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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/8/2018 5:30:02 PM   
wneumann


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I'am getting close to using the Grace for the first time, have you noticed if the Grace is a good strafer?

Grace is a dive bomber and my opponent was operating them as dive bombers in the action I posted above (not particularly effective given PT-boats were the target). While it is possible to set an air unit with dive-bombers to launch a naval air strike at 100' altitude (strafing attacks normally set at 100' altitude in AE), it's questionable whether the dive bombers would actually strafe. Even if they did, the MG and cannon armament carried by most (if not all) dive bombers is considerably less than armament carried by fighter or fighter-bomber planes - this in itself making dive bombers less efficient in a strafing role. This is my best educated "guess" in response to your question. Any other readers are certainly welcome to post an answer to this question, especially those with more definitive information on the subject.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/8/2018 5:33:15 PM   
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Summary of Operations 03/17/45

Southwest Pacific: Current base status at Shortlands – 99K supply on hand. About 10 planes at Shortlands airfield remain damaged.

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 91K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 343K supply and 25K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Milne Bay base – 767K supply and 134K fuel on hand.

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.35 million supply and 108K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 110K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 Ki-45 Nick (air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 5 B-25 Mitchell (4 air-to-air, 1 ops)


Allied night airfield bombing raids against Lae. Combat Events report entry and AAR’s follow.

5 x 345th BG/501st BS B-25H Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (25% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 66 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
106th Sentai with Ki-45 KAId Nick (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
106th Sentai with Ki-45 KAId Nick (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Raid is overhead

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No night airfield bombing raids against Rabaul ordered this game turn. USAAF B-29 Superfort air units remain stood down.


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 133 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – 167 aircraft (all fighters), 3 Jap TF (13 ships total, small ship types), 14 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 67 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 115 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul – 567 aircraft (272 fighters, 174 bombers, 121 other planes including transports), 7 Jap TF (26 ships total, small ship types), 50 Jap LCU, defensive minefield visible on map.

Japanese surface ASW attacked by US patrol sub near Kavieng. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Emirau Island at 106,120 (N of Kavieng)

Japanese Ships
E Inagi, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
E Sarushima

Allied Ships
SS Seawolf

SS Seawolf launches 2 torpedoes at E Inagi
Seawolf diving deep ....
E Sarushima fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 98 aircraft (all fighters), 4 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – Unidentified Jap planes based on airfield, 9 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wewak – 93 aircraft (44 fighters), 11 Jap LCU.


US patrol sub damaged in action last game turn in Bismarck Sea sunk by Japanese surface ASW while returning to base for repair. AAR follows.

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Submarine attack at Umboi Island 100,125

Japanese Ships
E Fukue
E Yaku

Allied Ships
SS Shark, hits 32, and is sunk

SS Shark is sighted by escort
E Yaku attacking submerged sub ....
SS Shark forced to surface!
E Yaku firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/8/2018 5:35:41 PM   
wneumann


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Summary of Operations 03/17/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 23K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 41K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 272K supply and 7700 fuel on hand.

Current base status of Rennell Island – 171K supply and 3600 fuel on hand.


Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged). Contact between US surface ASW and Japanese patrol sub in sea area between Kirakira and Ndeni. AAR follows

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ASW attack near Kirakira at 117,141 (night action, SE of Kirakira)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-46

Allied Ships
DE Waterman
DD Duncan
DE Duffy

SS RO-46 is sighted by escort
DD Duncan fails to find sub and abandons search
DE Duffy fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Ndeni – 1.45 million supply and 89K fuel on hand. Contacts with four detected Japanese patrol subs visible on map in positions NW of Ndeni between Ndeni and Kirakira, Surface ASW TF’s dispatched to engage them.

Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand.

Current base status of Noumea – 5.78 million supply and 3.69 million fuel on hand (unchanged).


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific theatre area.


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga – one Jap LCU, airfield damage 76.

Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU.


Coastwatcher entries from 3/17 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Sinkoku Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 19, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 102,125 near Arawe, Speed 12, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 12, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 11, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 103,125 near Talasea, Speed 8, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 9, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 104,126 near Gasmata, Speed 9, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,119 near Manus, Speed 15, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 105,120 near Mussau Island, Speed 15, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 15, Moving West
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hoorn Islands
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 6, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 13, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 1, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 104,126 near Gasmata, Speed 12, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 6, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 105,120 near Mussau Island, Speed 7, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,119 near Manus, Speed 5, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 105,126 near Rabaul, Speed 12, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 13, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,123 near Kavieng, Speed 10, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 17, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 12, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 105,125 near Rabaul, Speed 10, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,124 near Saidor, Speed 14, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 13, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 15, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 9, Moving East

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/8/2018 5:39:57 PM   
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Summary of Operations 03/17/45 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub intercepts Japanese transports in sea area off Shikoku. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack near Kochi at 105,61 (adjacent hex SW of Kochi)

Japanese Ships
AK Kamikaze Maru

Allied Ships
SS Cod

AK Kamikaze Maru is sighted by SS Cod
SS Cod launches 2 torpedoes at AK Kamikaze Maru

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Submarine attack near Kochi at 105,61

Japanese Ships
AK Sinsei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Cod

AK Sinsei Maru is sighted by SS Cod
SS Cod launches 2 torpedoes at AK Sinsei Maru

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Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 100K supply on hand (unchanged).

Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea (after raid below) – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU. USAAF B-29 Superforts continue airfield bombing raids against Tabiteuea. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on Tabiteuea, at 137,134

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 10

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 12

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Ponape – 13 aircraft (11 bombers), 10 Jap LCU, one Jap TF (6 ships including 2 AM, 3 xAK).

Sigint entry for 3/17 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Roi-Namur, detected base status shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.



Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 105 aircraft (95 fighters, 10 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), 2 Jap TF, 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 206 aircraft (193 fighters, 4 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 15 Jap LCU (+1 from last report).


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in the Burma-India theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India operations area.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 2 C-47 Skytrain (both ops)


Allied air operations this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area continue. Latest AAR’s and Combat Events report entry follow.

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Morning Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43 , near Kalemyo (four actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 4 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment, at 56,43, near Chittagong (two actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/11/2018 5:52:01 PM   
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Summary of Operations 03/18/45

Southwest Pacific: Current base status at Shortlands – 99K supply on hand. Nearly all US planes at Shortlands damaged in 3/14 Japanese naval bombardment attack now operational..

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 91K supply on hand (unchanged).


Japanese LBA bombers attack US landing craft delivering supply, one LCT sunk. AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on TF, at Goodenough Island 101,131

Weather in hex: Overcast (35% moonlight)

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

Japanese aircraft
B6N2a Jill x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2a Jill: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
LCT-352, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LCT-356

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Night Air attack on TF, at Goodenough Island 101,131

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2a Jill x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2a Jill: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
SC-700

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Current status of Buna base – 350K supply and 25K fuel on hand.

Current status of Milne Bay base – 767K supply and 134K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 108K fuel on hand.

Current status of Terapo base – 94K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 1 B6N2 Jill (flak)
• 1 Ki-45 Nick (ops)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 3 B-25 Mitchell (all air-to-air)


Allied night airfield bombing raid against Lae. AAR follows.

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Night Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms (35% moonlight)

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
106th Sentai with Ki-45 KAId Nick (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes

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No night airfield bombing raids against Rabaul ordered this game turn. USAAF B-29 Superfort air units remain stood down.


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 115 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae (after raid above) – 136 aircraft (all fighters), 4 Jap TF (13 ships total, small ship types), 14 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 57 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 135 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul – 608 aircraft (291 fighters, 178 bombers, 139 other planes including transports), no visible Jap TF, 43 Jap LCU (-7 from last report), defensive minefield visible on map.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 91 aircraft (all fighters), 4 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wewak – 102 aircraft (45 fighters), 11 Jap LCU.


US patrol sub (SS Lapon) attacked and sunk by Ki-49 Helen air patrol at hex location 109, 127 (adjacent hex E of Green Island).


Australia: Two transport convoys (WX-61 and WX-63) arrive from mainland US – convoy WX-61 (one DD, 23 transports) with 123K supply, 23K fuel and one air unit (12 PBY Catalina) aboard, convoy WX-63 (22 ships) with 140K supply and 12K fuel aboard.

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RE: Sleepless on Samoa, the Sequel (wneumann vs Jolly P... - 2/11/2018 5:57:10 PM   
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Summary of Operations 03/18/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 23K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 41K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 271K supply and 7700 fuel on hand.


Current base status of Rennell Island – 171K supply and 3100 fuel on hand. Japanese LBA bombers attempt naval air strike on amphibious transports arriving in Rennell Island base hex. AAR follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Rennell Island 113,140

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 5 destroyed, 3 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-124

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x G4M2 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VMF-313 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 36800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current base status of Ndeni – 1.45 million supply and 89K fuel on hand (unchanged). AAR’s of actions in sea areas off Ndeni between US surface ASW and Japanese patrol subs follow.

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ASW attack near Ndeni at 119,143 (adjacent hex W of Ndeni)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-38, hits 7 (sunk)

Allied Ships
DE Stafford
DE Gendreau
DE McConnell

SS RO-38 is located by DE Stafford
RO-38 diving deep ....
DE McConnell fails to find sub and abandons search
DE Stafford attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Torres Islands at 120,146 (S of Ndeni)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-106, hits 12

Allied Ships
DE Fair
DE Dionne

SS RO-106 is sighted by escort
RO-106 diving deep ....
DE Fair attacking submerged sub ....
DE Dionne fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Noumea – 5.78 million supply and 3.69 million fuel on hand (unchanged).


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in South Pacific theatre area.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 11 G4M2 Betty (all air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 SBD-3 Dauntless (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga (after raid below) – one Jap LCU, airfield damage 77. AAR of US bombing raid on Tassafronga airfield follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi (after raids below) – airfield damage 93, 2 Jap LCU. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids against Tulagi follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-3 Avenger bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

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

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Lunga – 10 Jap LCU, airfield damage 69, construction activity to expand airfield from current size 5(5) still being reported.


Coastwatcher entries from 3/18 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Dagua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Arigawa Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 11, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 16, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 11, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 12, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,119 near Manus, Speed 11, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 12, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 11, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 8, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 5, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 14, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 13, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,119 near Manus, Speed 15, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 11, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lihir
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 7, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 15, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 11, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 13, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 14, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 11, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 11, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 13, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,123 near Kavieng, Speed 13, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 19, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 12, Moving Northwest

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Summary of Operations 03/18/45 (continued)

Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 99K supply on hand.

Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea (after raid below) – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU. USAAF B-29 Superforts continue airfield bombing raids against Tabiteuea. AAR follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on Tabiteuea, at 137,134

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Ponape – 9 aircraft (7 bombers), 10 Jap LCU, one Jap TF (5 ships including 2 AM, 3 xAK).

Sigint entries for 3/18 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Wotje and Gardner Island. Detected base statuses show no visible Japanese forces or activity at either location.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 121 aircraft (106 fighters, 15 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), one Jap TF (contains 1 CVE, 1 CA, 3 TK, 1 AO), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 215 aircraft (200 fighters, 8 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 13 Jap LCU (-2 from last report).


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India theatre area.


Allied air operations this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area continue. AAR’s follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43, near Kalemyo (four actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 32

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Kalemyo, at 59,42

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
Thunderbolt I x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Thunderbolt I sweeping at 25000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 33rd Army, at 56,43, near Chittagong (three actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 25

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk sweeping at 23000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong

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

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 16

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
40 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator B.VI bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 03/19/45

Southwest Pacific: Current base status at Shortlands – 98K supply on hand.

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 90K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 350K supply and 25K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Milne Bay base – 776K supply and 123K fuel on hand.

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand.

Current status of Terapo base – 94K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 3 B6N2 Jill (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)

No reported Allied plane losses this game turn in SW Pacific operations area.


No Allied night airfield bombing raids launched against targets in eastern New Guinea area. Air units stood down to rest pilots and recover damaged planes.

No night airfield bombing raids against Rabaul ordered this game turn. USAAF B-29 Superfort air units remain stood down.


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 112 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 145 aircraft (all fighters), one Jap TF (8 ships including 6 MTB), 12 Jap LCU (-2 from last report).

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 49 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – unidentified aircraft on airfield, 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul – 593 aircraft (297 fighters, 172 bombers, 124 other planes including transports), no visible Jap TF, 43 Jap LCU, defensive minefield visible on map.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 87 aircraft (all fighters), 6 Jap LCU (+2 from last report, possible overland unit transfers from Lae).

Detected status of Jap base at Wewak – 84 aircraft (47 fighters), 11 Jap LCU.


US patrol sub attacked and damaged by Japanese surface ASW in sea area NW of Shortlands. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack near Lihir at 111,124 (E of Lihir)

Japanese Ships
DD Harukaze
DD Oite
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead, hits 7, heavy damage (system damage 34, float 58, returning to base at 4 kts)

SS Steelhead is sighted by escort
DD Oite fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatakaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Lihir at 111,124

Japanese Ships
DD Harukaze
DD Oite
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead, heavy damage

SS Steelhead is sighted by escort
Steelhead diving deep ....
DD Oite fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatakaze fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Summary of Operations 03/19/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 24K supply on hand.

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand.

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 271K supply and 7700 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Rennell Island – 170K supply and 3000 fuel on hand.

Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Ndeni – 1.45 million supply and 88K fuel on hand (unchanged). Two Japanese patrol subs remain detected and visible on map in sea area NW of Ndeni, US surface ASW is operating in area and pursuing contacts.


Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand (unchanged). A group of US DD’s moving northward from Noumea encounter a Japanese patrol sub while in transit. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Luganville at 117,149 (WNW of Luganville)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-40, hits 12

Allied Ships
DD Bullard
DD Norman Scott
DD Conner
DD Caperton
DD Porter
DD Warrington
DD Sproston
DD Spence

SS RO-40 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Bullard
DD Porter attacking submerged sub ....
DD Warrington fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Sproston fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Spence attacking submerged sub ....
DD Porter attacking submerged sub ....
DD Spence attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Noumea – 5.78 million supply and 3.69 million fuel on hand (unchanged).


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific theatre area.


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga (after raid below) – one Jap LCU, airfield damage 99. AAR of US bombing raid on Tassafronga airfield follows.

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 56 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi (after raid below) – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU. AAR of US airfield bombing raids against Tulagi follows.

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 24

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 28

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Lunga – 10 Jap LCU, airfield damage 92, construction activity to expand airfield from current size 5(5) still being reported.


Coastwatcher entries from 3/19 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Dagua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Gasmata
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 15, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 14, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 2, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 17, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 12, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 21, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: AG Suez Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 16, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 23, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 9, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 19, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 105,120 near Mussau Island, Speed 18, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 15, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 16, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 14, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,124 near Saidor, Speed 12, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 18, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 15, Moving Northwest

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Summary of Operations 03/19/45 (continued)

Canada: Local transport convoy intercepted by Japanese patrol subs off Vancouver Island. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Victoria at 206,51 (W of Victoria)

Japanese Ships
SS I-53, hits 6

Allied Ships
xAKL Columbian, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
SC PC-777

SS I-53 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Columbian
I-53 diving deep ....
SC PC-777 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Victoria at 207,51 (W of Victoria)

Japanese Ships
SS I-58, hits 4

Allied Ships
SC PC-777, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
SC PC-776

SS I-58 launches 2 torpedoes at SC PC-777
I-58 diving deep ....
SC PC-776 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 99K supply on hand (unchanged).

Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU. No USAAF airfield bombing raids against Tabiteuea launched this game turn.

Detected status of Jap base at Ponape – 14 aircraft (10 bombers), 9 Jap LCU. Probable Jap TF remains at Ponape base hex.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 113 aircraft (101 fighters, 12 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), no visible Jap TF, 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 231 aircraft (215 fighters, 9 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 12 Jap LCU (-1 from last report).


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in the Burma-India theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India operations area.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 Spitfire VIII (cause not reported, probable ops)


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. Combat Events report entry and AAR’s follow.

16 x Blenheim VD from No.146 Sqn RAF flight failed to link up returning to base

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (four actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

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

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 16
B-25H Mitchell x 48

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 2 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator B.VI bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 03/20/45

Southwest Pacific: US fighter sweeps launched against Jap airfields at Rabaul and Namatanai. Game turn reports (Intelligence display) indicates total of 151 Japanese fighter planes destroyed in actions below vs 42 US fighters lost, breakdown of destroyed planes by type shown in overall summary below, AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 18
N1K1-J George x 21
N1K2-J George x 89
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 49
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 65
Ki-84r Frank x 63

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(29 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(12 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 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 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 31 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 15 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 23 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 20000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 34 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 14 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (5 airborne, 10 on standby, 34 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 10 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 17
N1K1-J George x 18
N1K2-J George x 81
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 46
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 59
Ki-84r Frank x 56

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38L Lightning: 5 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 19 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 20 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 24 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 28 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 17
N1K1-J George x 14
N1K2-J George x 68
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 44
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 52
Ki-84r Frank x 57

Allied aircraft
P-47N Thunderbolt x 25
P-51D Mustang x 49
F4U-1 Corsair x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 72

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 6 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 9 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 3 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
24 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
20 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
18 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
21 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
22 x P-47N Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet
23 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 14 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
23 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 24 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 13
N1K1-J George x 12
N1K2-J George x 49
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 26
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 44
Ki-84r Frank x 49

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 2 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 19 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 18 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 38270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Raid is overhead
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 12
N1K1-J George x 10
N1K2-J George x 38
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 22
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 36
Ki-84r Frank x 42

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 14 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 18 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 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 23 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Raid is overhead
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 9
N1K1-J George x 9
N1K2-J George x 38
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 21
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 35
Ki-84r Frank x 41

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 25
P-51D Mustang x 100

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 4 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 4 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
22 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
23 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
23 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
21 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 14 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 21 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 4
N1K1-J George x 8
N1K2-J George x 28
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 15
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 27
Ki-84r Frank x 36

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 3

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 between 12000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 21 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 39000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 27 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 4
N1K1-J George x 8
N1K2-J George x 27
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 15
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 27
Ki-84r Frank x 37

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38L Lightning: 6 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 30270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 18 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K1-J George x 7
N1K2-J George x 26
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 14
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 21
Ki-84r Frank x 30

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 5 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
951 Ku S-2 with J2M5 Jack (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 11000, scrambling fighters to 14890.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
18th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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, scrambling fighters to 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 29330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
18 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 26000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
103rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Namatanai, at 107,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 25000.
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Namatana , at 107,125

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Current base status at Shortlands – 97K supply on hand.

