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RE: Japanese July 5 update - 8/8/2011 8:29:48 PM   
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Looking back in this AAR, the point similarities between our respective games is now striking. This makes MY pending Allied strike on his shipping at Iwo critical to the points differential. It also means that I'll have to sell my remaining IJN surface fleet dearly.




What is the point differential for him taking various islands?? iirc, it is fairly substantial, and if he does manage to seize Saipan and/or Tinian, it might put the game out of reach...


I think only Guam, Tinian and Saipan are worth more than token points. Saipan is worth a lot, Guam and Tinian are worth more than any other island, except Saipan.

Chicken has taken Guam. Cap has taken none of the 3. Assuming both allied games destroy most of the Japanese fleet, it'll come down to who can take more of the 3 islands. If only one player can take Saipan, he will probably win overall. If Chicken takes Guam and Tinian and Cap fails to take any of the 3 islands, Chicken will win by a large margin.

anyway, that's my take on it. I could be wrong, because I haven't loaded up the scenario to look at the point details.


That's my read too, Bradley7735. The point swing for Saipan's capture for the Allies is about 1200 points. The point swing for the capture of Guam and Tinian together is ~1100 points. Pagan is worth nothing points wise.

If he takes Saipan AND one or more of the other two islands, that will be problematic for my scoring.

There's many more points for liquidation of the holding force (as I'm doing on Guam) and, of course, drowning troops in their assault boats before they can land on the beaches. The former takes considerable time to harvest these points. The 30,000 Japanese troops garrisoning Guam will yield several hundred victory points once they're liquidated-this goes above and beyond the VPs for the capture of the island, per se.

Although he has significant force arrayed at Pagan for the assault, please recall, dear reader that I've managed to significantly reinforce Saipan early in the conflict with the equivalent of another regiment. Saipan is quickly working towards fort level 6 (78% last turn), with formidable coastal artillery, mines, shore defenses and so forth.

Lastly, my points for the Japanese in the mirror campaign are with the foreknowledge of what's been sunk of mine. In my game as Allies, I am subject to FOW regarding sunk Japanese ships. I believe that there are damaged or sunk Japanese ships that I am not privy to, so my Allied score in that case is a worst case scenario.

Still, much remains to be determined. Saipan will be a key battle, no question. It will be an increasingly hard nut for the Allies to crack-it is not a given that it will fall, particularly given this late juncture in the campaign. If he takes it, there are still many variables that will affect the final outcome.

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Japanese July 6-7 update - 8/13/2011 1:22:45 AM   
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Japanese July 7 update:

Just got back from a camping trip with the kids. It was fun to get out for a few days with the kids, but the mosquitos ate us alive. It was a good warmup for this turn-death from above...

Just missed: During the night, the main Allied CVTF moves West. It must be at full speed settings-in a hurry. In the morning, the Yamato TF is two hexes distant from the Allied carriers. Unfortunately, the Yamato TF doesn't react (it is set for react of 4 with a hyper-aggressive admiral with high naval skill) and is severely beaten by large numbers of Allied aircraft. Although they're bludgeoned most ruthlessly, the Nagato, Mushashi and Yamato do not sink. Remnants will attempt to make Ulithi and disband in port there.

Missed again: The swipe at the retreating Allied carriers to the East (NE of Truk) fares poorly too. Kongo is savaged, but alive. CA Tone, Myoko, Suzaya, CL Oyodo and 3 DDs aren't so fortunate and they go down.

Unhindered: Also to the North of Truk, BB Haruna, CA Atago, CA Chokai and CL Agano and 3 DD escorts are spotted, but unattacked. I order them at full speed to a patrol zone North of Saipan, connecting to Pagan. This will be a one way trip, but I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll find enemy shipping before being beaten to death by Pagan air.

Pagan: Pagan showing some 300+ ships in port. He's moving three TFs (including escort carriers) to the south of Pagan. My guess? They're going to take station the hex N. of Saipan to provide a 'straight shot' for retreating naval craft exiting the landing zone. If I'm right, there should be several of them taking station there tomorrow am. We'll see.

Saipan: Saipan is at fort level 5, 81% of the way to 6. I need another 7 days. Don't know if I'll get it. Naval mines are at 199-some apparent deterioration since the beginning of the scenario. Supply dipped below 10,000 for the first time in this game. It's at 9,966 now. Saipan CDs will be at full strength in three days, as disruption has been mostly repaired.

I order more minisubs to patrol the hex to the north of Saipan-hoping I have a better shot in the ocean at loitering ships than in the Saipan hex. I also order some short range minisubs from Guam to rebase at Saipan.

Guam: I manage to unload some supply at Guam-it's back above 16,000 now. Last turn the xAKL and xAKs sent to unload were destroyed, but they had managed to dump most of their supplies onto the island.

Getting ahead of ourselves: Curiously, this aspect of the mirror campaign-which is much more work for the Cap'n-is five turns ahead of the other now (other at July 3). I'm at least considering the idea that this may be intentional. He may be using information from this game to dictate his aggressiveness, tactics and ideas in the other. In other words, it's at least possible that he's using his status in this game to set his pace with the other.

I inform the Cap'n that I'd like to set this game aside for a few turns-until the other mirror game is at July 8. That oughta get things back into perspective for myself. I'll next 'flip' this game after flipping the (me as Allies) July 8 turn.

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Japanese 6-7 July update - 8/13/2011 1:24:11 AM   
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Allies July 4-5 update - 8/17/2011 12:19:25 PM   
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Oh boy...where to start? I know...

Why I'm going to lose this match: I'm faced with the creeping realization that the Captain's position is unassailable in the mirror game. My IJN fleet will shortly be a non-factor and then he will be free to invade any and all islands in the Marianas at his leisure. His base of operations at Pagan will soon be unassailable with my available forces.

Furthermore, I don't have enough time or strength to delay.

