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23rd to 25th February 1942 - 7/20/2010 10:38:27 AM   
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Welcome Alfred! Indeed, it is a terrible situation that I have at Pearl Harbour. The battleships are indeed completely incapable of combat at the moment but they are so badly damaged that a journey to the West coast is incredibly dangerous. The Arizona, Nevada and California can only make 2 hexes a day on cruise speed and so that would mean that the journey would take a whole month at risk of sudden pump failures. Then there is the additional risk of Japanese subs along the West coast, and indeed a sudden appearance from the KB.
The Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland can at least make 4 hexes per turn which would appear to make the journey a little less perilous, I shall think about moving them Stateside, they are already at Lahaina as recommended by topeverest. Has anyone had any experience of moving heavily damaged battleships long distances?

Good suggestion about the combat engineers topeverest, playing mainly as the Japanese I am very aware of how useful they are in the fight against bombers! I have about four more engineer units coming in on transports, plus more AA and a coastal artillery unit for Lahaina, I should be able to get 800AV there in the next ten days or so.
I am particularly nervous about keeping the battleships in repair mode. FatR has so far always used his Kates with a primary mission of port attack when he has launched carrier raids and so if he appeared suddenly a day or two out from Pearl it would give the battleships no chance of escape. I have of course had them all either at pierside repair or in the shipyard until the day that the last screenshot was taken. In retrospect, I could have left them there for another few days.

Patches.
We are upgraded to the patch released on the 15th July.

Hawaiian Islands
The Americal Division is now loaded at San Francisco and is 9 days sail away from Lahaina. There are more troops approaching the Hawaiian islands and around 60 P-40Es coming in on AKVs. If I have another two weeks then I should be able to fortify the bases of Lahaina and Hilo such that it will take a very strong Japanese force indeed to overwhelm them. I am helped here by the underlying terrain, Lahaina is jungle and Hilo is rough jungle, a 3 times defensive modifier. Shortly I shall include a screenshot with the current level of defences.
There is a sigint report of the 17th Regiment preparing for an attack on Midway Island. As this is a unit which starts in the Kwantung army, this could be just a misinformation attempt.

US battleships.
I keep getting the names confused. It is the Oklahoma which is heading to the West Coast and she is progressing well. Moving at a cruise speed of 6 hexes per turn she is around 6 days away from safety and has even managed to repair a point of system and engineering damage en route.

Philippines.
The Japanese take Cagayan on the 23rd February, that gives another 900AV available for any adventure in the Hawaiian islands or elsewhere. I have a unit of O-47As in the Philippines to try and spot where these units go next. There are additional Japanese landings at Jolo and Zamboanga.

DEI.
The units revealed to be at Batavia are the 65th Brigade and the 21st Division, two units that had previously been at Bataan, and so which probably wont be involved in any Hawaiian attack. These units are making quick progress towards my base in the mountains whose name I have forgotten, retreat orders are issued today.
There are 11 new units arrived at Singapore most of which are artillery units. FatR launched a massed bombardment attack but the results are feeble, it seems as though FatR was waiting for these troops to arrive before launching another attack but I expect the final assault to start now.

China.
It looks as though the Japanese are launching another attack in China, as units are spotted to be heading south from Nanyang towards Sinyang. With chronic supply problems, I will withdraw from Sinyang back towards Ichang and the Chinese positions in the Japanese cities of Hankow and Wuchang. A Chinese corps endures 4 days of bombing from more than 200 bombers each day and is then force retreated by two Japanese brigades, another 6000 Chinese casualties.

Burma.
All of Burma Command is now at Myitkyina and have started their long trek through the jungle towards India.

Ceylon and India.
7th Australian Division is now unloading at Columbo to join 18th British and 6th Australian plus a lot more Indian units, including some which were evacuated from Malaya by air transport. With over 2500AV on the island it should be safe now which is particularly pleasing as two British carriers are due to appear here in 1944. There are a lot of units due to arrive in India and Aden at the start of March including a full Indian Division, the British transport fleet will have a busy time moving units from Aden to Ceylon and India.

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RE: 23rd to 25th February 1942 - 7/20/2010 12:31:25 PM   
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Welcome Alfred! Indeed, it is a terrible situation that I have at Pearl Harbour. The battleships are indeed completely incapable of combat at the moment but they are so badly damaged that a journey to the West coast is incredibly dangerous. The Arizona, Nevada and California can only make 2 hexes a day on cruise speed and so that would mean that the journey would take a whole month at risk of sudden pump failures. Then there is the additional risk of Japanese subs along the West coast, and indeed a sudden appearance from the KB.
The Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland can at least make 4 hexes per turn which would appear to make the journey a little less perilous, I shall think about moving them Stateside, they are already at Lahaina as recommended by topeverest. Has anyone had any experience of moving heavily damaged battleships long distances?

I have successfully moved BBs similarly damaged back from Pearl to the West Coast. Of coursenothing is 100% guaranteed, being subject to die rolls but IMHO, if you are convinced that Hawaii is to be a target soon, you have no option but to take the risk of moving the BBs because if left at Pearl they will certainly be lost.

I would split up TF12 into two TFs. The 3 BBs with less than 50% sys damage should make the West Cost fairly easily. You run some risk with the other 3 but the odds are in your favour. Make certain that they have adequate escorts even if that means leaving none at Pearl Harbor.


Hawaiian Islands
The Americal Division is now loaded at San Francisco and is 9 days sail away from Lahaina. There are more troops approaching the Hawaiian islands and around 60 P-40Es coming in on AKVs. If I have another two weeks then I should be able to fortify the bases of Lahaina and Hilo such that it will take a very strong Japanese force indeed to overwhelm them. I am helped here by the underlying terrain, Lahaina is jungle and Hilo is rough jungle, a 3 times defensive modifier. Shortly I shall include a screenshot with the current level of defences.

The problem with garrisoning Hilo is that unless you equally strongly garrison Kona, the endeavour will probably be futile. Do you have that much AV to do so, I doubt it. Accordingly I would make Lahaina even stronger and consider strengthening the base between Pearl and Lahaina. That way you maintain control over the main Hawaiian airfields (which are interlocked) - I presume you have not built up Hilo/Kona but even if you have the latter are inferior to Pearl/Lahaina.

Also by making Pearl strong you can, using your air transports, fly in last minute LCU reinforcements from Pearl to Hilo/Kona. This would be quicker than moving by land from Hilo to Kona should you find the landing to be at Kona.



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RE: 23rd to 25th February 1942 - 7/20/2010 5:08:16 PM   
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If you mean to move the BB's, I agree three of the least damaged can in all liklihood make it to west coast. I would be shocked if any were lost. The system damage on the others makes it problematic to get to WC, but they might make it. You might move the others to Cristmas Island. They certainly would make it there. get a few repair ships there and repair pierside critical to get as much system damage as possible out as soon as possible.

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26th February to 1st March 1942 - 7/22/2010 7:48:35 PM   
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Alfred, you were right about the battleships, three of the less damaged ones left Hawaii four days ago and are making good progress with no flooding problems so far. Unfortunately Arizona developed flooding problems (7 non-major flooding points) on the first day out of Pearl and is now back at anchor. I think that Arizona and Nevada are stuck there for the foreseeable but I shall make another attempt with California in the near future.
Topeverest, a good tip with the pierside critical repair. California is predicted to repair its system damage in 23 days. I think I shall make another evacuation attempt when it is able to make 4 hexes a turn.

Orphan Anne
She welcomes us to the Pacific and reminds all the allied soldiers that misery and pain is right around the corner.

Hawaiian Islands.
Sigint reports another combat engineer unit planning for Lihue, the island to the west of Pearl Harbour. This is an island that I am prepared to lose, there is only a batallion there at the moment. There are also reports of heavy radio traffic at Kwajalein, could this be the KB? Americal Division is now three days away from Lahaina and there are two AA units also due. A marine defence unit which arrives at Pearl Harbour will be transported to Hilo.

US battleships.
Oklahoma is now just 6 hexes away from the West Coast, with any luck she should make it tomorrow. The three battleships which are capable of moving 4 hexes per turn set out from Hawaii four turns ago and have not had any flooding problems so far. I have another nervous week ahead of me but I am now quietly optimistic that all should make it. The three other battleships, Arizona, California and Nevada left Hawaii in a separate task force but Arizona ran into trouble immediately; flooding increased by 7 points on the first day. These three battleships are now all on pierside repair mode. I shall try again to send the California in a couple of weeks when system damage is lower but I think that Nevada and Arizona are stuck at Pearl.