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 90K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 350K supply and 25K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current status of Milne Bay base – 712K supply and 122K fuel on hand. Attempted naval air strikes by Japanese LBA bombers against US transport shipping in Milne Bay base hex. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Milne Bay 101,133

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B7A2 Grace x 19

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
B7A2 Grace: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
343rd FG/11th FS with P-47D25 Thunderbolt (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 30000. scrambling fighters between 7000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
347th FG/68th FS with P-47D25 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

Training flight from VC(F)-77 has been caught up in attack

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Milne Bay 101,133

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 27

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 36
F6F-5 Hellcat x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 19 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
343rd FG/11th FS with P-47D25 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 30000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
347th FG/68th FS with P-47D25 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 30000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

Training flight from VC(F)-20 has been caught up in attack

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Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 96K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 26 Ki-84 Frank (24 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 28 Ki-61 Tony (26 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 43 Ki-43 Oscar (41 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 34 N1K2-J George (33 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 7 N1K1-J George (all air-to-air)
• 13 J2M5 Jack (11 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 1 G4M2 Betty (air-to-air)
• 3 B7A2 Grace (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 40 B6N2 Jill (all air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 4 P-51D Mustang (all air-to-air)
• 24 P-38 Lightning (18 air-to-air, 6 ops)
• 14 F4U-1 Corsair (12 air-to-air, 2 ops)


No Allied night airfield bombing raids launched against targets in eastern New Guinea area. Air units stood down to rest pilots and recover damaged planes.

No night airfield bombing raids against Rabaul ordered this game turn. USAAF B-29 Superfort air units remain stood down.


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 114 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 151 aircraft (all fighters), no visible Jap TF, 12 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 63 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – no visible aircraft at airfield, 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 86 aircraft (all fighters), 6 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – 37 aircraft (29 fighters), 9 Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul (after raids above) – 497 aircraft (189 fighters, 184 bombers, 124 other planes including transports), 6 Jap TF (16 ships total, all small ship types), 42 Jap LCU (-1 from last report), defensive minefield visible on map.

Detected status of Jap base at Namatanai – no visible planes on airfield, airfield size 4(4), port size 1(0). Current intelligence data identifies ten Jap LCU at Namatanai (parts of 42nd Infantry Division, 23 Independent Mixed Brigade, 2 South Seas Garrison, Sasebo 6 SNLF, one construction bn, 80 JAAF AF Bn, two JNAF AF Units, HQ 24 Air Flotilla)

Detected status of Jap base at Feni Islands – 79 aircraft (44 fighters, 35 bombers), 7 Jap LCU. Current intelligence data identifies five Jap LCU at Feni Islands (4 South Sea Garrison, 3 Independent SNLF Co, one construction bn, 99 JAAF AF Bn and 29 JNAF AF Unit).

Detected status of Jap base at Lihir – 79 aircraft (44 fighters, 35 bombers), 2 Jap LCU. Current intelligence data identifies three Jap LCU at Lihir (52 Independent Mixed Bde, 5 JAAF AF Bn and 7 JNAF AF Unit).

Detected status of Jap base at Kavieng – 102 aircraft (45 fighters), 11 Jap LCU. Current intelligence data identifies ten Jap LCU at Feni Islands (parts of 110th Infantry Division, 16 Independent Mixed Rgt, 66 Naval Gd, 10 Independent Mountain Gun Rgt, parts of 114 AA Rgt, two construction bns, 144 JAAF AF Bn, two IJN Base Force units).

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Summary of Operations 03/20/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 24K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 271K supply and 7700 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Rennell Island – 169K supply and 3000 fuel on hand.

Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current base status of Ndeni – 1.45 million supply and 87K fuel on hand. US surface ASW attacks detected Jap patrol sub. AAR follows. Two detected Jap patrol subs visible on-map south of Ndeni, US surface ASW dispatched to engage these contacts.

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ASW attack near Ndeni at 118,142 (WNW of Ndeni)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-45

Allied Ships
DE Dionne
DE Snyder
DE Fair

SS RO-45 is located by DE Dionne
DE Fair attacking submerged sub ....
DE Fair is out of ASW ammo
DE Dionne fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand (unchanged). Japanese patrol sub intercepted by US surface ASW.

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ASW attack near Luganville at 117,149 (NW of Luganville)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-40, hits 15, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DE Edward C. Daly
DE Canfield
DE Dempsey

SS RO-40 launches 2 torpedoes at DE Edward C. Daly
RO-40 diving deep ....
DE Dempsey attacking submerged sub ....
DE Edward C. Daly fails to find sub and abandons search
DE Dempsey attacking submerged sub ....
DE Dempsey is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Noumea – 5.78 million supply and 3.69 million fuel on hand (unchanged).

Convoy detachment WP-345B (5 ships) arrives at Suva from mainland US with 31K supply and 2500 fuel aboard.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in South Pacific theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific operations area.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 B-24 Liberator (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga (after raid below) – one Jap LCU, airfield damage 73. AAR of US airfield bombing raid follows.

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi (after raids below) – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids against Tulagi follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi at 114,137

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-3 Avenger bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Lunga (after raids below) – 10 Jap LCU, airfield damage 100, construction activity to expand airfield still reported. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids follow.

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 60 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 24

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 20

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Coastwatcher entries from 3/20 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 11 ships reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 14, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 6, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 14, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 11, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 10, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 11, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 13, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 105,120 near Mussau Island, Speed 17, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 23, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 22, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Namatanai
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 3, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 6, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,121 near Hansa Bay, Speed 5, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,123 near Kavieng, Speed 10, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 9, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 10, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 9, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 13, Moving Northwest

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Summary of Operations 03/20/45 (continued)

Hawaii: US surface ASW in action with Japanese patrol sub along primary transport convoy route from mainland US to Hawaii. US ships in the action below were not part of a convoy, the Jap sub in this action was detected earlier with transport convoy WP-354 arriving at Pearl Harbor successfully re-routed around it. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Pearl Harbor at 182,103 (NE of Oahu)

Japanese Ships
SS I-20, hits 10

Allied Ships
DE Walter C. Wann, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)
DE Lloyd E. Acree
DE Leland E. Thomas

SS I-20 launches 2 torpedoes at DE Walter C. Wann
DE Leland E. Thomas attacking submerged sub ....
DE Leland E. Thomas is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Japanese Home Islands: US patrol sub sunk in action against Japanese surface ASW. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Iwo-jima at 111,79 (SE of Iwo Jima)

Japanese Ships
E No.194

Allied Ships
SS Bullhead, hits 11, heavy damage (sunk)

SS Bullhead is sighted by escort
Bullhead diving deep ....
E No.194 attacking submerged sub ....
Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 99K supply on hand (unchanged).

Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea – airfield damage 73, 2 Jap LCU. No USAAF airfield bombing raids against Tabiteuea launched this game turn.

Detected status of Jap base at Ponape – 11 aircraft (8 bombers), 9 Jap LCU. Jap transport TF (5 xAK) remains at Ponape base hex.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 124 aircraft (100 fighters, 24 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), no visible Jap TF, 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 204 aircraft (195 fighters, 2 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 12 Jap LCU.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in the Burma-India theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India operations area.

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


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

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

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 9th Medium Field Artillery Regiment, at 56,43 , near Chittagong

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator B.VI bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 32

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

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

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 16

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (two actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Summary of Operations 03/21/45

Southwest Pacific: Allied 2E and 4E bombers launch night airfield bombing raids against Rabaul. Air units participating in the following raids were moved forward to airfields on New Guinea from previous bases in NE Australia. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

6 x No.25 Sqn RAAF B-24J Liberator stray due to night
5 x 38th BG/71st BS B-25H Mitchell stray due to night
4 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25H Mitchell stray due to night
5 x 345th BG/499th BS B-25H Mitchell stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud (67% moonlight)

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 7
B-25J1 Mitchell x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
B-25J1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-25J1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
53rd Sentai/B with Ki-45 KAId Nick (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
53rd Sentai/B with Ki-45 KAId Nick (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

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Night Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 5

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
L2D2 Tabby: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25H Mitchell: 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
53rd Sentai/B with Ki-45 KAId Nick (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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US fighter sweeps against Jap airfields at Rabaul and Namatanai continue. Game turn reports (Intelligence display) indicates total of 154 Japanese fighter planes destroyed in actions below vs 69 US fighters lost, breakdown of destroyed planes by type shown in overall summary below. Pilot fatigue levels considered a likely factor in the increased number of US planes lost in action compared to last game turn. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 35
N1K1-J George x 45
N1K2-J George x 76
Ki-61-Id Tony x 49
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 47
Ki-84r Frank x 60

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 3 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 20 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 10 on standby, 31 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 24 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 24 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 20 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 22 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (2 airborne, 10 on standby, 34 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 23 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 29000.
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 31
N1K1-J George x 40
N1K2-J George x 72
Ki-61-Id Tony x 46
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 38
Ki-84r Frank x 58

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 21 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 16 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 28 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 14 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 16 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 27
N1K1-J George x 37
N1K2-J George x 63
Ki-61-Id Tony x 46
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 31
Ki-84r Frank x 53

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 19 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 16 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 22
N1K1-J George x 34
N1K2-J George x 50
Ki-61-Id Tony x 37
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 23
Ki-84r Frank x 47

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 39810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 25960 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 9 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 39810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 18 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 39810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 40000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 33270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 15
N1K1-J George x 29
N1K2-J George x 37
Ki-61-Id Tony x 28
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 22
Ki-84r Frank x 42

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38L Lightning: 4 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 37810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 39810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 38270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 35810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 39810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 40810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 36810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 13
N1K1-J George x 26
N1K2-J George x 32
Ki-61-Id Tony x 21
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 18
Ki-84r Frank x 33

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 36810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 38270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 34810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 40810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 42000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 11
N1K1-J George x 21
N1K2-J George x 26
Ki-61-Id Tony x 18
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 14
Ki-84r Frank x 26

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 16000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 34810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 33080.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 40810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 19000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 38270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 27810 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 8
N1K1-J George x 18
N1K2-J George x 20
Ki-61-Id Tony x 13
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 9
Ki-84r Frank x 21

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38L Lightning: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 37330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 35330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 40810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 33780.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 38270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 27810.
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 8
N1K1-J George x 15
N1K2-J George x 19
Ki-61-Id Tony x 10
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 4
Ki-84r Frank x 16

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 49
F4U-1 Corsair x 23
F4U-1A Corsair x 72

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 4 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
18 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
23 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
21 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
25 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
22 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
3 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 37330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 35330.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 37810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 33700.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
52nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Id Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Namatanai, at 107,125

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 18
Ki-84r Frank x 10

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 5 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

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Current base status at Shortlands – 96K supply on hand.

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 90K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 350K supply and 25K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current status of Milne Bay base – 671K supply and 121K fuel on hand.

Namatanai invasion force TF’s with surface naval/bombardment and US Escort Carrier force now departing Milne Bay for amphibious assault at Namatanai, expected arrival in 2-3 days. Objective of this landing is Allied capture of Namatanai and Kavieng. Ship movement and preparation for additional amphibious operations against Feni Islands base is underway. Allied fighter sweeps to suppress Japanese air forces in and near Rabaul will continue, followed up with air bombing of airfield facilities at Rabaul. US Main Carrier force has sortied to provide long-range support of this operation and take position to engage KB if it appears.


Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 96K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 15 Ki-84 Frank (11 air-to-air, 1 on the ground, 3 ops)
• 23 Ki-61 Tony (21 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 51 N1K2-J George (50 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 24 N1K1-J George (23 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 27 J2M5 Jack (23 air-to-air, 1 on the ground, 3 ops)
• 4 G4M2 Betty (2 air-to-air, 2 on the ground)
• 1 L2D2 Tabby (on the ground)
• 1 H8K2 Emily (on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 35 P-51D Mustang (25 air-to-air, 10 ops)
• 2 P-47N Thunderbolt (both air-to-air)
• 16 P-38 Lightning (14 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 16 F4U-1 Corsair (13 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 1 F-7A Liberator (ops)


No Allied night airfield bombing raids launched this game turn against targets in eastern New Guinea area, air units either still recovering damaged planes or diverted to airfield raids against Rabaul (above).


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 124 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 129 aircraft (all fighters), one Jap TF (1 PB), 12 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 52 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 84 aircraft (all fighters), 6 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – 47 aircraft (39 fighters), one Jap TF (2 ships), 9 Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul (after raids above) – 408 aircraft (162 fighters, 112 bombers, 133 other planes), no reported airfield damage, 7 Jap TF (17 ships total, all small ship types), 42 Jap LCU, defensive minefield visible on map.

Detected status of Jap base at Namatanai – 69 aircraft (33 fighters, 5 bombers), 12 Jap LCU (ten identified in current intelligence data).

Detected status of Jap base at Feni Islands – 82 aircraft (45 fighters, 37 bombers), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lihir – 48 aircraft (13 fighters, 35 bombers), 2 Jap TF (4 ships total), 3 Jap LCU (all identified in current intelligence data).

Detected status of Jap base at Kavieng – 129 aircraft (45 fighters, 24 bombers), 13 Jap LCU (ten identified in current intelligence data).

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Summary of Operations 03/21/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 24K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 271K supply and 7700 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Rennell Island – 168K supply and 3000 fuel on hand.

Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current base status of Ndeni – 1.45 million supply and 87K fuel on hand (unchanged). US surface ASW attacks detected Jap patrol sub. No visible Japanese sub contacts remain in sea areas around Ndeni. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Ndeni at 118,145 (SW of Ndeni)

Japanese Ships
SS I-35, hits 19, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DE McConnell

SS I-35 is sighted by escort
DE McConnell attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Noumea – 5.78 million supply and 3.69 million fuel on hand (unchanged).


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in South Pacific theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific operations area

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 B-29 Superfort (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga (after raid below) – one Jap LCU, airfield damage 100. AAR of US airfield bombing raid follows.

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

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 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi (after raids below) – airfield damage 97, 2 Jap LCU. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids against Tulagi follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-3 Avenger bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 9

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Lunga (after raids below) – 9 Jap LCU, airfield damage 100, construction activity to expand airfield still reported. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids follow.

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

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 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 9

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Coastwatcher entries from 3/21 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 13, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 15, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 15, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Feni Islands
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Havre Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 11, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 20, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed 10, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,119 near Manus, Speed 9, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,123 near Kavieng, Speed 17, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,124 near Long Island, Speed 13, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 23, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 22, Moving West

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Summary of Operations 03/21/45 (continued)

Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 98K supply on hand.

Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea – airfield damage 73, 2 Jap LCU. No USAAF airfield bombing raids against Tabiteuea launched this game turn.


Detected status of Jap base at Ponape (after raids below) – 20 aircraft (15 bombers), airfield damage 31, 9 Jap LCU. Jap transport TF (1 AM, 3 xAK, 1 TK) remains at Ponape base hex. USAAF B-29 Superforts launch strike against Ponape airfield. AAR’s follow.

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Afternoon Air attack on Ponape, at 119,113

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 31

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Ponape, at 119,113

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K2 Emily: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Ponape, at 119,113

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Sigint entry for 3/21 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Marcus Island, detected base status shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 112 aircraft (94 fighters, 18 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), one Jap TF (3 ships, probable surface ASW), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 225 aircraft (207 fighters, 10 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 12 Jap LCU.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in the Burma-India theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India operations area.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 P-40N5 Warhawk (ops)
• 3 C-47 Skytrain (all ops)


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (four actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 14th Division, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 16

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator B.VI bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16
Wellington B.X x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 75

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 03/22/45

Southwest Pacific: US fighter sweeps against Jap airfields at Rabaul and Namatanai continue. Game turn reports (Intelligence display) indicates total of 64 Japanese fighter planes destroyed in actions below vs 35 US fighters lost, breakdown of destroyed planes by type shown in overall summary below, Latest AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 35
N1K1-J George x 34
N1K2-J George x 76
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 18
Ki-84a Frank x 12
Ki-84r Frank x 15

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 25 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 24 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 24 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 24 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34440.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (3 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 31
N1K1-J George x 29
N1K2-J George x 69
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 16
Ki-84a Frank x 11
Ki-84r Frank x 12

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 32630.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
16 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 24000 and 37490.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 36910.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 34440.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 27270 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 27
N1K1-J George x 24
N1K2-J George x 60
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 11
Ki-84a Frank x 10
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38L Lightning: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P-38L Lightning sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (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 6000, scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 29000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 17 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 25490 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 21490 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36910.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 34440 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 27270 and 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 21000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 33000.
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 24
N1K1-J George x 17
N1K2-J George x 52
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 8
Ki-84a Frank x 5
Ki-84r Frank x 4

Allied aircraft
P-47N Thunderbolt x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47N Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x P-47N Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 26490 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 25490 and 35490.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 21490 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 27270 and 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 30270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 21
N1K1-J George x 16
N1K2-J George x 41
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 6
Ki-84a Frank x 4
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 20
F4U-1 Corsair x 24
F4U-1A Corsair x 48

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 2 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-51D Mustang: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
23 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
19 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet
18 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet
3 x F4U-1A Corsair sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (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 6000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 25490 and 41000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 25000 and 42000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 28490 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 21490 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000, scrambling fighters between 35000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 59 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 16
N1K1-J George x 12
N1K2-J George x 29
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 5
Ki-84a Frank x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 3 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 32710.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 32000 and 37710.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 31000 and 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 26000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 34890 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 35000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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Daylight airfield bombing strikes by USAAF B-29 Superforts were included in last game turn’s orders, these failed to launch.