I've made some tactical errors too. Having my DDs ambushed en masse by a superior IJN fleet, losing the CVEs due to an inappropriate follow order through a combat zone-these are a few of my errors and lapses in attention to detail. These will cost me points in the long run.

I also spent some time reviewing this AAR from the beginning. I have stepped away from my strategic goals of preserving points on the Japanese side by safeguarding my fleet for example. I could have and should have kept KB in port and landed their strike aircraft en masse on one of the islands. I have not done what I said I wanted to do.

But nothing compares to this...

Why I'm entirely unfit to command: As I'm loading up on the Tinian assault forces at Pearl, I decide to check ground reinforcements (below).

I realize, with dawning horror, that I haven't checked my reinforcements cue since the beginning of this game. I've three divisions (!) arriving in theater soon. This strength allows me to reconsider-entirely-my assumptions about what can be accomplished in this game.

The 98th ID is 100% prepped for Saipan. The Marine ID is prepped for Tinian and the other USA Div. 100% prepped for Pearl Harbor.

If judiciously planned, I do-or did at least-have sufficient force on hand to take all of the Marianas. If. Judiciously. Planned.

Captain Dunderhead, reporting for duty, sir: I plead guilty to gross dereliction of duty. This is not the quality of gameplay to which I aspire. I think I've been too busy focusing on throughput and flipping turns to rethink my erroneous initial assumptions about the limitations of my forces as the game has progressed.

There are now 29 days in the campaign and I find myself in a major strategic and tactical hole, from which I may not be able to climb.

Everything changes now. See below for the initial grabasstic adjustments underway.




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Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/17/2011 12:55:07 PM   
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Well, now that I've donned my hair shirt, struck my breast and muttered mea culpa thrice, I suppose that I can get on with the updates.

Change in orders: All assault forces at Guam are ordered to begin preparations for Saipan assault.

All assault HQ units at Guam are ordered to begin preparations for Saipan assault. They will be relocated to Tinian following its fall, that their command radius will fall over Saipan.

Landing craft and assault troops for Tinian are away from Pearl now. Immediately after taking Tinian, the latter will be ordered to begin preparations for Saipan.

Newly arriving assault forces at Pearl will immediately begin preparations for Saipan. I have sufficient amphibious capacity (intentionally left) at Pearl to haul the 98th ID into the Marianas now. The 77th and the 3rd Mar Div will require a 'reload' from the Marianas.

Movements from Pearl: Everything is away now. Rota should get a big slug of base forces and needed supplies to live up to its expectations of a large support base.

Tinian assault forces are away, as is a small force scheduled to take Yap. This latter force may have to be repurposed, pending my court-martial-eligible patchwork offensive.

In hindsight: While I'm thinking about it, I would like to strongly encourage those (both of you) reading this AAR to consider a recommendation for playing this scenario. First, take Tinian. From Tinian, begin your simultaneous invasion plans for Saipan and Guam. A fast and efficient Tinian takeover is key to not only getting ahold of a great airfield in the middle of the action, but to having the flexibility to repurpose your assault troops for the other destinations. Plus it's worth a chunk of points and it's lightly (comparatively) defended. Alright, 'nuff said-moving on.

Oh yeah, that carrier thing: Oh, them...

Allied carriers move NW from their rally point. They should be in a position 2 hexes NNE of Pagan tomorrow.

Intel shows approximately 30 IJN ships in port at Iwo Jima. These ships must die. All of them.

However, my opponent has based >150 fighters-the remnants of the IJNAF-at this base, along with 50 bombers and 'auxiliary' aircraft. It won't be easy. I need to sweep these fighters aside in order to port attack Iwo. Of course, he may elect to take the opportunity to charge forth with all available naval forces, hoping for a surface engagement if I get in too close.

I am considering options at this point. I may LRCAP two of my three heavy SCTFs, place them in range of Iwo bomber aircraft and enact a CAP trap, finishing remaining aircraft off thereafter. 150 IJNAF escort fighters are likely sufficient to see an attack through and penetrate my CAP, thus exposing any underlying ships to his strike aircraft.

In the meantime: I'm taking advantage of the pending battle near Iwo Jima to move in some replenishment (particularly fuel) into Guam and Rota. Two large replenishment TFs, complete with heavy ASW escort leave Eniwetok today. They are ordered to take a circuitous journey to the Marianas in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises from Truk en route.



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RE: Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/17/2011 12:56:02 PM   
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RE: Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/17/2011 5:08:43 PM   
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Both of us reading this AAR think you are being too hard on yourself.


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RE: Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/17/2011 5:21:13 PM   
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If you can take Tinian and prevent him from taking Saipan, you might still win on points. You still have to sink his remaining Japanese capital ships, though. Assuming both Japanese fleets sunk, the winner will be determined by who takes the most (or Saipan) of the 3 islands.

You fortified Saipan a lot. There's your ace in the hole. He might not be able to take it. If he tries for Guam and Tinian first, and neither of you take Saipan, then it'll be close on points.

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RE: Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/17/2011 5:32:50 PM   
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Good points, Bradley7735. All's not lost yet [put wakazashi back into desk drawer, refastens shirt button].

I'll post the Saipan defensive OOB for my game as IJN next time I flip that turn.

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RE: Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/22/2011 1:58:59 PM   
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RE: Allies July 4-5 update, redux - 8/22/2011 11:09:40 PM   
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CB is off camping with his kids and insects, and then going to the get-together in Nebraska. I'd expect light turn activity this week.

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Allies July 8 update - 8/30/2011 2:10:05 AM   
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Allies July 8 update:

This should bring the AAR up to speed.

