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COLONEL SANDERS BECOMES AN ACE - 5/5/2012 10:29:55 PM   
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Colonel Sanders of the 23rdFG/74th FS became an ace this turn. In other news....R. McDonald also reached ace status and was promptly rewarded with a happy meal.



SWPAC


Colonel Chesty Puller's 7th Marine Regiment finally clears the last Japanese from Saidor:

Ground combat at Saidor (99,124)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4034 troops, 94 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 131

Defending force 1086 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 22

Allied adjusted assault: 113

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 28 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
377 casualties reported
Squads: 17 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (4 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 3


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th Marine Regiment

Defending units:
13th Garrison Unit /2
42nd Nav Gd /2
43rd Nav Gd /1


The army will take over garrison duty here at Saidor as the 7th Marines will move back to Lae for redeployment to CENTPAC with the rest of the 1st Marine Division. The 1st Marine Division has spent several months in the jungles of New Guinea as they slogged their way from Port Moresby to Buna, Salamaua, Lae and beyond.

VMSB squadrons based at Nadzab hammer an IJN troop convoy off the New Guinea coast near Dagua:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Dagua at 95,119

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 20
SBD-2 Dauntless x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 8 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 3 destroyed, 4 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Huso Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAP Teiko Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Teikyo Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Teiritsu Maru

Japanese ground losses:
355 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (7 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Teiko Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Huso Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Teikyo Maru


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Dagua at 95,119

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 20



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 12
SBD-2 Dauntless x 8
SBD-3 Dauntless x 11


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 destroyed
SBD-2 Dauntless: 5 destroyed, 1 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Teiko Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Teiritsu Maru
xAP Huso Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
E Sagi

Japanese ground losses:
3648 casualties reported
Squads: 96 destroyed, 54 disabled
Non Combat: 79 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 60 (56 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 37 (37 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (20 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(20 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
20 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Teiko Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Huso Maru



Japan loses over 4000 troops....nearly a regiment....at sea. I was surprised to see the F4F-4s handled so roughly by the A6M2s...this was an elite VF squadron from CV Enterprise and the pilots average mid 70s exp and mid 70s fighter skill.

The VF squadron from CV Wasp was also decimated by Tojos in an air battle over the Bismarcks:


Afternoon Air attack on Kavieng , at 106,122

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 33
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 6 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged



Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (24 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(24 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
24 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on Kavieng , at 106,122

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 20



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 5 destroyed, 3 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak



Airbase hits 1

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

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 120 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers


Add to these costly attacks a few DB raids that went in without escorts and were slaughtered and I lost another 30 SBDs this turn and have exhausted my SBD-3 pool. I will need to be more careful about their use now.

An USN ASW TF sinks an IJN sub near Umboi Is.:


Submarine attack near Umboi Island at 100,125

Japanese Ships
SS RO-100, hits 16, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Bailey
DD Selfridge
DD Russell, Shell hits 1
DD Anderson



SS RO-100 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Bailey
RO-100 bottoming out ....
DD Selfridge attacking submerged sub ....
SS RO-100 forced to surface!
DD Selfridge firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Russell firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Anderson firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Selfridge firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Russell firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Anderson firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Selfridge firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Russell firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Anderson firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Russell firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves




CBI


Indian armor from IV Indian Corps retake Ramree Is. off the Burma coast.

The 1800 AV Chinese army being pursued by a 7000 AV Japanese army outside of Nanyang got away as Allied medium and heavy bombers continued to pin the 17 IJA divisions at Nanyang. Dave didnt bomb the withdrawing Chinese this turn as he focused on a massive counterair strike on my airfield at Sian...50 Allied planes were destroyed on the ground at Sian. Altogether the Allies lose 170 AC this turn vs Japanese losses of only 23 AC. This was probably the worst Allied turn of the war as far as AC losses go but at least the Chinese army got away to fight another day. The 1800 AV Chinese army will continue to march to Loyang will it will meet up with another 4000 Av Chinese army....then we will have about 6000 AV total to face the pursuing 7000 AV Japanese army.





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SOPAC RESUMES THE OFFENSIVE - 5/6/2012 5:49:10 PM   
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CBI


Dave has given up the pursuit of the Chinese army retreating from Nanyang to Loyang. Instead...it looks as if the 17 IJA divisions have reversed course and are now marching on Sian.I have nothing available to stop this advance. The heavy bombers of Tenth Air Force are flying out of Chungking and are hitting his 17 divisions stack every turn to slow them down and keep them in combat mode.


SOPAC


The buildup continues at Gasmata but with a level 1 port it is a slow process. I have seabees working on enlarging the port and we are 50% of the way to level 2.

The 2nd Marine Raiders landed at Cape Gloucester a few turns ago and after after a heavy aerial bombardment there last turn the Raiders will assault next turn.

An Allied surface TF on patrol sinks SS I-20 near Rabaul. Im not sure if Dave is sending in supplies to Rabaul on 1 ship TFs. Ive laid mines at Rabaul and I have a small surface TF and some PT boats that routinely patrol Rabaul every turn but Im not sure if Dave is sneaking any supply ships through.


SWPAC


Allied armor sweeps away some Japanese defenders on the path to Madang:


Ground combat at 98,124 (near Madang)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 757 troops, 3 guns, 113 vehicles, Assault Value = 62

Defending force 744 troops, 15 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Allied adjusted assault: 24

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 6 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
317 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Units destroyed 1



Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
762nd Tank Battalion

Defending units:
13th Garrison Unit /2
43rd Nav Gd /1
42nd Nav Gd /2


Im reinforcing SWPAC with the 43rd Division now .....but just like for SOPAC at Gasmata....the going is slow as Lae is only a level 2 port. I dont want to risk my fast APs or AKs at either port as they are quite exposed....but Im using some slow AKs and some of the new LSTs on amphib mode to back up the xAKs and xAPs on transport mode. Once the troops land at Lae....its a long slow march through the jungle to Madang. I think that I will take Madang pretty easily but it will be February before SWPAC arrives there in force. Meanwhile...Dave used the delay from my having to pause to root out the Japanese at Finschafen and Saidor and he now has over 20,000 troops at Hansa Bay.





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SOPAC RESUMES THE OFFENSIVE - 5/7/2012 8:14:57 PM   
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SUBS


SS Grenadier sinks xAK Tamahagi Maru off Tanegashima.




SOPAC


After a tremendous aerial bombardment the 3rd Marine Raiders are able to capture Cape Gloucester:


Ground combat at Cape Gloucester (101,125)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 520 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Defending force 59 troops, 7 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Allied adjusted assault: 72

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 72 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Cape Gloucester !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
37 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1



Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Raider Battalion

Defending units:
89th Nav Gd /1
1st Naval Const Bn /2



The remaining Japanese at Cape Gloucester launch a banzai attack and are killed to the last man:



Ground combat at Cape Gloucester (101,125)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 33 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Defending force 520 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 214

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
33 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Assaulting units:
89th Nav Gd /2

Defending units:
3rd Marine Raider Battalion


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Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Cape Gloucester by attrition!!!



USN APDs on fast transport missions will begin to bring seabees to Cape Gloucester to build a new AF on the north shore of New Britain.


VMSB squadrons hammer another IJN TF near Mussau Is.:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 105,120

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 33



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAKL Gyokurei Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Suez Maru, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
SC CHa-24



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (33 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
33 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Gyokurei Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Suez Maru



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 105,120

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 21


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 4 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-24, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (27 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
27 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead



After SC CHa-24 was hit by a 1000 lb bomb I got the message that it was obliterated.....very cool.



SWPAC


Dave sweeps Nadzab with Tojos and the new F4U-1 Corsairs go into combat for the 1st time:


Morning Air attack on Nadzab , at 98,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 169 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 7
F4U-1 Corsair x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses



CAP engaged:
VMF-211 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
12th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
8th FG/35th FS with P-39D Airacobra (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes



Morning Air attack on Nadzab , at 98,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 22



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 27
F4U-1 Corsair x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 3 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 36000 feet

CAP engaged:
12th FS with P-39D Airacobra (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(20 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
8th FG/35th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
VMF-211 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes



Right now I only have an operational detachment of F4U-1s with 6 planes. I hope to convert over an 18 plane VMF suqadron here in another week and then we will be able to do some real damage to the dreaded Tojos.



CBI


Dave has 2 IJA tank divisions heading towards Sian with another 15 infantry divisions behind them in Nanyang. I have a Chinese Army with 2800 AV marching on Sian from the east and a 6000 AV Chinese army at Loyang marching on Sian from the SE. I am also assembling another 6000 AV Chinese army at Ichang by pulling forces out of southern China. Dave will beat me to Sian with his panzer divisions but then he will have to hold Sian against nearly 9000 AV while the 6000 AV Chinese army that will mass at Ichang will threaten his line of supply from Nanyang to Sian. This perhaps will be the pivotal battle of the entire war in China.

I railed 3 anti-tank regiments from the front line in Burma to Myitkina. Last turn transport AC airlifted them to Chengtu and next turn transport AC will again airlift them to Sian. So the 3 anti-tank regiments make it from Rangoon to Sian in about a week.





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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA - 5/8/2012 5:54:57 PM   
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DEADLIEST MINEFIELD IN THE PACIFIC


I had a Dutch sub lay a minefield on the river exit hex from Palembang and it looks like Japanese shipping ran into each and every mine:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 19, 43
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TF 122 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
PB Menado Maru
PB Hokuyo Maru, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
xAKL Shingetsu Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Dori Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Shinrei Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



2 mines cleared


TF 55 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
PB Yodozo Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Kinsyo Maru #4, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Naruto Maru #3, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage



3 mines cleared


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 20, 43

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TF 10 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-32



1 mine cleared


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TF 102 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
PB Heimei Maru
PB Kyo Maru #5, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Banshu Maru #56



4 mines cleared


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TF 97 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
PB Shinko Maru, Mine hits 1, heavy damage
PB Eiko Maru #2, Mine hits 1, heavy damage




SUBS


SS Grampus sinks xAK Panama Maru off Daito Shoto.

SS O16 sinks AMC Tatiban Maru near Miri.


SHIP REPAIR


CV Enterprise completes repair of her minor damage at Sydney and is immediately sent to the shipyard to repair her major damage....the current estimate for her to complete repairs is 94 days....its much shorter than I expected and it looks like Enterprise will be able to rejoin the fleet by the end of April. I may hold off the Gilbert Islands offensive until she is available.

Meanwhile....CV Wasp is pulled out of the shipyard at Sydney to make room for Enterprise. CV Wasp has a repair estimate of 56 days and she will be sent to Auckland to complete repairs.


CBI


Two IJA tank divisions and a tank regiment fight their way through the jungle N of Nanyang as they advance on Sian.

I wasnt able to airlift my anti-tank regiments from Chengtu to Sian last turn...perhaps because the AF at Sian is heavily damaged. I will try to airlift them to Sian again next turn and if unsuccessful I will need to send them to a base farther north.

Dave launched an all out aerial assault on Chungking last turn but the Allies were waiting for them.
Japan loses 131 AC last turn vs 35 Allied AC. In A2A.....Japan loses 104 AC vs 14 Allied AC. Individual losses include 80 Oscars, 21 Tojos, 20 Sallys and 11 Helens.




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SWPAC


Allied xAKs and xAPs continue to drop off 43rd Division at Lae.

Air skirmishes over Nadzab and Lae as Japan is sweeping daily with Tojos. We seem to be getting the worse of the exchange rates with the Tojos but I hope to have a full strength VMF squadron filled out with F4U-1 Corsairs by the end of the week to even up the odds.

SWPAC's next target on New Guinea.....Madang...appears to be lightly defended with maybe 6000 IJA troops. SWPAC and I Corps are prepping for following objective on New Guinea.....Hansa Bay....where it appears that Japan has massed over 20,000 troops. I will need both 43rd and 32nd Divisions on the front line before we assault Hansa Bay.



CBI


Dave continues his advance on Sian but his northward thrust from Nanyang seems to be watered down now. Dave originally had 21 LCUs with 17 divisions in the thrust on Sian but now there are only 12 LCUs with a max of 11 divisions continuing the advance.

Dave has spotted my buildup around Ichang as 6000 AV of Chinese troops continue to mass. Perhaps he has moved out part of his army from Nanyang to threaten Chinese positions in the south.

SIGINT has given me 4 reports over the last 2 turns of elements of the IJA 18th Division loaded on transports heading to Pakhoi. Ive also received 1 report of elements of 8th Division loaded on transports heading to Pakhoi. I also got reports of heavy radio transmissions at Pakhoi so Im starting to believe the SIGINT here. I dont see what advantage Japan has from dropping a division or 2 at Pakhoi....it would allow Japan to threaten Nanning and possibly Wuchow but thats not a gamebreaker for China..... Im much more concerned about possibly losing Sian. I have 2000 AV loaded in the railyards at Changsha that can be rapidly redeployed to Liuchow in case Japan does land in force at Pakhoi.




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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA - 5/12/2012 4:28:12 PM   
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SUBS


SS Wahoo sinks SC Ch26 near Hakodate.

SS I-168 sinks xAK Time off Horn Is.

SS Grampus sinks PB Nishimi Maru by Fukue-jima.

SS Albacore sinks xAK Yoneyama Maru near Keijo.


SWPAC


The last of the 43rd Division is loaded up at Luganville and heads out to Lae. After the remainder of the 43rd Division is unloaded at Lae we will begin to withdraw the 1st Marine Division from Lae.

Japan's amazing air transport arm is evident again this turn as Dave airlifts over 1000 AV into Madang. Now there is over 7800 IJA AV at Madang and we will have to massively LRCAP the hex to prevent additional Japanese reinforcement. The Aussie 6th Division is still a 2 week march away from reaching Madang.


SOPOC

The massive SOPAC buildup at Gasmata continues as slow 12 knot AKs assist the xAKs and xAPs unloading there. We will eventually unload the equivalent of 3 1/2 divisions at Gasmata for an overland march through the coastal jungles of New Britain for an eventual assault on Rabaul.

Damaged CV Wasp has sailed nearly halfway from Sydney to the shipyards of Auckland and so far has avoided detection.


CENTPAC

CENTPAC has so far been a command in name only as it represents the garrisons of Canton, Palmyra, Johnston, Midway and the Hawaiian Is. CENTPAC will now grow in size as the 1st Marine Division will be added as it is withdrawn from New Guinea and the 2nd Marine Division will be added as it is withdrawn from the Solomons.

Ive used Luganville so far as the main hub for the Allied convoys that contribute to the SWPAC buildup in New Guinea and the SOPAC buildup on New Britain. Dave still has Luganville in range of his long legged recon and naval search AC and virtually all Allied shipping that traverses the port is spotted. So for the upcoming CENTPAC invasion of the Gilberts we will use Noumea as the hub as it appears to be far enough south to be out of range of Japanese recon.



CBI


The tides of war have turned favorable for the Allies in North Africa as the Germans are pushed back to Tunisia. The 9th Australian Division was released and after initial shipment to Aden it has finally arrived in India. The 9th Australian Division is prepping for Pegu...as is the rest of eastern Army...and as soon as they arrive on the scene an assaut will be launched on the 77 IJA LCUs at Pegu.

