From: Lone Star Nation
Dec 20, 1941
Our first setback of the war today, fortunately nothing too bad, and it's balanced by a Tokyo Rose worthy victory.
Tarpon puts a TT into a small supply xAK moving from Cam Ranh Bay to Samah. The ship is probably lost but will try to make Quinhon 1 hex away.
4th Fleet & SE Fleet
AM Penguin, having almost escaped from Guam despite all odds, is hammered twice by KB planes on nav search. Normally nav search attacks are unreliable, but this is the A team out of KB, so she probably took at least one hit, poor thing.
We are preparing for Operation CH, the Nemo-recommended recon of probable supply hubs. Two Glen boats are already en route. Two Alf carrying AMCs will re-fuel at Kwaj and sortie as well. Targets will include Fiji, the Samoas, Canton Is., and Christmas Is. (Pacific). If nothing turns up there, we'll try Penrhyn Is. and the Hivas. One concern is that thing are so early, and CF is still getting used to the Allied side, that we could recon a planned supply hub not yet up and running. Thus, this Operation is expected to take a few weeks to pay off, but will eventually yield valuable intel.
Even the gods collude with the brave defenders of Hong Kong, as thunderstorms in the HK hex prevent launch of the major ground attacks Cribtop HQ had ordered to assist with the (hopefully) final assault. Base forces to allow use of Laoag and Aparri by the IJAAF, and thus to allow the hand-off from IJNAF to IJAAF in Luzon, should arrive and begin unloading today.
Ugh. Exercising almost perfect timing, 3 CL and 3 DD sail into Manado harbor in the night phase and sink 1 TB, 1 DMS, 2 SC and 3 fast xAK that fortunately had completed unloading 11th Air Fleet HQ and were trying to dump supplies. One day later and these ships maybe get hit by the 36 Nells flying in today. Sigh. We will escort the other half of this ill-fated convoy from Jolo to Manado to ensure enough supplies for torps and drop tanks.
Operation KuKu fleet launches. D-day for Kuching, Miri, Brunei and Kudat should be the 22nd. Covering the Kuching invasion is an ASW TF in the lead, Indes Fleet (2 BB, 4 CA, 1 CL, 6 modern DD) and KBL, with torpedoes fully reloaded at Cam Ranh Bay. Covering the other forces is Celebes Sea Squadron, a semi-permanent raiding force of 4 CA, 1 CL & 6 DD. In addition to KBL, LBA from Saigon, Jolo and Sinkawang will provide port attack (for the CD guns at Kuching), ground attack and LRCAP. See how the plan came together? We hope.
Despite the lack of air cover, the defenders of Hong Kong, their forts unrepaired due to yesterday's airfield attack, succumb at last. Odds are 5:1, all enemy units surrender, IJA casualties 441(0). Facilities are captured about 90% intact, most importantly the shipyard at 48(2) will be quickly up and running under new management. Banzai, but we salute the proud defenders as well as our own lads.
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