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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly Pillager)

 
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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 10/27/2013 8:20:43 PM   
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Summary of Operations 10/20/43

Southwest Pacific: The KB has arrived, though it did not exactly appear in the manner I initially anticipated. In its current position, the KB is beyond effective reach of Allied air or naval forces - I have no immediate plan to attack KB if it remains at this hex location. What cannot be determined at this point is whether Pillager is moving the KB southward from where it is now. A southward movement of KB is quite possible given other parts of the current situation.

The Jap TF shown below near Milne Bay are of considerable interest. A coastwatcher report entry picked up these TF and report them moving SW at 29 kts – this indicating the contact is likely (if not probable) Jap surface naval forces moving toward Port Moresby and/or nearby sea areas.

US main carrier force is at sea and in the vicinity. Current situation map of the area follows.




Heavy volume of fighter sweeps and airfield strikes from KB against Port Moresby. Airfield facilities in Port Moresby heavily damaged in the attacks – reported runway damage 66, service damage 76. Pillager’s air strikes on Port Moresby not unexpected from a tactical standpoint – the airfield in Port Moresby needing to be “taken out” as prerequisite for movement of the KB further south.

Current and short-term planned activity of Allied air forces based in Port Moresby were mainly oriented toward defense to cover base facilities in Port Moresby (as well as construction to expand them) rather than offensive activity. Given Port Moresby’s current airfield size I could not base Allied air forces in large enough quantity to be of any consequence against the KB or Japanese surface naval forces – also consider vulnerability of Port Moresby airfield to Jap naval bombardment.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 29 A6M3a Zero (20 air-to-air, 9 ops)
• 26 A6M5 Zero (17 air-to-air, 9 ops)
• 1 A6M5c Zero (air-to-air)
• 23 A6M2 Zero (21 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 4 N1K1-J George (all air-to-air)
• 11 D4Y1 Judy (10 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 3 B6N1 Jill (1 each air-to-air, flak, ops)
• 2 B6N2 Jill (both flak)

Most destroyed A6M Zeroes above are likely from KB carrier squadrons.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 56 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (34 air-to-air, 17 on the ground, 5 ops)
• 12 Spitfire V Trop (8 air-to-air, 3 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 11 P-40N1 Warhawk (all on the ground)

Two tactical effects of KB’s air strikes against Port Moresby within the current situation – (1) plane losses from KB carrier based fighter squadrons, and (2) KB using a significant part of its available strikes to hit Port Moresby. Both these effects could be a factor in later short-term actions if Pillager does send KB southward. While fighter plane losses from KB over Port Moresby were significant, a large part of KB’s fighter air strength aboard the carriers remains in operation. As historically, the greater long-term effect of KB’s fighter losses this game turn over Port Moresby could be pilots rather than planes (given the prodigious aircraft production efforts of many JFB).

AAR’s of air operations over Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 16
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 74

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 15 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 14 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 15 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 16
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 70

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 8 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 15
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 59

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
19 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 30

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 11
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 47

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
A6M3a Zero x 5
A6M5c Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 5
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 99 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 130 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
N1K1-J George x 21

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 4 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *
9 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *
5 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 17760.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 53
A6M5 Zero x 260

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
19 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
25 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
15 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
15 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 10
B6N2 Jill x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DMS Dorsey

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 152
A6M5b Zero x 10
B6N1 Jill x 79
B6N2 Jill x 11
D4Y1 Judy x 137

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 6 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 11 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 7 destroyed on ground
P-40N1 Warhawk: 4 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
DMS Dorsey

Allied ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 32
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 68

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
5 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
5 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
5 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
7 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
16 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
7 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
10 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
13 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

Also attacking Port Moresby ...

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 55
B6N1 Jill x 26
D4Y1 Judy x 21
D4Y3 Judy x 22

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 1 damaged
B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y3 Judy: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed on ground
P-40N1 Warhawk: 3 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
7 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 13
B6N1 Jill x 12

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Current status of Port Moresby base indicates no damage to port facilities, airfield damage as stated above. Remaining operational planes at Port Moresby airfield include 9 P-47D2 Thunderbolt, 6 P-40N1 Warhawk, 2 Spitfire V Trop. All of them are going up on 100% CAP, pilot fatigue and morale to be dealt with later. If these planes aren’t lost in the air, they probably will be on the ground. My view is a second Jap air strike on Port Moresby with KB to be an Allied tactical advantage within context of the current situation. Supply points on hand in Port Moresby at 272K.

A small transport TF (3 xAKL) arrived in Port Moresby, this TF now docking in Port Moresby to unload cargo – the cargo (27 USN Seabee Bn plus a small quantity of supply) more valuable than the ships which are likely fodder for KB anyway. A second transport convoy bound for Port Moresby has been turned back.

Plans are for the US Main Carrier force to remain “below the horizon” and undetected for the moment, though movement orders issued to edge a bit more northward to gain better striking position in the event it is used. My current estimate of this situation is that Pillager is likely coming to me, for now keeping a disciplined approach to “hold” and lay a possible ambush could be more profitable – playing for later tactical advantage in 2-3 days vs an immediate reaction. A faster move northward by the US carrier force would likely result in its early detection with little or no other Allied tactical benefit. Except for a small number of Allied transport ships retained to operate between NE Australia and Port Moresby, all other amphibious, transport and other ships from the Port Moresby invasion fleet are well clear of the area.


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Summary of Operations 10/20/43 (continued)

South Pacific: US patrol sub in contact with the same Jap transport TF engaged by SS Wahoo last game turn NE of Rabaul. It’s now apparent this Jap TF is moving southward to an unknown destination with unknown cargo aboard (possibly including a yet to be identified LCU). AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 108,125 (adjacent hex NE of Feni Islands)

Japanese Ships
DD Kamikaze
AK Kagu Maru
xAP Suwa Maru
xAP Tatsuta Maru
DD Numakaze

Allied Ships
SS Drum

SS Drum launches 2 torpedoes at DD Kamikaze
DD Numakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Numakaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 10/19 reports Jap 42nd Infantry Division now located at Ndeni, this LCU transferred to the South Pacific from the Japanese Home Islands. Previous reported location of 42 Division was Chiba on 7/24/43.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/19 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 2, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 19, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 10, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 14, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 15, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,133 near Normanby Island, Speed 29, Moving Southwest (visible on game map as multiple TF, this contact of possible interest)
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,125 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 0, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 6, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 0, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 4, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed 3, Moving Northwest


Australia: Ships in port at Brisbane and Sydney on standby to evacuate if KB moves far enough southward to be a possible threat. Pierside repair activity in these two bases continues though no new repair ship or shipyard repairs at Brisbane or Sydney are being started until a clear idea of events further north is determined. Transport convoy EX-47 from Eastern US is still in Australia and continues unloading cargo – the convoy expected to complete unloading and depart in 1-2 days without being affected.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2 Jap TF in harbor (+2 from last report), 137 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77), airfield damage 3. Of the two Jap TF now in Rangoon, one appears to be a transport TF (10 ships including 3 xAK, 2 DD, 1 CM), the second TF with barges and light surface escorts (9 ships including 3 LB, 2 PB, 1 SC).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 33 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 18, 17 Jap LCU’s (+1 from last report), oil production 145(156), refinery 97(4).

USAAF 4E bombers hit Magwe airfield in a night air raid. Reports indicate moderate damage to Magwe airfield facilities (above), 27 Japanese planes destroyed on the ground (14 Ki-44 Tojo, 9 Ki-61 Tony, 4 Ki-45 Nick). This particular raid is one of few night bombing strikes where the participating Allied bombers remained almost fully coordinated. One B-17E Fortress destroyed (ops). AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (57% moonlight)

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 37
B-24D Liberator x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 17 damaged
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 35

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 5 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 11000.
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 50 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Summary of Operations 10/21/43

Southwest Pacific: KB remains stationary in its position NE of Lae (hex location 101, 124), continues air strikes on Port Moresby. Some participating Jap planes in the AAR below probably originated from Rabaul.

Heavy volume of Jap fighter sweeps continue against Port Moresby, mainly from KB. No further air strikes on airfield facilities in Port Moresby – current runway damage 47 (some repair done), service damage 77.

Jap naval attack strike from KB launched against the small Allied transport TF (3 xAKL) kept in Port Moresby to unload cargo – two xAKL were sunk, the third xAKL severely damaged and now disbanded in Port Moresby. All elements of 27 USN Seabee Bn fully disembarked from the xAKL before the ships were hit by naval air strikes.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 2 A6M3a Zero (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 11 A6M5 Zero (9 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 4 D4Y1 Judy (all air-to-air)
• 2 E13A1 Jake (both air-to-air)
• 2 Ki-49 Helen (both flak)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 3 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (all air-to-air)
• 5 P-40N1 Warhawk (3 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 1 C-47 Skytrain (ops, on air transport into Port Moresby from Australia)
• 2 PBY-5 Catalina (both air-to-air, Dutch aircraft on naval air search over KB)

Latest AAR’s of air operations over Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
A6M5 Zero x 11

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 2
P-40N1 Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23760.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 25760.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 24

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 1

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 20

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
J2M2 Jack x 2
N1K1-J George x 20

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *
11 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *
19 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 7
D3A1 Val x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Prominent, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)
xAKL Beatrice, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Prominent

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 52
A6M5 Zero x 40

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
18 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
25 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
15 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
15 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 6 damaged
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Current status of Port Moresby base indicates no damage to port facilities, airfield damage as stated above. No operational planes remain at Port Moresby airfield. Surviving operational planes and pilots from the fighter squadrons in Port Moresby transferred back to NE Australia to reform. Detachments of fighter squadrons in Port Moresby with non-operational P-40N1 Warhawk and Spitfire V planes were withdrawn – planes and pilots in these detachments returned to the appropriate replacement pools. Detachments from the three P-47 Thunderbolt fighter squadrons remain in Port Moresby with 10 planes total (none operational). Supply points on hand in Port Moresby at 268K.