Disaster in China as Japanese panzer divisions cut through the rear area formations that desperately attempt to form a roadblock on the Nanyang/Sian highway:



Ground combat at 84,42 (near Sian)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16096 troops, 256 guns, 1214 vehicles, Assault Value = 711

Defending force 1225 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 464

Allied adjusted defense: 28

Japanese assault odds: 16 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), fatigue(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
Units pursuing 1


Allied ground losses:
375 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 38 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Tank Division
3rd Tank Division
15th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
7th Group Army
34th Group Army


With the pursuit after the attack Japanese armor has now invested a defenseless Sian. Ive lost the race to Sian to Japan. Now...I will have 6000 AV of Chinese troops advance on Sian from the E and SE while another 3000 AV of Chinese troops will cut the Nanyang/Sian highway to cut the supply of the Japanese spearhead. Another 6000 AV of Chinese mass around Ichang and eventually they will try to retake Nanyang.

Meanwhile....3 British anti-tank regiments that were airlifted from Burma to Kunchang approach Sian from the north.




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SS Amberjack sinks TK Mirii Maru near Miri.

SS Amberjack sinks TK Kanze Maru near Miri.

SS Amberjack sinks TK Chuko Maru off Taytag to score a hat trick.

SS Finback sinks PB Kinsyo Maru by Wakkanai.

SS Pompano sinks xAK Asakasan Maru near Daito Shoto.

SS Seal puts a torp in TK Marei Maru near Tawau.



SWPAC

Dave has developed a new tactic...he send out one or 2 small xAKLs with an escort within range of Allied SBDs and then he LRCAPs the small TF with 100 fighters including 60 Tojos....in effect its a LRCAP trap at sea. A VMSB squadron is virtually wiped out and its escorts...a crack VF squadron from a USN CV....is decimated. Im going to pull in all the DB squadrons to really close range to their bases. As more F4U-1s become available I am going to turn over more and more of the day to day land based aerial combat to the VMF squadrons exclusively....I cannot afford the current losses of crack Navy fighter pilots. In one turn of aerial combat over New Guinea the Allies lose 25 SBD-3s, 15 F4F-4s, 10 P-30Ds and 10 TBF-1s while Japan loses 78 A6M2s and 3 Tojos.

SWPAC forces continue the slow slog through the New Guinea jungles towards Madang. It appears as if Dave has moved most of his troops at Hansa Bay forward to Madang so we will now probably have the major battle for this portion of New Guinea at Madang. We finally completed the unloading of the 43rd Division at Lae and it will now begin the long march to Madang.



SOPAC


The massive buildup continues for SOPAC on New Britain as Gasmata is enlarged to a level 3 port.

Allied fighters are staged into the new level 1 AF at Cape Gloucester.

A fast transport TF and 12 knot AP William Ward Burroughs load Marine Raiders at Milne Bay for an amphib assault on Long Island in 2 turns.


CV Enterprise continues its around the clock repairs at Sydney shipyard and the repair estimate is now down to 82 days. CV Wasp reaches the Auckland shipyards and its repair estimate iks now at 76 days. Both carriers should return to the fleet by mid-April.


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

I really blew it here a couple weeks ago by leaving a major defensive Chinese army in the relatively clear terrain of Nanyang as opposed to the forests just N of there. A Chinese army with 3600 AV seems like a lot until Dave steals a march....undetected by me....with 17 divisions and 7000 AV of IJA troops. Chinese troops dont attempt to withdraw until its too late and now all of northern China appears to be collapsing. Sian fell 2 turns ago and last turn Japan also captured Loyang and Yenan.

Now the entire Kaifeng/Chengchow/Tsiaotso complex will be lost. I have about 15,000 AV of Chinese troops converging on Sian from the 4 points of the compass and Im trying to cut the Nanyang/Sian highway in 3 places but Im not sure if the situation here is retrievable.

Dave also landed some troops in southern coastal China...as indicated by SIGINT....and they are moving on Nanning. Chinese troops in reserve at Changsha are being railed to Liuchow this turn to deal with this latest Japanese incursion.




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SS Runner sinks PB Kensin Maru near Nagasaki.

Dave has been massing ASW air and naval assets over his convoy routes near the Home Islands. The Japanese ASW AC are scoring a fair number of hits on USN subs but they usually make it back to port for repairs. Its nice to see the subs start taking out some of IJN ASW assets and hopefully the recent TK sinkings off Borneo force Dave to spread his ASW assets a bit more thinly.



SWPAC

The 6th Australian Division reaches Madang. There are 5 SWPAC armor battalions and 5 artillery battalions back in the Markham River Valley that wont reach Madang for another week or 2. The 32nd and 43rd Divisions wont make it for another month or so. The aerial bombardment of the IJA ground forces at Madang will be stepped up dramatically now as the 6th Austrlian bombards away and an assault will be launched on the 10,000 defenders as soon as the armor arrives.



SOPAC


The 2nd and 4th Marine Raiders will amphib assault Long Island next turn.

SOPAC completes a level 2 Af at Cape Gloucester.

The heavy bombers of 5th Air Force continue to neutralize Japanese airfields at Rabaul. Kavieng and Manus.



NORTHERN AUSTRALIA/ II AUSTRALIAN CORPS

Im just starting to buildup Bathurst Is. as a prelude to a new command.....II AUSTRALIAN CORPS... beginning a new axis of advance northward from Darwin towards the soft underbelly of the DEI.

Dave has sent in BB Ise and friends to bombard the port at Darwin and sink Allied shipping in the area twice in the last 2 weeks. Im slowly shifting more assets up here.... a RAF HQ with torpedoes will reach Darwin within a couple of weeks and then we will have at least a threat for the IJN BBs on bombardment. I ordered up some barges at Darwin a few days ago to begin moving troops and supplies to Bathurst and some PT boats to slow down the IJN BBs but this turn the Tokyo Express sank all my barges and roughed up the PT boats.

Its going to be a slow start here but I really want a 4th axis of advance to go north from Darwin(besides SWPAC/SOPAC/CENTPAC) in case SWPAC starts to bog down in New Guinea.



BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA


Dave apparently got spooked when 2800 AV of Chinese troops cut the Sian/Nanyang highway just SE of Sian while another 3000 AV of Chinese troops closed in on Sian from 4 directions so he withdrew from Sian back into the protectice cover of the forests.

I have another 1000 AV of Chinese troops stiffened up with 3 British anti-tank regiments approaching Sian from the north.

Another 3200 AV of Chinese troops threaten to cut the Sian/Nanyang highway just NW Of Nanyang while another 5000 AV of Chinese troops march on Sian from Ichang.

If Im going stop the Japanese offensive in the north it will again have to be done with manuever.

Just in case Dave changes his mind and decides to reoccupy Sian...Im again staging in the bulk of Tenth Air Force from India to China to try to fix the IJA troops outside of Sian in place. A I lost a lot of AC at Sian the last time I tried this but at this point I willing to sacrifice whatever Allied air forces are present in the far east to save the situation in China.

As predicted by SIGINT....2 IJA LCUs landed on the southern coast of China and are now just outside of Nanning. Additional Allied medium bombers are staged in from India to fix these Japanese troops in place while the Chinese reserve that was railed to Liuchow last turn marches overland into Nanning.






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SS KXIII attacks SS I-160 near rangoon but misses with 2 torpedoes.



BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA


Large air battle over the 4 IJA divisions just SW of Sian. Japan mauls the medium bombers but the 4Es get through and hammer the Japanese troops in place. Overall the Allies lose 47 AC vs 43 Japanese AC but 15 B-25Cs are lost.

Most importantly....Sian remains open and over 4000 AV of Chinese troops will cross the river into Sian next turn....the Chinese will ALL be in "move" mode so hopefully the IJA troops to the SW stay in place with the 2800 AV of Chinese troops that are babysitting them.

Japanese troops retake lightly defended Kaifeng but that is a mere afterthought compared to the struggle for Sian.

Recent SIGINT was absolutely correct about Japan shipping the 8th and 18th Divisions to the south China coast. The old SIGINT about 8th Division being shipped to Babeldaob was obviously misinformation.

The IJA 8th and 18th Divisions marched overland to Nanning and were hit hard by Vengeance DBs this turn:


Morning Air attack on 8th Division, at 72,56 , near Nanning

Weather in hex: Overcast

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


Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 30


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
208 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 18th Division ...
Also attacking 8th Division ...
Also attacking 18th Division ...
Also attacking 8th Division ...
Also attacking 18th Division ...
Also attacking 8th Division ...
Also attacking 18th Division ...


Afternoon Air attack on 18th Division, at 72,56 , near Nanning

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 13


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
11 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 18th Division, at 72,56 , near Nanning

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 13


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb


The two IJA divisions shock attack across a river into Nanning:



Ground combat at Nanning (72,55)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 21864 troops, 153 guns, 57 vehicles, Assault Value = 737

Defending force 11278 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 309

Japanese adjusted assault: 184

Allied adjusted defense: 161

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
804 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 83 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled


Allied ground losses:
790 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Assaulting units:
8th Division
18th Division

Defending units:
52nd Chinese/A Corps
64th Chinese/C Corps
52nd Chinese/B Corps
35th Group Army
9th Chinese Base Force


Chinese reinforcements should arrive at Nanning next turn and Id be surprised if Dave immediately attacked again due to the high disruption levels. I dont understand the redeployment of IJA divisions here from Luzon...even if Japan captures Nanning 2 divisions arent enough to accomplish anything important in China. These 2 divisions would be much more valuable if deployed on New Guinea or at Rangoon.

In Burma....the Australia 9th Division and the 4th British Brigades continue their march through the jungles towards Mandalay. When these 2 formations reach the front we will resume Eastern Command's 2 pronged offensive towards Pegu and Rangoon.


SOPAC


Two Marine Raider battalions invade Long Island via the Staten Island Ferry and will shock attack the Japanese there next turn after a massive aerial bombardment:

Ground combat at Long Island (100,124)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 453 troops, 14 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 26

Defending force 1382 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 79



Assaulting units:
Sasebo 5th SNLF

Defending units:
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
4th Marine Raider Battalion



SWPAC


The 6th Australian Division bombards Madang both to draw additional supplies and recon how many IJA troops they are facing:


Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 14127 troops, 250 guns, 360 vehicles, Assault Value = 482

Defending force 6739 troops, 130 guns, 96 vehicles, Assault Value = 307



Assaulting units:
6th Australian Division

Defending units:
13th Garrison Unit /2
43rd Nav Gd /1
64th Naval Guard Unit
28th Div /4
4th Div /1
4th Tank Regiment
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2
39th Road Const Co
3rd JNAF Coy


I think that I can take Madang with just the armor and artillery that will be arriving in a little over a week and I wont need to wait until the 32nd and 43rd Divisions at Nadzab arrive.





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SWPAC


SWPAC troops continue their march up the Markham River valley to reinforce the 6th Australian Division at Madang.

A level 1 AF is built at Saidor.

Im having trouble drawing supplies from Lae-Nadzab-Madang so Im going to need to unload a lot more supply at Lae before SWPAC can assault Madang.



SOPAC


Dave sends in transport AC through the Allied LRCAP to reinforce Long Is. by air but the marines take the island anyway after a massive aerial bombardment:


Ground combat at Long Island (100,124)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1402 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 81

Defending force 446 troops, 15 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 24

Allied adjusted assault: 45

Japanese adjusted defense: 13

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
fatigue(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (5 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
34 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
4th Marine Raider Battalion

Defending units:
Sasebo 5th SNLF
14th Garrison Unit /1





Ground combat at Long Island (100,124)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1361 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 72

Defending force 255 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 4

Allied adjusted assault: 49

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 49 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Long Island !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
300 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (7 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2


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


Assaulting units:
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
4th Marine Raider Battalion

Defending units:
14th Garrison Unit /1
Sasebo 5th SNLF



USN subs patrolling in the vicinity of Yap and Woleia are spotted repeatedly by both Vals and Kates so KB may be just to the north of New Guinea.



CHINA


Two weeks ago 17 IJA divisions virtually annihilated a 3600 AV Chinese army at Nanyang. There was nothing to stop over 7000 AV of Japanese troops from taking Sian except for a couple of Chinese HQ units. Now..... without firing a shot.....the Japanese have abandoned Sian and are in full retreat back to Nanyang as the Chinese have cut the Sian/Nanyang highway in 2 places and have a 3rd army with 5000 AV marching on Nanyang.

I think that Dave's mistake here was splitting his massive stack so he could also retake the Loyang/Chengchow/Kaifeng complex. Japan did capture Chengchow this turn and it hurts to lose this Chinese industrial area but the loss here pales by comparison with the possible loss of Sian. Now the Chinese will retake Sian next turn and pursue the Japanese back through the forests towards Nanyang.

The situation in the north has stabilized.

In the south....Dave has reinforcements on the march to Nanning but the Chinese are also reinforcing
by railing in additional reserves from Changsha. I dont see Japan making a breaktrhough of any significance here.




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SS S-35 sinks xAKL Arisan Maru near Hollandia.


CHINA


Chinese troops retake Sian.

The Japanese army continues its headlong retreat from Sian to Nanyang and Dave even left behind a rear guard to slow down the onrushing Chinese hordes.

Dave now has his armor and infantry divisions 1 hex out of Nanyang and he bombards away to determine the size of the opposing Chinese blocking force:

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Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 57133 troops, 434 guns, 116 vehicles, Assault Value = 4387

Defending force 44195 troops, 230 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1603

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



Assaulting units:
22nd Division
59th Division
6th Division
63rd Division
3rd Tank Division
17th Division
1st Tank Division
27th Division
35th Division
15th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
30th Chinese/A Corps
1st Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry/C Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
16th Chinese/A Corps
16th Chinese/B Corps
29th Chinese/A Corps
55th Chinese/C Corps
29th Chinese/B Corps
29th Chinese/C Corps
30th Chinese/B Corps
55th Chinese/B Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry/B Corps
1st Chinese/C Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry/A Corps
55th Chinese/A Corps
30th Chinese/C Corps
1st Chinese/B Corps
16th Chinese/C Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry/C Corps


The Japanese will attack this hex next turn. I have another 1600 AV on the march into this hex from a forest hex....the Japanese aerial bombing has slowed them down.....but Im halfway tempted to leave the reinforcements where they are at on the Sian/Loyang highway and just let the Japanese retreat and halve the Chinese blocking force.....I lose another 800 AV but Sian has been retrieved and its time for me to get another defensive perimeter established to the east and SE of Sian.

With Japanese armor poised to exit the forest into the clear terrain arounf Nanyang in a couple turns.....Im turning back the 5000 AV Chinese army that had been marching from Ichang to Nanyang and they will go back to the forests outside of Ichang.



