coast of Korea. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Ulleungdo at 107,50 (NW of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
xAK Hoeisan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

xAK Hoeisan Maru is sighted by SS Tunny
SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Hoeisan Maru

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Sub attack near Ulleungdo at 107,50

Japanese Ships
TK Tsuruha Maru
PB Shosei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at TK Tsuruha Maru
Tunny diving deep ....
PB Shosei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Ulleungdo at 107,51 (adjacent hex NE of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
xAK Tempei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

xAK Tempei Maru is sighted by SS Tunny
SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tempei Maru

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A second US patrol sub in the Sea of Japan has taken up a blockade position off Maizuru on the N coast of Honshu – this move taken in response to a 9/11 Sigint entry indicating CV Kaga may be located in Maizuru. It’s quite possible the Sigint report is FOW, also possible CV Kaga may no longer be in Maizuru, Kaga could now be in Maizuru for shipyard repair or upgrade (there is a repair shipyard in Maizuru) – any of these could be true. Worth the chance of getting an opportunity on a KB carrier far behind the Japanese lines if CV Kaga is indeed in Maizuru. Japanese surface ASW did appear off Maizuru in response to the US sub’s arrival. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Maizuru at 109,57 (adjacent hex NW of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 34

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at SC Ch 34
Hake diving deep ....
SC Ch 34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Heavy volumes of intercepted radio signals from Truk and Kwajalein reported in Sigint entries for 9/12.

Detected status of Truk shows unidentified planes based there, also ship(s) in port, port size 7(4), airfield size 5(2), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Current intelligence data has 13 known Jap LCU located in Truk in addition to the static Naval Fort. Japanese LCU at Truk include 85 Naval Gd, HQ Southeast Area Fleet, 5 Base Force (IJN), two construction engineer bns, eight identified flak LCU (2 regiment, 2 battalion, 4 company size units). The Japanese flak contingent at Truk is Pillager’s largest known concentration of AA forces at a single base.

Detected status of Kwajalein shows unidentified planes based there, also ship(s) in port, port size 4(2), airfield size 1(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Current intelligence data has 4 known Jap LCU located in Kwajalein plus the static Naval Fort – including HQ 4th Fleet, Kwajalein Base Force (IJN), 6 & 26 Shipping Engineer Rgts.


Sigint entry for 9/12 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Nikunau (southern Gilbert islands). Detected status of Nikunau shows unidentified planes based there, port size 1(0), airfield size 2(2), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/12 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: PB Taiko Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 10, Moving Northeast


Southwest Pacific: Dutch patrol sub intercepts Jap transport TF off Buna. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Buna at 100,128 (N of Buna)

Japanese Ships
DD Kamikaze
E W-21
E W-3
AK Atutasan Maru
AK Kagu Maru
xAP Suwa Maru
xAP Asama Maru
DD Numakaze
DD Asashio

Allied Ships
SS KIX, hits 4 (system damage 18, float 18, returning to base at 12 kts)

SS KIX launches 4 torpedoes at DD Kamikaze
DD Kamikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Asashio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Numakaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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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), 127 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 107 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 9/14/43

Japanese Home Islands: Multiple actions with US patrol subs in western areas of the Sea of Japan east of Tsushima. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Oki Shoto at 109,54 (SE of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsukaze
DD Natsushio

Allied Ships
SS Tunny, hits 2

SS Tunny is located by DD Hatsukaze
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsukaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Natsushio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Oki Shoto at 109,54

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsukaze
DD Natsushio

Allied Ships
SS Tunny, hits 3 (system damage 12, engine 4, returning to base at 19 kts)

SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at DD Hatsukaze
DD Natsushio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsukaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hatsukaze is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Maizuru at 109,57 (adjacent hex NE of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
xAK Kazan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Ryunan Maru
PB Unkai Maru #1

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kazan Maru
Hake diving deep ....
PB Unkai Maru #1 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Ulleungdo at 108,54 (SE of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
TK Kotai Maru, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

TK Kotai Maru is sighted by SS Tunny
SS Tunny attacking on the surface
SS Tunny low on gun ammo, Scott, J.A. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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ASW attack near Maizuru at 110,57 (adjacent hex NE of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
DD Yukikaze
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Amatsukaze

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at DD Yukikaze
Hake diving deep ....
DD Tokitsukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Amatsukaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub hit and damaged in attack by Ki-49 Helen air patrol south of Kyushu (hex location 101, 64) – reported damage to sub is system 40, float 18, engine 1, returning to base at 17 kts.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/13 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from several locations.