Namatanai amphibious invasion force now crossing Solomon Sea area, intercepted by two Japanese patrol subs. One LST torpedoed and sunk.

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ASW attack at Normanby Island at 102,133

Japanese Ships
SS RO-114, hits 13

Allied Ships
DD Grayson
LSI(L) Glenorchy
LSI(L) Glenapp
LSI(L) Dunedin Star
LSD Carter Hall
LSD Belle Grove
LSD Ashland
LST-643
LST-638
LST-483
LST-476
LST-395
LST-344
LST-339
LST-222
LST-203
LCI(M)-631
DD Mugford

SS RO-114 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Grayson
RO-114 bottoming out ....
DD Mugford attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Fergusson Island at 102,132

Japanese Ships
SS RO-114

Allied Ships
LCT-360

LCT-360 is sighted by SS RO-114
SS RO-114 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

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Sub attack near Woodlark Island at 105,131 (NE of Woodlark Island)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-112

Allied Ships
LST-353, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)
LSI(L) Glenorchy
LSI(L) Glenapp
LSD Carter Hall
LSD Belle Grove
LSD Ashland
LST-662
LST-643
LST-483
LST-448
LST-355
LST-339
LST-274
LST-205
LCI(M)-633
DD Mugford

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

SS RO-112 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-353
DD Mugford fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Woodlark Island at 106,130 (NE of Woodlark Island)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 26

Allied aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat x 17
F6F-3 Hellcat x 143
F6F-5 Hellcat x 134

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 6 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VC(F)-27 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
VC(F)-39 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VC(F)-65 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VC(F)-66 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VC(F)-68 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VC(F)-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
VC(F)-83 with FM-2 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 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 39 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VRF-10F with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 8 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Woodlark Island at 106,130

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A2 Val x 24

Allied aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 143
F6F-5 Hellcat x 134

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A2 Val: 8 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-27 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-39 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VC(F)-65 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 5 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 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-66 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VC(F)-68 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VC(F)-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VC(F)-83 with FM-2 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VRF-10F with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 8 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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Current base status at Shortlands – 96K supply on hand.

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 89K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 350K supply and 25K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Milne Bay base – 668K supply and 120K fuel on hand.

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 86K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands.

Japanese planes reported destroyed
• 12 Ki-84 Frank (10 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 8 Ki-61 Tony (all air-to-air)
• 22 N1K2-J George (21 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 11 N1K1-J George (9 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 11 J2M5 Jack (10 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 Ki-49 Helen (both air-to-air)
• 1 G4M2 Betty (air-to-air)
• 24 D3A2 Val (23 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 20 B6N2 Jill (all air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 15 P-51D Mustang (14 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 P-47N Thunderbolt (both air-to-air)
• 11 P-38 Lightning (7 air-to-air, 4 ops)
• 7 F4U-1 Corsair (all air-to-air)


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 127 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 79 aircraft (all fighters), one Jap TF (8 ships including 6 MTB), 12 Jap LCU. Some Jap fighter planes may have transferred from Lae to Rabaul.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – no visible aircraft based on airfield, 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 51 aircraft (all fighters), 6 Jap LCU. Some Jap fighter planes may have transferred fro Nadzab to Rabaul.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – 9 aircraft (all fighters), no visible Jap TF, 9 Jap LCU. Some Jap planes (fighters and/or bombers) may have transferred from Madang to Rabaul.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul (after raids above) – 457 aircraft (220 fighters, 97 bombers, 140 other planes), 5 Jap TF (13 ships total, all small ship types), 41 Jap LCU (-1 from last report), defensive minefield visible on map. It’s likely some Jap fighter planes have transferred into Rabaul form airfields in eastern New Guinea (including Lae, Wau, Nadzab, Madang).

Detected status of Jap base at Namatanai – 58 aircraft (34 fighters, 5 bombers), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Feni Islands – 78 aircraft (41 fighters, 37 bombers), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lihir – 40 aircraft (14 fighters, 26 bombers), one Jap TF (4 ships), 3 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Kavieng – 111 aircraft (18 fighters, 24 bombers), 13 Jap LCU.


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Summary of Operations 03/22/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 23K supply on hand.

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 270K supply and 6700 fuel on hand.

Current base status of Rennell Island – 168K supply and 2900 fuel on hand.

Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Ndeni – 1.44 million supply and 87K fuel on hand.

Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Noumea – 5.77 million supply and 3.69 million fuel on hand. Convoy detachment WP-345A (10 ships) arrives from mainland US with 56K supply and 11K fuel cargo aboard.


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific theatre area


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga – no reported airfield damage, one Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi (after raids below) – airfield damage 100, 2 Jap LCU. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids against Tulagi follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-3 Avenger bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Raid spotted at 4 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Lunga (after raids below) – 9 Jap LCU, airfield damage 96, construction activity to expand airfield still reported. AAR’s of US airfield bombing raids follow.

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 16

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Coastwatcher entries from 3/22 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,123 near Kavieng, Speed 4, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Dagua
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Kavieng
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 105,120 near Mussau Island, Speed 15, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 106,123 near Kavieng, Speed 8, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 6 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 19, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,124 near Lihir, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 97,123 near Madang, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 14, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 10, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 13, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 16, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 13, Moving Northwest

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Summary of Operations 03/22/45 (continued)

Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 98K supply on hand (unchanged).


Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea – no reported airfield damage, 2 Jap LCU. Bombing raids against Tabiteuea airfield resume. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on Tabiteuea, at 137,134

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 10

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Ponape (after raids below) – 7 aircraft (all bombers), airfield damage 49, 9 Jap LCU. Jap transport TF (5 ships) remains at Ponape base hex. USAAF B-29 Superforts continue strikes against Ponape airfield. Latest AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Ponape, at 119,113

Raid detected at 54 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 33

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K2 Emily: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Ponape, at 119,113

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 6

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 119 aircraft (104 fighters, 15 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), one Jap TF (3 ships, probable surface ASW), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 209 aircraft (191 fighters, 10 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 12 Jap LCU.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in the Burma-India theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India operations area.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 Thunderbolt I (ops)
• 1 C-47 Skytrain (ops)


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo (two actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Thunderbolt I x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Thunderbolt I sweeping at 25000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 50

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 5th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Liberator B.VI bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (three actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Summary of Operations 03/23/45

Southwest Pacific: Continued Allied fighter sweeps against Rabaul airfield were ordered but did not engage any Japanese CAP fighters over Rabaul base hex. Detected base status ar Rabaul (below) indicates Pillager transferred a substantial number of Japanese LBA aircraft into Rabaul, at least some of these transfers from bases in eastern New Guinea (Lae and vicinity). Jap planes sent into Rabaul were apparently launched on naval air strikes against the Namatanai amphibious force rather than employed against Allied fighters. In any event, the lack of air-to-air combat action this game turn over Rabaul proved useful as a rest day for Allied fighter squadrons that were operating over Rabaul from Shortlands and Kiriwina Island.

Daylight airfield bombing strikes by USAAF B-29 Superforts were included in last game turn’s orders, these again failed to launch. Poor weather conditions at home airfield possibly a factor.


Namatanai amphibious invasion force now off Feni Islands, forward progress of TF’s impeded by contacts and actions with Japanese submarines and light surface naval forces. Jap LBA bombers launch naval air strikes against various amphibious force TF. AAR’s follow.

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ASW attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-116

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DMS Hamilton
DMS Trevor

SSX Ha-D-116 launches 2 torpedoes at DMS Southard
DMS Hamilton fails to find sub and abandons search
DMS Trevor fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-451, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton
DMS Dorsey
DMS Long
DMS Palmer
DMS Howard
DMS Wasmuth
DMS Forrest
DMS Hobson
DMS Ellyson
DMS Emmons

Improved night sighting under 78% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 78% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DMS Howard engages MTB G-451 at 3,000 yards
MTB G-451 engages DMS Palmer at 3,000 yards
MTB G-451 engages DMS Dorsey at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
MTB G-451 engages DMS Howard at 4,000 yards
Massive explosion on MTB G-451
MTB G-451 sunk by DMS Forrest at 4,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...

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Night Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-1017, Shell hits 1
MTB G-1025
MTB G-1030

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DMS Hopkins
DMS Zane
DMS Trevor
DMS Hamilton

Improved night sighting under 78% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 78% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 8,000 yards
DMS Trevor engages MTB G-1025 at 8,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Hamilton at 8,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1017 at 8,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 6,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1025 at 6,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Trevor at 6,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1025 at 6,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Southard at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1030 at 5,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1025 at 5,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Zane at 5,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 5,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1017 at 5,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1025 at 5,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1017 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 6,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1017 at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 9,000 yards
MTB G-1025 engages DMS Trevor at 9,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1017 at 9,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1025 at 12,000 yards
DMS Zane engages MTB G-1017 at 12,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1017 at 12,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1025 at 13,000 yards
DMS Zane engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 12,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1017 at 12,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Hopkins at 12,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1017 at 10,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Trevor at 10,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1017 at 10,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1017 at 10,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1030 at 8,000 yards
DMS Hamilton engages MTB G-1025 at 8,000 yards
DMS Hopkins engages MTB G-1017 at 8,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Southard at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
MTB G-1025 engages DMS Zane at 11,000 yards
DMS Zane engages MTB G-1017 at 11,000 yards
MTB G-1017 engages DMS Hopkins at 11,000 yards
DMS Southard engages MTB G-1017 at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013
MTB G-1016

Allied Ships
DD Mertz
DD Anderson
DD Hammann
DD O'Brien

Improved night sighting under 85% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 85% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1013 at 6,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1016 at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1013 at 3,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1013 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1016 at 5,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1013 at 5,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1012 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1016 at 6,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1013 at 6,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1013 at 6,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-841 at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1016 at 11,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1013 at 11,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1013 at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1016 at 14,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1013 at 14,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1012 at 14,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-841 at 14,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 14,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-844
MTB G-847

Allied Ships
LST-17
LST-18
LST-25
LST-26

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range increases to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range increases to 21,000 yards...
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range increases to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range increases to 16,000 yards...
Range increases to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range increases to 17,000 yards...
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
Range increases to 22,000 yards...
Range increases to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range increases to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range increases to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range increases to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range increases to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range increases to 10,000 yards...
Range increases to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 14,000 yards...
Range increases to 21,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 25,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 22,000 yards
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-1017
MTB G-1025, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MTB G-1030, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Mertz
DD Anderson
DD Hammann
DD O'Brien

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 28,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 26,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1030 at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1017 at 16,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1030 at 16,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1017 at 16,000 yards
MTB G-1025 sunk by DD Mertz at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
Katagi C. orders Japanese TF to disengage
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1030 at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1017 at 15,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages MTB G-1017 at 15,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1030 at 15,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1030 at 14,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 14,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1030 at 14,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1030 at 15,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1030 at 15,000 yards
MTB G-1030 sunk by DD Anderson at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Anderson engages MTB G-1017 at 14,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
DD Hammann engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
DD Mertz engages MTB G-1017 at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
Range increases to 29,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Harukaze, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Matsukaze
DD Hatakaze
DD Oite

Allied Ships (TF returning to Milne Bay after this action to replenish ammunition)
DD Mertz
DD Anderson
DD Hammann, Shell hits 1 (system damage 7, float 5, engine 1, moving at 33 kts)
DD O'Brien

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
DD Harukaze engages DD Hammann at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
DD Hammann engages DD Hatakaze at 16,000 yards
DD Hammann engages DD Matsukaze at 16,000 yards
DD Harukaze engages DD O'Brien at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD O'Brien at 17,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hammann at 17,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Hammann at 17,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Harukaze at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Oite at 18,000 yards
DD Harukaze engages DD Hammann at 18,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Matsukaze at 18,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Harukaze at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Hammann at 17,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hammann at 17,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Hammann at 17,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Harukaze at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD O'Brien at 14,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hammann at 14,000 yards
DD Mertz engages DD Matsukaze at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Hammann engages DD Oite at 11,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hammann at 11,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Anderson at 11,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Mertz at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD O'Brien at 8,000 yards
DD Anderson engages DD Hatakaze at 8,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Anderson at 8,000 yards
DD Harukaze engages DD Mertz at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Hammann engages DD Oite at 10,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Hammann at 10,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD O'Brien at 10,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Mertz at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD O'Brien at 9,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hammann at 9,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Anderson at 9,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Harukaze at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Anderson engages DD Oite at 11,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Hammann at 11,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Mertz at 11,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Harukaze at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD O'Brien at 9,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD O'Brien at 9,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Anderson at 9,000 yards
DD Mertz engages DD Harukaze at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Oite engages DD Mertz at 11,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hammann at 11,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Anderson at 11,000 yards
DD Mertz engages DD Matsukaze at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,127 (adjacent hex S of Feni Islands)

Japanese Ships
SS I-201

Allied Ships
DD Gillespie
DD Lang
DD Ellet

SS I-201 is sighted by escort
I-201 diving deep ....
DD Lang fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Ellet attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Gasmata at 104,129 (SE of Gasmata)

Japanese Ships
SS I-159, hits 5

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DMS Zane
DMS Hopkins
DMS Hamilton
DMS Trevor

SS I-159 launches 2 torpedoes at DMS Southard
DMS Hamilton fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Trevor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Hamilton fails to find sub and abandons search
DMS Trevor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Trevor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Trevor attacking submerged sub ....
DMS Trevor fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Konsan Maru, Shell hits 31, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton
DMS Dorsey
DMS Long
DMS Palmer
DMS Howard
DMS Wasmuth
DMS Forrest
DMS Hobson
DMS Ellyson
DMS Emmons

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 24,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 24,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
DMS Dorsey engages PB Konsan Maru at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Emmons at 17,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Forrest at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Emmons at 14,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Howard at 14,000 yards
DMS Dorsey engages PB Konsan Maru at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
DMS Howard engages PB Konsan Maru at 12,000 yards
DMS Long engages PB Konsan Maru at 12,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Lamberton at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DMS Palmer engages PB Konsan Maru at 11,000 yards
DMS Lamberton engages PB Konsan Maru at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DMS Forrest engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
DMS Lamberton engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DMS Emmons engages PB Konsan Maru at 9,000 yards
DMS Ellyson engages PB Konsan Maru at 9,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Palmer at 9,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Dorsey at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DMS Ellyson engages PB Konsan Maru at 10,000 yards
DMS Ellyson engages PB Konsan Maru at 10,000 yards
DMS Hobson engages PB Konsan Maru at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DMS Ellyson engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
DMS Hobson engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DMS Emmons engages PB Konsan Maru at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DMS Emmons engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
DMS Long engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
DMS Lamberton engages PB Konsan Maru at 8,000 yards
PB Konsan Maru engages DMS Lamberton at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DMS Hobson engages PB Konsan Maru at 14,000 yards
DMS Lamberton engages PB Konsan Maru at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
DMS Forrest engages PB Konsan Maru at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
Range increases to 26,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,127 (adjacent hex S of Feni Islands)

Japanese Ships
SS I-175, hits 14, heavy damage (reported sunk)

Allied Ships
DD McKee
DD Kimberly

SS I-175 is sighted by escort
I-175 diving deep ....
DD McKee fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kimberly attacking submerged sub ....
DD McKee attacking submerged sub ....
Debris floats to surface in area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Feni Islands at 107,127

Japanese Ships
SS I-201, hits 3

Allied Ships
LST-581
DD Satterlee
APA Renville
APA Elkheart
APA Goshen
LSV Catskill
LST-588
DD Ward
DD Helm

Captain of SS I-201 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
DD Ward fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Helm attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Feni Islands at 107,127

Japanese Ships
SS I-201

Allied Ships
LSM-15

LSM-15 is sighted by SS I-201
Captain of SS I-201 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Feni Islands at 107,127

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B7A2 Grace x 16
N1K2-J George x 8

Allied aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat x 17
F6F-3 Hellcat x 143
F6F-5 Hellcat x 135

Japanese aircraft losses
B7A2 Grace: 9 destroyed
B7A2 Grace: 1 destroyed by flak
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
BB Colorado

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-27 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-39 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VC(F)-65 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-66 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-68 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-83 with FM-2 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-10F with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 8 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Feni Islands at 107,127

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 19
N1K1-J George x 20
N1K2-J George x 54
P1Y2 Frances x 19
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 32
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 25
Ki-84r Frank x 24

Allied aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat x 17
F6F-3 Hellcat x 139
F6F-5 Hellcat x 135

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 10 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed
P1Y2 Frances: 11 destroyed, 2 damaged
P1Y2 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 5 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Ommaney Bay

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x P1Y2 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-27 with F6F-3 Hellcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
10 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 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
VC(F)-39 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VC(F)-65 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 5 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VC(F)-66 with F6F-5 Hellcat (5 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VC(F)-68 with F6F-3 Hellcat (9 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
9 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 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 8 on standby, 1 scrambling)
5 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 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (9 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
9 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 6000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VC(F)-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VC(F)-83 with FM-2 Wildcat (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
9 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 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 1 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (13 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 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 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 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 1000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (9 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 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 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VRF-10F with F6F-5 Hellcat (13 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
13 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 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Feni Islands at 107,127

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 14
J2M5 Jack x 19
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 10
Ki-84a Frank x 24
Ki-84r Frank x 66

Allied aircraft
FM-2 Wildcat x 17
F6F-3 Hellcat x 133
F6F-5 Hellcat x 126

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 7 destroyed
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VC(F)-27 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-39 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 5 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VC(F)-65 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 5 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-66 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VC(F)-68 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
16 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 37300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 1 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VC(F)-83 with FM-2 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 34300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 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 16 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-10F with F6F-5 Hellcat (6 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
6 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 2000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers

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Submarine attack near Feni Islands at 107,127

Japanese Ships
SS I-201

Allied Ships
LST 163, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

LST 163 is sighted by SS I-201
SS I-201 launches 2 torpedoes at LST 163

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Naval air strike launched by US Marine LBA bombers against small Japanese surface naval TF in Feni Islands base hex. AAR follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Feni Islands 108,126

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K1-J George x 2
N1K2-J George x 7
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 1
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 5
Ki-84a Frank x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 8
TBM-1C Avenger x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 destroyed
TBM-1C Avenger: 11 destroyed

Japanese Ships
DD Yunagi
DD Mochizuki
DD Oite
DD Hokaze

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
6 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 8000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-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 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
S-402 Hikotai 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, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (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 7000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 38000.
Raid is overhead
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes

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Current base status at Shortlands – 94K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 88K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 349K supply and 25K fuel on hand.