A second small Allied transport TF bound for Port Moresby turned back to Australia, surface ASW escort of this convoy engaging a Jap submarine. AAR of this action follows.

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ASW attack near Cooktown at 97,136 (SW of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-33, hits 1

Allied Ships
DMS Chandler
DMS Long
xAKL Karuah
xAKL Caledon
xAKL Sipora
xAKL Tamara
DMS Elliot
DMS Wasmuth

SS I-33 is sighted by escort
DMS Wasmuth attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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US Main Carrier force remains “below the horizon” and still undetected – it moved a short distance northward this game turn for better tactical position if I have an opportunity to use it. Most sea hexes in areas of the Coral Sea south of New Guinea are within one or multiple search zones of LBA naval search aircraft based at various airfields in NE Australia (the carrier force now centrally positioned well inside these naval air search arcs). US Main Carrier force is positioned to react to detected Japanese TF that enter search zones of Allied naval air search in the Coral Sea. My current plan is not to commit the US Main Carrier force until significant Jap targets of opportunity are spotted and clear objective(s) for an Allied carrier strike is established. At the moment, my best tactical option for US carriers is keeping them undetected as long as possible until a clear objective is identified to strike.

If moved northward to engage the KB, the US carrier force would likely be detected (Jap submarines most probable) well before it reached attack range to hit KB - this making any degree of tactical surprise for US carriers very unlikely if they move to attack KB at its current position near Lae. There will be better tactical opportunities for an engagement with the KB than what I’m seeing now. Under the current situation, Pillager does not have a great deal more to accomplish with KB if he keeps it at the present location near Lae. My estimate is Pillager will either move KB southward or have it returning to base within the next 1-2 days. A southward move of KB could change the range of available options/opportunities I have for the US carrier force. Before making my bet, I want to see some Japanese poker chips on the table.


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Summary of Operations 10/21/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 10/20 report intercepted Jap radio signals from several locations – Marcus Is, Maleolap and Tabiteuea.

Detected status of Marcus Is shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, port and airfield sizes both 1(0).

Detected status of Maleolap shows airfield size 4(1), port size 1(1), no visible Japanese forces or activity.

Detected status of Tabituea shows unidentified Jap planes based there, ship(s) in port, one or more unidentified Jap LCU(s), port size 3(1), airfield size 4(3). No other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/20 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 0 , Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 1, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 1, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 8, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 17, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
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 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 8, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 0, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 2, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 3, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 102,133 near Normanby Island, Moving East


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF in harbor (+1 from last report), 118 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 79 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 24, 17 Jap LCU’s, oil production 146(155), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 10/22/43

Southwest Pacific: KB is stationary northeast of Lae (hex location 101, 124). Air strikes from KB continue on Port Moresby including fighter sweeps and airfield bombing. No operational Allied fighters remain in Port Moresby – Jap fighter sweeps from KB were left unopposed. Current damage levels to Port Moresby airfield are 61 runway and 100 service. Five P-47D2 aircraft (none operational) remain in Port Moresby, my intention at the moment to duck under Pillager’s mass fighter sweeps. Bomber strikes against Port Moresby are consuming available strike capacity on KB carriers along with a modest level of plane attrition on KB.

I’m content for the moment with Pillager using KB to expend Japanese fuel, supply and planes on Port Moresby. What Japanese air strikes succeed in damaging now is quickly repaired later. The Japanese hare is slowly running itself into the ground as the Allied tortoise moves to catch it. It's likely Pillager does not have fuel point stocks in theatre to run many KB sorties, I have 2-3 million fuel on hand for mine with more in transit. A question of how long it takes for the KB to run out of gas.

The one surviving (severely damaged) xAKL from last game turn’s Jap naval attack strike on Port Moresby sank in port during this game turn’s night phase prior to any daylight KB air attacks. The three sunk xAKL successfully delivered a highly useful USN Seabee engineer unit to Port Moresby before the ships were lost.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 10 A6M2 Zero (2 air-to-air, 8 ops)
• 8 A6M5 Zero (2 air-to-air, 6 ops)
• 3 A6M3a Zero (1 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 1 D4Y1 Judy (flak)
• 3 N1K1-J George (all on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 5 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (all on the ground)
• 7 P-38G Lightning (all air-to-air)
• 6 B-24D1 Liberator (5 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 3 B-24D Liberator (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 6 B-25D1 Mitchell (2 air-to-air, 2 flak, 2 ops)
• 1 B-25C Mitchell (ops)
• 1 PBY-5 Catalina (air-to-air, Dutch aircraft on naval air search over KB)

KB isn’t getting off without a scratch… USAAF 2E skip bombers launch strike on KB, one Jap carrier hit. This raid also provided some useful intelligence into composition of Pillager’s KB force – the intelligence also confirming my suspicion CV Hiyo had not sunk after a single torpedo hit by US sub S-47 during an earlier KB sortie off New Zealand in 1942 (reports in several game turns indicating it had).

A further point on skip bombing… My initial thought concerning targets on which skip bombing naval attacks would be launched was largely restricting this type of attack to transport and auxiliary ships, attacks with these planes on carriers or surface naval ships only in emergency (or accidental as in the AAR below). I had two reasons for setting this policy – (1) movement speeds, armor protection and/or flak armament of most Jap naval ships would make skip bombing ineffective; (2) estimated plane losses in skip bombing air strikes against Japanese naval ships would probably be heavy due to low altitude of these attacks making them highly vulnerable to flak and/or CAP fighters. Regardless… CV Junyo at minimum is likely headed on a long journey to a shipyard. Combat Events report entries and AAR follows.

4 x B-25D1 Mitchell unable to locate target due to range or weather
4 x B-25D1 Mitchell from 22nd BG/33rd BS flight failed to link up returning to base
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell unable to locate target due to range or weather
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell unable to locate target due to range or weather

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (E of Lae)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
A6M3a Zero x 38
A6M5 Zero x 219
A6M5b Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
P-38G Lightning x 42

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
P-38G Lightning: 4 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
CV Kaga
CV Junyo, Bomb hits 1 (flight deck penetration and severe damage reported, fire?)
CA Aoba
DD Takanami
CV Katsuragi
DD Akatsuki

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 16 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 24 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
23 planes vectored on to bombers
6th Ku S-1/C with A6M5b Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 3000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 25 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 26 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 3000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 36750.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 16 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Taiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 36750.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
Unryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Amagi-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Katsuragi-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Chitose-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
Chiyoda-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

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Latest AAR’s of Jap fighter sweeps and bombing strikes over Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 26

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 24

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 20

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 3
J2M2 Jack x 2

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M5c Zero bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
N1K1-J George x 15

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 10

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 11

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 31
B6N2 Jill x 3
D4Y1 Judy x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
3 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 4

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 12

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 23
J2M2 Jack x 2

No Japanese losses

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

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 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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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Marine Division, at 98,130 (Port Moresby)

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 9

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 169
A6M5b Zero x 9
B6N1 Jill x 117
B6N2 Jill x 14
D4Y1 Judy x 101
D4Y3 Judy x 22

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N1 Jill: 1 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 8 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied ground losses:
22 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 48

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
5 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
5 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
B6N1 Jill x 40
D4Y1 Judy x 23

No Japanese losses

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

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
14 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
D4Y1 Judy x 18

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y1 Judy x 12

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

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USAAF 4E bomber force hits Lae airfield. Rather than using the 4E bomber force for attacks on KB, the decision was made to keep 4E bombers on planned objectives to eliminate available Japanese port and airfield facilities in eastern New Guinea (primarily Lae and Buna) ahead of an Allied ground offensive to take these objectives. AAR follows.

Detected status of Lae (after air strike below) – 3 Jap TF’s (all barges), 21 aircraft (all fighters), 5 Jap LCU, airfield size 4(4), port size 2(2), airfield damage 10.

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 17
A6M3a Zero x 16
A6M5 Zero x 65
A6M5b Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 72
B-24D1 Liberator x 84
B-24J Liberator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 damaged
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

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

Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 29

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
6th Ku S-1/C with A6M5b Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
261 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Akagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Ryujo-1 with A6M5 Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
Taiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Unryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Chitose-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
Chiyoda-1 with A6M5 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Junyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
253 Ku S-2 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes

Kajinami, S. in a Ki-44-IIa Tojo makes head on attack ... forces B-24D1 Liberator out of formation

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US Main Carrier force remains “below the horizon” and undetected. If it were possible to move the US carriers northward without detection (this unlikely due to Jap submarines Pillager is operating S of Port Moresby, possibly also Jap naval air search from Rabaul and/or western Solomons area), the current tactical situation would make a US carrier strike on the KB at least somewhat favorable. As of now, Pillager has consumed much of the KB’s strike capacity on airfield strikes against Port Moresby, also at least 50-60 CAP fighters on KB carriers destroyed or not operational from earlier combat.

The current tactical situation from my view is not the best opportunity for US carriers to strike. Pillager has the KB placed at a position not easily accessible to attack by Allied LBA or carrier air strikes. In terms of "location" Pillager won this action. A few well-placed Allied submarines can make a future return to this sea area by the KB at least risky if not somewhat costly. Let the cat and mouse game begin…


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Summary of Operations 10/22/43 (continued)

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

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

Japanese Ships
E W-5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 2 torpedoes
Sub escapes detection

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Central Pacific: US patrol sub in transit reports contact with Japanese surface ASW. AAR follows.

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

Japanese Ships
PB Kaito Maru

Allied Ships
SS Shad

SS Shad is sighted by escort
PB Kaito Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 10/21 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio signals from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows the expected Jap aircraft based there and ship(s) in port. No visible Japanese forces or activity observed in Truk.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-91 (30 transport ships plus CVL Cowpens, 8 LCI, 2 AR, 4 DE, 1 PG, 1 PF, 2 AM, 1 CM, 2 ACM) arrives in New Zealand from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes 141K supply and 72K fuel, no LCU or air units. CVL Cowpens detached for eventual transfer to US Main Carrier force. LCI, AR, surface ASW escorts (DE, PG, PF) and mine warfare ships (CM, AM, ACM) arriving with WP-91 to remain in South Pacific theatre for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/21 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 25, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 23, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Nichiren Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 2Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 101 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 97 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 14, 17 Jap LCU’s, oil production 147(154), refinery 97(4).