Detected status of Baker Is shows unidentified planes based there, port size 1(0), airfield size 1(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Current intelligence data has four known Jap LCU located on Baker Is - 61Naval Gd, 1 Naval Construction Bn, 7 and 29 JNAF AF Units.

Detected status of Jaluit and Maleolap show no visible Japanese forces or activity at either base.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/13 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships 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 Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
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 Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Mizuho reported in port at Luganville
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, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 113 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 98 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: Sigint entries for 9/13 report two Jap infantry divisions (6th & 22nd) are now located in Hong Kong. Both divisions had been in the Chungking battles. Given their present location in Hong Kong, it is likely Pillager is transferring them from China to reinforce defenses in the Pacific theatres.

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Summary of Operations 9/15/43

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts escorted Jap transport off Kwajalein. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Kwajalein Island at 132,116 (adjacent hex SW of Kwajalein)

Japanese Ships
AK Manila Maru
SC Ch 37

Allied Ships
SS Finback

SS Finback launches 2 torpedoes at AK Manila Maru
Finback diving deep ....
SC Ch 37 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/14 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Morioka Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, 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


Australia: Transport convoy MX-20 (10 TK, 7 xAP) arrives in Australia from Abadan via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 10K supply and 108K fuel. xAP ships in MX-20 are being detached from the convoy to remain in Australia on reserve for future operations.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 105 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 93 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: Chinese picket LCU’s located in mountains of southern China detect an unidentified Japanese LCU along the Tsuyung-Paoshan road (road hex adjacent to the Chinese pickets). The detected Jap LCU is possibly a transfer from the China army moving southward to Burma.

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Summary of Operations 9/16/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub in several actions off Maizuru (northern Honshu). AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Maizuru at 110,57 (adjacent hex NE of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
DD Takanami
DD Makinami

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at DD Takanami
DD Takanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Maizuru at 109,57 (adjacent hex NW of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
xAK Ryunan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Yosyu Maru
PB Unkai Maru #1

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Ryunan Maru
Hake diving deep ....
PB Unkai Maru #1 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Maizuru at 109,57

Japanese Ships
DD Hayashio
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Amatsukaze

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

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at DD Hayashio
DD Tokitsukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Amatsukaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Amatsukaze is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 9/15 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje. Detected status of Wotje shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port size 1(1), airfield size 3(0). Current available intelligence data has 63 Naval Gd, Wotje Base Force (IJN) and a static fortress LCU located on Wotje.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/15 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Chitose reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Izumo Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hukuzyu Maru reported in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 111 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

USAAF 4E bombers hit Rangoon airfield in a night raid. This raid appeared to accomplish little in terms of reported airfield damage in Rangoon or Jap planes destroyed on the ground – no visible airfield damage and only one Ki-44 Tojo destroyed on the ground. 10 Ki-61 Tony CAP fighters reported destroyed (5 air-to-air, 5 ops), ops losses the likely result of air-to-air action. AAR’s and Combat Events report entries follow.

4 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Clear sky (96% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 14

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
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 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 9

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

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

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 7

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

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

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 90 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: Chinese picket LCU’s in mountains of southern China remain in contact with unidentified Japanese LCU along the Tsuyung-Paoshan road.

A 9/15 Sigint entry reports a second Jap LCU on the Tsuyung-Paoshan road (25 Field AA Machine Cannon Co) now visible on the game map. Previous reported location of this LCU was in Manchuria – Pillager is likely transferring this unit from the Kwantung Army to Burma to reinforce flak defenses there. A possible conclusion to be reached from this transfer is that the Allied bombing campaign over Burma and southern China may be having more effect than my AAR and other reports are indicating (otherwise being no need for Pillager to transfer flak LCU to Burma and industrial centers in southern China). This development and other (similar) reports also reveal Pillager is dispersing Japanese flak forces across a wide area, a significant value for Allied bombing efforts (of all types) in the long term.

