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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/21/2014 9:06:45 PM   
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Summary of Operations 12/23/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Tabiteuea reported a second time in multiple 12/23 Sigint entries. Detected status at Tabiteuea is unchanged from last game turn.

A 12/23 Sigint entry reports Jap 17th Infantry Division now located on Tarawa, this report verifying previous intelligence indicating 17 Division was possibly bound for Tarawa. 17th Division is a transfer from China and had participated in the Chungking battles.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF (-1 from last report), 122 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).

Night aerial minelaying strike on Rangoon base hex by RAF bombers, Japanese mine sweeping operations reported later in daylight. AAR’s of actions follow.

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Night Air attack on Rangoon, at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (3% moonlight)

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 19

Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 12

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
12 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, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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TF 94 encounters mine field at Rangoon (54,53) – two similar AAR of reported Jap minesweeping actions

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

14 mines cleared (total in both AAR)

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 106 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 121(180), refinery 97(4).

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/22/2014 5:57:22 PM   
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Update on Johnjohn front. February/March 43.

Johnjohn is a noob, still learning the basics and more advanced options while competing against the AAR. The first attempt ended with a computer crash. This is the second time around. NEW LEARNING: That any bomber, not just B-29s, can bomb cities. Also, cities have targeting options--oil, resources, refineries, manpower, etc. I have initiated a bombing campaign at night in Burma. Have B-24s hitting Rangoon, Wellingtons hitting Magwe, and B-25s targeting Akyab. Night time attacks have been largely ineffective. No planes lost, but no damage inflicted either. Been at it for a couple of months now. When attacking airfields at night for last six months, results also were largely ineffective.

February saw the build up continuing for the Tarawa and Makin invasions planned for March. The invasions of the Canal and Tulagi are still building up with six divisions allocated. Intel has two enemy divisions on the Canal. Makin was invaded in mid March with Tarawa with the 2nd USMC Div, a tank BN, a USMC Def BN and Engrs. The 2nd swept the enemy away day one. Makin taken, PBYs and fighters immediately deployed from Canton Island. Tarawa ended up a 4 day slugfest, largely due to the difficulty the 3rd USMC Div had disembarking and engaging with the enemy. Same composition as Makin, 1 Marine Div, 1 Tank BN, 1 Def BN, and Engrs. When Tarawa fell, PBYs and Fighters were rushed in from Baker and Canton. A B-25 squadron moved up to Makin and started bombing targets of opportunity, mostly convoys.

The good news. Allies much closer to extending the Allied lines to Central Pacific. Only Marshalls left to take. Bad News, Hornet sunk by 5 torpedo hits, 2 from Bettys and 3 from Kates while in support of Makin. 90 F4F on Cap could not shoot them all down. Replacement will arrive in Feb 44.

All carriers at PH, Wasp undergoing refit. All strike CVEs at Noumea to support Lunga invasion. All support CVEs at PH. Long Island is refitting.

Fleet Carriers preparing to upgrade to F6F-Hellcat. Land based fighters already upgrading to F4U.

Victorious enroute to Columbo to join Hermes et al.

Fighter pilots are growing more experienced. Most front line squadrons have at least 10 80+ Exp pilots with many others close. Several Squadrons have 75% 80+, some with 50% 90+. Currently 4 pilots with 40+ kills, K. "Truey" Truscott with 46 leading the way (RAAF No. 76 squadron presently assigned to Port Darwin). Historically, Truey (the actual RAAF leading ace in WWII with 20 pacific kills and 16 European kills) would be at "62". The initial plan was reassign all 80+ to TRACOM. Discussion with "Gator" leads to keeping the Exp guys in the squadrons, that assigning them to TRACOM does not appreciably improve trainee Exp. I currently have about 75 pilots with 80+ experience. 4 pilots have 99 experience. About 30 pilots are 90+. Only 3 have been killed since inception of hostilities. I have about 100 pilots with 70-79 Experience. Several squadrons are near 80 in total experience. No. 17 squadron, RAF, assigned to Kaylemo, my only remaining base in Burma, is the top gun. Of 21 pilots, 17 are over 80 with 4 just under. This squadron is attacked nearly every day and has 2 pilots with 40+ kills and several more in the mid to upper 30s. At last check they have 483 kills. The AVG had more, but there were three squadrons and more planes and pilots per squadron.

Three fleet carriers and three CVLs will join Pacific Fleet by end of July. Plan is to wait until August to hit the Solomons. The Marshalls will get taken by end of year. Mac is ready to move against PM and Milne Bay, then to move up the coast. That will wait until the Fall.

As of now, the carrier count is 4-4. Akagi and Zuikaku confirmed sunk, Yorktown and Hornet likewise sunk. The allied pipeline is starting to spit things out and the overall situation will get better. Just to note, it is not bad now.

John (johnjohn)

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/26/2014 1:21:02 AM   
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quote:

I have initiated a bombing campaign at night in Burma. Have B-24s hitting Rangoon, Wellingtons hitting Magwe, and B-25s targeting Akyab. Night time attacks have been largely ineffective. No planes lost, but no damage inflicted either. Been at it for a couple of months now. When attacking airfields at night for last six months, results also were largely ineffective.

Beyond preservation of the Allied bomber force, my preference would normally lean toward daylight bombing over launching night raids, contrary to my heavy use of night bombing in this campaign. The primary (if not sole) advantage of night bombing is reduced plane attrition – largely due to opposing CAP fighters rendered mostly if not completely ineffective during air-to-air combat at night, this even true to at least some extent with night fighter planes on CAP at night. Up to this point, my experience with night fighters on CAP vs night bombing raids has produced little results in terms of “kills” on Japanese bombers – though several factors could be at play including night fighter squadrons I’ve employed so far in combat (over Port Moresby) not necessarily having the best available pilots. I’m looking into possible solutions for this issue including an upgrade on pilots assigned to Allied night fighter units.

Pitfalls of night bombing are many – fragmented and/or uncoordinated raids, parts of night bombing raids intercepted by CAP fighters will drop bombs with no effect on the target (bombs appear to drop but do not seem to hit anything), moonlight or lack thereof as a factor, etc. The penalties of night bombing still outweigh the bigger penalty of considerably greater plane attrition in daylight. Still… daylight bombing is preferable whenever opposing CAP fighters are suppressed or neutralized by (1) friendly fighter planes escorting the bomber raid in sufficient numbers, (2) airfield(s) at or near the target damaged to the point of complete shut down or high enough damage to reduce enemy CAP operations, and/or (3) complete or near-complete elimination of enemy CAP fighters. From experience in the New Guinea air campaign, accomplishing the prerequisites for launching daylight bombing operations without significant risk of heavy bomber plane losses is a major undertaking against heavy opposition. Patience and perseverance definitely required.

It should be noted that both Pillager and I are now relying on night bombing to varying degrees in this PBEM campaign.

Another thing to note (if not already noted) is that 10th USAAF bomber squadrons operating on raids from India are mainly operating with older 4E bomber plane variants (currently B-17E and B-24D) – my priority for newer US 4E bomber types going to air units in the Pacific theatres. This also plays into my overall philosophy of getting the most possible “mileage” from older plane types before completely phasing them out of front-line service – mainly to allow more effective prioritizing for employment of replacement pool planes in newer types. Employing more older planes in service for secondary front-line or other assignments allows a greater number of newer planes to be allocated to specific theatres and air units where priority for their use has been established.


quote:

Fleet Carriers preparing to upgrade to F6F-Hellcat. Land based fighters already upgrading to F4U.

I am considering use of F4U Corsairs in small numbers with some VF squadrons on escort carriers and/or the Main Carrier force once the current priority of equipping all front-line US Marine VMF squadrons with Corsairs is completed. My most likely scenario is using older F4U plane variants in the escort carrier force as these planes become available and to the extent available numbers of older F4U planes in the replacement pools allow their use in this manner. Estimated timing of this action is probably mid-1944 or later.


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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 3/26/2014 1:27:43 AM   
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Summary of Operations 12/24/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 266K, airfield service damage 75, no runway damage. 13 operational Allied fighter planes remain at Port Moresby.

