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RE: Beginning of the end? - 2/19/2012 12:26:50 AM   
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43-10-10: Lahani base falls to the allied push.



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Ground combat at Lahaina (182,108)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 38465 troops, 697 guns, 1847 vehicles, Assault Value = 1835

Defending force 15516 troops, 203 guns, 97 vehicles, Assault Value = 215

Allied adjusted assault: 1716

Japanese adjusted defense: 101

Allied assault odds: 16 to 1 (fort level 8)

Allied forces CAPTURE Lahaina !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
3009 casualties reported
Squads: 118 destroyed, 100 disabled
Non Combat: 55 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 122 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 104 (71 destroyed, 33 disabled)
Vehicles lost 69 (69 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
492 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 26 (2 destroyed, 24 disabled)

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RE: Beginning of the end? - 2/19/2012 12:36:03 AM   
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43-10-10: FatR has started a fighter offensive at PM and Ramree island seems to only want to attrit the allies. I moved all my ftrs to night cap an now he is daylight pasting my AFs close to shut down by damage. I may have to evac PM AIR if he continues ops. Hopefully his OP losses are rising. He is destroying a lot of planes but the pilots are unhurt.
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RE: B24 aces - 2/21/2012 3:56:43 AM   
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Excellent night bombing results.



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Night Air attack on Mandalay , at 59,46

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 54 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 23



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 11


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

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged



Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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RE: B24 aces - 2/23/2012 5:30:47 AM   
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43-10-10: A DD flotilla was attacked south of Gasmata by P1y1. Sank one DD. looks like the Frances was operated out of Kavieg.




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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 4:13:54 AM   
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43-10-14: What started as a small resupply mission to milne Bay has turned into a horiffic daylight surface action. It all began two days ago when IJ recon spotted my barge resupply mission to MB. I placed Arleigh Burke as commanding officer of DD flotilla TF246. I figured something was up when I recived this message from FatR w/ the replay.
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I expected a mighty airstrike against my fleet at Milne Bay, and was afraid of walking into a carrier trap...


I had been dropping b25 sea mines at MB for about a week and was pleased w/ this report.
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TF 230 encounters mine field at Milne Bay (101,133)

Japanese Ships
DD Natsugumo, Mine hits 1
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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 4:28:13 AM   
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Next My DDTF hung around...and got destroyed.




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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 4:30:41 AM   
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Then, FatR unleashed all his naval torpedo air, my cap did not perform very well, but somehow the naval air went after some transports at PM w/ 60kg bombs...hehehe that was funny.




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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 4:40:32 AM   
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Not sure the Haruna went down, did enjoy the plane loses. all things considered this was a good outcome.




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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 6:23:01 AM   
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Finally, the IJN stayed at milne bay in Daylight... Probably will be gone next day. But w/ a wounded BB....hmmmm.




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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 9:26:49 AM   
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Things are really heating up here!  I am surprised FatR is willing to turn Milne Bay into his "Iron Bottom Sound", but well... just makes the match more interesting. Do you have an idea of the whereabouts of the rest of the IJN?  What is left in the Singapore AO presently?  And what FatR might be up to here?  Something tells me that he wouldn't just send the remainder of this already somewhat decimated BB and CA body for a delaying action?

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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS!!! - 2/28/2012 11:40:29 PM   
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Hi Janh:
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I am surprised FatR is willing to turn Milne Bay into his "Iron Bottom Sound"

I think he is buying time.

This is the down and dirty:

Alot of Air losses w/ 2 jap DDs sunk for the cause. Probably should not have done the Magwe attack. p40s and replacement TBFs where used in the MB attack.





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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS again!! - 3/3/2012 8:05:16 PM   
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I figured FatR would bring in his supply north of Finchshaven at Madang. Must be bait for me to Attack.. So this turn we send in 5DDs to clear the Lea hex. Waiting for the results.




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RE: GENERAL QUARTERS again!! - 3/3/2012 9:55:50 PM   
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I am surprised FatR continues to allow me to attrit his forces!!!




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RE: LAE - 3/9/2012 12:28:15 AM   
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43-10-22: FatR has been busy w/ local politics so I used his lack of attention against him around Lae. I did not know if he had his CAP set at 0 or 1hex so I swept salamanue first w/9x spit8s then w/13x p47. Not a direct challenge of Lae but more of a adjacent hex pick.