India: Jap bombers in night air raid on Calcutta. Three G4M1 Betty reported destroyed (1 flak, 2 ops), no Allied CAP fighters lost. No reported damage to airfield facilities in Calcutta. AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on Calcutta, at 52,37

Weather in hex: Light rain (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIf x 4
P-38E Lightning x 8
P-39D Airacobra x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
No.176 Sqn RAF with Beaufighter VIf (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
51st FG/25th FS with P-38E Lightning (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
51st FG/26th FS with P-39D Airacobra (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes

Some CAP have air radar

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Johnjohn chiming in from the sidelines. Work has slowed down my play, although I did dislodge and destroy the enemy on Baker Island, thus opening up the Gilberts and Marshalls to future attacks. It is still Sept 42 in my game against the AI. I am presently updating most of my ships and will be through the end of the year. Moving supply has been the key aspect in this campaign. Auckland is well developed as a major base. PH has 600K fuel and 900K supply. Auckland about half of that and Sydney, about a fourth. Perth is well stocked as is Darwin, at least for the next month or so. Columbo is like PH, Calcutta about half of Columbo with significant quantities of fuel and supply at Diamond Hbr and Chittagong. Fighter coverage has kept the enemy under control, although the Flying Tigers are gone along with their 600 kills, but the pilots were saved. Bombay is a major base and the option of running supply in from CT to destinations other than Perth, then to Abadan and then back has solved the fuel shortage at CT. Now 250K fuel in CT and supply provision is still building up stockpiles on map. Numerous reinforcements to India have put some backbone in the defense situation, but the AI seems to be concentrating on Cox's Bazaar which is proving to be a killing field for them. Cruiser SAG TFs from Diamond Harbor regularly interrupt supply efforts and kill troops in transit. Akyab is well developed and supplied, with 30K troops and 500 AFVs in place, though yesterday's intel shows some unit(s)? moving inland toward Mandalay. I have two UK divisions at Chittagong and three divisions, one in name only (UK 70th, about Bde size)in Imphal area. Kylemo is developed and supplied just inside Burma. Bombay is supplied similar to Columbo and is supplementing CT as rear area depots. I am planning attack in Solomons, but am considering Tarawa first.

As for your campaign, I think you succeeded with a strategic victory against the enemy. You can replace your aircraft loses, they cannot replace their pilots. And, significantly, putting Junyo in the body shop for a while your carriers were not engaged, just makes you stronger. Unfortunately, as you commented, Port Morseby is an important base, but suffers from lack of mutual support. I have the same problem, and have decided not to retake PM until I secure Milne Bay and the island bases around there. I have already rushed in ENGR units to North East Aussie to develop the bases there. Unfortunately that takes months given the location. Have managed to get the scattered elements of 8th Aussie Div to Darwin, mostly overland through Alice Springs as starting point and will form the division once all are in the same op mode. (March to Katherine, strat move the rest of the way).

Parts of the Chinese Army Forces are showing up in intel reports as planning attacks in SWPAC and Auckland. Not sure what this means or if this means Chinese elements are in SOPAC area (Rabaul? Truk?). Intel does not show any units from China having left China. However, enemy has reinforced Solomons and Milne Bay with Divisions. They are getting ready for my eventual advance.

KB made a quick run about halfway to SF, hit one convoy and damaged several ships before running north and hitting Alaska in preparation of Kiska attack. It then returned to home islands. Intel yesterday has Hiroshima/Kure with heavy radio traffic. I believe the KB is on the move. Don't know if this means Truk or push against India.

US Carriers are returning PH from Baker Island area for October refits. KB is still the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Am giving it wide berth. John

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quote:

Unfortunately, as you commented, Port Moresby is an important base, but suffers from lack of mutual support. I have the same problem, and have decided not to retake PM until I secure Milne Bay and the island bases around there.

Do see your point, but you have to go past Port Moresby to get to Milne Bay and the islands. Not a good idea once a Japanese opponent starts parking his planes in Port Moresby.

To some degree, Port Moresby can have mutual support from bases in NE Australia (Townsville north to Portland Roads); provided NE Australian bases are fully expanded (airfields & ports) and these bases contain supply in sufficient amounts to support both their own operations as well as send some of that supply to Port Moresby. Much of this I had quietly and gradually done in the months before the Port Moresby invasion. Fully expanded and supplied airfields at Portland Roads and Cooktown (also Cairns to a lesser extent) will nicely allow operation of 2E bombers and some fighters (P-38 and P-47) over Port Moresby and many nearby areas of eastern New Guinea (Lae, Buna) from the airfields. Granted… drop tanks are needed for the P-38’s and P-47’s to do this. 4E bomber operations over eastern New Guinea are possible at any airfield north of Charters Towers - assuming airfields are sufficiently expanded, supplied, etc to support 4E bomber missions.

Cairns and Townsville with fully expanded ports and airfields are both very suitable for use as transit points to load and send cargo via sea transport from Australia into Port Moresby. These two bases are particularly valuable as transit points as they both have a rail line connection southward to Brisbane and Sydney.

Having the use of nearby Allied bases in NE Australia for the Port Moresby attack removed what was my biggest single problem in the Samoa invasion I conducted in my first PBEM campaign with Pillager – the lack of friendly (Allied) bases close enough to support a major invasion operation. Just the existence of NE Australia bases is a vast difference from what happened last time at Samoa. Penrhyn Island was my main (and only) Allled support base in the Samoa operation last time. Changes to base size and stacking limits for Penhryn in AE would not allow its use as a major Allied support base in an AE campaign. Also the distance… 22 hexes from Penhryn Island to Pago Pago, 11 hexes to Port Moresby from Cairns (and the rail line to Sydney). Just from the standpoint of logistics alone (not to mention air missions and sea transport operations), available bases in NE Australia is a vast difference.

Other shortfalls I experienced at Samoa in my first campaign vs Pillager included –

(1) Multiple objectives attacked simultaneously. The Samoa attack (as planned) had three simultaneous objectives – Pago Pago, Upolu and Savaii. Having three targets at once quickly led to the other shortfalls below.
(2) LCU’s landing in the initial invasion force were not in sufficient strength to capture their objective without heavy losses and disruption levels.
(3) Not enough supply landed with LCU’s in the invasion force to support both ground combat, maintain LCU’s after the objective was captured, and allow engineers to repair/expand airfield and port facilities.
(4) LCU landing with the invasion force did not include construction engineer and aviation support elements in quantity to repair the airfield once captured and allow Allied air operations to start quickly.

The 200+ ship invasion fleet going into Port Moresby (and its cargo allocation) along with the concentration on Port Moresby as a sole initial objective resolved most if not all the problems from last time. I put ashore 300K supply on Port Moresby along with the invasion force – overkill being greatly preferred over shortages.

What is likely not a change between the Port Moresby operation and my previous action at Samoa is there will probably be an extended battle of attrition around eastern New Guinea the Allies can eventually win. However, this time the Allies are much better positioned to support their end of the battle.

My entire Allied build-up process in South and SW Pacific theatres was conducted to create the ability for both theatres to execute mutually supporting operations using interior lines. Many South and SW Pacific theatre bases can support operations in the other theatre. Carrier and surface naval forces, amphibious and other shipping, plus many air squadrons are quickly and easily transferred between South and SW Pacific. Both theatres have very substantial supply and fuel point stocks on hand. Ground forces for a large second wave attack exist in SW Pacific theatre - only a matter of when and where to use them. South Pacific theatre has equally large forces in place. If properly orchestrated, the capability of launching and supporting multiple large scale, mutually supporting Allied offensive operations is already in place between South and SW Pacific. If Pillager dispatches too many Japanese forces against Port Moresby, it could easily result in an opening for a second major Allied attack on another flank. And don’t forget Central Pacific.


quote:

I have already rushed in ENGR units to North East Aussie to develop the bases there. Unfortunately that takes months given the location.

I was starting this in late 1942. Cairns, Townsville and Charters Towers are relatively easy given the rail line connections southward to Sydney. Cooktown and Portland Roads took a bit more time given the slower movement rate of supply overland via secondary roads – also that construction engineer, aviation support LCU’s going to these two bases had to march in rather than ride the train. I was also using air transport to fly supply points into Portland Roads. What I should note here that none of this was done using any sea transport, all movement done overland. I have this nice rail and road network, why use transport shipping – rail and road movement north from Sydney to NE Australia is virtually immune to Japanese air attack and completely immune to any form of naval action, plus rail and road movement is (for all intents) invisible. None of my early activity in NE Australia was done with an attack on Port Moresby in mind. I came to realize later the attack on Port Moresby became quite feasible once all the bases in NE Australia were expanded.

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Summary of Operations 10/24/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 80, service damage 100, port damage 6, supply on hand 248K. 5 P-47D2 Thunderbolt planes (none operational) remain in Port Moresby.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 5 Ki-44 Tojo (3 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 2 G4M1 Betty Zero (both ops)
• 2 D3A1 Val (both flak)
• 1 H1K1-J George (air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 6 P-38G Lightning (4 air-to-air, 2 ops)

Jap patrol sub detected operating off Portland Roads, no other detected Jap naval activity between NE Australia and Port Moresby.