Postponed drawing of replacement planes for Allied fighter squadrons based in Port Moresby still in effect. Many of the Port Moresby squadrons currently have a 1-2 game turn delay before they can draw replacement planes.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 21 A6M2 Zero (15 air-to-air, 4 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 7 A6M3a Zero (4 air-to-air, 1 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 10 Ki-44 Tojo (6 air-to-air, 4 on the ground)
• 2 N1K1-J George (both air-to-air)
• 2 Ki-21 Sally (both flak)
• 4 G3M3 Nell (all air-to-air)
• 6 P1Y1 Frances (all air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 10 P-38H Lightning (7 air-to-air, 2 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 2 P-40N1 Warhawk (both on the ground)
• 3 P-40N5 Warhawk (2 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 6 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 1 B-24D Liberator (ops)
• 2 B-25C Mitchell (both ops)
• 1 Mitchell II (ops)
• 1 PBY-5 Catalina I (air-to-air over Lae)


KB no longer detected or visible on the game map (its previous location at Manus). Detected status of Manus base shows port size 2(4) and Japanese ship(s) in port, a 12/24 coastwatcher entry indicating CVL Ibuki in port at Manus.

US Main Carrier force continues moving southward, now clear of Jap submarines and beyond range of most if not Jap LBA air activity. Pillager is using one page from my play book – employing patrol subs to screen other activity at sea. Escort ships of one US Air Combat TF in night ASW action with a Japanese sub. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 96,134 (NE of Cooktown)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34, hits 4 (reported sunk)

Allied Ships
BB Massachusetts
CA New Orleans
DD Brownson
DD Morris
DD Carmick
DD Saufley
DD Ringgold

SS RO-34 is sighted by escort
DD Morris fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Carmick fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Saufley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ringgold fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Japanese bomber raids on Port Moresby airfield, also fighter sweeps. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 10

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 23
P-40N1 Warhawk x 4
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 11 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 29000.
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 16 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 20

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 17
P-40N1 Warhawk x 4
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 22000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000, scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 31000.
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 13 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 12
P-40N1 Warhawk x 3
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7

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

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
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 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 99 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (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 12000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 194 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 58 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M3a Zero x 9
N1K1-J George x 30

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 10
P-40N1 Warhawk x 3
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet *
6 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 30000 feet
9 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
8 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 30000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 32000 , scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 60 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 140 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
N1K1-J George x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 6
P-40N1 Warhawk x 2
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 4

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

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 63 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 109 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
N1K1-J George x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
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 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M3a Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
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 27330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000, scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 197 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 54 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 33

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 1

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet
4 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet
18 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H 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 32000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000, scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 114 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 7 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 66 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 3
P1Y1 Frances x 8

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 2 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 188 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 52 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 32000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 59 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 10

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 8 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 4 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40N1 Warhawk: 2 damaged
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
P1Y1 Frances x 12

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 18
P-40N1 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/8th FS with P-38H Lightning (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
10 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
35th FG/41st FS with P-38H Lightning (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead

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Night airfield bombing strikes by Allied bombers on Madang, Lae and Buna continue. Latest AAR’s and Combat Events report entries follow.

6 x No.120 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night
6 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 90th BG/321st BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 345th BG/498th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 380th BG/529th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
3 x 380th BG/530th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
5 x 90th BG/321st BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Weather in hex: Severe storms (no moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6
B-25C Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640, scrambling fighters to 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 6

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Mitchell II bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 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 49 minutes

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

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

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640, scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Madang, at 97,123

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-8 with E13A1 Jake (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 28640, scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain (no moonlight)

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Runway hits 7

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, scrambling fighters to 32000.
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 14 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 3

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-24J 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 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain (no moonlight)

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 6

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

CAP engaged:
934 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 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 4

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 8

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 (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 59 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 5

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

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

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 (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 51 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – airfield damage 10, 73 aircraft (all fighters), no visible Jap TF, 23 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – no reported airfield damage, 42 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF’s (37 ships total, all small ships and barges).

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Summary of Operations 12/24/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 352K supply and 4200 fuel on hand. No reported air or naval combat activity in Noumea or the New Caledonia area.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/24 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: AK Momokawa Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: CVL Ibuki reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, 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: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 1, Moving Northeast
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: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Shinkoku Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 23, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 13, Moving Northeast
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: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown

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Summary of Operations 12/24/43 (continued)

Infantry LCU Element Upgrades: With the end of 1943 approaching (and the start of 1944), production of infantry replacement elements for some Allied nationalities (US Army & Marines, Australian, New Zealand) already switched or have begun switching from their 1943 to 1944 configurations going into 1/44. A review of LCU’s in the game is underway for selected units in these nationalities – priority going to divisional, brigade, regiment size infantry LCU’s then to smaller infantry units or units in other types containing infantry squads in their TOE. Other qualifications for the upgrade process include the LCU do not have a withdrawal date and are in a transferrable (preferably front line theatre) command. At this point in time, my objective is at least all medium to large front-line infantry LCU in these nationalities equipped with infantry elements to a minimum “1943 standard”. While most front-line Allied LCU in the nationalities above are already equipped to a 1943 standard, a number of infantry units still retain 1942 or earlier infantry squads in their TOE as a result of earlier LCU upgrade prioritizations. Rather than upgrade the stragglers directly from 1941-42 to 1944 TOE organization, this upgrade process will bring these units to 1943 TOE, allowing the priority of issuing 1944 infantry squads to units where this upgrade is most desired.

A similar process is planned to occur in other nationalities at various times during 1944 – Indian LCU (starting 1/44), British (8-9/44). In both cases, timing is related to production of infantry replacement elements switching from 1943 to 1944 configurations. This is also being looked at for Soviet infantry units – though the USSR is currently inactive in this campaign, element upgrades in Russian ground combat LCU still cannot be overlooked if the upgrades are allowed to occur in AE at this time.


Central Pacific: Several actions involving US patrol subs in sea areas near Truk. Japanese ships in the second action below are a rather curious formation. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Truk at 114,100 (night action N of Truk)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tokai Maru, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Sand Lance

SS Sand Lance attacking on the surface
Massive explosion on xAKL Tokai Maru
Massive explosion on xAKL Tokai Maru

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Sub attack near Truk at 113,106 (daylight action NE of Truk)

Japanese Ships
PB Keiko Maru
PB Ogashima
PB Hozugawa Maru
PB Nigitsu Maru
PB Isshin Maru
PB Tama Maru
PB Tyuwa Maru
PB Sinko Maru
PB Chitose Maru #2
PB Taiko Maru
PB Sozan Maru
PB Shotoku Maru
PB Koei Maru
PB Hirotama Maru
PB Heijo Maru
PB Choan Maru #2
PB Aso Maru #3
PB Chiyo Maru #4
PB Yamahagi Maru #3
PB Aso Maru #7
PB Yasushima Maru
PB Nichinan

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon

SS Sturgeon launches 2 torpedoes at PB Keiko Maru
Sturgeon bottoming out ....
PB Yamahagi Maru #3 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Aso Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Yasushima Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Nichinan fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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US patrol sub intercepts large unescorted Jap transport ship in a daylight action near Tabiteuea. Cargo aboard the sunken Japanese ship appears to have included elements of an unidentified Jap LCU bound for Tabiteuea or to another base in this area. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Kuria at 134,132 (NW of Tabiteuea)

Japanese Ships
AMC Akagi Maru, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Gar

Japanese ground losses:
19 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

SS Gar launches 4 torpedoes

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12/24 Sigint entry reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje. Detected status at Wotje shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 3 Jap TF (+1 from last report), 118 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 119 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 121(180), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers on night airfield strike at Magwe. Granted…. using Blenheims, this mission is little more than a live-fire training exercise. No reported damage to airfield facilities in Magwe, no reported Jap planes destroyed. Three Blenheim IV planes lost (2 flak, 1 ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (no moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 9

No Japanese losses

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

Runway hits 1

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 (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 35000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 60 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (17 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 16

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

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 (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 12/25/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 260K, airfield service damage 77, no runway damage. 18 operational Allied fighter planes in Port Moresby. Some of this game turn’s supply point expenditure at Port Moresby is likely related to an infantry LCU element upgrade done for US 32nd Infantry Division located in Port Moresby – this activity part of the infantry element upgrade for LCU’s I discussed earlier in the 12/24 game turn summary.