Australia.
There are a few Japanese recon flights over Darwin, I am surprised that FatR hasn't taken this crucial town yet. A newly arrived coastal gun unit will make it harder.

DEI.
The Japanese are making fast progress on Java. The mountain hex of Bandoeng is taken and the 144th Regiment lands at Tjepoe on the 1st, threatening to cut off a lot of Dutch troops. The only thing that I can do now is to move to strategic mode and rail into Malang; with around 700 Dutch AV left, it should be able to hold for a few weeks at least.
At Singapore, and after 12 days of inactivity, the Japanese launch two deliberate attacks and then a shock attack in 4 days. The latest shock attack gets 1 to 1 odds and takes forts down to 0 and with significant airfield damage the base will surely fall soon. The Japanese have suffered badly in this string of attacks, look at the AV values of some of the Japanese Divisions.

China.
The AVG gets a nice ambush south of Sinyang. 11 Anns and 8 Sallies are shot down. Japanese troops have arrived at Sinyang to find it deserted by the Chinese, they will surely take it tomorrow. Japanese possession of Sinyang puts the Chinese position in Hankow in grave danger of being flanked, I shall probably start to withdraw towards Ichang tomorrow.

Burma.
The retreat to India is going on uninterrupted, I am leaving a couple of small units behind as a rearguard against paratroopers, sigint reported a paratroop units at Rangoon a couple of weeks ago.

Japanese carriers
Still no sign of them, in the worst possible case there could be 7 of them heading towards the sea lanes between Hawaii and the West Coast. The length of time since their last sighting would suggest that they could possibly be almost exactly due north of Pearl Harbour at a range sufficient to avoid being spotted by Catalinas at Midway.





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2nd March 1942 - 7/23/2010 10:20:41 AM   
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Hawaii it is.
A Japanese carrier fleet is spotted nine hexes away from Midway island. The pop-up suggests that there are 443 planes there, so this looks to be at the very least 4 large carriers. It is worth considering that the Japanese could have as many as 7 fleet carriers, 4 light carriers and 2 escort carriers by now, a force that I will not fight head on. A seaplane tender at French Frigate Shoals is spotted by a Jake so there are more ships closer to Pearl Harbour than the Japanese carriers are. Either that or it is a misreported Glen.
I think that the Japanese will have 2 divisions available at the moment, the 38th and 48th which previously fought at Manila as well as the 16th and 24th Regiments from Port Moresby, if I can get the Americal Division unloaded, I think that Lahaina should be safe for the moment.

Hawaii defences.
I have moved as fast as possible but defences are nowhere near complete. At Pearl Harbour are 210 fighters, 12 B-17s, 30 medium bombers and 30 tactical bombers. The 500AV is well protected behind a huge collection of coastal guns. Lahaina at the moment has about 40 fighters and 200 AV plus a small coastal gun unit, the Americal Division is 10 hexes away. The faster transport ships can arrive tomorrow but the rest are two days away. I should just be able to unload the division in time but it will be close.
Hilo has a level 1 airfield and 250 AV with a marine defence battalion. If I had had time, then I would have liked to have moved these troops to Molokai as per Alfreds suggestion but it is too late now.

Battleships.
California is to leave Pearl Harbour today. At 5knots she might just be able to make 3 hexes a turn. Oklahoma is now safe back at the West Coast. Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland are 38 hexes from safety with no problems so far. Nevada and Arizona are almost certainly going to be sunk, I have chosen to keep them at Pearl where they at least have 200 fighters as protection rather than let them fall to progressive flooding.

DEI.
Things are going from bad to worse on Java as several Dutch units are caught in strategic move mode at Semarang, they will be cut off and destroyed in short order. It looks likely that about 500AV will be able to make it to Malang. There is a small bright spot as the new Dutch Hurricanes shoot down 6 Sallys over Malang.
Singapore has failed to repair its forts to level 1. The latest bombardment shows a Japanese AV of 1547 compared to the allied 643, a shock attack tomorrow might well finish it.

China.
For the first time, the AVG manages to stand up to Oscars on sweep mode. Defending their home base of Changsha, 6 AVG planes plus 2 Chinese H81s are lost to 10 Oscars. I am happy to continue to exchange at these rates; none of the AVG pilots were lost but likely more than half of the Japanese pilots were killed.
On land, the Chinese gain a big victory at Pucheng. A Japanese attack only gets 1 to 2 odds but causes 9000 casualties, over 700 damaged squads if the combat report is to be believed.
In the middle of China, Japanese tanks take Sinyang and the Chinese start to retreat from Hankow.

Burma.
Japanese tanks are fast approaching Myitkyina. I may try to send the British Blenheims into attack, as useless as they are.




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3rd and 4th March 1942 - 7/24/2010 12:21:12 PM   
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Hawaii.
The Japanese land at Midway and launch a shock attack. Achieving three to one odds they take the forts down to 0, the place will fall next turn. Prior to this the Hyuga, Ise, Yamashiro and Fuso bombarded and carrier planes from the Kaga and Zuikaku launched a ground attack. The KB is now next to the hex west of Midway, with over 650 planes reported by my recon, it looks to be everything the Japanese have got.
This is a good turn for the allies however. Americal Division is about two thirds unloaded at Lahaina, and AA guns arrive in port this turn. More engineers are also one day out from Pearl Harbour. The four damaged battleships make good progress towards Hawaii and best of all, SS Cachalot appears to put a torpedo into BB Ise.
FatR doesn't know it yet, but I think that the battle for Hawaii has already been won, now I need to make it drag on as long as possible to keep the Japanese navy at sea and burning fuel and building up system damage.

Synch bug.
My combat replay showed Midway falling to a 6 to 1 attack but the real results were only 3 to 1. I have noticed other anomalies, when a P-40 from the AVG was lost on a move recently, it was reported as a Zero shot down in combat in the aircraft losses screen.

China.
FatR is not happy as a Japanese division shock attacks across the river into Hankow. With 200 squads damaged it is out for months. The Chinese are continuing the retreat from Hankow, it should be completed in three days.
Over Changsha, three sweeping Oscar squadrons inflict terrible damage on the AVG, 13 P-40s lost for just 4 Oscars.

DEI.
Fortunately, most of the Dutch troops on the west of Java have managed to escape their possible trap and are now heading towards Malang. A Japanese deliberate attack at Malang gets 1 to 2 odds, takes the forts down to 1 but suffers three times the casualties. At a rough estimate, I think that Java will hold until mid April and hence nearly until the crucial date of the 30th April, the end of the amphibious bonus.
Singapore is 70 percent of the way to forts 1, but Japanese bombers are stopping any further progress.

Burma.
I am having trouble getting the Blenheims to fly but a Hurricane squadron on sweep manages to get a more than 1 to 1 ratio against Oscars flying LRCAP over the advancing Japanese tanks. Most of Burma command is about 20 miles out of Warazup, the dot hex on the trail north of Myitkyina.

Real Life.
I had a dream last night where the Yamato and 3 other battleships bombarded Pearl Harbour inflicting terrible damage. Dear Heavens this is an addictive game!

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5th and 6th March 1942 - 7/26/2010 8:35:19 AM   
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Hawaii.
The KB moves to a position 4 hexes away from Johnston Island, and recon now shows it to contain a total of 878 planes! AV Wright and a PC are sunk while fleeing from Laysan Island. At Hawaii, the engineer unit is unloaded at Pearl and the Americal Division is completely and safely unloaded at Lahaina, along with more AA guns. Recon Glens flying over Lihue, Molokai, Lahaina and particularly at Hilo should observe the large buildup.

US carriers.
These are all at anchor on the west coast. Saratoga is repairing damage from a torpedo hit, Lexington is upgrading its AA guns and Yorktown and Enterprise are both repairing system damage. I want all of the carriers to receive their first AA upgrades before they set off into battle again. This will probably be mid to late April.
The two US marine units which started on the Lexington and the Enterprise became carrier trained today, do they require three months on board so to do? I will be removing them when the resizing of the fighter groups occurs.