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Summary of Operations 9/17/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub remains in action off Maizuru, intercepts a Jap transport TF. If CV Kaga is still in Maizuru (possible shipyard repair/upgrade?) as stated in an earlier Sigint report, there is some interest in keeping CV Kaga pinned down in Maizuru for a time. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Maizuru at 109,57 (adjacent hex NW of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
TK Arita Maru, Torpedo hits 1
SC Ch 34

Allied Ships
SS Hake

SS Hake launches 2 torpedoes at TK Arita Maru
Hake diving deep ....
SC Ch 34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts small Jap transport convoy at entrance to Kwajalein base. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Kwajalein Island at 132,116 (adjacent hex SW of Kwajalein)

Japanese Ships
PB Wa 7
PB Senyu Maru #2
TK Akatuki Maru
xAK Aso Maru
PB Tamo Maru #6

Allied Ships
SS Finback

SS Finback launches 2 torpedoes at PB Wa 7
Finback diving deep ....
PB Tamo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tamo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tamo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tamo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tamo Maru #6 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Intercepted Jap radio signals from unidentified source reported in a 9/16 Sigint entry at hex location 135, 172 (SE of Tongatapu). No Japanese ships or TF are visible on the game map at this location. A small Allied local transport TF (operating between Suva & Auckland) is in the immediate area of this contact. Light surface ASW is being dispatched to the hex location.

Unidentified Japanese TF(s) visible on the game map N of Noumea at hex location 115, 152. This contact did not appear in any of the 9/16 game turn reports, also no reported contacts by Allied naval air search or submarines with the Jap TF(s). No information is available as to number of Jap TF(s), composition or movement heading. US patrol subs are operating to the E and SE of this contact – if moving southward, the Jap TF(s) will likely come into contact with one or more subs.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/16 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Mizuho reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hino Maru #3 reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Luganville is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 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, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 120 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 91 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: Chinese picket LCU’s in mountains of southern China remain in contact with two Japanese LCU along the Tsuyung-Paoshan road – one LCU probably 25 Field AA Machine Cannon Co, the second Jap LCU unidentified.


USAAF and RAF bombers hit heavy industry at Kunming in a night raid. No report of additional damage to heavy industry in Kunming, one USAAF B-17E destroyed (ops loss). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Kunming (after raid) – no visible Jap LCU or aircraft, heavy industry 11(41), light industry 69(12).

5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (89% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9

No Allied losses

Heavy Industry hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 5

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 7

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 9/18/43

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub off Maizuru attacked and sunk by Japanese surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Maizuru at 110,57 (adjacent hex NE of Maizuru)

Japanese Ships
DD Kazegumo
DD Oyashio

Allied Ships
SS Hake, hits 7, heavy damage (sunk, multiple direct hits)

SS Hake is located by DD Kazegumo
Hake diving deep ....
DD Oyashio attacking submerged sub ....
Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Intercepted radio signals from unidentified Jap TF(s) SE of Wake Is reported in a 9/17 Sigint entry. No information available as to number of Jap TF, composition or heading of this contact.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-82 (42 transports, 8 xAP, 2 LCI, 1 LSD) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo aboard the convoy includes HQ V Amphibious Corps, 2 air squadrons (one US Marine dive bomber, one small USAAF 4E bomber), 254K supply and 54K fuel. LCI, LSD and xAP with WP-82 are being detached from the convoy and will remain in South Pacific theatre for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/17 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: xAP Kamo Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
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 Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 3 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


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 120 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 101 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: Chinese picket LCU’s in mountains of southern China remain in contact with two Japanese LCU along the Tsuyung-Paoshan road.


USAAF and RAF bombers launch a second night raid on heavy industry at Kunming, results similar to last game turn’s raid. No reported aircraft losses. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Kunming (after raid) – no visible Jap LCU or aircraft, heavy industry 11(41), light industry 69(12). Identical to last game turn’s status.

4 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (82% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6

No Allied losses

Heavy Industry hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Kunming, at 69,48

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 9/19/43

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/18 report intercepted Jap radio signals from several bases – Baker Is, Maleolap and Mili Detected status of Baker Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there. No other visible Japanese forces or activity shown at any of the three bases.

