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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 1/27/2014 4:07:18 PM   
wneumann


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Summary of Operations 11/29/43 (continued)

Okinawa: US patrol sub in contact with Japanese transport convoy. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Naha at 96,67 (E of Naha)

Japanese Ships
DD Yugumo
xAK Nitii Maru
xAK Eli Maru
xAK Ehime Maru

Allied Ships
SS Darter

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

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South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 11/28 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed 8, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,123 near Tabar Island, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 33, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: PB Shotoku Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 1 Jap TF (-2 from last report), 101 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – no airfield damage, 102 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 137(164), refinery 97(4).

RAF bombers hit Magwe airfield in a night raid. Two RAF Blenheim bombers lost (both flak), no report of any Japanese planes destroyed. Combat Events/Operations report entries and AAR’s follow.

5 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
7 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
Damaged Blenheim IV from No.45 Sqn RAF is missing, pilot reported killed

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (10% moonlight)

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 19

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
11 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, 9 on standby, 7 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 2 damaged

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 (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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China: USAAF and RAF 4E bombers attack heavy industry at Chungking in a dispersed night raid. Allied plane losses include 3 B-24D Liberator (1 air-to-air, 2 ops), 2 B-17E Fortress (both ops) and one RAF Liberator B.III (flak). Four Japanese CAP fighters (Ki-45 Nick) reported destroyed – 3 air-to-air, 1 ops. It is uncertain from available reports as to how much (if any) added damage to heavy industry in Chungking was inflicted by the raid. Combat Events/Operations report entries and AAR’s follow.

Detected status of Chungking (after raid) – airfield size 7(7), heavy industry 77(104), light industry 69(112), resource production 70(111), 10 Jap LCU.

6 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
COL Greer O. of 341st BG/11th BS is credited with kill number 3
MAJ Ellis I. of 341st BG/11th BS is credited with kill number 2
2LT Kramer P. of 7th BG/493rd BS is credited with kill number 4
Liberator B.III from No.355 Sqn RAF is damaged on landing
Liberator II from No.159 Sqn RAF at Ledo grounded due to maintenance
B-17E Fortress from 341st BG/11th BS is written off
Damaged B-17E Fortress from 341st BG/491st BS is missing, pilot reported killed
B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/492nd BS is written off
B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/492nd BS is written off
Pilot killed in landing accident of B-24D Liberator from 7th BG/493rd BS

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Night Air attack on Chungking, at 76,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (10% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 56 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6
Liberator B.III x 7
B-17E Fortress x 9

No Japanese losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Liberator II bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x Liberator B.III bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Night Air attack on Chungking, at 76,45

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 16

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 3 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Chungking, at 76,45

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator B.III bombing from 5000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIb Nick (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Chungking, at 76,45

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

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

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

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Night Air attack on Chungking, at 76,45

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

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

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Night Air attack on Chungking, at 76,45

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIb Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

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

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

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 1/28/2014 7:32:54 PM   
wneumann


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Summary of Operations 11/30/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 227K. A small transport convoy arrived in Port Moresby (during night phase) and now partially unloaded – cargo includes three Australian LCU (9 RAAF Aviation Rgt, 2/1 & 2/2 Heavy AA Rgts), 25K supply and 3500 fuel. Fuel point requirements in Port Moresby are very low – fuel only needed for a small PT task force (3 PT) that arrived with the initial invasion force and continued operating there, replenishment of this PT task force up to now done by refueling at sea from ships in earlier transport/landing barge TF arriving from NE Australia.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 Ki-43 Oscar (ops)
• 4 Ki-44 Tojo (all on the ground)
• 2 Ki-49 Helen (both on the ground)
• 1 J2M2 Jack (on the ground)
• 1 A6M2 Zero (on the ground)
• 4 G4M1 Betty (all on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 6 B-25C Mitchell (1 air-to-air, 5 ops)
• 1 B-24J Liberator (air-to-air)
• 15 SBD-3 Dauntless (all air-to-air)


Allied 2E and 4E bombers launch airfield strikes on known Japanese airbases at Madang and Hansa Bay. Jap bombers participating in the 11/29 raid on Portland Roads were traced back to either or both of these airfields. I had suspected Pillager was using or preparing these airfields for use in Japanese air actions over Port Moresby – last game turn’s raid on Portland Roads raising Allied action against Madang and Hansa Bay higher on my “to-do” list. Current plans do keep Allied air actions against Madang and Hansa Bay at a lower priority than silencing Jap airfields at Lae and Buna, subject to change as required.

Operations report entry and AAR’s of Madang air strikes follow. Many damaged bombers in the Madang raid were reported hitting barrage balloons – this action the first known use of barrage balloons in anti-air defense over a Japanese base.

Damaged B-25C Mitchell from 38th BG/405th BS shot down on way home, pilot reported killed

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Morning Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 11

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 12
Mitchell II x 3
B-25C Mitchell x 50

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
Mitchell II: 3 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 7 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 31
Airbase supply hits 9
Runway hits 69

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

CAP engaged:
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 1

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-2 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 20000
Raid is overhead
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 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

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AAR of USAAF bombing raid on Hansa Bay airfield follows.

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Morning Air attack on Hansa Bay, at 97,121

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 38

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 84

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 9
Runway hits 57

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
253 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 17 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Small groups of USAAF 4E bombers continued night airfield strikes against Buna and Lae airfields. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x 90th BG/319th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/320th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 380th BG/530th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
5 x 380th BG/530th 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 (21% moonlight)

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 9

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 26

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 9

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 9

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raids above) – airfield damage 12, 58 aircraft (all fighters), 1 Jap TF (6 ships, all barges and small ship types), 23 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raids above) – airfield damage 37, 54 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (26 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Madang (after raids above) – airfield size 4(4), airfield damage 25, port size 3(2), 84 aircraft (23 fighters, 41 bombers), 7 LCU (4 identified). Jap LCU in Madang identified from available intelligence data include 4 JAAF Base Force, 17 JAAF AF Bn, Bandasan SNLF, 51 Construction Bn.

Detected status of Jap base at Hansa Bay (after raid above) – airfield size 6(6), airfield damage 26, port size 2(1), 34 aircraft (14 fighters, 11 bombers), 6 LCU (2 identified). Identified Jap LCU in Madang from available intelligence include 3 Base Force (IJN) and 9 JNAF Co.

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul from Allied air recon – 147 aircraft (31 fighters, 26 bombers), 19 Jap LCU, 5 Jap TF (+1 from last report).


A US Marine dive bomber squadron was transferred into Port Moresby last game turn to begin naval air strike operations to interdict Japanese ship movements into/from Lae and Buna. This phase of the air war in New Guinea got off to a less than auspicious start when the bombers left home without their assigned escort. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Lae 99,126

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
J2M2 Jack x 1
N1K1-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M2 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 9000
Raid is overhead
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 (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
Tainan Ku S-1/B with J2M2 Jack (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 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 14 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Madang 97,123

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 2

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Rakuyo Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Summary of Operations 11/30/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: Two US patrol subs sinking in two days from additional flooding after bombing hits by Jap air patrols. Pillager appears to given considerable attention to forming and operating this arm of the Japanese air forces. Jap ASW air patrols have been particularly active in the Japanese Home Islands area, also off Formosa and Korea. Ki-49 Helen appears to be the primary plane type Pillager is using in ASW air patrols, Ki-48 Lily bombers also used plus a small number of Val dive bombers. Actions by Jap air patrols have sunk 10 US patrol subs in this campaign (to date) – air attacks much more successful in damaging many US patrol subs and bringing an early end to their patrols.


US West Coast: Intercepted radio signals from Japanese patrol sub reported in 11/29 Sigint entry. Reported location of the sub is W of San Francisco (hex location 211, 71). No Allied naval or transport TF activity near the Jap sub’s position. US surface ASW has been dispatched to intercept the sub.


Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 11/29 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tabiteuea. Detected status of Tabiteuea shows unidentified Jap ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 11/29 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed 3, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 6, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF (+1 from last report), 97 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 121 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 138(163), refinery 97(4).


China: Current detected status of Chungking – heavy industry 77(104), light industry 70(111), resource production 70(111), 10 Jap LCU.

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Summary of Operations 12/01/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – no airfield damage, supply on hand 231K. The small transport convoy in Port Moresby has completed unloading cargo and now departing for return to Australia. A small number of planes based in Port Moresby were damaged in the Jap night airfield bombing strikes, no planes reported destroyed.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 12 Ki-44 Tojo (9 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 1 A6M2 Zero (ops)
• 6 A6M5b Zero (5 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 Ki-49 Helen (both ops)
• 4 G4M1 Betty (3 flak, 1 ops)
• 3 G3M2 Nell (1 flak, 2 ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 P-38H Lightning (ops)
• 2 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (both air-to-air)
• 1 F-10 Mitchell (flak)


Allied 2E bomber squadrons completing recovery from 11/29 Jap raid on Portland Roads airfield and 11/30 Allied airfield strike on Madang. Destroyed planes are now replaced in most 2E squadrons along with pilot replacements. Most 2E bombing squadrons are expected to be fully operational within 1-2 days.


