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RE: got some anti-mine craft - 7/1/2011 8:17:55 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Miller


Meanwhile, I have been using my vast C47 fleet to airlift troops into Wau (The base the Allies start the game with near Lae). Ralf really should have captured it some time ago but his error is my gain. It is drawing supplies up the track from LeaLea so I have been able to fly in a few engineers and a base force unit and P47s are flying CAP over it. Ralf did try a couple of costly bombing raids on it but to no avail. It has not been all good news however, I have had a few big 4E raids over Lae and Rabual chewed up by his CAP, losing 30 over a two day period.......




Another mistake of mine, always had it in mind but just "forgot" to take Wau finally after I had use it as training area for my bombers.
But this time I was quick enough to sent a FT with the entire SouthSeas Detachment which recaptured both Salamaua and Marilinan. These two bases (just one hex up from Wau) were taken just days before by US Para troops. At least I could stop the enemy troops from expanding farther north into PNG yet.

Most of the enemy heavy 4E raids were costly for Paul so far. He attacked Rabaul a few times, sinking one AP and damaging four more. Visited Hoskins recently, and Lae a couple of times. Almost every time 10...20 B17s and B24s failed to return home.

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RE: got some anti-mine craft - 7/1/2011 8:29:03 AM   
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I'm still waiting for a few more flight decks to arrive from Pearl before I even consider taking on the KB, which is still at full strength. The F6F has started to come online this month, so I will be waiting for the useless F4F sqds to upgrade as well.

Nothing at all happening on the Eastern side of the map, the game will be won or lost around the NG area. Points diff is about 6000, still all to play for.



Overall situation isnīt too bad for the Japanese so far. As said, point gap is about 6400. KB and the surface fleet still intact and strong (14 CV, CVL and CVE, 10 BB, about 30 cruisers, 80 DDs). Sub fleet almost non-existent anymore. Airforce still quite alive, with about 500 LB fighters and all Betty, Val and Army bombers operational.

It feels as the struggle would have just begun. Since I am unable to stop his transport movements into PNG via LeaLea this is the gate to some bloody fights ahead.

Aside from his carriers losses earlier (5 CVs) the Allied fleet must be in very vital shape. What strikes me most is that Paul lost just three AP/AK transports during the entire game yet. He must be drowning on lift capacity.

Looking forward to another five fierce months.......





(will try to post a screenshot later on)

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RE: got some anti-mine craft - 7/5/2011 10:43:02 AM   
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here is a present map of the PNG area, where this game will be won or lost.






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situation End of July 1943 - 7/5/2011 10:43:51 AM   
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some statistics






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RE: situation End of July 1943 - 7/8/2011 2:32:43 PM   
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a few turns ago a small bombardment TF (2CLs plus some DDs) dared to shell LeaLea... and met an allied AK convoy. They sunk three AKs and damged others.

I had sent out another force consisting of two heavy cruisers as cover. So was able to scatter them around in order to catch a straggler in a rare mid-ocean intercept halfway between the northern tip of Australia and PM.

Of course this lonely AK was sunk instantly.

Well it sounds quite ridicoulous, but considerung Paul lost barely a dozen Transports yet everything helps....




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allied Invasion at PM - 7/11/2011 9:46:46 AM   
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Mid August 1943, Paul is about to invade Port Moresby finally. He sends several transport TFs there, one of them I was able to intercept mid-ocean with a rather small 2CA+DDs force (sinking 4 DDs, one PG and two MSWs out of it).


Night Time Surface Combat at 10,42

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba, Shell hits 3
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 7, on fire
DD Tokitsukaze, Shell hits 2
DD Urakaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Yamakaze, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Kawakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Mikazuki
DD Asakaze

Allied Ships
DD Lamson, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Hull, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Arunta, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
DD Warramunga, Shell hits 17, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
PG Swan, Shell hits 21, and is sunk
PG Warrego
MSW Ipswich, Shell hits 2
MSW Herald, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
MSW Oracle, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AP George Clymer
AP John Penn
AP Pierce
AP William P. Biddle
AP J. Franklin Bell
AP Feland
AP President Polk
AP Wharton
AP Esperance Bay
AP Moreton Bay
AP Kanimbla
AP Westralia
LCI 341
LCI 342




The other successfully made it to PM. They are heavily covered by landbased fighters from LeaLea and Australia. His 4Es raided Lae to neutralize the IJA airforce based there (Tonys, Lilys, 27 Sallys and one Zero unit)

An allied CV / cover force is lurking around in the middle of Oz & PM in order to protect these movements from attacks of mine. Kido Butai sailed down south again, but was unable to catch / stop / or slow down the enemy landing fleet yet.

So it looks as if bloody days are right ahead...

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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/11/2011 9:51:23 AM   
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map of the battle area:






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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/11/2011 4:46:35 PM   
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the allied TFs got thru, kicking out troops now...

The medium sized IJN surface fleet (4 CA, 2 CL + DDs) sent there was annihilated by strong USN BB forces. However, some of Pauls ships got more than a dent.

During daylight, some wasteful attacks were launched from Lae (itīs OK to waste those IJA a/c...) and Rabaul, 34 Betties lost for nothing - but they were the "worst" units I had anyway (about 70 exp).

The allied Carriers and Cooktown pummeled the remaining vessels crawling home, sinking all but two of them.

But KB had a nice day as well. I sent them south towards a TF spotted the day before. They found 2 CVEs covering a transport fleet loaden with troops. Both flattops sunk, to slight A/C losses for me in return. The APs should be dead as well.

I am very curious how many troops will get ashore, but seeing even CD units in the wirst wave landed they must be many. Mines do only mediocre damage to the allied fleets due to the numerous MSW craft sailing with them....




AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 08/17/43

Weather: Clear

Sub attack near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
DD Natsugumo
CA Maya
CA Mogami

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 1
CA Chokai, Shell hits 3
CA Mogami, Shell hits 4, on fire
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 2
CL Kinu, Shell hits 5
DD Yugumo, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Natsugumo, Shell hits 8, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yamagumo
DD Minegumo, Shell hits 1
DD Asagumo, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
BB North Carolina
BB South Dakota, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
CA Minneapolis, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CA Quincy, Shell hits 3, on fire
CA Vincennes, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CLAA Atlanta, Shell hits 1
CLAA Juneau, Shell hits 1
CLAA San Juan, Shell hits 1
DD Fletcher
DD Radford
DD Jenkins
DD Nicholas
DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 1
CA Chokai, Shell hits 3, on fire
CA Mogami, Shell hits 4, on fire
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 1
CL Kinu, Shell hits 6
DD Yugumo, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Natsugumo, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yamagumo, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Minegumo, Shell hits 3, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB North Carolina
BB South Dakota, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Minneapolis, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Quincy, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Vincennes, Shell hits 2, on fire
CLAA Atlanta
CLAA Juneau
CLAA San Juan
DD Fletcher, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Radford
DD Jenkins
DD Nicholas
DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 1, on fire


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CA Chokai, Shell hits 2, on fire
CA Mogami, on fire
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 3
CL Kinu, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Yugumo, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Natsugumo, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
DD Yamagumo, on fire
DD Minegumo, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Indiana, Shell hits 5
BB Massachusetts, Shell hits 1
CA Baltimore, Shell hits 2
CA Canberra, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Achillies, Shell hits 2
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1
CLAA Oakland
CLAA Reno
DD Saufley
DD Strong
DD Luce
DD Claxton