Heavy volume of Jap radio transmissions from Truk reported in another 9/18 Sigint entry. Detected status of Truk shows nothing out of the ordinary – the expected Jap planes based there, ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/18 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Kosin Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa 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: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 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, 1 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 103 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 105 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 9/20/43

Central Pacific: Intercepted Jap radio signals from Mili reported again in a 9/19 Sigint entry. No visible Japanese forces or activity shown at Mili.

Intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wake Is reported in another 9/19 Sigint entry. Detected status of Wake Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there, port size 1(0), airfield size 3(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Current available intelligence data indicates 3 Jap LCU’s located on Wake – Wake Coastal Gun Bn, Maizuru 2 SNLF, 14 JNAF AF Unit.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/19 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
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: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: US sub off Rangoon hit and damaged in attack by Ki-49 Helen air patrol. Reported damage to the sub is system 45, float 22, engine 5 – sub returning to base at 15 kts movement.


Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 109 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 108 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 9/21/43

Central Pacific: Intercepted Jap radio signals from Tabiteuea reported in a 9/20 Sigint entry. Detected status of Tabiteuea shows unidentified Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port, port size 3(1), airfield size 4(3), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. Known Jap LCU’s at Tabiteua from available intelligence include 1 Garrison Unit, two HQ (6th Fleet, 4 Air Division) and 15 Base Force (IJN). Tabituea is the primary Japanese naval and air base in the southeastern corner of Pillager’s Japanese outer perimeter line.

Heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio signals from Truk reported in another 9/20 Sigint entry. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Truk.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/20 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship 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 Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Australia: Two transport convoys arriving this game turn, both convoys routed via Capetown.

Convoy EX-44 (29 transports, 3 AKA) arrives from Eastern US – cargo on board includes two LCU (104 Combat Engineer Rgt & 155 USA Base Force), one USMC air transport squadron, 110K supply and 64K fuel. AKA arriving with EX-44 will be detached from the convoy and remain in Australia for use in future operations.

Convoy MX-21 (11 tankers) arrives from Abadan – cargo on board includes 103K fuel.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 115 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 79 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


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Summary of Operations 9/22/43

Central Pacific: Intercepted Jap radio signals reported in several 9/20 Sigint entries from Kwajalein, Wotje and Nikunau.

Detected status at Kwajalein shows unidentified Jap ship(s) in port, port size 4(2), airfield size 1(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Detected status at Nikunau shows unidentified Jap planes based there, airfield size 2(2), port size 1(0), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Wotje – detected airfield size at Wotje 3(0), port size 1(1).


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/21 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
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 Namatanai
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
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 Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor, 39 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 17, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 193(8), fires 2000.

USAAF and RAF 4E bombers launch night bombing strike targeted against both airfield facilities and manpower in Rangoon - B-17's in the raid targeted on manpower, Liberators attacking the airfield. Targeting of manpower in this raid was mainly experimental to obtain first-hand data on effects of this type of attack and possible uses against more suitable objectives for manpower bombing strikes. Due to the small size of manpower "facilities" in Rangoon, bombing of manpower was not expected to yield a significant amount of damage. The raid did produce an unusually high number of Jap planes reported destroyed on the ground - 28 total (11 Ki-44 Tojo, 6 Ki-61 Tony, 11 A6M3a Zero). Pillager did not have CAP fighters operating over Rangoon, possibly the main factor accounting for the number of Jap planes destroyed on the ground. No Allied bombers lost. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
8 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast (42% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9
B-24D Liberator x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Manpower hits 2
Fires 1470
Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 21

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9

No Allied losses

Manpower hits 4
Fires 4140

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12

No Allied losses

Manpower hits 5
Fires 7590

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

Manpower hits 6
Fires 11730

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

Manpower hits 9
Fires 17250

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

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 90 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

9/21 Sigint report entry indicates Jap 6 Medium Field Artillery Rgt (transfer from China) is now in Burma (hex location 60, 46 near Mandalay).