Current status of Milne Bay base – 658K supply and 120K fuel on hand.

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 86K supply and 19K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Allied fighter sweeps launched against Lae and Nadzab airfields. These actions done in response to detected transfer of Japanese CAP fighters from these two airfields into action at Rabaul. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on Nadzab, at 98,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 3
J2M5 Jack x 1
N1K1-J George x 5
N1K2-J George x 15
Ki-84a Frank x 40

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 4 destroyed

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Raid is overhead
S-312 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 7000.
Raid is overhead
332 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (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 3000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 3000.
Raid is overhead
S-401 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
101st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 28 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Nadzab, at 98,125

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 2
N1K1-J George x 1
N1K2-J George x 11
Ki-84a Frank x 29

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 10 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 6 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
332 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (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 3000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
S-401 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
101st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Nadzab, at 98,125

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-84a Frank x 10

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
101st Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 10
N1K1-J George x 39
N1K2-J George x 9
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 8
Ki-84r Frank x 4

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 3 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 6 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 5 destroyed

CAP engaged:
S-302 Kokutai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000, scrambling fighters to 7000.
Raid is overhead
S-901 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
332 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 3000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
S-401 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (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, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
S-701 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 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 1000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 12 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000, scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 3
N1K1-J George x 21
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Raid is overhead
332 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (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 3000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
S-401 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (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 11000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
S-701 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 13000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 1
N1K1-J George x 2
N1K2-J George x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x P-47D25 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
332 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (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 3000, scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
S-308 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000, scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
246th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 13000, scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
S-313 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (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 3000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-47D25 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-701 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands, plus Namatanai invasion operations..

Japanese planes reported destroyed (289 total)
• 50 Ki-84 Frank (47 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 6 Ki-61 Tony (all air-to-air)
• 20 Ki-44 Tojo (19 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 38 N1K2-J George (32 air-to-air, 6 ops)
• 48 N1K1-J George (41 air-to-air, 7 ops)
• 3 J2M5 Jack (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 10 J2M2 Jack (9 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 13 Ki-49 Helen (12 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 27 P1Y2 Frances (26 air-to-air, 1 flak)
• 18 G4M2 Betty (all air-to-air)
• 22 B7A2 Grace (21 air-to-air, 1 flak)
• 1 D3M2 Val (air-to-air)
• 33 B6N2 Jill (all air-to-air)

Allied planes reported destroyed (58 total)
• 7 P-47D Thunderbolt (5 air-to-air, 2 ops)
• 12 F4U-1 Corsair (11 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 9 F6F Hellcat (5 air-to-air, 4 ops)
• 14 Spitfire VIII (10 air-to-air, 4 ops) – RAAF
• 16 TBM-1 Avenger (all air-to-air)
• 8 TBF-1 Avenger (all air-to-air)


Detected status of Jap base at Finschhafen – 142 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lae – unidentified planes based on airfield, 3 Jap TF (13 ships total, all MTB and small ship types), 12 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 19 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – unidentified planes based on airfield, 6 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – 19 aircraft (9 fighters), no Jap TF, 9 Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul – 636 aircraft (363 fighters, 97 bombers, 140 other planes), one Jap TF (1 unidentified ship), 40 Jap LCU (-1 from last report), defensive minefield visible on map. Air combat actions this game turn around Rabaul confirm that significant numbers of Jap planes from nearby bases had been transferred into Rabaul as reinforcements. Given reported aircraft losses (above), it is likely that a large portion of these reinforcements were destroyed in action.

Detected status of Jap base at Namatanai – 94 aircraft (21 fighters, 23 bombers), 10 Jap LCU. One detected Jap LCU visible in adjacent hex NW of Namatanai, this unit appears to be moving overland to/from Kavieng.

Detected status of Jap base at Feni Islands – no visible planes detected on airfield, 7 Jap LCU, 9 Jap TF (22 ships total, DD and smaller ship types, various movement directions). Namatanai amphibious force and escorts are due to pass through Feni Islands base hex during night phase of next game turn, contact with many of these Jap ships expected..

Detected status of Jap base at Lihir – 25 aircraft (8 fighters, 17 bombers), no visible Jap TF, 3 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Kavieng – 156 aircraft (18 fighters, 60 bombers), 13 Jap LCU, one Jap TF (1 unidentified ship).


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Summary of Operations 03/23/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 23K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 270K supply and 6700 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Rennell Island – 168K supply and 2900 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Ndeni – 1.44 million supply and 87K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 649K fuel on hand (unchanged). Convoy detachment WP-345C (7 ships) arrives from mainland US with 18K supply and 58K fuel cargo aboard. Japanese patrol sub detected and visible on-map in sea area off (NW of) Luganville. US surface ASW TF in same hex as Jap sub but no reported combat.

Current base status of Noumea – 5.83 million supply and 3.70 million fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in South Pacific theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific operations area

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 B-29 Superfort (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga (after raids below) – no reported airfield damage, one Jap LCU. AAR’s of US bombing raids against Tassafaronga airfield follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Allied aircraft
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 25

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 3

No Allied losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi (after raid below) – airfield damage 86, 2 Jap LCU. AAR of US airfield bombing raids against Tulagi follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tulagi, at 114,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-3 Avenger bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Lunga (after raid below) – 9 Jap LCU, airfield damage 96, construction activity to expand airfield still reported. AAR of US airfield bombing raids follows.

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Coastwatcher entries from 3/23 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,125 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 15, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 23, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 8, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 99,125 near Lae, Speed 14, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Dagua
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lihir
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 9, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus , Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 6, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 25, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 5, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,125 near Umboi Island, Speed 18, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 28, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 13, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 105,125 near Rabaul, Speed 25, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 15, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,125 near Namatanai, Speed 17, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,126 near Rabaul, Speed 23, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 20, Moving East

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Summary of Operations 03/23/45 (continued)

Japanese Home Islands: US patrol subs in contacts with Japanese transport shipping and surface ASW. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Koshiki-jima Retto at 100,60 (SW of Kagoshima)

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 34
SC CHa-35
E Saishu
SC CHa-90

Allied Ships
SS Boarfish

Captain of SS Boarfish elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Boarfish diving deep ....
E Saishu fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-90 attacking submerged sub ....
SC CHa-90 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Kochi at 105,61 (adjacent hex SW of Kochi)

Japanese Ships
xAK Akasi Maru
xAK Eli Maru
xAK Bingo Maru
E No.215

Allied Ships
SS Cod, hits 12, heavy damage (system damage 42, float 52 returning to base at 5 kts)

SS Cod launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Akasi Maru
E No.215 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 100K supply on hand. Small xAK arrives from Palmyra with supply cargo aboard. Palmyra and Fiji are operating as staging areas and forward logistics bases for US transport shipping and amphibious operations to the Gilbert Islands area.

Detected status of Jap base at Tabiteuea – no reported airfield damage, 2 Jap LCU. No US bombing raids launched against Tabiteuea this game turn.


Detected status of Jap base at Ponape (after raid below) – 5 aircraft (4 bombers), airfield damage 47, 9 Jap LCU. Jap transport TF (5 ships) remains at Ponape base hex. USAAF B-29 Superforts continue strikes against Ponape airfield. USAAF airfield bombing raids against Ponape appear to have been successful in their objective of disrupting Japanese naval air search operations over open sea areas north of the Solomons during transit of US Main Carrier force. AAR follows.

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Morning Air attack on Ponape, at 119,113

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 30

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Burma: Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 118 aircraft (104 fighters, 14 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), one Jap TF (3 ships, surface ASW), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 197 aircraft (185 fighters, 6 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 12 Jap LCU.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in the Burma-India theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India operations area.

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 P-40N Warhawk (cause unknown, probable ops)


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (three actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 15th Division, at 56,43, near Chittagong (two actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim VD bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43 near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
Thunderbolt I x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Thunderbolt I sweeping at 25000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 16
P-40N5 Warhawk x 49

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
24 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb
25 x P-40N5 Warhawk bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 16

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Summary of Operations 03/24/45

Rabaul Operations area: Parts of the Namatainai amphibious force reach Namatanai base hex despite delays and interaction with Japanese submarines and light surface combat TF’s. Approximately half the invasion force TF reached Namatanai, many of the invasion force TF including Surface combat/Bombardment elements and about half the surviving US Escort Carrier force “automatically” aborted and began returning to base (Milne Bay) during or following the night phase of this game turn. This probably occurred after the result of the first surface combat action (AAR) below – the Allied TF in this action (by coincidence) happened to be the TF that all other TF in the Namatanai amphibious force were either directly or indirectly ordered to follow. Needless to say… the landing force TF formation began to disintegrate. Lucky hit.

In the meantime, KB task forces (five TF’s, 50 ships total) arrive and begin air strike operations against Allied invasion TF’s. In the last two game turns, Pillager succeeded in sufficiently delaying forward movement of Namatanai invasion TF’s to allow timing of KB’s arrival.

At this point, the largest TF containing four of the five US divisions scheduled to land reached Namatanai base hex escorted by a small number of DD no longer escorting CVE’s (these all sunk) – these TF easily within reach of the KB. The decision was made to immediately begin landing these troops at Namatanai – having two unloading phases to disembark as many troops and supply as possible before KB probably sinks most if not all amphibious transport in these TF.

AAR’s of surface and air combat actions with the Namatanai amphibious force follow. A second chapter to this saga involving KB and the US Main Carrier force follows.

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Night Time Surface Combat, at Feni Islands 108,126, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Murakumo
DD Mochizuki
DD Yunagi
DD Hokaze

Allied Ships
LST-17, Shell hits 37, and is sunk
LST-18, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
LST-25, Shell hits 74, and is sunk
LST-26, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied ground losses: (all LCU elements of US 694 Field Arty Bn eliminated)
Guns lost 29 (19 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (21 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Improved night sighting under 85% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 85% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese radar detects Allied task force at 7,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-25 at 7,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-25 at 7,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-18 at 7,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages LST-18 at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-18 at 4,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages LST-25 at 4,000 yards
LST-18 sunk by DD Mochizuki at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages LST-26 at 2,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-25 at 2,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages LST-17 at 2,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages LST-25 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
LST-26 sunk by DD Hokaze at 3,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages LST-25 at 3,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages LST-17 at 3,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages LST-25 at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-17 at 2,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages LST-17 at 2,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages LST-25 at 2,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages LST-25 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-25 at 3,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-17 at 3,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages LST-17 at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages LST-25 at 2,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages LST-17 at 2,000 yards
LST-25 sunk by DD Murakumo at 2,000 yards
LST-17 sunk by DD Hokaze at 2,000 yards
LST-17 sunk by DD Hokaze at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Night Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Murakumo, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Mochizuki
DD Yunagi
DD Hokaze

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton, Shell hits 1 (minor system damage)
DMS Dorsey
DMS Long
DMS Palmer
DMS Howard
DMS Wasmuth, Shell hits 1 (minor system damage)
DMS Forrest
DMS Hobson
DMS Ellyson
DMS Emmons, Shell hits 1 (system damage 11, movement at 34 kts)

Improved night sighting under 85% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 85% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese radar detects Allied task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Emmons at 8,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Emmons at 8,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Hobson at 8,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Forrest at 8,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Dorsey at 8,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Lamberton at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Emmons at 4,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Emmons at 4,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Emmons at 4,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Wasmuth at 4,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Long at 4,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Dorsey at 4,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Lamberton at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Emmons at 3,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Emmons at 3,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Emmons at 3,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Wasmuth at 3,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Long at 3,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Dorsey at 3,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Lamberton at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Emmons at 6,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Ellyson at 6,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Emmons at 6,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Forrest at 6,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Wasmuth at 6,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Howard at 6,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Dorsey at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Emmons at 10,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Ellyson at 10,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Emmons at 10,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Forrest at 10,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Howard at 10,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Long at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DD Hokaze engages DMS Ellyson at 14,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Emmons at 14,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Ellyson at 14,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Wasmuth at 14,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Howard at 14,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages DMS Palmer at 14,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DMS Dorsey at 14,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DMS Lamberton at 14,000 yards
Hori A. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,127 (adjacent hex SW of Feni Islands)

Japanese Ships
SS I-170, hits 13 (later sunk)

Allied Ships
DD Laffey
APA Telfair
APA Natrona
AKA Artemis
LST-669
LST-462
LST-119
LST-31
LCI(G)-407
LCI(G)-365
LCI(R)-341
DD Farenholt

SS I-170 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Laffey
I-170 diving deep ....
DD Farenholt attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Lihir at 108,125, Range 7,000 Yards (adjacent hex E of Namatanai)

Japanese Ships
PB Togo Maru, Shell hits 6, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton
DMS Dorsey
DMS Long
DMS Palmer
DMS Howard
DMS Wasmuth
DMS Forrest
DMS Hobson
DMS Ellyson
DMS Emmons

Improved night sighting under 85% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 85% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
PB Togo Maru engages DMS Forrest at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
PB Togo Maru engages DMS Emmons at 6,000 yards
PB Togo Maru engages DMS Hobson at 6,000 yards
PB Togo Maru engages DMS Long at 6,000 yards
PB Togo Maru engages DMS Lamberton at 6,000 yards
Sukekawa, C. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 3,000 yards
PB Togo Maru sunk by DMS Emmons at 3,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...

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Night Air attack on TF, near Feni Islands at 107,127 (adjacent hex SW of Feni Islands)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain (92% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2a Jill x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2a Jill: 2 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CVE Ommaney Bay

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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ASW attack near Feni Islands at 107,127

Japanese Ships
SS I-170, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Black
DD McKee
DD Kimberly

SS I-170 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Black
I-170 diving deep ....
DD McKee fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kimberly fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Feni Islands at 108,126, Range 16,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013
MTB G-1016

Allied Ships
DD Aaron Ward
DD Laffey
DD Farenholt
APA Gilliam
APA Appling
APA Neshoba
APA St. Mary's
APA Natrona
APA Drew
APA Eastland
APA Telfair
AKA Tyrrell
AKA Libra
AKA Betelgeuse
AKA Alhena
AKA Artemis
LST-27
LST-28
LST-29
LST-31
LST-39
LST-41
LST-44
LST-45
LST-119
LST-276
LST-462
LST-666
LST-667
LST-669
LCI-67
LCI(G)-365
LCI(G)-398
LCI(G)-406
LCI(G)-407
LCI(R)-341
LCI-789

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 16,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 16,000 yards
Tokuda B. orders Japanese TF to disengage
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 ,
LST-29 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
DD Aaron Ward engages MTB G-1016 at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 22,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey , DD Aaron Ward
Range increases to 28,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
Range closes to 27,000 yards
Tokuda B. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 23,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 ,
LST-29 , LST-28 , LST-27 ,
LCI-789 , LCI(G)-407 , LCI(G)-406 ,
LCI(G)-398 , LCI(G)-365 screened from combat
Range increases to 29,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
Tokuda B. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 28,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Feni Islands at 108,126, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-844
MTB G-847

Allied Ships
DD Aaron Ward
DD Laffey
DD Farenholt
APA Gilliam
APA Appling
APA Neshoba
APA St. Mary's
APA Natrona
APA Drew
APA Eastland
APA Telfair
AKA Tyrrell
AKA Libra
AKA Betelgeuse
AKA Alhena
AKA Artemis
LST-27
LST-28
LST-29
LST-31
LST-39
LST-41
LST-44
LST-45
LST-119
LST-276
LST-462
LST-666
LST-667
LST-669
LCI-67
LCI(G)-365
LCI(G)-398
LCI(G)-406
LCI(G)-407
LCI(R)-341
LCI-789

