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Summary of Operations 12/21/43 Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 272K, airfield service damage 60, runway damage 76. 68 Allied fighter planes remain operational at Port Moresby, though questionable as to whether they can take off to fly CAP in the next game turn. US Carrier Main force has sortied from Brisbane and now heading northward. Pillager has kept KB in the Bismarck Sea area north of Lae (current hex location 101, 124), he’s using the land mass of New Guinea as a shield to keep US carriers beyond an optimum striking range to attack KB. KB’s current hex position allows a 6hex striking range for Japanese planes launched against Port Moresby while at the same time keeping US carriers beyond the 6hex range  unless I wish to move the US Carrier force into a coastal hex along the southern edge of New Guinea near Terapo (this a rather unfavorable Allied attack position). The significance of the 6hex attack range lies in the normal flight range of US carrier dive bombers (specifically SBD5 Dauntless forming the majority of VB squadrons) – beyond the 6hex range, they no longer carry a 1000 lb bomb load. Several possibilities still remain… attack off the New Guinea coast at 7hex maximum range with 500 lb bombs, or launch the SBD’s with drop tanks (normal flight range increased from 6 to 9 hexes) and keep the 1000 pounders. None of these options is a perfect “best case” scenario. All that can be done for the moment is continue moving the US Carrier Main force northward and see how my options play out – Pillager could (in the meanwhile) move the KB closer to Port Moresby (extending my “window of attack range”) or another Japanese action that presents a useful opportunity. I have at least one and possibly two game turns before the US Carrier force reaches position to make an attack run. Pillager could have the KB gone by that time or I may otherwise have to take a “pass” on this action. Also consider the possibility that Pillager may not have included the availability of drop tanks on SBD5 planes in planning KB’s current sortie, this making the drop tank a possible “potent surprise weapon” in the US arsenal. Patience and discipline required. Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea. Total reported plane losses per Intelligence screens Aircraft Losses display – 298 Japanese, 69 Allied. Japanese planes reported destroyed • 29 A6M2 Zero (21 airtoair, 6 ops, 2 on the ground) • 1 A6M2N Rufe (on the ground) • 12 A6M3 Zero (9 airtoair, 3 ops) • 4 A6M3a Zero (all airtoair) • 45 A6M5 Zero (37 airtoair, 8 ops) • 86 Ki44 Tojo (68 airtoair, 15 ops, 3 on the ground) • 13 N1K1J George (12 airtoair, 1 ops) • 46 D1Y1 Judy (37 airtoair, 7 flak, 2 ops) • 19 B6N1 Jill (17 airtoair, 2 flak) • 12 B6N2 Jill (11 airtoair, 1 flak) • 29 P1Y1 Frances (27 airtoair, 2 ops) • 1 Ki21 Sally (on the ground) • 1 E13A1 Jake (airtoair) Allied planes reported destroyed • 9 P38H Lightning (4 airtoair, 4 on the ground, 1 ops) • 10 P40N1 Warhawk (7 airtoair, 2 ops, 1 on the ground) • 8 P40N5 Warhawk (6 airtoair, 1 on the ground, 1 ops) • 32 P47D2 Thunderbolt (16 airtoair, 12 ops, 4 on the ground) • 8 F4U1 Corsair (6 airtoair, 2 ops) • 7 Spitfire Vc (4 airtoair, 2 on the ground, 1 ops) • 1 B24D1 Liberator (ops) • 2 B25C Mitchell (both ops) • 2 PBY Catalina (1 airtoair, 1 ops) The expected horde of Japanese planes arrived over Port Moresby. My intent was not to completely stop the raid (knowing there would be too many Jap planes to stop) but inflicting the maximum possible amount of attrition to Japanese air forces. This aim appeared to be quite successful, given the relatively light Allied pilot losses and the probable high proportion of Japanese pilots that went down with their planes. An unexpected factor was the large numbers of Japanese LBA planes participating. The high plane losses to Jap LBA (especially Ki44 Tojo & P1Y1 Frances) somewhat ensures a decreased level of Japanese air activity over Port Moresby once the KB departs and life goes on. Results of this game turn’s air action over Port Moresby are also a favorable development for the US Carrier Main force. AAR’s follow.  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Weather in hex: Moderate rain Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 5 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 9 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 16 P38H Lightning x 21 P40N1 Warhawk x 21 P40N5 Warhawk x 22 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 98 F4U1 Corsair x 17 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 12 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 20000 and 36800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 15 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 17 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 17 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 17 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 4 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 32 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 16 P38H Lightning x 21 P40N1 Warhawk x 21 P40N5 Warhawk x 22 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 97 F4U1 Corsair x 17 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 9 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (6 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (4 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 156 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 46 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 4 N1K1J George x 28 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 16 P38H Lightning x 20 P40N1 Warhawk x 20 P40N5 Warhawk x 18 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 89 F4U1 Corsair x 16 Japanese aircraft losses N1K1J George: 4 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 4 x N1K1J George sweeping at 30000 feet 3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 30000 feet 1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 30000 feet 16 x N1K1J George sweeping at 30000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (2 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 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 21000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (8 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 15 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (8 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (12 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 12 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (10 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling) 10 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 189 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 52 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 3 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 15 P38H Lightning x 19 P40N1 Warhawk x 19 P40N5 Warhawk x 16 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 85 F4U1 Corsair x 16 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (2 airborne, 10 on standby, 3 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 38000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) intercepting now. 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 34000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 10 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 3 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 10 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 9 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 6 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 15 P38H Lightning x 17 P40N1 Warhawk x 19 P40N5 Warhawk x 15 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 74 F4U1 Corsair x 16 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (2 airborne, 10 on standby, 3 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 38000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 3 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 9 on standby, 4 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 195 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 58 minutes Japanese aircraft (most Jap planes in this wave never saw battle… fortunately) A6M3a Zero x 25 A6M5 Zero x 267 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 14 P38H Lightning x 15 P40N1 Warhawk x 18 P40N5 Warhawk x 13 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 65 F4U1 Corsair x 16 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed Allied aircraft losses Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed P38H Lightning: 1 destroyed P40N1 Warhawk: 2 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 33 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 26 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 24 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 25 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 26 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 25 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 26 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 30 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 25 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 24 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 25 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 3 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 34250. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (9 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 35920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (8 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (4 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 32920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 13 on standby, 3 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 34920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 33920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 9 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 8 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 7 P38H Lightning x 12 P40N1 Warhawk x 10 P40N5 Warhawk x 11 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 52 F4U1 Corsair x 15 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (3 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 31330 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 3 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 34920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 30000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 32920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes  Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 7 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 9 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 7 P38H Lightning x 9 P40N1 Warhawk x 9 P40N5 Warhawk x 9 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 48 F4U1 Corsair x 15 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (4 airborne, 6 on standby, 3 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 34250. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 13 on standby, 3 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 28760 and 34920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 7 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 12000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 32920. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130 Weather in hex: Light cloud Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 6 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 36 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 11 P38H Lightning x 17 P40N1 Warhawk x 12 P40N5 Warhawk x 12 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 78 F4U1 Corsair x 17 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 7 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed F4U1 Corsair: 2 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 2 x Ki44IIa Tojo sweeping at 30000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 12 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 20000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 8 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 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (0 airborne, 12 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 20000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 5 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 36 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 10 P38H Lightning x 15 P40N1 Warhawk x 12 P40N5 Warhawk x 10 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 69 F4U1 Corsair x 14 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed Allied aircraft losses Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed P40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 1 x Ki44IIa Tojo sweeping at 30000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters to 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 22 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 25 P1Y1 Frances x 39 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 8 P38H Lightning x 13 P40N1 Warhawk x 12 P40N5 Warhawk x 6 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 63 F4U1 Corsair x 13 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2 Zero: 12 destroyed P1Y1 Frances: 14 destroyed, 4 damaged P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 damaged P38H Lightning: 2 damaged P40N1 Warhawk: 2 damaged P47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 damaged P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground Allied ground losses: 10 casualties reported Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Airbase hits 21 Airbase supply hits 2 Runway hits 46 Aircraft Attacking: 4 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 6000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 31450. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes 11 planes vectored on to bombers 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 28760 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 8 on standby, 2 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 36000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes 12 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 16 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes 13 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes 10 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 9 planes vectored on to bombers No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 177 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 50 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M3 Zero x 13 A6M3a Zero x 20 N1K1J George x 19 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 5 P38H Lightning x 12 P40N1 Warhawk x 11 P40N5 Warhawk x 6 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 54 F4U1 Corsair x 10 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3 Zero: 4 destroyed A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed N1K1J George: 3 destroyed Allied aircraft losses Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed F4U1 Corsair: 2 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 1 x N1K1J George sweeping at 30000 feet 8 x N1K1J George sweeping at 30000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16150. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 68 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 24190. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15320. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 6000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 26760. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 62 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 6000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 30000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters to 6000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 150 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 38 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 127 B6N1 Jill x 73 B6N2 Jill x 63 D4Y1 Judy x 121 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 2 P38H Lightning x 10 P40N1 Warhawk x 10 P40N5 Warhawk x 6 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 38 F4U1 Corsair x 5 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 12 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 2 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses Spitfire Vc Trop: 2 damaged Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground P38H Lightning: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged P38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground P40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged P40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground P40N5 Warhawk: 3 damaged P40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground P47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed, 10 damaged P47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed on ground Allied ground losses: 62 casualties reported Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled Airbase hits 16 Airbase supply hits 4 Runway hits 89 Aircraft Attacking: 14 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 13 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 13 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 16 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 9 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 13 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 5 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 8 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 13 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 15 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 15 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 8 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 8 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 24190. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 37000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 30000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 25000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 156 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 40 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 17 B6N1 Jill x 29 B6N2 Jill x 8 D4Y1 Judy x 70 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 1 P38H Lightning x 6 P40N1 Warhawk x 4 P40N5 Warhawk x 1 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 16 F4U1 Corsair x 2 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 3 destroyed B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed D4Y1 Judy: 7 destroyed, 7 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses P38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground P40N1 Warhawk: 1 damaged P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged Allied ground losses: 24 casualties reported Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Airbase hits 4 Runway hits 9 Aircraft Attacking: 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 13 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 11 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 10000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers 49th FG/7th FS with P40N5 Warhawk (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 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (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 between 17000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes 6 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/340th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000, scrambling fighters to 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers 49th FG/9th FS with P40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30760. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 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 18000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes 3 planes vectored on to bombers 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 102 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 33 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 13 B6N1 Jill x 13 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 1 P38H Lightning x 1 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 5 F4U1 Corsair x 1 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed Runway hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 8 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (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 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000, scrambling fighters to 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/341st FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters to 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 18000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes 35th FG/39th FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 22000 , scrambling fighters to 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes 8th FG/80th FS with P38H Lightning (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 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130 Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 9 minutes Japanese aircraft B6N2 Jill x 5 Allied aircraft P47D2 Thunderbolt x 1 F4U1 Corsair x 1 Japanese aircraft losses B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged Allied aircraft losses P38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground Runway hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 2 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 Corsair (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 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes 348th FG/342nd FS with P47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 18000 Raid is overhead  Allied bombers launch night airfield strikes on Madang, Lae and Buna. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow. 4 x No.120 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night 4 x 43rd BG/64th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 6 x 43rd BG/65th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 6 x 38th BG/71st BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 6 x 3rd BG/90th BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 4 x 43rd BG/403rd BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 4 x 345th BG/499th BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 6 x 380th BG/528th BS B24J Liberator stray due to night 4 x 380th BG/529th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 4 x 380th BG/530th BS B24J Liberator stray due to night 6 x 380th BG/531st BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 5 x 43rd BG/64th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 5 x 380th BG/530th BS B24J Liberator stray due to night  Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123 Weather in hex: Moderate rain (17% moonlight) Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 11 minutes Japanese aircraft E13A1 Jake x 3 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 6 B25C Mitchell x 13 Japanese aircraft losses Ki21IIa Sally: 1 destroyed on ground A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground Allied aircraft losses B25C Mitchell: 1 damaged B25C Mitchell: 2 damaged Airbase hits 2 Runway hits 4 Aircraft Attacking: 6 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 958 Ku T8 with E13A1 Jake (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 28640, scrambling fighters to 6000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes  Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123 Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 5 minutes Japanese aircraft E13A1 Jake x 3 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 6 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Runway hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 6 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 958 Ku T8 with E13A1 Jake (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 28640 Raid is overhead  Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123 Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 10 minutes Japanese aircraft E13A1 Jake x 3 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 4 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 958 Ku T8 with E13A1 Jake (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 28640 Raid is overhead  Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126 Weather in hex: Severe storms (17% moonlight) Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 12 minutes Japanese aircraft N1K1 Rex x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 4 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Runway hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 902 Ku S1 with N1K1 Rex (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 55 minutes  Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126 Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 9 minutes Japanese aircraft N1K1 Rex x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 4 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 902 Ku S1 with N1K1 Rex (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 7000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes  Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129 Weather in hex: Clear sky (17% moonlight) Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 16 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2N Rufe x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 5 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground No Allied losses Runway hits 2 Aircraft Attacking: 5 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N 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 54 minutes  Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129 Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 5 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2N Rufe x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 4 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2N Rufe: 1 damaged A6M2N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground No Allied losses Runway hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead  Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129 Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 8 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2N Rufe x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 6 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground No Allied losses Runway hits 2 Aircraft Attacking: 6 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead  Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129 Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 16 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2N Rufe x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 4 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground No Allied losses Airbase hits 3 Runway hits 4 Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead  Detected status of Jap base at Buna – airfield damage 21, 28 aircraft (all fighters), 1 Jap TF (7 ships, barges and small ships), 23 Jap LCU. Detected status of Jap base at Lae – no reported airfield damage, 99 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF. Detected status of Jap base at Madang shows no airfield damage or numbers of Jap planes, no Jap TF, 3 Jap LCU’s. Japanese patrol sub chased off by light surface ASW leaving Port Moresby. No reported contacts between Jap submarines and Allied transports leaving Port Moresby ahead of the anticipated KB air strike. AAR follows.  Sub attack near Port Moresby at 96,134 (SW of Port Moresby) Japanese Ships SS I7 Allied Ships SC1067 SC1066 SS I7 launches 2 torpedoes at SC1067 I7 diving deep .... SC1066 fails to find sub, continues to search... Escort abandons search for sub 
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