China.
The AVG has retreated from the front lines and the Japanese are continuing with their huge bombing raids. At the moment, the main target is the concentration of troops retreating from Hankow. In the south of the country, the supply situation at Pucheng is getting worse and worse, most of the units are close to running out of supply. I decide to launch a couple of small offensives against mostly empty Japanese towns in the hope that they have small stockpiles of supplies left.

DEI.
The Dutch position has stabilised, 330 AV are now entrenched at a rough jungle hex and 420 AV at Malang. The Japanese have a total of about 1200 AV on Java and take Tjilitjap on the 6th, it will be about 6 days until they reach Malang.
Singapore survives another Japanese deliberate attack, Japanese casualties are twice those of the allies and include over 100 destroyed squads and 35 destroyed vehicles. Forts are rebuilt to 1 at the end of the turn. I am astounded at how long Singapore has survived.

Burma.
I have given up trying to fly the Blenheims but the Hurricanes are still getting the better of Oscars and get better than a 1 to 1 ratio, around 12 Oscars are lost to 8 Hurricanes in this period. With the squadrons due to withdraw in April I am pleased to get these odds and to get some use out of these excellent fighters. Most of Burma command is about 20 miles out of Warazup, the dot hex on the trail north of Myitkyina. A lone Hurricane on LRCAP manages to get 5 Sallies on the 6th, Flight Lieutenant Ullet becoming an ace in one day.

Royal Navy.
Two more battleships are to arrive on map in a week and the CV Formidable is seven days out from Cape Town. When all of these ships are available, I might be tempted to use the Royal Navy in small spoiling operations, maybe a raid against Sumatra or Port Blair?

Sigint.
Allied sigint has found some very useful intelligence in the last month and it pulls out another beauty on the 6th March with the revelation that the 14th and 19th Divisions are preparing for Diamond Harbour. Is it still early enough to be launching an invasion of India?

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7th to 11th March - 7/28/2010 10:44:30 PM   
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Hawaii.
Midway and Johnston Islands have now fallen to the Japanese. Both of the Islands were captured by a lone Japanese regiment, which means that FatR should have about 1200AV available for the rest of Hawaii, certainly not enough to defeat both of the US garrisons at Hilo and Lahaina. Fast Us transport ships have brought in another coastal gun unit to Lahaina. With 600 AV there and forts approaching level 4, it will require at least 3 Japanese divisions to take it.
As can be seen in the picture below, it looks as though the Japanese will be landing in a day or two at Hawaii. The KB was spotted about ten hexes east of Johnston Island on the 10th March but wasnt seen at all on the 11th. A Jake shot down over Pearl Harbour suggests that it might be very close to Pearl indeed.

DEI.
The Guards Mixed Brigade lands at Samarinda, good news to know that it wont be involved in Hawaii. I think that it also has a river crossing to make if it is moved to Balikpapan, with 130AV behind level 3 forts it might just be able to hold. Dutch bombers manage to sink 2 Japanese transports and a submarine sinks another from the task force unloading the troops.
On Java, I am using the Dutch Hurricanes to sweep and occasionally get lucky and shoot down an Oscar, there is precious little else I can do with them. Dutch units are starting to retreat towards the mountain hex at Malang.
Singapore still holds and has level 1 forts.

China.
The Chinese have completed their withdrawal from Hankow and now hold the forest hex east of Ichang. 1 Chinese corps is retreated by a large Japanese force. It is noticeable that there are a lot fewer IJAAF bombers in China for the last two turns, maybe the Sallies have been withdrawn for operations in Burma, Java or North Australia.

Burma.
Japanese tanks are chasing my units all the way up to Warazup, most Burma Command units are two or three days away from the jungle hexes. Surely Japan wont advance any further?




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RE: 7th to 11th March - 7/29/2010 12:14:59 AM   
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Any more subs you can flood the area with? Your torps are crud, but all you need to do is get lucky once or twice.

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12th March 1942 - 7/30/2010 9:20:41 AM   
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Welcome Paullus! Yes, that last picture does look a little denuded of subs. Fortunately a TF of 6 S class subs arrived at Pearl that same turn, so there is quite a decent wolfpack around. There are another couple of S class arriving from the South Pacific in a couple of days as well as two more coming from Panama. With good spotting on the invasion fleets, I am hopeful of a couple of sinkings, getting to the troops ships would be nearly as valuable as the carriers in this situation.

Hawaii.
The KB is now at hex (178,115), more clearly expressed as 7 hexes south west of Lahaina and it is escorting two other fleets, it looks like the probable landing hex will be either Lahaina on Maui or Kona on Hawaii itself, and that this will be either on the next turn or the one following that. Large numbers of search planes over Lahaina and Pearl Harbour suggest that Lahaina is the most likely destination. Allied submarines line the approach route to Lahaina, six S class subs arrived at Pearl Harbour the turn before.
Fighters over Pearl manage to shoot down 5 Jakes and 2 Kates which had been on search, small but worthwhile attrition.
I have formed a couple of surface raider groups on the West coast to try to engage any Japanese forces at Midway, Johnston or Palmyra, there is also a spotting of a lone destroyer about 12 hexes north east of Palmyra, another invasion fleet?


DEI.
The Japanese try a deliberate attack against Madioen and suffer surprisingly poor results. Despite being outnumbered by the Japanese, the 344AV of Dutch troops stops the 877AV Japanese attack cold, 1 to 2 odds and the forts staying at level 2. Hopefully I will be able to get these units into the strongly fortified position at Malang

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13th and 14th March - 8/1/2010 8:41:19 AM   
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Hawaii.
The Japanese land the 38th Division on Hilo, along with an air headquarters and three construction units. The marine defence battalion which was moved there just about a week ago performs very creditably, sinking one large xAP and setting two light cruisers and 3 other xAPs on fire. The Japanese also look to suffer heavy casualties among the non-combat units, 25 squads are reported destroyed and nearly 200 disabled. At Hilo, there is 301 allied AV against 434 Japanese. Behind level 3 forts and with rough jungle terrain, the Allies should be easily able to hold this position unless another division is unloaded.

Sigint reports part of the 48th Division to be planning for Lahaina, I wonder if it will be dropped on Kona instead. I think that there is one more regiment in the area and planning for Lahaina which should give the Japanese about 1100AV in total. There is also 16th Division which fought at Cagayan.

US reinforcements.
I have three regiments available as reinforcements. One of these is on transports about 15 hexes away from Hilo and the other two are now loading at San Francisco and hence about 7 days away. FatR now needs to keep his carrier force near Pearl Harbour for at least a couple of weeks to stop me bringing them in to Hilo. There are more troops at Pearl Harbour which could be flown in but I am short of transport planes.

US Navy.
The second of the surface combat groups leaving the West Coast immediately runs into problems as a Japanese submarine torpedoes the CA Penascola. With 60 flooding damage she is sent back to Alameda to repair. 4 of the Pearl Harbour battleships are now docked safely on the West Coast, the California still has about 10 hexes to go to reach San Francisco. Good suggestion Alfred.

Burma/India.
Frustratingly, the Japanese launch a deliberate attack on retreating Burma Command units at Warazup and force them to retreat back south towards the Japanese positions, despite most of them being around 40 miles towards the next hex northwards. Oscars launch a sweep against Calcutta and butcher the Buffaloes there, 13 of 16 being shot down. It looks as though FatR is serious about invading India, 14th and 19th Divisions which were seen previously to be planning for Diamond Harbour plus the units from Singapore would give over 3000AV.

Royal Navy.
I will use it to fight against any Indian invasion if the KB is known to be elsewhere. Two more R-class battleships are now available on map and the CV Formidable is en route to Columbo from Cape Town.




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RE: 13th and 14th March - 8/1/2010 2:22:29 PM   
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Anxiously watching this one. No mention of any air action against the Japanese invaders. Are you standing down to avoid you forces being decimated by the elite pilots of KB? What about your PT boats?

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15th March 1942 - 8/2/2010 8:01:16 AM   
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Welcome Vettim! I tried some air attacks in this turn and it was ugly, very ugly. I have three small PT boat squadrons and sent one into attack today, the other two I will send tomorrow.

Hawaii.
FatR does decide to land the 48th Division at Hilo along with the 16th Regiment. Both of these units have previously been spotted planning for Lahaina, so they are probably at 0 percent preparation for Hilo. I wonder why there has been no landing on Kona yet, it stands empty? The marine defence battalion causes more casualties for the Japanese, three minesweepers, an AMC and an xAK are sunk and three other ships are damaged. On the ground the Allies have 312 AV compared to the Japanese 989, it will be a close battle.

