From: Lone Star Nation
April 18, 1943
Shad duds on an xAK in the East China Sea.
With a full moon, we send Bettys on a night raid at the over stacked field on Ndeni with good results. P-38s, Corsairs, PBYs and B-25s are destroyed or damaged in good numbers. This is the first official sighting of the gull winged devil, an ominous but inevitable development.
B-24s hit our garrison at Buna, which is interesting. Cribtop Intel wonders whether CF was reconning for a para raid here. If so, he finds the base well defended.
The engineer groups at Babar and Dobo each get their bases up to airfield 3.
Our army is marching on Derby and is now close enough to sortie significant IJN assets for a bombardment. The ships move from Singers to Soerabaja to await the correct moment. Included in the armada are the Timor Sea Squadron with 4 CAs and 6 DDs, Ishikawa Force with a CVE, Yamato and Mushashi plus 8 DDs, and South Seas Fleet with Nagato, Mutsu and 6 DDs. The massive firepower is designed to wreck the enemy force and destroy any supplies still in the units (enemy base supply was long ago bombed into oblivion) just ahead of a ground attack.
The enemy continue to bomb Cox's Bazar. The raids are increasing in size, but effectiveness is limited by terrain, forts and the now open supply line.