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Chokai, on fire
CA Mogami, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 3, on fire
CL Isuzu
CL Kinu, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yugumo, on fire, heavy damage
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yamagumo, on fire
DD Minegumo, and is sunk
DD Asagumo, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Indiana, Shell hits 1
BB Massachusetts
CA Baltimore, Shell hits 1
CA Canberra, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Achillies, Shell hits 1
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1
CLAA Oakland
CLAA Reno
DD Saufley
DD Strong
DD Luce
DD Claxton


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Shell hits 5, on fire
CA Chokai, Shell hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
CA Mogami, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CA Suzuya, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 2
CL Kinu, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yugumo, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yamagumo, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Indiana, Shell hits 1
BB Massachusetts
CA Baltimore
CA Canberra, Shell hits 1, on fire
CL Achillies
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1
CLAA Oakland
CLAA Reno
DD Saufley
DD Strong
DD Luce
DD Claxton


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, on fire, heavy damage
CA Chokai, on fire, heavy damage
CA Mogami, on fire, heavy damage
CA Suzuya, on fire
CL Isuzu
CL Kinu, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yugumo, and is sunk
DD Makigumo, and is sunk
DD Yamagumo, on fire, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
PT 64
PT 67
PT 114
PT 115, Shell hits 1
PT 122
PT 128, Shell hits 11, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on Port Moresby , at 10,40


Allied aircraft
F-5A Lightning x 2


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 21,54

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 14
A6M2 Zero x 162
A6M3 Zero x 60
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 6

Allied aircraft
B-25J Mitchell x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-25J Mitchell x 3 destroyed

CPO S. Sugita of F1/6th Daitai is credited with kill number 3

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 21,54

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 14
A6M2 Zero x 162
A6M3 Zero x 65
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 27

Allied aircraft
B-25J Mitchell x 3
B-17E Fortress x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 2 damaged
A6M2 Zero x 1 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 12 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 3 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-25J Mitchell x 2 destroyed
B-25J Mitchell x 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress x 2 destroyed
B-17E Fortress x 1 damaged

PO1 B.Hanamoto of AI-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 3

Japanese Ships
DD Ikazuchi
BB Musashi

Attacking Level Bombers:
1 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
1 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 21,54

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 14
A6M2 Zero x 161
A6M3 Zero x 65
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 13

Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 8

no losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 8 destroyed

PO1 J.Koizumi of BII-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 9


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Air attack on TF at 13,42


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 46
TBF Avenger x 10


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 2 damaged
TBF Avenger x 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CA Maya, Bomb hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
CA Chokai, Bomb hits 6, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 13,42


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 19
SBD Dauntless x 16
TBF Avenger x 45


no losses

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 13,42


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 4
F6F Hellcat x 8
TBF Avenger x 18


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 13,42


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6
F6F Hellcat x 7
SBD Dauntless x 15
TBF Avenger x 16


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 13,42


Allied aircraft
B-25J Mitchell x 22


no losses

Attacking Level Bombers:
2 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
1 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 13,42


Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7


no losses

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 17,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
A6M3 Zero x 10
D3A Val x 43
B5N Kate x 24

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 5 destroyed
D3A Val x 1 destroyed
B5N Kate x 2 destroyed
B5N Kate x 7 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 damaged

LCDR V.Morton of VF-38 is credited with kill number 2

Allied Ships
CVE Long Island, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Altamaha, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 17,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
B5N Kate x 10

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 1 destroyed
B5N Kate x 1 destroyed
B5N Kate x 2 damaged


LTJG B.Jones of VF-38 is credited with kill number 2

Allied Ships
CVE Altamaha, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 17,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
B5N Kate x 16

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed

ENS G.Carter of VF-38 is credited with kill number 2


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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 6
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
P-38G Lightning x 39
P-47C Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 6 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 9 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 1 damaged

2LT D.Walker of VMF-224 is credited with kill number 8

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 10
G4M1 Betty x 8

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
P-38G Lightning x 39
P-47C Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 11 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 8 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47C Thunderbolt x 1 damaged

1LT F. Morrison of 341st FS is credited with kill number 8

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
P-38G Lightning x 39
P-47C Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty x 11 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 1 damaged

CPT M. Brown of 340th FS is credited with kill number 5

Allied Ships
LCI 62

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
1 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48 Lily x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
P-38G Lightning x 39
P-47C Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48 Lily x 4 destroyed


2LT D.Walker of VMF-224 is credited with kill number 9

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x Ki-48 Lily at 7000 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21 Sally x 13

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
P-38G Lightning x 39
P-47C Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21 Sally x 11 destroyed
Ki-21 Sally x 3 damaged


2LT G. Hollowell of VMF-224 is credited with kill number 8

Allied Ships
CL Mobile

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x Ki-21 Sally at 6000 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Lea Lea at 9,39

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 4
Ki-61 KAIc Tony x 5
Ki-51 Sonia x 7
Ki-21 Sally x 9
Ki-48 Lily x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-51 Sonia x 1 destroyed
Ki-51 Sonia x 1 damaged
Ki-21 Sally x 2 destroyed
Ki-21 Sally x 7 damaged
Ki-48 Lily x 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Hammann
DD Sims
DD Maury, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD McCall, Shell hits 4
DD Benham
DD Flusser
DD Morris
DD Helm, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Attacking Level Bombers:
1 x Ki-21 Sally at 100 feet
3 x Ki-48 Lily at 8000 feet
3 x Ki-21 Sally at 100 feet
3 x Ki-21 Sally at 100 feet
3 x Ki-48 Lily at 8000 feet
2 x Ki-48 Lily at 9000 feet
4 x Ki-48 Lily at 9000 feet
3 x Ki-48 Lily at 7000 feet
4 x Ki-48 Lily at 9000 feet
4 x Ki-48 Lily at 9000 feet
2 x Ki-48 Lily at 9000 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21 Sally x 3
Ki-48 Lily x 3

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
P-38G Lightning x 39
P-47C Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21 Sally x 1 damaged
Ki-48 Lily x 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 1 damaged

2LT R. Knapp of 342nd FS is credited with kill number 6

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x Ki-48 Lily at 8000 feet

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Air attack on Port Moresby , at 10,40


Allied aircraft
F-5A Lightning x 2


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 21,54

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 10
A6M2 Zero x 123
A6M3 Zero x 62
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 20

Allied aircraft
B-25J Mitchell x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-25J Mitchell x 4 destroyed

PO2 R.Ikura of BII-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 9

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 10,41


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F Hellcat x 14
SBD Dauntless x 45
TBF Avenger x 40


no losses

Japanese Ships
CL Kinu, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yamagumo, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Asagumo, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 10,41


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 5
TBF Avenger x 7


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 10,41


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
F6F Hellcat x 19
TBF Avenger x 17


no losses

Japanese Ships
DD Asagumo, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 10,41


Allied aircraft
B-25J Mitchell x 3


no losses

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 10,41


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5


no losses

Japanese Ships
DD Asagumo, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Attacking Level Bombers:
1 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
4 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 17,61

Japanese aircraft
B5N Kate x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N Kate x 1 destroyed
B5N Kate x 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Wilson, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 17,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
A6M3 Zero x 14
D3A Val x 41
B5N Kate x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A Val x 5 damaged
B5N Kate x 1 destroyed
B5N Kate x 8 damaged

Allied Ships
AP Leedstown, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
DD Tucker
AP Manunda, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
AP Orungal, Bomb hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
AP Sumter, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Reid


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 190
Guns lost 1


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Air attack on TF, near Lea Lea at 9,39

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21 Sally x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21 Sally x 1 destroyed
Ki-21 Sally x 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Selfridge

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x Ki-21 Sally at 6000 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Lea Lea at 9,39

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty x 3 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Stack

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21 Sally x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 55
P-38G Lightning x 36
P-47C Thunderbolt x 45

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21 Sally x 1 destroyed


CPT G. Prentice of 7th FS is credited with kill number 2


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Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 10,40

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 18
G4M1 Betty x 3

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 55
P-38G Lightning x 36
P-47C Thunderbolt x 45

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 19 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 2 damaged
P-47C Thunderbolt x 2 destroyed
P-47C Thunderbolt x 1 damaged

1LT F. Morrison of 341st FS is credited with kill number 9

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF at 17,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M3 Zero x 6
B5N Kate x 7

no losses


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Ground combat at Wau

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 24678 troops, 302 guns, 0 vehicles

Defending force 25469 troops, 200 guns, 0 vehicles



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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/11/2011 4:49:32 PM   
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IJN is still able sink allied flattops, despite the USN has upgraded to the deadly Hellcats now...