Japanese night bombing raids on Port Moresby airfield. No significant damage to airfield facilities in Port Moresby, a small number of Allied planes damaged on the ground (none destroyed). AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Overcast (28% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 20

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 4 damaged

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 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 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 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 13 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Allied aircraft
no flights

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Jap fighter sweeps launched over Port Moresby. Light plane losses reported on both sides in brief air-to-air combat. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 135 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 63
A6M3a Zero x 10
A6M5b Zero x 2
J2M2 Jack x 5
N1K1-J George x 21
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 25
P-40N1 Warhawk x 20
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 72
F4U-1 Corsair x 17

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x J2M2 Jack sweeping at 20000 feet
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
7 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
8 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
16 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
10 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
17 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
13 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 5 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 between 15000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 12 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
35th FG/39th 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
348th FG/342nd 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 126 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 25
P-40N1 Warhawk x 20
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 71
F4U-1 Corsair x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 14 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 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 37 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 14 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 127 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 87

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 24
P-40N1 Warhawk x 19
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 68
F4U-1 Corsair x 15

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
19 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
7 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
18 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet
10 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 8 scrambling)
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 between 13000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (2 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 14 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (7 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Small night bombing raids by USAAF 4E bombers against Buna and Lae airfields continue. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x 90th BG/319th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/320th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 28th BG/404th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 22nd BG/408th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/530th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
6 x 22nd BG/408th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Clear sky (28% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 8

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 8

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Overcast (28% moonlight)

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base at Madang – airfield damage 46, 72 aircraft (14 fighters, 38 bombers), 7 LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul from Allied air recon – 119 aircraft (5 fighters, 27 bombers), 19 Jap LCU, 5 Jap TF.


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Summary of Operations 12/01/43 (continued)

12/43 Ship Upgrade: This month’s upgrade affects a very small number of ships (all British) – includes 2 CA/CL, 1 CLAA, 8 DD. All upgrades are now in progress at Capetown.

Upgrades on US naval ships attached to the US Main Carrier force had been stopped with the 10/43 upgrade due to deployment of the carrier force into front line areas for the Port Moresby operation. Plans are to gradually update these ships - replacing individual ships in the carrier TF’s due for upgrade with ships newly arriving as reinforcements, then applying upgrades as these ships can be removed from the carrier force. This method does considerably slow down upgrades in the short term but also maintains the current US Main Carrier force composition at full strength and available for use in front-line operations. This measure also keeps the US Main Carrier force available to engage the KB or execute other attacks on Japanese targets if favorable opportunities occur.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 11/30 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Shirashika Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 9, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hokutatsu Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 0, Moving West


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 1 Jap TF (-1 from last report), 95 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 102 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 139(162), refinery 97(4).


China: Current detected status of Chungking – heavy industry 77(104), light industry 70(111), resource production 70(111), 10 Jap LCU.

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Summary of Operations 12/02/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 230K. No reported Japanese air activity over Port Moresby this game turn.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 7 Ki-44 Tojo (5 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 5 A6M2 Zero (all air-to-air)
• 3 A6M2-N Rufe (all on the ground)
• 3 N1K1-J George (1 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 5 J2M2 Jack (1 air-to-air, 3 on the ground, 1 ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 9 B-24D1 Liberator (all air-to-air)
• 3 B-24J Liberator (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 5 B-25C Mitchell (all air-to-air)
• 1 PBY-5 Catalina (air-to-air)


12/01 Operations report entries indicating Jap recon planes operating over Portland Roads – Pillager may be considering another bombing raid. CAP and LRCAP fighters are alerted and concentrating over Portland Roads to intercept Japanese bombers in event of another daylight airfield strike. Japanese night bombing is less of a concern – rated bomb loads of Jap bomber planes (bomb capacity per plane) are insufficient to cause major damage in most night bombing attacks, Pillager also not having in the New Guinea area a sufficient number of Jap bomber planes where their total bomb load (assuming all Jap bombers reach target) would be great enough to likely cause major damage. My conclusions here are based on experience with Japanese night bombing on Port Moresby airfield plus experience with Allied night bombing ops. Based on my experience with Allied night bombing ops along with known or estimated data from past night raids, the primary factor of night bombing effectiveness appears to be the total “mass” of the bomb load delivered to the target – this directly related to the number of bombers hitting the target plus the bomb capacity of individual planes, all other factors (command, weather & moonlight, pilot experience, etc) being equal.


USAAF 2E and 4E bombers hit Lae airfield in a daylight raid. Although escort fighters (P-38 Lightning w/drop tanks) from another airfield were assigned to accompany this raid, the fighters did not appear to launch. While AE does allow planes from several airfields to combine in a coordinated air mission, it’s also known there’s no guarantee elements of an air mission from different airfields will link up. In this action, bombers and fighters assigned to the raid below originated from separate bases (all bombers from one airfield, all fighters from another). All bombers assigned to the raid launched, none of the assigned escort fighters joined the raid. An all or nothing situation that ended as nothing. Some airfield reorganization in NE Australia to “mingle” fighters and bombers is under consideration – this measure to ensure at least some escort fighters are available and will launch with a daylight bombing mission leaving a given airfield. Actions taken in this reorganization will likely be incorporated into my future Allied air doctrine. AAR follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
A6M3a Zero x 12
J2M2 Jack x 8
N1K1-J George x 7
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 34

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 62
B-24J Liberator x 8
B-25C Mitchell x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
J2M2 Jack: 2 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed
A6M2-N Rufe: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 4 destroyed, 22 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged

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

Airbase hits 26
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 90

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/B with J2M2 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 11 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 12 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 59, 119 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 5 Jap TF (38 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul from Allied air recon – 162 aircraft (10 fighters, 30 bombers), 19 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (-4 from last report).


Japanese patrol subs concentrate off Port Moresby, engage Allied transport convoy leaving Port Moresby on return trip to NE Australia. One action below with a US patrol sub attacking a Jap submarine moving into the Port Moresby sea area. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 97,131 (adjacent hex SE of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-170

Allied Ships
SC PC-1086
TK Talang Akar
TK Iris
LST-479
LST-477
LST-471
LST-465
xAK Kekerangu
xAK Empire Hamble
xAK Dumosa
SC PC-1087

SS I-170 is sighted by escort
I-170 diving deep ....
SC PC-1087 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 97,131 (adjacent hex S of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-170

Allied Ships
PG Moresby
AM Penguin
PG Herald

SS I-170 is sighted by escort
PG Herald fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub vs Sub: SS Tinosa attacking SS I-159 at 99,134 (WSW of Milne Bay)

Japanese Ships
SS I-159

Allied Ships
SS Tinosa

SS Tinosa launches 2 torpedoes at 2,000 yards

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 98,132 (SE of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-8, hits 1

Allied Ships
PG Herald

SS I-8 is located by PG Herald
PG Herald attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 12/02/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 12/01 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Baker Is. Detected status of Baker Is shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 12/01 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Hakodate Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 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 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabau , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 1 Jap TF, 98 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 114 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 139(162), refinery 97(4).

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Johnjohn Dec/Jan Ops report--Two months of moving forces up and reinforcing. Two Midway raids indicated enemy interest renewed. Analysis of intelligence enabled US forces to deploy to intercept third raid. Feb 1 Dan Callahan with Quincy, Vincennes, Wichita, Nashville (FF) and 8 DDs ambushed Kaga and Akagi task force southwest of Midway island while Hiyo and Junyo hit Midway from much closer in. Kaga sunk by gunfire, 120 Naval based enemy aircraft reported lost, several escorts shot up as well as attacking force. Attempting to extract survivors. Hiyo and Junyo hit Wichita sinking her and severly damaging Vincennes. US carriers vectored away from enemy (to far away to intercept at this point) due to faulty spotting from Midway. Carriers RTB to PH as is Callaghan force, what is left of it. I will trade a heavy cruiser or two for a fleet carrier any day of the week. Unfortunately a lost opportunity since all four operable US Carriers were in vicinity with replenishment force attached, but sent chasing a mirage southeast of Midway when enemy fled west-southwest. Navy aviators to boot. Rats.

Invasion forces are positioning at Pago-Pago (Tarawa and Makin) and at Noumea (Lunga, Tassaforonga, and Tulagi, as well as Munda). Ist Marines tasked Lunga as is 37th Division, 40th Division, 43rd Division, 23rd (Americal) Division, while 27th is tasked to Tulagi. 2nd Marine Div and 3rd Marine Div are tasked for Tarawa and Makin. Raiders are planning to hit some of the bases around Tassaforonga in prep for seebees. Plan is still to hit Tarawa and Makin first. Then the Solomons. Still waiting for Enterprise (MidFeb) and Essex, May arrival, before hitting the Marshalls. I have enough CVEs to support the invasion forces while using the fleet carriers in support. Most of the old battleships are refitting on West Coast. VMF-214 is equipped with F4U-1 Corsairs, the first and only sqdrn thus equipped thus far.