Air attacks suffer terribly, 12 P-40Es, 15 Wildcats and a Dauntless are shot down for only 2 Zeroes although the surviving Dauntlesses do manage to score 2 bombs on a large xAP leaving it with heavy fires. 5 B-17Ds attack but three of them are lost by the end of the turn and no damage is done. Although the A6M2 Zero only has 10 knots extra speed in this mod, it seems to be hugely more powerful than the A6M2 in stock. A PT squadron attacks but retreats immediately when it spots four light cruisers escorting.

I think that that is all the troops that Japan has available at the moment. 16th Division is still unaccounted for since it left Cagayan and so that could be available, but likely not for the next week or two.

China.
Japan launches a shock attack against the Chinese units entrenched at Wuchang and forces all of them to retreat, another 25000 Chinese casualties compared to 4000 Japanese . In the north, the Chinese take the opportunity to move against an almost undefended Nanyang, the main northern army should be arriving in around 3 days. Ideally I want to take the city, retreat some Japanese units and then immediately head back to the mountains. The AVG scores another victory south of Sian shooting down 16 Sonias and 3 Marys, but there will surely be 100s of bombers attacking again the next day, the Japanese bomber pools seem inexhaustible.
In the south, the Pucheng pocket, I am going to have to launch a general retreat as supplies are almost gone.

India.
Japanese sweeps continue, with Zeroes getting the better of Hurricanes over Calcutta. This would be a good place to try to set up a battle of attrition but unfortunately it looks like the Japanese are winning it at the moment. I really dont want to retreat from Calcutta.

DEI.
Singapore survives another deliberate attack. Forts are taken down to 0 but rebuilt immediately and Japanese losses are nearly 4 times those of the allies.
On Java, the Japanese take Madioen and destroy a coastal gun unit there. There are now only two Dutch controlled bases left, at Soerabaja and Malang in the mountains. The entire Dutch force will be congregating at Malang in around three or four days, it should be a little over 750AV, the Japanese have about 1300AV.

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RE: 15th March 1942 - 8/3/2010 7:03:05 PM   
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nail biting time...Anxiously awaiting the results of the next few days.

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16th and 17th March 1942 - 8/4/2010 4:40:50 PM   
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Thanks TE. A couple of days of good results for the allies here.

Hawaii.
The Japanese have now finished unloading at Hilo, so far they have brought 2 divisions and a lot of support units, many of which I think has suffered heavy losses during unloading. The KB and the rest of the invasion fleets are now about 5 hexes south west of Hilo and presumably heading back to Kwajalein. PT boats manage to torpedo a large xAP at Hilo on the 16th and submarines sink two ships on the 17th. Catalina make two night attacks, against the Kaga and Akagi but manage no hits.

On the 16th, the KB attacks Pearl Harbour itself, possibly by accident. There are a number of small raids by Japanese bombers but these are escorted by large numbers of fighters, the largest raid sees 112 Zeroes escorting 12 Vals. Total losses for the day are 12 Zeroes, 5 Kates and 4 Vals as well as 14 Jakes. The Americans lose 15 planes, and CL Trenton takes a torpedo. Arizona and Nevada remain unattacked throughout as fortunately the turn before I had sent them back to pierside repair mode.

The Japanese launch a deliberate attack on the 17th March and the US troops, in what might well turn out to be the most important battle of the war turn the Japanese attack back. The Japanese get just short of a 1 to 1 attack and take the forts down to 2 but suffer four times the casualties. Another regiment is about 15 hexes away on high speed transports, I will try to sneak it in if the KB moves further away.

The results of the last attack suggest to me that the battle of Hawaii is won. The Japanese may be able to take Kona and Hilo but with only another 6 weeks of the invasion bonus, Lahaina is probably safe. Now I want to make the battle last as long as possible to keep the Japanese navy at sea burning fuel. I shall try to feed troops slowly into Hilo so that it never looks impossible to take. Results for the last attack suggest that my men should be safe if the AV ratio doesnt fall below 3 to 1.


China.
As expected, there are hundreds of bombers raiding Chinese positions near Changsha, Pucheng and Sian. It looks as if the main Japanese army stack is heading north again towards Nanyang and so the Chinese attack on that city is to be abandoned.

India.
Japan is still flying sweeps in India but today concentrates on the base at Chittagong. I have no planes available to defend this base at the moment, but this base along with Diamond Harbour will be my main defence line in the North. However, surely FatR will not try to invade India with the KB now tied up near Pearl Harbour.

DEI.
Two more bombardments at Singapore and the forts are getting close to level 2 again. The Dutch withdrawal to Soerabaja is completed successfully and these units will now move to Malang for the final siege. All of the Dutch fighters are set to provide CAP and most will probably be wiped out tomorrow.

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RE: 16th and 17th March 1942 - 8/4/2010 8:56:47 PM   
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I would not give an inch in Hawaii. If you can drive a nail, do it. Build up relentlessly. This is a key battle. Do not underestimate the efficacy of the enemy at this stage of the war.

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RE: 16th and 17th March 1942 - 8/5/2010 1:51:15 AM   
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Hello Yubari! I am new on this board and having a great time reading the AARs because I am considering buying the game (the Pacific war is my favourite WWII subject). I have learned a lot about game mechanics already and the strategies are fascinating (we need a Spock smiley at this point).
This AAR is especially suspenseful - the battle could go either way and you have been handling things very well.

Just one thought after reading other AARs - watch out for a surface raid by BBs/CAs if you try and dock that last division at Hilo ... unless you are very sure your search aircraft have covered all possible danger zones.

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18th March 1942 - 8/6/2010 5:22:17 PM   
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Welcome BBfanboy! I would strongly recommend getting this game as soon as possible, I hardly ever play anything else now, and battleships are a lot more potent in AE than in the original WITP! Very sensible point about surface raiders. I have a cruiser task force that would be able to provide some support but the rest of the USN is either upgrading or ready to upgrade on the West coast. A Japanese battleship would make a terrible mess of my force.

It has been three days without a turn from FatR, I think that he was expecting a quick victory at Hilo. So far I have only seen the replay but here is what happened on the 18th of March.

Strategy.
An interesting thought topeverest, and certainly Hawaii is going to be the key battle of this game. My thinking is that if I was to drop a large number of troops on Hilo then FatR would very quickly decide to retreat. From the opening battle of the campaign it looks as though a troops ratio of three to one should be safe for the allies so I shall endeavour to keep it above that at all times, but not too far above it. At the moment the Japanese have about 940AV on the island with potential for 450 more from the 16th Division and so I would like ideally to have between 500 and 700AV at Hilo

The dream situation for me here would be for the Japanese to have six or more divisions on Hawaii by early June and have the KB moving around the area but not able to break the flow of reinforcements. Conversely the nightmare would be for the KB to stay very close to Hilo and completely block reinforcements and for my men to all be captured. It is a tough balance that I have to strike here.

Hawaii.
The 17th Regiment is landed at Kona to the accompaniment of a large number of booming mine explosions on the replay. CA Kumano hits one as well as three destroyers and an xAK. CA Kumano will probably have very little damage and DD Hatsukaze is reported as only being on fire but the other ships could all sink. There are a number of US submarine attacks but all miss.

The 17th Regiment had previously fought on Midway where it had suffered quite bad damage, I estimate that it will be at only about 80AV and so bring the total Japanese AV on Hawaii to about 940. The KB is still loitering near Kona and so unloading the be-transported regiment will be close to impossible at the moment.

The battleship California suffered from increased flooding damage on the 17th and was 5 hexes from Los Angeles last turn. I had wanted to send her to Alameda but another torpedo would probably have finished her and there have been a lot of subs reported near San Francisco. It is a nervous wait for the next turn, once the flooding damage starts, it tends to continually get worse.

China.
The IJAAF continues its huge attacks all through China. The retreat from Pucheng has gone about as well as it could have done given the circumstances but the Japanese manage to rout 2 Chinese corps when they take the city today. It will be a difficult road for the Chinese to retreat from Pucheng back towards Changsha, the terrain is flat throughout and there will be hundreds upon hundreds of bombers attacking them constantly.