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Summary of Operations 9/24/43

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/23 report intercepted Jap radio signals from Eniwetok and Majuro. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at either Eniwetok or Majuro. Detected status of Eniwetok shows port capacity 3(2), airfield size 1(0). Current available intelligence has one Jap LCU (101 JAAF AF Bn) located at Eniwetok.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/23 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hino Maru #3 reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship 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 Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Tarayasu Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 115,160 near Noumea, Speed 9, Moving Southwest


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), 97 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 16, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 192(9), fires 51.

It appears there may be some value to bombing strikes on manpower centers – in addition to the minor refinery damage in Rangoon, the fires from manpower hits may have some role in the slow rate of repair on Rangoon airfield and possibly other unseen factors. If repairs and delays to repair in Rangoon are costing Pillager supply points from any stockpiles he has in Burma, all the better. This would serve both my intended objectives of an Allied bombing campaign over Burma and adjacent areas of southern China – reducing capability or completely rendering useless this region as (1) a staging area for Japanese operations into India or sea areas in the western Indian Ocean, and (2) providing any substantial economic input to the overall Japanese war economy. Overall Allied strategy in Southeast Asia theatre at this point in the campaign remains entirely defensive. With the fall of China, any Allied land offensive into Burma will likely encounter significant problems above and beyond those that occurred historically. The slow drip of Japanese plane losses in Burma is an added cost in supply points and HI to replace the casualties, before even considering pilot losses. Small quantities of damage accumulated over a period of time has equal benefit to the one “big bang” strike in terms of the big picture.

Unidentified Jap TF detected off Rangoon (hex location 51, 56), possibly the Jap TF departing Rangoon this game turn (see recon report above).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 85 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).


China: Sigint entry for 9/23 is indicating elements of Jap 23 Independent Mixed Brigade are loading or already enroute via sea transport for Nikunau. 23 Brigade is a veteran LCU of the Chungking battles.

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Summary of Operations 9/25/43

Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-50 (19 ships) departing for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 158 USA Base Force, one USN night fighter air squadron, 56K supply.


Eastern Pacific: Ship collision at sea between two large xAK in outbound transport convoy WP-92 bound for the South Pacific east of Hawaii. The two xAK involved in the collision were detached from the convoy and proceeding to Pearl Harbor to unload cargo and enter shipyard repair. Ship collisions at sea in large transport TF are not common occurrences but do happen – this a calculated risk in operating a large-scale transport convoy system. Collisions are a small probability in TF with large numbers of ships, other factors may also apply.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/24 report intercepted Jap radio signals from multiple locations throughout the Central Pacific area – Maleolap, Nikunau, Tabiteuea. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Maleolap. Unidentified Jap aircraft are shown based at both Tabiteuea and Nikunau, ship(s) in port also detected at Tabiteuea.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/24 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
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, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 89 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 21, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 192(9), fires 8.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon - 91 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

Sigint entry for 9/24 reports Jap 4 Mortar Bn now located at Shwebo, this LCU the newest reported transfer into Burma from China.

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Summary of Operations 9/26/43

Okinawa: Several actions near Okinawa between US patrol subs and Japanese transport convoys. Another US patrol sub in this area (SS Sawfish) attacked and hit near Amami Oshima by a Ki-21 Sally air patrol. Reported damage to SS Sawfish is system 32, float 6 - sub returning to base at 18 kts. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Tokara Retto at 100,63 (NE of Amami Oshima)

Japanese Ships
DD Asanagi
AK Keiyo Maru
AK Kamogawa Maru
xAK Mitimei Maru
xAK Yuri Maru
xAK Muroran Maru
xAK Toyokawa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Pogy

SS Pogy launches 2 torpedoes at DD Asanagi
Pogy diving deep ....
DD Asanagi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Tokunoshima at 98,66 (adjacent hex SE of Tokunoshima)

Japanese Ships
AO Sata, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (this appeared as a rather large ship in the combat replay, may not be refueling the KB anytime soon)
SC Ch 5
E Wakataka
E Ukishima

Allied Ships
SS Pompano, hits 1 (no reported damage)

SS Pompano launches 4 torpedoes at AO Sata
E Wakataka fails to find sub and abandons search
E Ukishima attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Jap submarine in close encounter with US patrol sub. AAR follows.