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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/11/2011 8:38:55 PM   
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The Allied comeback is on. Four large transport fleets covered by strong escorts have managed to unload relatively unharmed at PM thanks to the strong Corsair and P47 CAP provided from LeaLea. Ralf still has a huge garrison there after they retreated from LeaLea, probably bigger than my invasion force....but I'm counting on them being out of supply by now so that should help tip the balance my way. It was very nice to sink 4 CAs and 2 CLs in one day.......considering he had only lost 3 CL previously in the whole game!

Ralf (Wisely IMO) did not risk his KB airgroups going into the PM CAP, instead sending them south to sink 2 CVEs covering a troop transport convoy....and most of the convoy. One was the crappy Long Island so not too upset about it. The next day the KB retreated north. I think he is resigned to losing PM now and will look to re-organise his defences.

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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/15/2011 9:31:06 AM   
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while the struggle for PM has been launched, I decided to sail south with my carriers. Spotted some transports between Brisbane & Noumea, but the attack revealed it was only a small convoy with some Kiwi troops on it. Rather disappointing, wasted fuel for just three cargo vessels plus escorts. However, better than to fly right into Paulīs F4U meatgrinder at PNG.

In the meantime the allied airforce keeps Lae airfield closed, so no more sucide Lily attacks can be launched from there...





AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 08/23/43

Weather: Partly Cloudy

Sub attack at 19,42

Japanese Ships
DD Hakaze

Allied Ships
SS Nautilus


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Air attack on TF at 30,77

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
A6M3 Zero x 13
D3A Val x 5
B5N Kate x 31

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N Kate x 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AK Antrim, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
AK Mungana, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
SC 982


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 136
Guns lost 1


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Air attack on TF at 30,77

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M3 Zero x 6
D3A Val x 16
B5N Kate x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N Kate x 2 destroyed
B5N Kate x 2 damaged

Allied Ships
LST 467, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
SC 984, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 42


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Air attack on Lae , at 9,33

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 9
Ki-61 KAIc Tony x 15

Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 46
TBF Avenger x 9
P-47C Thunderbolt x 48

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 2 destroyed
Ki-61 KAIc Tony x 2 destroyed
Ki-61 KAIc Tony x 1 damaged
Ki-21 Sally x 1 destroyed
Ki-48 Lily x 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 2 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 15 damaged
TBF Avenger x 2 damaged

1LT C. Blend of 341st FS is credited with kill number 6

Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 202
Guns lost 2

Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 38

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x TBF Avenger at 5000 feet
6 x TBF Avenger at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 30,77

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 31
A6M3 Zero x 3
D3A Val x 22
B5N Kate x 37

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N Kate x 1 damaged

Allied Ships
AK Mungana, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
SC 982, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SC 648, Bomb hits 8, on fire, heavy damage


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 22
Guns lost 1


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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/15/2011 9:33:33 AM   
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Pauls first assault wasnīt very impressive, but of course the comrades from LeaLea will join the attackers soon enough.


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Ground combat at Port Moresby

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 33925 troops, 280 guns, 249 vehicles

Defending force 71244 troops, 631 guns, 141 vehicles

Allied assault odds: 0 to 1 (fort level 0)


Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 460

Allied ground losses:
Men lost 592
Guns lost 1



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RE: allied Invasion at PM - 7/15/2011 5:26:46 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Miller

... It was very nice to sink 4 CAs and 2 CLs in one day.......considering he had only lost 3 CL previously in the whole game!

...




managed to save CA SUZUYA... every point will help now I wonder anyway if Paul will give me any opportunity to make use of my still pretty potent surface fleet during the remaining 4 months...


Point gap still 6300, but I expect this number to certainly be shrinking soon.

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PM in allied hands - 7/27/2011 8:55:05 AM   
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Sept. 25th 1943

Port Moresby was finally taken by Paul three (game) weeks ago. He rushed the base into service in a very quick matter of time. Now the entire Bidmarck archipelago is under constant threat. Of course I had to I abandon Lae as an active airbase. Rabaul is still pretty vital, and a few P38 and 4E raids over the town proved rather costly to the Allies.

In the meantime, KB sailed south again to catch some traffic down between Noumea and Australia. Shortland is no longer a safe anchorage anyway... However, netted only a handful APs/AKs down in the Coral Sea yet.

Lunga is quite alive as well, obviously the eastern theatre is only a minor battlefield.

VP spread is at 5000 now.
Oh well, the next weeks are going to become filled with fierce & bloody tussleīs.

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RE: PM in allied hands - 8/6/2011 1:55:50 PM   
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a week or so ago Paul launched his first try for GiliGili, when hes sent his troops there with barges (LST,LCI). this operation failed badly due to interference of KB and two RGTs drowned.

Now he returned with a much tougher force, covered by main elements of the allied fleet. First I thought he would go in with even his CVs. Three of them (BUNKER HILL, CABOT and a CVE) hit a mine, and the carriers turned around to stay between GG and PM to provide additional LRCAP.
There was no choice but to go in as well, with everything on hand. Rabaul launched some strikes, but 100+ Betties were shot down for just one hit on a DD. And KB hesitated to attack at all, due to massive CAP I guess. So I sent the major part of my surface fleet to GG (five BBs plus cruisers and DDs in four TFs). Although I was able to wipe out most of his screen (several cruisers, DDs and BB ALABAMA sunk) I failed to hit the invasion force itself. IJN lost three cruisers and about 10 DDs, and many stragglers still trying to escape the danger zone.

KB is still pretty intact with all elite squadrons untouched. But Paul doesnīt give them an opportuntiy to strike. His entire campaign to gain foothold in PNG is very smart, always elusive to any threat I could put into his way.

Still about 5000 VP difference, but with GG in allied hands itīs getting dirty then.

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RE: PM in allied hands - 8/6/2011 1:57:50 PM   
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here is the report of the numerous night battles at GiliGili...





AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 10/12/43

Weather: Thunderstorms

Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Shell hits 5
BB Musashi, Shell hits 3
CA Myoko, Shell hits 1
CA Ashigara, Shell hits 8
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 7
CA Kumano, Shell hits 2
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 3
CL Natori
DD Hibiki, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
DD Fubuki, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 1
DD Hatsuyuki
DD Asakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Harukaze
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
CA Astoria, Shell hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
CA San Francisco, Shell hits 3, on fire
CA Canberra, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Leander, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CL Achillies, Shell hits 1
CL Hobart
DD Terry, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Eaton, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Bush, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Beale
DD Bache
DD Brownson, Shell hits 1
DD Nicholson, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Shell hits 1
BB Musashi
CA Myoko, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CA Ashigara, Shell hits 7, on fire
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 4
CA Kumano
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 1
CL Natori, Shell hits 4
DD Hibiki, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Fubuki, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 1
DD Asakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Harukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Hatakaze

Allied Ships
CA Astoria, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
CA San Francisco, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
CA Canberra, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Achillies, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Hobart, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Terry, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Eaton, Shell hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
DD Bush, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Beale
DD Bache, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Brownson, Shell hits 1
DD Nicholson, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 2
BB Hiei, Shell hits 9
CA Aoba, Shell hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 20, on fire, heavy damage
CL Yura, Shell hits 19, on fire
DD Makinami, Shell hits 3
DD Takanami, Shell hits 15, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Isonami
DD Shikinami, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Ayanami

Allied Ships
BB Alabama, Shell hits 13, on fire, heavy damage
CA Northampton
CA Chester
CA Salt Lake City, Shell hits 1
CA New Orleans, Shell hits 5
DD Chevalier, Shell hits 21, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Charles Ausburne, Shell hits 9, on fire
DD Meredith, Shell hits 35, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Stockton
DD Hammann, Shell hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
DD Mustin


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
CA Takao
CA Atago
DD Yukikaze, Shell hits 11, on fire, heavy damage
DD Shiranui, Shell hits 6, on fire
DD Kawakaze
DD Umikaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Hakaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Akikaze
DD Shiokaze, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Tachikaze, Shell hits 4
DD Nokaze, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
CA San Francisco, Shell hits 12, on fire, heavy damage
CA Canberra, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Achillies, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Hobart, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Terry, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Eaton, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Bush, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Beale, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Bache, on fire
DD Brownson, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Nicholson, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 2
CA Atago
DD Yukikaze, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Shiranui, Shell hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kawakaze, Shell hits 2
DD Umikaze, on fire
DD Hakaze, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Akikaze
DD Shiokaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Tachikaze
DD Nokaze, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
BB Alabama, Shell hits 9, on fire, heavy damage
CA Northampton, Shell hits 1
CA Chester
CA Salt Lake City
CA New Orleans, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Chevalier, and is sunk
DD Charles Ausburne, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Stockton
DD Hammann, on fire, heavy damage
DD Mustin


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro, Shell hits 4
CA Furutaka, Shell hits 2
CA Kako
DD Onami, Shell hits 2
DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 7, on fire
DD Asagiri, Shell hits 2
DD Sazanami, Shell hits 3
DD Uzuki
DD Nagatsuki, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Mikazuki

Allied Ships
CA San Francisco, and is sunk
CA Canberra, and is sunk
CL Achillies, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
CL Hobart, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Terry, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Bush, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Beale, on fire
DD Bache, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Brownson, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Nicholson, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro, Shell hits 2
CA Furutaka, Shell hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
CA Kako, Shell hits 6, on fire
DD Onami, Shell hits 11, on fire, heavy damage
DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Asagiri, Shell hits 6, on fire
DD Sazanami, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Uzuki, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Nagatsuki, Shell hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
DD Mikazuki, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Alabama, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
CA Northampton, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CA Chester
CA Salt Lake City
CA New Orleans, on fire
DD Charles Ausburne, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Stockton
DD Hammann, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Mustin


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GG invasion II - 8/8/2011 7:45:37 AM   
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one night later, I could only muster a single BB force to get in again. Most of my remaining ships were pretty low on fuel, especially the DDs. The poor range is a bad disadvantage of many IJN ships anyway.
Achieved nothing bold, but at least a few allied ships could be sunk. I am very happy that two MSWs were amongst them...

GG got assaulted the first time, still holding out.






AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 10/13/43

Weather: Thunderstorms

Sub attack at 20,41

Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-47


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Shell hits 3
BB Musashi, Shell hits 1
CA Ashigara, Shell hits 2
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 1
CA Kumano, Shell hits 4
CL Jintsu
CL Natori

Allied Ships
DD McCalla, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Woodworth, Shell hits 33, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
PG Warrego
MSW Starling
AP Fuller
AP George F. Elliot, on fire, heavy damage
AP William Ward Burrows
AP Pierce
AP William P. Biddle
AP Ormsby, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
AP Feland
AP Sheridan
AP Fayette
AP Callaway
AP Du Page
AP Custer
AP Cambria, Shell hits 17, on fire, heavy damage
LSD Carter Hall
AP Wanganella
AP Westralia, Shell hits 23, and is sunk


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Shell hits 2
BB Musashi
CA Ashigara
CA Mikuma
CA Kumano
CL Jintsu
CL Natori

Allied Ships
DD Patterson, Shell hits 14, on fire, heavy damage
MSW Ballarat, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
MSW Ipswich
MSW Wollongong, Shell hits 17, and is sunk
SC 709
SC 743, Shell hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
AK Lesuth
AK Megrez
AK Leonis
AK Phobos
AK Cheleb
AK Pavo
AK Kenmore
AK De Grasse
AK Prince Georges
AK Allegan
AK Appanoose
AK Indus
AK Tuscana
AK Zebra
AK Beltrami
AK Bullock
AK Cabell
AK Caledonia
AK Chicot


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Air attack on Gili Gili , at 17,42


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 2


no losses


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Air attack on TF, near Gili Gili at 17,42

Japanese aircraft
D3A Val x 8
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 21

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 48
P-38J Lightning x 7
P-47D Thunderbolt x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A Val x 3 destroyed
D3A Val x 5 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 12 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 1 damaged

1LT E. Ball of 9th FS is credited with kill number 8

Allied Ships
APD Little
AP President Polk


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Ground combat at Gili Gili

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 23921 troops, 142 guns, 59 vehicles

Defending force 13984 troops, 138 guns, 0 vehicles

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 9)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 8



FO O.Balasko of 432nd FS bails out and is CAPTURED
Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 193

Allied ground losses:
Men lost 468
Guns lost 1
Vehicles lost 1


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RE: GG invasion II - 8/10/2011 4:24:06 PM   
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It's late October and we are into the final phase now. Gili-Gili is under seige and should fall within a week, capturing this base is vital in order to cover my next move. Troops are also marching on Lae from Wau, but that will be a tough nut to crack. Ralf's CVs are hovering just out of the range of my bombers based at PM, looking for a chance to strike. Points gap is just under 5000, it will be a close finish....

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RE: GG invasion II - 8/13/2011 5:36:13 PM   
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Nov 2nd 1943.

GG has fallen finally...

VP spread is at 4600 now, overall situation still quite solid for the Japanese. And KB is waiting for its final chance.


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RE: GG invasion II - 9/6/2011 11:46:30 AM   
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Any updates? 

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RE: GG invasion II - 9/7/2011 1:06:15 PM   
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Ralf was on holiday for a week then I had issues with my new internet provider, but we back now.

Its mid November. Main news is that Allies have captured Lae and a CV battle (of sorts) took place with bad results for the IJN. The KB, which has been lurking around Rabual for weeks finally launched a series of poorly co-ordinated strikes at max range against my CVs which are busy covering invasion fleets. Flying into a 300 Hellcat CAP all his a/c went down for no result, about 200 Vals and Kates, which I guess is almost half of the available strike a/c on the KB. Meanwhile my 4E and 2E bombers have closed Rabual airfield and will continue to do so. His fighters have done reasonably well considering the stage the game is at, but he most have few high exp pilots left.

Points gap is down to 2000, and I think this will be even by the end of the month. Ralf will just have to gritt his teeth and hope for the best now...........