The last few days have been light on the action. Today picked up a bit. For those of you who say that you can't coordinate a sweep, read 'em and weep:

Morning Air attack on Iwo-jima , at 108,77

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 29,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
A6M2 Sen Baku x 42
A6M5 Zero x 64
E8N2 Dave x 1



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 117


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Sen Baku: 8 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 9 destroyed




Aircraft Attacking:
19 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet *
19 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet *
13 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet *
12 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet *
16 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet *
22 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet *

CAP engaged:
Suzuya-2 with E8N2 Dave (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 7 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
265 Ku S-7 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
265 Ku S-8 with A6M2 Sen Baku (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 21000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
301 Ku S-601 with A6M5 Zero (6 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 23000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
501 Ku K-351 with A6M2 Sen Baku (1 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
Yokosuka Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
Zuiho-3 with A6M2 Sen Baku (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 28000.
Raid is overhead



See map for enemy fleet dispositions, probable actions tomorrow and Allied counters.

Allied carriers will stay on station, sweep again and refuel the CVTF DDs this turn. BBs Iowa and New Jersey and company will move to intercept any raids on Guam.









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Japanese July 8 update - 9/1/2011 2:12:16 AM   
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Japanese July 8 update:

Right where we left it: Oh, yeah. I remember now. This is what it feels like to get strangled with one's own intestine.

Mr. Haruna's wild ride:

BB Haruna and company find some small quarry immediately North of Saipan.

Round 1:
Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Atago
CA Chokai
CL Agano
DD Hayanami
DD Michishio
DD Hatsushima

Allied Ships
DE Austin, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
AM Ararat, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
AM Bundaberg, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
AM Dubbo, Shell hits 5, and is sunk


Round 2:

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Atago
CA Chokai
CL Agano
DD Hayanami
DD Michishio
DD Hatsushima

Allied Ships
LCT-129, Shell hits 1, and is sunk


and Round 3:

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Atago
CA Chokai
CL Agano
DD Hayanami
DD Michishio
DD Hatsushima

Allied Ships
LCT-59, Shell hits 2, and is sunk


Rounds 4-ad nauseum go to the Allies, as the morning breaks with clear weather. Many ships are pummeled by CV-based air and the CA Atago sinks. BB Haruna and the others are beaten, but will be able to make Saipan.

I didn't happen upon larger prey, as they withdrew one hex to the NW out of range. There are several large TFs there (hex 109, 90), two hexes SW of Pagan.

Beatdown at Ulithi: The BBs at Ulithi get another beatdown before they can disband. BB Yamato goes down, but the others will survive for now. I'm going to leave them disbanded next turn instead of making a run for it. He'll have to keep the CVs out another day banging on Ulithi's port facilities to get the kills if he wants them. BBs are very difficult to sink in port by bombs alone.

Truk wars: DD Kishinani is torpedoed by an Allied sub just North of Truk. She goes down, but serves as exemplary escort to Kongo, which makes port and disbands. She'll survive.

Saipan status check: 3 more sub minelaying TFs head to Saipan to drop off the goods. Should be >240 on hand for the (pending) invasion.





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RE: Japanese July 8 update - 9/1/2011 2:17:55 AM   
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Almost forgot...

I've ordered the IJNAF (previously recuperating at Truk) back to the Marianas, giving them orders to strike 3 hexes from Saipan. That should range to the SCTFs I noted above. I suspect that these are protected by CVEs alone, so there's a weak(er) link that I may be able to exploit.

During the day, Pagan LBA focused on banging on Saipan's airfield. Hopefully, his LBA will continue this another day, allowing me to get off a full strike from aircraft at Guam, Saipan and Tinian. My forces have been much reduced, so I don't have any great hopes for this strike-I'm pretty debilitated, but I'll take every opportunity to spit in his eye as he runs the lance through me.

His main CV fleet will have to choose between banging on the Ulithi BBs or supporting the other SCTFs at hex 109,90. We'll see how it works out.



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Allies July 10 update - 9/5/2011 1:35:35 PM   
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Allies July 10 update:

Back at Iwo: The Allied carriers move nearer Iwo and destroy some Japanese shipping. Japanese aircraft are moved away from Iwo, in an effort to preserve them. Attacking groups are split between port and antishipping attack roles:

Round 1:

Morning Air attack on Iwo-jima , at 108,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E8N2 Dave x 1



Allied aircraft
FM-1 Wildcat x 9
FM-2 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 52
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 21
SBD-5 Dauntless x 24
TBF-1 Avenger x 32
TBM-1C Avenger x 16


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Chitose, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Noshiro, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Hatsushima, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Macassar Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire



Port hits 3


Round 2:

Morning Air attack on Iwo-jima , at 108,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E8N2 Dave x 1



Allied aircraft
FM-1 Wildcat x 9
FM-2 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 50
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 26


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Turusima Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Noshiro, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVL Chitose, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Macassar Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Taifuku Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Chile Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire



Port hits 1


Rounds 3 and 4: Are directed towards a solo xAKL. It's demolished.

All CVTFs (and escorts) are ordered to move towards Guam. I have them slated to stand off Guam 1 hex to the NE while awaiting next orders. Here, they'll be able to threaten any IJN efforts against the replenishment ships of Guam which are arriving this turn.


CVL Chitose goes down along with CL Noshiro and DD Hatsushima. The Chitose loss is confirmed by 3 Jills and 3 A6M Sen Baku being destroyed 'on ground' in the absence of any airfield strikes. A half dozen transport ships also accompany them down.

Guam: The reduction continues. Two Japanese units are liquidated, including the 48th Ind Mixed Brigade. Combat OPS reports "Japanese Units Surrounded on Guam". The end is nigh for the IJA 29th Division.

Other moves: I've smelled a rat at Truk for a couple turns now. He's moving some of his remnant fleet there and now heavily reinforced it with fighter and bomber aircraft.

To reduce the risk of SCTF sweep of Eniwetok, I order the CV Wasp and a CVE to a point between Truk and the new rendevous point of my Tinian invasion TFs.

I still have a couple CVs in the yards at Eniwetok, repairing damage. They'll be out in two days, but it may be touch and go before then. I'm not worried about the Tinian invasion forces, but Eniwetok is a bit exposed to an IJN suicide run.