Replacement planes for Allied fighter squadrons in Port Moresby still have not been drawn from the replacement pools – this to remain in effect until airfield service facilities in Port Moresby can be repaired and possibly as long as heavy Japanese airfield strikes continue. Several factors in play under the current airfield situation in Port Moresby - (1) new planes brought in from the replacement pools enter in a damaged state, (2) new replacement planes would remain on the ground in a damaged condition until airfield service facilities in Port Moresby can make them operational, (3) these replacement planes (for the moment) would serve as nothing but “free” targets on the ground for Japanese air strikes until they can be quickly brought into operational status.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 A6M2 Zero (ops)
• 1 A6M3a Zero (ops)
• 7 A6M5 Zero (all ops)
• 10 Ki-44 Tojo (8 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 3 D4Y1 Judy (1 flak, 2 ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 5 P-38H Lightning (1 air-to-air, 4 on the ground)
• 2 P-40N5 Warhawk (both air-to-air)
• 2 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (both air-to-air)
• 2 Spitfire Vc (both air-to-air)


KB has returned and again launching air strikes on Port Moresby airfield. Current position of KB is E of Madang (hex location 99, 123). US Main Carrier force is continuing to move southward (returning to base) – its current location probably too far away to turn around and effectively intervene in time against KB before Pillager withdraws it again plus the US Carrier force’s fuel status as an added consideration. At this point Pillager is committing a considerable amount of Japanese forces and effort against Port Moresby for the rather small amount of additional damage it is inflicting. My estimate is that Port Moresby will quickly return to full operation once Pillager has to pull back KB (in effect removing the biggest part of Japanese air strikes). Without KB, Port Moresby has the ability with what it has on hand to repair itself faster than Pillager’s remaining Japanese LBA air forces can damage it – at some point airfield facilities at Port Moresby will recover to where the airfield is again operational and replacement fighter planes can be quickly brought into service. Once Port Moresby airfield is again fully operational, effects of Pillager’s current round of air attacks on Port Moresby are completely negated (possibly excluding Jap plane and pilot losses of the past few days).

Much of this game turn’s Japanese air attacks on Port Moresby are from the KB, this largely supporting the conclusions I stated above. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 22

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-40N1 Warhawk x 1
P-40N5 Warhawk x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 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 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 156 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
A6M3a Zero x 16
N1K1-J George x 11

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 1

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
7 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 124 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 146 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25
A6M5 Zero x 331
B6N2 Jill x 55
D4Y1 Judy x 117

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 14 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 17 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 28 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 2 destroyed on ground
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 46

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
13 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 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
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 11

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 2

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

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 33
B6N2 Jill x 4
D4Y1 Judy x 18

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 4 damaged

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 6
B6N2 Jill x 2

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Night airfield strikes by Allied bombers paused to rest pilots and recover damaged planes – bombing strikes expected to resume within several days. Orders issued for all Allied light surface ASW ships at sea in areas between NE Australia and Port Moresby to return to bases in NE Australia for replenishment and repair of minor system damage.


Detected status of Jap base at Buna – airfield damage 1, 56 aircraft (all fighters), no visible Jap TF, 23 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – no reported airfield damage, 74 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF’s (37 ships total, all small ships and barges).

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Summary of Operations 12/25/43 (conrinued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 352K supply and 6300 fuel on hand. LBA air reinforcements transferred into Noumea from New Zealand. Noumea airfield now fully operational with arrival of air HQ USN AirSoPac and 43 Aviation Base Force – current airfield size at Noumea is now 6(5) with construction activity to expand still in progress. Belep Is base near Koumac now in Allied control by automatic occupation.

No reported air or naval combat activity in Noumea or the New Caledonia area.

Transport convoy WP-123 (29 ships) arrives in Auckland from mainland US. Cargo aboard the convoy includes 175K supply and 10K fuel, no air units or LCU.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/25 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 10 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 27, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 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: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 10 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 3, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 8, Moving Northwest

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Summary of Operations 12/25/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts large escorted Jap transport ship in a night action E of the Marianas. Cargo aboard the torpedoed Japanese ship appears to include elements of an unidentified Jap LCU. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Saipan at 115,96 (ESE of Saipan)

Japanese Ships
AK Sakura Maru, Torpedo hits 1
E Asagao

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

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

SS Hackleback launches 2 torpedoes at AK Sakura Maru
Hackleback diving deep ....
E Asagao attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Malacca Straits: British patrol sub (SS Tally Ho) hit and damaged by Ki-49 Helen air patrol. Reported damage to SS Tally Ho – system 27, float 28, engine 1, sub returning to base at 11 kts.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 3 Jap TF, 114 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – 118 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 99(202), refinery 97(4).

USAAF and RAF bombers hit oil production facilities at Magwe in a night raid. The raid did some additional damage to oil production in Magwe (base status above). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x No.355 Sqn RAF Liberator B.III stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/490th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (no moonlight)

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 5
Wellington B.X x 16
B-17E Fortress x 28
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

Oil hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington B.X 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
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 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, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 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 (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Oil hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 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 (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 11 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, 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 22 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 4 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 (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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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 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Summary of Operations 12/26/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 256K, airfield service damage 76, no runway damage. 16 operational Allied fighter planes now in Port Moresby. Japanese airfield bombing raids are generating no increase to Port Moresby base damage levels. The current battle to knock Port Moresby air base out of action is track to end as an inevitable Japanese loss – it’s only a question of how long Pillager can maintain the rate of Jap air attacks especially given KB now represents the main part of Japanese air strength over New Guinea.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 2 A6M2 Zero (both air-to-air)
• 3 A6M3a Zero (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 A6M5 Zero (both ops)
• 8 Ki-44 Tojo (7 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 8 N1K1-J George (6 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 6 D4Y1 Judy (all flak)
• 2 B6N2 Jill (both flak)
• 3 Ki-21 Sally (2 flak, 1 ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 5 P-38H Lightning (2 air-to-air, 3 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 1 P-40N1 Warhawk (air-to-air)
• 1 P-40N5 Warhawk (air-to-air)
• 6 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 air-to-air, 2 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 2 Spitfire Vc (1 air-to-air, 1 on the ground)


Japanese air strikes on Port Moresby airfield continue, most attacking planes from the KB. Current position of KB is E of Madang (hex location 100, 123) – very small one hex shift from last game turn. Allied patrol subs are operating around KB, Pillager has to keep KB moving continuously to evade sub attacks. Multiple reports of contacts between Allied subs and B6N Jill/D4Y Judy air patrols from KB. Allied CAP fighters still operating in Port Moresby in small numbers and picking off attacking Jap planes. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 2
P-38H Lightning x 2
P-40N1 Warhawk x 3
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
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)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 12 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 30000.
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 126 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
N1K1-J George x 5

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 2
P-38H Lightning x 2
P-40N1 Warhawk x 2
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

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

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 173 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 49 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
A6M3 Zero x 5
A6M3a Zero x 18
N1K1-J George x 32

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 2
P-40N1 Warhawk x 2
P-40N5 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
7 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
8 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
5 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
4 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters to 26760.
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)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 88 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-40N1 Warhawk x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 18000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 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 12000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
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 99 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 11

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-40N1 Warhawk x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H 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
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

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

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 8

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-40N1 Warhawk x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 3 damaged

No Allied losses

Runway hits 6

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:
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 1

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 43 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 8

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 4 damaged

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

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 141 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25
A6M5 Zero x 316
B6N2 Jill x 43
D4Y1 Judy x 96

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 3 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 29 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground
P-38H Lightning: 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

Runway hits 30

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 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 A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
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 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters to 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 32
B6N2 Jill x 12
D4Y1 Judy x 26

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 11 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 damaged

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

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
8 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 56 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 7
D4Y1 Judy x 11

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 9 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 13
B6N2 Jill x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Night airfield strikes by Allied bombers still paused to rest pilots and recover damaged planes.