DEI.
Another bombardment of Singapore but forts are getting close to level 2 again. There are about 11000 supplies remaining and all units are fully supplied. A couple of newly launched ML boats are fleeing from Singapore and are attacked and missed by Nells using bombs, suggesting that there are no air headquarters in the area. I am strongly tempted to use the Royal Navy to try to interdict any landings on the northern part of Sumatra, I am pretty certain that all of the Japanese battleships are operating in the Hawaii theatre. The one possible problem is the Yamato, scheduled to arrive two months earlier in this mod.

India.
Japan is starting to bomb Chittagong airfield. The only air unit I have there is a small squadron of Catalinas, I am too short of Hurricanes to provide good CAP over Calcutta and Ceylon, never mind anywhere else. Little damage is done.

My opponent.
An interesting comment from another well-known WITP player John 3rd in his duel AAR with FatR where he describes himself as being the cautious and semi-sane member of the pair!

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RE: 18th March 1942 - 8/6/2010 6:17:59 PM   
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Don't pay any attention to that. FatR is a much more strategically and logistically aware opponent.

He might make a deep attack but it'll have logistical backing. As such it'll be far, far more dangerous than some flashy but insufficiently supported and considered "show raid".

FatR is definitely, IMO, far more likely to make an attack stick in the long run but his failure to properly recon Hawaii is a HUGE error. It turned an easy win for Japan ( land a naval guard formation at Kona to take it the day before your main force unloads so that you can unload without any losses or disruption and then move overland to take Hilo with the benefit of IJAAF bomber raids to disrupt the defenders and improve your adjusted AV ) into a touch and go situation you are more likely to win.

Poor recon, very poor recon. If that's a feature elsewhere you should aim to use that against him.

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19th March 1942 - 8/9/2010 3:15:16 PM   
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Welcome Nemo! I entirely agree with you about Kona. I noticed that FatR withdrew all of his submarines from the Hawaii area around mid February, presumably to make it look less likely that there would be an invasion there. It is a mistake that I made in a previous game as Japan as well. There was very thorough recon of Lahaina, Hilo and Pearl from a couple of turns before the invasion but nothing of Kona if I remember correctly. I noticed that there was poor recon in the Kuriles early on and I dont think there are many recon planes around Sumatra and Java, possibilities for a raid in the near future.

Hawaii.
Overnight, the US PT boats attack Japanese ships at Kona and manage to sink the AV Sanyo Maru, a crucial boat to sink as it appears to be the only seaplane tender at Kona. The Japanese take Kona with the 17th Infantry Regiment, 84AV worth of troops, there are no aviation support troops at Kona yet so crucially there should be no Japanese recon planes operable, although there is an air headquarters at Hilo.

The KB appears to be retreating back towards Kwajalein, my fleet of high speed transport ships is ordered to move nine hexes away from Hilo and so should be able to move in and unload within one turn. Two more regiments should be able to move in if the KB does actually move back to Kwajalein, that should make it about 600AV at Hilo. Current values are Japanese 896, Allied 304 and forts are back up to level 3.

The Japanese carriers launch four squadrons of Zeroes on a sweep mission to Pearl Harbour and they perform very well. My best estimates show 10 Zeroes being shot down for 12 P-40s, 11 Wildcats, 8 P-39s and 12 obsolete fighters (Mohawks, Buffaloes, P-26s and Texans).

The improved Zero in this mod has proved utterly dominant over the Allied fighters so far, evidently I have no hope of being able to win a war of attrition over Pearl Harbour against the KB. FatR seems very happy to see P-26s over Pearl Harbour, he thinks that I have run out of US army fighters but I have nearly 250 in reserve to fight a battle such as this. I am however desperately short of Navy fighters, I have just about enough to replace the last of the carrier Buffaloes.

China.
The Japanese are concentrating mainly on Chinese troops near Nanyang, a couple of hundred bombers hit my stack just north of there today, with only about 150 hitting the stack retreating from Pucheng.

India.
The Japanese are continuing to sweep Chittagong but face no opposition. Over Calcutta, I have been reduced to putting Fulmars in the front lines as a number of my Hurricane squadrons are due to be withdrawn in April and I dont want to put planes in them only to see them dissappear in a couple of weeks.

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RE: 19th March 1942 - 8/9/2010 3:22:40 PM   
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You don't need to win a battle of air superiority with the KB - you just need to make him fight for it, especially in an area that isn't close to any major ports to allow him to recoup those losses quickly. His carriers are vulnerable without fighters or even fatigued ones, so if we can keep rotating in fresh fighters for a while, he'll be forced to withdraw - especially if it doesn't look like he'll win a quick victory.

At this point, attrit, attrit, attrit - you know where his power projection assets are - so make him bleed for it.


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20th March 1942 - 8/11/2010 11:41:35 AM   
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You are right Paullus. The nearest Japanese controlled base is Johnston Island with a level 2 port. Will he be able to replenish planes here?

Hawaii.
FatR has balls of steel. For this turn he sends the KB just three hexes south of Pearl Harbour and launches fighter sweeps over two Allied bases. One fighter squadron targets Lahaina and slaughters defending P-40Es there, about 8 shot down for no Zeroes. Next, 112(!) Zeroes sweep Pearl Harbour and massacre the defending fighters forces, fighters lost can be seen in the attached screenshot, it is not pretty.

In the PM phase, there are two small Kate attacks on destroyers at Pearl Harbour. The first is from 6 Kates escorted by 8 Zeroes and the second from 6 Kates escorted by 80 Zeroes, no hits are scored. Overall, it looks like 50 Allied fighters are lost for about 15 Zeroes, plus 5 Kates and 9 Jakes. It is noticeable that there are no attacks from Vals, presumably they have all been set to rest. Had I tried for a carrier battle for this turn then I would probably have been able to score a major victory.

Elsewhere, submarines sink two destroyers. I-10 gets a destroyer near San Francisco and SS Nautilus sinks the DD Sawakaze which had previously hit a mine at Kona. If ever I needed a torpedo hit, just one torpedo hit against a Japanese carrier, it is now.

In a very interesting piece of information, a submarine spots an AS, an AD and an AKE approaching Johnston Island, I will try to bombard this island in the next two weeks but unfortunately it is out of range of B-17s operating at Palmyra

India.
There are more fighter sweeps here, one A6M2 squadron and one squadron of Oscar 1cs. I was somewhat disparaging of the Fulmar in the last report but they perform fairly well here, shooting down 3 Oscars for the loss of 4 of their own. With the squadron due to be withdrawn in May and only 1 pilot being lost I am happy to continue with those odds. Best estimates for the number of losses here are 12 Oscars, 6 Zeroes, 12 Hurricanes, 4 Fulmars; decent odds with the added advantage being that a lot of the Japanese pilots will be lost. Indeed I do not know why FatR is willing to fight over Calcutta, the number of Hurricanes is limited but I still have 60 in the pool.

A new British CV is now just 6 days away from arriving on map, the Royal Navy should be ready to sortie in about two weeks time.

China.
Bombers attacking Chinese troops moving towards towns in the north although these troops are merely trying to distract the enemy. Lots more attack Chinese troops heading towards Nanyang and still more attack troops retreating from Pucheng. The Japanese have caught up with some stragglers and so these will be routed again next turn.

DEI.
Singapore still holds, there has only been one deliberate attack here in the last two weeks. However, with the Japanese now close to a ratio of four to one outnumbering the defender, the end must surely come soon.
Nearly all of the Dutch troops have reached the level 2 fortifications at Malang, the final siege will probably start in about 4 days time.

Pressure.
FatR is keeping up the massive pressure all over the map. On this turn, a fairly typical turn, there were 952 offensive combat sorties by Japanese planes. I have no idea how he is able to keep so many planes attacking day after day after day, how much fatigue they are suffering and how their experience levels are. I have noticed little evidence so far of a decrease in pilot skill.