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RE: Allies July 10 update - 9/5/2011 1:39:54 PM   
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Japanese July 9 update - 9/5/2011 2:45:10 PM   
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Japanese July 9 update:

Adventures of the Haruna: After being pummeled by Allied air yesterday, I ordered Haruna back to Saipan to affect an escape in whatever way she may tomorrow. Fate intervenes.

More specifically, a bunch of AMs pick an inauspicious time to show up in the hex:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Saipan at 109,92, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CA Chokai, Shell hits 1
DD Michishio
DD Hatsushima

Allied Ships
AM Oracle, Shell hits 1
AM Prevail, Shell hits 2
AM Salute, Shell hits 4, on fire
AM Penguin, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage


The AMs weren't liquidated en masse because of the damage to Haruna and Chokai. Too much system damage for maximum effectiveness.

Then, the Arried cavarry shows up. In a close range brawl at night, BB New Mexico and escorts fight the battered remnants of the IJN TF. New Mexico scores multiple times on Haruna with 14 inch guns and the matter is settled.

DD Bennion takes a 36cm hit from Haruna, so it's hurt badly. Chokai scored against one of them with her 20cm guns, and the balance of the hits on the Allies are smaller caliber:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Saipan at 108,93, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
No Japanese losses

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Shell hits 24, and is sunk
CA Chokai, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Michishio, Shell hits 16, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Hatsushima, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico, Shell hits 2
DD Bell
DD Bennett
DD Bennion, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Boyd, Shell hits 1
DD Franks
DD Guest
DD Haggard, Shell hits 1
DD Ingersoll


Spitting in the eye: Hayanami picks an inopportune moment to happen upon the scene. She gets off a successful 61cm Long Lance torpedo attack on the BB New Mexico before being stricken. BANZAI! BANZAI!

Night Time Surface Combat, near Saipan at 108,93, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Hayanami, Shell hits 3, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1
DD Bell
DD Bennett
DD Bennion
DD Boyd
DD Franks
DD Guest
DD Haggard
DD Ingersoll


Allied carriers / buzz saw redux: The Allies move their carriers 1 hex due West of Saipan. All Marianas-based IJNAF groups sortie for a naval attack against them, as they are now the closest ranged Allied ships within the 3 hex attack range.

No IJNAF groups threaten the uber-capped Allied fleet. All attackers are destroyed or forced back. On the day, I lose 95 aircraft, the Allies 5.

IJNAF Return to Truk: Remnant IJNAF forces return to truk for reordering. There may be 80-90 in total remaining. They will be here for a few turns, until they can be fashioned into a credible threat instead of the rabble they currently are.

This is easy to keep track of now: IJN combatants in theatre include 3 heavily damaged BBs (Ulithi x 2, Truk x 1), a heavily damaged CV (Zuikaku at Babeldoap), some support craft at Babeldoap and Pelileu, and a mixture of damaged combatants at Babeldoap.

Three remaining (damaged) fleet boats are shuttling mines into Saipan still, but those missions will end shortly, as the pools are now empty.

Two destroyers (formerly with Mushashi) are moving towards Truk to regroup with two destroyers there. Additionally, I have the CL Oi and "Northern" raiders (3 DDs) returning to Iwo Jima tomorrow. They should be suitable for another sortie. So, I have 2 'striking' forces still available.

Long live the emperor! Pass me a grenade, will ya?

Patience on Pagan: Still no loading of enemy forces here.




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Japanese July 10-12 update - 9/18/2011 3:49:55 PM   
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Very behind in updates. So sorry (bows).

SAIPAN INVADED:

Pre-bombardment attacks drop extra supplies at Saipan precipitously. All Japanese units ashore still fully supplied at the unit level. CDs with minor disruption-still fully functional with supply on hand for more counter landing fire.

July 10-12 sees no additional landings, nor additional Allied ground troop attacks at Saipan, but does involve further aerial pounding.

Air losses to date: Allies: 519; Japanese 1058. IIRC, these are substantially heavier air losses borne by the Allies than IRL.

IJNAF air Recombining at Truk and Babeldoap. Reforming air fragments, adding or subtracting pilots, etc. etc. I will be able to field one more air offensive-probably based from Guam-within a week or so. I will certainly redeploy there if signs of invasion are imminent.

Pagan: Over 400 ships in harbor now. No signs of re-invasion or other reinforcement of Saipan.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 10, 44
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Pre-Invasion action off Saipan - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

1184 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB California, Shell hits 6, on fire
DD Sproston, Shell hits 2
DD Spence, Shell hits 2
DD John Rodgers, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Melvin, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Haraden, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Beale, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Anthony, Shell hits 1
LSD Carter Hall, Shell hits 3, on fire
LSD Epping Forest, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
LSD Belle Grove
LSD Lindenwald
APA Windsor

Japanese ground losses:
40 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
93 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 21 (2 destroyed, 19 disabled)


Saipan Naval Fortress firing at BB California
BB California firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Sproston
DD Spence firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Spence
DD John Rodgers firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD John Rodgers
DD Melvin firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Melvin
DD Haraden firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Haraden
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Beale
DD Beale firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Anthony
DD Anthony firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging LSD Carter Hall at 14,000 yards
15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging LSD Epping Forest at 14,000 yards
12cm 3YT CD Gun Battery engaging LSD Lindenwald at 14,000 yards
DD Sproston fired at enemy troops
20cm Short Gun Coastal Battery engaging DD Sproston at 3,000 yards
DD Spence fired at enemy troops
20cm Short Gun Coastal Battery engaging DD Spence at 3,000 yards
DD Anthony fired at enemy troops
20cm Short Gun Coastal Battery engaging DD Anthony at 3,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Saipan

