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CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 12/12/2012 11:21:17 PM   
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CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 12/13/2012 1:49:21 AM   
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II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Heavy bombers based at Bathurst Is. hammer the Japanese port at Kendari....deep in the DEI:


Morning Air attack on Kendari , at 70,106

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 46


Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Amakasu Maru, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
PB Kyo Maru #11, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Yuki Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Taiyu Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Port hits 9
Port fuel hits 5
Port supply hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kendari , at 70,106

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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


Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 7


No Allied losses



Port hits 1
Port fuel hits 3
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb




B-25D1s based at Saumlaki hit an IJN ASW TF near Gebe:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Gebe at 80,105

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 13


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki, Shell hits 10
DD Minazuki
E W-1
E W-9



Aircraft Attacking:
13 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Gebe at 80,105

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Mutsuki, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
E W-1
DD Minazuki, Shell hits 1



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



Taberfane is enlatged to a level 7 AF.




SWPAC


The fast carriers covering the 2nd echelon landings at Vanimo head back to Milne Bay for fuel and rearming as the unloading of troops is completed. A handfull of low value AKs remain behind to continue offlaoding supplies at Vanimo.

The 32nd Division, 43rd Division and the armor begins its march through the jungle to assault Hollandia.



CENTPAC.....RESUMING THE MARIANAS OFFENSIVE


Two Marine regiments will invade Wotje next turn without carrier aircover as the fleet carriers are now in the Solomon Sea heading back to Milne Bay to refuel. The only Japanese AF within range of Wotje.....the level 4 AF at Roi-Namur....has been neutralized by SBDs and TBFs based in the Marshalls. Dave has been distracted by the recent amphib assaults in the DEI and on New Guinea so we are not expecting KB to make an appearance here for a few days at the earliest.

After capturing Wotje....the only remaining Japanese AFs in the Marshalls are the level 1 AF at Kwajalein and the level 4 AF at Roi-Namur. The fast carriers will sail to the Marshalls after refueling at Milne Bay to provide aircover for amphib landings at both Kwajalein and Roi-Namur. The only Japanese AF that can contest CENTPAC landinga in the Marshalls is the level 4 AF at Ponape. Currently.... over 100 medium and heavy bombers from Fifth Air Force on New Guinea are staging to CENTPAC airfields in the Marshalls and the Gilberts and they will neutralize Ponape before the Marines storm ashore at Kwajalein and Roi-Namur.

CV Bunker Hill exited the Panama Canal this turn and headed out into the south Pacific to the war zones. She will arrive in the Marshalls just about the time venerable CV Victorious is withdrawn by the Brits to support operations in the ETO. The USN will then have 10 CVs and 5 CVLs in the central Pacific.

CENTPAC will spend the rest of the fall taking Eniwetok and Wake Island to open a direct route between Hawaii and the Marianas/New Guinea/Rabaul and cut over 1000 miles from the convoy routes that run from the US west coast to the central Pacific. I mentioned before that I wouldnt invade in the Carolines/Paulaus until I rebuilt the USN CVE fleet due to the threat of land based air. However....I have no problem mopping up Kwajalein, Roi Namur, Eniwetok and Wake due to the scarcity of Japanese land based air in the region....and the ease with which we can close each supporting Japanese AF in turn.




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CAN YOU SAY OUT OF SYNCH REPLAY - 12/13/2012 5:40:57 PM   
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SUBS


SS Corvina sinks xAK Zeno Maru near Torishima.

SS Dace sinks xAK Takao maru by Shikotan.




II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Dave saw that I had moved several squadrons of the PBY-4 Liberators forward to Bathhurst Is. Several squadrons of Helens hit the AF there hard:


Morning Air attack on Bathurst Island , at 76,123

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 42
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 12
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 26
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 25



Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk III x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 4 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
PB4Y-1P Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 25
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 50

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
26 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-37 with F6F-3 Hellcat (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
No.82 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk III (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
No.85 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk III (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes



Morning Air attack on Bathurst Island , at 76,123

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 38
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 6
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 25
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 25



Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk III x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 4 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk III: 1 destroyed
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 5 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 25

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
25 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-37 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
No.82 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk III (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
No.85 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk III (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes



Eight PB4Y-1 Liberators are destroyed on the ground.



The USAAF heavy bombers return the favor pounding the Japanese AF at sansopar destroying several Japanese AC on the ground.



Saumlaki enlarges its AF to level 4 and Kai-eilanden enlarges its AF to level 5.



CBI


Dave sweeps Rangoon with his Georges at high altitude:


Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 44,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 31



Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 16
Beaufighter VIf x 4
Hurricane IIc Trop x 23
Hurricane FR.IIb x 4
Hurricane XIIb x 3
Kittyhawk III x 2
F4U-1 Corsair x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet IV: 4 destroyed
Beaufighter VIf: 1 destroyed
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 destroyed
Hurricane FR.IIb: 1 destroyed
Hurricane XIIb: 1 destroyed
Kittyhawk III: 1 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
VMD-254 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 36800
Raid is overhead
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Hurricane XIIb (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
No.111 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk III (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 19600
Raid is overhead
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.176 Sqn RAF with Beaufighter VIf (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 26500.
Raid is overhead
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.79 Sqn RAF with Martlet IV (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 43,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 8



Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 3
Beaufighter VIf x 2
Hurricane IIc Trop x 11
Hurricane FR.IIb x 1
F4U-1 Corsair x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
VMD-254 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 36800 , scrambling fighters to 36800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 14600 , scrambling fighters to 43000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 14600 , scrambling fighters to 16600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
No.176 Sqn RAF with Beaufighter VIf (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
No.79 Sqn RAF with Martlet IV (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 9600 , scrambling fighters to 11600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes




RAF CAP is decimated as the P-38s and P-47D2s have been sent to sweep and escort strikes on Bangkok.