Three detected Jap TF (all barges) in Lae/Salamaua area. Allied patrol subs dispatched to attack KB instead find Tokyo Express off Lae. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (N of Lae)

Japanese Ships
APD Hagi, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)
DD Asagiri
DD Shikinami
DD Uranami
DD Isonami
AMC Saigon Maru
CM Okinoshima
CM Tokiwa
APD Tade
APD Fuji
APD Aoi
APD Nadakaze
DD Yuzuki
DD Ushio
DD Sazanami
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

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

SS Wahoo launches 4 torpedoes at APD Hagi
DD Yuzuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Sazanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Akebono fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yuzuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Ushio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Sazanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Akebono fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Japanese barges attacked by USAAF 2E skip bombers. AAR follows

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Salamaua at 98,127

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-38G Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 5 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
LB-102, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-1007, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
LB-155, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-1006
LB-1005, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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AAR’s of this game turn Jap air strikes on Port Moresby follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
ACM Holly, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Port hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged

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

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 20

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 9

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 10/24/43

Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-53 (43 ships) departing this game turn for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one LCU (160 USA Base Force), nine air units (4 day fighter, 3 night fighter, 2 recon), 176 supply and 11K fuel.


Formosa: US patrol sub (SS Sturgeon) hit and damaged in attack by G4M Betty air patrol off the China coast (hex location 88, 60). Reported damage to SS Sturgeon – system damage 21, float 25, engine 3, sub is returning to base at 15 kts.


Central Pacific: Intercepted radio signals from unidentified Jap TF(s) at hex location 118, 118 (SW of Ponape) reported in a 10/23 Sigint entry. No available information as to number of Jap TF(s), composition or movement. US patrol subs are operating in sea areas to the S and SW of this contact – no reported contacts in this sea area between any US subs and Jap air patrols. Based on hex location, lack of contacts with Jap planes in the immediate area plus other known/estimated factors related to KB and its recent operation, my estimate is this contact is probably not the KB unless Pillager has stood down all its planes (not considered likely).


South Pacific: Detachment of transport convoy WP-95 (WP-95A with 8 ships) arrives in Suva from the mainland US - cargo includes 37K supply and 19K fuel, no LCU or air units. Main body of convoy WP-95 arriving shortly in New Zealand.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/23 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 6, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed 2, Moving Southwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor, 118 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 88 aircraft (all fighters), 19 Jap LCU’s (+1 from last report), oil production 149(152), refinery 97(4).

USAAF bombers hit Magwe oil production in a night raid. Status of Magwe base shows no additional damage to oil facilities. No US bombers lost, 5 Jap Ki-44 Tojo CAP fighters reported destroyed (3 air-to-air, 2 ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (17% moonlight)

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-24D Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 77 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 18 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 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 detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 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 42 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 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 39 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 10/25/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 80, service damage 97, port damage 6, supply on hand 244K. 5 P-47D2 Thunderbolt planes (none operational) in Port Moresby.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 Ki-44 Tojo (ops)
• 1 G4M1 Betty Zero (ops)
• 2 Ki-49 Helen (both ops)
• 1 Ki-43 Oscar (ops)
• 1 A6M2 Zero (ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed - none

Jap patrol sub detected SE of Port Moresby. A second Jap submarine possibly bound to/from patrol in the Port Moresby area intercepted by a US patrol sub. AAR follows.

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Sub vs Sub: SS Blackfish attacking SS I-157 at 103,136 (daylight action SE of Milne Bay)

Japanese Ships
SS I-157

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

SS Blackfish launches 4 torpedoes at 4,000 yards

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Four detected Jap TF (all barges, 25 ships total) in Lae. A small Allied transport convoy (6 xAKL) with radar element of Rabaul Det Base Force (remainder of this unit already in Port Moresby), 155 USA Base Force and 990 supply arrived in Port Moresby without interference from Jap air activity – this TF now docked and unloading. With KB out of the area, other Allied transport TF now bound for Port Moresby.


Latest AAR’s of Jap air strikes on Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M5c Zero bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
A6M3a Zero x 9
G4M1 Betty x 12
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
20 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 12

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

No Japanese losses

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

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11

No Japanese losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
11 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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Summary of Operations 10/25/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy off Bonin islands in a night action. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Chichi-jima at 114,76 (E of Chichi jima)

Japanese Ships
xAK Tokuhei Maru
PB Tama Maru
xAK Yoneyama Maru
xAK Kyokko Maru
E Saga

Allied Ships
SS Dace

SS Dace launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tokuhei Maru
Dace diving deep ....
E Saga fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 10/24 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows the expected Jap planes based there, also ship(s) in port, no visible Japanese forces or activity. The intercepted Jap signals may or may not be connected with a return of KB to base at Truk.


South Pacific: Main body of transport convoy WP-95 (43 transports, 4 DD) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving aboard the convoy includes two LCU (159 USA Base Force, 229 USN Base Force), 192K supply and 97K fuel. DD arriving with WP-95 have been detached from the convoy and will remain in South Pacific theatre area for use in future operations.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/24 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 18 , Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 6, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: AK Momokawa Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 0, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed 12, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed 12, Moving Southeast


Bay of Bengal: US patrol sub reports contact with probable Jap picket ship in open sea area west of Rangoon. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Port Blair at 43,53 (WNW of Port Blair)

Japanese Ships
PB Wa 1

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack

SS Amberjack launches 2 torpedoes
Amberjack diving deep ....
PB Wa 1 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, no Jap TF in harbor (-1 from last report), 118 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 90 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 23, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 150(151), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 10/26/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 100, service damage 97, port damage 6, supply on hand 241K.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 6 N1K1J-George (all on the ground)
• 1 G4M1 Betty Zero (ops)
• 2 Ki-49 Helen (both ops)
• 2 Ki-44 Tojo (both on the ground)
• 2 A6M2 Zero (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 A6M3a Zero (both on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 3 P-38G Lightning (all air-to-air)
• 2 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (both on the ground)

Detected Jap patrol sub approaching NE Australia coast ESE of Portland Roads. It appears Pillager has this sub operating in a patrol zone between Portland Roads and Port Moresby – not a significant problem as most Allied sea transport into Port Moresby is originating from Australian ports farther south.

Four detected Jap TF (mostly barges, several SSX, 37 ships total) in Lae. The small Allied transport convoy (6 xAKL) docked in Port Moresby fully unloaded cargo without interference from Japanese action and is departing Port Moresby. Air squadron elements with the 3 non-operational P-47 Thunderbolt planes remaining in Port Moresby were loaded aboard the departing xAKL.


USAAF 4E bomber strike on Lae airfield. In addition to airfield damage (below), 10 Jap planes were destroyed on the ground. Detected status of Lae shows 12 aircraft (all fighters), airfield size 4(4), airfield damage 52, port size 2(0), 5 Jap LCU’s. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
N1K1-J George x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 51
B-24D1 Liberator x 12
B-24J Liberator x 15
P-38G Lightning x 50

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 6 damaged
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 7 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

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

Airbase hits 19
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 30

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/C with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
N1K1-J George x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 2 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 5

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

CAP engaged:
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
Tainan Ku S-1/C with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Latest AAR’s of Jap air strikes on Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M5c Zero bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
A6M3a Zero x 9
G4M1 Betty x 12
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
20 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 12

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

No Japanese losses

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

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11

No Japanese losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
11 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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Summary of Operations 10/26/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub entering Sea of Japan in night action with Japanese surface ASW while passing through straits between Hokkaido and Sakhalin. AAR ‘s follow.

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

Japanese Ships
E Yurijima

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny is located by E Yurijima
Tunny bottoming out ....
E Yurijima fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Wakkanai at 123,48

Japanese Ships
PB Kosin Maru #3
E Yurijima

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

SS Tunny is located by PB Kosin Maru #3
Tunny bottoming out ....
E Yurijima fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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East China Sea: US patrol sub (SS Sailfish) heavily damaged in attacks by Ki-48 Lily and Ki-40 Helen air patrols W of Tsushima Straits (hex location 101, 56). Reported damage to SS Sailfish – system damage 63, float 27, engine 7, sub is returning to base at 14 kts.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 10/25 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk for a second consecutive day. Detected status of Truk shows no change from last game turn, no visible Japanese forces or activity.

Intercepted Jap radio signals reported in other 10/25 Sigint entries from various Central Pacific bases – including Wake Is, Nikunau and Jaluit. Detected status at Wake Is and Nikunau bases show unidentified Jap planes in each location. No other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Jap submarine intercepted by US patrol sub operating as part of the picket perimeter around Suva. AAR follows.

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Sub vs Sub: SS S-27 attacking SS I-173 at 117,157 (NE of Noumea, between Noumea & Efate)

Japanese Ships
SS I-173, Torpedo hits 1 (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS S-27

SS S-27 launches 2 torpedoes at 1,000 yards

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Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/25 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: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed 12, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 29, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 26, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,130 near Buna , Speed 4, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,131 near Goodenough Island, Speed 9, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 8, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 7, Moving Southeast


Indian Ocean: Pillager appears to be operating a picket line of Jap PB between the Andaman islands and Colombo. Contact reported by a PBY Catalina naval air search and a Japanese PB in open sea area NW of Sabang. The Jap PB spotted by the PBY air patrol is a different contact from the Jap PB engaged last game turn by US sub Amberjack NW of Port Blair. At this point, my estimate is the Japanese patrol line is more likely a defensive rather than an offensive measure on Pillager’s part. Situation map follows.





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), 110 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 96 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 10, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 151(150), refinery 97(4). Pillager is actively repairing oil production facilities in Magwe.


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Summary of Operations 10/27/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 89, service damage 100, port damage 6, supply on hand 237K. No Allied planes at Port Moresby airfield – all damaged P-47 Thunderbolt planes removed from Port Moresby to Australia for recovery to operational condition.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 A6M2 Zero (air-to-air)
• 1 A6M3a Zero (ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 2 P-38G Lightning (both air-to-air)
• 2 B-25C Mitchell (both air-to-air)

Detected Jap patrol sub now off Portland Roads.

Detected status of Buna shows 101 aircraft (83 fighters, 18 bombers), airfield size 7(6), airfield damage 2, port size 3(1), 17 Jap LCU’s. One Jap TF (10 ships including 5 DD) detected at Buna.