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 18,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 15,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey , DD Aaron Ward
DD Farenholt engages MTB G-847 at 15,000 yards
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-398 at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Farenholt engages MTB G-847 at 11,000 yards
DD Laffey engages MTB G-847 at 11,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 9,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 ,
LST-29 , LST-28 , LST-27 ,
LCI-789 , LCI(G)-407 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-398 at 9,000 yards
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-406 at 9,000 yards
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-365 at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey , DD Aaron Ward
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-365 at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
APA Telfair screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey , DD Aaron Ward
DD Farenholt engages MTB G-847 at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
DD Aaron Ward engages MTB G-847 at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-406 at 11,000 yards
MTB G-844 engages LCI(G)-398 at 11,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 10,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 ,
LST-29 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
MTB G-847 engages LCI(G)-406 at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey , DD Aaron Ward
MTB G-847 engages AKA Tyrrell at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 , LST-31 ,
LST-29 , LST-28 , LST-27 ,
LCI-789 , LCI(G)-407 , LCI(G)-406 ,
LCI(G)-398 , LCI(G)-365 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
DD Aaron Ward engages MTB G-847 at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 ,
LST-666 , LST-462 , LST-276 ,
LST-119 , LST-45 , LST-44 ,
LST-41 , LST-39 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey
DD Aaron Ward engages MTB G-847 at 13,000 yards
MTB G-844 engages LCI(G)-398 at 13,000 yards
MTB G-847 engages LCI-67 at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
APA Telfair , APA Eastland , APA Drew ,
APA Natrona , APA St. Mary's , APA Neshoba ,
APA Appling , APA Gilliam , AKA Artemis ,
AKA Alhena , AKA Betelgeuse , AKA Libra ,
AKA Tyrrell , LST-669 , LST-667 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Farenholt , DD Laffey , DD Aaron Ward
DD Farenholt engages MTB G-847 at 18,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Feni Islands at 108,126, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-1017

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-13
LCS(L)-14
LCS(L)-15
LCS(L)-16
LCS(L)-17
LCS(L)-23
LCS(L)-24
LCS(L)-25
LCS(L)-28

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 16,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Submarine attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-117

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-15

LCS(L)-15 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-117
SSX Ha-D-117 launches 2 torpedoes at LCS(L)-15

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Submarine attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-172

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-15

LCS(L)-15 is sighted by SS I-172
SS I-172 launches 2 torpedoes at LCS(L)-15

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Submarine attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-128

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-25

LCS(L)-25 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-128
Captain of SSX Ha-D-128 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Submarine attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-129

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-17, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

LCS(L)-17 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-129
SSX Ha-D-129 launches 2 torpedoes at LCS(L)-17

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ASW attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-153, hits 18, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
APA Gage
APA Banner
APA Chilton
LST-672
LST-631
LST-243
LST-169
LST-78
DD Kalk

SS I-153 is sighted by escort
DD Kalk attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-118, hits 2

Allied Ships
APA Magoffin
APA Sibley
APA Elkheart
APA Crenshaw
AKA Almaack
LSV Catskill
LST-588
LST-585
LST-392
DD Ward
DD Helm

SSX Ha-D-118 is sighted by escort
DD Ward fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Helm attacking submerged sub ....
DD Helm is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-119

Allied Ships
LST-633, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

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

LST-633 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-119
SSX Ha-D-119 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-633

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Submarine attack at Feni Islands 108,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-171, hits 28, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Halsey Powell
DD Picking
DD Philip

SS I-171 is sighted by escort
I-171 bottoming out ....
DD Halsey Powell fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Picking attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-171 forced to surface!
DD Picking firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Philip firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Halsey Powell firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013
MTB G-1016

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-13
LCS(L)-14
LCS(L)-15
LCS(L)-16
LCS(L)-23
LCS(L)-24
LCS(L)-25
LCS(L)-28

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 12,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013
MTB G-1016, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Barton
DD Bailey
DD Kalk
APA Thomas Jefferson
APA Chilton
APA Goodhue
APA Audrain
APA Banner
APA Montrose
APA Gage
APA Noble
APA Menifee
APA McCracken
LST-16
LST-66
LST-74
LST-75
LST-78
LST-120
LST-125
LST-166
LST-167
LST-169
LST-170
LST-226
LST-240
LST-242
LST-243
LST-244
LST-245
LST-269
LST-271
LST-631
LST-670
LST-672
LST-674

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 16,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
DD Bailey engages MTB G-1016 at 12,000 yards
Massive explosion on MTB G-1016
MTB G-1016 sunk by APA McCracken at 12,000 yards
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 19,000 yards
APA McCracken , APA Menifee screened from combat
- escorted by DD Kalk , DD Bailey , DD Barton
Range increases to 22,000 yards
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 24,000 yards
APA McCracken , APA Menifee , APA Noble ,
APA Gage , APA Montrose , APA Banner ,
APA Audrain , APA Goodhue , APA Chilton ,
APA Thomas Jefferson , LST-674 , LST-672 ,
LST-670 , LST-631 , LST-271 ,
LST-269 , LST-245 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Kalk , DD Bailey
Range increases to 27,000 yards
APA McCracken , APA Menifee screened from combat
- escorted by DD Kalk , DD Bailey , DD Barton
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
DD Satterlee
DD Frankford
DD Helm
DD Ward
APA Goshen
APA Griggs
APA Fallon
APA Crenshaw
APA Elkheart
APA Renville
APA Rawlins
APA New Kent
APA Sibley
APA Magoffin
AKA Titania
AKA Centarus
AKA Almaack
AKA Jupiter
LSV Catskill
LST-392
LST-580
LST-581
LST-583
LST-584
LST-585
LST-588

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range increases to 27,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
APA Magoffin , APA Sibley , APA New Kent ,
APA Rawlins , APA Renville , APA Elkheart ,
APA Crenshaw , APA Fallon , APA Griggs ,
APA Goshen , AKA Jupiter screened from combat
- escorted by DD Ward , DD Helm , DD Frankford ,
DD Satterlee
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
DD Satterlee
DD Frankford
DD Helm
DD Ward
APA Goshen
APA Griggs
APA Fallon
APA Crenshaw
APA Elkheart
APA Renville
APA Rawlins
APA New Kent
APA Sibley
APA Magoffin
AKA Titania
AKA Centarus
AKA Almaack
AKA Jupiter
LSV Catskill
LST-392
LST-580
LST-581
LST-583
LST-584
LST-585
LST-588

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 15,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Rabaul at 107,126, Range 18,000 Yards (adjacent hex SE of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
MTB G-844
MTB G-847

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton
DMS Dorsey
DMS Long
DMS Palmer
DMS Howard
DMS Wasmuth
DMS Forrest
DMS Hobson
DMS Ellyson
DMS Emmons

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
DMS Emmons engages MTB G-847 at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
DMS Hobson engages MTB G-847 at 16,000 yards
DMS Forrest engages MTB G-847 at 16,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 18,000 yards
MTB G-847 engages DMS Hobson at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 18,000 yards
DMS Emmons engages MTB G-844 at 18,000 yards
DMS Hobson engages MTB G-847 at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 22,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 23,000 yards
Chiyoshima N. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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ASW attack near Rabaul at 107,126 (adjacent hex SE of Rabaul)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-8, hits 9, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
DMS Dorsey
DMS Long
DMS Emmons
DMS Ellyson
DMS Hobson

SSX Ha-8 launches 2 torpedoes at DMS Dorsey
Ha-8 bottoming out ....
DMS Emmons fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Ellyson attacking submerged sub ....
DMS Hobson attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
LST-607
LST-608
LST-609
LST-610
LST-634
LST-637
LST-639

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 29,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range increases to 28,000 yards...
Range increases to 29,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
DD Henley
DD Patterson
DD Chew
DD Schley
APA Golden City
APA Mountrail
APA Marathon
APA Navarro
APA Effingham
APA Hendry
APA Mellette
AKA Alchiba
AKA Algorab
AKA Aquarius
AKA Chara
AKA Medea
AKA Andromeda
AKA Arcturus
AKA Castor
LSV Monitor
LSD Lindenwald
LST-30
LST-85
LST-86
LST-447
LST-452
LST-459
LST-460
LST-468
LST-471
LST-474
LST-484
LST-577
LST-582
LST-587
LST-601
LST-797
LST-807
LST-808
LST-809
LST-881
LST-882
LST-883
LST-884
LST-886
LST-887
LST-888
LST-910
LCI-61
LCI-64
LCI-65
LCI-66
LCI(M)-588
LCI(M)-630
LCI(M)-664

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 17,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
DD Henley
DD Patterson
DD Chew
DD Schley
APA Golden City
APA Mountrail
APA Marathon
APA Navarro
APA Effingham
APA Hendry
APA Mellette
AKA Alchiba
AKA Algorab
AKA Aquarius
AKA Chara
AKA Medea
AKA Andromeda
AKA Arcturus
AKA Castor
LSV Monitor
LSD Lindenwald
LST-30
LST-85
LST-86
LST-447
LST-452
LST-459
LST-460
LST-468
LST-471
LST-474
LST-484
LST-577
LST-582
LST-587
LST-601
LST-797
LST-807
LST-808
LST-809
LST-881
LST-882
LST-883
LST-884
LST-886
LST-887
LST-888
LST-910
LCI-61
LCI-64
LCI-65
LCI-66
LCI(M)-588
LCI(M)-630
LCI(M)-664

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 16,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Allied Amphibious TF evades combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
CVE Windham Bay
CVE Bismarck Sea
DD Remey
DD John Rodgers
DD Rowe

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 19,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
CVE Windham Bay
CVE Bismarck Sea
DD Remey
DD John Rodgers
DD Rowe

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Allied CV Escort TF evades combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Namatanai at 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012
MTB G-1013

Allied Ships
CVE Windham Bay
CVE Bismarck Sea
DD Remey
DD John Rodgers
DD Rowe

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-1012, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MTB G-1013, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CVE Gambier Bay
CVE Ommaney Bay
DD Halford
DD Paul Hamilton
DD Lewis Hancock
DD Izard

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 18,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 15,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
MTB G-1013 sunk by DD Halford at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Sagara V. orders Japanese TF to disengage
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Range increases to 13,000 yards
MTB G-1012 sunk by DD Lewis Hancock at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Range increases to 22,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Range increases to 26,000 yards
Sagara V. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 30,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841

Allied Ships
CVE Gambier Bay
CVE Ommaney Bay
DD Halford
DD Paul Hamilton
DD Lewis Hancock
DD Izard

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 19,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Morioka H. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 5,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
Range increases to 14,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Morioka H. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Range increases to 22,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Range increases to 26,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Morioka H. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 30,000 yards
CVE Ommaney Bay screened from combat
- escorted by DD Izard , DD Lewis Hancock , DD Paul Hamilton ,
DD Halford
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841

Allied Ships
CVE Rudyerd Bay
CVE Kadashan Bay
DD Beale
DD Black
DD Kimberly
DD McKee

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 18,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range increases to 29,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841

Allied Ships
CVE Steamer Bay
CVE Makassar Strait
DD Owen
DD Philip
DD Picking
DD Halsey Powell

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 29,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841

Allied Ships
CVE Steamer Bay
CVE Makassar Strait
DD Owen
DD Philip
DD Picking
DD Halsey Powell

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 19,000 yards
Range closes to 29,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Morning Air attack on TF, atr Namatanai 107,125

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft (LBA)
N1K1-J George x 19
N1K2-J George x 66
P1Y2 Frances x 11
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 34
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 36
Ki-84a Frank x 22
Ki-84r Frank x 64

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 96
F6F-5 Hellcat x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
P1Y2 Frances: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 4 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 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 28 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft (KB)
A6M5 Zero x 18
A6M5b Zero x 93
A6M5c Zero x 253
B6N2a Jill x 58
B7A2 Grace x 81
D4Y3 Judy x 26
D4Y4 Judy x 52

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 83
F6F-5 Hellcat x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 3 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 5 destroyed, 5 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
B7A2 Grace: 5 destroyed, 17 damaged
B7A2 Grace: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y3 Judy: 4 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y4 Judy: 9 destroyed, 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 3 destroyed
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Ommaney Bay, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)
CVE Gambier Bay, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires (system damage 65, float 65, engine 20, fire 3, movement at 5 kts)
DD Izard
CVE Makassar Strait, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)
CVE Steamer Bay, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Philip
DD Owen, Bomb hits 1, on fire (system damage 21, float 14, engine 3, movement at 32 kts)
DD Picking
DD Halsey Powell, Bomb hits 1, on fire (system damage 34, float 26, engine 8, movement at 26 kts)

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
1 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
1 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
7 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
(4 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11900.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
6 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 38 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

Fuel storage explosion on CVE Ommaney Bay
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Ommaney Bay
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Makassar Strait
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Steamer Bay
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Makassar Strait
Massive explosion on CVE Steamer Bay
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Owen
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Steamer Bay
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Halsey Powell

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 47
B6N2 Jill x 6
B6N2a Jill x 9

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 68
F6F-5 Hellcat x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 2 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 3 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Gambier Bay, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 12000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Gambier Bay

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B7A2 Grace x 27
D4Y4 Judy x 7

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 60
F6F-5 Hellcat x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
B7A2 Grace: 10 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 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 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 74 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

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

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 9
B6N2a Jill x 21

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 50
F6F-5 Hellcat x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 4 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 11 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 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 31 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 23 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 9

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 40
F6F-5 Hellcat x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
VC(F)-90 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
VC(F)-10 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VC(F)-75 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VC(F)-97 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 9700 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 18
A6M5b Zero x 93
A6M5c Zero x 251
B6N2a Jill x 89
B7A2 Grace x 88
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36
F6F-5 Hellcat x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 4 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 3 destroyed, 10 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 2 destroyed by flak
B7A2 Grace: 4 destroyed, 6 damaged
B7A2 Grace: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 7 destroyed
F6F-5 Hellcat: 4 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Kadashan Bay, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CVE Rudyerd Bay, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CVE Gambier Bay, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (system damage 65, float 65, engine 20, fire 3, movement at 5 kts)
CVE Bismarck Sea, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CVE Windham Bay, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
DD John Rodgers
DD Remey
DD Rowe
DD Black
CVE Ommaney Bay, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
16 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
10 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 12000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 12000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
14 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
10 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
7 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
10 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
9 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
7 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
8 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
11 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
3 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
10 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
3 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
9 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
8 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
3 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
9 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
3 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
2 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
2 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 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 25 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

Fuel storage explosion on CVE Kadashan Bay
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Rudyerd Bay
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Windham Bay
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Bismarck Sea
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Kadashan Bay
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Ommaney Bay

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 8
B6N2a Jill x 8
B7A2 Grace x 82
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 17
F6F-5 Hellcat x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
B7A2 Grace: 3 destroyed, 15 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Beale
DD Rowe
DD Remey
DD McKee
DD John Rodgers
DD Black
DD Kimberly

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
16 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
17 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
14 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x B7A2 Grace launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 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 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 15
B6N2a Jill x 6
N1K2-J George x 4
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10
F6F-5 Hellcat x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Rowe
DD Remey
DD John Rodgers

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B6N2a Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-77 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VC(F)-86 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 74 minutes
VC(F)-98 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VC(F)-20 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes

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Day Time Surface Combat, atr Namatanai 107,125, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841

Allied Ships
DD Beale
DD Black
DD Kimberly
DD McKee

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 18,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Range closes to 29,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range increases to 27,000 yards...
Range increases to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range increases to 27,000 yards...
Range increases to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range increases to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range increases to 27,000 yards...
Range increases to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 16,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 16,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 22,000 yards...
Range increases to 29,000 yards
Allied CV Escort TF evades combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841, Shell hits 2, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Henley
DD Patterson
DD Chew
DD Schley
APA Golden City
APA Mountrail
APA Marathon
APA Navarro
APA Effingham
APA Hendry
APA Mellette
AKA Alchiba
AKA Algorab
AKA Aquarius
AKA Chara
AKA Medea
AKA Andromeda
AKA Arcturus
AKA Castor
LSV Monitor
LSD Lindenwald
LST-30
LST-85
LST-86
LST-447
LST-452
LST-459
LST-460
LST-468
LST-471
LST-474
LST-484
LST-577
LST-582
LST-587
LST-601
LST-797
LST-807
LST-808
LST-809
LST-881
LST-882
LST-883
LST-884
LST-886
LST-887
LST-888
LST-910
LCI-61
LCI-64
LCI-65
LCI-66
LCI(M)-588
LCI(M)-630
LCI(M)-664

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 14,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
APA Mellette , APA Hendry , APA Effingham ,
APA Navarro , APA Marathon , APA Mountrail ,
APA Golden City , AKA Castor , AKA Arcturus ,
AKA Andromeda , AKA Medea , AKA Chara ,
AKA Aquarius , AKA Algorab , AKA Alchiba ,
LSD Lindenwald , LSV Monitor , LST-910 ,
LST-888 , LST-887 , LST-886 ,
LST-884 , LST-883 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Schley , DD Chew , DD Patterson
Morioka H. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 4,000 yards
APA Mellette , APA Hendry , APA Effingham ,
APA Navarro , APA Marathon , APA Mountrail ,
APA Golden City , AKA Castor , AKA Arcturus ,
AKA Andromeda , AKA Medea , AKA Chara ,
AKA Aquarius , AKA Algorab , AKA Alchiba ,
LSD Lindenwald , LSV Monitor , LST-910 ,
LST-888 , LST-887 , LST-886 ,
LST-884 , LST-883 , LST-882 ,
LST-881 , LST-809 , LST-808 ,
LST-807 , LST-797 , LST-601 ,
LST-587 , LST-582 , LST-577 ,
LST-484 , LST-474 , LST-471 ,
LST-468 , LST-460 , LST-459 ,
LST-452 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Schley , DD Patterson
MTB G-841 engages LCI-66 at 4,000 yards
MTB G-841 engages LCI-65 at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
APA Mellette , APA Hendry , APA Effingham ,
APA Navarro , APA Marathon screened from combat
- escorted by DD Schley , DD Chew , DD Patterson ,
DD Henley
Morioka H. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 11,000 yards
APA Mellette , APA Hendry , APA Effingham ,
APA Navarro , APA Marathon , APA Mountrail ,
APA Golden City , AKA Castor , AKA Arcturus ,
AKA Andromeda , AKA Medea , AKA Chara ,
AKA Aquarius , AKA Algorab , AKA Alchiba ,
LSD Lindenwald , LSV Monitor , LST-910 ,
LST-888 , LST-887 , LST-886 ,
LST-884 , LST-883 , LST-882 ,
LST-881 , LST-809 , LST-808 ,
LST-807 , LST-797 , LST-601 ,
LST-587 , LST-582 , LST-577 ,
LST-484 , LST-474 , LST-471 ,
LST-468 , LST-460 , LST-459 ,
LST-452 , LST-447 , LST-86 ,
LST-85 , LST-30 , LCI-66 ,
LCI-65 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Schley , DD Patterson
MTB G-841 sunk by DD Henley at 11,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...