Detected status of Jap base at Buna – no information on aircraft based in Buna, no visible Jap TF, 23 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 82 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Jap TF’s.


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Summary of Operations 12/26/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 355K supply and 6800 fuel on hand. No reported air or naval combat activity in Noumea or the New Caledonia area. An advantage to KB operating against Port Moresby is that Allied activities in this theatre and elsewhere go on unimpeded.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/26 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Yuri Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Thousand Ships Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 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: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 7 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tanna
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 103,127 near Gasmata, Speed 9, Moving Northwest


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Summary of Operations 12/26/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 12/26 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from several locations – Gardner Is, Maleolap and Jaluit. Detected base statuses of all three locations show no visible Japanese forces or activity.

Intercepted Jap radio signals reported in Sigint from unidentified Japanese TF(s) at hex location 125, 126 (NW of Nauru Is). No information available as to number of Jap TF(s), composition or movement.

12/26 Sigint entry reports heavy volume of Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status at Truk shows (the expected) unidentified planes based there, also ship(s) in port. No other visible Japanese forces or activity.


Western Pacific: Sigint entry for 12/26 reports Jap 32 Independent Mixed Brigade now located at Yap – this LCU transferred from Manchuria (Kwantung Army).


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 1 Jap TF (-2 from last report), 129 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – 112 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 99(202), refinery 97(4).

A small RAF bomber force hits oil production facilities at Magwe in another night raid. No reported additional damage to oil production in Magwe (base status above), no reported plane losses on either side. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Clear sky (no moonlight)

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged

Oil hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes

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Summary of Operations 12/27/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 255K, airfield service damage 11, no runway damage. Port Moresby now has 78 operational Allied fighter planes, this increase entirely from damaged planes already in Port Moresby. New planes from the replacement pools are now being added to all air units based in Port Moresby to replace destroyed aircraft and quickly bring squadrons up to full strength. Similar measures are also underway with pilots for air units in Port Moresby. My overall air strategy over the last several game turns in Port Moresby were based on a realized premise that Pillager could not knock Port Moresby out of operation for more than a very short time even using the KB . The recent round of large Japanese air strikes on Port Moresby may not be the last act of the air war over New Guinea but is quite possibly a “tipping point”.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 A6M3 Zero (air-to-air)
• 6 A6M3a Zero (2 air-to-air, 4 ops)
• 17 Ki-44 Tojo (7 air-to-air, 4 flak, 6 ops)
• 3 N1K1-J George (all air-to-air)
• 1 Ki-21 Sally (ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 2 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 air-to-air, 1 on the ground)
• 1 Spitfire Vc (air-to-air)


KB no longer detected and appears to be withdrawn, Japanese air strikes on Port Moresby airfield continue without the KB. 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 82 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 2

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 2
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 196 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 58 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
A6M3a Zero x 26
N1K1-J George x 38

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 2
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
8 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
10 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
11 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
2 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
1 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 78 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 19920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 2 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 18000, scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

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

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

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

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
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 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14920 and 20920.
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 196 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 54 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 1
P-38H Lightning x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

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

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet
12 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
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 21920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 66 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 17
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 10 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
15 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 24920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 7

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Night airfield strikes by Allied bombers remain paused to rest pilots and recover damaged planes.


Detected status of Jap base at Buna – 76 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (8 ships, all barges or small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 166 aircraft (80 fighters, 48 bombers), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF’s.


Sigint entry for 12/27 reports Jap 22 Field AF Construction Bn now located at Manus. This is the latest of a number of reports hinting that Pillager may be starting construction of expanded port/airfield facilities at Japanese-controlled rear area bases farther west in New Guinea.


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Summary of Operations 12/27/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 355K supply and 6900 fuel on hand, airfield size now increased to 7(5). A small transport convoy from New Zealand arrived in Noumea with 42 Aviation Base Force plus 4K supply. Current short term plans in the South Pacific theatre include (1) full expansion of Noumea and surrounding bases, (2) movement of supply and fuel in quantity into Noumea for stockpiling, (3) large scale transfer of Allied air and LCU assets into Noumea as facilities in Noumea can support them, (4) LCU preparation for future objectives. All four of these activities are underway. Overall objective with Noumea and its surrounding bases is converting this area into a major logistics base and staging area for further Allied offensive operations – current activity within the South Pacific area intended to push as much “stuff” as possible northward from New Zealand into Noumea and Suva.

No reported Japanese air or naval activity in Noumea or the New Caledonia area. Pillager’s emphasis on attacking Port Moresby greatly facilitating expansion of Noumea as a jumping off point for further moves into this sector of the Japanese outer perimeter line.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/27 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: xAKL Kamishima Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 6, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 103,127 near Gasmata, Speed 8, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Shortlands
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: AK Tatuharu Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 103,127 near Gasmata, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown

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Summary of Operations 12/27/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub near Truk intercepts several small Jap transports in night actions. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Truk at 111,111 (due S of Truk)

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kashi Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Burrfish

xAKL Kashi Maru is sighted by SS Burrfish
SS Burrfish launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Kashi Maru

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Submarine attack near Truk at 111,111

Japanese Ships
xAKL Heiwa Maru, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Burrfish

xAKL Heiwa Maru is sighted by SS Burrfish
SS Burrfish attacking on the surface

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Another US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transport convoy possibly moving between Truk and either Rabaul or New Guinea. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Mussau Island at 106,115 (N of Kavieng)

Japanese Ships
xAK Yahiko Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAK Yoneyama Maru
xAK Yasuteru Maru
xAK Sumiyoshi Maru
PB Sureboko Maru
PB Teibo Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Paddle

SS Paddle launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Yahiko Maru
PB Sureboko Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Teibo Maru #2 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sigint entry for 12/27 reports 144 JAAF AF Bn now located at Tabiteuea – previous reported location of this LCU on Canton Is. I’ve seen a number of similar reports beginning to show an indicator that Pillager may be moving some LCU out of the most forward Japanese controlled bases and consolidating them at possible stronghold locations a short distance to the rear. If true, the indicator may also be a hint that Pillager is looking at a possible shift in Japanese defensive strategy.



Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, no Jap TF (-1 from last report), 102 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 112 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 99(202), refinery 97(4). No change from last game turn.

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Summary of Operations 12/28/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 250K, airfield service damage 19, no runway damage. Port Moresby has 108 operational Allied fighter planes. Net effect of this game turn’s renewed KB strikes on Port Moresby airfield is a minor increase in airfield service damage (from 11 to 19), no runway damage.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 2 A6M2 Zero (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 3 A6M3 Zero (all on the ground)
• 10 A6M3a Zero (4 air-to-air, 5 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 77 A6M5 Zero (53 air-to-air, 24 ops)
• 10 Ki-44 Tojo (8 air-to-air, 1 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 1 N1K1-J George (on the ground)
• 2 N1K1 Rex (both on the ground)
• 55 D4Y1 Judy (48 air-to-air, 5 flak, 2 ops)
• 52 B6N2 Jill (50 air-to-air, 1 flak, 1 ops)
• 1 B6N1 Jill (ops)
• 2 floatplanes (one E7K2 Alf, one E14Y1 Glen, both air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 7 P-40N1 Warhawk (2 air-to-air, 2 on the ground, 3 ops)
• 2 P-40N5 Warhawk (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 12 P-38G Lightning (9 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 24 P-38H Lightning (21 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 10 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 air-to-air, 5 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 2 Spitfire Vc (both on the ground)
• 11 B-24D1 Liberator (8 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 1 B-24J Liberator (air-to-air)
• 9 B-25C Mitchell (all air-to-air)


KB returns, launches air strikes on Port Moresby airfield Pillager appears to have KB (at least partially) replenishing from either an undetected replenishment TF(s), possibly a base near the front-lines (possibly Rabaul). From AAR’s below, it also appears Pillager has some KB fighters flying LRCAP missions over Lae in addition to escorting air strikes on Port Moresby and flying CAP protection over KB itself. AAR’s of Jap air strikes on Port Moresby follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 9