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RE: 20th March 1942 - 8/11/2010 11:48:22 AM   
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I dont normally post the combat report files as I find them tedious to read but I will post just one to give an idea of the amount of action happening

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 20, 42
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Sub attack near San Francisco at 217,71

Japanese Ships
SS I-10, hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Chew, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Ward



SS I-10 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Chew
DD Ward attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ward loses contact with SS I-10
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ward attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ward loses contact with SS I-10
SS I-10 eludes ASW attack from DD Ward
SS I-10 eludes DD Ward by diving deep
DD Ward cannot establish contact with SS I-10
DD Ward fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ward attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ward cannot reach attack position over SS I-10
DD Ward is out of ASW ammo
DD Ward is out of ASW ammo
DD Ward is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Kona at 178,113

Japanese Ships
DD Akigumo
BB Kirishima
BB Hiei
CA Mikuma
CL Abukuma
CS Chiyoda
DD Kikuzuki
DD Sazanami
DD Oboro
DD Yugiri
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
SS Trigger



SS Trigger launches 4 torpedoes at DD Akigumo
DD Sazanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Oboro fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yugiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Oboro fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yugiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yugiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kona at 182,110, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Ariake

Allied Ships
PT-20
PT-21
PT-22
PT-23
PT-29
PT-30
PT-42



Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 10% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-42 at 2,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-29 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-42 at 3,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-29 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-42 at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-42 at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Ariake engages PT-42 at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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ASW attack near Kona at 178,113

Japanese Ships
TB Hato
CL Naka
DD Hatsukaze
xAP Husimi Maru
DD Isokaze

Allied Ships
SS S-47



SS S-47 launches 2 torpedoes at TB Hato
S-47 diving deep ....
DD Isokaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isokaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isokaze is out of ASW ammo
DD Isokaze is out of ASW ammo
DD Isokaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isokaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isokaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Night Air attack on TF, near Kona at 178,113

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Allied aircraft
A-20A Havoc x 5


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Husimi Maru
CL Tama



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A-20A Havoc bombing from 10000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


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Submarine attack near Kona at 182,112

Japanese Ships
DD Sawakaze, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Gudgeon



DD Sawakaze is sighted by SS Gudgeon
SS Gudgeon launches 2 torpedoes


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TF 225 encounters mine field at Semarang (53,102)

Japanese Ships
DMS W-20



9 mines cleared


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Morning Air attack on Calcutta , at 52,37

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16



Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 12
Buffalo I x 2
Hurricane I Trop x 5
Hurricane IIa Trop x 21
Hurricane IIb Trop x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane I Trop: 1 destroyed
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
No.806 Sqn FAA with Fulmar II (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 11 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
No.27 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Raid is overhead
No.67 Sqn RAF with Buffalo I (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 2 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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
No.242 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
No.605 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (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 23000 , scrambling fighters to 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Lahaina , at 182,108

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22



Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 11


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th PG/7th PS with P-40E Warhawk (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
49th PG/8th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Calcutta , at 52,37

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 34



Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 10
Buffalo I x 1
Hurricane I Trop x 4
Hurricane IIa Trop x 18
Hurricane IIb Trop x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Fulmar II: 2 destroyed
Hurricane I Trop: 1 destroyed
Hurricane IIa Trop: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
No.27 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Buffalo I (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters to 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
No.242 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
No.605 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 23000 , scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 83 minutes
No.806 Sqn FAA with Fulmar II (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 26th Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 10



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-27b Nate sweeping at 10000 feet *



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Morning Air attack on 74th Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 6th Group Army, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 34



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 16



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-43-Ib Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on Balikpapan , at 64,97

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 17



No Japanese losses



Runway hits 7

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



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Morning Air attack on Calcutta , at 52,37

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2



Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 1
Hurricane I Trop x 1
Hurricane IIa Trop x 8
Hurricane IIb Trop x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIa Trop: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 27000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
No.806 Sqn FAA with Fulmar II (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 28000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 92 minutes
No.27 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
No.605 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 23000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 9



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 78th Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 8
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 78th Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 7



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Pearl Harbor , at 180,107

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 112



Allied aircraft
P-26A x 3
P-36A Mohawk x 12
P-39D Airacobra x 16
P-40B Warhawk x 15
P-40E Warhawk x 10
F2A-3 Buffalo x 4
F4F-3A Wildcat x 3
SNJ-3 Texan x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-26A: 1 destroyed
P-36A Mohawk: 3 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 3 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 6 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed
F2A-3 Buffalo: 2 destroyed
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SNJ-3 Texan: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
6 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
VMF-212 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
VMF-222 with F2A-3 Buffalo (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
18th PG/6th PS with P-40B Warhawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
18th PG/19th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
35th PG/39th PS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 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 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
18th PG/44th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
15th PG/45th PS with P-36A Mohawk (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
15th PG/46th PS with P-39D Airacobra (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
15th PG/47th PS with P-40B Warhawk (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 15000
Raid is overhead
35th PG/70th PS with P-36A Mohawk (0 airborne, 4 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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
15th PG/72nd PS with P-26A (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
18th PG/73rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 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 to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
18th PG/78th PS with P-40B Warhawk (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
15th PG/Hq Sqn with P-36A Mohawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
18th PG/Hq Sqn with SNJ-3 Texan (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Calcutta , at 52,37

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3



Allied aircraft
Fulmar II x 1
Hurricane I Trop x 1
Hurricane IIa Trop x 7
Hurricane IIb Trop x 1


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses



CAP engaged:
No.806 Sqn FAA with Fulmar II (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 27200.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
No.27 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
No.605 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 23000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIa Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 27000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 19th Chinese Corps, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 3
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 8



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
132 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 34th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 9th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 19th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 34th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 19th Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 58th Chinese/C Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 17
Ki-30 Ann x 21
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 14
Ki-51 Sonia x 53



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-51 Sonia: 2 damaged


Allied ground losses:
67 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb
17 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 74th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 72nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 70th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 58th Chinese/B Corps ...
Also attacking 88th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 44th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 86th Chinese/B Corps ...
Also attacking 58th Chinese/C Corps ...
Also attacking 74th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 72nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 70th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 74th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 70th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 58th Chinese/C Corps ...
Also attacking 74th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 72nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 70th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 58th Chinese/B Corps ...
Also attacking 88th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 44th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 58th Chinese/C Corps ...
Also attacking 72nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 74th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 70th Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 58th Chinese/C Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 8
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Balikpapan , at 64,97

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 2



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 19th Chinese Corps, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 63
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 8



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
123 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
22 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
16 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 34th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 9th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 19th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 34th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 19th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 34th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 9th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 19th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 34th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 19th Chinese Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on 26th Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 5



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 6th Group Army, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 25
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged



Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 33

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



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Morning Air attack on 34th Chinese Corps, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 14
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 8



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
100 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 34th Chinese Corps, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-32 Mary x 23
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 8



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-32 Mary: 1 damaged


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


Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-32 Mary bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 2



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-43-Ib Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 34th Chinese Corps, at 88,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 8
Ki-51 Sonia x 25



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 86th Chinese/C Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-30 Ann x 21



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-30 Ann: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 78th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 86th Chinese/C Corps ...
Also attacking 78th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 86th Chinese/C Corps ...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Pearl Harbor at 180,107

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
B5N2 Kate x 6



Allied aircraft
P-36A Mohawk x 1
P-39D Airacobra x 1
F4F-3A Wildcat x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged


Allied Ships
DMS Wasmuth
DD Maury



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 3000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (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 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 70 minutes
VMF-212 with F4F-3A Wildcat (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 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
35th PG/39th PS with P-39D Airacobra (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 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
15th PG/45th PS with P-36A Mohawk (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 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 86th Chinese/B Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 9
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Balikpapan , at 64,97

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 15000 feet



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Afternoon Air attack on Balikpapan , at 64,97

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 15



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 8

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



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Afternoon Air attack on Balikpapan , at 64,97

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 19



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses



Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 12

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



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Afternoon Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 30,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 8



No Japanese losses



Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 25000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Singapore , at 50,84

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 25



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 8 damaged


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


Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 25000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 72nd Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 13
Ki-51 Sonia x 9



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-51 Sonia: 1 damaged


Allied ground losses:
17 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 78th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 72nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 78th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 72nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 78th Chinese Corps ...