Making progress--slow but sure. Can report that the faulty torpedoes seem to be working now. Sink rate way up for January.

John

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Summary of Operations 12/03/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 229K.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 19 Ki-44 Tojo (5 air-to-air, 6 ops, 8 on the ground)
• 4 A6M2 Zero (1 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 7 A6M2-N Rufe (all on the ground)
• 13 A6M3a Zero (all on the ground)
• 2 N1K1-J George (both on the ground)
• 1 Ki-61 Tony (on the ground)
• 2 G3M2 Nell (both air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 10 B-24D Liberator (7 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 10 B-24J Liberator (5 air-to-air, 5 ops)
• 1 P-38H Lightning (ops)


Japanese night bombing raids on Port Moresby. No reportable damage to airfield facilities in Port Moresby, no damaged or destroyed Allied planes on the ground. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain (50% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 64 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft (some bombers aborted mission before air-to-air combat)
G3M2 Nell x 5
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

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:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 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 54 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

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:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 4

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Lae airfield hit in night and daylight air strikes by USAAF 2E bombers. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain (50% moonlight)

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 14

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Extreme overcast

Raid detected at 59 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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USAAF 4E bombers hit Buna airfield in a daylight raid. Combat Events report entry and AAR follow.

What could be noteworthy (especially if additional reports in later game turns verify a trend) is the Combat Events report entry below – training of fighter pilots not an activity normally done at a front-line airfield under almost continuous attack unless there’s a compelling reason to do so. The entry below could be a first indicator that Pillager may have or near to having a shortage of fully trained IJA fighter pilots – this indicator needing further verification before identifying this situation as a trend. If found true, Allied air actions directed at increasing IJA fighter pilot attrition could become a lucrative point of attack – perhaps more lucrative than simple destruction of planes.

Training mission from 78th Sentai caught up in attack

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
N1K1-J George x 9
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 34

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 39

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 8 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed, 28 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 5 destroyed on ground
A6M2-N Rufe: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 3 destroyed, 7 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 destroyed, 18 damaged

Airbase hits 32
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 57

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

CAP engaged:
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 11 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 14 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes

Training flight from 78th Sentai has been caught up in attack

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – airfield damage 28, 30 aircraft (all fighters), 1 Jap TF (8 ships, all barges and small ship types), 23 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raids above) – airfield damage 80, 54 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (35 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul from Allied air recon – 158 aircraft (15 fighters, 26 bombers), 19 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF.


Surface ASW escorting Allied transport convoy returning from Port Moresby in action with Jap patrol submarine. AAR follows.

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

Japanese Ships
SS I-157, hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Ward

SS I-157 is sighted by escort
I-157 diving deep ....
DD Ward attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol subs in actions with possible Jap “Tokyo Express” TF’s operating between Rabaul and New Guinea. Reported sinking of CA Takao considered questionable at this time, one torpedo hit could have done the job but one also cannot be too sure. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,127 (S of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
DD Arashio
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Ashigara
DD Isonami
DD Hatsuharu
DD Yamakaze
DD Yuzuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Asagiri
DD Shikinami

Allied Ships
SS Growler

SS Growler launches 2 torpedoes at DD Arashio
Growler diving deep ....
DD Yuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nagatsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Asagiri fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Shikinami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yuzuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Buna at 100,128 (adjacent hex NW of Buna)

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Torpedo hits 1 (hit below waterline, reported sunk)
CA Atago
CL Tama
CL Kinu
DD Wakaba
DD Arare
DD Oshio

Allied Ships
SS Thresher

SS Thresher launches 4 torpedoes at CA Takao
Thresher diving deep ....
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Arare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Oshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Arare attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 12/03/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub in night action with Jap transport convoy east of the northern Marianas. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Agrihan at 115,88 (E of Agrihan)

Japanese Ships
xAK Izumo Maru
xAP Kamo Maru
xAK Sinkoku Maru
xAK Kotohira Maru
xAK Hokusin Maru
E W-29

Allied Ships
SS Balao

SS Balao launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Izumo Maru
Balao diving deep ....
E W-29 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 12/02 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Roi-Namur. Detected status of Roi-Namur shows unidentified Jap planes based there, airfield size 4(1), no other visible Japanese forces or activity. From this information it appears Pillager has the airfield on Roi-Namur expanded to maximum size.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 12/02 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, 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: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 9, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna , Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Achou Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna , Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 5, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 5, Moving Southwest


Southeast Asia: Sigint entry for 12/02 reports Jap 34th Infantry Division now located at Singora (southern Thailand) – this LCU transferred from China. At this time, nine Jap infantry divisions of the China Army from the Chungking battles (15th, 17th, 22nd, 26th, 41st, 70th, 104th, 110th and 116th) remain unaccounted for – these divisions last reported at various locations in China, probably in transit to or already arrived at unknown destinations. Three Jap infantry divisions transferred from China (6th, 38th, 58th) are known to be at various locations in the Pacific theatres, two divisions (13th & 37th) known to be in New Guinea, two divisions (32nd & 35th) in Burma, one division (36th) in Malaya, two divisions (34th & 39th) in Thailand, one division (40th) transferred to Manchuria. Most smaller Jap combat LCU from the China Army appear to have remained in China.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF (+1 from last report), 95 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – 77 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers attack Magwe airfield in a night raid. No reported damage to Magwe airfield facilities, 5 Jap planes reported destroyed on the ground. One RAF Wellington Ic bomber reported destroyed (flak). AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Clear sky (50% moonlight)

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 21

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 16
Wellington B.X x 12

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

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged
Wellington Ic: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 13

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

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Summary of Operations 12/04/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 228K.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 8 Ki-44 Tojo (6 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 3 A6M2 Zero (2 air-to-air, 1 on the ground)
• 1 A6M2-N Rufe (on the ground)
• 2 N1K1-J George (both air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 4 F4U-1 Corsair (all air-to-air)


No Japanese bomber strikes or fighter sweeps.

Two Jap patrol submarines visible on game map in sea areas between Port Moresby and NE Australia. No Allied transport shipping currently at sea in this area. A group of 20 small US ASW ships (PC and SC) just arrived at ports in NE Australia, these ships intended to operate against Jap patrol subs between New Guinea and Australia.


Sweep mission launched by US fighter planes over Buna – this raid more of a small diversion rather than a serious offensive action. AAR’s follow.

Most currently available Allied fighter plane types in front-line operation are not particularly well suited for offensive sweep missions, also the main priority of Allied fighter squadrons based at Port Moresby remains CAP protection to cover airfield/port construction activity in Port Moresby. Construction to expand Port Moresby airfield to its maximum size of 9(6) is well underway without interruption, airfield size is now at 7 (just over 50% to size 8) with expected completion of full airfield expansion to size 9 in about 20-25 days at the current rate of progress.

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
N1K1-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 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 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 53 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (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 20000
Raid is overhead
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 18 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes

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USAAF 2E bombers hit Lae and Buna airfields in night raids. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

3 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/498th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 345th BG/501st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
7 x 345th BG/501st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (60% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 77 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 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 29 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 3

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain (60% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – airfield damage 41, 60 aircraft (all fighters), no Jap TF, 23 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 65, 48 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (35 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul from Allied air recon – 170 aircraft (22 fighters, 29 bombers), 19 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF.


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Summary of Operations 12/04/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 12/03 report heavy volumes of intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk and Kwajalein, also intercepted Jap radio signals from Baker Is.

Detected status of Kwajalein shows unidentified Jap ship(s) in port there.
Detected status of Truk shows the expected Jap planes (unidentified) based there, also ship(s) in port

No other visible Japanese forces or activity observed at Truk, Kwajalein or Baker Is.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 12/03 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 2, Moving Southwest
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: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 8, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 29, Moving Northwest
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: 6 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 113,137 near Tassafaronga, Speed 31, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 33, Moving Northeast


Andaman Sea: US patrol sub Muskellunge hit and moderately damaged in attack by Ki-40 Helen air patrol S of Rangoon (hex location 53, 56). Reported damage to SS Muskellunge is system 16, float 18, engine 1 – sub returning to base at 16 kts.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF, 86 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).

RAF bombers fly night aerial minelaying mission on Rangoon, no reported plane losses on either side. Jap mine sweeping activity reported after daylight. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

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

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast (60% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 7000 feet *

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 7000 feet *

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

15 mines cleared

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – 75 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

USAAF and RAF bombers hit oil production facilities at Magwe in a night air strike. No visible damage to oil production from the raid appeared in this game turn’s detected status of Magwe base. One USAAF B-24D Liberator reported destroyed (flak), 11 Ki-45 Nick fighters reported lost (6 air-to-air, 5 ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

7 x No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator 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
4 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 No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night
7 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: Partial cloud (60% moonlight)

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 8
Liberator B.III x 5
B-17E Fortress x 30
B-24D Liberator x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Oil hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 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 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 75 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
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, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Oil hits 1

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 (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Oil hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
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 (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
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 (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

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 (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Liberator B.III 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 35200
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 12/05/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 228K.