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Sub vs Sub: SS Gurnard attacking SS RO-68 at 115,123 (hex along a movement path between Truk and Lunga/Tulagi)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-68

Allied Ships
SS Gurnard

SS Gurnard launches 2 torpedoes at 3,000 yards

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/25 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
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: 4 ships in port at Luganville
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 Finschhafen
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: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 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: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, no Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 88 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 13, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 129(72), fires 1.

USAAF and RAF 4E bombers hit refinery facilities at Rangoon in a night air strike. One B-17E reported destroyed (ops loss), moderate damage to oil refinery in Rangoon. AAR’s and Combat Events report entries follow.

4 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II 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
7 x 341st BG/22nd 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/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (7% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6
B-17E Fortress x 34
B-24D Liberator x 10

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 8
Fires 8

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 4

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 5
Fires 8

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 4
Fires 8

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 1
Fires 8

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

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 90 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 9/27/43

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 9/26 report intercepted Jap radio signals from Vaitupu (Ellice islands) and Maleolap. No visible Japanese forces or activity shown at either base.

Detected status of Vaitupu shows airfield size 0(0), port size 1(0) – no visible evidence of any Jap construction activity. Current intelligence data has two Jap LCU located at Vaitupu – 52 Naval Gd, 85 JAAF AF Bn. Visible status of this base may or may not be an accurate picture of actual conditions “on the ground”.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/26 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: BB Ise reported in port at Lunga (interesting...)
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 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 unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Malaya: Sigint entry for 9/26 reports Jap 36th Infantry Division now located at Alor Star, this LCU another transfer from China. 36 Division is a veteran unit of the Chungking battles.


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), 88 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 5, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77), no fires. The new Jap TF in Rangoon appears to be a transport convoy – 10 ships including 1 xAP and 2xAK. Five Jap LCU in Rangoon are currently identified from available intelligence data – 55 Mountain Gun Rgt, 47 Field AA Bn, 11 Shipping Engineer Rgt, two HQ (Burma Area Army & 2nd Fleet). Eight other Jap LCU in Rangoon are unidentified.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 100 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s (+1 from last report), oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4). Only seven Jap LCU at Magwe are identified from current intelligence data – 33rd Infantry Division/A sub-unit, 9 Armored Car Co, 36 Field AA Bn, 7 JAAF Base Force, three JAAF AF Bns (8, 93, 94). Nine other Jap LCU in Magwe are currently unidentified, some of these possible arrivals from China.

Pillager does have a number of identified Jap LCU stationed in locations outside Magwe and Rangoon.

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Summary of Operations 9/28/43

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Ocean Island at 129,130 (adjacent hex W of Ocean Is)

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

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

xAKL Ujigawa Maru is sighted by SS Haddo
SS Haddo launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Ujigawa Maru

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Sigint entries for 9/27 report intercepted Jap radio signals from Majuro and Maleolap. No visible Japanese forces or activity shown at either base.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/27 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships 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: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: BB Yamashiro reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown

Multiple 9/27 Sigint report entries indicate elements of Jap 37th Infantry Division aboard various transport ships and enroute to Lae from China. 37 Division is another veteran unit of the Chungking battles.


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub (SS Kingfish) hit in multiple attacks by Ki-49 Helen air patrols. Reported damage to SS Kingfish is system 34, float 13, engine 4 – sub returning to base at 17 kts.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 104 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 107 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers hit Magwe airfield in a night raid. No runs, no hits, no errors. No reported plane losses on either side, no detected airfield damage in Magwe. Combat Events report entry and AAR’s follow.

5 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: Severe storms (no moonlight)

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 12
Wellington B.X x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington B.X bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 7 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington B.X bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Summary of Operations 9/29/43

Japanese Home Islands/Korea: Several US patrol subs W and S of Kyushu and off the western coast of Korea reporting contacts with Japanese surface ASW – no AAR or reported combat.


Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy W of the northern Marshalls. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Ebadon at 127,113 (WNW of Kwajalein)

Japanese Ships
AK Tatuharu Maru
AK Nagara Maru
AK Kosin Maru
AK Yamagiri Maru
AK Seia Maru
AK Akiura Maru
DD Fumizuki

Allied Ships
SS Pollack

SS Pollack launches 2 torpedoes at AK Tatuharu Maru
Pollack diving deep ....
DD Fumizuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/28 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships 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: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Port Moresby
Coastwatcher Report: BB Yamashiro reported in port at Rabaul (Pillager may now be deploying Jap surface naval forces into forward positions in anticipation of Allied offensive operations)
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Australia: Jap submarine in action with coastal shipping along east coast. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Newcastle at 94,166 (E of Newcastle)

Japanese Ships
SS I-20

Allied Ships
AGP Wega, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

AGP Wega is sighted by SS I-20
SS I-20 launches 2 torpedoes at AGP Wega

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Summary of Operations 9/30/43

Japanese Home Islands: Sigint entry for 9/29 indicates Pillager has combined sub-units of Jap 43rd Infantry Division to form the divisional LCU. 43 Division is located at Sapporo.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 9/29 reports Jap 58th Infantry Division now located on Tabiteuea. 58 Division was transferred here from China – the division also a veteran unit of the Chungking battles. 58th Division is the first confirmed arrival in the Pacific theatres from China.

Jap infantry divisions from the Chungking battles that remain unaccounted for since the fall of Chungking include the 13th (possibly bound for Buna), 37th (possibly bound for Lae), 38th (probably now at Luganville), 17th (possibly bound for Tarawa) - also 6th, 15th, 22nd, 26th, 34th, 35th, 40th, 41st, 70th, 104th and 116th. Two Jap divisions from China (36th, 39th) are reported in Southeast Asia. Jap 32nd Infantry Division now reported in Burma (Meiktila).


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 9/29 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
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 Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships 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: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Australia: Japanese patrol sub engaged by US escort DD’s. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Newcastle at 94,170 (SE of Newcastle)

Japanese Ships
SS I-20, hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Cushing
DD Benham
DD Lang

SS I-20 launches 6 torpedoes at DD Cushing
I-20 diving deep ....
DD Cushing attacking submerged sub ....
DD Lang 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 aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 81 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 73 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s, oil production 135(166), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers hit Magwe oil refinery in a badly scattered night raid – basically a training mission given the attacking planes involved. No detected damage to oil refinery facilties in Magwe. Two Blenheim IV destroyed (1 flak, 1 ops), no reported Jap plane losses. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.45 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: Heavy rain (3% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 77 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 7 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
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 33 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Summary of Operations 10/02/43

Japanese Home Islands: Several uneventful actions between US patrol subs and Japanese surface ASW. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Tokunoshima at 98,66 (E of Okinawa)

Japanese Ships
E W-5

Allied Ships
SS Pompano

SS Pompano launches 2 torpedoes
E W-5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Tanegashima at 103,64 (S of Kyushu)

Japanese Ships
PB Yahonui Maru

Allied Ships
SS Grayback

SS Grayback is located by PB Yahonui Maru
Grayback diving deep ....
PB Yahonui Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-86 (one CVE, 53 transports) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 78 Coast AA Rgt, 264K supply and 126K fuel. The CVE arriving in WP-86 is detached from the convoy and will remain in the South Pacific theatre area for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/01 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Iburi Maru reported in port at Lunga
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 Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Heito Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 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 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
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 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 13, Moving Northeast


Australia: Jap patrol sub I-20 remains off Sydney, in action with Allied surface ASW. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Newcastle at 94,170 (SE of Sydney)

Japanese Ships
SS I-20 (reported moving SW but stationary during this game turn)

Allied Ships
PG Herald
PG Swan
PG Moresby

SS I-20 launches 2 torpedoes at PG Herald
PG Herald fails to find sub and abandons search
PG Moresby 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 aerial recon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 110 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77), fires 320.

USAAF and RAF 4E bombers launch night raid on Rangoon – targeting oil refinery (primary) and manpower (secondary). Reported status of Rangoon above and AAR below do not indicate any hits or damage to refinery facilities from this air strike. No Japanese CAP fighters reported destroyed, one USAAF B-24D an ops loss. AAR and Combat Events report entries follow.