Detected status of Lae shows 10 aircraft (all fighters), airfield size 4(4), airfield damage 73, port size 2(0), 5 Jap LCU’s. AAR’s follow. Three detected Jap TF (all small ships, mostly barges and several SSX, 26 ships total) in Lae.


Only Allied bombing activity this game turn was a small airfield strike on Buna by USAAF 2E bombers. An attempted daylight raid by 4E bombers on Lae airfield did not take off, orders for this raid revised to a night bombing strike against Buna airfield – 100 parked Jap planes an open invitation.

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 61 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
N1K1-J George x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 12
P-38G Lightning x 17


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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

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Latest AAR’s of Jap air strikes on Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 81 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 6

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 3

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M5c Zero bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25
A6M3a Zero x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
10 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
23 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 100 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 12

No Japanese losses

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

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 58 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 10/27/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy, sub attacked by Jap convoy’s surface ASW escort. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Aogashima at 114,65 (E of Aogashima)

Japanese Ships
E Hoko
E W-14
E Fuyo
AK Yamahuku Maru
AK Fushimi Maru
AK Nagara Maru
xAP Teiritsu Maru
xAK Terukawa Maru
xAK Taito Maru
DD Harukaze
DD Minazuki

Allied Ships
SS Flasher, hits 2 (system damage 11, float 20, engine 8, returning to base at 15 kts)

SS Flasher is sighted by escort
DD Harukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Minazuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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

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Sub attack near Jaluit at 134,123 (S of Jaluit)

Japanese Ships
xAK Aso Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Wa 7

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Aso Maru
Grenadier diving deep ....
PB Wa 7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 10/26 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Nikunau for a second consecutive day. Detected status of Nikumau shows no change from last game turn (unidentified Jap planes based there), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/26 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 6, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed 9 , Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Tusima Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, 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), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 106 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 152(149), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 10/27/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Jap transport convoy, sub attacked by Jap convoy’s surface ASW escort. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Aogashima at 114,65 (E of Aogashima)

Japanese Ships
E Hoko
E W-14
E Fuyo
AK Yamahuku Maru
AK Fushimi Maru
AK Nagara Maru
xAP Teiritsu Maru
xAK Terukawa Maru
xAK Taito Maru
DD Harukaze
DD Minazuki

Allied Ships
SS Flasher, hits 2 (system damage 11, float 20, engine 8, returning to base at 15 kts)

SS Flasher is sighted by escort
DD Harukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Minazuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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

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Sub attack near Jaluit at 134,123 (S of Jaluit)

Japanese Ships
xAK Aso Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Wa 7

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Aso Maru
Grenadier diving deep ....
PB Wa 7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 10/26 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Nikunau for a second consecutive day. Detected status of Nikumau shows no change from last game turn (unidentified Jap planes based there), no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/26 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 6, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed 9 , Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Tusima Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, 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), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 124(77).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 106 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 152(149), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 10/28/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 80, service damage 100, port damage 11, supply on hand 235K.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 2 Ki-44 Tojo (both flak)

Allied planes reported destroyed - none

Detected status of Buna shows 130 aircraft (101 fighters, 29 bombers), airfield size 7(6), airfield damage 2, port size 3(1), 19 Jap LCU’s (+2 from last report).

Detected status of Lae shows 21 aircraft (all fighters), airfield size 4(4), airfield damage 86, port size 2(0), 5 Jap LCU’s. Two detected Jap TF (1 CL plus small ships, mostly barges and several SSX, 11 ships total) in Lae.


A small Allied transport convoy from NE Australia (4 xAK) arrived in Port Moresby overnight with 208 Coast AA Rgt aboard plus supply points. The convoy fully disembarked 208 AA Rgt plus some of its supply point cargo during both phases of this game turn. The convoy and its escorts came under multiple naval air strikes from Jap LBA – none of the ships were hit. What appears to a possibly successful tactic is splitting off the convoy’s ASW escorts into separate ASW TF(s), with movement of each ASW TF set to follow the convoy at zero hex range – as seen below, several Jap air strikes on the convoy were completely diverted away from the transport ships and onto the escort TF’s.

Although about 6600 supply remains aboard the four xAK (ships about 70% unloaded), unloading of the convoy’s remaining cargo has been cancelled and movement orders issued for the convoy to immediately depart Port Moresby back to Australia. The convoy’s primary mission of delivering 208 Coast AA Bn to Port Moresby is completed successfully, preservation of the 4 xAK (in this case) having greater value than unloading their remaining 6600 supply cargo. At this point, there is no operational CAP or flak defense in Port Moresby adequate to effectively cover further ship unloading. AAR’s of Jap naval air strikes on the transport convoy follow.

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Tambua
xAK Dundula
xAK Adelong

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AM Kapunda
AM Junee
AM Inverell

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AM Inverell
AM Junee

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AM Echuca

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

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US patrol sub in action with Jap surface combat TF near Lae. Some possibility this TF could be a “Tokyo Express” cargo run into Lae. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (NE of Lae)

Japanese Ships
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Ashigara
CL Oi
CL Kitakami
DD Arashio
DD Makigumo
DD Nagatsuki
DD Inazuma
DD Wakaba
DD Yamakaze

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

SS Wahoo is sighted by escort
DD Nagatsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Inazuma fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yamakaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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No Allied bombing activity over New Guinea this game turn – all attempted air strikes were cancelled. Latest AAR’s of Jap air strikes on Port Moresby base follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 107 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
A6M3a Zero x 22
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 9

No Japanese losses

Port hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 6

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 97 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 21

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Several small Jap air attacks against US ground forces advancing on Buna. AAR’s follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on Americal Infantry Division, at 99,130 (adjacent hex SW of Buna)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
D3A1 Val x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Americal Infantry Division, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Americal Infantry Division, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 2

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 10/28/43 (continued)

East China Sea: US patrol sub in action with Jap surface ASW off Shanghai. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Shanghai at 94,56 (E of Shanghai)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-3

Allied Ships
SS Robalo

SS Robalo launches 2 torpedoes
Robalo bottoming out ....
SC CHa-3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/27 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 31, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 5, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 9, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 3, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 12, Moving Southeast


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), 114 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 105(96).

USAAF and RAF bombers hit refinery facilities at Rangoon in a night air strike. Some additional damage to refinery, 9 N1K1 George fighters reported destroyed (8 air-to-air, 1 ops). One RAF Liberator B.III lost (air-to-air). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
7 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 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
7 x 7th BG/492nd 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: Partial cloud (no moonlight)

Raid detected at 66 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 12
Wellington GR.VIII x 9
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Refinery hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 7000 feet *
City Attack: 3 x 250 lb GP Bomb
11 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 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 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 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 (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 13

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
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 (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 6

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

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 (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

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 (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
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 detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 1

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 39 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 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 43 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Refinery hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 44 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 1

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 38 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 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 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7

No Allied losses

Refinery hits 3

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

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 119 aircraft (all fighters), 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 153(148), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 10/29/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 65, service damage 100, port damage 17, supply on hand 230K.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 4 Zeroes -1 A6M3a, 1 A6M5b, 2 A6M5c (2 flak, 2 ops)
• 2 Vals - 1 D3A1, 1 D3A2 (1 flak, 1 ops)
• 1 G3M2 Nell (ops)
• 1 N1K1-J George (ops)
• 1 Ki-43 Oscar (flak)

Allied planes reported destroyed - none

Two detected Jap patrol subs operating in sea area between Port Moresby and NE Australia. One detected sub SW of Port Moresby near Portland Roads. The second Jap submarine in an action with Allied surface ASW escorts south of Port Moresby. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Port Moresby at 97,134 (S of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-172

Allied Ships
AM Junee
AM Kapunda

SS I-172 launches 2 torpedoes at AM Junee
AM Kapunda fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Detected status of Buna shows 127 aircraft (114 fighters, 23 bombers), airfield size 7(6), no airfield damage, port size 3(1), 19 Jap LCU’s.

Detected status of Lae shows 23 aircraft (all fighters), airfield size 4(4), airfield damage 81, port size 2(0), 5 Jap LCU’s. Three detected Jap TF in Lae – 2 probable Barge TF (16 ships total0, also one unidentified TF (possibly surface combat) with 8 ships.


No Allied bombing activity over New Guinea this game turn – all attempted air strikes were cancelled. Latest AAR’s of Jap air strikes on Port Moresby base follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 6

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 3
A6M5c Zero x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A6M5c Zero bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
3 x A6M3 Zero bombing from 20000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 116 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
A6M3a Zero x 24
G4M1 Betty x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
9 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
10 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

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

Airbase supply hits 1

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

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Raid detected at 102 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
19 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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Several small Jap air attacks against US ground forces advancing on Buna. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Americal Infantry Division, at 99,130, near Buna

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 17
D3A1 Val x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 10/29/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 10/28 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje and Maleolap. Detected statuses of the two bases show no visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/28 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 9, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 111,134 near Munda, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed 1, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 102,132 near Fergusson Island , Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: AK Kosin Maru reported in port at Lunga
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: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 6, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed 0, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Bay of Bengal: British subs in transit to patrol areas near Rangoon report contact with probable Japanese picket ship. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Port Blair at 43,54 (W of Port Blair)

Japanese Ships
PB Wa 1

Allied Ships
SS Tally Ho

SS Tally Ho is located by PB Wa 1
PB Wa 1 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, 3 Jap TF in harbor (+3 from last report), 122 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 105(96). One of the spotted Jap TF in Rangoon contains 10 ships (5 reported as CV plus 2 E) and is operating at least a small number of aircraft (3 planes). Given KB is known to be operating in the Pacific, my estimate has this Jap TF containing one or more CS or AV ships rather than having carriers.


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air raid below) – 119 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 1, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 154(147), refinery 97(4).