SOPAC


Dave keeps sending in reinforcements to Long Island by aerial transport and they launch multiple bonzai attacks:

Ground combat at Long Island (100,124)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 37 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Defending force 1341 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 71

Assault collapses, attacking force wiped out

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



Assaulting units:
14th Garrison Unit /3

Defending units:
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
4th Marine Raider Battalion


Ground combat at Long Island (100,124)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 37 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Defending force 1346 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 72

Assault collapses, attacking force wiped out

Japanese ground losses:
22 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1



Assaulting units:
14th Garrison Unit /1

Defending units:
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
4th Marine Raider Battalion






VMSB pilots hammer another IJN convoy in the Admiralties but the escorts dont fly and 27 of the 28 DBs are lost:

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rambutyo at 102,120

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
A6M2-N Rufe x 3



Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 25


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 10 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kensho Maru
xAKL Taiyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Aoi Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Kanaiyama Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
452 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Taiyo Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Kanaiyama Maru



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rambutyo at 102,120

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27



Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (9 airborne, 18 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes



Thats about 1 month of SBD-3 replacements lost in 1 attack on worthless xAKLs. I will need to shut down the DBs if this keeps up.


Im now seeing Tojos in large numbers over New Guinea, Burma and China. They are getting the best of the A2A duels with all of my various airframes with the possible exception of the F4U-1. At one point in 1942 I had inflicted about 20% more A2A and overall AC losses on Japan than those suffered by the Allies but each turn now Japan creeps closer to overall parity with the Allies in terms of AC losses. Even the P-38Gs sweeping at max altitude are not gaining an advantage vis a vis the Tojos.

Ive attached a screenshot of the future objectives of SOPAC and their respective Japanese garrisons.
XIV US Corps is marching on Rabaul from Gasmata with nearly 4 divisions to face off against 43,000 IJA there. It will take over 2 months for XIV Corps to reach its objective.

SOPAC will first create rings around Rabaul and isolate it by capturing Kavieng, Mussau and Manus but that will have to wait until CV Wasp and CV Enterprise rejoin the fleet. CV Wasp now has a repair estimate of 66 days while CV Emnterprise has a repair estimate of 72 days.




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SS Seal sinks PB Zosen Maru near Donggala.

Allied subs seem to be knocking off a lot of IJN ASW ships now. The combination of a continually increasing Allied submarine fleet and increased IJN escort losses mean that Japan's ASW escorts will be spread thinner and thinner.



SWPAC


SWPAC armor and artillery reinforcements begin to reach Madang. We will be ready to launch our 1st assault here in a couple of turns.

The medium and tactical bombers of 5th Air Force continue to pound the Japanese at Madang.



CHINA


Dave tries to break through the Chinese roadblock just NW of Nanyang but is repulsed with heavy casualties:


Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 117537 troops, 1044 guns, 1457 vehicles, Assault Value = 4418

Defending force 44228 troops, 230 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1593

Japanese adjusted assault: 2345

Allied adjusted defense: 3964

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
10048 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 937 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 120 disabled
Vehicles lost 62 (7 destroyed, 55 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
3272 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 402 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 51 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 61 (4 destroyed, 57 disabled)


Assaulting units:
22nd Division
6th Division
3rd Tank Division
27th Division
35th Division
17th Division
63rd Division
1st Tank Division
15th Division
59th Division
15th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
1st Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
16th Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Cavalry Corps
29th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps


'
Japan loses the equivalent of 2 divisions in casualties. The Japanese troops here are most certainly out of supply now and its very difficult to attack in AE without a lot of supply.

The Chinese will reinforce this hex with some 800 AV from the NE while another Chinese army with 1800 AV to the NW marches full speed down the highway to reinforce.

Meanwhile....the Chinese continue to rebuild their defensive lines to the E and SE of Sian.




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SS Sargo engages in a surface gunnery battle with xAKL Biyo Maru only to submerge and finish her off with a torpedo:


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Sub attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
xAKL Biyo Maru, Shell hits 9, on fire

Allied Ships
SS Sargo, hits 2



SS Sargo attacking on the surface
SS Sargo low on gun ammo, Jacobs, T.D. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


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Submarine attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
xAKL Biyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Sargo



xAKL Biyo Maru is sighted by SS Sargo
SS Sargo launches 2 torpedoes




CBI


Still quiet in Burma as the 9th Aussie Division and the 4th British Brigade march through the Indian jungles towards Burma.

Meanwhile....nearly all of Eastern Army is prepping for Pegu while all of IV Indian Corps preps for Rangoon.


In China...we reinforce the roadblock just NW of Nanyang and now have a Chinese army there with over 2600 AV. It will be virtually impossible now for the Japanese to dislodge us from this defensive position plus there are another 4000 AV of Chinese hordes in the next hex that are on the march to reinforce.

Dave launches another assault at Nanning only to get thrown back with heavy losses:




Ground combat at Nanning (72,55)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22578 troops, 153 guns, 159 vehicles, Assault Value = 785

Defending force 26818 troops, 154 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 917

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 287

Allied adjusted defense: 617

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker: leaders(+), fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2679 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 204 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled


Allied ground losses:
639 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 93 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Assaulting units:
18th Division
8th Division
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
100th Chinese/B Corps
65th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese/A Corps
52nd Chinese/A Corps
64th Chinese/C Corps
59th Chinese/A Corps
52nd Chinese/B Corps
31st Chinese/B Corps
9th Chinese Base Force
35th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment



I still dont understand why the IJA 8th and 18th Divisions were committed here....if they had been committed to New Guinea instead..... SWPAC would be stopped cold in their tracks for at least 6 months. Redeploying these 2 divisions to the vastness of China is like taking sand to the beach.



SWPAC


The Australian 6th Division at Madang is reinforced with 5 artillery Bn, 4 tank Bn and a combat engineer Bn.

A deliberate attack will be ordered for next turn against the 9600 Japanese dug in at Madang.

Not only will Fifth Air Force commit nearly 200 medium and tactical bombers to the attack but all the 4Es will carpet bomb the defenders just prior to the assault.

The 32nd and 43rd Divisions are still back at Nadzab slowly marching up the Markham River valley towards Madang.

Im having a problem here in drawing supplies up to my front line.....similar to Burma....and this is slowing down the New Guinea offensive just as we have been slowed down in Burma.





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SWPAC finally unleashes its long awaited assault on Madang:


Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18874 troops, 349 guns, 871 vehicles, Assault Value = 794

Defending force 7305 troops, 159 guns, 94 vehicles, Assault Value = 340

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 1106

Japanese adjusted defense: 532

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1064 casualties reported
Squads: 41 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 29 (13 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
79 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Vehicles lost 36 (8 destroyed, 28 disabled)


Assaulting units:
762nd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
154th FA Bn
205th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
13th Garrison Unit /2
28th Div /4
64th Naval Guard Unit
43rd Nav Gd /1
4th Tank Regiment
4th Div /1
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2
39th Road Const Co
3rd JNAF Coy





Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18694 troops, 349 guns, 865 vehicles, Assault Value = 756

Defending force 7093 troops, 144 guns, 92 vehicles, Assault Value = 279

Allied adjusted assault: 391

Japanese adjusted defense: 382

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
743 casualties reported
Squads: 35 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 27 (13 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
100 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Vehicles lost 33 (6 destroyed, 27 disabled)


Assaulting units:
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
148th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
4th Div /1
64th Naval Guard Unit
28th Div /4
4th Tank Regiment
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2
43rd Nav Gd /1
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
3rd JNAF Coy
39th Road Const Co
13th Garrison Unit /2



Japan suffers substantial casualties here and the fortifications are reduced to level 1. Allied LRCAP over Madang turns back wave after wave of Japanese transport AC yet by the end of the turn the number of IJA troops at Madang has increased from 9600 to over 11,000.

I will rest the 6th Australian Division next turn while the SWPAC armor and artillery continue to attack. Supplies now seem to be flowing from Lae-Nadzab-Madang.



CBI


The main Japanese manuver army in China completes its withdrawal to nanyang with a 6000 AV Chinese army hot on its heels.

A Japanese assault at Tsiaotso is repulsed:


Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 19587 troops, 152 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 721

Defending force 9605 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 351

Japanese adjusted assault: 653

Allied adjusted defense: 820

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), preparation(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
904 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 125 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
534 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled


Assaulting units:
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
15th Chinese Corps
3rd Construction Regiment
90th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps


I would like to hold on here and retain Tsiaotso as a supply source but I cannot bring reinforcements here anytime soon while Japan can reinforce at will.

In south central China....Dave attempts another breakthrough near Anking:

Ground combat at 88,54 (near Anking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20844 troops, 152 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 758

Defending force 5754 troops, 145 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 220

Japanese adjusted assault: 584

Allied adjusted defense: 376

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
800 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
374 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 26 (4 destroyed, 22 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
95th Chinese Corps
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment


Chinese reinforcements arrive mid battle and turn the Japanese back with heavy losses...even though they are still in "move" mode:



Ground combat at 88,54 (near Anking)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20340 troops, 152 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 704

Defending force 17108 troops, 219 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 678

Japanese adjusted assault: 404

Allied adjusted defense: 931

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2198 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 159 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
489 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 57 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Assaulting units:
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
78th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese/A Corps
95th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese/B Corps
75th Chinese/C Corps
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment



The Chinese defensive line is now holding along the entire length of the front.




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SUBS

IJN ASW attacks SS O23 near Lingga:



ASW attack near Lingga at 51,88

Japanese Ships
AO Kokuyo Maru
TK Toa Maru
TK Tatekawa Maru
E Hatsukari

Allied Ships
SS O23, hits 6



SS O23 is sighted by escort
O23 bottoming out ....
E Hatsukari attacking submerged sub ....
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Bloodied but unbowed....SS O23 fights back by sinking one of the escorts:



ASW attack near Lingga at 51,88

Japanese Ships
E Kunashiri, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
TK Toa Maru
TK Tatekawa Maru
E Hatsukari

Allied Ships
SS O23



SS O23 launches 4 torpedoes at E Kunashiri
O23 bottoming out ....
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Hatsukari fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Im not sure if this is one of the "dreaded" late war E class escorts but anytime you sink an E boat its a good day.

A Dutch sub lays a new minefield off Balikpappan and it claims yet another IJN escort:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 16, 43
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TF 282 encounters mine field at 64,98

Japanese Ships
E W-3
PB Shonon Maru #10
PB Senyu Maru #2
PB Bisan Maru #3
E W-18, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage


A USN ASW TF sinks SS I-31 near Rabaul:


ASW attack near Rabaul at 107,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-31, hits 5, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Kane
DD King



SS I-31 is sighted by escort
DD Kane fails to find sub and abandons search
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King attacking submerged sub ....
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub






ADVENTURES OF DD STUART


A small Allied ASW TF......consisting of DD Stuart, DD Monaghan and DD Vendetta....pursues SS I-19 from the Solomon Sea all the way up to Madang.

SIGINT reported that PB Ronan Maru was transporting a portion of the IJA 28th Division to Madang. DD Stuart was detached from the ASW TF to intercept PB Ronan Maru:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Hansa Bay at 99,122, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Ronsan Maru, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Stuart

Japanese ground losses:
17 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 31 (4 destroyed, 27 disabled)



Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 89% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Levy, K.M. crosses the 'T'
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 9,000 yards
Levy, K.M. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 10,000 yards
DD Stuart engages PB Ronsan Maru at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...



Meanwhile.....Dave had spotted our ASW TF the previous turn and sent a small surface TF to deal with it:



Night Time Surface Combat, near Saidor at 99,124, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Sendai, Shell hits 1
DD Inazuma, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Monaghan
DD Vendetta



Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 89% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Vendetta at 11,000 yards
DD Vendetta engages DD Inazuma at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Vendetta engages CL Sendai at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Monaghan at 2,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Monaghan at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Vendetta at 6,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Monaghan at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Vendetta at 13,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Monaghan at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...


The IJN surface TF then engages DD Stuart:



Day Time Surface Combat, near Hansa Bay at 99,122, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Sendai
DD Inazuma, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Stuart, Shell hits 1



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 18,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Stuart at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
DD Stuart engages DD Inazuma at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 12,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Stuart at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 9,000 yards
DD Stuart engages DD Inazuma at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 14,000 yards
DD Stuart engages DD Inazuma at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 18,000 yards
DD Inazuma engages DD Stuart at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
CL Sendai engages DD Stuart at 21,000 yards
Task forces break off...


DD Stuart finishes off the turn by sinking SS I-19 near Madang:



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 17, 43

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Sub attack near Saidor at 99,124

Japanese Ships
SS I-19, hits 16

Allied Ships
DD Stuart



SS I-19 launches 2 torpedoes
I-19 bottoming out ....
DD Stuart fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Stuart attacking submerged sub ....
DD Stuart fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Stuart fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Stuart attacking submerged sub ....
DD Stuart loses contact with SS I-19
DD Stuart cannot reach attack position over SS I-19
DD Stuart cannot establish contact with SS I-19
Escort abandons search for sub



Out of depth charges and and gunnery ammo.....DD Stuart will head back to port next turn.





SOPAC



SOPAC completes the unloading of XIV US Corps at Gasmata. Nearly 4 divisions have been unloaded at Gasmata and they are all marching through the jungles of New Britain towards Rabaul.

CV Wasp now has a repair estimate of 62 days while CV Enterprise now has a repair estimate of 68 days.



SWPAC


I rested the 6th Australian Division this turn and sent the armor and artillery to assault Madang:



Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4596 troops, 117 guns, 577 vehicles, Assault Value = 733

Defending force 6835 troops, 130 guns, 91 vehicles, Assault Value = 250

Allied adjusted assault: 223

Japanese adjusted defense: 184

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
595 casualties reported
Squads: 31 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 9 (5 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (11 destroyed, 13 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 78 (4 destroyed, 74 disabled)


Assaulting units:
762nd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
205th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
198th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
4th Tank Regiment
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /1
64th Naval Guard Unit
28th Div /6
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2
43rd Nav Gd /1
3rd JNAF Coy
4th Div /1
39th Road Const Co
13th Garrison Unit /2



Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4445 troops, 115 guns, 574 vehicles, Assault Value = 711

Defending force 6480 troops, 126 guns, 80 vehicles, Assault Value = 207

Allied adjusted assault: 87

Japanese adjusted defense: 160

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
501 casualties reported
Squads: 40 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 12 (6 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 22 (8 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 35 (9 destroyed, 26 disabled)


Assaulting units:
763rd Tank Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
198th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
225th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
64th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
28th Div /6
4th Tank Regiment
13th Garrison Unit /2
4th Div /1
3rd JNAF Coy
39th Road Const Co
43rd Nav Gd /1
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2



I was really surprised to see the armor get a 1:1 attack on Madang and inflict over 1000 casualties(nearly 100 squads)on the Japanese defenders. When I get the file back from Dave I may launch an all shock attack at Madang next turn depeding on how rested the 6th Australian Division looks.


Saidor and Cape Gloucester both complete level 2 AFs while both Lae and Nadzab enlarge to level 5 AFs.






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CBI


Quiet in Burma as additional Allied formations march to the front....and as the Allied troops continue to prep for Pegu and Rangoon.