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-38H Lightning x 6
P-40N1 Warhawk x 16
P-40N5 Warhawk x 11
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 38

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (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 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 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 22000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 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 20000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 12 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 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
348th FG/342nd 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 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 170 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 9

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-38H Lightning x 5
P-40N1 Warhawk x 15
P-40N5 Warhawk x 11
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 37

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 23000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (4 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 2 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 20000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 12 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 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 3 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 18000, scrambling fighters between 17000 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

Raid detected at 154 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 22
A6M5 Zero x 259
B6N2 Jill x 40
D4Y1 Judy x 103

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-38H Lightning x 5
P-40N1 Warhawk x 11
P-40N5 Warhawk x 11
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 37

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 15 destroyed, 3 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 19 destroyed, 17 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 4 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 3 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed on ground
P-38H Lightning: 2 damaged
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 damaged
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 30 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied ground losses:
93 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 42

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
7 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
3 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
5 x 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
9 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
2 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
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (4 airborne, 4 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 23000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (4 airborne, 1 on standby, 3 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 12000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 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 14000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (1 airborne, 2 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 20000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 2 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 27000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 21920.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 119 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 60
B6N2 Jill x 16
D4Y1 Judy x 21

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 3
P-38H Lightning x 5
P-40N1 Warhawk x 7
P-40N5 Warhawk x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 11 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed, 7 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed, 14 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
3 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 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
3 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
1 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
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 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 to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 79 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 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 27000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 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 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 138 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11
B6N2 Jill x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 2
P-40N1 Warhawk x 2
P-40N5 Warhawk x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/9th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (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 12000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
8th FG/80th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 15000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers

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Dutch patrol sub in action with KB surface ASW escorts. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124 (adjacent hex NW of Cape Gloucester)

Japanese Ships
DD Wakazuki
BB Kirishima
CA Chikuma
CL Sendai
CL Yahagi
DD Onami
DD Yuzuki
DD Mochizuki
DD Kikuzuki

Allied Ships
SS O23

SS O23 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Wakazuki
DD Yuzuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Mochizuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kikuzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,124

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio
DD Kisaragi
DD Akatsuki

Allied Ships
SS O23

SS O23 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Kuroshio
O23 diving deep ....
DD Kisaragi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Akatsuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Akatsuki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Allied bombers launch night air strikes on Buna airfield, larger daylight bombing raid on Lae. Combat Events report entries from night raid and AAR’s of night and daylight air strikes follow.

4 x 90th BG/321st BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
4 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
5 x 90th BG/321st BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
7 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: Partial cloud (7% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 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 32 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

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 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 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 detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 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 37 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 16
A6M5 Zero x 113 (mostly KB fighters – see CAP engaged below)
N1K1-J George x 10
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 7
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 13
Mitchell II x 15
B-24D1 Liberator x 18
B-24J Liberator x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 65
P-38G Lightning x 25
P-38H Lightning x 50

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 4 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Mitchell II: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed
B-25C Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 5 destroyed
P-38H Lightning: 12 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 17
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 51

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 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
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
14 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
12 x B-24D1 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
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
381 Ku S-1 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 15000
Raid is overhead
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
1 planes vectored on to bombers
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Kaga-1 with A6M5 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 15000
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 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 15000
Raid is overhead
Junyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryuho-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
Katsuragi-1 with A6M3a Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Chiyoda-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

73rd 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 25000
Raid is overhead
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 25000
Raid is overhead
246th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
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 21 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
248th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead


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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 11
A6M5 Zero x 98 (KB fighters – see CAP engaged below)
N1K1-J George x 9
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 21

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 102 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 98 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 114 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 76 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 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 42 minutes
Unryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 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 81 minutes
Amagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 156 minutes

281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 100 minutes

252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/B with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
381 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 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 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 to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 69 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 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 to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 78 minutes
Katsuragi-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
Chiyoda-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M3a Zero x 11
A6M5 Zero x 90 (KB fighters – see CAP engaged below)
N1K1-J George x 7
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 20

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 3 destroyed, 9 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 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

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
381 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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
Akagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 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 5000 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 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 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 7000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M5 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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
Unryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
Amagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
Katsuragi-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
Chiyoda-1 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 25000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna – 76 aircraft (all fighters), 23 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (8 ships, all barges or small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 166 aircraft (80 fighters, 48 bombers), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF’s.


Sigint entry for 12/27 reports Jap 22 Field AF Construction Bn now located at Manus. This is the latest of a number of reports hinting that Pillager may be starting construction of expanded port/airfield facilities at Japanese-controlled rear area bases farther west in New Guinea.


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Summary of Operations 12/28/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 358K supply and 8700 fuel on hand.

Transport convoy WP-121 (2 CVE, 48 transport ships) arrives in Auckland from the mainland US. Cargo arriving with the convoy includes 608 Coast AA Rgt, 209K supply and 170K fuel. Two CVE arriving with WP-121 are remaining in the South Pacific area to reinforce US Escort Carrier force.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/28 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Osaka Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 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: 5 Japanese ships at 104,127 near Gasmata, Speed 9, Moving East
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Sangetsu Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 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: 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: 5 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Northeast


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Summary of Operations 12/28/43 (continued)

Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts unescorted Jap transport ship with LCU elements on board – likely this ship was moving southbound and in the process of arriving at Truk. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Truk at 112,107 (adjacent hex NE of Truk)

Japanese Ships
AK Sakura Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon

Japanese ground losses:
15 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

SS Sturgeon launches 2 torpedoes

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Sigint entry for 12/28 reports heavy volume of Jap radio transmissions from Truk. Detected status of Truk shows no visible Japanese forces or activity beyond the expected unidentified planes based in Truk and ship(s) in port.

A Sigint entry for 12/28 is indicating sub-units of 24 Special Base Force (IJN) were combined to form the parent LCU at Abamema. Both the two sub-unit LCU’s forming 24 Base Force had previously been reported in Abemama.


Australia: Two transport convoys arriving this game turn in Australia from Capetown – EX-54 (31 ships) from Eastern US and MX-23 (14 ships) from Abadan. Total cargo aboard the two convoys include 122K supply and 170K fuel, no LCU or air units.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF (+2 from last report), 103 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 111 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 100(201), refinery 97(4). Pillager appears to begun repair of Magwe oil production facilities. .

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Summary of Operations 12/29/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 249K, airfield now fully operational (no service or runway damage). Port Moresby has 135 operational Allied fighter planes.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 D3A2 Val (on the ground)
• 2 D4Y1 Judy (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)

No reported Allied plane losses in theatre.


KB remains in Bismarck Sea area north of New Britain, current hex location 101, 123 (due E of Madang), moving on NE heading. Dutch patrol sub O-24 attacked and damaged by Ki-49 Helen air patrol in the Bismarck Sea off Madang (hex location 98, 123). Reported damage to O-24 is system 22, float 1, engine 2 – sub is returning to base at 18 kts. Additional Allied patrol subs are being routed into the Bismarck Sea area to engage KB and/or its escorts.

US patrol sub in a night action with KB escorts. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Cape Gloucester at 101,123 (current position of KB east of Madang)

Japanese Ships
DD Akatsuki
DD Kisaragi

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

SS Haddo is located by DD Akatsuki
Haddo diving deep ....
DD Kisaragi attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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No reported Japanese air strikes on Port Moresby. Allied night bombing strikes against Lae and Buna airfields were attempted, nearly all planes in these raids (except for one small group reaching Buna – below) aborted or failed to reach target due to weather and other factors. Combat Events report entries and AAR follow.

6 x 43rd BG/64th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/320th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 43rd BG/403rd 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
5 x 43rd BG/403rd BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Severe storms (14% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A2 Val: 1 destroyed on ground

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

Airbase supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 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 47 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna – airfield damage 2, 136 aircraft (106 fighters, 30 bombers), 23 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (8 ships, all barges or small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – airfield damage 39, 75 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF’s.