No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses in the New Guinea area this game turn. No reported Japanese bomber strikes or fighter sweeps.

A reorganization of 4E bomber squadrons in SW Pacific command to combine bombers together with a designated fighter escort is underway. The 4E bomber force in SW Pacific theatre includes 14 squadrons with 174 planes total (all B-24 Liberator variants). Plans are to create three 4E bombing “groups”, each of the three groups combining bomber squadrons with one or more long-range fighter squadron(s) assigned to the group as escort. Seven fighter squadrons (all P-38G or H Lightning) are earmarked for assignment to 4E bomber groups – these squadrons do not include P-38 equipped squadrons now operating in Port Moresby.

Allied 2E bombers hit Lae airfield in a night raid. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

3 x No.119 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night
6 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (71% moonlight)

Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Mitchell II: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 80, 57 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 3 Jap TF (22 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul from Allied air recon – 152 aircraft (4 fighters, 31 bombers), 19 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF.


Newly formed US surface ASW force in the sea areas between NE Australia and Port Moresby begins action against Jap patrol subs. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cooktown at 95,136 (ENE of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS I-15, hits 1

Allied Ships
SC-742
SC-741
SC-1069
SC-982

SS I-15 is located by SC-742
I-15 diving deep ....
SC-1069 attacking submerged sub ....
SC-1069 is out of ASW ammo
SC-982 fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub intercepts unescorted Jap transport near Admiralty Islands. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Rambutyo at 102,121 (SE of Manus)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kasui Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Sculpin

SS Sculpin launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Kasui Maru

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Summary of Operations 12/05/43 (continued)

Eastern US: Transport convoy EX-58 (20 ships) departing for Australia via Capetown. Cargo aboard EX-58 includes 186 USAAF Base Force, 90K supply and 21K fuel.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 12/04 report a second day of heavy intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk and Kwajalein, also intercepted Jap radio signals from Baker Is. Detected statuses of the three bases show no change from last game turn, no visible Japanese forces or activity.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 12/04 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: E W-14 reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 5, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 5 , Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 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 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 11, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 7, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 7, Moving Southeast


Australia: Shipyard repair of US CVE’s damaged in Port Moresby operations completed this game turn – all 4 CVE damaged at Port Moresby fully repaired and operational.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF, 84 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 107 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4). Damage (if any) to oil production facilities in Magwe from the 12/04 Allied 4E bombing raid has not appeared in the detected base status of Magwe.


China: Sigint entry for 12/04 indicates that sub-units of Jap 69th Infantry Division were combined at Liuchow (southern China) to form the divisional LCU.

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Summary of Operations 12/06/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 227K, no airfield damage or damaged Allied planes on the ground. Airfield construction at Port Moresby continues unaffected by Jap night bombing raids.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 2 Ki-44 Tojo (both on the ground)
• 4 A6M2 Zero (1 flak, 3 ops)
• 2 N1K1-J George (both on the ground)
• 2 G4M1 Betty (both flak)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 P-38H Lightning (on the ground)


As previously suspected, CA Takao did not sink from the single torpedo hit off Buna on 12/03 as shown in the Operations report entry below for 12/05. CA Takao was apparently detected in the course of the action by US patrol sub Burrfish southeast of Truk – see AAR in the Central Pacific portion of this game turn’s report (below).

Previous report of sinking of CA Takao incorrect. Ship sighted and engaged at 110, 111. (SW of Truk)


Japanese night raid on Portland Roads airfield launched as a low-level strafing attack. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Portland Roads, at 91,132

Weather in hex: Overcast (78% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Portland Roads, at 91,132

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Portland Roads, at 91,132

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A6M2 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Japanese night bombing strikes on Port Moresby airfield. One P-38 Lightning destroyed on the ground, otherwise no reportable damage to airfield facilities or planes damaged on the ground. Numbers of Jap bombers in the first two AAR below aborted the mission before air-to-air combat. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud (78% moonlight)

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 10

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 4 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 13
G4M1 Betty x 8

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 13

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:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 13

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

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Allied 2E bombers hit Lae and Buna airfields in night raids. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

5 x No.18 Sqn RAAF B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
3 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/498th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (78% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 8

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 8

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 8

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 3

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light cloud (78% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 94, 49 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (32 ships total, all barges and small ship types).


US patrol sub intercepts unescorted Jap transport ship off Buna. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Buna at 100,128 (adjacent hex NE of Buna)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kashi Maru

Allied Ships
SS Thresher

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

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Summary of Operations 12/06/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub in action with what originally appeared as a lone Jap DD. An entry appearing in the 12/05 Operations report indicates CA Takao also present and detected in this hex location. CA Takao previously reported sunk after being torpedoed by another US patrol sub (one torpedo hit) in an action off Buna on 12/03 – Takao is still listed in Intelligence report as sunk with the location of its sinking now reported as hex location 110, 111 (sinking changed from a previous location off Buna). Several ways to interpret AE report entries on this ship – FOW or has CA Takao completed conversion to a submarine. I had similar experience with a series of AE report entries related to a false sinking of CV Hiyo after it was torpedoed in a US sub attack in late 1942 during a KB sortie Pillager launched near New Zealand, Hiyo later appearing alive and well with the KB off Buna. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Truk at 110,111 (SW of Truk)

Japanese Ships
DD Wakaba (possibly escorting CA Takao)

Allied Ships
SS Burrfish

SS Burrfish launches 4 torpedoes at DD Wakaba
Burrfish diving deep ....
DD Wakaba attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Two transport convoys (WP-112A & WP-114) arrive in Auckland from the mainland US.

Convoy WP-112A arrives with 2 AGC and HQ V US Amphibious Force – this HQ deployed at this location for use with South and SW Pacific amphibious forces. Other cargo aboard WP-112A includes 7200 supply.

Cargo arriving with convoy WP-114 (CVL Monterrey, CA Boston, 1 CVE, 4 DE, 36 transports) includes 42 Aviation Base Force, 137K supply and 162K fuel. CVL Monterrey, CA Boston, the CVE and 4 DE with the convoy are new reinforcements for operations in South/SW Pacific theatre area.


Coastwatcher report entries for 12/05 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Koumac
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 103,124 near Talasea, Speed 11, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 102,132 near Fergusson Island, Speed 32, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 13, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 101,133 near Milne Bay, Speed 0, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 8, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 5, Moving Southwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF, 103 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 109 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).


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Summary of Operations 12/07/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 226K.

No reported Japanese air missions over Allied bases in New Guinea or nearby locations in NE Australia.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 13 Ki-44 Tojo (11 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 2 Ki-43 Oscar (both on the ground)
• 9 A6M2 Zero (3 air-to-air, 5 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 9 A6M2-N Rufe (all on the ground)
• 2 A6M3a Zero (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 4 N1K1-J George (2 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 3 J2M2 Jack (all on the ground)
• 2 G4M1 Betty (both on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 17 P-38G Lightning (11 air-to-air, 6 ops)
• 3 P-38H Lightning (1 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 12 B-25C Mitchell (10 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 1 Mitchell II (ops)
• 2 B-24D1 Lightning (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)


USAAF 4E bombers launch night bombing raid on Madang airfield. Combat Events report entry and AAR’s follow.

6 x 90th BG/400th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Weather in hex: Light rain (89% moonlight)

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

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

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Allied bombers launch daylight air strikes on Lae and Buna airfields. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 17
A6M3a Zero x 4
J2M2 Jack x 1
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 19

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 15
P-38G Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
J2M2 Jack: 1 damaged
J2M2 Jack: 3 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 11 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Mitchell II: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed
P-38G Lightning: 3 destroyed

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 29

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

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
246th 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 20000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Tainan Ku S-1/B with J2M2 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 3 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
1 planes vectored on to bombers
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 4
N1K1-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 28

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 48
B-25C Mitchell x 24
P-38G Lightning x 25
P-38H Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 18 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M2-N Rufe: 6 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

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

Airbase hits 40
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 97

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B 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
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 10 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 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 19 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 11 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 17 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
A6M3a Zero x 3
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
70th 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
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
A6M3a Zero x 3
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 16

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
70th 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
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 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 12 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – 1 Jap TF (6 ships, all barges and small ship types), 23 Jap LCU. No available information on number of planes or airfield damage in Buna..

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 49, 69 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 5 Jap TF (27 ships total, all barges and small ship types).


US light surface ASW in action with Jap patrol sub off Port Moresby. AAR follows.

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

Japanese Ships
SS I-170, hits 7 (includes one reported direct hit)

Allied Ships
SC-1065
SC-1067
SC-1066

Captain of SS I-170 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target (maybe big mistake)
I-170 diving deep ....
SC-1066 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC-1067 attacking submerged sub ....
SC-1067 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 12/07/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 12/06 reporting intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Baker and Gardner Is, also heavy volume of Jap signals from Truk. Detected statuses of Baker Is and Gardner Is show no visible Japanese forces or activity. Detected status of Truk shows 4 aircraft (2 bombers), 63 ships in port, no other visible Jap forces or activity.