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RE: GG invasion II - 9/9/2011 3:20:07 PM   
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yeah, situation deteriorated for the the Empire. After weeks of roaming the seas, fruitlessly using up now precious fuel and accumulating wear&tear damage, I decided to go in finally. Wrongly I guessed Paul is sending his forces to Gasmata, for a final assault on Rabaul. But instead he went NW for Wewak, so my fleet ended up at extreme strike range. About 250 A/C lost for nothing, amongst them about the half of the elite units still alive.

Rabaul is effectively dead as Airbase, closed by some bold raids. Itīs really getting dirty now. Very annoying after all.

Doing it just as Paul said, griting teeth.......

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Wewak under fire - 9/14/2011 6:08:23 PM   
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after the recent debacle I sent my still strong surface fleet towards Wewak, in order to crush the allied invasion fleet.
The night battle went well, but then Pauls carriers launched some deadly strikes on my fleeing ships... BB HIEI gone, along with some cruisers and ecorts. Many others damaged. Overall rather a disappointing result, given this was the final battle.

Wewak will fall soon, Gasmata is in allied hands already. Looks like Paul will achieve victory at the end of the game. No wonder after a bold and smart 1943 play.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 11/16/43

Weather: Partly Cloudy

Night Time Surface Combat, near Wewak at 2,26

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 12
BB Yamato, Shell hits 23
CA Chikuma, Shell hits 6
CA Ashigara, Shell hits 9, on fire
CA Mikuma
CA Kumano, Shell hits 1
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 8
CL Natori, Shell hits 1
DD Oshio, Shell hits 8, on fire
DD Shirakumo, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Isonami, Shell hits 1
DD Murakumo, Shell hits 3
DD Ayanami
DD Ushio
DD Yayoi

Allied Ships
CA Minneapolis, Shell hits 13, on fire, heavy damage
CA Quincy, Shell hits 24, and is sunk
CL Santa Fe, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
CL Birmingham, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Fletcher, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Radford, Shell hits 1
DD Spence, Shell hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
DD Anthony, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Braine, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Renshaw, Shell hits 11, on fire
DD Conway, Shell hits 17, on fire, heavy damage
DD Stockton, Shell hits 2, on fire
DMS Hopkins, Shell hits 8


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Wewak at 2,26

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
BB Yamato, Shell hits 2, on fire
CA Chikuma
CA Ashigara, on fire
CA Mikuma
CA Kumano, Shell hits 4
CL Jintsu
CL Natori
DD Oshio, on fire
DD Shirakumo, on fire
DD Isonami
DD Murakumo
DD Ayanami
DD Ushio
DD Yayoi

Allied Ships
DD Morris, Shell hits 29, and is sunk
APD Humphreys, Shell hits 26, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
MSW Ipswich
MSW Motive
SC 647
SC 699
SC 700
SC 701
AP Fuller, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
AP President Adams
AP Pierce, Shell hits 10, on fire, heavy damage
AP William P. Biddle
AP Monrovia, Shell hits 18, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
LST 395
LST 399
LST 446
LST 449
LST 472, Shell hits 1
LST 473
LST 450
LST 451
LST 452
LST 461


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 944
Guns lost 7


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Wewak at 2,26

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei, Shell hits 1
BB Musashi, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CA Takao
CA Atago, Shell hits 1
CL Abukuma
DD Makinami
DD Yamakaze
DD Kawakaze
DD Sazanami
DD Harukaze
DD Hatakaze
DD Akikaze
DD Tachikaze
DD Namikaze

Allied Ships
DD Hammann, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
PG Kiwi
PG Moa
PG Tui
MSW Sage
SC 707
SC 709
AK Thuban, Shell hits 17, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AK Virgo
AK Trianglum
LCI 339
LCI 340
LCI 342
AK Cassiopeia
AK Eridanus
AK Mintaka
AK Murzim
AK Sterope
AK Serpens, Shell hits 38, and is sunk
AK Lynx
AK Lyra
AK Sculptor, Shell hits 42, on fire, heavy damage
AK Rotanin
AK Megrez
AK Pavo


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 374


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Air attack on Wewak , at 2,26


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 10
PB4Y Liberator x 8
B-24D Liberator x 22
B-24J Liberator x 11


no losses

Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 134

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 85

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
2 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
1 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet

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Air attack on Shortland Island , at 29,34

Japanese aircraft

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 42
F-5A Lightning x 2
B-25J Mitchell x 177

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 22 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 26 damaged
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 10 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIb Nick x 13 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 1 destroyed
H6K Mavis x 2 destroyed
H6K Mavis x 1 damaged


Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 627
Guns lost 2

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 140

Attacking Level Bombers:
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
1 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
2 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
10 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
2 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
5 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
5 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 4
SBD Dauntless x 15


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 8 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Ashigara, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 90
SBD Dauntless x 18


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 3 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 18 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CL Natori, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 27
F4U-1 Corsair x 11
SB2C Helldiver x 33


Allied aircraft losses
SB2C Helldiver x 5 destroyed
SB2C Helldiver x 34 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Natori, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA Mikuma, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CA Kumano, Bomb hits 1, on fire


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 24
SBD Dauntless x 46
TBF Avenger x 18


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 2 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 19 damaged
TBF Avenger x 2 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 10 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, on fire
CA Mikuma, Bomb hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 8, Torpedo hits 1
CL Jintsu, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CA Chikuma, Bomb hits 2, on fire


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Air attack on TF at 9,21


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 18
TBF Avenger x 58


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 2 damaged
TBF Avenger x 6 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 30 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Akikaze, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Hatakaze
CA Atago, Torpedo hits 1
BB Hiei, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
DD Kawakaze, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CA Takao, Torpedo hits 1


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Air attack on TF at 9,21


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 17


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 1 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 13 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Akikaze, on fire, heavy damage
CL Abukuma, on fire, heavy damage
BB Hiei, on fire
CA Takao, Torpedo hits 1, on fire


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Air attack on TF at 9,21


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 8


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 1 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kawakaze, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 9,21


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 18


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 2 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 14 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB Hiei, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Sazanami


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Air attack on Wewak , at 2,26


Allied aircraft
Hudson x 2


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 7


no losses

Japanese Ships
CA Ashigara, Bomb hits 5, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 6,24


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 7


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi, Bomb hits 2


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 13
TBF Avenger x 3


no losses

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Bomb hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Natori, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 9,21


Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 92
F4U-1 Corsair x 11
SB2C Helldiver x 3


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Oshio, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 9,21


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 8


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Atago, Torpedo hits 1, on fire


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Air attack on TF at 8,22


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 18
SB2C Helldiver x 4
TBF Avenger x 38


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 1 damaged
TBF Avenger x 1 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 9 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Jintsu, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CA Kumano, on fire
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
DD Ushio
DD Ayanami, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF, near Lae at 9,33

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
A6M3 Zero x 11
G4M1 Betty x 3
G4M2 Betty x 10
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 2 damaged
G4M2 Betty x 4 destroyed
G4M2 Betty x 6 damaged


1LT R.Draper of 80th FS is credited with kill number 2

Allied Ships
AO Brazos
AV Curtiss
AV Tangier, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Attacking Level Bombers:
1 x G4M2 Betty at 200 feet
3 x G4M2 Betty at 200 feet
2 x G4M2 Betty at 200 feet
3 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Wewak at 2,26

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
G4M1 Betty x 12

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty x 4 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 3 damaged


1LT A.Ellett of 419th FS is credited with kill number 5

Allied Ships
MSW Swallow

Attacking Level Bombers:
2 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Ground combat at Gasmata

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3361 troops, 11 guns, 0 vehicles

Defending force 1355 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Gasmata base !!!