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Summary of Operations 12/29/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 357K supply and 12K fuel on hand. AO ships from the Replenishment TF for the US Main Carrier force now unloading cargo (75K fuel) into stockpiles at Noumea before returning to Australia/New Zealand to fully reload.

Both sections of transport convoy WP-124 arrive in theatre from the mainland US – the main body of WP-124 (25 ships) in Auckland, a detachment of the convoy (WP-124A with 7 ships) at Fiji. Total cargo aboard both sections of WP-124 include 162K supply and 34K fuel, no LCU or air units. Plans are to eventually route detachments or entire convoys from the mainland US directly to Noumea once port facilities there are fully expanded to handle large volumes of transport shipping.

Fast transport convoy WP-122 (13 ships) arrives in Wellington from the mainland US. Cargo aboard this convoy includes 62K supply and 31K fuel, no LCU or air units.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/29 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Nanman Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 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: 8 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 9, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 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: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed 16, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 15, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Shinkoku Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 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: 2 Japanese ships at 105,122 near New Hanover Island, Speed 0, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown


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Summary of Operations 12/29/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub encounters another large Japanese TF made up entirely of PB ship types. This is the second reported contact between Allied patrols subs and a Japanese TF in this configuration. I’m estimating Pillager could be using this TF configuration (probably formed as a variant of an Escort TF) in an attempt to create a large surface ASW “type” task force. Effectiveness of Pillager’s development will be watched closely – both in terms of useful Allied countermeasures against this form of TF and also the possibility of employing this (or a similar) method myself with Allied surface ASW forces. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Aogashima at 114,67 (SE of Aogashima)

Japanese Ships
PB Takasago Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)
PB Takashima Maru
PB Tamo Maru #7
PB Kyo Maru #3
PB Hakata Maru #7
PB Sento Maru
PB Heimei Maru
PB Hakkaisan Maru
PB Daido Maru

Allied Ships
SS Corvina

SS Corvina launches 2 torpedoes at PB Takasago Maru
Corvina diving deep ....
PB Sento Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Heimei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hakkaisan Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Daido Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: US patrol sub intercepts unescorted Jap transport ship with LCU elements on board – likely this ship was moving southbound and in the process of arriving at Truk. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Truk at 112,107 (adjacent hex NE of Truk)

Japanese Ships
AK Sakura Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon

Japanese ground losses:
15 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

SS Sturgeon launches 2 torpedoes

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Sigint entry for 12/29 reports heavy volume of Jap radio transmissions from Kwajalein Is. Detected status of Kwajalein shows unidentified ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


Australia: Two transport convoys arriving this game turn in Australia from Capetown – EX-54 (31 ships) from Eastern US and MX-23 (14 ships) from Abadan. Total cargo aboard the two convoys include 122K supply and 170K fuel, no LCU or air units.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, 2 Jap TF, 95 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – 112 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 100(201), refinery 97(4). Pillager appears to begun repair of Magwe oil production facilities.

RAF and USAAF bombers attack Magwe oil production facilities in a night raid. No report of additional damage to oil production in Magwe (base status above). One USAAF B-24D Liberator lost (flak), 3 Jap Ki-45 Nick CAP fighters reported destroyed (2 air-to-air, 1 ops). Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
5 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
4 x No.215 Sqn RAF Wellington B.X stray due to night
5 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x 341st BG/11th BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/491st BS B-17E Fortress stray due to night
4 x 7th BG/492nd BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
5 x No.146 Sqn RAF Wellington Ic stray due to night
6 x No.159 Sqn RAF Liberator II stray due to night
7 x 7th BG/9th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
7 x 341st BG/11th 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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (14% moonlight)

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 15

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.III x 16
Wellington B.X x 5
B-17E Fortress x 30
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Oil hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator B.III bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 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
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x Wellington B.X bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Liberator II bombing from 7000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 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 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 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 (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

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 (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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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 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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 (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses

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 (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 12/30/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 248K, airfield is anticipated to complete its full expansion to maximum size 9(6) next game turn (excluding unforeseen events). Construction to expand port facilities in Port Moresby to maximum 5(2) size to begin immediately on completion of the airfield – current port size is 2. 160 operational Allied fighter planes are now in Port Moresby.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 4 A6M3a Zero (all on the ground)
• 17 Ki-44 Tojo (8 air-to-air, 9 on the ground)
• 12 N1K1-J George (5 air-to-air, 7 on the ground)
• 3 N1K1 Rex (2 air-to-air, 1 on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 4 P-38G Lightning (3 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 P-40K Warhawk (air-to-air)
• 1 PBY-5 Catalina (ops)


KB is no longer detected or visible on game map for the moment, its current location and movement unknown. No reported contacts in the Bismarck Sea between Allied patrol subs and Japanese carrier planes – subs are giving numerous reports of contacts in the Bismarck Sea with Jap LBA aircraft (Ki-49 Helen, P1Y1 Frances, Ki-21 Sally). Jap LBA bombers in these reports likely based in New Guinea, probably Madang or Hansa Bay based on known information.

Allied night bombing strikes against Lae and Buna airfields attempted again. Many planes in these raids aborted or failed to reach target due to weather and other factors, the Buna raid was entirely cancelled. Combat Events report entries and AAR follow.

6 x No.120 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night
6 x 43rd BG/64th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 3rd BG/90th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 90th BG/400th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
7 x 38th BG/405th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 345th BG/498th BS B-25C Mitchell 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
6 x 380th BG/530th BS B-24J 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 Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud (25% moonlight)

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 damaged
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 13

Aircraft Attacking:
6 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
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 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

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

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 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 1

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 4

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

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

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 15

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

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

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

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Strafing ground attack air strike launched against Tarapo base hex, primary objective of this strike to identify Jap ground units based in Terapo. Results of this raid yielded no new information – 82 Naval Gd was known to be in Terapo since 5/08/43. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on 82nd Naval Guard Unit, at 96,127 (Terapo)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 22

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged (4 planes actually lost)

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x P-38G Lightning bombing from 100 feet

CAP engaged:
Tainan 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 25000
Raid is overhead
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a 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 25000
Raid is overhead
63rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 25000
Raid is overhead
70th 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 25000
Raid is overhead
73rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
246th 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 25000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna – no reported airfield damage, 137 aircraft (109 fighters, 28 bombers), 23 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (10 ships, all barges or small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 46, 49 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF’s.

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Summary of Operations 12/30/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 356K supply and 37K fuel on hand.

Sigint entry for 12/30 reports Jap 20 Independent Mountain Gun Bn now located on Ndeni, this unit transferred from China and veteran of the Chungking battles. Last reported location of 20 Mountain Gun Bn was in Hong Kong on 9/13/43. Detected base status of Ndeni shows airfield size 4(5), port size 2(1). Available intelligence data shows five other Japanese LCU at Ndeni – including 42nd Infantry Division, 15 Naval Gd, 4 Air Defense AA Rgt, 5 JAAF AF Co and 12 Naval Construction Bn.

Coastwatcher entries from 12/30 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: AK Kamikaze Maru reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, 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: 3 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 102,131 near Kiriwina Island, Speed 1, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 16, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Milne Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 15, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 11, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 2, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown

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Summary of Operations 12/30/43 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub in several actions with Japanese surface ASW TF’s off Nagoya. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Nagoya at 109,64 (night action, SW of Nagoya)

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-59

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier is sighted by escort
Grenadier diving deep ....
SC CHa-59 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Hamamatsu at 111,62 (daylight action, S of Nagoya)

Japanese Ships
DD Kamikaze

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier is sighted by escort
Grenadier diving deep ....
DD Kamikaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kamikaze cannot establish contact with SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze loses contact with SS Grenadier
SS Grenadier eludes ASW attack from DD Kamikaze
Escort abandons search for sub

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DEI: Sigint entry for 12/30 reports Jap 12 Air Defense AA Rgt now located in Palembang, this unit transferred here from the Japanese Home Islands (Nagoya). My estimate of this development reflects a view that Pillager is reinforcing Japanese anti-air defenses in forward base locations at the expense of the Home Islands. This action is somewhat a gamble based on the premise the Allied advance does not move into bombing range of the Japanese Home Islands – this could make the B-29’s future work over the Home Islands easier as well.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, no Jap TF (-2 from last report), 116 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).