6 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
8 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 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
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (14% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 12 (first reported action with N1K1-J in this campaign)

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 8
B-17E Fortress x 28
B-24D Liberator x 26

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Manpower hits 5
Fires 2160

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
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 35 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 12

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 11

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
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 48 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 11

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 111 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s, oil production 138(163), refinery 97(4). Pillager appears to have resumed repair activity to oil production facilities in Magwe.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 9/28/2013 12:09:26 AM   
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Summary of Operations 10/03/43

10/43 Ship Upgrades: This upgrade is being delayed for most eligible ships, only a few ships currently in port for repair and/or replenishment entering the upgrade process at this time.


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

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Submarine attack near Moppo at 99,51 (NNW of Moppo)

Japanese Ships
xAK Kinugasa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Pogy

xAK Kinugasa Maru is sighted by SS Pogy
SS Pogy launches 2 torpedoes

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Japanese Home Islands: Jap surface ASW remains in contact with US patrol sub near Kyushu. Latest AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Tanegashima at 103,64 (S of Kyushu)

Japanese Ships
PB Yahonui Maru

Allied Ships
SS Grayback

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

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Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 10/01 reports intercepted Jap radio signals from Gardner Is. Detected status of Gardner Is shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port and airfield sizes both 1(0). Current intelligence data has 3 Jap LCU’s (62 & 91 Naval Gd, 2 Naval Construction Bn) located at Gardner Is.

Another 10/01 Sigint entry reports intercepted radio transmissions from one or more unidentified Jap TF(s) at hex location 132, 108 east of Eniwetok.


South Pacific: US patrol sub reports contact with unidentified Jap TF(s) ENE of Shortlands at hex location 114, 128. A Jap TF in this hex is reported to contain 3 ships (including one CVE) and moving on a NW heading. There is no reported contact between the US sub and any Jap aircraft – either no planes are operating from the Jap CVE or the Jap TF in this contact does not have a CVE.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/02 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
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 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Australia: Allied surface ASW off Sydney breaks contact with Jap patrol sub I-20.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 112 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77), fires 51.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 111 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s, oil production 138(163), refinery 97(4). No change from last game turn.

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Summary of Operations 10/04/43

South Pacific: Japanese night bombing raid on Suva. From the AAR below it’s not clear as to exactly what the raid was targeting. One G4M Betty reported destroyed by flak. No Allied planes destroyed - no loss or damage to ships, port or airfield facilities in Suva. There had been a local (in-theatre) convoy of small transports unloading in Suva, this convoy finished unloading without incident and now departed.

No Allied fighters were flying night CAP over Suva (only daylight CAP patrols). My estimate is the Japanese (Pillager’s) experience in this night bombing episode not greatly different from most of my own (Allied) except the availability of (Allied) 4E bombers does provide a somewhat better chance of occasionally hitting the jackpot under favorable conditions. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Suva, at 132,160

Weather in hex: Light rain (28% moonlight)

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

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

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Night Air attack on Suva, at 132,160

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

No Japanese losses

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

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Ship collision (between two xAK) in transport convoy WP-88 now approaching New Zealand. One xAK is moderately damaged, the second ship only light damage, no loss of cargo (supply points only) on either xAK. Damaged xAK are being detached from the main body of WP-88 to move independently – this measure allowing the main body to reach destination on schedule with no loss of movement speed. Both damaged xAK from WP-88 expected to reach port safely.

Sigint entry for 10/03 reports Jap 4 Air Defense AA Rgt now located at Ndeni - this LCU transferred from the Japanese Home Islands. Pillager’s flak LCU transfers from the Home Islands to reinforce outer perimeter bases will likely be a welcome development for USAAF strategic bombing come 1945.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/03 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
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 Namatanai
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 111,134 near Munda, Speed 12, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Mizuho reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 118 aircraft (all fighters), 13 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77), fires 8.


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 102 aircraft (all fighters), no visible airfield damage, 16 Jap LCU’s, oil production 138(163), refinery 97(4).

Night airfield strike on Magwe by RAF 2E bombers. No reported airfield damage, two Jap planes (1 Ki-45 Nick, 1 Ki-44 Tojo) reported destroyed on the ground, one RAF Blenheim IV bomber lost (ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Severe storms (28% moonlight)

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 29

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

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 7 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 3000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
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 13 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington Ic bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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