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Afternoon Air attack on 78th Chinese Corps, at 87,56

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 12
Ki-27b Nate x 2
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3



No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Pearl Harbor at 180,107

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 80
B5N2 Kate x 6



Allied aircraft
P-26A x 2
P-36A Mohawk x 7
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-40B Warhawk x 10
P-40E Warhawk x 15
F2A-3 Buffalo x 2
F4F-3A Wildcat x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-36A Mohawk: 3 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Maury



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VMF-222 with F2A-3 Buffalo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
18th PG/6th PS with P-40B Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
49th PG/7th PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
49th PG/8th PS with P-40E Warhawk (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 17000
Raid is overhead
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
18th PG/19th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
35th PG/39th PS with P-39D Airacobra (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
18th PG/44th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
15th PG/45th PS with P-36A Mohawk (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
Raid is overhead
15th PG/46th PS with P-39D Airacobra (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
15th PG/47th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
35th PG/70th PS with P-36A Mohawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
15th PG/72nd PS with P-26A (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 15000
Raid is overhead
18th PG/73rd PS with P-40E Warhawk (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
18th PG/78th PS with P-40B Warhawk (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, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes



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Submarine attack near Kona at 182,111

Japanese Ships
DD Sawakaze, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Nautilus



DD Sawakaze is sighted by SS Nautilus
SS Nautilus launches 4 torpedoes


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Sub attack near Johnston Island at 162,112

Japanese Ships
PB Kaikei Maru
AS Yasukuni Maru
AD Shintoku Maru
AKE Carc Maru
PB Kyo Maru #8

Allied Ships
SS Silversides



SS Silversides launches 2 torpedoes at PB Kaikei Maru
Silversides diving deep ....
PB Kyo Maru #8 attacking submerged sub ....
SS Silversides eludes PB Kyo Maru #8 by diving deep
PB Kyo Maru #8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4101 troops, 327 guns, 244 vehicles, Assault Value = 2018

Defending force 30055 troops, 483 guns, 346 vehicles, Assault Value = 512

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
92 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Assaulting units:
56th Engineer Regiment
4th Division
33rd Division
113th Infantry Regiment
40th Brigade
18th Division
56th Recon Regiment
5th Division
41st Infantry Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
Southern Army
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
92nd JAAF AF Bn
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
25th Army
56th Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
3rd Medium Field Artillery Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
96th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
22nd Indian Brigade
27th Australian Brigade
Singapore Fortress
SSVF Brigade
2nd Gordons Battalion
22nd Australian Brigade
3rd Cavalry Regiment
11th Indian Division
12th Indian Brigade
111th RAF Base Force
Singapore Base Force
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
AHQ Far East
109th RAF Base Force
1st Indian Heavy AA Regiment
3rd HK&S Light AA Regiment
III Indian
272/273rd Bty 80th AT Gun Regiment
224 Group RAF
2nd ISF Base Force
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
223 Group RAF
3rd Heavy AA Regiment
112th RAF Base Force
Malaya Army
24th NZ Pioneer Coy
109th RN Base Force
110th RAF Base Force
Malayan Air Wing
5th Field Regiment


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Ground combat at Myitkyina (64,42)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14066 troops, 109 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 507

Defending force 542 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Japanese adjusted assault: 453

Allied adjusted defense: 4

Japanese assault odds: 113 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), leaders(-), preparation(-)
morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

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


Allied ground losses:
220 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 32 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Imperial Guards Division
55th Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
102nd RAF Base Force


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Ground combat at Hilo (183,111)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2701 troops, 83 guns, 123 vehicles, Assault Value = 305

Defending force 31886 troops, 319 guns, 262 vehicles, Assault Value = 905

Japanese ground losses:
157 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled



Assaulting units:
754th Tank Battalion
1st/298th Infantry Battalion
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
2nd Marine Regiment
1st/102nd Infantry Battalion
1st Marine Defense Battalion
808th Engineer Aviation Battalion
70th Coast AA Regiment
810th Engineer Aviation Battalion
109th USN Base Force
205th Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
38th Division
48th Division
16th Infantry Regiment
9th Field AF Construction Battalion
30th Fld AA Gun Co
3rd Engineer Construction Battalion
36th Const Co
11th Air Fleet
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
20th Ind. Engineer Regiment
40th AA Battalion
11th JAAF Base Force



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21st and 22nd March 1942 - 8/12/2010 3:47:56 PM   
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Hawaii.
After spotting one of my high-speed transport fleets at a range of 9 hexes on the 21st March, the KB moves to a position 8 hexes to the east of Pearl Harbour on the 22nd. Fortunately all of my transport fleets were able to move out of the way. Given his hyper-aggressive play, I wonder if FatR would try to attack the continental US, or at least one of the ports there. Is it correct that carriers wont launch strikes at targets 9 or more hexes away even though they are in range of the Kates? On the 21st, the Nagato and Mutsu bombard Hilo doing little damage, not a single plane there is damaged.

On Hawaii itself, Japan has brought planes and 3 more units into Kona. My bombers are trying to attack it during the night but are making precious little difference. I bring in a B-17E unit which had been in the Pacific to try to attack next turn.

To the east of Hawaii lie two American cruiser task forces, with the appearance of support ships at Johnston Island, that should obviously be the main target.

DEI.
Japan now has 5 full divisions, a brigade and 2 regiments at Singapore and launches another deliberate attack. The 2 to 1 odds causes the forts to fall to level 1 and it looks certain that Singapore will last a maximum of two more days. Where these troops head next will have a huge effect on the rest of the game, I hope a lot are sent towards Hawaii.
On Java, Japanese troops have reached Soerabaja, there is now a total of 753AV at Malang with 45000 tons of supply.

China.
A massive stack of nearly 6500AV reaches Nanyang which recon suggests has 11 small units. I will try one deliberate attack but will then retrat quickly as it looks as though the main Japanese army is heading back towards the North.

India.
There are no aerial attacks over Calcutta, it looks as though FatR was not happy with the ratio of losses being caused there. I think that this is the first time that he has not continued with an attack.

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RE: 21st and 22nd March 1942 - 8/12/2010 8:22:34 PM   
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That high speed run east had to cost him some fuel. You may want to continue to run some TF around the periphery like that to keep him guessing. Maybe have one appear to the south and then one to the north. Make him chase the shadows around.

One thing I wanted to mention is that the lack of Vals on attack could also mean he stripped his CV's of DB's to boost the fighter strength. In other words his air groups maybe be all Zeros and Kates

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23rd and 24th March 1942 - 8/14/2010 12:21:57 PM   
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A good idea Vettim, and something that will be easier to achieve now that he has Mavises operating at Kona. A good thought about the extra Kates, I havent seen any Vals operating from the carriers for many weeks.

Hawaii.
B-17s launch an attack against the Japanese airfield at Kona and do very well, destroying about 8 Zeroes on the ground. My fighters escorting the raid, although set to CAP appear to be on the sweep setting and also shoot down a number of Zeroes. I set the bombers to rest for two days and will only use the fighters on a CAP setting with a range of 3 hexes to avoid this unintended sweep problems.

The Haruna and Kongo bombard Hilo and then the Japanese attack the next day, gaining one to one odds and taking the forts down to level 2, but taking 5 times the number of casualties. With the KB now seemingly permanently on station around Hawaii, it seems as though I will be unable to get troops into Hilo and with the closure of its airfields, its fall seems inevitable. The main KB is now stationed one hex to the south of Kona and there are lots of submarines in the area.

DEI.
Two days of bombardment attacks at Singapore and it is beginning to look like FatR is trying to make the siege last as long as possible; an attack on either of these days would surely have taken the city.

On Java, Soerabaja is taken and the Japanese units are now marching towards Malang. I estimate that the 760 Dutch AV will be up against 1400 Japanese AV. With forts very nearly at 3 I am hopeful of the siege lasting at least three weeks. A Japanese attack on the airfield does little damage and causes the loss of another 7 Sallies.

China.
The Chinese attack at Nanyang fails but heavy casualties are caused on both sides. Combat reports suggest that the Japanese lose 6400 troops compared to the Chinese 9000. Among these are 167 destroyed squads. I am happy to trade at these kinds of levels as I cannot supply these troops adequately anyway.

In the south of the country, a Japanese tank regiment trying to block my retreating forces are forced to retreat by three Chinese corps, another 21 vehicles destroyed.

India.
Japan is now regularly bombing the airfield at Chittagong. I may try to ambush this fairly regular raid in the near future

South Pacific.
With so many allied ground forces at Hawaii, the South Pacific has been a largely ignored theatre for the past month and so I am moving some of the Australian forces forwards and Eastwards. Engineers and base forces have been landed at Noumea and fortifications are starting to be constructed. More base forces are being transported in from San Diego. I am fairly happy that both Samoa and Fiji should be safe now. Australian engineers are also being moved forwards to Cooktown, Coen and Portland Roads

Japanese logistics.
FatR has been operating most of the Japanese navy around Hawaii for the past month now and fuel must be becoming an increasing problem. My submarines operating in the seas around the Dutch East Indies have seen very few sightings of enemy tankers, presumably most of them are involved in fuelling the Japanese Navy.