1LT R.Cullen of 432nd FS is credited with kill number 4

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Ground combat at Wewak

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2292 troops, 28 guns, 0 vehicles

Defending force 5086 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles


Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 8


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Post #: 83
RE: Wewak under fire - 9/14/2011 6:09:11 PM   
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nice view, but......







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RE: Wewak under fire - 9/19/2011 5:00:08 PM   
RGIJN


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the last two turns saw some carrier action NE of Kavieng. KB launched some nice bold strikes that sunk BUNKER HILL plus at least one CVL and one CVE. 2nd day strikes hit VICTORIOUS and consorts. She should be dead as well, along with a few small flattops.
Own damage almost none, since the allied strikes aimed mostly for my crawling surface vessels. MUSASHI is in a very bad shape. At least Tokyo sends a last batch of heavy ships, 2 BBs with cruisers and DDs are announced coming down from Japan. Too little too late Iīd say.
However, all this couldnīt prevent Paul from taking Wewak and Gasmata, and landing at Kavieng and Buna as well! There are much too many fires burning everywhere, which I canīt fight let alone extinguish. He is leading about 500 points already.


day one of the clash:




AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 11/17/43

Weather: Overcast

Air attack on TF at 13,15


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 5


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
DD Murakumo


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Air attack on TF at 13,15


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 9


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 9 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato


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Air attack on TF at 13,15


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 17
TBF Avenger x 7


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 1 damaged
TBF Avenger x 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Murakumo
DD Shirakumo, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 13,15


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 11


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 2 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
BB Haruna, Torpedo hits 1, on fire


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M2 Zero x 108
A6M3 Zero x 38
A6M5 Zeke x 10
A6M5-B Zeke x 11
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 1

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 15
SBD Dauntless x 15
TBF Avenger x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 3 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 2 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 1 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 4 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 1 damaged
SBD Dauntless x 14 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 4 damaged
TBF Avenger x 1 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 1 damaged

CPO T.Endo of AI-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 14

CPO T.Endo of AI-1 Daitai is KILLED


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Air attack on TF, near Meteiai at 17,24


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 55
TBF Avenger x 30


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 7 damaged
TBF Avenger x 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
AV Kimikawa Maru, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
APD 2
APD 38, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
AV Akitsushima, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
AV Kamikawa Maru, Bomb hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
PC Ch 6, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M2 Zero x 105
A6M3 Zero x 37
A6M5 Zeke x 10
A6M5-B Zeke x 11
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 1

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 5
SB2C Helldiver x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 6 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 2 destroyed
SB2C Helldiver x 4 destroyed

ENS K.Gilbert of VF-40 is credited with kill number 6

PO2 R.Takagi of EI-1 Daitai is KILLED


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5
A6M2 Zero x 100
A6M3 Zero x 37
A6M5 Zeke x 10
A6M5-B Zeke x 11

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 30
F4U-1 Corsair x 3
SBD Dauntless x 14
SB2C Helldiver x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 2 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 17 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 6 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 11 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 7 damaged
SBD Dauntless x 8 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 7 damaged
SB2C Helldiver x 1 damaged

PO1 M.Fujimatsu of EI-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 10

LTJG O.Maki of BII-1 Daitai is KILLED

Japanese Ships
BB Ise


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Air attack on TF, near Buna at 12,38

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48 Lily x 7

Allied aircraft
P-47D Thunderbolt x 30

no losses

no losses

Allied Ships
AK Celeno
SC 744

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x Ki-48 Lily at 7000 feet
4 x Ki-48 Lily at 7000 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Lae at 9,33

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
A6M3 Zero x 13
G4M1 Betty x 7
G4M2 Betty x 4
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 9

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 57

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 2 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 6 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 2 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 5 damaged
G4M2 Betty x 4 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 2 destroyed


CPT N.Perry of VMF-224 is credited with kill number 14

Allied Ships
AV Curtiss
AO Kanawha

Attacking Level Bombers:
4 x G4M2 Betty at 200 feet
3 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5
A6M2 Zero x 25
A6M3 Zero x 9
D3A Val x 76
B5N Kate x 46

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 30
F4U-1 Corsair x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 2 destroyed
A6M2-N Rufe x 1 damaged
A6M2 Zero x 15 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 4 destroyed
D3A Val x 12 destroyed
D3A Val x 32 damaged
B5N Kate x 24 destroyed
B5N Kate x 27 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 1 damaged

ENS O.Patterson of VF-40 is credited with kill number 7

WO F.Takagi of BII-1 Daitai is KILLED

Allied Ships
CVL Langley, Bomb hits 8, on fire
BB Mississippi, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CV Bunker Hill, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Cowpens, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage
CLAA Oakland, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CLAA Reno, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Daly


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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 10
A6M5 Zeke x 9
D3A Val x 14
A6M5-B Zeke x 9
B5N Kate x 11

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 10
F4U-1 Corsair x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 6 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M5 Zeke x 2 destroyed
D3A Val x 2 destroyed
D3A Val x 5 damaged
A6M5-B Zeke x 5 destroyed
A6M5-B Zeke x 1 damaged
B5N Kate x 4 destroyed
B5N Kate x 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 3 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 1 damaged

ENS E.Allison of VF-40 is credited with kill number 8

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
CVL Cowpens, on fire, heavy damage
CV Bunker Hill, on fire, heavy damage
DD Wadsworth, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Jenkins, Bomb hits 2


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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
A6M5 Zeke x 7
D3A Val x 25
B5N Kate x 43

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 8
F4U-1 Corsair x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 5 destroyed
A6M5 Zeke x 4 destroyed
D3A Val x 3 damaged
B5N Kate x 8 destroyed
B5N Kate x 26 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 1 damaged

ENS N.MacDonald of VF-17 is credited with kill number 6

Allied Ships
CVL Cowpens, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Langley, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CV Bunker Hill, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CLAA Oakland, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB Mississippi, on fire
BB New Mexico
DD Daly
BB South Dakota


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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
D3A Val x 21

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 8
F4U-1 Corsair x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 3 destroyed
D3A Val x 4 destroyed
D3A Val x 10 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed

ENS G.Irvine of VF-40 is credited with kill number 7

Allied Ships
DD Henley, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Cowpens, Bomb hits 6, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Langley, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF, near Buna at 12,38

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
P-47D Thunderbolt x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 1 destroyed


1LT J. Lynch of 341st FS is credited with kill number 5

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x G4M1 Betty at 7000 feet

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Air attack on Shortland Island , at 29,34

Japanese aircraft

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 103
F-5A Lightning x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 2 damaged
D3A Val x 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 2 destroyed
P-38G Lightning x 21 damaged
F-5A Lightning x 1 damaged

1LT F.Gretz of 67th FS is KILLED

Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 198


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Air attack on TF at 13,15


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 13


no losses

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 7, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M2 Zero x 63
A6M3 Zero x 22
A6M5 Zeke x 7
A6M5-B Zeke x 8
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 1

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 14
SBD Dauntless x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 2 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 5 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zeke x 2 destroyed
A6M5-B Zeke x 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 2 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 2 damaged
SBD Dauntless x 6 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 2 damaged

ENS E.Allison of VF-40 is credited with kill number 9

ENS G.Irvine of VF-40 bails out and is CAPTURED


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M2 Zero x 59
A6M3 Zero x 21
A6M5 Zeke x 5
A6M5-B Zeke x 6

Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 7

no losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 5 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 4 damaged

CPO T.Kurihara of FF1/Yokohama Chutai is credited with kill number 9

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M2 Zero x 59
A6M3 Zero x 21
A6M5 Zeke x 5
A6M5-B Zeke x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 12
SBD Dauntless x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 1 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 4 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 5 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 5 damaged

LTJG M. Byrnes of VF-9 is credited with kill number 7

ENS P.Endo of FF1/Yokohama Chutai is KILLED


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Air attack on TF at 5,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M2 Zero x 44
A6M3 Zero x 12
A6M5 Zeke x 5
A6M5-B Zeke x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 52
SBD Dauntless x 3
TBF Avenger x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 3 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 9 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 6 destroyed
A6M5-B Zeke x 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 9 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 8 damaged
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 2 damaged
TBF Avenger x 2 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 3 damaged

ENS K.Gilbert of VF-40 is credited with kill number 7

ENS K.Gilbert of VF-40 is KILLED

Japanese Ships
CV Hiyo
CVL Hosho


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Air attack on TF, near Wewak at 2,26

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty x 3 damaged

Allied Ships
LST 449

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x G4M2 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF, near Wewak at 2,26

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
G4M2 Betty x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty x 3 damaged

Allied Ships
AK Pavo, Torpedo hits 1

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x G4M2 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
A6M5 Zeke x 5
D3A Val x 56
B5N Kate x 37

no losses

Allied Ships
CVL Cowpens, Bomb hits 8, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Langley, Bomb hits 9, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14
D3A Val x 5
B5N Kate x 7

no losses


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Air attack on TF at 12,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
A6M3 Zero x 9
D3A Val x 15
B5N Kate x 4

no losses

Allied Ships
DD Nicholas, Bomb hits 6, on fire, heavy damage


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Sub attack near Rabaul at 21,28


LTJG V.Kanda of EII-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 7

LTJG R.Tyler of VF-11 bails out and is CAPTURED
Allied Ships
SS S-40


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Ground combat at Wewak

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 17437 troops, 194 guns, 30 vehicles

Defending force 5055 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles

Allied assault odds: 17 to 1 (fort level 1)

Allied forces CAPTURE Wewak base !!!


Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 558

Allied ground losses:
Men lost 208


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Ground combat at Buna

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 12441 troops, 102 guns, 14 vehicles

Defending force 12832 troops, 144 guns, 0 vehicles

Allied assault odds: 0 to 1 (fort level 0)


Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 365

Allied ground losses:
Men lost 1365
Guns lost 2


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Post #: 85
late CV battle, NE of Kavieng - 9/19/2011 5:02:48 PM   
RGIJN


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day two:



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR 11/18/43

Weather: Overcast

Sub attack near Truk at 20,2

Japanese Ships
TK Toei Maru, Torpedo hits 1

Allied Ships
SS Whale


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Sub attack at 21,4

Japanese Ships
AP Kiyozumi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-47


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Sub attack at 19,3

Japanese Ships
ML Ikitsushima, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Sculpin


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Air attack on Rabaul , at 21,28

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 9
B-25J Mitchell x 143

Japanese aircraft losses
no losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25J Mitchell x 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 729
Guns lost 4

Airbase hits 7
Runway hits 95

Attacking Level Bombers:
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
8 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
6 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
9 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
0 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
2 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
10 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
3 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on Kavieng , at 18,24

Japanese aircraft

Allied aircraft
Hudson x 6
B-17E Fortress x 28
PB4Y Liberator x 33
B-24D Liberator x 49
B-24J Liberator x 38

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A Val x 3 destroyed
Ki-48 Lily x 5 destroyed
Ki-48 Lily x 5 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 4 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 6 damaged


Japanese ground losses:
Men lost 266

Airbase hits 47
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 250

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
6 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
6 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
7 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
8 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
6 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
4 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
1 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
0 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
6 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
6 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
5 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet
9 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
4 x B-24J Liberator at 10000 feet
12 x PB4Y Liberator at 10000 feet
3 x B-24D Liberator at 10000 feet
6 x B-17E Fortress at 10000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
A6M2 Zero x 93
A6M3 Zero x 36
A6M5 Zeke x 12
A6M5-B Zeke x 9
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 18

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 13
B-25J Mitchell x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 2 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 16 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 3 destroyed
A6M5 Zeke x 3 destroyed
A6M5-B Zeke x 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38J Lightning x 6 destroyed
P-38J Lightning x 4 damaged
B-25J Mitchell x 1 damaged

1LT J.Patocka of 80th FS is credited with kill number 9

1LT J.Patocka of 80th FS is KILLED


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Air attack on TF at 11,11


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 12
TBF Avenger x 12


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 3 damaged
TBF Avenger x 10 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Makinami, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 11,11


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 7


Allied aircraft losses
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 14,14


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 7


no losses

Japanese Ships
DD Kawakaze, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 14,14


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 15


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 11,20


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 8


no losses

Japanese Ships
DD Akikaze, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 11,20


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 9


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M2 Zero x 76
A6M3 Zero x 29
A6M5 Zeke x 9
A6M5-B Zeke x 8

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 51
F4U-1 Corsair x 4
SBD Dauntless x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 20 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 3 destroyed
A6M5 Zeke x 2 destroyed
A6M5-B Zeke x 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 14 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 6 damaged
SBD Dauntless x 1 destroyed

LCDR T.Keene of VF-17 is credited with kill number 6

ENS W.Kline of VF-28 is KILLED


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Air attack on TF at 17,17


Allied aircraft
SB2C Helldiver x 11


no losses

Japanese Ships
APD 38, Bomb hits 8, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M2 Zero x 59
A6M3 Zero x 23
A6M5 Zeke x 7
A6M5-B Zeke x 3

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 3
TBF Avenger x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 2 damaged
TBF Avenger x 1 damaged

LTJG W.Dallas of VF-27 is credited with kill number 3

PO1 J.Aihara of AII-1 Daitai is KILLED


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Air attack on TF at 9,13


Allied aircraft
SBD Dauntless x 7
TBF Avenger x 13


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
ML Yurijima, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
ML Hirashima


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Air attack on TF at 9,13


Allied aircraft
TBF Avenger x 9


Allied aircraft losses
TBF Avenger x 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
ML Hirashima, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF, near Kavieng at 18,24

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zeke x 12
G4M1 Betty x 7
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 3
Ki-61 KAIc Tony x 3
Ki-21 Sally x 12

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zeke x 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 8 damaged
Ki-21 Sally x 1 destroyed
Ki-21 Sally x 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning x 3 destroyed

CPT O.Hashimoto of 68th Sentai is credited with kill number 3

Allied Ships
CA Vincennes
DD Flusser, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AP Harry Lee
AP Warren
AP President Monroe

Attacking Level Bombers:
3 x Ki-21 Sally at 6000 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x Ki-21 Sally at 6000 feet
3 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x Ki-21 Sally at 6000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 11,19

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
A6M3 Zero x 4
A6M5 Zeke x 3
D3A Val x 108
A6M5-B Zeke x 3
B5N Kate x 48

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 49

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 9 destroyed
D3A Val x 25 destroyed
D3A Val x 16 damaged
B5N Kate x 12 destroyed
B5N Kate x 20 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 9 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 3 damaged