Detected status of Jap base in Magwe (after raid below) – airfield damage 1, 98 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 100(201), refinery 97(4).

RAF 2E bombers launch night raid on Magwe airfield. Very slight damage reported to Magwe airfield (base status above), 2 Japanese planes (1 Ki-45 Nick, 1 Ki-44 Tojo) destroyed on the ground. 3 RAF Blenheim IV bombers lost (1 flak, 2 ops). The expected small results of a small raid. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

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

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Weather in hex: Light cloud (25% moonlight)

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 2 damaged
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Runway hits 4

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

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIc Nick (0 airborne, 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 35000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 5

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

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

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 (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

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 (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1
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 (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Night Air attack on Magwe, at 57,47

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 17

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

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 (17 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 12/31/43

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 248K, airfield size now fully expanded to maximum size 9(6). Construction engineers in Port Moresby are now being diverted to fully expand port facilities from its present 2(2) size. All 165 available Allied fighter planes in Port Moresby are now operational – arrival of additional replacement planes to squadrons in Port Moresby expected within 1-2 days, squadrons currently at full pilot strength.

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

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 3 A6M3a Zero (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 Ki-44 Tojo (both on the ground)
• 6 N1K1-J George (all on the ground)
• 1 N1K1 Rex (air-to-air)

No reported Allied plane losses this game turn over New Guinea.


A 12/31 coastwatcher report entry (see South Pacific summary below) indicates an unidentified 10-ship Japanese TF at Manus base hex moving NE at 26 kts. The Jap TF is not visible on the game map. Current detected status of Manus base (port size 2, airfield size 2) plus no known Japanese LCU in Manus (per available intelligence data) does not indicate Pillager is using this base to support either the KB or Jap surface naval forces – though Manus could be a “pass-through” point for these TF.


Allied night bombing strikes continue to be launched against Lae and Buna airfields, many planes in these raids still aborting or fail to reach target due to a combination of weather and other factors.

Mission cancelled for 6 x Mitchell II from No.120 Sqn RAAF !!!
Mission cancelled for 4 x B-25C Mitchell from 345th BG/498th BS !!!
6 x No.120 Sqn RAAF Mitchell II stray due to night
4 x 43rd BG/64th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
4 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 3rd BG/90th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 90th BG/319th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 90th BG/400th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 43rd BG/403rd BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 28th BG/404th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/498th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/528th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
6 x 380th BG/529th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
4 x 380th BG/530th BS B-24J Liberator stray due to night
3 x 380th BG/531st BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night


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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Light rain (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
N1K1 Rex x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 15
B-25C Mitchell x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 19

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

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
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 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2
N1K1 Rex x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 1
N1K1 Rex x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed

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 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

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

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna – 143 aircraft (107 fighters, 36 bombers), 23 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (8 ships, all barges or small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 43, 37 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF’s.


USAAF 4E bombers launch daylight ground attack raid against Japanese LCU at Milne Bay as a “fact-finding mission”. Results of the raid reveled presence of Jap 110th Infantry Division in Milne Bay – this verifying a scattering of earlier Sigint reports indicting 110 Division was possibly enroute to Milne Bay. 110th Division is a transfer from China and had participated in the Chungking battles. 3 Kure SNLF was already known to be located in Milne Bay, latest report for this unit on 12/23. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on 110th Division, at 101,133 (Milne Bay)

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 24

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

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

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/C with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes

Also attacking Kure 3rd SNLF ...
Also attacking 110th Div /11 ...

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Summary of Operations 12/31/43 (continued)

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 357K supply and 62K fuel on hand. AO from the US carrier replenishment group continue unloading fuel cargo into stockpile at Noumea.

A detachment of construction engineers have landed on Norfolk Is to create a small support base there mainly for naval air search ops and air unit transfer plus emergency use if needed. No plans to fully expand port or airfield facilities on Norfolk Is.


Coastwatcher entries from 12/31 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: AK Kosin Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Ndeni
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 Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships reported in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 12, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed 8, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Lunga is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,132 near Treasury Islands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 26, Moving Northeast (KB or Jap surface combat task force?)
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 10 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 10, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed 0, Moving Southeast

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Summary of Operations 12/31/43 (continued)

Ship Upgrades (1/44 and others): Upgrade time again… This round of ship upgrade starts includes available ships due for 1/44 upgrade at rear-area bases, plus a number of front-line ships in earlier upgrades where these upgrades were deferred. Plans for upgrading front-line ships are to do these gradually as individual ships can be rotated out of service (replacing these ships with newly arrived reinforcements) – ship upgrades not (as much as possible) to impact the availability of naval, transport or amphibious ships for use in front-line operations. What needs to be done, will be done as soon as it can be done without affecting the front lines. Ships entering upgrade in this cycle include the following.

• Some US DE ship types.

• Older US battleships (Maryland & New Mexico classes) are gradually being rotated out of front-line service in bombardment TF and returned to the mainland US to complete 10/43 or 11/43 upgrades. It was originally thought these BB could be upgraded in Australian bases or Auckland but later found that minimum shipyard size requirements for the upgrades could not be satisfied in-theatre.

• The two Pensacola class CA (Pensacola & Salt Lake City) were detached from the US Main Carrier force for 1/44 upgrade – these ships being upgraded in Australia. Other CA or CL from the carrier force may also be upgraded in-theatre during this cycle as capacity and front-line operational requirements allow.


1/44 Air Unit Size Increases: Lots of them… affecting US, Australian and New Zealand squadrons, mainly LBA units with 6 US CV’s also affected. A small number of additional Hellcats for US carrier VF squadrons. Size increases for Allied LBA air units include a considerable part of the NZ and Australian air arms – more NZ and Australian pilot training slots at the moment given most of these air units are still in rear-area bases.

Pilot training for all Allied air forces remains a major industry as I have considerably more air units available than front-line airfield capacity to stuff them into. If it’s not in combat, it’s training with every available pilot slot filled.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, no Jap TF, 107 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).

Night aerial minesweeping mission on Rangoon by RAF bombers, daylight Jap mine sweeping after the raid also reported. No RAF or Japanese plane losses. 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: Heavy rain (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 19

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, 8 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 20
AMc Wa 6

5 mines cleared

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Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no airfield damage, 118 aircraft (all fighters), 24 Jap LCU, oil production 100(201), refinery 97(4).

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Summary of Operations 01/01/44

Southwest Pacific: Current status of Port Moresby base – supply on hand 258K, construction engineers in Port Moresby now starting expansion of port facilities. A convoy of small transport and amphibious TF’s arrived at Port Moresby with 1 ground and 1 air HQ unit (US 6th Army & 9 Group RAAF), 70 Coast AA Rgt plus a quantity of supply cargo. The convoy was targeted after arrival in Port Moresby base hex by a number of Jap air strikes (below) – these air strikes going after light surface ASW TF’s moving with the convoy. No ships were hit in the air strikes.

Summary of this game turn’s aircraft losses over all locations in New Guinea. Total planes destroyed this game turn – 141 Japanese, 18 Allied

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 9 A6M3a Zero (2 air-to-air, 3 ops, 2 on the ground)
• 29 A6M5 Zero (20 air-to-air, 9 ops)
• 1 A6M2-N Rufe (air-to-air)
• 35 Ki-43 Oscar (33 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 11 Ki-44 Tojo (9 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 2 N1K1-J George (both on the ground)
• 2 J2M2 Jack (both air-to-air)
• 5 D3A2 Val (all air-to-air)
• 23 D4Y1 Judy (all air-to-air)
• 7 B6N2 Jill (6 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 5 Ki-21 Sally (all air-to-air)
• 11 P1Y1 Frances (all air-to-air)
• 1 E13A1 Jake (air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 7 P-40K Warhawk (all air-to-air)
• 1 P-40N5 Warhawk (air-to-air)
• 4 P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 4 F4U-1 Corsair (3 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 B-24D1 Liberator (ops)
• 2 B-25C Mitchell (both ops)


KB has returned to its previous attack position due E of Madang (hex location 99, 129) and resumed launching air strikes on Port Moresby. Pillager appears to be replenishing KB somewhere nearby beyond reach or detection from Allied forces, though this replenishment appears to consist of only refueling ships and restoring available carrier air ops. Detected plane counts for visible KB task forces appear to indicate Pillager may not be replacing KB’s plane losses during its replenishment process – total Japanese plane strength aboard the 13+ visible CV/CVL’s in the four KB TF’s include 428 fighters and 210 bombers. The condition of KB's air groups and actual operational plane strength is a somewhat unknown quantity.