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RE: LAE - 3/9/2012 1:13:16 AM   
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Seems FatR is up to no good. Looks like a Buna bound BB TF.




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RE: LAE - 3/11/2012 12:50:15 AM   
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The Jap TF moved to madang. Another Kongo TF shelled Woodlark and attacked my barge TF. Sadly I did a port strike at Rabaul w/out the Kongo in port.

Sweep the adjacent hex and Rabaul at 39000ft w/ p38s, then sent in the f4u/sbd attack which got mauled but pulled the cap down on the deck.

Then my B24s went right in like a knife cutting thru butter.



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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M8 Zero x 15
N1K1-J George x 50
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 48



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 8
F4U-1 Corsair x 20
SBD-5 Dauntless x 52


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M8 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
F4U-1 Corsair: 6 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 14 destroyed

Japanese Ships
SS I-179, Bomb hits 1
AR Akashi, Bomb hits 1, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M8 Zero x 12
N1K1-J George x 43
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 29



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 35
B-24J Liberator x 9
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10


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

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 17 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 3 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 4 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Isokaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AV Kikukawa Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Kinu, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Taiyu Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CL Kuma, Bomb hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Tamanami, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AK Nissan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SS RO-37, Bomb hits 2, heavy damage
xAP Kitano Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SS RO-63, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DD Shiranui, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
AKE Irako, Bomb hits 2, on fire



Port hits 2
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 1

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RE: LAE - 3/11/2012 2:24:43 AM   
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Well, the Huruna has shown up again on the sunk list. I had no sub action report. Strange.




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RE: Fleet Rabaul - 3/14/2012 3:53:33 PM   
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Buildup in shipping at Rabaul:




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RE: Milne Bay - 3/17/2012 3:14:08 AM   
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43-10-30: A precursor to today's action indicated a heavy cruiser TF just north of Kavieng. The Replay did not show the cruisers but the report does.
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Sub attack near Truk at 110,113

Japanese Ships
DD Yukikaze
CA Aoba
CA Mikuma
CA Mogami
CA Chokai
CA Atago
CL Niyodo
DD Uranami
DD Hibiki
DD Arashi
DD Yunagi
DD Akebono
DD Yugiri
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
SS Halibut



SS Halibut launches 2 torpedoes at DD Yukikaze
DD Yunagi fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Akebono fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yugiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yugiri fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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RE: Milne Bay - 3/17/2012 3:29:28 AM   
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In Burma FatR decided probably for 2 reasons to air bombard Swebo.




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RE: Milne Bay - 3/17/2012 3:31:59 AM   
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At Milne Bay the 32nd division came ashore w/ the loss of 2LSTs. 70 Ki49 skip bombers put 3 250kg into the Pennsylvania, not show on this SP.

I count 50 damaged jap planes. I wonder what % will crash on the return trip?




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RE: Milne Bay - 3/17/2012 3:33:44 AM   
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25 confirmed kills. 50 damaged. I lost 8 planes, 2 LSTs, and possibly one CVL. Pennsylvania should return to port unless the KB is committed. The g4m2s missed alot of CLs and DDs.
Frances hit nothing but targeted my LSD.

It will be interesting to see if FatR can press his attack next turn.

I explained to my hometown gaming buddies this game is like playing Avalon Hill Midway every night.

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RE: Milne Bay - 3/18/2012 4:31:13 AM   
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RE: OOB_Milne Bay - 3/18/2012 2:48:22 PM   
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Yesterday I worked 14 hours, then made 2 game turns, one of which is for this game...finished about 11pm and was falling asleep when I ended the turn....so I 2x F4U and 2x P40 sqn to CAP milne bay. The issue is most of my TFs were already unloaded. A mixed amphib TF of LST/APA unloaded 90% of the 32div at Milne bay. some LSTs had about 10motor support each left that needed to unload. So I split the TF and sent the APA/AKA to the Brisbane. I decided to allow the LSTs(w/ motor support) to continue to unload at Milne Bay. To cover this unload I have 2 SCTFs. One has the BB Penn, CL Cleveland, and about 8xDDs commanded by Calahand. The other TF has the Boise, Java plus 6xDDs and is commanded by Arleigh Burke. In addition one PT TF and one large200+ allied mine field in the hex at Milne bay. 3x PT TFs are on patrol north of Milne.
LBA at Rossel/Tulunga complex includes 5x torpedo sqn and 3xDB sqns.