LCDR U.Ibusuki of CII-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 9

LCDR U.Ibusuki of CII-1 Daitai is KILLED

Allied Ships
CV Victorious, Bomb hits 7, Torpedo hits 3, on fire
CVE Sangamon, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CVE Chenango, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Cabot
CVE Copahee, Bomb hits 9, on fire, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania
BB Nevada, Torpedo hits 1


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Air attack on TF at 11,19

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3 Zero x 3
B5N Kate x 10

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero x 1 destroyed
B5N Kate x 4 destroyed
B5N Kate x 6 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed

LTJG S.Obuchi of F2/6th Daitai is credited with kill number 4

Allied Ships
CVL Cabot, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CVE Chenango, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF, near Buna at 12,38

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 43

Allied aircraft
Boomerang x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty x 7 destroyed
G4M1 Betty x 8 damaged


PO N.Thompson of No. 83 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 2

Allied Ships
AK Allioth, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AK Shaula, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
AK Kenmore
AK Cheleb, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AK Adhara
AK Lesuth
SC 638


Allied ground losses:
Men lost 50

Attacking Level Bombers:
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
4 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
2 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet
3 x G4M1 Betty at 200 feet

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Air attack on Kavieng , at 18,24


Allied aircraft
Hudson x 5


no losses


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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
A6M2 Zero x 54
A6M3 Zero x 33
A6M5 Zeke x 8
A6M5-B Zeke x 4

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 19
TBF Avenger x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe x 1 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 3 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zeke x 1 destroyed
A6M5-B Zeke x 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 4 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 2 damaged
TBF Avenger x 1 destroyed

LCDR J. Bandy of VF-28 is credited with kill number 9

LTJG G. Stanley of VF-27 bails out and is CAPTURED


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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M2 Zero x 51
A6M3 Zero x 24
A6M5 Zeke x 7
A6M5-B Zeke x 1

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 21
F4U-1 Corsair x 3
SBD Dauntless x 33
SB2C Helldiver x 11
TBF Avenger x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 8 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 4 destroyed
F6F Hellcat x 5 damaged
SBD Dauntless x 3 destroyed
SBD Dauntless x 3 damaged
SB2C Helldiver x 2 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 3 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 1 damaged

PO1 M.Fujimatsu of EI-1 Daitai is credited with kill number 12

LT H. McWhorter of VF-9 bails out and is CAPTURED


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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 35
A6M3 Zero x 19
A6M5 Zeke x 7
A6M5-B Zeke x 1

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 4
TBF Avenger x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 1 destroyed
A6M2 Zero x 1 damaged
A6M3 Zero x 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 1 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 2 destroyed
TBF Avenger x 2 damaged

ENS T.Sanders of VF-23 is credited with kill number 2

LCDR H. Miller of VF-23 is KILLED

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryuho


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Air attack on TF at 6,21

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34
A6M3 Zero x 19
A6M5 Zeke x 7
A6M5-B Zeke x 1

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 13
B-25J Mitchell x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero x 4 destroyed
A6M3 Zero x 5 destroyed
A6M5 Zeke x 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25J Mitchell x 5 damaged

CPT D. Roberts of 80th FS is credited with kill number 6

PO1 E.Matsunaga of F2/6th Daitai is KILLED

Japanese Ships
CV Akagi
CVL Zuiho

Attacking Level Bombers:
2 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet
4 x B-25J Mitchell at 5000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 14,36

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48 Lily x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48 Lily x 1 damaged

Allied Ships
APD Talbot
AP Du Page

Attacking Level Bombers:
4 x Ki-48 Lily at 7000 feet
4 x Ki-48 Lily at 7000 feet

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Air attack on TF at 11,19

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
D3A Val x 3
B5N Kate x 3

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 5

no losses

no losses

Allied Ships
CVE Copahee, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Chenango, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 11,19

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
A6M3 Zero x 6
D3A Val x 60
A6M5-B Zeke x 3
B5N Kate x 10

Allied aircraft
F6F Hellcat x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A Val x 3 destroyed
D3A Val x 10 damaged
B5N Kate x 8 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F Hellcat x 2 damaged

Allied Ships
CV Victorious, Bomb hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CVE Sangamon, Bomb hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CVL Cabot, Bomb hits 8, on fire, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 1
CVE Suwannee, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage


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Air attack on TF at 11,19

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zeke x 3
D3A Val x 4
B5N Kate x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N Kate x 8 damaged

Allied Ships
CVE Suwannee, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CV Victorious, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage


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Sub attack at 19,3


LCDR V.Matsuki of F1/6th Daitai is credited with kill number 6
Japanese Ships
ML Ikitsushima, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Sculpin


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Post #: 86
RE: late CV battle, NE of Kavieng - 9/20/2011 1:05:03 AM   
Miller


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Joined: 9/14/2004
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Yep, thanks to the famous "React one hex despite being ordered not to react" bug I have managed to lose half of my remaining carrier strength.

Four separate air combat TFs all set to follow one another, first day one of them reacts a hex (and therefore loses 75% of its CAP) and is pretty much destroyed. Second day the same thing happens to another TF with similar results. Bunker Hill and Victorious along with 5 or 6 CVL/E all gone. Meanwhile almost all of my strike a/c go after already dead BBs or transports. If the game was not so close to the end I would have thrown in the towel after the above turn played out.

Credit to Ralf for being able to preserve his CVs this far into the game and pull off the latest victory, but I really feel the dice rolls and bugs have all been against me in this game. As I said to Ralf, UV is all about enemy flightdecks sunk and my forces have failed miserably this game. A win on points is looking likely, but irrelevant to me.

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Post #: 87
RE: late CV battle, NE of Kavieng - 9/29/2011 7:16:00 AM   
RGIJN


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despite the IJN strength before Paul launched his invasion tour, itīs kinda allied landslide now. He took Hoskins, Gasmata, Momote, Saidor, Madang, Fischhafen, Kavieng and Wewak. Rabaul is my last base in this vicinity, but effectively out of action.

I sent out KB again, with filled up airgroups. However, these crappy IJN pilots you get in late 1943 are nothing but cannon fodder. Lost about 100 (!) during an attack against two transports and a minesweeper which had no CAP overhead... At least they managed to sink these vessels somehow.

Two shellings of Kavieng from my BBs caught some allied DDs, but otherwise it was a rather disappointing commitment.

Tokyo decided to sent a dozen transports down to me, about the last thing I need now. Such slow ducks canīt survive in these hostile waters anyway.

Still a little bit more than three weeks to go, and point gap is already 2000 in Pauls favour by now...

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Post #: 88
RE: late CV battle, NE of Kavieng - 9/29/2011 7:24:00 AM   
RGIJN


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a small bright light occured recently: I could repel an allied invasion try at Vila. Otherwise, overall situation quite dark...


present frontline, as for early December 1943:




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Post #: 89
RE: late CV battle, NE of Kavieng - 10/13/2011 4:36:30 PM   
Miller


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Mid December and Rabual falls to the Allies, and with that Ralf resigned. Points difference was about 7000 in my favour at the end (due to him losing 2700 and myself gaining 2700 for Rabual).

However, this was an empty victory for me. I lost the vast majority of my CVs whilst not sinking any in return. Losses in BBs/CAs etc were about even. All the old UV bugs appeared at one stage or another, and the "sync bug" meant I had to rely on the text combat report for the actual story of each turn. Not the best way to finish my UV career, but it has brought me many hours of entertainment over the 7 years I have played it, so it will be missed.........

Congratulations to Ralf for putting up an excellent fight for so long, he did want a rematch but I have simply worn this game out now. Hope he finds another opponent soon.

Miller signing off this forum for the last time

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