South Pacific: US patrol sub in daylight action with Jap surface combat TF off Munda. Contacts with this TF may also have been reported in several 12/06 Coastwatcher report entries below – if true, the Jap TF is moving on a NW heading, probably toward Rabaul. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Munda at 110,135 (adjacent hex SW of Munda)

Japanese Ships
DD Hibiki
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Ashigara
DD Yamakaze
DD Arashio
DD Ariake
DD Hatsuharu

Allied Ships
SS Stingray

SS Stingray launches 4 torpedoes at DD Hibiki
Stingray diving deep ....
DD Hibiki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Ariake attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Coastwatcher report entries for 12/06 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 0, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 4, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Eizan Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown (see AAR above)
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 4, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 24, Moving Northwest (see AAR above)


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, no Jap TF (-2 from last report), 111 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 109(92).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – airfield damage 3, 102 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers hit Magwe airfield in a night raid. Minor damage to airfield facilities, 5 Japanese planes (4 Ki-45 Nick, 1 Ki-61 Tony) reported destroyed on the ground. 4 RAF bombers destroyed in the raid – 3 Blenheim IV (2 air-to-air, 1 ops) and one Wellington Ic (flak). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

5 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
7 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
4 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
7 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (89% moonlight)

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 30
Wellington Ic x 5

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

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 6 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
16 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
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
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 (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway 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 (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 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 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

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 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Wellington Ic bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield 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 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 12/08/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 225K. Airfield construction activity continues, airfield size expected to reach 8(6) within 2-3 days at current rate of progress. Current size of port facilities in Port Moresby is 2(2), plans are to begin expansion of the port once the airfield reaches maximum size.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 4 Ki-44 Tojo (2 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 4 Ki-43 Oscar (all ops)
• 5 A6M2 Zero (1 air-to-air, 3 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 14 A6M3a Zero (1 air-to-air, 1 ops, 12 on the ground)
• 4 N1K1-J George (all on the ground)
• 4 G4M1 Betty (2 flak, 2 air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 10 P-38H Lightning (8 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 4 B-24D1 Liberator (3 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 B-24J Liberator (air-to-air)


Jap bombers launch series of small night raids on Port Moresby. No report of damage to Port Moresby airfield or port facilities, no Allied planes damaged or destroyed on the ground. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (92% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 4

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 3 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 8

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

No Allied 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

CAP engaged:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 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 21 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Allied aircraft
P-40N1 Warhawk x 7

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

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:
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Night bombing raid on Buna airfield launched by USAAF 4E bombers. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x 90th BG/319th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/320th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
6 x 28th BG/404th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain (92% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

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 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Allied bombers launch daylight air strikes on Lae and Buna airfields. AAR’s follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
A6M3a Zero x 8
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 33

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 9
B-24J Liberator x 9
P-38H Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 5 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 3 damaged
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 3 destroyed

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

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 17

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 12 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 35 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
A6M3a Zero x 2
N1K1-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 2 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 76 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (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 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 70 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a 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 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3a Zero x 2
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 9

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 9000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 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 24 minutes
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 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 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a 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 10000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – no visible Jap TF, 22 Jap LCU (-1 from last report). No available information on number of planes or airfield damage in Buna..

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 80, 83 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (25 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – airfield size 2(3), port capacity 1(1), no vislble Jap LCU or air units, one Jap TF (1 unidentified ship). This status could be showing yet to be confirmed evidence of Jap airfield construction activity in Salamaua, this to be watched closely.


Jap submarine forced under by US light surface ASW off NE Australia. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cooktown at 95,136 (ENE of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS I-155

Allied Ships
SC-1068
SC-1069

SS I-155 is located by SC-1068
I-155 diving deep ....
SC-1069 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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A series of Jap fighter sweeps over Allied ground forces in position between Port Moresby and Buna – this ground force originally intended to capture Buna after the fall of Port Moresby but brought to a halt when I observed Pillager had “packed” 23 Jap LCU’s into Buna. My interest is not waging a Battle of Stalingrad in Buna but I do intend to deal with it later (along with however many of the 23 Jap LCU I can starve and eventually pound out of existence by other means) – Pillager just having too much stuff in Buna to completely ignore it in the long term. There are ways to tackle this - an immediate, direct frontal assault not being one of them. No Allied planes are now or have been flying over this hex location so it’s hard to tell (for the moment) exactly what Pillager is up to with these air actions. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna (adjacent hex SW of Buna)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 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 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

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

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

No Japanese losses

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

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Summary of Operations 12/08/43 (continued)

South Pacific: US sub Stingray remains in contact with same probable Jap surface combat TF engaged last game turn off Munda at hex location 110, 135. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Treasury Islands at 108,133 (SE of Shortlands)

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsuharu
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Ashigara
DD Yamakaze
DD Arashio
DD Hibiki
DD Ariake

Allied Ships
SS Stingray, hits 1, on fire (system damage 15, float 32, engine 12, returning to base at 13 kts)

SS Stingray launches 2 torpedoes at DD Hatsuharu
DD Hibiki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatsuharu fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hibiki attacking submerged sub ....
Massive explosion on SS Stingray
Escort abandons search for sub

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Coastwatcher report entries for 12/07 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Noumea
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 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 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,136 near Thousand Ships Bay, Speed 13, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,137 near Tulagi, Speed 11, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 29, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 26, Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon (after raid below) – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF (+2 from last report), 96 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).

USAAF and RAF 4E bombers hit Rangoon oil refinery in a night raid, some bombers sent against manpower in Rangoon as a secondary target. Some additional damage to the oil refinery from this raid is indicated in the base status above. Two Ki-43 Oscar CAP fighters reported destroyed. Two US bombers (1 B-24D Liberator, 1 B-17E Fortress) reported lost, both due to flak. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

8 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
5 x No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/490th 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/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night
4 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 341st BG/22nd BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Severe storms (92% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 53 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses

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

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

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 9 on standby, 10 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9
B-24D Liberator x 15

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Refinery hits 9

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

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22

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: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22

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: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 28535.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21

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:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 28535.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Manpower hits 1
Fires 640

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 19070.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses

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:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 19070.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 20

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 18

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 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:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no airfield damage, 92 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 12/09/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 224K. Airfield is due to reach size 8 during the coming game turn (now at 97%).

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 Ki-44 Tojo (on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 14 SBD-3 Dauntless (all air-to-air)


No reported Japanese bombing attacks or fighter sweeps in the New Guinea area. It’s likely Pillager may be using this break in action to recover Jap air units in the theatre. I’m also taking advantage of the break to do the same as much as possible while maintaining some amount of pressure against Japanese air power (and airfields) in the New Guinea area, particularly Buna and Lae. I’ve pulled some Allied air units (i.e. 2E skip bombers) temporarily out of front-line operations – mainly to shift available airfield capacity space for higher priority air missions, combat losses and fatigue in these air units not an issue.

USAAF bombers continue night air strikes against Buna and Lae airfields. Combat Events report entries and latest AAR’s follow.

8 x No.119 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night
3 x 3rd BG/90th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 345th BG/501st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain (96% moonlight)

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
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 40 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 9

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (96% moonlight)

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 4

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 13
B-25C Mitchell x 22

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

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 4

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 8

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 4

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 83, 46 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (30 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – no visible Jap LCU or air units, one Jap TF (1 unidentified ship). Available intelligence data does have four identified Jap LCU located in Salamaua including 2 JNAF AF Unit, 7 Independent SNLF Co, 205 & 207 JAAF Bns. Based on AAR from the last several game turns, I’m suspecting Pillager could be operating a modest number of Japanese fighter planes from Salamaua on daylight CAP missions over Lae, Buna and Salamaua. The quantity of air support elements with Jap LCU identified in Salamaua somewhat overrides the fact the base has only a size 2 airfield.

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul is showing one Jap TF with 9 ships (includes 4 BB, 2 DD), no information on LCU or aircraft in Rabaul. Given I have absolutely no information as to location or activity of heavy Japanese surface naval forces, it’s not entirely out of the question Pillager could have at least parts of the Jap battleship force in place at Rabaul.


A disastrous ground bombing strike on Salamaua by US Marine dive bombers. The raid did produce two results – (1) information indicating 207 JAAF AF Bn is now located in Salamaua and (2) confirmation that Pillager is probably operating LBA fighter aircraft from Salamaua on daylight CAP missions. 207 JAAF Bn was transferred to New Guinea from the Kwantung Army (Manchuria), last reported location at Port Arthur on 9/20/43. Despite the massacre of US planes, only 4 US Marine pilots were lost, SBD-3 planes a somewhat expendable commodity at this point in the campaign. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on 207th JAAF AF Bn, at 98,127 (Salamaua)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 19

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 9 destroyed, 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

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Three times a charm… Two Jap patrol submarines intercept Allied transport convoy bound for Port Moresby. The Allied convoy includes 2 other xAK and 16 LST plus ASW escorts. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Milne Bay at 98,136 (SW of Milne Bay)

Japanese Ships
SS I-15

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Hamble

xAK Empire Hamble is sighted by SS I-15
SS I-15 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Empire Hamble (one dud torpedo hit)

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Submarine attack near Port Moresby at 98,134 (S of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-165

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Hamble

xAK Empire Hamble is sighted by SS I-165
SS I-165 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Empire Hamble (one dud torpedo hit)

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Submarine attack near Port Moresby at 98,134

Japanese Ships
SS I-165

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Hamble, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk with 2900 supply cargo aboard)

xAK Empire Hamble is sighted by SS I-165
SS I-165 attacking xAK Empire Hamble on the surface (Bingo!)