TF 85 troops unloading over beach at Saipan, 108,93


Allied ground losses:
54 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (0 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 17 (4 destroyed, 13 disabled)


10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of V US Amphib Corps
Motorized Support lost in surf during unload of 27th Infantry Div /3
Motorized Support lost in surf during unload of 24th Marine Rgt
10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 2nd Marine Engr Rgt
10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 6th Marine Rgt /1
13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 44 lost from landing craft during unload of 2nd Marine Rgt
LVT(A)1 Amphib Tank lost overboard during unload of 708th Amphib Tank Bn /2


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Invasion Support action off Saipan - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

390 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Knapp, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Beale, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Anthony, Shell hits 5, on fire
APA Windsor
DD John Rodgers
DD Sproston


Allied ground losses:
152 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


DD Knapp firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Knapp
DD Beale firing at Saipan Naval Fortress
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Beale
Saipan Naval Fortress firing at DD Anthony
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Morning Air attack on Saipan , at 108,93

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 22
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11
TBF-1 Avenger x 20
TBM-1C Avenger x 117


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 9 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 destroyed, 18 damaged



Port hits 10
Port fuel hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
1 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Saipan Naval Fortress, at 108,93 (Saipan)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-25G Mitchell x 31
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7
F4U-1 Corsair x 22


Allied aircraft losses
B-25G Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 43rd Division ...
Also attacking Saipan Naval Fortress ...
Also attacking 43rd Division ...
Also attacking Saipan Naval Fortress ...
Also attacking 43rd Division ...
Also attacking Saipan Naval Fortress ...
Also attacking 43rd Division ...
Also attacking Saipan Naval Fortress ...
Also attacking 43rd Division ...


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Afternoon Air attack on Saipan , at 108,93

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes


Allied aircraft
FM-1 Wildcat x 4
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
F4U-1A Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 29
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 60
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 51
SBD-5 Dauntless x 17
TBM-1C Avenger x 33


Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
SB2C-3 Helldiver: 11 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 6 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 55
Port hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
5 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
14 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
13 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
7 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
6 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
17 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb



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Sub attack near Yap at 96,98

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 18, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Darter



SS Darter launches 2 torpedoes
Darter diving deep ....
Sub escapes detection


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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 29801 troops, 335 guns, 73 vehicles, Assault Value = 1211

Defending force 40933 troops, 709 guns, 1025 vehicles, Assault Value = 1561

Japanese ground losses:
37 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
150th Infantry Regiment
Saipan Naval Fortress
9th Tank Regiment
3/4th Indpt Tank Co
55th Naval Guard Unit
47th Ind.Mixed Brigade
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
14th Division
41st Naval Guard Unit
III./9th Infantry Battalion
43rd Division
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company
5th Special Base Force
10th JNAF AF Unit
16th Shipping Engineer Regiment
14th Mortar Battalion
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
31st Army
11th Ind. Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
305th RCT /2
1st USMC Tank Bn /1
24th Marine Rgt /1
27th Infantry Div /1
708th Amphib Tank Bn /1
25th Marine Rgt /3
23rd Marine Rgt /2
6th Marine Rgt /3
706th Tank Bn /1
2nd Marine Engr Rgt /1
111th RCT /2
8th Marine Rgt /1
2nd Marine Rgt /1
640th TD Bn /1
V US Amphib Corps /1
225th Artillery Grp /1





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Japanese July 13 update - 9/18/2011 3:52:36 PM   
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July 13 screenshot below including Saipan hex information. Saipan supplies very low, but individual unit supplies are all full. Don't know how long that will hold.




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Japanese July 16 update - 9/29/2011 3:55:41 AM   
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Over the last two turns, HIJMS submarines have had some good hunting off the coast of Pagan, hitting CVE Barnes, CVL Belleau Woods and DD Franks.

Continued Allied bombardments of Tinian, Guam and Saipan. Allies lose 15 planes today to OPS and AA. The air loss ratio has dipped down to 1.8 : 1 in favor of the Allies.

Supplies on Saipan dwindle. Major LCUs are at 2/3 required supply and dropping. Still no Allied attack...it will be interesting if Saipan can be cracked.

No movement towards Guam and Tinian landings. I doubt they'll go off now. I suspect he's thrown in his lot for Saipan alone.

LCT resupply effort ends in heavy losses for the Allies.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 15, 44
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TF 57 encounters mine field at Saipan (108,93)

Allied Ships
LCT-170, Mine hits 1, heavy damage





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Submarine attack near Saipan at 108,93

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-12

Allied Ships
LCT-146



LCT-146 is sighted by SSX Ha-12
SSX Ha-12 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


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Pre-Invasion action off Saipan - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCT-168, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
LCT-143, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
LCT-144, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
LCT-146, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
LCT-150, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage



Saipan Naval Fortress firing at LCT-168
20cm Short Gun Battery engaging LCT-143 at 4,000 yards
15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-144 at 4,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-144 at 4,000 yards
20cm Short Gun Battery engaging LCT-144 at 4,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-143 at 4,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-143 at 4,000 yards
15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-146 at 4,000 yards
14cm 3YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-143 at 4,000 yards
12cm 3YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-150 at 4,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-143 at 4,000 yards


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Submarine attack near Saipan at 108,93

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-32

Allied Ships
LCT-147



LCT-147 is sighted by SSX Ha-32
SSX Ha-32 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


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TF 163 encounters mine field at Saipan (108,93)

Allied Ships
LCT-320, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage





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Sub attack near Yap at 96,94

Japanese Ships
DD Akishimo
DD Samidare
DD Yamagumo

Allied Ships
SS Cod, hits 2



SS Cod launches 4 torpedoes at DD Akishimo
Cod diving deep ....
DD Samidare fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yamagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamagumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamagumo attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Pagan at 111,90

Japanese Ships
SS I-47, hits 2

Allied Ships
DD Franks, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Bennett