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ASW attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-103, hits 1

Allied Ships
APA Telfair
APA Natrona
AKA Artemis
LST-669
LST-119
LST-31
LCI-789
LCI(G)-407
LCI(R)-341
DD Farenholt

SS RO-103 is sighted by escort
DD Farenholt attacking submerged sub ....
DD Farenholt is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-103, hits 9

Allied Ships
DD Picking
DD Philip

SS RO-103 is sighted by escort
RO-103 bottoming out ....
DD Picking fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Philip fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Picking attacking submerged sub ....
DD Picking is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Woodlark Island at 103,133 (adjacent hex E of Woodlark Is)

Japanese Ships
SS I-122, hits 11 (sunk)

Allied Ships
DD Hammann
DD Mertz
DD O'Brien

SS I-122 is located by DD Hammann
DD O'Brien attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hammann fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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US Main Carrier force reached its planned attack position SW of Truk this game turn, the intent was to position the Carrier force at a location from which it could approach and attack KB from its rear if Pillager sortied KB against the landing operations at Namatanai. It is also known US Main Carrier force has just been detected by Japanese air search during this game turn. My estimate at this point is the Namatanai amphibious operation is at best seriously compromised it not a complete bust. The focus of Allied strategy at this point in the Namatanai action could more profitably become elimination of most or all of KB.

Going into the coming game turn, both Pillager and I each have what appears to be two primary options for our next moves with KB and the US Main Carrier force.

In the case of KB… reported plane losses for this game turn indicate it has lost approximately 210 planes (180 bombers) in action against US escort carriers and amphibious TF’s at Namatanai base hex along with a large portion of available air sorties on its carriers. From appearances, Pillager has two possible moves with KB next game turn – (1) stay put, finish off the Namatanai invasion force and take his chances with US carriers, or (2) send KB home, making a clean get away after seriously disrupting the Namatanai operation and sinking more US CVE’s.. My estimate is that Pillager prefers to preserve KB as a deterrent/fleet in being and performs option (2) above. If Pillager is playing for VP, option (2) is also more attractive as he currently holds the VP lead.

For the US Main Carrier force, two likely movement options are available – (1) turn the Carrier force south and go directly against KB, or (2) full-speed movement on roughly a due W heading into KB’s projected path of withdrawal. Neither option for the US Carrier force guarantees preservation of US ships now at Namatanai, my best available option with the Namatanai invasion being to land the maximum possible amount of troops and supply and then take the ship losses. With that… the invasion fleet is a write off unless AE grants a small miracle. However, hunting down KB is becoming an attractive option.

Southward movement of the US Main Carrier force towards Rabaul (Option 1) would likely find KB no longer in the sea area near Rabaul if Pillager is inclined to withdraw it ahead of my arrival. Westward movement of the US Carrier force at full speed (Option 2) would likely intercept KB during its withdrawal if Pillager takes that choice or trap KB inside a sea area between the US Carrier force’s position, Rabaul and the northern coast of New Guinea if Pillager chooses to keep KB off Rabaul. If I’m correctly guessing Pillager’s withdrawal route, KB is returning to Babeldaob (its most likely forward replenishment base) via a movement path off the northern coast of New Guinea.

Current situation map of carriers follows.





Japanese transport shipping in sea areas near Rabaul intercepted and attacked by US patrol subs and carrier based torpedo bombers from US Escort Carrier force. AAR’s follow.

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Sub attack near Mussau Island at 105,117 (night action, N of Kavieng)

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

Allied Ships
SS Seawolf, hits 2

SS Seawolf attacking on the surface

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Sub attack near Woleai at 100,110 (daylight action, SSW of Woleai)

Japanese Ships
xAK Gokoku Maru #2, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Becuna

SS Becuna attacking xAK Gokoku Maru #2 on the surface

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Morning Air attack on TF, near New Hanover Island at 104,122 (adjacent hex W of New Hanover Is)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBM-1C Avenger x 16

Allied aircraft losses
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Yunagi
DD Mochizuki
DD Hokaze

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-1C Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
8 x TBM-1C Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Kavieng 106,122

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Allied aircraft
TBM-1C Avenger x 8
TBM-3 Avenger x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBM-1C Avenger: 2 destroyed
TBM-3 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Shiranui
DD Amagiri

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
3 x TBM-1C Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near New Hanover Island at 104,122 (adjacent hex W of New Hanover Is)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
TBM-1C Avenger x 3

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Murakumo

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x TBM-1C Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 38000.
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Kavieng 106,122

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
TBM-1C Avenger x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Shiranui

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x TBM-1C Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 104,120 (adjacent hex W of Mussau Is)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tsuki Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
S-304 Hikotai with A6M5c Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 104,120

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
TBM-3 Avenger x 4

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tsuki Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
S-304 Hikotai with A6M5c Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead

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Summary of Operations 03/24/45 (continued)

Southwest Pacific: Allied fighter sweeps against Rabaul airfield continue, now joined by B-29 Superfort airfield bombing raids plus low-level airfield strikes by A-20 Havocs. It is becoming likely that Japanese LBA air activity is considerably declined from its levels 3-4 days ago and that a complete shutdown of Rabaul airfield as an operating Jap airbase is within reach. Detected status of Rabaul airfield shows about 40% damage following the US bombing raids below – plans are to continue bombing raids on Rabaul along with additional fighter sweeps.

AAR’s of Allied fighter sweeps and airfield bombing operations over Rabaul follow.

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 8
N1K1-J George x 8
N1K2-J George x 29
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 15
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 20
Ki-84a Frank x 10
Ki-84r Frank x 48

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 3 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 7 destroyed

CAP engaged:
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 32000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 22000 and 30000.
Raid is overhead
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000.
Raid is overhead
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 41000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 27000 and 34000.
Raid is overhead
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 35000.
Raid is overhead
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (5 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 32000.
Raid is overhead
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 3
N1K1-J George x 2
N1K2-J George x 16
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 8
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 11
Ki-84a Frank x 7
Ki-84r Frank x 32

Allied aircraft
F4U-1D Corsair x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Raid is overhead
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 32000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 30270 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 14000 and 28270.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 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 14000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34960.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 18000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 71 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K1-J George x 2
N1K2-J George x 14
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 8
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 10
Ki-84a Frank x 7
Ki-84r Frank x 29

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 55

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 2 damaged
J2M5 Jack: 2 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 5 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 10 damaged
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
H6K4-L Mavis: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-54c Hickory: 3 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 2 destroyed on ground
L2D2 Tabby: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 3 destroyed, 17 damaged
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 16
Runway hits 45

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 9330 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 17000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 28270.
Raid is overhead
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 34960.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 5000, scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K2-J George x 8
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 3
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 5
Ki-84a Frank x 5
Ki-84r Frank x 16

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 9330 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (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 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15980.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 73 minutes
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 12000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K2-J George x 6
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 3
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 3
Ki-84a Frank x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (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 6000, scrambling fighters between 9330 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K2-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 3
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 3
Ki-84a Frank x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 4

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 3 damaged
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 2 damaged
Ki-54c Hickory: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M2 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 5 destroyed on ground
H6K4-L Mavis: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 3 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 3 destroyed on ground
L2D2 Tabby: 2 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
A-20G Havoc: 3 destroyed, 9 damaged
A-20G Havoc: 7 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 27

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
1 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance
10 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 2 plane(s) with no ordnance

CAP engaged:
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 36090.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 3
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 2 damaged
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 3 damaged
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 damaged
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 3 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 3 destroyed on ground
L2D2 Tabby: 3 destroyed on ground
H6K4-L Mavis: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 2 destroyed on ground
G4M2 Betty: 3 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
A-20G Havoc: 2 destroyed, 13 damaged
A-20G Havoc: 10 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 13
Runway hits 17

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Raid is overhead
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 2000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 35300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 1
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 3
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 1000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Raid is overhead
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (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 7000, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 1
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 2

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 4 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (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 7000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 1
N1K2-J George x 1
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 7

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (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 7000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 1

Allied aircraft
P-51D Mustang x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x P-51D Mustang sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (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 7000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Current base status at Shortlands – 94K supply on hand (unchanged). US transport ships and surface ASW at Shortlands base hex in action against Japanese midget subs. AAR's follow.

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Submarine attack at Shortlands 109,131 (night action)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-124

Allied Ships
LST-177

LST-177 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-124
SSX Ha-D-124 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-177

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Submarine attack at Shortlands 109,131 (night action)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-126

Allied Ships
LST-174, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

LST-174 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-126
SSX Ha-D-126 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-174

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ASW attack at Shortlands 109,131 (night action)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-127, hits 1 (later sunk)

Allied Ships
DE Richard S. Bull
DE McConnell

SSX Ha-D-127 is located by DE Richard S. Bull
Ha-D-127 bottoming out ....
DE McConnell attacking submerged sub ....
DE McConnell is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack at Shortlands 109,131

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-125

Allied Ships
LST-750, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

LST-750 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-125
SSX Ha-D-125 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-750


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ASW attack at Shortlands 109,131

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-127, hits 4, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
PF San Pedro

SSX Ha-D-127 is sighted by escort
PF San Pedro attacking submerged sub ....
Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack at Shortlands 109,131 (daylight action)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-124, hits 5, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
DE McConnell
DE Richard S. Bull

SSX Ha-D-124 is located by DE McConnell
Ha-D-124 bottoming out ....
DE Richard S. Bull attacking submerged sub ....
Debris floats to surface in area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack at Shortlands 109,131 (daylight action)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-126, hits 8, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
DD Saufley
APA Dade
APA Storm King
APA La Salle
APA Crescent City
APA George F. Elliot
APA Harris
DD Monaghan

SSX Ha-D-126 is sighted by escort
DD Monaghan attacking submerged sub ....
Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack at Shortlands 109,131

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-125, hits 9, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
PF San Pedro

SSX Ha-D-125 is sighted by escort
Ha-D-125 bottoming out ....
PF San Pedro attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 87K supply on hand.

Current status of Buna base – 348K supply and 25K fuel on hand.

Current status of Milne Bay base – 657K supply and 120K fuel on hand.

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 86K supply and 19K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Low-level night airfield attacks launched against Wau and Nadzab by USAAF A-20 and P-39 planes. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

4 x 22nd BG/2nd BS A-20G Havoc stray due to night
5 x 38th BG/822nd BS A-20G Havoc stray due to night
5 x 22nd BG/2nd BS A-20G Havoc stray due to night
7 x 38th BG/822nd BS A-20G Havoc stray due to night

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Night Air attack on Nadzab, at 98,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky (92% moonlight)

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
A-20G Havoc: 2 damaged
A-20G Havoc: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 2 plane(s) with no ordnance
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 plane(s) with no ordnance
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
53rd Sentai/A with Ki-45 KAId Nick (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Raid is overhead
53rd Sentai/C with Ki-45 KAId Nick (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Night Air attack on Nadzab, at 98,125

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
A-20G Havoc: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 2 plane(s) with no ordnance
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
53rd Sentai/A with Ki-45 KAId Nick (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 1000.
Raid is overhead
53rd Sentai/C with Ki-45 KAId Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Night Air attack on Nadzab, at 98,125

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAId Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
A-20G Havoc x 5

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A-20G Havoc bombing and strafing from low level
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
53rd Sentai/C with Ki-45 KAId Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Night Air attack on Wau, at 98,126

Weather in hex: Light rain (92% moonlight)

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5d-S Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5d-S Zero: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Airfield Attack: 3 plane(s) with no ordnance
Airfield Attack 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance
Airfield Attack 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
S-812 Hikotai with A6M5d-S Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 1000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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AAR of USAAF fighter sweep over Lae airfield follows.

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Afternoon Air attack on Lae, at 99,126

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 14
N1K1-J George x 7
N1K2-J George x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 7

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5c Zero: 2 destroyed
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x P-47D25 Thunderbolt sweeping at 30000 feet

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1/A with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 100, scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/C with A6M5c Zero (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 7 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
S-401 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters between 28000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 30000 and 32000.
Raid is overhead

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Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands, plus Namatanai invasion operations.

Japanese planes reported destroyed (497 total)
• 29 Ki-84 Frank (21 air-to-air, 4 on the ground, 4 ops)
• 37 Ki-61 Tony (10 air-to-air, 27 on the ground)
• 16 Ki-45 Nick (2 air-to-air, 14 on the ground)
• 24 Ki-44 Tojo (16 air-to-air, 7 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 18 N1K2-J George (8 air-to-air, 10 on the ground)
• 16 N1K1-J George (6 air-to-air, 10 on the ground)
• 38 A6M5 Zero (35 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 13 J2M5 Jack (3 air-to-air, 9 on the ground)
• 10 J2M2 Jack (9 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 21 Ki-49 Helen (7 air-to-air, 13 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 1 P1Y2 Frances (air-to-air)
• 1 G4M3 Betty (air-to-air)
• 13 G4M2 Betty (all on the ground)
• 58 B7A2 Grace (45 air-to-air, 7 flak, 6 ops)
• 28 D4Y Judy (26 air-to-air, 1 flak, 1 ops)
• 101 B6N2 Jill (86 air-to-air, 10 flak, 5 ops)
• 22 H6K4-L Mavis (all on the ground) – transports
• 5 Ki-54c Hickory (all on the ground) – transports
• 15 Ki-49-II KAI Helen (all on the ground) – transports
• 10 L2D2 Tabby (all on the ground) – transports
• 16 E13A1 Jake (6 air-to-air, 10 on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed (171 total). Planes reported as destroyed on the ground were lost aboard sunk CVE.
• 4 P-47D Thunderbolt (all air-to-air)
• 17 F4U-1 Corsair (14 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 45 F6F Hellcat (26 air-to-air, 18 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 17 B-29 Superfort (12 air-to-air, 5 flak)
• 42 A-20G Havoc (11 air-to-air, 28 flak, 3 ops)
• 40 TBM-1 Avenger (9 air-to-air, 13 on the ground, 18 ops)
• 3 PBM Mariner (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 2 PBY-5 Catalina (1 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 1 C-46A Commando (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 92 aircraft (all fighters), one Jap TF (7 ships total, all MTB), 12 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 12 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 9 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 9, 6 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – 12 aircraft (6 fighters), no Jap TF, 9 Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul (after sweps & raids above) – 196 aircraft (153 fighters, 18 bombers, 25 other planes), airfield damage 42, 2 Jap TF (11 ships total), 40 Jap LCU, defensive minefield visible on map.

Detected status of Jap base at Namatanai – 25 aircraft (all fighters), 10 Jap LCU. Jap LCU no longer visible in adjacent hex NW of Namatanai.

Detected status of Jap base at Feni Islands – 16 aircraft (13 fighters, 3 bombers), 7 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (10 ships total, various movement headings).

Detected status of Jap base at Lihir – 27 aircraft (13 fighters, 14 bombers), 3 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Kavieng – 114 aircraft (9 fighters, 47 bombers, 58 other planes), 13 Jap LCU, one Jap TF (1 unidentified ship).


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Summary of Operations 03/24/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 24K supply on hand.

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 270K supply and 6700 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Rennell Island – 168K supply and 2900 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Ndeni – 1.44 million supply and 87K fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current base status of Luganville – 3.61 million supply and 673K fuel on hand. US surface ASW attacks detected Japanese patrol sub off Luganville. AAR follows.

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ASW attack near Luganville at 119,148 (NW of Luganville)

Japanese Ships
SS I-124, hits 17, on fire (sub remains detected and visible on map)

Allied Ships
DE Canfield
DE Dempsey
DE Edward C. Daly

SS I-124 is sighted by escort
DE Dempsey fails to find sub and abandons search
DE Edward C. Daly attacking submerged sub ....
DE Edward C. Daly attacking submerged sub ....
DE Edward C. Daly is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Noumea – 5.83 million supply and 3.70 million fuel on hand (unchanged).


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in South Pacific theatre area.

No reported Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific operations area

Allied planes reported destroyed
• 1 B-29 Superfort (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga (after raids below) – airfield damage 100, one Jap LCU. AAR’s of US bombing raids against Tassafaronga airfield follow.

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 14

No Allied losses

Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 11

No Allied losses

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Tassafaronga, at 113,137

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 3

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Detected status of Jap base at Tulagi – airfield damage 85, 2 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Lunga – 9 Jap LCU, airfield damage 84, construction activity to expand airfield still reported.


Coastwatcher entries from 3/24 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Dagua
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: xAK Unryu Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 18, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 12, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Madang
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 11, Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus , Moving West
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 2, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 102,120 near Rambutyo, Speed 3, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 2, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 5 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed 12, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 9, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 2, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 100,126 near Finschhafen, Speed 15, Moving East

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Summary of Operations 03/24/45 (continued)

Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 100K supply on hand (unchanged).

Detected status of Jap base at Ponape (after raid below) – 11 aircraft (7 bombers), airfield damage 39, 9 Jap LCU. Jap transport TF (5 ships) remains at Ponape base hex. Bombing strikes against Ponape airfield suspended for the moment. B-29 Superfort squadrons recovering damaged planes and pilot fatigue.

Sigint entry for 3/24 reports intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Eniwetok, detected base status shows no visible Japanese forces or activity.