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Summary of Operations 12/09/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 12/08 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wake Is. Detected status of Wake Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.

Unidentified Jap "submarine" (at least the map symbol says it's one) visible on game map in Tabiteuea base hex. A 12/08 Sigint report entry identifies the ship as a MGB.


South Pacific: Coastwatcher report entries for 12/08 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: AK Tacoma Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 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 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
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: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed 29, Moving Northwest


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 3 Jap TF (+1 from last report), 91 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105), fires 12.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 104 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).


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Summary of Operations 12/10/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 242K. Airfield in Port Moresby is now size 8 – estimated completion of full airfield expansion to size 9 is now anticipated in another 10-12 days. A transport convoy from NE Australia arrived in Port Moresby – cargo includes elements of 155 USA Base Force (other elements of this LCU already in Port Moresby) plus 26K supply. Supply point consumption in Port Moresby at this time is minimal, the current situation easily allowing stockpile of additional supply and fuel in Port Moresby for use in planned New Guinea operations.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 13 Ki-44 Tojo (all on the ground)
• 8 Ki-43 Oscar (5 flak, 3 ops)
• 2 A6M2 Zero (both on the ground)
• 1 A6M3a Zero (on the ground)
• 1 N1K1-J George (on the ground)
• 1 N1K1 Rex (air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 B-25C Mitchell (ops)


Pillager launched a series of Jap fighter sweeps (AM) over Allied LCU outside Port Moresby followed with a small afternoon strafing attack on these LCU by other Jap fighters with little or no effect. Allied CAP fighters based in Port Moresby are in sufficient numbers to handle this action (and I’m certainly tempted to divert some CAP fighter cover over the LCU to do this) – but this would also divert Allied fighter planes in Port Moresby from the current priority of maintaining the highly favorable situation for base expansion, stockpiling material and LCU reinforcements in Port Moresby itself. It’s a dilemma between flexibility and sticking to the plan, too far in either direction a potential mistake. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3a Zero x 5
N1K1-J George x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on I Australian Corps, at 99,130, near Buna

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 3,100 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 14 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 2 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar strafing at 100 feet

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Night airfield bombing strike against Salamaua launched by Allied 2E bombers – the raid probably did not inflict much damage to Salamaua airfield though a number of Jap planes were destroyed on the ground. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.18 Sqn RAAF B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 3rd BG/90th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Salamaua, at 98,127

Weather in hex: Severe storms (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5
Mitchell II x 6
B-25C Mitchell x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed on ground
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5

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

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Night Air attack on Salamaua, at 98,127

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Salamaua, at 98,127

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Allied losses

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

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Night Air attack on Salamaua , at 98,127

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

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

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Night Air attack on Salamaua , at 98,127

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

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

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

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USAAF bombers continue night air strikes against Buna and Lae airfields. Latest Combat Events report entries and latest AAR’s follow.

4 x 43rd BG/65th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
4 x 90th BG/400th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 345th BG/501st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/528th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 5

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Clear sky (100% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna , at 99,129

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

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

CAP engaged:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – no visible Jap TF, 23 Jap LCU, no available information on number of planes in Buna or airfield damage.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 94, 52 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 2 Jap TF (15 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul shows the probable Jap surface combat TF observed there last game turn (now 7 ships including 5 BB, 1 DD), no information on LCU or aircraft based in Rabaul.


US light surface ASW in daylight action with Jap patrol sub. A possible tactical advantage of Allied SC ships in ASW ops being their size, too small for Jap submarines to launch torpedoes at in at least some instances – this characteristic is likely common with Japanese E ship types. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Cooktown at 97,136 (SE of Port Moresby)

Japanese Ships
SS I-33, hits 2

Allied Ships
SC-741
SC-742
SC-982

Captain of SS I-33 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
SC-982 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC-982 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 12/10/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entry for 12/09 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Funafuti (Ellice islands). Detected status of Funafuti shows no visible Japanese forces or activity, no evidence of any Jap port or airfield construction.


South Pacific: US patrol sub in daylight action with possible Jap surface combat TF in the Solomon Sea area. Number of Japanese ships in the TF below eliminates possibility this TF is surface ASW (due to the TF having > 4 ships) – likely the DD are either with a surface combat TF or the DD’s may be attached escorts in another type of TF. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Treasury Islands at 108,132 (SW of Shortlands)

Japanese Ships
DD Asagiri
DD Murakumo
DD Yuzuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Shikinami

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo, hits 1 (system damage 10, float 30, engine 10, returning to base at 13 kts)

SS Wahoo launches 2 torpedoes at DD Asagiri
DD Yuzuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Nagatsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shikinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Transport convoy WP-115 (55 ships) arrives in New Zealand from the mainland US. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 58 Aviation Base Force, 249K supply and 175K fuel. A ship collision between two xAK with WP-115 occurred as the convoy arrived in New Zealand – one xAK in the collision moderately damaged (requiring shipyard repair), the other ship with light damage. No loss of cargo aboard either ship in the collision.

Coastwatcher report entries for 12/09 follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 0, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown


Andaman Sea: British patrol sub hit and damaged in attack by Ki-49 Helen air patrol S of Rangoon (hex location 53, 56). Reported damage to the sub – system 10, float 5, engine 3, sub returning to base at 14 kts.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 3 Jap TF, 107 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105), fires 1.


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – airfield damage 3, 110 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers launch a heavily dispersed night air strike on Magwe airfield. Minor damage reported to airfield facilities in Magwe, no report of Jap planes destroyed on the ground. Some RAF bombers in the initial wave (1st AAR below) aborted the mission prior to air-to-air combat. Allied plane losses included 4 Blenheim IV (1 air-to-air, 1 flak, 2 ops). AAR’s and Combat Events report entries follow.

7 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.84 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
4 x No.110 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
7 x No.113 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night
5 x No.45 Sqn RAF Blenheim IV stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Moderate rain (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 14
Wellington B.X x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged
Wellington B.X: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 2

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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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 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters to 8000.
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 43 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 11

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 (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

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 (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 12/11/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 248K, no reported airfield damage from Jap night air raids. Transport convoy in Port Moresby has completed unloading without incident and now departing on return trip to Australia.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 21 Ki-44 Tojo (16 air-to-air, 2 on the ground, 3 ops)
• 5 Ki-43 Oscar (3 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 27 A6M2 Zero (22 air-to-air, 5 ops)
• 3 A6M3a Zero (1 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 3 N1K1-J George (all air-to-air)
• 8 G4M1 Betty (all on the ground)
• 2 Ki-21 Sally (both on the ground)
• 2 P1Y1 Frances (1 flak, 1 ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 P-38H Lightning (air-to-air)
• 3 P-40N1 Warhawk (all air-to-air)
• 2 P-40N5 Warhawk (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 9 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (8 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 F4U-1 Corsair (ops)


Jap daylight fighter sweeps this game turn move over Port Moresby base hex, repelled with relatively light plane losses to Allied CAP fighters. This action justifying the priority to employ Allied CAP fighters in New Guinea to cover base expansion in Port Moresby AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 16
P-38H Lightning x 25
P-40N1 Warhawk x 25
P-40N5 Warhawk x 25
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 60
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 11 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
No.76 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 25000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (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 between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
348th FG/340th 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 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 20000 and 24000.
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 49 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 16
P-38H Lightning x 25
P-40N1 Warhawk x 25
P-40N5 Warhawk x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 59
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 24900.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
14 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 39 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 15 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 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 28 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 7 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 7 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 136 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
A6M3a Zero x 21
A6M5b Zero x 9
N1K1-J George x 17

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 15
P-38H Lightning x 23
P-40N1 Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 57
F4U-1 Corsair x 16

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet *
9 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 20000 feet
9 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 20000 feet *
8 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
5 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (4 airborne, 2 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 13 scrambling)
4 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 between 16000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 15 scrambling)
3 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 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (7 airborne, 7 on standby, 7 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 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 49 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 139 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 41 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
N1K1-J George x 5

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 15
P-38H Lightning x 18
P-40N1 Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 55
F4U-1 Corsair x 14

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (4 airborne, 7 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 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 14000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 7 on standby, 7 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 79