SS I-47 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Franks
I-47 diving deep ....
DD Bennett fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Bennett fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Bennett attacking submerged sub ....
DD Bennett fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Bennett fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Saipan , at 108,93

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 7
F6F-3 Hellcat x 9
TBF-1 Avenger x 29
TBM-1C Avenger x 118


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 8 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged



Port hits 5
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 21400 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6
TBF-1 Avenger x 13
TBM-1C Avenger x 26


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 33

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 3000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 4000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 2000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 43rd Division, at 108,93 (Saipan)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 36


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x F4U-1 Corsair bombing from 100 feet
17 x F4U-1 Corsair bombing from 100 feet



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Morning Air attack on Guam , at 106,95

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3N Hellcat x 6


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x F6F-3N Hellcat sweeping at 25000 feet



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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 15
B-25G Mitchell x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 59

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 13000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25G Mitchell x 9


No Allied losses



Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 13000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Saipan , at 108,93

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25G Mitchell x 14


No Allied losses



Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 22

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 13000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Submarine attack near Saipan at 108,93

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-12

Allied Ships
LCT-145



LCT-145 is sighted by SSX Ha-12
SSX Ha-12 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


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Pre-Invasion action off Saipan - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

82 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCT-178
LCT-130, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
LCT-179
LCT-180
LCT-131



Saipan Naval Fortress firing at LCT-178
12cm 3YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-130 at 7,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-130 at 7,000 yards
12cm 3YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-130 at 7,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-130 at 7,000 yards
15cm 41YT CD Gun Battery engaging LCT-130 at 7,000 yards
8cm T88 DP Gun Battery engaging LCT-130 at 7,000 yards
LCT-178 fired at enemy troops
LCT-179 fired at enemy troops
LCT-180 fired at enemy troops
LCT-178 fired at enemy troops
75mm Infantry Gun battery firing at LCT-130
20cm Short Gun battery firing at LCT-130
8cm T88 DP Gun battery firing at LCT-131
75mm T90 Field Gun battery firing at LCT-130
75mm Infantry Gun battery firing at LCT-131


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Amphibious Assault at Saipan

TF 163 troops unloading over beach at Saipan, 108,93





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Ground combat at Saipan (108,93)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 29776 troops, 335 guns, 73 vehicles, Assault Value = 1210

Defending force 41312 troops, 709 guns, 1025 vehicles, Assault Value = 1575

Japanese ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
III./9th Infantry Battalion
55th Naval Guard Unit
Saipan Naval Fortress
3/4th Indpt Tank Co
14th Division
9th Tank Regiment
41st Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
43rd Division
47th Ind.Mixed Brigade
150th Infantry Regiment
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
10th JNAF AF Unit
5th Special Base Force
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
16th Shipping Engineer Regiment
14th Mortar Battalion
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company
31st Army
11th Ind. Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
305th RCT /2
1st USMC Tank Battalion
6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Engineer Regiment
23rd Marine Regiment
27th Infantry Division
2nd Marine Regiment
24th Marine Regiment
8th Marine Regiment
708th Amphib Tank Battalion
706th Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
25th Marine Regiment
111th RCT /2
V US Amphib Corps
225th Artillery Grp





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Allies July 18 update - 10/2/2011 3:15:50 AM   
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Tinian: Allied troops assault Tinian. Landings go off well, with only the usual disruptions. 4th Mar Div was moderately disrupted from the landings-probably due to their partial preparation. See below for opponents present on the island. Deliberate attack scheduled for tomorrow.

Several BB bombardments have preceded the attack in the last few days, but I have not wished to signal my target prior to that time. Hence, limited air raids. It will be interesting to see what the fortification level is on the island.

Iwo Jima: A TF built around BB Alabama goes into Iwo Jima with the intention of eliminating any surface ships not disbanded in port. Allied CV air pummels the port. Tomorrow, the Alabama and company will bombard the port on the way out of town. Time to end Iwo's existence as a shelter for HIJMS shipping.

Jaluit: In what has become a hotspot of activity, Jaluit (the Japanese base S of Kwajalein) has been reinforced with a large fighter contingent. This comes as a bit of a surprise. For the past three turns, he has been milling around this area with most of his heavies. I moved some DBs into the area to hit his transitting ships to good effect, likely sinking CA Suzuya and damaging BB Kongo with a bunch of bombs / fires.

Several Dauntless strikes go after the ships around Jaluit today. Unfortunately, most of them were unescorted, resulting in heavy DB losses. A nice CAP trap.

Tomorrow, heavy P47 sweeps from Kwajalein are scheduled along with some Corsair sweeps from Roi-Namur.



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jul 17, 44
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ASW attack near Iwo-jima at 108,77

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-55, hits 5, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Alabama
CA Baltimore
DD Norman Scott
DD Schroeder



SSX Ha-55 is sighted by escort
DD Norman Scott fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Schroeder attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub


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Pre-Invasion action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

140 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Miami
DD Sterett


Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL Miami firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Pre-Invasion action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

139 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
DD Marshall
LCI(G)-80
LCI-70
LCI-69
LCI-67
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
APA Bolivar

Japanese ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
68 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


BB Idaho firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
DD Marshall firing at 20th JAAF AF Bn
LCI(G)-80 fired at enemy troops
LCI-70 fired at enemy troops
LCI-69 fired at enemy troops
LCI-67 fired at enemy troops
LCI-66 fired at enemy troops
LCI-65 fired at enemy troops
LCI-64 fired at enemy troops
LCI-61 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Tinian

TF 59 troops unloading over beach at Tinian, 108,94


Allied ground losses:
632 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 140 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 196 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 48 (0 destroyed, 48 disabled)
Vehicles lost 28 (0 destroyed, 28 disabled)


5 troops of a US MMG Section lost in surf during unload of 4th Marine Div


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Pre-Invasion action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