RAF Blenheims hit Magwe airfield in a night attack. Minor damage reported to Magwe airfield – no Japanese planes destroyed, one Blenheim IV lost (ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

5 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 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: Clear sky (no moonlight)

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 33

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 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
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 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 35200.
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 32 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 16

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 *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 10/30/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 0, service damage 93, port damage 17, supply on hand 250K. Arrival of the US Escort Carrier force this game turn with the latest sea transport reaching Port Moresby (see below) interrupted Japanese air attacks on Port Moresby base allowed significant progress in airfield repairs, not to mention attrition of Japanese planes that have been operating over Port Moresby.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 18 A6M2 Zero (9 air-to-air, 3 ops, 6 on the ground)
• 2 A6M2-N Rufe (both on the ground)
• 12 A6M3a Zero (all air-to-air)
• 24 D3A1 Val (21 air-to-air, 3 on the ground)
• 19 Ki-49 Helen (15 air-to-air, 4 ops)
• 2 N1K1-J George (both on the ground)
• 23 Ki-44 Tojo (16 air-to-air, 1 ops, 6 on the ground)
• 4 G4M1 Betty (3 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 H8K2 Emily (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 E7K2 Alf (both air-to-air)
• 1 E13A1 Jake (air-to-air)
• 1 D4Y1 Judy (ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 18 TBF Avenger (16 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 14 B-24D Liberator (11 air-to-air. 3 ops)
• 1 B-24J Liberator (air-to-air)
• 4 F6F Wildcat (1 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 3 F4F-4 Wildcat (all air-to-air)


US Landing Craft TF (29 LST plus US Escort Carrier force) arrived in Port Moresby during the night phase of this game turn (unloading began in daylight). Cargo arriving aboard this TF included three LCU (two US AA Bns and 1 USN Naval Construction Rgt) and 27K supply – nearly all LCU elements plus 20K supply disembarked into Port Moresby. The TF will stay in Port Moresby to disembark its remaining cargo. The TF was intercepted in a night attack by a Jap patrol sub during its final approach into Port Moresby – 1 LST sunk with supply cargo plus elements of 1 USN Construction Rgt. AAR of sub attack follows.

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Submarine attack near Port Moresby at 97,131 (adjacent hex SW of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-62

Allied Ships
LST-21, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied ground losses:
30 casualties reported (elements from 1 USN Naval Construction Rgt)
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled

LST-21 is sighted by SS RO-62
SS RO-62 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-21

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Small transport TF returning from Port Moresby to Australia intercepted by a second Jap patrol sub. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Cooktown at 97,136 (ENE of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS I-157

Allied Ships
xAK Tambua, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage (sunk)

xAK Tambua is sighted by SS I-157
SS I-157 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tambua

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Detected status of Buna (after air strikes below) shows 28 aircraft (22 fighters, 6 bombers), airfield damage 47, 19 Jap LCU’s. This game turn’s reported count of Jap planes in Buna is about 100 less than the count on 10/29.

Detected status of Lae shows 131 aircraft (96 fighters, 19 bombers), airfield damage 62, 5 Jap LCU’s. Five detected Jap TF in Lae – 4 probable Barge TF (32 ships total, also one possible surface combat TF with 10 ships.



USAAF 4E bombers hit Buna airfield in two air strikes (one night, one daylight). Combat Events report entries from night raid plus AAR’s of night and daylight raids follow.

4 x 43rd BG/63rd BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
4 x 43rd BG/64th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/400th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 43rd BG/403rd BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/528th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/529th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
5 x 43rd BG/63rd BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (3% moonlight)

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M3a Zero x 3
N1K1-J George x 13
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 26

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 60
B-24J Liberator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M2-N Rufe: 6 damaged
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 4 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 5 destroyed, 23 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 43
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 61

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
Tainan Ku S-1/C with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

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Arrival of US Escort Carrier force enabled large-scale interception of incoming Jap air strikes on Port Moresby – this largely producing the anticipated result of heavy Jap plane losses, also a break allowing repair of Port Moresby airfield facilities. Going into this game turn I had been estimating Pillager would continue sending most Japanese LBA fighters over Port Moresby with bomb loads (as there were no Allied CAP fighters to meet them) rather than using CAP fighters on sweep missions – this estimate proved largely correct and maximized the effect of CAP fighters from the escort carriers (I had also considered this my best-case scenario). AAR’s of this game turn’s Jap air strikes on Port Moresby base hex follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 137 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 8
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 142
F6F-3 Hellcat x 134

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

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 12 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 14 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 14 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 19 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 19 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 16 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 17 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 19 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 18 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130

Raid detected at 103 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15
D3A1 Val x 16

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 141
F6F-3 Hellcat x 134

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 14 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 14 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 19 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 19 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
24 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 16 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 17 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 19 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 18 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 12 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 140
F6F-3 Hellcat x 131

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 4 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
16 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
20 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
28 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
19 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
20 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 38

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 138
F6F-3 Hellcat x 128

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 14 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
16 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 8
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 17

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 128
F6F-3 Hellcat x 117

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 5 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 24270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 11270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5270 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers

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On a more disasterous note… Torpedo squadrons from the US Escort Carrier force launched an unescorted strike on Japanese shipping in Lae base hex. Most of the attacking US planes were destroyed without attacking the Japanese ships – no US fighters from the escort carrier force went out with the torpedo bombers, possible cause for this the result of all VF squadrons having range set to zero to keep CAP coverage focused over Port Moresby base hex. AAR follows

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Lae 99,126

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 2
N1K1-J George x 18
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 24 (all but 4 planes shot down or aborted)

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 10 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
APD Aoi, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
Tainan Ku S-1/B with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
Tainan Ku S-1/C with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
6th Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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Summary of Operations 10/30/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub (SS Grayback) hit and damaged in attack by Ki-49 Helen air patrol SE of Kyushu (hex location 104, 62). Reported damage to SS Grayback is system 38, float 36, engine 7 – sub returning to base at 12 kts.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 10/29 reports heavy volume of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows no visible Japanese forces or activity beyond the expected aircraft and ship(s) normally located within the base.

Another 10/29 Sigint entry reports intercepted radio signals from a visible Jap submarine TF at hex location 119, 131 (E of Ontong Java). No available information on the number of sub(s) or their movement. From position of this contact and its location relative to Truk, sub(s) in this contact may be moving to or from the Suva/New Zealand area.


South Pacific: Transport convoy WP-97 (9 ships) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo aboard the convoy includes one LCU (610 Coast AA Rgt) and 32K supply.

Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/29 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
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: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul , Speed 32, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,132 near Milne Bay, Speed 2, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 0, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Nichiren Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
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 Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,132 near Milne Bay, Speed 0, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 1, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 110,133 near Vella Lavella, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 100,131 near Goodenough Island, Speed 0, Moving Northwest


Australia: US destroyer in contact with Jap patrol sub. AAR follows.

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

Japanese Ships
SS I-20

Allied Ships
DD Hull

SS I-20 is located by DD Hull
I-20 diving deep ....
DD Hull 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, 3 Jap TF in harbor, 115 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 105(96).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after air raid below) – 96 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 155(146), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers hit Magwe airfield in a night attack. No reported damage to Magwe airfield – no Japanese planes destroyed, one Wellington X lost (flak). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Light cloud (3% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 77 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 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 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 16

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 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 47 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1

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, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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India: Surviving elements of last evacuated Chinese LCU from southern China reaches Ledo after overland march across northern Burma – the arriving LCU a base force unit (aviation support) at 30% TOE strength and consisting mainly of support elements. The unit will continue movement to a rear area base inside India for rebuilding with available replacement pool elements. Once rebuilt, the LCU will be assigned to the “Free” Chinese air force now based and operating in India under Southeast Asia theatre command. .

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Summary of Operations 10/31/43

Southwest Pacific: KB returns to attack Port Moresby, runs into US patrol sub in a night action. While there’s little question CV Hiryu took a torpedo hit, damage to CV Hiryu from the torpedo hit did not appear to prevent the carrier from launching planes at daylight. Still… another Japanese CV headed for shipyard repair. AAR of this action plus a second night action by SS Wahoo follow.

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Sub attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (NE of Lae)

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu, Torpedo hits 1
BB Haruna
CA Chikuma
CA Tone
CL Yahagi
CL Oyodo
DD Teruzuki
DD Natsushio
DD Hatsukaze
DD Oyashio
DD Kuroshio

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo launches 4 torpedoes at CV Hiryu
Wahoo diving deep ....
DD Natsushio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Oyashio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kuroshio attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Cape Gloucester at 102,124 (NE of Lae)

Japanese Ships
DD Okikaze
E Hiyodori
AO Tsurumi
AO Shiretoko
AO Naruto
AO Hayamoto
DD Hasu
DD Akikaze

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo launches 4 torpedoes at DD Okikaze
Wahoo diving deep ....
DD Hasu fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Akikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield runway damage 0, service damage 21, port damage 17, supply on hand 253K.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 103 D4Y1 Judy (100 air-to-air, 2 flak, 1 ops)
• 26 D4Y3 Judy (25 air-to-air, 1 flak)
• 88 B6N1 Jill (83 air-to-air, 5 flak)
• 8 B6N2 Jill (7 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 77 A6M5 Zero (71 air-to-air, 6 ops)
• 13 A6M3a Zero (8 air-to-air, 5 ops)
• 5 A6M2 Zero (3 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 15 Ki-43 Oscar (14 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 12 Ki-44 Tojo (11 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 14 N1K1-J George (12 air-to-air, 1 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 7 E13A1 Jake (all air-to-air)
• 4 E7K2 Alf (all air-to-air)
• 1 G4M1 Betty (ops)


Allied planes reported destroyed
• 24 TBF Avenger (all on the ground **)
• 11 P-38G Lightning (8 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 12 B-25D1 Mitchell (8 air-to-air, 3 flak, 1 ops)
• 6 F6F Hellcat (20 air-to-air, 6 ops)
• 37 F4F Wildcat (25 air-to-air, 6 ops, 6 on the ground **)
• 1 B-24J Liberator (ops)

** planes lost on the ground aboard sunk CVE’s

US Landing Craft TF completed unloading cargo in Port Moresby with one LST lost. This TF is now scheduled for immediate departure for return to Australia.