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25th and 26th March 1942 - 8/17/2010 9:30:01 AM   
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Hawaii.
The Japanese are getting ever more aggressive. On the night of the 26th, four obsolete Japanese destroyers enter Pearl Harbour itself and fight an inconclusive battle against a force of 1 destroyer and 3 minesweepers. Little damage is done to either side but crucially the American destroyers are forced out of the Pearl Harbour hex where three of them are sunk by the waiting KB, itself now 8 hexes east of Pearl Harbour again. In very heavy fighting 13 Zeroes, 5 Vals and 2 Kates are shot down for nearly 30 US fighters, mainly Warhawks. Throughout the battles near Hawaii, it has been apparent that Airacobras have been performing far better than Warhawks.

B-17s try to bomb Kona airfield but suffer 5 casualties and do little damage; In large numbers they are pretty much unstopabble but in small numbers they are certainly possible to shoot down.

On Hawaii, Japanese attacks take the forts at Hilo down to 0 but suffer heavy casualties, 44 combat squads are reported destroyed on the 26th. Nevertheless, the base will fall in the next couple of turns. With the KB constantly operating in the area I simply couldnt bring in any more troops. The KB has now been at sea for a month without a break.

In the last month of battles, the KB has lost an estimated 50 Zeroes and 30 bombers and the mini KB is nowhere to be seen, I could possibly fight a reasonably successful carrier battle now but would prefer to wait for the April upgrades to the Yorktown class and continuing repairs on Lexington and Saratoga. If the KB is still around the Pearl Harbour area by the 15th April without having retreated for new planes then I shall attack.

DEI.
After a prolonged siege at Singapore, the great garrison finally surrenders on the 25th. Damage at the base appears to be minor, just some heavy industry destroyed according to the popup. The only two remaining allied bases in the DEI are now Balikpapan and Malang as well as a couple of minor bases in the Philippines.

China.
The retreat from Nanyang continues but it looks likely that the Japanese will be able to retreat a lot of my units again, the huge bomber force allowing the Japanese to move twice as fast as the sorry Chinese.

India.
Very heavy fighting over Calcutta, around 16 Oscars lost for 10 Hurricanes and 2 Fulmars. With the apparent disappearance of the mini KB from the Hawaii theatre, it was last spotted 4 turns ago around 12 hexes south west of Pearl heading towards Johnston Island, I am now certain of a move on the mainland of India, there would be no point continuing these fighter sweeps unless you wanted to deplete the pool of Hurricanes. In anticipation of this, I am withdrawing the AVG back to Calcutta to fight against these Oscar sweeps, with only 16 Hurricanes a month until June the Japanese will easily be able to attrit the British, I estimated earlier that about 150 Oscars a month were being produced.

With the main KB operating near Hawaii, the Japanese will probably put up the Hiyo and Junyo plus 5 smaller carriers, some 300 planes, easily enough to overwhelm the Royal Navy. Available Japanese troops would seem to be the 2300AV involved in the siege of Singapore plus 900 AV from the 14th and 19th Divisions which were spotted preparing for Diamond Harbour earlier.

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RE: 25th and 26th March 1942 - 8/18/2010 10:17:56 PM   
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Keep up the mission at PH. HB base suppression attacks and sealane interdiction and base surface raiding around there will be key to final success. As an aside, I would have 50% of my subs in the immediate Hawaii area. Great for extended spotting and the occasional hit. I still would keep my CV's away from KB. I would not be in a hurry to try to fight it. That said you can pulse in speed nine ships to Kona and bombard and flee back to PH if you are not. Need to keep pouring in units and supply to Hawaii.

I'd Stay in the woods in China.

Let me suggest you plan a devious raid on Palembang or other major Japanese resource center with British fleet and invade with a throw away division. Something to do in 45-60 days after you plan out.

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RE: 25th and 26th March 1942 - 8/19/2010 3:43:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: yubari

Hawaii.
In the last month of battles, the KB has lost an estimated 50 Zeroes and 30 bombers and the mini KB is nowhere to be seen, I could possibly fight a reasonably successful carrier battle now but would prefer to wait for the April upgrades to the Yorktown class and continuing repairs on Lexington and Saratoga. If the KB is still around the Pearl Harbour area by the 15th April without having retreated for new planes then I shall attack.


Personally, I think you should try it. His ships have to be worn down after so long at sea and the gradual accrual of losses. If he's forced to withdraw his carriers after a battle, control of the seas around Pearl Harbor will be, to steal a phrase from H P Wilmott, like a gun lying in the street, there for any side to seize.

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27th and 28th March 1942 - 8/19/2010 4:19:47 PM   
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Welcome HMSR. It is very tempting certainly. Saratoga and Lexington are still repairing from their March upgrades and so would need a couple of days to get back online and I need to make the decision in the next couple of days. Of course attacking at the start of April would possibly catch FatR by surprise, expecting me to perform the April upgrades.

Topeverest, I followed your suggestion of a surface raid with very successful results and the heavy bombers scored a crushing victory today. Devious plans are already being made for the British fleet! I think that that is the only thing I can do in China. At least it keeps the IJAAF out of more important theatres.

Hawaii.
A US cruiser fleet arrives unannounced in Johnston Island and encounters a Japanese fleet of one PB boat and 14 xAKLs. The Japanese fleet is surpised and suffers quite a beating. At the end of the battle, the PB and 6 of the xAKLs are sunk and 6 others are left with heavy fires and heavy damage, almost certainly to sink. Only 2 xAKLs survive relatively unscathed. The US cruisers are low on fuel after sortieing from the West Coast and will try to meet with some tankers which are returning from delivering a shipment to Sydney.

US PT boats attack again on the night of the 28th and meet what looks to be a small transport fleet escorted by my namesake ship, the CL Yubari. She fights well (as she always does in my games) and sinks a PT. A second PT is also sunk but the Japanese lose an APD and have a large xAK set on fire, a glooping sound in the morning suggesting that it sinks after the battle.

I have tried to collect the US B-17 force at Pearl Harbour over the last few turns and they attack on the 28th. The level 1 airfield at Kona has nearly 300 planes according to my popup but they prove to be no help when the raid is only spotted from 4 minutes away. I wonder if the airfield overstacking is a penalty for sighting of incoming raids?
With only 4 minutes warning, the Japanese can only get about 25 Zeroes up in the air. After a short fighter battle which sees about 6 P-40s and 1 Zero shot down, the bombers (23 B-17s and 13 B-26s) are able to reach the airfield without being attacked.
The tightly packed planes (Zeroes and Mavises) on the tiny airfield are easy to spot and are hit terribly hard, my estimates show 61 being destroyed and a further 51 damaged and 115 hits are scored on the airfield.

Sigint spots a unit preparing to attack Lihue, it is a unit that starts in Manchuria, Japan will probably be able to take Lihue as well as Hilo. However, this day probably marks the winning of the battle of Hawaii.

DEI.
The Japanese attack at Malang getting 1 to 2 odds but taking the forts down to 2. I would be very pleased to see this siege last until the end of April and hence the end of the invasion bonus but it now seems unlikely.
At Singapore, the minefields have been cleared but Dutch recon planes have spotted no signs yet of any Japanese transports to collect the troops. I have a lot of submarines in the straits of Singapore who should be able to spot any enemy movement. Another British carrier has now arrived at Columbo so I am ready for battle in this theatre, at least for the next ten days or so when I expect the mini KB to show up.

China.
All of my troops retreating from Nanyang just about manage to retreat from the 4500AV Japanese army. In the south there is worse news and another 15000 casualties as the retreaters from Pucheng are routed. They will likely be routed at least once more as they are constantly attacked by bombers and hence slowed down to combat mode.

South Pacific.
Suva has now reached a level 6 airfield and forts are at four on most of the bases, I predict that Samoa and Fiji are both now safe. Construction units at Noumea have constructed level 2 forts and are now working on expanding the port there.

Strategic.
The past few turns with the fall of Singapore, collapse of the Hilo forts and the continued slaughter of Chinese troops have been fairly depressing so it is very pleasing to score a crushing victory here. As mentioned earlier, I think this marks victory in Hawaii, the only way that FatR will be able to keep the deadly B-17s away will be to close both Lahaina and Pearl Harbour and realistically if he is to close Pearl then he needs to take Lahaina as well.

The battle of Johnston Island




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