116 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
DD Stephen Potter
DD Owen
LCI(G)-82
LCI(G)-81
LCI(G)-79
LCI(G)-78
LCI(G)-77
LCI(G)-76
LCI-68
APA Du Page
DD Halsey Powell

Japanese ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


BB New Mexico firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
DD Stephen Potter firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
DD Owen firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
LCI(G)-82 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-81 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-79 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-78 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-77 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-76 fired at enemy troops
LCI-68 fired at enemy troops
DD Stephen Potter fired at enemy troops
DD Owen fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Tinian

TF 75 troops unloading over beach at Tinian, 108,94


Allied ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (0 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (0 destroyed, 16 disabled)




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Invasion Support action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

66 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Miami
DD Sterett
SC-1064


Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL Miami firing at 20th JAAF AF Bn
SC-1064 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

119 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
DD Halsey Powell
DD Owen
LCI(G)-82
LCI(G)-81
LCI(G)-79
LCI(G)-78
LCI(G)-77
LCI(G)-76
LCI-68
APA Du Page


Allied ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


BB New Mexico firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
DD Owen firing at 20th JAAF AF Bn
LCI(G)-82 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-81 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-79 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-78 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-77 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-76 fired at enemy troops
LCI-68 fired at enemy troops
DD Owen fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

20 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
DD Marshall
DD Heywood Edwards
DD Anthony
LCI(G)-80
LCI-70
LCI-69
LCI-67
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
APA Bolivar



BB Idaho firing at 12th JNAF AF Unit
DD Heywood Edwards firing at 20th JAAF AF Bn
DD Anthony firing at 20th JAAF AF Bn
LCI(G)-80 fired at enemy troops
LCI-70 fired at enemy troops
LCI-69 fired at enemy troops
LCI-67 fired at enemy troops
LCI-66 fired at enemy troops
LCI-65 fired at enemy troops
LCI-64 fired at enemy troops
LCI-61 fired at enemy troops
DD Marshall fired at enemy troops
DD Heywood Edwards fired at enemy troops
DD Anthony fired at enemy troops


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ASW attack near Iwo-jima at 108,77

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-53

Allied Ships
BB Alabama
CA Baltimore
CL Vincennes
DD Robinson
DD Norman Scott
DD Schroeder



SSX Ha-53 is sighted by escort
Ha-53 bottoming out ....
DD Norman Scott fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Schroeder fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Iwo-jima , at 108,77

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E8N2 Dave x 1



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 17
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 20
SB2C-3 Helldiver x 2
TBM-1C Avenger x 8


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
TBM-1C Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Chile Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
ACM Hong Kong Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Taifuku Maru, Bomb hits 1



Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x SB2C-3 Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x F6F-3 Hellcat sweeping at 20000 feet
6 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Port Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Suzuya-2 with E8N2 Dave (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Jaluit at 135,120

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 12



Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 17


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Kishinami
DD Yukikaze



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
265 Ku S-7 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
252 Ku K-302 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Jaluit at 135,120

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 7



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18
SBD-5 Dauntless x 15


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Yukikaze
DD Kishinami



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 135 minutes
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
265 Ku S-7 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
252 Ku K-302 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 83 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Jaluit at 134,120

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
A6M5 Zero x 64



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 26
SBD-5 Dauntless x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 18 destroyed



CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 14 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers
265 Ku S-7 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
252 Ku K-302 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 18 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Jaluit at 134,120

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
A6M5 Zero x 43



Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 5 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
265 Ku S-7 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
252 Ku K-302 with A6M5 Zero (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Jaluit at 134,120

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
A6M5 Zero x 7



Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 15


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Fujinami
DD Tamanami



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 5 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 5 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
252 Ku K-302 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
265 Ku S-7 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on Tinian , at 108,94

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10
TBM-1C Avenger x 7


No Allied losses



Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Jaluit at 134,120

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 4



Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Bomb hits 1



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 5 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
252 Ku K-302 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
261 Ku S-2 with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead



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ASW attack near Iwo-jima at 108,77

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-54, hits 3, heavy damage

Allied Ships
BB Alabama
CA Baltimore
CL Vincennes
DD Robinson
DD Norman Scott
DD Schroeder



SSX Ha-54 is sighted by escort
DD Norman Scott fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Schroeder fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Norman Scott fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Norman Scott attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub


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Invasion Support action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

58 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Miami
SC-1064
DD Sterett


Allied ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


SC-1064 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

16 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI(G)-80
LCI-70
LCI-69
LCI-67
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
APA Bolivar



LCI(G)-80 fired at enemy troops
LCI-70 fired at enemy troops
LCI-69 fired at enemy troops
LCI-67 fired at enemy troops
LCI-66 fired at enemy troops
LCI-65 fired at enemy troops
LCI-64 fired at enemy troops
LCI-61 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Tinian
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

18 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI(G)-82
LCI(G)-81
LCI(G)-79
LCI(G)-78
LCI(G)-77
LCI(G)-76
LCI-68
APA Warren
APA Du Page



LCI(G)-82 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-81 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-79 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-78 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-77 fired at enemy troops
LCI(G)-76 fired at enemy troops
LCI-68 fired at enemy troops


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Ground combat at Tinian (108,94)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5904 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 271

Defending force 17366 troops, 259 guns, 603 vehicles, Assault Value = 740

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
56th Naval Guard Unit
18th Indpt Tank Co
I./135th Infantry Battalion
50th Infantry Regiment
23rd Air Flotilla
20th JAAF AF Bn
12th JNAF AF Unit
233rd Construction Battalion
11th JNAF AF Unit /1

Defending units:
10th Amphib Tractor Bn /1
1st USMC Tank Bn /1
715th Amphib Tank Bn /1
111th Regimental Combat Team
102nd Combat Engr Rgt /1
193rd Tank Bn /1
4th Marine Div /1




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RE: Allies July 18 update - 10/2/2011 3:16:47 AM   
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Map of Jaluit, circa July 18




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Saipan: More Allied LCTs try to ferry in supplies. Several are set aflame by the shore batteries and withdraw. One hits a mine. Allied CV air strikes on Saipan damage some 22 TBFs, 4 are OPS kills.