This game turn’s Japanese air attacks on Port Moresby consisted of both KB and LBA aircraft. While the desired goal of sinking KB’s carriers remains beyond reach for the moment, a heavy attrition rate on KB’s aircraft strength is a good second-best result. Given the high proportion of air-to-air “kills” within the reported Japanese plane losses, recent air actions over Port Moresby is likely claiming significant numbers of Jap pilots together with the plane losses. AAR’s of Japanese air strikes over Port Moresby follow.

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 13
P-40K Warhawk x 49
P-40N5 Warhawk x 12
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 73
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 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 31 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 7 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 7 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 180 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 54 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
A6M3 Zero x 29
A6M3a Zero x 12
N1K1-J George x 37
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 13
P-40K Warhawk x 49
P-40N5 Warhawk x 12
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 73
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
29 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
4 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
9 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
10 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 25000 feet
9 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
13 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (3 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 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 21000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (7 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 9 on standby, 4 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 6 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 63 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 180 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 54 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 22
A6M5 Zero x 337

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 13
P-40K Warhawk x 45
P-40N5 Warhawk x 12
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 71
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
31 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
18 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
22 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
12 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet
13 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (3 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 69 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (7 airborne, 4 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 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 24000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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

Raid detected at 180 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 52 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 9
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 24

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 12
P-40K Warhawk x 38
P-40N5 Warhawk x 9
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 65
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 8 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
SC PC-1086
SC PC-1085

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 12000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 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 30 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (7 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (1 airborne, 5 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 8 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers

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

Raid detected at 81 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 13

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 9
P-40K Warhawk x 34
P-40N5 Warhawk x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 65
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 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 13 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 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 16 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30000.
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)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Raid detected at 111 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 44
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 6

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 29
P-40N5 Warhawk x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 63
F4U-1 Corsair x 15

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet
5 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet
2 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet
4 x Ki-61-Ic Tony sweeping at 25000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 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 16 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

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

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 11
D4Y1 Judy x 20

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 5
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 59
F4U-1 Corsair x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 4 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 14 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 30450.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
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 17 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 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 11000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 14920 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 15

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 6
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 57
F4U-1 Corsair x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 22800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
9 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 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 23760.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby, at 98,130

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 2

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 8
P-40K Warhawk x 25
P-40N5 Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 44
F4U-1 Corsair x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (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 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, 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 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 10 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 to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (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 20000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 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 18000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters to 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
348th FG/342nd 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 18000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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

Raid detected at 104 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 6
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 10

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 8
P-40K Warhawk x 25
P-40N5 Warhawk x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 44
F4U-1 Corsair x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 7 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (2 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers

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

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 232
B6N2 Jill x 6

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 40
F4U-1 Corsair x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
PG Moresby
SC-1064

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

CAP engaged:
49th FG/7th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 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 16 minutes
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 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 11 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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

Raid spotted at 81 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y1 Judy x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 19
P-40N5 Warhawk x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 34
F4U-1 Corsair x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 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 between 15320 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000, scrambling fighters between 11760 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-40K Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 27000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
348th FG/340th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (5 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 11350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 88 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-40K Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
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)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes

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Allied night bombing strikes launched against Lae and Buna airfields encounter slightly better weather conditions this game turn, many planes in the raids now reaching target with the usual number of strays, etc. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x No.18 Sqn RAAF B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 43rd BG/64th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
6 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
6 x 3rd BG/90th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 90th BG/319th BS B-24D Liberator stray due to night
4 x 28th BG/404th BS B-24D Liberator 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
6 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25C Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 380th BG/529th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night
5 x 43rd BG/64th BS B-24D1 Liberator stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (42% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
N1K1 Rex x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

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

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters to 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 32000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
N1K1 Rex x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead
902 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy rain (42% moonlight)

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
A6M3a Zero x 8

Allied aircraft (some planes in this strike aborted before air-to-air combat)
B-25C Mitchell x 5
Mitchell II x 4
B-24D1 Liberator x 6
B-24J Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 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 (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
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 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
A6M3a Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 8

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

CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
934 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 32000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
A6M3a Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 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 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
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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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

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 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 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, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 3

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero 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:
934 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000, 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 12 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 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, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

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, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 32000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1/A with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 36000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Detected status of Jap base at Buna (after raid above) – airfield damage 3, 110 aircraft (94 fighters, 16 bombers), 23 Jap LCU, 1 Jap TF (9 ships, all barges or small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – airfield damage 43, 38 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU, no visible Japanese TF’s.


US patrol sub intercepts unescorted Japanese transport ship N of the Western Solomons. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack near Feni Islands at 112,126 (E of Feni Islands)

Japanese Ships
AK Kirishima Maru

Allied Ships
SS Scorpion

AK Kirishima Maru is sighted by SS Scorpion
SS Scorpion launches 2 torpedoes at AK Kirishima Maru

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Summary of Operations 01/01/44

South Pacific: Current base status of Noumea – 362K supply and 85K fuel on hand.

Coastwatcher entries from 01/01 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: xAK Achou Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Luganville
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,132 near Treasury Islands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 120,143 near Ndeni, Speed 0, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed 0, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 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 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher Report: AK Seia Maru reported in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Ndeni
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Buna
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Rabaul is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher Report: 3 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: 1 Japanese ship at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 114,138 near Lunga, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,129 near Buna, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 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 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 109,131 near Shortlands, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 103,127 near Gasmata, Speed 9, Moving Northwest


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Summary of Operations 01/01/44 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: Japanese transport convoy intercepted by one sub from a group of 9 newly arrived US patrol subs S of Honshu. A second group of 8 US subs also just arrived in this sea area – these subs moving to patrol areas farther south and west toward Formosa and into the East China Sea. Japanese air patrols near the Home Islands have decreased, it appears Pillager may have moved some Jap air units on ASW air patrols southward from the Home Islands to cover the KB off New Guinea. Possibly 17 newly arrived US patrol subs hanging around the Home Islands will provide incentive to change that deployment. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Torishima at 107,67 (night action WNW of Torishima)

Japanese Ships
xAP Teiritsu Maru
xAP Teibi Maru
xAP Keihuku Maru
E Saga
E Manju

Allied Ships
SS Flying Fish

SS Flying Fish launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Teiritsu Maru
Flying Fish diving deep ....
E Saga fails to find sub and abandons search
E Manju fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Another US patrol sub in contact with Japanese surface ASW south of Honshu. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Hamamatsu at 111,62 (daylight action S of Nagoya)

Japanese Ships
DD Kamikaze

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier is located by DD Kamikaze
Grenadier diving deep ....
DD Kamikaze attacking submerged sub ....
SS Grenadier eludes ASW attack from DD Kamikaze
DD Kamikaze loses contact with SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze cannot establish contact with SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze cannot reach attack position over SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze cannot establish contact with SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kamikaze loses contact with SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze cannot establish contact with SS Grenadier
DD Kamikaze loses contact with SS Grenadier
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Sigint entries for 01/01 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Maleolap and Kwajalein. Detected status of Maleolap shows no visible Japanese forces or activity. Detected status of Kwajalein shows unidentified ship(s) in port, no other visible Japanese forces or activity.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – no Japanese ships in port, no Jap TF, 116 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU’s, light industry 9(32), refinery 96(105).

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – no information on Jap planes or airfield damage level, 24 Jap LCU, oil production 100(201), refinery 97(4).


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