Japanese 2E night bombing attacks on Port Moresby airfield. No significant damage to Port Moresby airfield facilities, no effect on continued repair of airfield facilities. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (10% moonlight)

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 9

No Japanese losses

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

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G3M2 Nell 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

No Japanese losses

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

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

No Japanese losses

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

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

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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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 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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Small night raid by USAAF 4E bombers launched on Buna airfield. AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Severe storms (10% moonlight)

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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KB air strikes over Port Moresby met by CAP fighters from US Escort Carrier force. Five of 12 CVE’s in the escort force sunk, three others with moderate damage (all 3 expected to reach Australia safely if no further attacks). Five DD from the Escort Carrier force also sunk. Escort Carrier force is under orders to depart Port Moresby with all remaining ships. Given the odds, the Escort Carrier force acquitted itself quite well – CAP fighter from the escort force claimed a large number of planes from KB air groups. This game turn’s air actions over Port Moresby plus the torpedo in CV Hiryu (US patrol sub action above) continues KB’s slow and eventual demise. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 117 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
A6M3 Zero x 7
A6M3a Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 137
F6F-3 Hellcat x 123

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
15 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
14 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 12 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 18 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 18 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 15 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 17 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 17 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 16 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 137
F6F-3 Hellcat x 121

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 11 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 12 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 18 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 18 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 17 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 16 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 122 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 28

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 134
F6F-3 Hellcat x 114

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 3 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 18 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 14 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 16 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 119 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 42
A6M3a Zero x 103
A6M5 Zero x 183
A6M5b Zero x 10
B5N2 Kate x 4
B6N1 Jill x 73
B6N2 Jill x 7
D4Y1 Judy x 73

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 128
F6F-3 Hellcat x 110

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 6 destroyed, 2 damaged
B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 11 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Chenango, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CVE Suwannee, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DD Ellet
CVE Anzio, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CVE Santee, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Dale
DD Dunlap
DD Fanning, Bomb hits 1, on fire (later sunk)
DD Stack, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Aylwin, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
DD Mahan, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (later sunk)

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
7 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 9 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 24270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 22270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 14 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 14 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 3 on standby, 16 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

Ammo storage explosion on CVE Chenango
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Anzio
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Suwannee
Magazine explodes on DD Aylwin
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Mahan
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Santee

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 152 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 50 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
A6M5 Zero x 49
B6N1 Jill x 7
B6N2 Jill x 4
D4Y1 Judy x 29
D4Y3 Judy x 13

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 121
F6F-3 Hellcat x 100

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 3 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 11 destroyed, 1 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Ellet
DD Fanning, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (later sunk)
DD Dunlap, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (later sunk)
DD Dale
DD Benham

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers

Massive explosion on DD Fanning
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Dunlap

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 82 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 18
B6N1 Jill x 14

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 104
F6F-3 Hellcat x 85

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 7 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 105 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M5b Zero x 5
N1K1-J George x 26

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 97
F6F-3 Hellcat x 99

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
11 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 8 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 16 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 12 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 14 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 8

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 88
F6F-3 Hellcat x 91

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 6 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 155 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 42 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 79
F6F-3 Hellcat x 86

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 27270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 63 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23900.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 107 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 41
A6M3a Zero x 102
A6M5 Zero x 163
A6M5b Zero x 10
B6N1 Jill x 34
B6N2 Jill x 3
D4Y1 Judy x 49

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 78
F6F-3 Hellcat x 84

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 5 damaged
B6N1 Jill: 2 destroyed by flak
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor, Bomb hits 1, on fire (system damage 36, float 25, engine 20, moving at 11 kts)
CVE Sangamon, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CVE Copahee, Torpedo hits 1 (system damage 1, float 34, engine 1, moving at 10 kts)
CVE Casablanca
DD Mahan, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage (later sunk)
CVE Prince William, Bomb hits 1, on fire (system damage 27, float 3, engine 1, moving at 15 kts)
DD Dunlap, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage (later sunk)
DD Worden
CVE Breton
DD Fanning, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
10 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
10 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 25270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 27270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 23900.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes

Fuel storage explosion on CVE Sangamon
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Sangamon
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Sangamon
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Mahan
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Prince William
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Dunlap
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Corregidor
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Fanning

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 105 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
A6M5 Zero x 20
B6N1 Jill x 12
D4Y1 Judy x 10
D4Y3 Judy x 12

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 73
F6F-3 Hellcat x 80

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 5 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 4 destroyed
D4Y3 Judy: 7 destroyed
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CVE Corregidor, on fire

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 10 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 12 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 14600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 25
B6N1 Jill x 10
D4Y1 Judy x 16

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 60
F6F-3 Hellcat x 61

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 7 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 5 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 7 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
LST-24
SC PC-1086
LST-343
PG Warrego, Bomb hits 1, on fire (system damage 39, float 31, engine 7, fire 1, moving at 10 kts)
SC PC-1087
LST-34, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6810 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Port Moresby 98,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 18
B6N1 Jill x 12

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 44
F6F-3 Hellcat x 50

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6810 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-4F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 6810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-7F with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers

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Naval air strikes by USAAF skip bombers against Japanese ships in Lae base hex. AAR's follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Lae 99,126

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 8
A6M5 Zero x 15
A6M5b Zero x 2
N1K1-J George x 17
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 4 destroyed
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CL Kitakami, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CA Ashigara
CM Tokiwa
APD Nadakaze, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
Tainan Ku S-1/B with A6M5b Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
6th Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
6th Ku S-1/C with A6M5b Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
261 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 4190.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
Taiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Unryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
Amagi-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Chitose-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 36000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Lae 99,126

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 8
A6M5 Zero x 18
A6M5b Zero x 4
N1K1-J George x 20
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 27
P-38G Lightning x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 20 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
P-38G Lightning: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
APD Tade, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
APD Fuji, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
CM Okinoshima
CM Tokiwa, Shell hits 2
AMC Saigon Maru, Bomb hits 14, and is sunk
APD Nadakaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CA Furutaka
DD Yuzuki

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 7 (4 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (7 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Tainan Ku S-1/B with A6M5b Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Tainan Ku S-1/C with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
6th Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
6th Ku S-1/C with A6M5b Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
261 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Taiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Unryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Amagi-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Chitose-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Chiyoda-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 10/31/43 (continued)

Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-54 (31 ships) departing for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 122K supply and 50K fuel, no LCU or air units.


East China Sea: US patrol sub in action with Jap surface ASW off Shanghai. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Shanghai at 94,56 (E of Shanghai)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-3

Allied Ships
SS Robalo

SS Robalo launches 2 torpedoes
SC CHa-3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Hawaii: Intercepted radio transmissions from an unidentified Japanese patrol sub reported in a 10/30 Sigint entry. Reported location of the Jap sub is WSW of Johnston Is (hex location 158, 113). No Allied ships are in the area of this contact. No movement information available on the Jap sub.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 10/30 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from several locations – Majuro, Canton Is, Gardner Is.

Detected status of Canton Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there, airfield size 2(0), port size 2(2). Four Jap LCU’s identified on Canton Is from current intelligence – these include Yokosuka 1 SNLF, 65 Naval Gd, 144 JAAF AF Bn and 2 JNAF Co.

Detected status of Gardner Is shows no visible Japanese forces, port and airfield sizes both 1(0). Current intelligence identifies three Jap LCU’s on Gardner Is – 62 & 91 Naval Gd, also 2 Naval Construction Bn.

Detected status of Majuro shows no visible Japanese forces, port size 1(0), no airfield. Three Jap LCU’s identified on Majuro from current intelligence – including Majuro Base Force, 3 IJN Special Coastal Gun Bn, Yokosuka 6 SNLF. Not so tempting a target for US bombardment TF’s.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/30 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 2 ships reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 100,131 near Goodenough Island, Speed 3, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 103,124 near Talasea, Speed 13, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 100,131 near Goodenough Island , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 100,130 near Buna, Speed 1, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 5, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed 5, Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 1 Jap TF in harbor (-2 from last report), 28 aircraft (all fighters), 15 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 105(96).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 81 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 156(145), refinery 97(4).


An interesting observation from this game turn’s recon over Magwe and Rangoon… a suddenly decreased number of Jap fighter planes from these two bases. Is Pillager up to something in Burma? Or has the situation in New Guinea reached a point where Pillager may be transferring LBA fighter squadrons from Burma to the Pacific theatres?

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Summary of Operations 11/01/43

Southwest Pacific: KB remains stationary in its position NE of Lae. KB did not appear to launch any of this game turn’s fighter sweeps or air strikes on Port Moresby. US sub Wahoo continues attacks on KB task forces. In addition to KB presence at this location, Pillager is also moving Japanese TF of all kinds through this sea area to Lae and Buna – current plans are to increase US patrol sub activity in sea areas NE of Lae to intercept and attack at least some of this Japanese ship traffic. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (NE of Lae)

Japanese Ships
CL Katori
E Hiyodori
AO Tsurumi
AO Shiretoko
AO Naruto
AO Hayamoto
DD Hasu
DD Akikaze

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo launches 4 torpedoes at CL Katori
Wahoo diving deep ....
DD Hasu fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Akikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124

Japanese Ships
CV Akagi
BB Kongo
CA Kumano
CA Suzuya
CL Naka
CLAA Tenryu
DD Akizuki
DD Onami
DD Tamanami
DD Naganami
DD Takanami

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo launches 6 torpedoes at CV Akagi
DD Onami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Tamanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Naganami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124

Japanese Ships
DD Mochizuki
DD Mikazuki

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo, hits 2 (system damage 20, float 26, engine 2, returning to base at 15 kts)

SS Wahoo is located by DD Mochizuki
Wahoo diving deep ....
DD Mochizuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mikazuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mochizuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Mochizuki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sunk Ships display (Intelligence screens) is reporting CV Hiryu has sunk near Lae. My estimate for now is that the report is questionable. No fires were observed on Hiryu after its torpedo hit last game turn, my view being it’s unlikely CV Hiryu would sink from a single torpedo hit and no fires.