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 14
P-38H Lightning x 17
P-40N1 Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 48
F4U-1 Corsair x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 2 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (6 airborne, 7 on standby, 11 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 12 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 114 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 13
P-38H Lightning x 14
P-40N1 Warhawk x 20
P-40N5 Warhawk x 21
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 40
F4U-1 Corsair x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 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 20 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 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 between 24000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 11

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-38H Lightning x 6
P-40N1 Warhawk x 8
P-40N5 Warhawk x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
F4U-1 Corsair x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (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 30000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000, scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (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 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
348th FG/340th 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 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 15000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Japanese night bombing raid on Port Moresby airfield – no reported airfield damage, no Allied planes destroyed on the ground. This raid was the first air combat action in the campaign involving specialized Allied night fighter planes on CAP (F4U-2 Corsairs). AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 7

Allied aircraft
F4U-2 Corsair x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 2 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF(N)-75 with F4U-2 Corsair (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 8

Allied aircraft
F4U-2 Corsair x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF(N)-75 with F4U-2 Corsair (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Allied 2E & 4E bombers continue night bombing raids on airfields at Lae and Salamaua – also a night raid on Madang airfield. Results of the Madang bombing raid somewhat confirm my estimate of Japanese 2E bombers based at Madang. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x No.18 Sqn RAAF B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x No.120 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 22nd BG/408th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/501st BS B-25C Mitchell 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 345th BG/501st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Weather in hex: Clear sky (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 11

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 28640, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

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

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

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

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Overcast (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3 (floatplane type – possible that Jap LBA planes may no longer be operating from Lae airfield)

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

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

No Allied losses

Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Night Air attack on Salamaua, at 98,127

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24J Liberator x 14

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
246th Sentai/A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters between 36000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Night Air attack on Salamaua, at 98,127

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
246th Sentai/A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna – 1 Jap TF (5 ships all LB), 23 Jap LCU, no available information on number of planes in Buna or airfield damage.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 79, 51 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 2 Jap TF (15 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua (after raid above) – airfield damage 10, one Jap TF (1 AM), 4 Jap LCU (all identified).

Detected status of Jap base in Madang (after raid above) – no visible information on airfield damage or number of planes, airfield size 4(4), port size 3(2), 1 Jap LCU (four identified in Madang). Identified Jap LCU in Madang include Bandasan SNLF, 51 Construction Bn, 4 JAAF Base Force, 17 JAAF AF Bn.

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul no longer shows the possible Jap surface combat TF observed there the last 2 game turns. Coastwatcher reports for 12/10 indicate the Japanese ships may still be in Rabaul. A 12/10 Sigint entry indicates elements or all of Jap 110th Infantry Division may now be in Rabaul – this LCU transferred from China and a veteran unit of the Chungking battles.


US light surface ASW in daylight action with Jap patrol sub off the NE Australia coast. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Cooktown at 95,136 (ENE of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS I-15, hits 1

Allied Ships
SC-1068
SC-1069

Captain of SS I-15 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
I-15 diving deep ....
SC-1069 attacking submerged sub ....
SC-1069 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 12/11/43 (continued)

Eastern US: Two transport convoys departing this game turn from Eastern US for Australia via Capetown –

Convoy EX-59 (17 ships) with four 2E bomber squadrons, 64K supply and 11K fuel.
Fast convoy EX-60 (13 ships) with 53K supply and 53K fuel – all ships in this convoy at 16K or greater speed.


Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 12/10 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wake Is and Kwajalein. Detected status of Kwajalein shows Japanese ship(s) in port. Detected status of Wake Is shows unidentified Jap planes based there. No other visible Japanese forces or activity at these two locations.


South Pacific: Looks as if the cat might be out of the bag… An entry appearing in both the 12/10 Combat Events and Operations reports (below) indicates unidentified Jap plane observed by a US CVE task force (TF 331) escorting main body of an Allied invasion fleet due to reach Noumea in 36 hours (projected time of landing ops based on current movement rate is daylight phase of 12/13 game turn). No TF in the invasion fleet are displayed with a detection level – leaving a possibility the Noumea invasion fleet still remains undetected. Pillager is known to be flying Jap naval search patrols over Suva and probably sea areas E of Noumea (between Noumea & Suva) – the Noumea invasion fleet is approaching from a due S direction. The invasion fleet does have escort - three CVE TF’s (6 CVE total) plus BB’s and surface combat TF. The US Main Carrier Force is also sortied and positioned nearby. The second “pincer” around the Solomons continues its approach.

TF 331 observes Japanese Aircraft at 114,165 near Isle of Pines (S of Noumea, N of Norfolk Is)


US patrol sub intercepts large Japanese transport in sea area north of Solomons. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Shortlands at 111,129 (daylight action NE of Shortlands)

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

Allied Ships
SS Perch

AK Katuragi Maru is sighted by SS Perch
SS Perch attacking on the surface

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Coastwatcher entries from 12/10 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: DD Minazuki reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
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 Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 103,124 near Talasea, Speed 9, Moving West


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF (-1 from last report), 90 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105), no fires.

RAF 2E bombers fly night aerial mine laying mission in Rangoon base hex. Daylight Japanese mine sweeping activity also reported. AAR’s follow.

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (100% moonlight)

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 11

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington GR.VIII laying Mk 13 Mine from 7000 feet *

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

12 mines cleared (total in both AAR)

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no airfield damage, 96 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 12/12/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 247K, no reported airfield damage from Jap night air raids.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 7 Ki-44 Tojo (4 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 12 Ki-61 Tony (all on the ground)
• 12 A6M2 Zero (8 air-to-air, 2 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 8 A6M3 Zero (all on the ground)
• 6 A6M3a Zero (5 air-to-air, 1 on the ground)
• 5 A6M5 Zero (all air-to-air)
• 6 A6M2-N Rufe (all on the ground)
• 10 N1K1-J George (8 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 1 N1K1 Rex (on the ground)
• 1 G4M1 Betty (on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 13 P-38G Lightning (12 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 P-38H Lightning (air-to-air)
• 1 P-40N1 Warhawk (ops)
• 1 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (air-to-air)
• 1 F4U-1 Corsair (ops)
• 21 B-25C Mitchell (20 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 3 Mitchell II (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)


Jap daylight fighter sweeps continue over Port Moresby base hex, again repelled with minor plane losses to Allied CAP fighters. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 10

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-38H Lightning x 9
P-40N1 Warhawk x 9
P-40N5 Warhawk x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 26
F4U-1 Corsair x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (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 30000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 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 21000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 6 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 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 15000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 22

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-38H Lightning x 9
P-40N1 Warhawk x 9
P-40N5 Warhawk x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24
F4U-1 Corsair x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 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 19 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (4 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 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 20000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
35th FG/39th 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 15000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 6 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 15000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 21920 and 23000.
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 detected at 156 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
A6M3a Zero x 10
N1K1-J George x 4

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-38H Lightning x 7
P-40N1 Warhawk x 8
P-40N5 Warhawk x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 22
F4U-1 Corsair x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 2 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 20450 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
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 23 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 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 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 18000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
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 22000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 5

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-38H Lightning x 6
P-40N1 Warhawk x 8
P-40N5 Warhawk x 5
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 21
F4U-1 Corsair x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 20450 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 26000.
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)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 24920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
348th FG/342nd 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 15000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 159 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 43 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 5
P-38H Lightning x 5
P-40N1 Warhawk x 6
P-40N5 Warhawk x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 19
F4U-1 Corsair x 12

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 24450.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
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 17 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/342nd 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 20920 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Japanese night bombing raid on Port Moresby airfield – no reported airfield damage, no Allied planes destroyed on the ground. AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Overcast (96% moonlight)

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

Allied aircraft
F4U-2 Corsair x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

No Allied 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

CAP engaged:
VF(N)-75 with F4U-2 Corsair (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

Some CAP have air radar

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USAAF 4E bombers continue night bombing of Madang airfield. Combat Events report entry and AAR follows.

6 x 380th BG/531st BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Weather in hex: Overcast (96% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 2

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid below) – 1 Jap TF (8 ships all LB), 23 Jap LCU, no available information on number of planes in Buna or airfield damage.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid below) – airfield damage 68, 14 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 5 Jap TF (32 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base in Madang (after raid above) – no visible information on airfield damage, number of planes or Jap LCU.


Allied 2E bombers hit Lae airfield in a not-so-well coordinated daylight raid. Assigned escort fighters appeared over Lae with the "second wave" (not actually a second wave) – the main body of 2E bombers and later stragglers unescorted and taking the expected losses from Japanese CAP fighters. AAR’s follow.

Any suggestions from readers on improving coordination of fighter escort with bombers on daylight raids certainly welcome. Assigned P-38 fighter escorts with these raids require the use of drop tanks in order to reach the target hex with the bombers, this may or may not be a problem (certainly doesn’t help whether it is a problem or not).