Marianas: Otherwise, the usual LBA air raids on Guam and Tinian. I've noticed that he doesn't or can't escort his Guam airstrikes for several days running. The airstrip is at 35% damage, so I can use it for CAP.

I fly in all available fighters to Guam and set them for range 0, 90% CAP at 25,000 feet. Some 60 fighters should be on hand to welcome tomorrow's airstrikes. Hopefully, they're unescorted...



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Japanese July 18 update - 10/4/2011 2:01:22 AM   
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Japanese July 18 update:

Guam CAP trap: Some 75 A6M5 and A6M Sen Baku fighters cover Guam. Carrier strikes are unfortunately escorted, but we give much better than we get. For the day, 32 Allied planes are destroyed versus 24 losses. I will call this the "Minor Marianas Pheasant Shoot". It has a certain ring to it.

All remaining fighters beat it back to Truk and disband.

Guam: An Allied ASW TF sweeps Guam. Oops. So sorry! DDs Lardner and DD Stault hit mines in the hex. The ASW TF mortally wounds a SSX patrolling the waters.

Saipan: More LCTs attempt to bring in supplies. At least three more are set aflame by shore guns. No additional efforts are made by the Allied dogs to assault my dug-in troops.

Pagan:I order in the three DDs of the "Northern Strike Force" of yore. Moonlight is at 3%, so maybe I can return the favor and get some lucky shots on a few CVEs.

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Japanese July 18 screenshot:

ETA: 3x DDs not from Truk-they're from Iwo Jima.




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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

Japanese July 18 screenshot:

ETA: 3x DDs not from Truk-they're from Iwo Jima.



Wow - misinformation in case the enemy intercepts the graphic! What attention to detail!

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

Japanese July 18 screenshot:

ETA: 3x DDs not from Truk-they're from Iwo Jima.



Wow - misinformation in case the enemy intercepts the graphic! What attention to detail!

Hey, with the rabble that reads this AAR, you never know what's going to happen with that sort of OPSEC.

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General non-date specific update-Japanese side - 11/14/2011 5:03:01 PM   
Chickenboy


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Approximately July 24, both games:

I've been remiss in updating this AAR in some time. I see that my opponent has updated his AAR, so-rather than await the inevitable tumbleweed, whistling or snoring smileys, I thought I'd provide a brief update.

The situation so far:

In general turns have been slow in coming. The Cap'n has been busy in his practice, thus we've only been flipping one-two turns per week.

Both games are at approximately July 24. About one and a half weeks of gametime left.

Japanese gross summary to date:

I haven't updated the Japanese side since the July 18th turn. In the interim, major actions include the Allied invasion of Guam and the Allied capture of Saipan. Saipan fell after prolonged siege warfare destroyed supply storage and rendered the garrison bereft of defensive punch. The Japanese CDs were very useful in holding off the inevitable Allied assault, but Saipan has fallen.

Guam has a better supply situation, but little to prevent the Allies from landing additional supplies or troops. Deliberate attacks have dropped the forts to 1 or 2 with outsized Japanese casualties. The end is near.

Between July 20 and 22, I attempted to bring in IJNAF aircraft into Guam for a night torpedo attack on nearby CVE TFs. For any number of reasons, the attack never went off. After three nights of waiting, the aircraft were (mostly) destroyed on the ground by Allied reprisal attacks.

Remnants of IJNAF units are at Truk now, where they will stay for the duration of the conflict. LR 4EB attacks (from Pagan) to Truk were repulsed by Truk IJNAF fighters, downing approximately 12 B-24s. I doubt he will attempt this again. Effective IJNAF resistance has ended in this game and has been relegated to spot defense.

On the seas, he has used his Allied surface forces (with some CV assistance) to pick off remaining Japanese surface vessels. Repeated raids on Baleldoab have holed Zuikaku approximately 30 times with a variety of bombs. In what must clearly be a bug, her damage levels have scarcely budged. Too bad-that's the way it goes. If we want to rehash the movement and surface response bug that allowed three of his DDs to destroy 3x my Allied CVEs in a night operation, then I'll be interested in entertaining any judicial points that should be awarded him for putting Zuikaku under by repeated port raids.

Kongo is badly damaged, disbanded in port at Truk. A handful of destroyers (all badly damaged) remain at anchor with her.

I tried to scatter remaining shipping to the four corners of the map and make it difficult on Allied battle groups to intercept. I've had some small successes hiding half a dozen xAKs and a DD in the extreme NW corner of the map and a damaged CL in the North central wastelands of the Pacific. A large xAK, TK, AV and other assorted support ships were caught by an Allied DD group. A few stragglers escaped the net, heading into the uncontrolled sea lanes by New Guinea / New Britain.

Not all was lost as the Japanese. On or around July 22, three IJN DDs (the last combat-capable surface group I had) surprised CA Louisville and her escorting DDs due west of Saipan. My DDs got in close during the night fight and put 3x 64cm "Long Lance" torpedoes into Louisville before she could fire a shot. She sank immediately.

Also, I've managed to keep the Allied air:air victories at or around the 2:1 (in favor of the Allies, of course) level. Compared to RL, this is a satisfactory outcome IMO.

Most Japanese combat operations have ceased at this time. The last 10 days of this scenario will be about trying to extricate potential Allied VPs from theatre. I will hide my remaining sea-capable DDs (or die trying) and use the Truk IJNAF to defend Kongo from expected further attempts to sink her.

Guam will fall soon and I wonder if Tinian will be attempted. I've had my ass kicked by the Allied player in this scenario. As this is a mirror campaign, the only pertinent question is how many more total combined points will my opponent score versus myself. That, dear reader, remains to be seen.


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