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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 airtoair, 3 ops, 2 on the ground) • 29 A6M5 Zero (20 airtoair, 9 ops) • 1 A6M2N Rufe (airtoair) • 35 Ki43 Oscar (33 airtoair, 2 ops) • 11 Ki44 Tojo (9 airtoair, 2 ops) • 2 N1K1J George (both on the ground) • 2 J2M2 Jack (both airtoair) • 5 D3A2 Val (all airtoair) • 23 D4Y1 Judy (all airtoair) • 7 B6N2 Jill (6 airtoair, 1 ops) • 5 Ki21 Sally (all airtoair) • 11 P1Y1 Frances (all airtoair) • 1 E13A1 Jake (airtoair) Allied planes reported destroyed • 7 P40K Warhawk (all airtoair) • 1 P40N5 Warhawk (airtoair) • 4 P47D2 Thunderbolt (2 airtoair, 2 ops) • 4 F4U1 Corsair (3 airtoair, 1 ops) • 1 B24D1 Liberator (ops) • 2 B25C 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 secondbest result. Given the high proportion of airtoair “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.  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 Ki44IIa Tojo x 10 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 13 P40K Warhawk x 49 P40N5 Warhawk x 12 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 73 F4U1 Corsair x 18 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 N1K1J George x 37 Ki44IIa Tojo x 15 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 13 P40K Warhawk x 49 P40N5 Warhawk x 12 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 73 F4U1 Corsair x 18 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed Ki44IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 3 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 29 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 3 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 3 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 4 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 9 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 10 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 5 x N1K1J George sweeping at 25000 feet 9 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 25000 feet 13 x Ki44IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 P40K Warhawk x 45 P40N5 Warhawk x 12 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 71 F4U1 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: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 Ki21IIa Sally x 9 Ki43IIb Oscar x 24 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 12 P40K Warhawk x 38 P40N5 Warhawk x 9 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 65 F4U1 Corsair x 18 Japanese aircraft losses Ki21IIa Sally: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged Ki43IIb Oscar: 8 destroyed No Allied losses Allied Ships SC PC1086 SC PC1085 Aircraft Attacking: 5 x Ki21IIa 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 P40K Warhawk x 34 P40N5 Warhawk x 7 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 65 F4U1 Corsair x 18 Japanese aircraft losses P1Y1 Frances: 5 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 Ki44IIa Tojo x 44 Ki61Ic Tony x 6 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 7 P40K Warhawk x 29 P40N5 Warhawk x 7 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 63 F4U1 Corsair x 15 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed P40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed P47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed Aircraft Attacking: 9 x Ki44IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet 5 x Ki44IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet 2 x Ki44IIa Tojo sweeping at 25000 feet 4 x Ki61Ic Tony sweeping at 25000 feet CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 P40K Warhawk x 24 P40N5 Warhawk x 5 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 59 F4U1 Corsair x 13 Japanese aircraft losses B6N2 Jill: 4 destroyed D4Y1 Judy: 14 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P40N5 Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Raid is overhead  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 P40K Warhawk x 24 P40N5 Warhawk x 4 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 57 F4U1 Corsair x 13 Japanese aircraft losses P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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  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 P40K Warhawk x 25 P40N5 Warhawk x 6 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 44 F4U1 Corsair x 11 Japanese aircraft losses J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 Ki21IIa Sally x 6 Ki43IIb Oscar x 10 Allied aircraft Spitfire Vc Trop x 8 P40K Warhawk x 25 P40N5 Warhawk x 6 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 44 F4U1 Corsair x 11 Japanese aircraft losses Ki21IIa Sally: 1 destroyed Ki43IIb Oscar: 7 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40N5 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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  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 P40K Warhawk x 24 P40N5 Warhawk x 4 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 40 F4U1 Corsair x 10 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged Allied aircraft losses P40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed F4U1 Corsair: 1 destroyed Allied Ships PG Moresby SC1064 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 P40N5 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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  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 P40K Warhawk x 19 P40N5 Warhawk x 2 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 34 F4U1 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 P47D2 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 VMF311 with F4U1 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 P40K 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 P40N5 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  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 B25C Mitchell stray due to night 4 x 43rd BG/64th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 6 x 38th BG/71st BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 6 x 3rd BG/90th BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 4 x 90th BG/319th BS B24D Liberator stray due to night 4 x 28th BG/404th BS B24D Liberator stray due to night 3 x 38th BG/405th BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 4 x 345th BG/498th BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 6 x 345th BG/499th BS B25C Mitchell stray due to night 4 x 380th BG/529th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night 5 x 43rd BG/64th BS B24D1 Liberator stray due to night  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 B24D1 Liberator x 6 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses B24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged Aircraft Attacking: 6 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 281 Ku S1 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 S1 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  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 B24D1 Liberator x 5 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Aircraft Attacking: 5 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 281 Ku S1 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 S1 with N1K1 Rex (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead  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 A6M2N Rufe x 3 A6M3a Zero x 8 Allied aircraft (some planes in this strike aborted before airtoair combat) B25C Mitchell x 5 Mitchell II x 4 B24D1 Liberator x 6 B24J 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 B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x B24J Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 5 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: Tainan Ku S1/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 S1 with A6M2N 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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 3 A6M3a Zero x 6 Allied aircraft B24D Liberator x 10 B24D1 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 B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 5 x B24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 5 x B24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: Tainan Ku S1/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 S1 with A6M2N 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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 3 A6M3a Zero x 6 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 6 Japanese aircraft losses N1K1J George: 1 destroyed on ground Allied aircraft losses B25C Mitchell: 1 damaged Airbase hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 6 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: Tainan Ku S1/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 S1 with A6M2N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead  Night Air attack on Buna, at 99,129 Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 10 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2N Rufe x 1 A6M3a Zero x 5 Allied aircraft B24D Liberator x 4 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed Allied aircraft losses B24D Liberator: 1 damaged Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead Tainan Ku S1/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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 A6M3a Zero x 4 Allied aircraft B24D Liberator x 4 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses B24D Liberator: 1 damaged Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead Tainan Ku S1/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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 A6M3a Zero x 4 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 3 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Aircraft Attacking: 3 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead Tainan Ku S1/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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 A6M3a Zero x 4 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 4 No Japanese losses No Allied losses Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead Tainan Ku S1/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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 A6M3a Zero x 3 Allied aircraft B25C Mitchell x 6 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses B25C Mitchell: 1 damaged Aircraft Attacking: 6 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead Tainan Ku S1/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  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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 A6M3a Zero x 3 Allied aircraft B24D1 Liberator x 4 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2N Rufe: 1 destroyed No Allied losses Runway hits 1 Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 7000 feet Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb CAP engaged: 934 Ku S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 32000 Raid is overhead Tainan Ku S1/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  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.  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 