My mistake is I put CAP on Milne bay but failed to CAP my TFs, some of which are headed south from Milne this turn. So some damage may occur. Massive damage could occur if FatR brings the CVKB south from Truk. And my sub did spot a possible KB move last turn, but did not report any CVs. Moonlight is 3%. Good for the PTs, bad for the Pennsylvania.






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RE: OOB_Milne Bay - 3/21/2012 12:51:27 AM   
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43-10-31: Finished unloading 32 div and all amphibs withdrawn from Milne bay. No additional losses. Minor air skirmish. Last attack was against a level 6 fort.

FatR is sick and will be out 2/3 days. Turn to him but he has not sent a replay-2 days.

Ground attack at Milne bay w/ reinforced 32 div in the results. Support by 2 Bombardment TFs and 150 LB. If FatR came south to shell MB then we will have another night surface action w/ 5xPT TFs on patrol.

Molakia, the last jap base in hawaii, was taken w/ shock attack against a 6xfort.

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RE: Pisser_Milne Bay - 3/21/2012 3:56:55 AM   
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Jap troops @Milne Bay retreat to the NE. Did not think white bar would allow movement. I was wrong. Jap troops in the jungle in my rear.



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Ground combat at Milne Bay (101,133)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13838 troops, 223 guns, 682 vehicles, Assault Value = 620

Defending force 7288 troops, 124 guns, 129 vehicles, Assault Value = 192

Allied adjusted assault: 703

Japanese adjusted defense: 27

Allied assault odds: 26 to 1 (fort level 6)

Allied forces CAPTURE Milne Bay !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1968 casualties reported
Squads: 70 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 157 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 68 (58 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 104 (100 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 9
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Armoured Brigade
32nd Infantry Division
II Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
2/8th Armoured Regiment
30th Australian Bde /3
II Australian Corps
1st RAA Jungle Mountain Gun Regiment
F Det USN Port Svc
53rd Australian Lt AA Rgt /1

Defending units:
Yokosuka 4th SNLF
64th Infantry Group /1
31st Fld AA Gun Co
2nd Naval Const Bn /1
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
15th Base Force
2nd Army
38th Field AA Battalion
5th Air Defense AA Regiment
54th JNAF AF Unit /1


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RE: Pisser_Milne Bay - 3/21/2012 4:13:36 AM   
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A white hex side = both ground and sea movement possible.

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RE: Pisser_Milne Bay - 3/21/2012 11:11:14 AM   
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Bit of a bugger RE FatR being ill. I just got my amphib landing ashore in Java in our PBEM- 1800AV ashore in Tjiliitipat and Djorehowdoyouspellthat anyway.

He was kind enough to send through an unifinished Jap turn though so I could check out how my unloading was going and inspect the damage his air attacks had on shipping.

Hopefully he's feeling better soon.

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RE: Pisser_Milne Bay - 3/22/2012 7:43:52 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Itdepends

Bit of a bugger RE FatR being ill. I just got my amphib landing ashore in Java in our PBEM- 1800AV ashore in Tjiliitipat and Djorehowdoyouspellthat anyway.

He was kind enough to send through an unifinished Jap turn though so I could check out how my unloading was going and inspect the damage his air attacks had on shipping.

Hopefully he's feeling better soon.

Dang, real aggravation you going for Java. That is my plan also. U will give FatR more experience in dealing w/ me later.

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RE: Pisser_Milne Bay - 3/23/2012 2:27:07 PM   
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Hey the number of AAR's I've been reading with op's around northern Oz- you read enough of them and you see all your options that you've been toying with displayed. He's learned from your PBEM though- Milne Bay is heavily garrisoned in my game with him- as was Horn Island. Unfortunately for him I've been able to bypass Horn and go for Gove/wessels, took PH and then made the solomons irrelevant by going into Java in force.

Anyway- looks like I'll blow him out of Tjillipatat- he's only got an SNLF unit there against 1400AV. I'm outgunned at Djorewhatchamacallsit but will see if heavy sea bombardment can shift him. I suspect his units have only just moved in there and one may be in strat move- regardless I'll have better prep.


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