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
A6M3a Zero x 5
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 33

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 13
Mitchell II x 15
B-25C Mitchell x 47

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 3 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3 Zero: 5 destroyed on ground
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 6 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
Mitchell II: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 6 destroyed, 7 damaged

Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 76

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x Mitchell II bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
A6M3a Zero x 1
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9
P-38G Lightning x 25

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

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

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
252 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 69 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
A6M3a Zero x 1
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged

Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 2

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

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 between 10000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 84 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 5

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

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 77 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
70th 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

Training flight from 281 Ku S-1 has been caught up in attack

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USAAF bombers hit Buna airfield in a daylight raid. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 5
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 15
P-38G Lightning x 25

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 7 destroyed

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

Airbase hits 33
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 66

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
6th Ku S-1/A with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
265 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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US light surface ASW reports contact with Jap patrol sub. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cooktown at 97,136 (E of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS I-157

Allied Ships
SC-982
SC-741
SC-742

SS I-157 is located by SC-982
I-157 diving deep ....
SC-742 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 12/12/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts southbound Japanese transport convoy SE of Bonins in a daylight action. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Chichi-jima at 114,81 (SE of Iwo Jima)

Japanese Ships
DD Hatakaze
E W-14
xAP Ussuri Maru
xAP Montevideo Maru
xAP Manzyu Maru
xAP Kitano Maru
xAP Kokuryu Maru
xAP Takatiho Maru
xAP Huzi Maru
DD Asakaze

Allied Ships
SS Redfin

SS Redfin launches 2 torpedoes at DD Hatakaze
DD Hatakaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Asakaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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South Pacific: Noumea invasion fleet now at hex location 114, 160 (adjacent hex due W of Noumea) . The invasion force is entering Noumea base hex during the night phase of 12/13 game turn with landing operations to begin at daylight. Available intelligence data indicates no known Jap LCU are in Noumea, supporting a high probability Pillager has withdrawn most Japanese forces from Noumea back into the Solomons (this withdrawal completed some time ago based on my information). My plans and forces for the Noumea operation have not used this information as an assumption – overall intent of the operation to occupy all of New Caledonia quickly and in maximum possible strength.

In any event… both the Noumea invasion fleet and US Main Carrier force have reported contacts with Japanese float planes.


Coastwatcher entries from 12/11 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 Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Belep Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
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: 6 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 12, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, no Jap TF (-2 from last report), 114 aircraft (all fighters), 12 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – 105 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, oil production 140(161), refinery 97(4).

USAAF and RAF bombers hit oil production facilities at Magwe in a night raid. The raid inflicted some additional damage to Magwe oil facilities that appeared in base status above. Plane losses in the action include one B-17E Fortress (ops), 4 Jap Ki-54 Nick CAP fighters destroyed (2 air-to-air, 2 ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

8 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
5 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
6 x 7th BG/493rd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
7 x No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (96% moonlight)

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 16
B-17E Fortress x 32
B-24D Liberator x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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, 8 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
9 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, 2 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35200, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Wellington B.X 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 35200
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 5

No Allied losses

Oil hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Allied losses

Oil hits 1

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Oil hits 2

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 7

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged

Oil hits 1

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 7

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/23/2014 9:49:30 PM   
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Summary of Operations 12/13/43

South Pacific: Noumea amphibious landing operations underway without significant incident or Japanese opposition, most LCU elements of the attacking ground force are now ashore along with 75K supply. Remaining LCU elements plus an additional 150K supply expected to disembark in the coming game turn. No ground attack launched to capture Noumea base as combat orders of LCU in the landing force were set to “defend” rather than an attack (Oops!). LCU in the main landing force at Noumea included HQ I Amphibious Corps, US 37th Infantry Division, 2nd and 3rd US Marine Divisions plus supporting tank and artillery units. Minesweepers with the invasion force encountered no Japanese mines in Noumea base hex.

Two US Naval Construction Rgts (4th & 6th) also disembarked with the landing force, additional construction engineer LCU already enroute to Noumea aboard ships in second and third wave transport TF’s. Plans are to begin extensive expansion of port and airfield facilities at Noumea, Koumac and La Foa as quickly as possible.

A secondary amphibious landing with US 27th Infantry Division with 7200 supply at La Foa completed without significant incident or Japanese opposition. As at Noumea, combat orders issued to 27 Division were not properly set. Primary intent of the La Foa landing was to cut the movement path for any Japanese LCU caught in Noumea, blocking their possible retreat toward Koumac. 27 Division is planned to move immediately on Koumac with reinforcement with LCU from the main landing force at Noumea as needed.

My available intelligence data indicated Pillager had likely withdrawn most or all of any Japanese garrison forces from Noumea some time ago (the garrison at one time including Jap 10th Infantry Division now reported at Lunga). There was still some uncertainty as to whether Pillager had any Japanese LCU or air units at Noumea given the absence of any information from aerial recon or game turn report entries (Sigint) indicating the presence of Japanese forces or activity in Noumea. No Japanese forces (LCU, aircraft or ships) are detected/vislble at either Noumea or La Foa. Available intelligence does have three Jap LCU (87, 88 & 89 Naval Gd) reported in Koumac – no report since 3/13/43 on any of the three units, giving some possibility the information is partially or completely outdated.

Detected port size in Noumea is 5(4), the airfield size 2(5). It appears Pillager had not done any significant airfield construction in Noumea, but the current size of port facilities will prove useful with ample supply and construction LCU elements on hand to rapidly expand the airfield. Plans also include eventual rebuild of existing resource production and light industry facilities in Noumea as an extra “local” source of supply points for Allied front-line ops to be done as time and resources permit. AAR’s of landing operations follow.

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Amphibious Assault at Noumea (115,160)

TF 350 troops unloading over beach at Noumea, 115,160

Allied ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

81mm M1 Mortar damaged beyond repair during unload of 37th Infantry Div /3
13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 lost in surf during unload of 37th Infantry Div /8
13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 accidentally lost during unload of 37th Infantry Div /10
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 37th Infantry Div /19

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Amphibious Assault at Noumea (115,160)

TF 409 troops unloading over beach at Noumea, 115,160

Allied ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 43 accidentally lost during unload of 2nd Marine Div
13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 43 lost overboard during unload of 2nd Marine Div
10 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 2nd Marine Div
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 2nd Marine Div /20

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Amphibious Assault at Noumea (115,160)

TF 448 troops unloading over beach at Noumea, 115,160

Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)


0.5in M2HB AAMG x4 damaged beyond repair during unload of 4th Marine Div /4
13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 43 lost from landing craft during unload of 4th Marine Div /10
10 Support troops lost in surf during unload of 4th Marine Div /16

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Amphibious Assault at Noumea (115,160)

TF 457 troops unloading over beach at Noumea, 115,160

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of I US Amphib Corps
Engineer Vehicle damaged beyond repair during unload of 4th USN Naval Const Rgt /2
10 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of I US Amphib Corps

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Amphibious Assault at La Foa (114,159)

TF 461 troops unloading over beach at La Foa, 114,159

Allied ground losses:
88 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (0 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Motorized Support dropped into water during unload of 27th Infantry Div /9

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Coastwatcher entries from 12/12 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty (FOW? An anchor symbol is visible on the game map at Lunga)
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
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 (if so, these ships not detected or visible on the game map)
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: 6 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 98,127 near Salamaua, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, 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: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown


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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/23/2014 9:53:05 PM   
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Summary of Operations 12/13/43 (continued)

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 247K.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 5 A6M5b Zero (all air-to-air)
• 5 N1K1-J George (all air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 3 P-40N5 Warhawk (all air-to-air)


No Allied or Japanese bombing raids over New Guinea. A small daylight airfield strike on Lae by USAAF 4E bombers had been ordered but failed to launch. Reduced level of Jap daylight fighter sweeps over Port Moresby base hex. Latest AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 53 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 7
N1K1-J George x 4

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-38H Lightning x 9
P-40N1 Warhawk x 10
P-40N5 Warhawk x 10
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 29
F4U-1 Corsair x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (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 30000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 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 16000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 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 to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 6 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 17000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna – 2 Jap TF (9 ships total, all barges and small ship types), 23 Jap LCU, no available information on number of planes in Buna or airfield damage. 12/12 Sigint entries reported Jap 23 Field AA Machine Cannon Co and elements of 21 Air Defense AA Rgt are now at Buna. 23 AA Machine Cannon Co transferred to Buna from Manchuria, 21 Air Defense AA Rgt from the Japanese Home Islands. 21 of the 23 detected Jap LCU in Buna are now identified.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – no available information on airfield damage or number of planes, 11 Jap LCU, 3 Jap TF (15 ships total, all barges and small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul shows unidentified planes plus ship(s) in port, one Jap TF (5 ships including 1 CL, 4 DD), 18 Jap LCU.


US light surface ASW reports contact with Jap patrol sub. An unidentified Jap submarine visible on the game map SW of Port Moresby (hex location 96, 133). AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cooktown at 97,136 (E of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS I-155

Allied Ships
SC-741
SC-742

SS I-155 is located by SC-741
SC-742 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub in contact with unescorted Jap transport off north coast of New Guinea. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Finschhafen at 100,127 (E of Finschhaven)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Sasago Maru

Allied Ships
SS Mingo

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

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