Burma: Reports from aerial recon indicate possible withdrawal of significant Japanese LBA air assets from Burma theatre area.

Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 55 aircraft (46 fighters, 9 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), one Jap TF (4 ships, surface ASW), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 36 aircraft (20 fighters, 10 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 12 Jap LCU.


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India theatre area.


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (four actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Allied aircraft
B-25H Mitchell x 32

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 32nd Division, at 57,43, near Kalemyo

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Thunderbolt I x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Thunderbolt I sweeping at 25000 feet

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Summary of Operations 03/25/45

Rabaul Operations area: Namatainai amphibious force begins disembarking Allied LCU and supply into Namatanai base hex. All LCU elements during of the invasion force plus 107K supply now ashore. Losses of LCU elements during landing operations and in ship sinkings in combat actions over the last two game turns turned out to be relatively small given events that have occurred. Ground forces now ashore include four US divisions (11th Airborne, 38th, 77th and 96th), HQ X Corps, plus two tank and four artillery units – all operational for ground combat action.

With arrival and (Japanese) detection of the US Main Carrier force, Pillager opted to withdraw KB in a westward direction from the sea area NW of Kavieng. Pillager’s movement of KB was within my estimate of his most likely action – given Jap carrier plane losses during last game turn’s actions plus reduced number of available Jap air sorties on KB carriers at the end of last game turn. Removal of KB from the Namatanai area took away much of the air threat facing the Namatanai amphibious force, though the amphibious force remained exposed to LBA naval air strikes. The result being Allied ship losses and damage in the amphibious force were kept at a manageable level this game turn.

Operations report entries and AAR’s of Namatanai amphibious force landing operations, naval and air combat actions with the Namatanai follow.


LST-666 runs hard aground and damages bottom at Namatanai (system damage 7, float 42, engine 4, movement at 6 kts)
Troops and Equipment from 96th Infantry Div lost to accident during amphibious unloading from TF 432
Troops and Equipment from 77th Infantry Div lost to accident during amphibious unloading from TF 551
Troops and Equipment from 38th Infantry Div lost to accident during amphibious unloading from TF 632
LST-462 damaged while beaching at Namatanai (system damage 5, float 5, engine 5, movement at 10 kts, still unloading supply cargo)
LST-887 damaged while beaching at Namatanai (system damage 5, float 9, engine 1, movement at 10 kts, still unloading supply cargo)
LST-460 damaged while beaching at Namatanai (system damage 10, float 3, engine 3, movement at 10 kts, still unloading supply cargo)

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Pre-Invasion action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

216 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Laffey
DD Aaron Ward
LCI(G)-407
LCI(G)-406
LCI(G)-398
LCI(G)-365
LCI-67
LCI(R)-341
LST-27
LST-31
DD Farenholt
LCI-789
LST-29
LST-28

Allied ground losses:
108 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

DD Laffey firing at 42nd Division
DD Aaron Ward firing at 42nd Division
LCI(G)-407 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-406 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-398 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-365 fired at enemy troops
LCI-67 fired at enemy troops
LCI(R)-341 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Namatanai (107,125)

TF 432 troops unloading over beach at Namatanai, 107,125

Allied ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Motorized Support lost overboard during unload of 96th Infantry Div /2

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Pre-Invasion action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

233 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-672
LST-674
APA Thomas Jefferson
LST-66
LST-16
DD Kalk
LST-75
LST-74

Allied ground losses:
53 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

LST-672 fired at enemy troops
LST-674 fired at enemy troops
APA Thomas Jefferson fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Namatanai (107,125)

TF 551 troops unloading over beach at Namatanai, 107,125

Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (0 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Motorized Support dropped into water during unload of 77th Infantry Div /10

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Pre-Invasion action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

222 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Ward
LST-583
DD Helm
LST-580
LST-392
LST-584
LST-581

Allied ground losses:
55 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

DD Ward firing at 42nd Division
DD Ward fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Namatanai (107,125)

TF 632 troops unloading over beach at Namatanai, 107,125

Allied ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Motorized Support accidentally lost during unload of 38th Infantry Div /3

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Pre-Invasion action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

235 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Schley
DD Patterson
DD Henley
LST-601
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
LCI(M)-664
LCI(M)-630
LCI(M)-588
LST-85
LST-30
LST-86

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

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

DD Schley firing at 42nd Division
DD Patterson firing at 3rd Garrison Unit
DD Henley firing at 42nd Division
LST-601 fired at enemy troops
LCI-66 fired at enemy troops
LCI-65 fired at enemy troops
LCI-64 fired at enemy troops
LCI-61 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-664 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-630 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-588 fired at enemy troops
DD Henley fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Namatanai (107,125)

TF 695 troops unloading over beach at Namatanai, 107,125

Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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Submarine attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS I-202

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-25

LCS(L)-25 is sighted by SS I-202
SS I-202 launches 2 torpedoes at LCS(L)-25

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Submarine attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-103

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-16

LCS(L)-16 is sighted by SS RO-103
SS RO-103 launches 2 torpedoes at LCS(L)-16

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ASW attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-116, hits 3, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
DD McKee

SSX Ha-D-116 is sighted by escort
DD McKee attacking submerged sub ....
Large oil slick appears over area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-128, hits 9, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD McKee

SSX Ha-D-128 is sighted by escort
Ha-D-128 bottoming out ....
DD McKee attacking submerged sub ....
SSX Ha-D-128 forced to surface!
DD McKee firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Night Time Surface Combat, at Namatanai 107,125, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Shiranui
DD Amagiri
DD Mikazuki, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Beale
DD Black
DD Kimberly
DD McKee

Improved night sighting under 92% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 92% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
DD Mikazuki engages DD McKee at 7,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Mikazuki at 7,000 yards
DD McKee engages DD Shiranui at 7,000 yards
DD Beale engages DD Shiranui at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD McKee engages DD Mikazuki at 5,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Kimberly at 5,000 yards
DD Mikazuki engages DD Black at 5,000 yards
DD Beale engages DD Shiranui at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Mikazuki engages DD McKee at 7,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages DD McKee at 7,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD McKee at 7,000 yards
DD Beale engages DD Mikazuki at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Mikazuki engages DD Beale at 10,000 yards
DD Mikazuki sunk by DD Kimberly at 10,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages DD Beale at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages DD Black at 11,000 yards
DD Beale engages DD Shiranui at 11,000 yards
DD Black engages DD Shiranui at 11,000 yards
DD Beale engages DD Amagiri at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages DD McKee at 14,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Kimberly at 14,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages DD Black at 14,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Beale at 14,000 yards
Fultz, J.R. orders Allied TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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Submarine attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-103

Allied Ships
LCS(L)-14

LCS(L)-14 is sighted by SS RO-103
SS RO-103 launches 2 torpedoes at LCS(L)-14

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

112 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI(G)-407
LCI(G)-406
LCI(G)-398
LCI(G)-365
LCI-67
LCI(R)-341
LCI-789
LST-27
DD Farenholt
LST-28

LCI(G)-407 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-406 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-398 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-365 fired at enemy troops
LCI-67 fired at enemy troops
LCI(R)-341 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

104 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Kalk
DD Barton
LST-16
LST-66
LST-74

DD Barton firing at 80th JAAF AF Bn
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

107 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Ward
DD Helm
DD Frankford
LST-580
LST-583
LST-392
LST-581

Allied ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

DD Frankford firing at 42nd Division
DD Frankford fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

113 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Patterson
DD Henley
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
LCI(M)-664
LCI(M)-630
LCI(M)-588
LST-30
LST-85
DD Schley
LST-86
LST-452
LST-447

LCI-66 fired at enemy troops
LCI-65 fired at enemy troops
LCI-64 fired at enemy troops
LCI-61 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-664 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-630 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-588 fired at enemy troops
DD Henley fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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ASW attack at Namatanai 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-55

Allied Ships
DD Philip

SS RO-55 is sighted by escort
DD Philip fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

106 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI(G)-407
LCI(G)-406
LCI(G)-398
LCI(G)-365
LCI-67
LCI(R)-341
LCI-789
DD Farenholt
LST-27

Allied ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

LCI(G)-407 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-406 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-398 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-365 fired at enemy troops
LCI-67 fired at enemy troops
LCI(R)-341 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

218 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-78
LST-120
DD Kalk
LST-75
LST-16
LST-170
LST-66

Allied ground losses:
70 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

108 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-580
LST-392
DD Helm
DD Ward
LST-581

Allied ground losses:
30 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

22 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
LCI(M)-664
LCI(M)-630
LCI(M)-588
LST-30
LST-85
LST-86
LST-474

LCI-66 fired at enemy troops
LCI-65 fired at enemy troops
LCI-64 fired at enemy troops
LCI-61 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-664 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-630 fired at enemy troops
LCI(M)-588 fired at enemy troops

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ASW attack near Namatanai at 107,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-55, hits 14

Allied Ships
DD Philip

SS RO-55 is sighted by escort
RO-55 bottoming out ....
DD Philip attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 3
G4M3a Betty x 34
Ki-84r Frank x 5

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak
G4M3a Betty: 6 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38L Lightning: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
APA Golden City
LCS(L)-25
DD Henley
LST-447
LCS(L)-16, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
LCS(L)-28, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
LST-30
LCS(L)-13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Schley
LCS(L)-23, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
34 x G4M3a Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
2 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L 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 20000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y3 Judy x 5
Ki-84r Frank x 4

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-45
APA Drew, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 36
N1K2-J George x 20
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 19 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
APA Thomas Jefferson
AKA Aquarius
APA Noble
LST-85
APA Gage
APA Navarro
LST-226
AKA Algorab, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (system damage 4, float 55, engine 11, movement at 6 kts)
DD Barton
AKA Medea

Aircraft Attacking:
34 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L 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 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 18

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 14 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Helm
APA Elkheart, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
APA Sibley, Torpedo hits 1 (system damage 14, float 39, all cargo unloaded, movement at 10 kts)
DD Frankford

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L 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 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack at TF, near Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2a Jill x 16
N1K1-J George x 15
N1K2-J George x 11
Ki-84r Frank x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2a Jill: 7 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Philip
DD Picking
DD Owen, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (system damage 75, float 55, engine 9, fire 14, movement at 16 kts)

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 25
P1Y2 Frances x 9
Ki-84r Frank x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y2 Frances: 3 damaged
P1Y2 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD John Rodgers
DD Remey

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P1Y2 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

Banzai! - Hirano D. in a P1Y2 Frances is willing to die for the Emperor

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M3a Betty x 26

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M3a Betty: 20 damaged
G4M3a Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Chew
DD Ward
APA Marathon
LCI(M)-664, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Henley
AKA Jupiter
DD Patterson

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x G4M3a Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, at Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 18

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 14 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-78
LST-269
APA Chilton
DD Kalk
DD Bailey

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L 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 20000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack at TF, near Namatanai 107,125

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2a Jill x 16
Ki-84r Frank x 6

Allied aircraft
P-38L Lightning x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed, 15 damaged
B6N2a Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-669, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage (system damage 86, float 80, engine 4, movement at 6 kts)
LST-44
LCI-789
APA Eastland, Bomb hits 2, on fire (system damage 16, float 13, engine 4, movement at 14 kts)
DD Farenholt

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B6N2a Jill bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
18th FG/12th FS with P-38L Lightning (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 20000.
Raid is overhead

Banzai! - Nomura R. in a B6N2a Jill is willing to die for the Emperor

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

45 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-66
LST-16
DD Kalk
LST-74
LST-75
LST-120

75mm Infantry Gun battery firing at LST-16

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-583
LST-581
LST-580
LST-392

LST-583 fired at enemy troops
LST-581 fired at enemy troops
LST-580 fired at enemy troops
LST-392 fired at enemy troops

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Invasion Support action off Namatanai (107,125)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

19 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-601
LST-85
LST-30
LST-447
LST-86
LST-452

LST-601 fired at enemy troops

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AAR of ground combat between US landing force and Japanese defenders at Namatanai follows.

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Ground combat at Namatanai (107,125)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11823 troops, 106 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 632
Defending force 43065 troops, 887 guns, 1304 vehicles, Assault Value = 1649

Japanese ground losses:
52 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Garrison Unit /1 (last reported at Tabiteuea on 12/02/44)
42nd Division (some elements of this unit may still be located at Lunga, most elements of the division probably located here at Namatanai)
2nd South Seas Gsn
Sasebo 6th SNLF
70th Ind.Mixed Bde /1 (this unit reported at Wewak on 2/25/45, possibly only some elements at Namatanai)
80th JAAF AF Bn
24th Air Flotilla HQ
3rd JNAF Coy
13th JNAF AF Unit
64th JNAF AF Unit
11th Air Defense AA Bn /1 (this unit reported at Munda on 2/26/45, possibly only some elements at Namatanai)

Defending units:
CenPac Amphib Tank Brigade
77th Infantry Division
711th Tank Battalion
38th Infantry Division
11th Airborne Division
96th Infantry Division
168th Field Artillery Regiment
181st Field Artillery Regiment
X US Corps
251st Field Artillery Battalion
544th Field Artillery Battalion

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Western Pacific (off New Guinea): US Main Carrier force carried out its ordered full-speed due W movement, retaining position to intercept and attack KB during its return to base. Pillager moved KB on a roughly parallel westward track – initially toward Wewak, then turning NW on a path following the New Guinea coast line. KB task forces are somewhat dispersed from its original “death star” formation with each TF appearing to move independently at best speed. A number of Japanese destroyer TF’s were formed, these located between KB and the US Main Carrier force and moving westward on a parallel course to the two carrier fleets.

Current tactical situation of the carrier action (at face value) has KB with an estimated loss of approximately 500 Jap carrier planes in two days plus also using up many of its available carrier air sorties in earlier strikes. KB task forces have also broken formation and for the most part “pinned” against the northern coast of New Guinea.

US Main Carrier force (16 CV, 8 CVL and escorts) lost about 75 planes (nearly all DB or TB) during this game turn’s naval air strikes on the Japanese destroyer scree. US carriers still retain most of their available air sorties – however, torpedo stocks are exhausted aboard nearly all US CV’s requiring arming of all but two VT squadrons with bombs rather than torpedoes.

Planned movement of the US Main Carrier force will continue along a roughly due W heading with the intent of keeping US carriers between KB and its probable home base at Babeldaob and trapping it against the northern coast of New Guinea. Pillager is approaching a point where KB will have to turn northward into the US Main Carrier force, each KB task force individually “running the gauntlet” through the US carriers.

Until this point in the campaign, Pillager has kept KB effectively beyond the reach of Allied attack and detection. Given KB’s size and number of ships, some of its carriers will make it through the gauntlet. The question is how many Jap carriers can the US Main Carrier force catch and sink, and which ones.


Several KB air strikes launched against US Main Carrier force. Combat replays showed no attacking Japanese planes made it through US CAP fighters. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Woleai at 98,108 (SW of Woleai, over US Main Carrier force)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 25
A6M5c Zero x 74
B6N2 Jill x 9
B6N2a Jill x 19
B7A2 Grace x 54

Allied aircraft
F4U-1D Corsair x 502
F6F-5 Hellcat x 288

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 12 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 3 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 14 destroyed
B7A2 Grace: 40 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-1 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
23 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-2 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 7 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VBF-2 with F4U-1D Corsair (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 3000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-7 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
23 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-9 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
36 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-10 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
21 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-12 with F6F-5 Hellcat (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
32 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-13 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-14 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-16 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-18 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 14 on standby, 9 scrambling)
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 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
21 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-22 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-23 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-24 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Woleai at 98,108

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 25
A6M5c Zero x 141
B6N2a Jill x 5

Allied aircraft
F4U-1D Corsair x 500
F6F-5 Hellcat x 283

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 26 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1D Corsair: 1 destroyed
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-1 with F4U-1D Corsair (15 airborne, 1 on standby, 8 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-2 with F4U-1D Corsair (10 airborne, 6 on standby, 3 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VBF-2 with F4U-1D Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
6 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 to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VF-3 with F4U-1D Corsair (9 airborne, 8 on standby, 11 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F6F-5 Hellcat (16 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F4U-1D Corsair (16 airborne, 9 on standby, 7 scrambling)
16 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 3000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-7 with F4U-1D Corsair (14 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
22 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F4U-1D Corsair (23 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
23 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 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-9 with F4U-1D Corsair (23 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
23 plane(s) intercepting now.
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
29 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-10 with F4U-1D Corsair (24 airborne, 4 on standby, 9 scrambling)
24 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-12 with F6F-5 Hellcat (27 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
27 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 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
21 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-13 with F4U-1D Corsair (21 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
21 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 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
25 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-14 with F4U-1D Corsair (19 airborne, 4 on standby, 12 scrambling)
19 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 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-16 with F4U-1D Corsair (19 airborne, 10 on standby, 8 scrambling)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-18 with F4U-1D Corsair (21 airborne, 10 on standby, 8 scrambling)
21 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 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
23 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4U-1D Corsair (15 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (23 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
23 plane(s) intercepting now.
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-22 with F6F-5 Hellcat (10 airborne, 4 on standby, 2 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-23 with F6F-5 Hellcat (5 airborne, 9 on standby, 6 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-24 with F6F-5 Hellcat (11 airborne, 4 on standby, 4 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Woleai at 98,108

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 25
A6M5c Zero x 83
B6N2a Jill x 30
B7A2 Grace x 6
D4Y4 Judy x 12

Allied aircraft
F4U-1D Corsair x 494
F6F-5 Hellcat x 271

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 4 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 20 destroyed
B6N2a Jill: 10 destroyed
B7A2 Grace: 4 destroyed
D4Y4 Judy: 8 destroyed
D4Y4 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1D Corsair: 1 destroyed
F6F-5 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Ticonderoga

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D4Y4 Judy releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-1 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 16 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 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 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
36 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-2 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 7 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VBF-2 with F4U-1D Corsair (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 16 on standby, 10 scrambling)
4 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 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
26 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-7 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-9 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 18 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-10 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
32 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-12 with F6F-5 Hellcat (8 airborne, 18 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-13 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 18 on standby, 12 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
21 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-14 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 3000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-16 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
25 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-18 with F4U-1D Corsair (8 airborne, 20 on standby, 13 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4U-1D Corsair (4 airborne, 14 on standby, 9 scrambling)
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 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-80 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 18 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 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 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
21 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-22 with F6F-5 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-23 with F6F-5 Hellcat (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 20000, scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-24 with F6F-5 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 6 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers

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Naval air strikes from the US Main Carrier force were diverted against the Japanese DD screening force between KB and the US carriers. Combat Events report entries and AAR’s follow.