Current status of Port Moresby base – no airfield or port damage, supply on hand 247K. Construction activity to increase airfield size in Port Moresby has resumed.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 20 N1K1-J George (19 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 17 Ki-43 Oscar (15 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 14 Ki-44 Tojo (12 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 15 A6M2 Zero (13 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 6 A6M3 Zero (5 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 17 A6M3a Zero (12 air-to-air, 5 ops)
• 5 A6M5b Zero (3 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 1 E13A1 Jake (air-to-air)


Allied planes reported destroyed
• 23 F4F Wildcat (18 air-to-air, 2 ops, 3 on the ground )
• 13 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (9 air-to-air, 3 ops, 1 on the ground)


Pillager continues Japanese 2E night bombing attacks on Port Moresby airfield. No reported damage to Port Moresby airfield facilities, minor or no effect on continued repair of airfield facilities. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud (17% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
10 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 84 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 7

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M2 Nell 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 7

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M2 Nell 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

No Japanese losses

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

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

No Japanese losses

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

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 5 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied ground losses:
4 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 5

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G3M2 Nell 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

No Japanese losses

Airbase supply hits 1

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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It appears KB launched few or no air strikes over Port Moresby, most of this game turn’s Japanese day air strikes appear to be LBA originating mostly from a size 6 airfield Pillager has at Hansa Bay. If true, the Jap airfield at Hansa would be within easy reach of both 2E and 4E bombers once Allied bomber forces start operating from Port Moresby. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24
F4F-4 Wildcat x 45

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24
F4F-4 Wildcat x 40

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17270 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 20

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 23
F4F-4 Wildcat x 37

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 16270 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 16920 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 18
F4F-4 Wildcat x 31

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 22270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 145 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 48 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3a Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 13
F4F-4 Wildcat x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VC(F)-41 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 87 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M3 Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 9
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M3 Zero: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 22920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 22540.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters to 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 139 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 37
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 8 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 82 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 8
N1K1-J George x 13

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 33
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 23
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 19920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 21
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5

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

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-33 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 19920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
VF-26 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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US landing craft TF and remaining ships of Escort Carrier force departed Port Moresby without incident. Several actions reported between US surface ASW and Japanese subs in sea areas south of Port Moresby. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 97,131 (night action SW of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-62, hits 3

Allied Ships
DD Lamson
DD Monaghan

SS RO-62 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Lamson
DD Monaghan fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Lamson attacking submerged sub ....
SS RO-62 eludes DD Lamson by diving deep
Massive explosion on SS RO-62
SS RO-62 eludes DD Lamson by hugging bottom
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 95,133 (daylight action SW of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-23

Allied Ships
DD Dale

SS I-23 is sighted by escort
I-23 diving deep ....
DD Dale attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 11/01/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transport convoy E of the Marianas. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Pagan at 115,92 (E of Saipan)

Japanese Ships
xAK Maebasi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (later sunk)
E Fuyo
AK Yamahuku Maru
AK Nagara Maru
xAP Teiritsu Maru
xAK Terukawa Maru
xAK Teihoku Maru
xAK Taito Maru
DD Harukaze
DD Minazuki

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

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

SS Crevalle launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Maebasi Maru
Crevalle diving deep ....
DD Harukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Minazuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Minazuki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Pagan at 115,92

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

Allied Ships
SS Crevalle

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

xAK Maebasi Maru is sighted by SS Crevalle
SS Crevalle launches 2 torpedoes

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South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 10/31 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 100,130 near Buna, Speed 1, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 2, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 23, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 23, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 100,130 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul , Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 0, Moving West


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon from aerial recon – no Japanese ships anchored in port, 3 Jap TF in harbor (+2 from last report), 87 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s (+1 from last report), light industry 9(32), refinery 105(96).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon – 110 aircraft (all fighters), no airfield damage, 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 157(144), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 11/02/43

Southwest Pacific: KB remains in a stationary position NE of Lae. Several reports of contacts and attacks by B6N Jill air patrols (probably from KB carriers) by US patrol subs operating near KB’s position. Actions by US patrol subs against KB task forces continue. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (NE of Lae)

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei
CA Mogami
CL Noshiro
CLAA Tatsuta
DD Maikaze
DD Tokitsukaze
DD Amatsukaze
DD Shiranui
DD Isokaze

Allied Ships
SS Gato, hits 5 (system damage 43, float 49, engine 2, returning to base at 10 kts)

SS Gato is sighted by escort
DD Tokitsukaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Amatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Shiranui attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shiranui is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Chikuma
CA Tone
CL Yahagi
DD Teruzuki
DD Natsushio
DD Hatsukaze
DD Oyashio
DD Kuroshio

Allied Ships
SS Gato

SS Gato is sighted by escort
DD Natsushio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Oyashio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sunk Ships display (Intelligence screens) continues reporting CV Hiryu is sunk.


Current status of Port Moresby base – no airfield or port damage, supply on hand 243K. Construction activity to increase airfield size in Port Moresby continues.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 2 A6M2 Zero (both air-to-air)
• 1 G4M1 Betty (ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed - none


Jap 2E night bombing attacks on Port Moresby continue, raids intercepted by makeshift night fighter CAP. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain (25% moonlight)

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
G4M1 Betty x 7 (bombers aborted strike mission prior to air-to-air combat)

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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US landing craft TF and remaining ships of Escort Carrier force departed Port Moresby without incident. Several actions reported between US surface ASW and Japanese subs in sea areas south of Port Moresby. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 97,131 (night action SW of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-62, hits 3

Allied Ships
DD Lamson
DD Monaghan

SS RO-62 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Lamson
DD Monaghan fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Lamson attacking submerged sub ....
SS RO-62 eludes DD Lamson by diving deep
Massive explosion on SS RO-62
SS RO-62 eludes DD Lamson by hugging bottom
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 95,133 (daylight action SW of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-23

Allied Ships
DD Dale

SS I-23 is sighted by escort
I-23 diving deep ....
DD Dale attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 11/22/2013 2:33:56 PM   
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Summary of Operations 11/02/43 (continued)

Sea of Japan: US patrol sub intercept Jap transport ships in night actions. SS Tunny later hit and damaged in attack by Ki-49 Helen air patrol. Reported damage to sub – system 32, float 22, engine 5. SS Tunny now returning to base at 15 kts. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Ulleungdo at 108,51 (NE of Ulleungdo)

Japanese Ships
xAK Kyosei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

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

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Sub attack near Ulleungdo at 108,51

Japanese Ships
xAK Sikisan Maru, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Tunny

xAK Sikisan Maru is sighted by SS Tunny
SS Tunny attacking on the surface

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Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 11/01 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Baker Is and Roi-Namur. Detected status of Roi-Namur shows unidentified Jap planes based there, otherwise no visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.


South Pacific: Daily coastwatcher entries from 11/01 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Uji Maru 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: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Buna is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 1, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 17, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Yubari Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 13, Moving Northwest


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), 91 aircraft (all fighters), 16 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 105(96).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe from aerial recon (after raid below) – 116 aircraft (all fighters), 19 Jap LCU’s, oil production 158(143), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers launch night raid on Magwe airfield. One Blenheim IV bomber lost (ops). No reported damage to Magwe airfield facilities or Japanese planes destroyed. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

7 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
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 (25% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 66 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 16

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 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 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 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

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 *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

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 (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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 (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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 (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 11/22/2013 10:57:42 PM   
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Summary of Operations 11/03/43

Southwest Pacific: KB appears to have departed its position NE of Lae, now detected in Rabaul base hex. No reported contacts of KB with US subs or naval search air patrols.

CV Hiryu still appears in Sunk Ships display (Intelligence screens).

Current status of Port Moresby base – airfield now expanded to size 5(6), no port or airfield damage, supply on hand 239K.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 9 N1K1-J George (all on the ground)
• 9 G4M1 Betty (8 on the ground ,1 ops)
• 5 Ki-61 Tony (all on the ground)
• 3 A6M2-N Rufe (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 Ki-44 Tojo (on the ground)
• 1 Ki-43 Oscar (on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed - none


No significant daylight air activity in New Guinea. US and Japanese bombers exchange night airfield bombing raids – Jap planes hit Port Moresby, USAAF bombers attack Jap airfields in Buna and Lae.

No significant damage reported from Jap night bombing raid on Port Moresby. Some bombers from the Jap raids below aborted before contact with US fighter CAP. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 85 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 46

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 12

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 107 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 42 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 7

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 7

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Lae shows no visible airfield damage, one Jap TF (10 LB), 3 Jap LCU’s.

Detected status of Buna shows airfield damage 73, 102 aircraft (81 fighters, 21 bombers), 19 Jap LCU’s.

Combat Events report entries and AAR’s of USAAF 4E bomber strikes on Lae and Buna airfields follow.

6 x 43rd BG/63rd BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
4 x 43rd BG/65th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/319th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 28th CG/404th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 22nd BG/408th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/528th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
4 x 380th BG/531st BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
5 x 43rd BG/65th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
5 x 22nd BG/408th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed on ground
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

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

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 54 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 7

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 7

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 5

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

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Daylight actions between US patrol subs and Japanese surface ASW plus a possible “Tokyo Express” task force. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Finschhafen at 101,126 (E of Lae)

Japanese Ships
DD Sagiri
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
SS Tuna

SS Tuna is located by DD Sagiri
Tuna diving deep ....
DD Akebono fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Finschhafen at 101,126

Japanese Ships
DD Sagiri
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
SS Tuna

SS Tuna launches 2 torpedoes at DD Sagiri
Tuna diving deep ....
DD Akebono fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (NE of Lae)

Japanese Ships
CL Oi
CL Tama
CL Jintsu
CM Okinoshima
CM Tokiwa
DD Michishio
DD Oshio
DD Okinami

Allied Ships
SS Barb

SS Barb is sighted by escort
DD Michishio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Oshio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Okinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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