From: Lone Star Nation
November 25, 1942
A day of crushing frustration...
As MKB approaches New Caledonia from the North, our sub screen around Noumea closes a vice grip around the base at short range. Intention is to catch fleeing ships after the port attack. I-10 misses DD Patterson, escort to numerous tankers. Sigh. Nearby, RO-65 evades a PG on ASW patrol, while I-170 ducks away from enemy DDs before she duds(!) on DD Landsdowne.
Amberjack misses an ASW SC near Formosa. Posy duds on another SC near Takao. IJN ASW harasses Swordfish near Tandjoengbala and Wahoo near Pescadores.
The xAK Kosin Maru, torpedoed yesterday, goes down just off the safety of port in Luzon.
We send long range Nells after the port of Noumea at night as Operation Bismarck goes for maximum effort here. Havocs are up on night CAP and we lose two Nells for no gain.
In the daylight phases, our sweeps fail to materialize, instead adding to escorts for a pitiful raid of 12 Kates. What! As expected, hordes of P-39s are up, suffering at the hands of our Zeros but breaking through to kill all the Kates. Weather in the hex is severe storms, messing up our strikes. Nothing else flies. What a waste of a solid approach, bringing 11 carriers undetected to the launch point. Our planes confirm 59 ships in port, including BBs and tankers. Ugh. Still, perhaps this is a balance for the storms that prevented damage to MKB at the Torres Islands. Frustrating, however, as we did everything we could to strike a powerful blow.
As a meager consolation prize, Vals on Nav Attack sink 2 AMs and 3 xAKs near the Isle of Pines.
IJAAF Sallies punish 754th Tank Bttn in NW Oz with 38 vehicles destroyed, 11 disabled.
Akyab is pummeled by the IJAAF to keep the airfield closed.
Ichang airfield goes to level 2, Bihoro forts to 5. Noumea, ironically, makes level 7 port today.
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