29 x SB2C-4 Helldiver unable to locate target due to range or weather
18 x TBM-3 Avenger unable to locate target due to range or weather
32 x SB2C-4 Helldiver unable to locate target due to range or weather
12 x TBM-3 Avenger from VT-71 flight failed to link up returning to base
29 x SB2C-4 Helldiver unable to locate target due to range or weather
16 x TBM-3 Avenger unable to locate target due to range or weather
17 x TBM-3 Avenger unable to locate target due to range or weather

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 95,112 (N of Hollandia)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 6
A6M5c Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 36
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 84
SB2C-4 Helldiver x 168
SBD-5 Dauntless x 56
TBM-3 Avenger x 194

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 7 destroyed, 1 damaged
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed by flak
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
SB2C-4 Helldiver: 7 destroyed, 1 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed
TBM-3 Avenger: 10 destroyed, 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Yukikaze, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Suzukaze
DD Yugiri
DD Hatsukaze, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
DD Hayashio, Bomb hits 7, and is sunk
DD Kuroshio, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DD Kawakaze, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires (later sunk)
DD Nenohi
DD Usugumo
DD Hatsushima, Bomb hits 1, on fire (sunk)
DD Shikinami

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
7 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
11 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
12 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
15 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
13 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
16 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
23 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
19 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
15 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
14 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
10 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M5c Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M5c Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M5c Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
Katsuragi-1 with A6M5b Zero (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, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes

Massive explosion on DD Hayashio
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hayashio
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hatsukaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hatsushima
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kuroshio
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kawakaze

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Vanimo at 96,112 (N of Hollandia)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 72 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Allied aircraft
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 16
TBM-3 Avenger x 36

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 3 damaged
TBM-3 Avenger: 4 damaged
TBM-3 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
DD Maikaze, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Isokaze, Bomb hits 1
DD Shirayuki
DD Yamakaze
DD Ikazuchi
DD Samidare

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
8 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Manus at 102,113 (NNW of Manus)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 52 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Allied aircraft
SB2C-4 Helldiver x 36

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Hatakaze, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Oite, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires (later sunk)
DD Matsukaze, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hatakaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Oite

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 95,112

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 6
A6M5c Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 34
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 81
SB2C-4 Helldiver x 281
SBD-5 Dauntless x 55
TBM-3 Avenger x 235

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 damaged
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
SB2C-4 Helldiver: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBM-3 Avenger: 5 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Matsu, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kawakaze, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DD Yugiri
DD Nenohi, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
DD Suzukaze, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DD Hatsushima, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk
DD Tachibana
DD Usugumo
DD Keyaki, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
DD Ume, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
13 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
9 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
15 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
10 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
15 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
3 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
6 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
7 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
5 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
13 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
6 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
18 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
6 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
5 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
15 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
11 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
2 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBM-3 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
7 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x SB2C-4 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Zuiho-1 with A6M5c Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
Katsuragi-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
Akagi-1 with A6M5c Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M5c Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hatsushima
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kawakaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Nenohi
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Suzukaze
Magazine explodes on DD Suzukaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Ume
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Keyaki

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Sub attack near Manus at 102,113 (NNW of Manus)

Japanese Ships
DD Oite, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

Allied Ships
SS Cuttlefish II

SS Cuttlefish II launches 2 torpedoes at DD Oite

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Submarine attack near Hollandia at 95,112 (N of Hollandia)

Japanese Ships
DD Ume, on fire

Allied Ships
SS Threadfin

DD Ume is sighted by SS Threadfin
SS Threadfin launches 2 torpedoes

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Current situation map of carrier action follows.




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Summary of Operations 03/25/45 (continued)

Southwest Pacific: Allied fighter sweeps and airfield bombing strikes against Rabaul continue. Japanese LBA air activity from Rabaul is almost completely shut down with detected status of Rabaul airfield showing 97% damage after the US bombing raids below –continued bombing raids and fighter sweeps planned. Latest AAR’s of Allied fighter sweeps and airfield bombing operations over Rabaul follow.

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 6
N1K2-J George x 19
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 10
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 17
Ki-84a Frank x 6
Ki-84r Frank x 16

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 52
B-29-25 Superfort x 12
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 6 damaged
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 8 damaged
N1K2-J George: 11 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 6 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed, 16 damaged
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 6 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 16 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 6 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-54c Hickory: 2 destroyed on ground
P1Y2 Frances: 3 destroyed on ground
J2M5 Jack: 3 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 2 destroyed on ground
H6K4-L Mavis: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 6 destroyed on ground
L2D2 Tabby: 3 destroyed on ground
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 14 damaged
B-29-25 Superfort: 1 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 8 damaged

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 39

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 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 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-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 5000, scrambling fighters to 15000.
Raid is overhead
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 8000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 5000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 51 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4
N1K2-J George x 7
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 1
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 6
Ki-84a Frank x 2
Ki-84r Frank x 10

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12
B-29-25 Superfort x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 4 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 5 damaged
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
H6K4-L Mavis: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak
B-29-25 Superfort: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged
B-29-25 Superfort: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
S-303 Hikotai with N1K2-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, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 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 63 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 16000.
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1/B with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Raid is overhead
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 38000.
Raid is overhead
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 73 minutes
73rd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 12000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
105th Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Raid is overhead
71st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 1
N1K2-J George x 4
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 2
Ki-84a Frank x 1
Ki-84r Frank x 7

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 3 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
72nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 1
N1K2-J George x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 1
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84r Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 2 destroyed on ground
P1Y2 Frances: 1 destroyed on ground
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
302 Ku S-1 with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
S-402 Hikotai with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 41000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 38000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
L2D2 Tabby: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 7 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 1
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-54c Hickory: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 2 damaged

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84r Frank: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-II KAI Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
J2M5 Jack: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 2 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 50 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-29-25 Superfort x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-54c Hickory: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAId Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-25 Superfort: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-25 Superfort bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 50 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84r Frank: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 2 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed on ground
L2D2 Tabby: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 38000, scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 7
N1K2-J George x 3
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 3
Ki-84r Frank x 15

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M5 Jack x 2
N1K2-J George x 1
Ki-61-II KAI Tony x 1
Ki-84r Frank x 5

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M5 Jack: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-II KAI Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84r Frank: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
51st Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (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 10000, scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
S-316 Hikotai with N1K2-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
22nd Sentai with Ki-61-II KAI Tony (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 12 minutes
S-602 Hikotai with J2M5 Jack (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 7000, scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84r Frank x 1

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 21

No Japanese losses
No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
102nd Sentai with Ki-84r Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000, scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul, at 106,125

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 17

No Allied losses

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

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Current base status at Shortlands – 93K supply on hand. Japanese midget subs operating in adjacent Torokina dot base hex NW of Shortlands. AAR’s follow.

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Submarine attack at Torokina 109,130

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-121

Allied Ships
LST-660

LST-660 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-121
Captain of SSX Ha-D-121 elects not to launch torpedoes at this target

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Submarine attack at Torokina 109,130

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-D-122

Allied Ships
LST-660, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage (sunk)

LST-660 is sighted by SSX Ha-D-122
SSX Ha-D-122 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-660

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Current base status at Kiriwina Island – 95K supply on hand. 80 F6F Hellcat CAP fighters from sunk CVE off Namatanai reach Kiriwina airfield, many pilots from these planes WIA, 10 additional F6F Hellcat fighters reach Shortlands. Japanese patrol sub intercepts small transport convoy moving from Kiriwina to Shortlands,sinking two xAK with fuel cargo aboard. AAR’s follow

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Submarine attack near Kiriwina Island at 104,131 (due E of Kiriwina Is)

Japanese Ships
SS I-168

Allied Ships
xAK Iron Knob, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (sunk)

xAK Iron Knob is sighted by SS I-168
SS I-168 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Iron Knob

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Submarine attack near Woodlark Island at 105,131 (NW of Woodlark Is)

Japanese Ships
SS I-168

Allied Ships
xAK Corio, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)

xAK Corio is sighted by SS I-168
SS I-168 attacking xAK Corio on the surface

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Current status of Buna base – 353K supply and 61K fuel on hand. Bombardment TF with Namatanai amphibious landing force aborted its mission and separated from the TF during the 3/24 game turn, this TF was routed to Buna and re-assigned to shore bombardment of Japanese airfield bases in eastern New Guinea. The bombardment TF was split into three smaller TF for simultaneous hit and run bombardment attacks starting next game turn against Lae, Wau and Finschhafen.

Current status of Milne Bay base – 711K supply and 128K fuel on hand.

Current status of Port Moresby base – 1.36 million supply and 106K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current status of Terapo base – 74K supply and 19K fuel on hand.


Summary of this game turn’s reported aircraft losses over all locations in SW Pacific theatre operations area including Rabaul and Shortlands, plus Namatanai invasion operations.

Japanese planes reported destroyed (621 total). Planes destroyed on the ground at Rabaul airfield.
• 62 Ki-84 Frank (19 air-to-air, 39 on the ground, 4 ops)
• 18 Ki-61 Tony (4 air-to-air, 14 on the ground)
• 11 Ki-45 Nick (all on the ground)
• 24 Ki-44 Tojo (1 air-to-air, 21 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 45 N1K2-J George (3 air-to-air, 40 on the ground, 2 ops)
• 17 N1K1-J George (1 air-to-air, 15 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 145 A6M5 Zero (132 air-to-air, 13 ops)
• 16 J2M5 Jack (3 air-to-air, 12 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 10 J2M2 Jack (9 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 22 Ki-49 Helen (all on the ground)
• 9 P1Y2 Frances (1 air-to-air, 1 flak, 6 on the ground, 1 ops)
• 6 G4M3 Betty (5 flak, 1 ops)
• 12 G4M2 Betty (11 flak, 1 ops)
• 74 B7A2 Grace (all air-to-air)
• 22 D4Y Judy (19 air-to-air, 2 flak, 1 ops)
• 76 B6N2 Jill (71 air-to-air, 3 flak, 2 ops)
• 4 H6K2 Emily (3 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 5 H6K4-L Mavis (all on the ground) – transports
• 7 Ki-54c Hickory (all on the ground) – transports
• 7 Ki-49-II KAI Helen (all on the ground) – transports
• 9 L2D2 Tabby (8 on the ground, 1 ops) – transports
• 20 E13A1 Jake (7 air-to-air, 13 on the ground)

Allied planes reported destroyed (107 total).
• 3 P-38 Lightning (2 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 7 F4U-1 Corsair (4 air-to-air, 3 ops)
• 5 F6F Hellcat (4 air-to-air, 1 ops)
• 7 B-29 Superfort (5 air-to-air, 2 flak)
• 11 B-24 Liberator (5 air-to-air, 2 flak, 4 ops)
• 35 SB2C Helldiver (30 air-to-air, 2 flak, 3 ops)
• 1 SBD-5 Dauntless (air-to-air)
• 35 TBM-3 Avenger (29 air-to-air, 1 flak, 5 ops)
• 1 Catalina IIIA (air-to-air)
• 1 PBY-5 Catalina (ops)
• 1 SOC-1 Seagull (ops)


Detected status of Jap base at Lae – 95 aircraft (all fighters), one Jap TF (7 ships total, all MTB), 12 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wau – 12 aircraft (all fighters), 7 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Salamaua – 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Nadzab – 12 aircraft (all fighters), airfield damage 7, 6 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Madang – 12 aircraft (6 fighters), no Jap TF, 9 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Wewak – unidentified Jap plane(s) visible on airfield, 11 Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Rabaul (after sweps & raids above) – 153 aircraft (131 fighters, 12 bombers, 10 other planes), airfield damage 97, one Jap TF (1 ships), 40 Jap LCU, defensive minefield visible on map.

Detected status of Jap base at Namatanai – 40 aircraft (all fighters), 11 Jap LCU. Two Jap LCU visible in adjacent hex NW of Namatanai.

Detected status of Jap base at Feni Islands – 62 aircraft (46 fighters, 16 bombers), 7 Jap LCU, 2 Jap TF (4 ships total, small ship types).

Detected status of Jap base at Lihir – 42 aircraft (15 fighters, 27 bombers), 3 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base at Kavieng – 127 aircraft (7 fighters, 59 bombers, 61 other planes), 13 Jap LCU, 4 Jap TF (16 ships total, transports and small ship types).

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Summary of Operations 03/25/45 (continued)

South Pacific: Current status of base at Ontong Java – 24K supply on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Rekata Bay – 40K supply and 4100 fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status at Thousand Ships Bay – 270K supply and 6700 fuel on hand (unchanged).


Current base status of Rennell Island – 168K supply and 2900 fuel on hand (unchanged). Allied transport ships moving supply and fuel to forward bases under cover of Namatanai operation intercepted by Japanese patrol sub. AAR follows.

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Sub attack near Rennell Island at 114,143 (daylight action, SE of Rennell Island)

Japanese Ships
SS RO-45, hits 11, heavy damage (sub identified as I-27 reported sunk at this hex location in this game turn’s Intelligence display)

Allied Ships
xAK Kalani, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage (sunk)
AO TAN 4
LCI-994
LCI-992
LCI-991
LCI-990
LCI-329
LSM-420
xAK Turk's Head
xAK Fort Yukon
xAK Cornish Park
xAK Waipo
xAK Lihue
xAK Diamond head
xAK Minnesotan
DD Hunt

SS RO-45 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Kalani
DD Hunt attacking submerged sub ....
Debris floats to surface in area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Current base status of Kirakira – 111K supply and 15K fuel on hand (unchanged).

Current base status of Ndeni – 1.44 million supply and 86K fuel on hand.

Current base status of Luganville – 3.62 million supply and 697K fuel on hand.

Current base status of Noumea – 5.82 million supply and 3.70 million fuel on hand.


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in South Pacific theatre area


Detected status of Jap base at Tassafronga – airfield damage 97, one Jap LCU.


Detected status of Jap base at Lunga (after raid below) – 9 Jap LCU, airfield damage 100, construction activity to expand airfield still reported. AAR of US airfield bombing raid against Lunga follows.

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Morning Air attack on Lunga, at 114,138

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
PBJ-1H Mitchell x 14

Allied aircraft losses
PBJ-1H Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x PBJ-1H Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Coastwatcher entries from 3/25 Operations report follow.

Coastwatcher Report: 4 ships in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Tassafaronga
Coastwatcher Report: AK Yokohama Maru reported in port at Manus
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Efate
Coastwatcher sighting: 9 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 2, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Lunga
Coastwatcher Report: 5 ships in port at Tulagi
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Finschhafen
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Hansa Bay
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Lae
Coastwatcher Report: 1 ship in port at Salamaua
Coastwatcher Report: 6 ships in port at Rabaul
Coastwatcher Report: harbor at Manus is reported empty
Coastwatcher Report: 3 ships in port at Woodlark Island
Coastwatcher sighting: 7 Japanese ships at 99,126 near Lae, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 2 Japanese ships at 107,124 near Rabaul, Speed 7, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 0, Moving Northeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed 14, Moving Southeast
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 101,119 near Manus, Speed unknown
Coastwatcher sighting: 1 Japanese ship at 108,126 near Feni Islands, Speed 0, Moving Northwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 8 Japanese ships at 106,122 near Kavieng, Speed 9, Moving East
Coastwatcher sighting: 4 Japanese ships at 105,122 near New Hanover Island, Speed 13, Moving Southwest
Coastwatcher sighting: 3 Japanese ships at 105,122 near New Hanover Island, Speed 29, Moving West

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Summary of Operations 03/25/45 (continued)

Central Pacific: Current base status at Abemama – 100K supply on hand (unchanged).

Detected status of Jap base at Ponape – 17 aircraft (11 bombers), airfield damage 53, 9 Jap LCU, no visible Jap TF.

Sigint entries for 3/25 report intercepted Jap radio transmissions from Truk and Ocean Island. Detected base status of Truk shows unidentified Jap plane(s) on airfield and ship(s) disbanded in port. No visible Japanese forces or activity appeared in detected base status at Ocean Island..


Burma: Updates of aerial recon reports counter last game turn’s report of possible withdrawal of significant Japanese LBA air assets from Burma. Detected Japanese plane counts at Rangoon and Magwe this game turn returned to previous levels.

Detected status of Jap base in Rangoon – 105 aircraft (90 fighters, 15 bombers), manpower 4(0), resources 21(0), refinery 72(129), light industry 9(32), one Jap TF (5 ships, surface ASW), 11 Jap LCU.

Detected status of Jap base in Magwe – 208 aircraft (194 fighters, 5 bombers), oil production 202(99), refinery 96(5), 8 Jap LCU (-4 from last report). Four unidentified Jap LCU visible at Meiktila (adjacent hex E of Magwe).


No reported Allied or Japanese plane losses this game turn in Burma-India theatre area.


Allied air operations continue this game turn against Japanese LCU along Burma-India border area. AAR’s follow.

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Morning Air attack on 4th Mortar Battalion, at 56,44, near Cox's Bazar (four actions with identical AAR, first one only shown)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 25000 feet

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