In northern China...the Japanese are repulsed with heavy casualties at Tsiaotso:


Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 18683 troops, 152 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 662

Defending force 9232 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 302

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 407

Allied adjusted defense: 676

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1341 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 98 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled


Allied ground losses:
469 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled


Assaulting units:
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
34th/C Division
34th/A Division
34th/B Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
3rd Construction Regiment
15th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps



In southern China....the Japanese are thrown back with heavy losses at nanning:



Ground combat at Nanning (72,55)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21417 troops, 153 guns, 57 vehicles, Assault Value = 677

Defending force 26248 troops, 154 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 862

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 469

Allied adjusted defense: 497

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1873 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 146 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
590 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 78 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)


Assaulting units:
8th Division
18th Division

Defending units:
64th Chinese/C Corps
65th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese/A Corps
52nd Chinese/B Corps
46th Chinese/A Corps
100th Chinese/B Corps
52nd Chinese/A Corps
31st Chinese/B Corps
9th Chinese Base Force
35th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment




SWPAC


SWPAC captures Madang with an all out shock attack:


Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 19125 troops, 365 guns, 941 vehicles, Assault Value = 708

Defending force 6469 troops, 130 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 202

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Allied adjusted assault: 473

Japanese adjusted defense: 169

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Madang !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2290 casualties reported
Squads: 68 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 44 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 32 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 80 (77 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 55 (55 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 12
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
142 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Vehicles lost 50 (3 destroyed, 47 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
762nd Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
6th Australian Division
154th FA Bn
225th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
2nd Raiding Rgt /2
28th Div /6
Kure 3rd SNLF /1
14th Garrison Unit /1
13th Garrison Unit /2
4th Div /1
39th Road Const Co
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
3rd JNAF Coy
43rd Nav Gd /1
64th Naval Guard Unit
4th Tank Regiment
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2


True to form....the Japanese remnants all die in a suicidal banzai attack on the following day:



Ground combat at Madang (97,123)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 187 troops, 5 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 12

Defending force 19427 troops, 367 guns, 962 vehicles, Assault Value = 674

Assault collapses, attacking force wiped out

Japanese ground losses:
203 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2



Assaulting units:
2nd Raiding Rgt /2
Kure 3rd SNLF /1

Defending units:
762nd Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
6th Australian Division
225th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
3rd NZ Division



Recon shows only 1 IJA LCU at Hansa Bay. With the 32nd and 43rd Divisions less than a 40 mile march from Madang....it looks like there is no stopping the Allies for quite some time as they advance westward along the northern coast of New Guinea towards their ultimate objective........Mindanao.

Im going to ground bomb the retreating Japanese troops to keep them in "combat" mode while the pursuing SWPAC troops will be LRCAPed to keep them in "move" mode so we can hit the Japanese again before they reach the fortifications of Hansa Bay.

Supplies are being drawn nicely now from Lae to Nadzab to Madang. In fact...the Australian 6th Division that is currently spearheading the SWPAC offensive is carrying nearly 3000 supplies onboard.

Dave tried to bomb the SWPAC troops at Madang and we had a nice little air battle over the base....the Japanese lost 54 AC vs 27 Allied AC.

Looking at the attached screenshot....theres a lot of IJN shipping off the New Guinea coast...its time for the Allies to bring up some surface raiders here.




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CBI


Quiet across the CBI. Dave has pulled out of Nanyang.....leaving but a single LCU there to face off against the 6000 AV Chinese army in the forest to the NW of the city.

Japan has maybe 1500 AV mopping up the Chengchow/Loyang/Tsiaotso salient but the other 5500 AV Japanese manuever force has disappeared. Im guessing that they have marched to the railhead at Sinyang where they will be railed to Hangchow on the coast. Then I think that they will reinforce the Japanese army on the Hangchow/Nanchang highway....drive on Nanchang and threaten Changsha from the SE.

Dave knows that I stripped the Chinese defenses in the south to mass enough forces to retake Sian...so now he will test the Chinese defenses in the south. I had pulled some 5500 AV from the south....and that army is currently just outside of Ichang. I will send about 4000 AV of that Ichang army back to the south now.



SWPAC


SWPAC troops pursue the retreating Japanese from Madang towards Hansa Bay.



SOPAC


XIV US Corps continues its march across New Britain from Gasmata to Rabaul.


CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE.......GILBERTS CAMPAIGN


CENTPAC will launch its 1st offensive next turn into the Gilberts. The objective of this 1st phase of the Gilberts Campaign will be to secure an airbase in the southern Gilberts at Tabiteuea. Admiral Hill's amphibious TF has currently embarked the 21st Marine Regiment to invade at Tabiteuea. The invasion will be covered by 7 CVEs and CVL Hermes.....I can put up over 200 fighters with these flat tops and not risk the precious fleet carriers. This will be a quick hitting operation to get in.... and then get out as quickly as possible. The amphib and surface TFs will rendezvous at Tabiteuea next turn under carrier air cover and then everything will land on the following turn.

After taking Tabiteuea we will construct a level 6 AF there that will then cover the 2nd Phase of the Gilberts Campaign....the capture of the level 4 AF at Tarawa and the level 3 AF at Makin. Tarawa and Makin both have over 5000 entrenched defenders so we will wait to assault them in the 2nd Phase in late April......after most of the APs have upgraded to APAs and after CV Wasp and CV Enterprise complete their repairs.

CENTPAC's Gilberts Campaign is a prelude to an invasion of the Marshall Islands in summer 1943.

The US Navy just received their own 4E bomber....the PBY-1 Liberator....and it will go into action for the 1st time next turn to bomb the Japanese troops on Tabiteuea.




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2/22-2/23/43



SUBS


SS Amberjack puts a torpedo in loaded TK San Diego Maru and she lights up like a torch off Balabac. On her last patrol SS Amberjack sank 3 TKs.

SS S-40 sinks Kitahuku Maru near Aitape.

SS Shad sinks xAK Kusuyama Maru near Wakkanai.

SS S-40 surfaces to sink xAKL Jinsan Maru off Wewak but is seriously damaged by naval gunfire in return.



CBI


IJA troops are thrown back with heavy losses in an attack on Nanning:



Ground combat at Nanning (72,55)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20775 troops, 153 guns, 57 vehicles, Assault Value = 610

Defending force 25047 troops, 152 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 757

Japanese adjusted assault: 420

Allied adjusted defense: 845

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1659 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 169 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled


Allied ground losses:
588 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 82 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 12 (3 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Assaulting units:
8th Division
18th Division

Defending units:
52nd Chinese/A Corps
65th Chinese Corps
46th Chinese/A Corps
100th Chinese/B Corps
59th Chinese/A Corps
52nd Chinese/B Corps
64th Chinese/C Corps
31st Chinese/B Corps
9th Chinese Base Force
35th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment



The Japanese attack near Anking is repulsed with heavy casualties:


Ground combat at 88,54 (near Anking)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 43910 troops, 350 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 1490

Defending force 16987 troops, 221 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 658

Japanese adjusted assault: 1349

Allied adjusted defense: 1351

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
3166 casualties reported
Squads: 51 destroyed, 456 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 49 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 48 (1 destroyed, 47 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1489 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 164 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)


Assaulting units:
17th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th Division
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
78th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese/A Corps
75th Chinese/B Corps
95th Chinese Corps
75th Chinese/C Corps
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment



Japan captures Tsiaotso:



Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 27226 troops, 284 guns, 668 vehicles, Assault Value = 997

Defending force 8967 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 274

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 862

Allied adjusted defense: 619

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
492 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (4 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
605 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled


Assaulting units:
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
34th Division
1st Tank Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
15th Chinese Corps
3rd Construction Regiment
90th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps



Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26881 troops, 282 guns, 668 vehicles, Assault Value = 997

Defending force 8486 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 224

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 756

Allied adjusted defense: 190

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Tsiaotso !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
215 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2822 casualties reported
Squads: 127 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 90 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 48 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (5 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 5


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
34th Division
9th Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank Division
2nd Ching An Tui Brigade
14th RGC Temp./A Division
14th RGC Temp./B Division
16th RGC Temp./A Division

Defending units:
15th Chinese Corps
3rd Construction Regiment
90th Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese Base Force
2nd Chinese Cavalry/A Corps




CENTPAC: INVASION TABITEUEA


Admiral Hill's amphib TF stands by offshore of Tabiteuea ready to unload the 21st Marine Regiment. Multiple bombardment TFs will hit the atoll first and then the Marines will storm ashore at dawn.




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Just wanted to say I have been following Your AAR for awhile now and I purchased this game because of it. I have enjoyed the reading and look forward to more.

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Captain Conflict....thanks for the comments. WitP AE is one game that will certainly stay loaded on your computer.



2/24-2/25/43



SUBS


Lots of sub action this turn:



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 24, 43
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ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,124

Japanese Ships
SS I-4, hits 3

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DD Kane
DD King



SS I-4 launches 4 torpedoes at DMS Southard
DD Kane attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-4 eludes DD Kane by diving deep
SS I-4 eludes DD Kane by diving deep
DD King fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kane attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kane cannot establish contact with SS I-4
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-4 eludes ASW attack from DD Kane
DD Kane is out of ASW ammo
DD Kane is out of ASW ammo
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,124

Japanese Ships
SS I-28

Allied Ships
DD Kane
DD King



SS I-28 is located by DD Kane
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Sub vs Sub: SS I-27 attacking SS S-40 at 97,119 - near Wewak

Japanese Ships
SS I-27

Allied Ships
SS S-40, heavy damage



SS I-27 launches 2 torpedoes at 3,000 yards


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ASW attack near Beaufort at 66,86

Japanese Ships
PB Shuko Maru #5

Allied Ships
SS O20



SS O20 is sighted by escort
O20 bottoming out ....
PB Shuko Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shuko Maru #5 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Shuko Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shuko Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shuko Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



Submarine attack near Singkep at 50,88

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio
DD Fubuki
DD Isokaze
DD Oyashio

Allied Ships
SS KXVIII, hits 13, and is sunk



SS KXVIII is sighted by escort
DD Fubuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isokaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fubuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Isokaze attacking submerged sub ....
SS KXVIII forced to surface!
DD Isokaze firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Oyashio firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Fubuki firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves


Sub attack near Manus at 102,118

Japanese Ships
xAKL Saiho Maru, Shell hits 9, heavy fires

Allied Ships
SS S-44, hits 2



SS S-44 attacking on the surface
Moore, J.R. decides to submerge SS S-44 due to damage


Submarine attack near Mussau Island at 105,120

Japanese Ships
xAKL Gyoun Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Pickerel



xAKL Gyoun Maru is sighted by SS Pickerel
SS Pickerel launches 2 torpedoes


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ASW attack near Wakkanai at 123,48

Japanese Ships
DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami
DD Makinami

Allied Ships
SS Snook, hits 3



SS Snook launches 2 torpedoes at DD Teruzuki
Snook bottoming out ....
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub



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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 25, 43

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ASW attack near Wakkanai at 124,48

Japanese Ships
DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami
DD Makinami

Allied Ships
SS Pogy, hits 10, heavy damage



SS Pogy launches 2 torpedoes at DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
PB Suyozai Maru
PB Toko Maru #4

Allied Ships
SS Truant, hits 3, heavy damage



SS Truant is located by PB Suyozai Maru
Truant diving deep ....
PB Toko Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Suyozai Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toko Maru #4 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Suyozai Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Toko Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toko Maru #4 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toko Maru #4 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Toko Maru #4 is out of ASW ammo
PB Toko Maru #4 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Toyohara at 126,46

Japanese Ships
xAK Tone Maru
xAK Ryugi Maru
xAK Misaku Maru
xAK Meigen Maru
xAK Kashiwara Maru
xAK Hokutatsu Maru
xAK Boston Maru
xAK Ehime Maru
PB Hinode Maru #20

Allied Ships
SS Shad



SS Shad is sighted by escort
Shad diving deep ....
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Japanese Ships
SS RO-66, hits 3

Allied Ships
APD Waters



SS RO-66 is sighted by escort
RO-66 bottoming out ....
APD Waters fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Waters fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Waters fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Waters attacking submerged sub ....
APD Waters fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Sarmi at 91,114

Japanese Ships
xAK Kotobuki Maru #5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-31



xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 is sighted by SS S-31
SS S-31 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kotobuki Maru #5


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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,47

Japanese Ships
xAK Hokutatsu Maru
xAK Ryugi Maru
xAK Misaku Maru
xAK Meigen Maru
xAK Kashiwara Maru
xAK Boston Maru
xAK Ehime Maru
PB Hinode Maru #20

Allied Ships
SS Shad



SS Shad launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Hokutatsu Maru
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Japanese Ships
SS RO-66

Allied Ships
LST-446



LST-446 is sighted by SS RO-66
SS RO-66 launches 2 torpedoes at LST-446


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Sub attack near Makassar at 63,104

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamafuku Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SC CHa-34

Allied Ships
SS Grayback



SS Grayback launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Yamafuku Maru
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Umnak Island at 169,51

Japanese Ships
SS I-170, hits 4

Allied Ships
YMS-128



SS I-170 is sighted by escort
I-170 bottoming out ....
YMS-128 fails to find sub, continues to search...
YMS-128 fails to find sub, continues to search...
YMS-128 attacking submerged sub ....
YMS-128 fails to find sub, continues to search...
YMS-128 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Sub attack near Tawi Tawi at 70,91

Japanese Ships
TK Kuremente Maru
PB Toshi Maru #7

Allied Ships
SS Gato



SS Gato launches 2 torpedoes at TK Kuremente Maru
Gato diving deep ....
PB Toshi Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toshi Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toshi Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toshi Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Toshi Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Toyohara at 125,48

Japanese Ships
DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami
DD Makinami
DD Kazegumo

Allied Ships
SS Pompon, hits 20, and is sunk



SS Pompon is located by DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
SS Pompon forced to surface!
DD Kazegumo firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Takanami firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Kazegumo firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Takanami firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves


When the smoke clears.....the Japanese lose 4 freighters but the Allies lose SS KXVIII and SS Pompom plus SS Truant and SS Pogy are heavily damaged. If this ASW attrition keeps up I may need to rethink my sub patrol routes.



SWPAC


SWPAC armor hits the Japanese troops retreating towards Hansa Bay:


Ground combat at 98,122 (near Hansa Bay)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4476 troops, 117 guns, 577 vehicles, Assault Value = 693

Defending force 4148 troops, 71 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Allied adjusted assault: 140

Japanese adjusted defense: 136

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
467 casualties reported
Squads: 29 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (8 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 45 (3 destroyed, 42 disabled)


Assaulting units:
754th Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
6th Australian Division
198th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
14th Garrison Unit /1
13th Garrison Unit /2
64th Naval Guard Unit
28th Div /6
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2
43rd Nav Gd /1
39th Road Const Co
3rd JNAF Coy
4th Div /1




Ground combat at 98,122 (near Hansa Bay)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4308 troops, 115 guns, 574 vehicles, Assault Value = 680

Defending force 3457 troops, 65 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 95

Allied adjusted assault: 118

Japanese adjusted defense: 73

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
960 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 17 (7 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Units destroyed 1



Assaulting units:
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
6th Australian Division
134th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
198th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
28th Div /6
64th Naval Guard Unit
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2
3rd JNAF Coy
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /2
14th Garrison Unit /1
39th Road Const Co
43rd Nav Gd /1
4th Div /1
13th Garrison Unit /2


The Allied armor will rest this turn and the 6th Australian Division will assault the Japanese here.



CENTPAC.....INVASION TABITEUEA


The invasion of Tabiteuea begins with a pre-dawn naval bombardment:


Night Naval bombardment of Tabiteuea at 137,134

Allied Ships
CA New Orleans
CA Salt Lake City
CA Louisville
CA Indianapolis
CLAA San Diego
DD Downes
DD Conyngham
DD Mahan
DD Dunlap
DD Lardner
DD Lansdowne
DD Laffey
DMS Wasmuth

Japanese ground losses:
113 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled



Port hits 27
Port supply hits 9

CA New Orleans firing at 7th JNAF Coy
CA Salt Lake City firing at 7th JNAF Coy
CA Louisville firing at III/84th Naval Guard Unit
CA Indianapolis firing at Tabiteuea
CLAA San Diego firing at III/84th Naval Guard Unit
DD Downes firing at 7th JNAF Coy
DD Conyngham firing at Tabiteuea
DD Mahan firing at Tabiteuea
DD Dunlap firing at Tabiteuea
DD Lardner firing at Tabiteuea
DD Lansdowne firing at III/84th Naval Guard Unit
DD Laffey firing at 7th JNAF Coy
DMS Wasmuth firing at III/84th Naval Guard Unit


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Night Naval bombardment of Tabiteuea at 137,134

Allied Ships
CA Chicago
DD Mustin

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



Port hits 10
Port supply hits 3

CA Chicago firing at Tabiteuea
DD Mustin firing at 7th JNAF Coy


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Night Naval bombardment of Tabiteuea at 137,134

Allied Ships
CA Houston
CA Northampton
CL Durban

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



Port hits 13
Port supply hits 6

CA Houston firing at 7th JNAF Coy
CA Northampton firing at Tabiteuea
CL Durban firing at Tabiteuea



Pre-Invasion action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

4 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Marblehead
CL Detroit
APD Rathburne
DD Bagley
DD Bulmer



CL Marblehead firing at 7th JNAF Coy
CL Detroit firing at 7th JNAF Coy
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 Tabiteuea (137,134)

TF 471 troops unloading over beach at Tabiteuea, 137,134


Allied ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)




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Pre-Invasion action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Starling
LST-450
LST-454



AM Starling fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Tabiteuea (137,134)

TF 142 troops unloading over beach at Tabiteuea, 137,134



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Pre-Invasion action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APD Waters
APD Stringham



APD Waters fired at enemy troops
APD Stringham 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 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Tabiteuea (137,134)

TF 81 troops unloading over beach at Tabiteuea, 137,134





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Invasion Support action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Starling
LST-450
LST-454



AM Starling fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

9 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-20



LST-20 fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Tabiteuea (137,134)

TF 467 troops unloading over beach at Tabiteuea, 137,134





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Invasion Support action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APD Rathburne
DD Bagley
DD Bulmer



Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APD Rathburne
CL Marblehead
DD Bagley
DD Bulmer



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 Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Starling
LST-450



AM Starling fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-20



LST-20 fired at enemy troops


Invasion Support action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

11 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Starling
LST-454
LST-450



AM Starling fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

4 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton
DMS Boggs
AP Crescent City



DMS Lamberton fired at enemy troops
DMS Boggs fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Tabiteuea (137,134)

TF 460 troops unloading over beach at Tabiteuea, 137,134


Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (0 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (0 destroyed, 20 disabled)




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Invasion Support action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

4 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-20



LST-20 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Tabiteuea (137,134)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-446
LST-448



LST-446 fired at enemy troops
LST-448 fired at enemy troops
LST-446 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 Tabiteuea (137,134)

TF 474 troops unloading over beach at Tabiteuea, 137,134


The Marines quickly overrun the stunned, outnumbered Japanese defenders:


Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4424 troops, 94 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 150

Defending force 276 troops, 1 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 120

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 120 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tabiteuea !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
119 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
21st Marine Regiment
F Det USN Port Svc
257th USAAF Base Force /1

Defending units:
7th JNAF Coy
III/84th Nav Gd /2



Amphib transports immediately begin to unload seabees, construction engineers and base forces.

The surface TFs are sent out of harm's way at the end of the turn and the CVEs withdraw 4 hexes to the SE. The transports will complete unloading as quickly as possible next turn and then withdraw towards Luganville as we want to get clear of the Gilberts as soon as possible in case KB shows up.











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RE: CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 5/29/2012 7:43:57 PM   
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ORIGINAL: CaptainConflict

Just wanted to say I have been following Your AAR for awhile now and I purchased this game because of it. I have enjoyed the reading and look forward to more.

You are watching the demolition of one very experience opponent by another....I play as Japan mostly, and watching AdmSpruance in action, particularily in China, is scary....

Mike

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CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 5/31/2012 2:52:24 AM   
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Wirraway_Ace_....China is precarious at times but things now seem to be under control. For the moment anyway....


2/26-2/27/43



SUBS


Lots of sub action again this turn. SS Pogy succumbs to the damage suffered last turn from an IJN ASW TF and she is lost with all hands in the Kuriles.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 26, 43
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ASW attack near Nonouti at 136,134

Japanese Ships
SS I-172, hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Lansdowne
DD Kalk
DD Lardner



SS I-172 is located by DD Lansdowne
I-172 diving deep ....
DD Kalk fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Lardner fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Lardner fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Lardner fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Lardner attacking submerged sub ....
DD Lardner fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Sapporo at 120,49

Japanese Ships
PB Ryuto Maru
SC CHa-17

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead



SS Steelhead is located by PB Ryuto Maru
PB Ryuto Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-17 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Ryuto Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ryuto Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ryuto Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ryuto Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ryuto Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Sapporo at 120,49

Japanese Ships
PB Choun Maru #21
xAK Sanuki Maru
xAK Neikai Maru
xAK Meigen Maru
xAK Kashu Maru
xAK Hokutatsu Maru
xAK Boston Maru
PB Hinode Maru #20

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead



SS Steelhead launches 2 torpedoes at PB Choun Maru #21
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hinode Maru #20 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Donggala at 67,97

Japanese Ships
DD Okikaze
DD Ariake

Allied Ships
SS Trout



SS Trout launches 2 torpedoes at DD Okikaze
Trout diving deep ....
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamakaze Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
xAK Tatumiya Maru
PB Nikkai Maru

Allied Ships
SS Grayback



SS Grayback launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Yamakaze Maru
Grayback diving deep ....
PB Nikkai Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nikkai Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nikkai Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nikkai Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nikkai Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Onotoa at 136,135

Japanese Ships
SS RO-103, hits 4

Allied Ships
LST-20
AM Strive



SS RO-103 is sighted by escort
AM Strive fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Strive attacking submerged sub ....
AM Strive cannot establish contact with SS RO-103
AM Strive attacking submerged sub ....
AM Strive cannot establish contact with SS RO-103
AM Strive fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Strive fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Donggala at 67,97

Japanese Ships
DD Okikaze
DD Ariake

Allied Ships
SS Seal



SS Seal is located by DD Okikaze
Seal diving deep ....
DD Okikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Ariake attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ariake attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ariake is out of ASW ammo
DD Ariake fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Nukufetau at 131,146

Japanese Ships
SS I-25

Allied Ships
CA New Orleans, Torpedo hits 1
CA Salt Lake City
CA Louisville
CA Indianapolis
CLAA San Diego
DD Dunlap
DMS Wasmuth
DD Downes
DD Conyngham



SS I-25 launches 6 torpedoes at CA New Orleans
DD Downes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Conyngham fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Onotoa at 136,135

Japanese Ships
SS I-172, hits 26, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Kalk
DD Lardner
DD Lansdowne



SS I-172 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Kalk
DD Kalk attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-172 forced to surface!
DD Kalk firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Lardner firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Lansdowne firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves



Sub attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamakaze Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Salmon



SS Salmon launches 2 torpedoes


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Sub attack near Manado at 75,96

Japanese Ships
xAK Victoria Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Pacific Maru
PB Kyo Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Amberjack



SS Amberjack launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Victoria Maru
PB Kyo Maru #2 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Kyo Maru #2 is out of ASW ammo
PB Kyo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kyo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Toyohara at 125,48

Japanese Ships
PB Ayaha Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Awa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead



SS Steelhead launches 2 torpedoes at PB Ayaha Maru
Steelhead diving deep ....
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 27, 43

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Sub attack near Balikpapan at 65,98

Japanese Ships
DD Umikaze
DD Okikaze

Allied Ships
SS Trout



SS Trout launches 4 torpedoes at DD Umikaze
Trout diving deep ....
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Okikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Hakodate at 120,53

Japanese Ships
PB Yachiyo Maru
SC CHa-42
PB Tokuho Maru #5

Allied Ships
SS Halibut



SS Halibut launches 2 torpedoes at PB Yachiyo Maru
Halibut diving deep ....
PB Yachiyo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Balikpapan at 65,98

Japanese Ships
PB Magane Maru
PB Manyo Maru
PB Nagato Maru

Allied Ships
SS Gato



SS Gato is located by PB Magane Maru
PB Magane Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Ominato at 119,55

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-30
SC CHa-33

Allied Ships
SS Gurnard



SS Gurnard launches 2 torpedoes at SC CHa-30
Gurnard diving deep ....
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub





CENTPAC


CENTPAC seabees and construction engineers complete a level 1 airstrip at Tabiteuea in less than 1 turn. A squadron of P-40Ks is immediately staged in.

Im getting the "willies" about the sudden appearance of KB here as CENTPAC is deep in "Injun" country without sufficient carrier support. Dave showed a couple of CVEs/CVLs to me just W of Manus and N of New Guinea this turn and I consider that to be just a diversion with most of KB headed to the central Pacific. I sent Admiral Hill's amphib TF back to Noumea last turn and stood off the USN CVEs 4 hexes to the SE this turn but now everyone will be sent back to base at full speed...there are some small amphib TFs dropping of aviation engineers and BFs that have not completely unloaded but I will withdraw then anyway to drop their loads on Suva....and then small expendable xAPs and xAKLs can complete dropping off the support troops at Tabiteuea after I complete a level 1 port there.


Dave staged in some IJAAF AC to Tarawa this turn to test CENTPAC air defenses in the Gilberts:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 9
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 4 destroyed
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton



CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VMF-121 with F4F-3 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 9
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 14



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VMF-121 with F4F-3 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 6
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 9



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Balch
AK Betelgeuse



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
VMF-121 with F4F-3 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Dave knows exactly what Allied carrier air groups are here now so it is time to get out of Dodge ASAP.




SWPAC


The 6th Australian Division hammers the Japanese troops retreating from Madang to Hansa Bay:


Ground combat at 98,122 (near Hansa Bay)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15507 troops, 352 guns, 454 vehicles, Assault Value = 680

Defending force 2613 troops, 57 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Allied adjusted assault: 190

Japanese adjusted defense: 4

Allied assault odds: 47 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1212 casualties reported
Squads: 83 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 39 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 18 (18 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 7
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units pursuing 6


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
148th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
205th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
64th Naval Guard Unit
28th Div /6
4th Div /1
39th Road Const Co
13th Garrison Unit /2
43rd Nav Gd /1
3rd JNAF Coy
Maizuru 2nd SNLF /2



The 5 SWPAC armor battalions pursue the defeated Japanese troops into Hansa Bay.



I dont usually post air combat results over land bases but this turn was different. USMC F4U-1s go into combat in squadron formation this turn and sweep over a large Japanese CAP/LRCAP over Hansa Bay:


Morning Air attack on 4th Tank Regiment, at 97,121 (Hansa Bay)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 38,800 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 39
A6M2-N Rufe x 9
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 30
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 61



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 15


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(33 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 17 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 34 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
802 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
204 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 27000
Raid is overhead
201 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (28 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
28 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
25th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 27 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead


This is the 1st time Ive seen the Tojos punked like this.....and the F4U-1 pilots are 70 exp and 70 air skill.

Then a squadron of the most advanced non-USAAF Allied fighter....the Spitfire Vc Trop...sweeps Hansa Bay and the Tojos get revenge:


Morning Air attack on 4th Tank Regiment, at 97,121 (Hansa Bay)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 28
A6M2-N Rufe x 9
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 25
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 45



Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 15


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(34 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 25 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
802 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 30370 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
204 Ku S-1/C 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 27000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
201 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
26 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 143 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
22 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 216 minutes
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 35800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes



The Spitfire pilots are better than the F4U-1 pilots....they are 75 exp and 72 air skill...these are probably my best non naval pilots...and they cant match up to the Tojos.


When the smoke clears.....Japan has lost 117 AC to 46 Allied AC. In A2A combat.....Japan loses 86 AC to 40 Allied AC. Individual plane losses include 44 Oscars, 25 Sallys, 19 Rufes, 17 Tojos, 10 A6M2s, 12 F4F-4s, 6 Spitfire Vc Trops and 3 F4U-1s.








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SUBS

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 28, 43
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Sub attack near Wewak at 97,119

Japanese Ships
xAKL Ganges Maru
xAKL Malacca Maru
PB Narita Maru

Allied Ships
SS Hoe



Captain of SS Hoe elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Hoe diving deep ....
PB Narita Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Narita Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Narita Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Narita Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Narita Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Sub attack near Hakodate at 120,53

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-42
PB Yachiyo Maru
PB Tokuho Maru #5

Allied Ships
SS Haddock



SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at SC CHa-42
Haddock diving deep ....
PB Yachiyo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Tokuho Maru #5 cannot establish contact with SS Haddock
SS Haddock eludes PB Tokuho Maru #5 by diving deep
PB Tokuho Maru #5 cannot reach attack position over SS Haddock
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tokuho Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Mussau Island at 107,117

Japanese Ships
SS I-180

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DD Kane
DD King



SS I-180 is located by DMS Southard
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Mussau Island at 107,117

Japanese Ships
SS I-177, hits 1

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DD Kane
DD King



SS I-177 launches 2 torpedoes at DMS Southard
I-177 diving deep ....
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kane attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kane cannot establish contact with SS I-177
DD Kane cannot reach attack position over SS I-177
DD Kane cannot reach attack position over SS I-177
DD Kane loses contact with SS I-177
DD Kane cannot reach attack position over SS I-177
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kane fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Mussau Island at 107,117

Japanese Ships
SS I-180

Allied Ships
DMS Southard
DD Kane
DD King



SS I-180 is located by DMS Southard
I-180 diving deep ....
DD Kane fails to find sub and abandons search
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD King fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Ominato at 121,54

Japanese Ships
DD Makinami
DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami

Allied Ships
SS Gurnard, hits 1



SS Gurnard is located by DD Makinami
Gurnard diving deep ....
DD Takanami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Takanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Ominato at 121,54

Japanese Ships
DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami, Shell hits 1
DD Makinami
DD Kazegumo

Allied Ships
SS Gurnard, hits 20, and is sunk



SS Gurnard launches 2 torpedoes at DD Teruzuki
DD Takanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami is out of ASW ammo
DD Makinami is out of ASW ammo
DD Makinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Makinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Makinami is out of ASW ammo
DD Makinami is out of ASW ammo
DD Makinami is out of ASW ammo
DD Makinami is out of ASW ammo
SS Gurnard forced to surface!
DD Kazegumo firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Takanami firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Kazegumo firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Takanami firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Kazegumo firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Takanami firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves


Submarine attack near Mussau Island at 107,117

Japanese Ships
SS I-4

Allied Ships
DD Whipple



DD Whipple is sighted by SS I-4
SS I-4 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Whipple


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Sub attack near Balikpapan at 65,98

Japanese Ships
xAKL Miyati Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Heiyo Maru

Allied Ships
SS Trout



SS Trout launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Miyati Maru
Trout diving deep ....
PB Heiyo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Heiyo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Heiyo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Heiyo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Heiyo Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 01, 43

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ASW attack near Balikpapan at 65,98

Japanese Ships
PB Manyo Maru
PB Magane Maru
PB Nagato Maru

Allied Ships
SS Trout



SS Trout is sighted by escort
Trout diving deep ....
PB Magane Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Malacca at 49,82

Japanese Ships
PB Kamitsu Maru
PB Heiei Maru #7

Allied Ships
SS Trusty



SS Trusty is sighted by escort
Trusty diving deep ....
PB Kamitsu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Heiei Maru #7 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kamitsu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kamitsu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kamitsu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kamitsu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Ominato at 119,55

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-33
SC CHa-30

Allied Ships
SS Haddock



SS Haddock is located by SC CHa-33
Haddock diving deep ....
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



ASW attack near Ominato at 119,55

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 14
SC CHa-51
SC Ch 23

Allied Ships
SS Haddock



SS Haddock is located by SC Ch 14
SC CHa-51 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-51 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



The Allies lose another sub this turn....SS Gurnard sinks off Ominato. Thats makes 4 Allied subs lost over the last 3 turns. Dave is doing a good job with massing his ASW AC over the sub chokepoints and then after spotting the subs he is working them over with with ASW TFs.



CBI


Quiet.




CENTPAC


Engineers on Tabiteuea build a level 1 port and are have level 2 AFs and ports 30% completed.

Allied amphib TFs, surface TFs and CVEs successfully withdraw from the central Pacific without any losses.



SWPAC


Dave naval bombards SWPAC armor at Hansa Bay:

Night Naval bombardment of Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Nagato
CL Oi
CL Abukuma
CL Jintsu
CL Sendai
DD Tanikaze
DMS W-19


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 28 (18 destroyed, 10 disabled)


E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for BB Yamashiro
BB Yamashiro firing at 754th Tank Battalion
F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for BB Nagato
BB Nagato firing at 637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
CL Oi firing at 640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
CL Abukuma firing at 640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
E7K2 Alf acting as spotter for CL Jintsu
CL Jintsu firing at 763rd Tank Battalion
CL Sendai firing at 763rd Tank Battalion
DD Tanikaze firing at 754th Tank Battalion
DMS W-19 firing at 754th Tank Battalion



Air battles break out over Hansa Bay, Madang and the jungle road hex in between. The Allies get the better of the A2A combat for the 3rd turn in a row but cannot keep up with the attrition....more on this in the "AIR WAR" segment. Dave is trying to interdict the road movement of the Allies 6th Australian and 32nd and 43rd Divisions as they advance on Hansa Bay. Japan now has some 34,000 troops and 150 AFVs at Hansa Bay.



SOPAC


A USN ASW TF pursued some IJn subs too far to the north...actually N of kavieng and they were hit both by Truk based Betties and a portion of KB that was stationed NE of Kavieng:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 107,117

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 23



Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DD King
DD Kane
DD Whipple



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
17 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo




Morning Air attack on TF, near Mussau Island at 107,117

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 36
D3A1 Val x 22



Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Kane, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Whipple, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD King, Bomb hits 1
DMS Southard, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kane
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Southard


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kavieng at 107,121

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 59
D3A1 Val x 42



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Kane, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
DMS Southard, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a 'R' Class class DD
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Southard



DD Kane and DMS Southard are sunk. DD Whipple and DD King limp back to port at Shortlands.


Big shipyard turn for the Allies......19 APs at Auckland go into the yards to convert into APAs. After completing their conversion their unloading rates/day will increase from 650 to 1500....absolutely critical for atoll assaults. The APAs should be available by late March.

CV Wasp has a repair estimate of 49 days while CV Enterprise now has a repair estimate of 54 days.



THE AIR WAR


Overall....Japan now has lost 7549 AC vs Allied losses of 6855 AC. In A2A......Japan has lost 3392 AC vs Allied losses of 3064 AC.

The Chinese air force was decimated in the fight to recover Sian and will takes months to rebuild. RAF, RAAF and RNZAF fighter pools are doing OK now but the medium bomber squadrons average 50% TOE.

The USAAF has reached its nadir for the war....Ive pretty much shut down Allied air forces in the CBI and the only realy active area on the map is over New Guinea.....but its really active in New Guinea as Japan fights for every base on the northern coast. Ive been generally winning the individual air battles but overall Im losing the attrition war.

I had been really dependent on the P-39Ds but now that they are out of production my P-39D squadrons average 50% TOE. My only USAAF fighter replacements now are 65 P-40Ks/mo and 20 P-38Gs/mo and now the P-40K losses are so high that most squadrons average 70-80% TOE. This situation will not begin to improve until 7/43 when the USAAF starts receiving 20 P-38Hs and 35 P-39N1s/mo. I should finally be OK by 8/43 when the USAAF starts to receive an additional 70 P-40N1s/mo, 55 P-40N5s/mo and 56 P-47Ds/mo.

In the interim.....I am increasingly forced to depend on VF and VMF squadrons with their F4F-4s to carry on the fighting. Ive dismounted all the VF squadrons from the carriers and they are spread over the Solomons and New Guinea but with a replacement rate of 45 F4F-4s/mo Ive now run out of Wildcats and most VF and VMF squadrons are at 80-90% TOE. Ive converted 3 VMF squadrons to F4U-1 Corsairs(30/mo) and they are holding their own in A2A but I will be critically short of Navy and Marine fighters until 4/43 when I finally start to get 120 Hellcats/mo. Once the Hellcats arrive I will convert the VF squadrons over and then the VMF squadrons will have sufficient numbers of F4F-4s and F4U-1s.

And then the Marines will have to fill the breach for fighter support for SWPAC/SOPAC/CENTPAC until the new Army fighters arrive in summer 1943. I also need to get more RAAF and RNZAF fighters into the air battle over New Guinea but whereas they have a surplus of airframes they also have a shortage of trained pilots.






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SUBS


SS Gato sinks TK Ose Maru off Tawi Tawi.



NORTHERN AUSTRALIA.....II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


A Japanese bombardment TF tries to slow down the Allied buildup at Bathurst Is.:


Night Naval bombardment of Bathurst Island at 76,123

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-2 Dauntless: 2 damaged
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
BB Fuso
DD Fumizuki
DD Uzuki


Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 14 (9 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 15
Port hits 4
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 1

F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for BB Fuso
BB Fuso firing at Bathurst Island
DD Fumizuki firing at Bathurst Island
DD Uzuki firing at Bathurst Island


Ive got over 20 PBYs on naval search here but the IJN bombardment Tfs usually come in without being spotted.




SWPAC/SOPAC


A Japanese cruiser force bombards the forward SOPAC airbase at Lihir:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Lihir at 108,124, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Tone
CA Chikuma
CA Suzuya
CL Natori
CL Yura
DD Arashio
DD Murasame
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
AM Glenelg, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Bordvik, Shell hits 8, and is sunk



Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 17% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 17% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages AM Glenelg at 10,000 yards
CL Yura engages AM Glenelg at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
AM Glenelg sunk by CA Suzuya at 8,000 yards
CL Yura engages xAKL Bordvik at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Suzuya engages xAKL Bordvik at 6,000 yards
xAKL Bordvik sunk by CA Chikuma at 6,000 yards
xAKL Bordvik sunk by CA Chikuma at 6,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...


Night Naval bombardment of Lihir at 108,124

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 15 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
F4F-4 Wildcat: 52 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground
PBY-5A Catalina: 28 damaged
P-40K Warhawk: 11 damaged
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
SBD-3 Dauntless: 12 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
CA Suzuya
CA Chikuma
CA Tone
CL Yura
CL Natori
DD Yudachi
DD Murasame
DD Arashio


Allied ground losses:
447 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 18 disabled


Airbase hits 21
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 47

E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for CA Suzuya
CA Suzuya firing at Lihir
CA Chikuma firing at Lihir
CA Tone firing at Lihir
CL Yura firing at Lihir
CL Natori firing at Lihir
DD Yudachi firing at 1st USMC Parachute Battalion
DD Murasame firing at Lihir
DD Arashio firing at Lihir


I kind of saw this coming as several IJN TFs have been hovering just to the N of Lihir just out of range of the SBDs. But as long as the Japanese enjoy a material advantage in carriers I cannot justify exposing BBs or CAs to stop these nightime naval bombardment attacks.

Only 7 AC were destroyed on the ground this turn in the 2 Japanese naval bombardments but the Allies got beat up in the air over New Guinea and the Admiralties this turn. The Allies lose 30 AC in A2A vs 14 Japanese AC as medium bombers fly over Kavieng without their escorts and are butchered. A Dutch squadron with Mitchell II bombers loses 10 of 11 AC...there are no more Dutch replacement bombers so this squadron is effectively out of the war now.




CBI

The Australian 9th Division reaches Mandalay and it will continue to march to the front line outside of Pegu.


Japan makes a couple of 1:3 probing attacks in southern China. There doesnt seem to be any major objectives left in northern China for the Japanese with the exception of Sian....which is now safely out of reach of Japan. Im pretty certain that the next Japanese offensive will be in the south and I still have about 4000 AV of Chinese troops marching from Ichang towards changsha.

Here is a screenshot of the current front line in southern China:




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SUBS


SS O19 is hit by 13 DCs from an IJN ASW TF near Muntok....its all shallow water around the approaches to Palembang and you need to interdict the IJN tanker routes regardless of the risks. SS O19 struggles to get back to port at Ceylon.

SS Tarpon sinks xAKL Kensho Maru near Sarmi.

SS Growler decides to surface to sink a barge....evidently not wanting to waste a torpedo on this target....and ends up losing a gunnery duel to a _barge_:

Submarine attack near Sarmi at 92,114

Japanese Ships
LB-103, Shell hits 3

Allied Ships
SS Growler, hits 2, on fire



LB-103 is sighted by SS Growler
SS Growler attacking LB-103 on the surface
Gilmore, H.W. decides to submerge SS Growler due to damage


The captain of SS Growler will be sacked when it returns to port.




CBI


Quiet across the theatre.

Dave is heavily bombing the 4000 AV Chinese army that is marching from Ichang to Changsha. Its march progress has been slowed down quite a bit. Ive lost contact with the 7000 AC IJA manuever force but I expect it to materialize shortly somewhere in southern China.


NORTHERN AUSTRALIA.....II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


The Japanese send another bombardment TF to hit Bathurst Is.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 05, 43

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Night Naval bombardment of Bathurst Island at 76,123

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 7 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
SBD-2 Dauntless: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
DD Hokaze


Allied ground losses:
40 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 8
Port hits 8
Port supply hits 1

E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for BB Ise
BB Ise firing at Bathurst Island
DD Hokaze firing at Bathurst Island


At least its Bathurst getting bombarded instead of Darwin. I will need to build up a series of interlocking airfields here before I can stop the nightly Japanese incursions.




SWPAC


I US Corps reaches Hansa Bay and a bombardment is ordered to determine Japanese defensive strength:



Ground combat at Hansa Bay (97,121)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6321 troops, 181 guns, 356 vehicles, Assault Value = 1527

Defending force 26131 troops, 298 guns, 214 vehicles, Assault Value = 735

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


Allied ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (4 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Assaulting units:
6th Australian Division
43rd Infantry Division
32nd Infantry/A Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
32nd Infantry/B Division
763rd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
32nd Infantry/C Division
154th FA Bn
225th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
I US Corps
205th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
28th Div /6
4th Tank Regiment
21st Div /1
48th Division
11th Garrison Unit
8th Div /3
10th Garrison Unit /4
3rd JNAF Coy
Southeast Area Fleet
2nd Area Army
39th Road Const Co
1st Naval Const Bn /1
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
17th Naval Const Bn /4
29th JNAF AF Unit
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company
41st Air Defense AA Bn /1
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /2
12th Air Defense AA Rgt /1
13th Garrison Unit /2



It looks like the Allies have a nominal 2:1 advantage here. A deliberate attack will be ordered next turn after another massive aerial bombardment by Fifth Air Force.

I bought 2 RAAF and 1 RAF squadrons from Australia Command and sent then to New Guinea to reinforce the dwindling numbers of USAAF fighters.




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Bad turn for the Allies in the air, on land and on the sea.


SWPAC


I US Corps launched its long awaited assault at Hansa Bay this turn. Japan starts out the turn with a naval bombardment of Allied troops at hansa bay:



Night Naval bombardment of Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
CA Mogami
CA Atago
DD Oshio
DD Asashio



E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for CA Mogami
CA Mogami firing at 6th Australian Division
F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for CA Atago
CA Atago firing at 43rd Infantry Division
DD Oshio firing at 43rd Infantry Division
DD Asashio firing at 6th Australian Division



The Allies responded with a massive aerial assault by Fifth Air Force on the IJA defenders at Hansa Bay with over 250 4E, 2E and tactical bombers. Here is the result of our single largest gound attack on Hansa Bay by over 130 bombers:



Morning Air attack on 11th Garrison Unit , at 97,121 (Hansa Bay)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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


Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 16
DB-7B x 9
Beaufighter VIc x 8
Beaufort V x 3
Beaufort VIII x 27
Kittyhawk III x 5
A-20A Havoc x 3
B-18A Bolo x 2
B-17E Fortress x 29
B-17F Fortress x 8
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 10
B-25C Mitchell x 3
B-26 Marauder x 8
P-39D Airacobra x 15
P-40K Warhawk x 21
F4U-1 Corsair x 7


Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 2 damaged
A-20A Havoc: 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x DB-7B bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
7 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Beaufort V bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x A-20A Havoc bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-18A Bolo bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking Southeast Area Fleet ...
Also attacking 21st Div /1 ...
Also attacking 41st Air Defense AA Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 29th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 48th Division ...
Also attacking 28th Div /6 ...
Also attacking 48th Division ...
Also attacking 10th Garrison Unit /4 ...
Also attacking 48th Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Area Army ...
Also attacking 48th Division ...
Also attacking 41st Air Defense AA Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 48th Division ...
Also attacking 11th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 21st Div /1 ...
Also attacking 29th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 48th Division ...


I know that the weather here was atrocious this turn.....I know that the Japanese were behind level 3 forts in rough terrain.....still....only a single squad was disrupted. After a week of heavy aerial bombardment at Hansa Bay the Japanese defenders had suffered little disruption and few disablements and were ready for the Allies when SWPAC launched its initial assault at Hansa Bay:


Ground combat at Hansa Bay (97,121)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 40790 troops, 792 guns, 1360 vehicles, Assault Value = 1524

Defending force 26422 troops, 326 guns, 214 vehicles, Assault Value = 753

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 875

Japanese adjusted defense: 5579

Allied assault odds: 1 to 6 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1038 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 74 (34 destroyed, 40 disabled)
Vehicles lost 30 (14 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1268 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 119 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 28 disabled
Guns lost 38 (5 destroyed, 33 disabled)
Vehicles lost 96 (3 destroyed, 93 disabled)


Assaulting units:
754th Tank Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
32nd Infantry Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
6th Australian Division
134th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
I US Corps
148th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
8th Div /3
21st Div /1
48th Division
11th Garrison Unit
4th Tank Regiment
28th Div /6
10th Garrison Unit /4
41st Air Defense AA Bn /1
3rd JNAF Coy
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /2
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
1st Naval Const Bn /1
Southeast Area Fleet
29th JNAF AF Unit
39th Road Const Co
17th Naval Const Bn /4
2nd Area Army
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company
12th Air Defense AA Rgt /1
13th Garrison Unit /2


This wasnt quite the result that I was expecting. The Japanese must have had some good die rolls as their adjusted AV increaded eight fold from their nominal AV without any preparation on their part.

I will have the US Army armor attack this turn while SWPAC infantry rest and lick their wounds. Im now regretting the withdrawal of the 1st Marine Division from New Guinea for redeployment to CENTPAC for the Gilberts Campaign. I dont dare venture any deeper into the Gilberts or the Marshalls until I get damaged CV Wasp and CV Enterprise back on line and maybe also a couple of Essex class carriers too.....see what happened later this turn in my CENTPAC report. That makes resumption of the CENTPAC offensive delayed until July 1942 at the earliest. Meanwhile...the presence of the 1st Marine Division at Hansa Bay could have tipped the scales in our favor. I can reinforce at Hansa Bay with a couple more tank battalions and a cbt engineer battalion but other than that the cupboard is pretty bare.

Adding insult to injury this turn.......while Allied fighters were LRCAPing, sweeping and escorting bombers over Hansa Bay, Dave launched a counterair attack over the level 6 SWPAC airbase at Nadzab:


Morning Air attack on Nadzab , at 98,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 108 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 19
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 22
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 19



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 4 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 4 destroyed on ground
P-39D Airacobra: 1 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 4 destroyed on ground
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed on ground
A-20A Havoc: 1 damaged
A-20A Havoc: 1 destroyed on ground
Spitfire Vc Trop: 2 damaged
Spitfire Vc Trop: 6 destroyed on ground
DB-7B: 2 destroyed on ground
Kittyhawk III: 1 damaged
Kittyhawk III: 1 destroyed on ground
Beaufort V: 7 damaged
Beaufort V: 3 destroyed on ground
F4U-1 Corsair: 2 damaged
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed on ground
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 26

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
19 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on Nadzab , at 98,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 101 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 13
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 10



Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 5 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 3 destroyed on ground
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 damaged
DB-7B: 1 damaged
DB-7B: 1 destroyed on ground
Spitfire Vc Trop: 2 destroyed on ground
Beaufort V: 6 damaged
Beaufort V: 2 destroyed on ground
Kittyhawk III: 2 damaged
Kittyhawk III: 2 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 7
Runway hits 17

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
10 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



So maybe 40 2E bombers hit Nadzab and the airbase is now is shambles. 56 Allied AC are destroyed on the ground and the airbase is now 65% damaged. I wish that the 4Es could be this efficient in taking out airfields.

Im halting the carpet bombing by Fifth Air Force over Hansa Bay....the attacks so far have been ineffectual and Im tasking all the Allied fighters with supporting the air battle over Hansa Bay instead of defending their own airfields. Virtually all the Allied fighters on New Guinea will now CAP and LRCAP Lae and Nadzab as construction engineers struggle to repair the damaged airfields.



CENTPAC


After Allied setbacks on land and in the air....what turn would be complete without a defeat on the seas. A portion of KB shows up NW of Tarawa to hit a small Allied convoy bringing reinforcements to Tabiteuea:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 92 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 32
D3A1 Val x 13



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAP Wahine, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DM Sicard, Bomb hits 1, on fire


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 13 (3 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet

CAP engaged:
18th FG/78th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 13 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes




Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 94 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 43
D3A1 Val x 22



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DM Sicard, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Wahine, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
14 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
18th FG/78th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DM Sicard
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Wahine


The IJN carriers are at extended range and xAP Wahine is pounded into submission by 60 kg bombs. DM Sicard will make a run for it to the S next turn.

There are 4 separate IJN air combat TFs here with at least 125 fighters and 180 bombers.




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SUBS GONE WILD

Lots of action this turn:

ASW attack near Miri at 64,86

Japanese Ships
PB Ginyo Maru
PB Shonan Maru #17

Allied Ships
SS Trusty



SS Trusty is sighted by escort
PB Ginyo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Sub attack near Hakodate at 120,53

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-17
SC CHa-15
PB Ryuto Maru

Allied Ships
SS Halibut



Captain of SS Halibut elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
PB Ryuto Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-17 attacking submerged sub ....
SC CHa-17 is out of ASW ammo
SC CHa-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

ASW attack near Miri at 64,86

Japanese Ships
PB Ginyo Maru
PB Shonan Maru #17

Allied Ships
SS Trusty



SS Trusty is located by PB Ginyo Maru
Trusty bottoming out ....
PB Ginyo Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Ginyo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shonan Maru #17 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Sub attack near Daito Shoto at 100,68

Japanese Ships
xAK Cuba Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
xAK Clyde Maru
xAK China Maru
CM Tsugaru

Allied Ships
SS Searaven, hits 2

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



SS Searaven launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Cuba Maru
CM Tsugaru fails to find sub, continues to search...
CM Tsugaru attacking submerged sub ....
CM Tsugaru fails to find sub, continues to search...
CM Tsugaru fails to find sub, continues to search...
CM Tsugaru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Submarine attack near Nanumea at 138,142

Japanese Ships
SS RO-103

Allied Ships
DM Sicard, heavy damage



DM Sicard is sighted by SS RO-103
SS RO-103 launches 2 torpedoes



Submarine attack near Aogashima at 111,64

Japanese Ships
xAK Osaka Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Tunny



xAK Osaka Maru is sighted by SS Tunny
SS Tunny launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Osaka Maru


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Sub attack near Sapporo at 120,49

Japanese Ships
PB Shinko Maru #5
PB Bokuyo Maru
PB Awa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Tinosa



SS Tinosa launches 2 torpedoes at PB Shinko Maru #5
PB Bokuyo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


SS S-27 single handedly tries to blockade Hansa Bay:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 10, 43
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Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
xAKL Momoyama Maru, Shell hits 10, on fire

Allied Ships
SS S-27, hits 1



xAKL Momoyama Maru is sighted by SS S-27
SS S-27 attacking on the surface
SS S-27 low on gun ammo, Jukes, H.L. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
LB-102

Allied Ships
SS S-27



LB-102 is sighted by SS S-27
SS S-27 attacking LB-102 on the surface
SS S-27 low on gun ammo, Jukes, H.L. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


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Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
xAKL Momoyama Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-27



xAKL Momoyama Maru is sighted by SS S-27
SS S-27 launches 2 torpedoes


Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
LB-105, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-27



LB-105 is sighted by SS S-27
SS S-27 attacking LB-105 on the surface
SS S-27 low on gun ammo, Jukes, H.L. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
LB-104, Shell hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-27



LB-104 is sighted by SS S-27
SS S-27 attacking on the surface
SS S-27 low on gun ammo, Jukes, H.L. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
LB-102

Allied Ships
SS S-27



LB-102 is sighted by SS S-27
SS S-27 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LB



CENTPAC


IJN BBs bombard Tabitueuea:


Night Naval bombardment of Tabiteuea at 137,134

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 damaged
PBY-5A Catalina: 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Nagato
DD Wakaba
DD Nenohi
DD Yudachi
DD Tanikaze
DD Amatsukaze


Allied ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 7 (4 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 13
Runway hits 17
Port hits 8

E8N2 Dave acting as spotter for BB Yamashiro
BB Yamashiro firing at Tabiteuea
BB Nagato firing at Tabiteuea
DD Wakaba firing at Tabiteuea
DD Nenohi firing at Tabiteuea
DD Yudachi firing at Tabiteuea
DD Tanikaze firing at Tabiteuea
DD Amatsukaze firing at Tabiteuea



This bombardment doesnt really hurt the CENTPAC buildup in the Gilberts but I am a bit surprised about the level of the Japanese response here.



SOPAC


XIV US Corps starts to mass just outside of Rabaul. LSTs drop supplies on the beach for them as they complete their long march through the jungle.


An IJN cruiser forces hit Allied shipping at Lihir:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Lihir at 108,124, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Yura
CL Kinu
DD Murasame

Allied Ships
AM Kapunda, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
xAKL Morazan, Shell hits 17, and is sunk



Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 17% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 17% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
Japanese launch Long Lance torpedoes at 12,000 yards before allies detect Japanese presence
Range closes to 11,000 yards
CL Kinu engages xAKL Morazan at 11,000 yards
CL Yura engages xAKL Morazan at 11,000 yards
DD Murasame engages xAKL Morazan at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Kinu engages xAKL Morazan at 9,000 yards
DD Murasame engages xAKL Morazan at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CL Kinu engages AM Kapunda at 6,000 yards
DD Murasame engages xAKL Morazan at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Kinu engages AM Kapunda at 5,000 yards
xAKL Morazan sunk by CL Yura at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
Massive explosion on AM Kapunda
Massive explosion on AM Kapunda
CL Kinu engages AM Kapunda at 2,000 yards
AM Kapunda sunk by CL Yura at 2,000 yards
AM Kapunda sunk by CL Yura at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...




SWPAC


Lots of action here this turn and in the near future.


SWPAC armor attacks Hansa Bay this turn while the infantry rest:


Ground combat at Hansa Bay (97,121)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4617 troops, 117 guns, 584 vehicles, Assault Value = 1419

Defending force 25813 troops, 306 guns, 211 vehicles, Assault Value = 696

Allied adjusted assault: 115

Japanese adjusted defense: 2471

Allied assault odds: 1 to 21 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
735 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units destroyed 2


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 66 (3 destroyed, 63 disabled)


Assaulting units:
763rd Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry/A Division
32nd Infantry/C Division
762nd Tank Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
32nd Infantry/A Division
32nd Infantry/B Division
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
43rd Infantry/B Division
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
6th Australian Division
43rd Infantry/C Division
I US Corps
154th FA Bn
198th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
134th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
4th Tank Regiment
11th Garrison Unit
28th Div /6
21st Div /1
48th Division
8th Div /3
10th Garrison Unit /4
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company
17th Naval Const Bn /4
29th JNAF AF Unit
1st Naval Const Bn /1
41st Air Defense AA Bn /1
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /2
12th Air Defense AA Rgt /1
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
2nd Area Army
Southeast Area Fleet
42nd Ind.AA Gun Co /3
3rd JNAF Coy
39th Road Const Co
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
13th Garrison Unit /2


All of I US Corps will assault Hansa Bay next turn.


The Allies and Japan are involved in a massive struggle here at Hansa Bay.....not just on bringing in reinforcements but also in bringing in supplies. The Allies would seem to have the advantage here as xAKs unload 8000-10,000 supplies/turn at the level 2 port at Lae while AKs unload an additional 5000-6000 supplies /turn in amphib ops. Supplies are now flowing nicely from Lae-Nadzab-Madang-Hansa Bay.

Meanwhile...Japan has to bring in supplies to Hansa Bay by transport AC and small craft. Ive attached a screenshot of New Guinea and you can see that the northern coast is teeming with barges, xAKLs, AMs, PBs, EEs and the like. SS S-27 sank an xAKL and a couple of barges last turn and now I am sending another dozen or so subs into the area. Soon...the stretch of coastal waters between Sarmi and Hansa Bay will be known as "torpedo alley".

Back in January...I mentioned how true to RL....the decimated and understrength B-26 squadrons of Fifth Air Force were being withdrawn to train in strafing in preparation for the arrival of the specially designed "commerce destroyers"...the B-25D1s. Fifth Air Force just converted its 1st B-26 squadron over to B-25D1s and they went into action for the first time today:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Aitape at 95,118

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
LB-115, Shell hits 7, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-116, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-113, Shell hits 8, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
LB-118, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
LB-114



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead



Im placing two P-39D squadrons on strafing attacks on the northern coast of New Guinea in addition to the B-25D1 squadron as we go into an all out effort to interdict Japanese resupply of Hansa Bay.

For the 1st time in the war....Im placing some Fifth Air Force 4Es on "city bomb" mode to lay minefields at the Japanese ports of embarkation at Hollandia, Aitape, Vanimo and Wewak. In additon... some CMs and DMs are on their way to lay multiple minefields off Hansa Bay.

The battle for Hansa Bay and the remainder of the northern coast of New Guinea is a titanic struggle now on land, on and under the sea and in the air.


STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS


Outside of the CBI.....the Allies have 4 main avenues of advance now against Japan. The 2 main avenues of advance remain the SWPAC thrust across the northern coast of New Guinea and the SOPAC advance across the Admiralies/Carolines/Paulaus to rendezvous in Mindanao and the central Philippines in early 1944. These 2 offensives are using up 99.99% of Allied resources(outside of the CBI) and their ultimate goal is to sever Japan's SLOC between the SRA and the Japanese home islands in addition to providing a springboard for an eventual assault on Luzon.

The other 2 Allied commands are just beginning their advances and are utlizing less than 0.01% of Allied resources at this point in time. CENTPAC has just gotten a foothold in the Gilberts at Tabiteuea while II Australian Corps has just gotten a foothold just off the coast of Darwin at Bathhurst Is. Both of these commands are just beginning offensives that are mostly diversionary in nature yet they have received an inordinate amount of Japanese attention.

One Aussie battalion along with some engineers and BFs at Bathurst Is. now has caused the commitment of 2 IJN BBs and their escorts plus a sizeable commitment of IJA air groups to the southern DEI. One US Army brigade plus some seabees and BFs at Tabiteuea has caused the commitment of 2 IJN BBs and 4 air combat TFs to the central Pacific. Japan has only 6 BBs remaining so that leaves only BB Yamato and BB Musashi to resist Allied moves in both SWPAC and SOPAC.

The northward advance of II Australian Corps from Darwin to the southern DEI could eventually become a primary axis of advance if SWPAC bogs down in New Guinea but the CENTPAC offensive into the Gilberts and Marshalls is mainly to create a diversion to cause Japan to build up in the Marianas as opposed to building up in the Carolines/Paulaus.






















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SUBS

The USN Silent Service really hit paydirt this turn:



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 12, 43
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Sub attack near Sapporo at 120,49

Japanese Ships
PB Bokuyo Maru
PB Awa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Whale



SS Whale launches 2 torpedoes at PB Bokuyo Maru
Whale diving deep ....
PB Bokuyo Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru attacking submerged sub ....
SS Whale eludes ASW attack from PB Awa Maru
SS Whale eludes ASW attack from PB Awa Maru
PB Awa Maru cannot establish contact with SS Whale
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Awa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
LB-106, Shell hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-44



LB-106 is sighted by SS S-44
SS S-44 attacking LB-106 on the surface


Sub attack near Vanimo at 94,116

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tenposan Maru
PB Fuji Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Silversides



Captain of SS Silversides elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
PB Fuji Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fuji Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fuji Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fuji Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fuji Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
LB-108, Shell hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-47



LB-108 is sighted by SS S-47
SS S-47 attacking on the surface


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ASW attack near Hengchun at 84,68

Japanese Ships
DD Oyashio

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon



SS Sturgeon launches 4 torpedoes at DD Oyashio
DD Oyashio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Oyashio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Oyashio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Oyashio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Oyashio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Oyashio is out of ASW ammo
DD Oyashio is out of ASW ammo
DD Oyashio is out of ASW ammo
DD Oyashio is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 13, 43

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Sub attack near Hakodate at 120,53

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-33
SC CHa-30

Allied Ships
SS Peto



Captain of SS Peto elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Peto diving deep ....
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Keijo at 101,50

Japanese Ships
PB Kohoku Maru
PB AnsyuMaru
PB Kenan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Scorpion



SS Scorpion is located by PB Kohoku Maru
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kohoku Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Taichu at 87,66

Japanese Ships
TK Nisshin Maru #2
E W-8

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon



SS Sturgeon launches 4 torpedoes at TK Nisshin Maru #2
Sturgeon diving deep ....
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-8 attacking submerged sub ....
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Japanese Ships
APD Matsukaze

Allied Ships
SS S-44, hits 1



SS S-44 is sighted by escort
APD Matsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Matsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Matsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Matsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
APD Matsukaze attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Taichu at 87,66

Japanese Ships
DD Oyashio
E W-8

Allied Ships
SS Sturgeon, hits 2



SS Sturgeon launches 2 torpedoes at DD Oyashio
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-8 attacking submerged sub ....
E W-8 attacking submerged sub ....
E W-8 is out of ASW ammo
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-8 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Mili at 135,121

Japanese Ships
CV Junyo, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Takao
DD Hagikaze
DD Shiranui
DD Tsuta
DD Harukaze
DD Yamagumo

Allied Ships
SS Seadragon



Fuel storage explosion on CV Junyo
SS Seadragon launches 6 torpedoes at CV Junyo
Seadragon diving deep ....
DD Tsuta fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Harukaze 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...
Escort abandons search for sub


A fuel storage explosion cant be good.


Sub attack near Hakodate at 120,53

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-4
SC CHa-11
SC CHa-33
SC CHa-30

Allied Ships
SS Halibut



Captain of SS Halibut elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Halibut diving deep ....
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-30 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-33 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-33 attacking submerged sub ....
SC CHa-33 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Moppo at 99,53

Japanese Ships
PB AnsyuMaru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
PB Kenan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Gunnel



SS Gunnel launches 2 torpedoes at PB AnsyuMaru
Gunnel bottoming out ....
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kenan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-28, hits 2

Allied Ships
AM Grebe



SS I-28 is sighted by escort
AM Grebe fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Grebe attacking submerged sub ....
AM Grebe cannot reach attack position over SS I-28
AM Grebe fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Grebe fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Grebe fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Rabaul at 106,126

Japanese Ships
SS I-28

Allied Ships
LST-451, Shell hits 2



LST-451 is sighted by SS I-28
SS I-28 attacking on the surface
Yajima, Yasuo decides to submerge SS I-28 due to damage


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ASW attack near Nagasaki/Sasebo at 101,59

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-18
SC CHa-48
SC CHa-47

Allied Ships
SS Tunny



SS Tunny is sighted by escort
SC CHa-48 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



After experiencing the Japanese torpedoing of 4 Allied carriers its nice to see the Allied subs reciprocate.


II AUSTRALIAN CORPS.......NORTHERN OZ


Japan sweeps both Darwin and Bathurst Is. and then sends in Nicks at wavetop level to strafe Allied shipping:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Bathurst Island at 76,123

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 36



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 2
P-40K Warhawk x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
PT-158
LST-447
PT-144
PT-147
PT-156
PT-153, Shell hits 3



Aircraft Attacking:
28 x Ki-45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/11th FS with P-39D Airacobra (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 10000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
70th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bathurst Island at 76,123

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 29



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
PT-143, Shell hits 1
PC Zeeman, Shell hits 1
PT-158, Shell hits 5
PT-149
PT-144, Shell hits 1
PT-147, Shell hits 2
LST-447



Aircraft Attacking:
29 x Ki-45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet



I doubt that these Nick pilots have had much training in strafing....unlike the USAAF pilots that will return the favor later this turn.



CENTPAC


Even with the torpedoing of CV Junyo Japan keeps up its efforts to suppress Tabiteuea. IJAAF bombers are staged into the level 4 AF at Tarawa and they strike the level 3 AF at Tabiteuea... continuing the suppression from the naval bombardment of the previous turn.

There is way too much Japanese activity in the Gilberts for CENTPAC to conduct any further buildup or offensive ops until all the USN carriers are available. The current repair estimates for CV Wasp and CV Enterprise are 38 and 45 days respectively.



SWPAC


I US Corps launches an all out deliberate attack this turn at Hansa Bay:



Ground combat at Hansa Bay (97,121)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 40175 troops, 796 guns, 1370 vehicles, Assault Value = 1431

Defending force 25508 troops, 308 guns, 209 vehicles, Assault Value = 687

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 1052

Japanese adjusted defense: 1585

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2113 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 136 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 47 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 32 (14 destroyed, 18 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (4 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
617 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 56 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 47 (5 destroyed, 42 disabled)


Assaulting units:
754th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
762nd Tank Battalion
32nd Infantry Division
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
6th Australian Division
148th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
134th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
I US Corps
205th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
11th Garrison Unit
21st Div /1
4th Tank Regiment
28th Div /6
8th Div /3
48th Division
10th Garrison Unit /4
2nd Area Army
29th JNAF AF Unit
12th Air Defense AA Rgt /1
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
39th Road Const Co
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /2
3rd JNAF Coy
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
17th Naval Const Bn /4
Southeast Area Fleet /1
41st Air Defense AA Bn /1
13th Garrison Unit /2



The 1st time we launched a full attack Japan had an adjusted AV of over 5000 here. This turn its only 1500 and Japan suffers heavy losses. Ive just enlarged the port at Madang to level 2 and last turn transport AC flew in a naval service detachment. This next turn a small USN tranport TF will attempt to drop off another armor battalion at Madang that can then march up the road to reinforce Hansa Bay.


The heavy bombers of Fifth Air Force hammer the Japanese airbase at sarmi and destroy 20 Japanese fighters on the ground.



BATTLE OF THE BISMARCK SEA


The historical Battle of the Bismarck Sea took place March 2-4, 1943 as Fifth Air Force destroyed a Japanese convoy carrying troops and supplies across the Bismarck Sea to Lae. Fifth Air Force had developed a new plane....the B-25D1...with new tactics....skip bombing....and totally annihilated the IJN convoy over a 3 day period.

Here in this game....just as in real life....depleted B-26 squadrons were withdrawn from Fifth Air Force to Townsville, Australia. At Townsville, the 81st Depot Repair squadron converted B-25s by bolting on four .50" machine guns to the nose. The resultant plane was nose heavy so lead was added to the tail as ballast. The tail guns and belly turrests were removed. When the nose mounted machine guns were fired the vibtations were so great that rivets would pop out of the skin of the airplane. This new aircraft was purpose built to be a "commerce destroyer".

The pilots were historically trained by skip bombing an old beached liner....SS Pruth....off the Australian coast. Here in game....the bombers pilots....who mostly started with low naval skills in the 70s....were trained in strafing since January 1943.


Now I US Corps is locked in a desperate battle with dug in Japanese troops at Hansa Bay. While Allied supply can be drawn overland from Lae-Nadzab-Madang-Hansa bay.....Japan must bring in supplies and reinforcements by transport AC and small naval craft. The coastline of New Guinea was swarming with small IJN ships....barges/PBs/AMs/xAKLs carrying supplies and troops from Sarmi. Hollandia, Aitape and Wewak to Hansa Bay so Fifth Air Force sent in their "commerce destroyers" to interdict IJN shipping:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Aitape at 95,118

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 20


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Tenposan Maru, Shell hits 6, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Kaishi Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Shuntai Maru, Shell hits 3, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb


Morning Air attack on TF, near Hansa Bay at 98,120

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 4 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
PB Shirogane Maru, Shell hits 21, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Wewak at 96,119

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 20


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
LB-112, Shell hits 16, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-110, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
LB-109, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-111, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb


Morning Air attack on TF, near Aitape at 95,118

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
LB-114, Shell hits 11, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
LB-117, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Dagua at 95,119

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 19


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAKL Sunten Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Shuko Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAKL Saiko Maru, Shell hits 6, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes



Amazing results from a single B-25D1 squadron with 15 AC. The attack bombers didnt work at all in the first game I played of AE. I can now report that attack bombers work as designed. They come in at wavetop level with their nose guns firing to suppress IJN ship AA and then they drop their bombs with incredible accuracy. So Japanese ship AA is suppressed first...then the bombs are dropped. Its a 2 step process that is repeated everytime.

With the success of the USN subs and the Fifth Air Force B-25D1s in blockading Hansa Bay I will order another deliberate attack next turn with I US Corps as Japanese troops at Hansa Bay are not bringing in anything close to enough supplies now.













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SS Tautog puts a fish in TK Tonan Maru #2. I think I read something in another AAR that the Tonan Maru were enormous vessels....actually converted whaling ships. Well this Tonan Maru probably wont sink from 1 torpedo due to its size but the torpedo ignited both an oil and a fuel fire...evidently it can carry 2 different loads.

SS Salmon puts 2 torpedos in AO Toho Maru and she sinks off Balikpappan....she is worth 26 ppoints so she must be pretty big.

CV Junyo is reported as having sunk off Jaluit after eating 2 torpedoes in the Gilberts a couple of turns ago. Dont know if this is accurate intel but a fuel storage explosion doesnt sound good. CV Enterprise had 76% FLT and over 50 SYS after taking 2 Japanese torpedoes a few months ago and she has a larger displacement and has higher durability than CV Junyo so I tend to believe the intelligence report here.



CBI


Quiet in northern China. There is no sign of the 7000 AV Japanese army than had been marauding around northern China and I figure that they will being showing up in south central China in the near future. Dave is advancing from both Hangchow and Chuhsien towards Nanchang so I think the next big Japanese effort here will be to retake Nanchang.

Ive had been pretty busy in northern China and around most of the Pacific so I've neglected to check my supply levels in China for awhile. Then a level 7 AF was completed at Chungking and low and behold my supply level there had dropped from ov er 30,000 to about 13,000 supplies. There are a half dozen construction regiments there and they have also built a level 8 fortress there so all construction work was immediately terminated.

I had about 200 transport AC at Ledo flying in supplies to Burma for an eventual offensive but now the transport AC have been re-routed to fly supplies over the hump from Ledo to to Kunming. The transport AC have a capacity of 6000 so each plane can carry 3 points of supply...or about 600 supplies can be air lifted to Kunming daily. Thats about 100 more than you would get from having the Burma Road open. I also reset the supply arrows to try to draw supplies from Burma to China.

Well now Burma is pretty devoid of supplies yet Chungking is still at 13,000 supplies. I have 12,000 supplies sitting at Kunming but they dont seem to draw to Kweiyang and then on to Chungking. I think that monsoon season starts in May so I have 6 weeks or so to try to suck in more supplies from India to Burma. There is a British supply convoy with 60,000 supplies unloading at Chittagong this turn and I will try to draw that supply down the coastal road to Cox's Bazaar-Akyab-Prome. There are 50,000 supplies at Kalemyo and I will try to draw those 3 hexes to Shwebo. There are 60,000 supplies at Kohima and 70,000 supplies at Ledo and I will try to draw those through the jungle to Warazup.

The 2 frontline Allied bases in southern Burma....Prome and Toungoo...both have just under 1000 supplies. There are about 20,000 supplies in central Burma between Shwebo/Mandalay/Meiktila. I was going to wait until the 9th Australian Division and the 4th and 29th British Brigades arrived at the front before attacking but I just noticed that 7th Armored Brigade withdraws in 16 days. XV Indian Corps with its 5100 AV will advance on the 71 LCUs of the Japanese 15th Army at Pegu while IV Indian Corps with its 1700 AV will advance on the 7000 strong Japanese garrison at Rangoon. I doubt that I can achieve anything here due to the low supply levels. The IJA panzer korps is at Pegu with 1700 AFVs. I estimate that 15th Army at Pegu has the equivalent of 6 infantry divisions and 12 armor regiments or about 4000 AV. We will see.

Tenth Air Force and the RAF in India have been quietly resting and rebuilding after suffering heavy losses in the campaign to retake Sian. Now the medium bombers will be staged to Akyab this turn to bomb the Japanese AF at Pegu while the 4Es of Tenth Air Force will hit the level 4 Japanese AF at Chiang Mai...recon indicated about 100 AC at Chiang Mai.



SWPAC


Allied troops are repulsed with heavy losses at Hansa Bay this turn:


Ground combat at Hansa Bay (97,121)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 39839 troops, 797 guns, 1368 vehicles, Assault Value = 1391

Defending force 24364 troops, 301 guns, 212 vehicles, Assault Value = 587

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Allied adjusted assault: 631

Japanese adjusted defense: 1715

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1095 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 25 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 26 (3 destroyed, 23 disabled)
Vehicles lost 80 (79 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
1058 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 145 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 76 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 51 (5 destroyed, 46 disabled)
Vehicles lost 133 (16 destroyed, 117 disabled)


Assaulting units:
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion
32nd Infantry Division
762nd Tank Battalion
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
754th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry Division
763rd Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
6th Australian Division
225th Field Artillery Battalion
154th FA Bn
I US Corps
134th Field Artillery Battalion
205th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
3rd NZ Division

Defending units:
4th Tank Regiment
8th Div /3
28th Div /6
11th Garrison Unit
48th Division
21st Div /1
26th Ind.Mixed Bde /1
10th Garrison Unit /4
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
Southeast Area Fleet /1
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF /2
2nd Area Army
17th Naval Const Bn /4
41st Air Defense AA Bn /1
29th JNAF AF Unit
3rd JNAF Coy
39th Field AA Machinecannon Company
12th Air Defense AA Rgt /1
13th Garrison Unit /2


I will rest both the armor and the infantry here next turn while the artillery continues to bombard away. No Japanese transports tried to reinforce Hansa Bay this turn so the B-25D1s didnt fly. I have a CL and a DD covering the unloading of a fresh armor battalion at Madang this turn while 100 fighters fly CAP overhead. I hope to reinforce Hansa Bay with 2 tank battalions and a combat engineer battalion over the next week.




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