The RAF and Tenth Air Force hit the AF at Bangkok and the IJN shipping unloading at port there. The B-25D1 "commerce destroyers are especially effective:


Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 72 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 7 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged

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



Airbase hits 16
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 52

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged



Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 46,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
Beaufighter TF.X x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 21


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
21 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 42000 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 59 NM, estimated altitude 42,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 16
P-38H Lightning x 25


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-38H Lightning sweeping at 40000 feet



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Morning Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 27,100 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
A-36 Mustang x 18
P-38G Lightning x 16


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A-36 Mustang sweeping at 25100 feet *



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bangkok at 56,62

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes


Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 3
Beaufighter VIf x 7
Beaufort I x 4
Wellington GR.VIII x 9
Beaufort VIII x 8


Allied aircraft losses
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kiso Maru, Bomb hits 2
xAK Iwaki Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Josho Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Otori Maru
xAK Nansin Maru
xAK Kurohime Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 3 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x Beaufort I bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bangkok at 56,62

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim VD x 6
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26B Marauder x 3


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Ryuzin Maru, Shell hits 6, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Teiren Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Miyadono Maru, Shell hits 16, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Macassar Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Meisho Maru, Shell hits 11
xAK Gotake Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Kurohime Maru, Shell hits 10
xAK Nittai Maru
xAK Josho Maru, Shell hits 11, heavy fires
xAK Otori Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Blenheim VD bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
3 x B-26B Marauder bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bangkok at 56,62

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25G Mitchell x 4
P-38G Lightning x 16


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Ryuzin Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Meisho Maru
xAK Otori Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25G Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb





When the smoke clears Japan has lost 128 AC this turn vs 70 Allied AC. Japan loses 20 AC on the ground vs Allied losses of 10 AC on the ground.




CENTPAC: INVASION WOTJE.....OUT OF SYNCH VERSION


After a murderous aerial bombardment by over 200 tactical, medium and heavy bombers......elements of the 2nd Marine Division storm ashore at Wotje:


Pre-Invasion action off Wotje (135,115) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

172 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Caradoc, Shell hits 12
CL De Ruyter, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Evertsen
DD Vampire, Shell hits 1
DD John D. Edwards, Shell hits 3, on fire
LST-17
LST-30
DD Tjerk Hiddes

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



Wotje Naval Fortress firing at CL Caradoc
CL Caradoc firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
CL De Ruyter firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
Wotje Naval Fortress firing at CL De Ruyter
Wotje Naval Fortress firing at DD Evertsen
DD Evertsen firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
Wotje Naval Fortress firing at DD Vampire
DD Vampire firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
DD John D. Edwards firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
Wotje Naval Fortress firing at DD John D. Edwards
DD Vampire fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Wotje (135,115)

TF 469 troops unloading over beach at Wotje, 135,115


Allied ground losses:
69 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (0 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (0 destroyed, 8 disabled)


10 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 8th Marine Rgt /2


Invasion Support action off Wotje (135,115) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

64 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Caradoc, Shell hits 1
DD Crosby
LST-342
DD Tjerk Hiddes
DD Evertsen
LST-17
LST-452



Wotje Naval Fortress firing at CL Caradoc
Wotje Naval Fortress firing at DD Crosby
DD Crosby firing at Wotje Naval Fortress
DD Crosby fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


Invasion Support action off Wotje (135,115)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

19 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-452
LST-342
LST-341
LST-17
LST-30, Shell hits 2
CL De Ruyter
CL Caradoc
LST-353



LST-452 fired at enemy troops
LST-342 fired at enemy troops
15cm 41YT CD Gun battery firing at LST-30


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Invasion Support action off Wotje (135,115)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-452
LST-17
LST-30



LST-452 fired at enemy troops



The Marines annihilate the shell shocked Japanese garrison with a 1:1 and a 12:1 shock attack:


Ground combat at Wotje (135,115)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 6346 troops, 69 guns, 255 vehicles, Assault Value = 230

Defending force 3227 troops, 41 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 95

Allied adjusted assault: 104

Japanese adjusted defense: 95

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
314 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
526 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 23 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 27 (2 destroyed, 25 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Engr Rgt /3
8th Marine Rgt /5

Defending units:
Wotje Naval Fortress
7th Guards Inf. Regiment
28th Div /4
51st Construction Battalion
Wotje Base Force



Here is the sreenshot of the final 12:1 shock attack:









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crsutton....thanx for your comments. In regards to taking most of the bases in the Solomons....I was fighting in the Solomons in early-mid 1942....a time when Japan has rather substantial carrier air superiority. I took all the bases in the Solomons so that land based air could cover my advance...and equal out Japan's carrier air advantage. Now in 1943 Im bypassing Japanese level 4 AFs at Wewak and Aitape. But Dave likes to fly troops and engineers into dot hexes that Ive bypassed and then he flies in supplies and builds up level 1 AFs in my rear to base recon and naval search over my rear areas. Look at the attached screenshot I have for this turn in the Bismarcks....Dave has built up a level 1 AF in my rear at Rambutyo...with a garrison of 5000 troops no less. Now I have to commit substantial air power here just to keep the base closed every turn.





I see your point. Your time frame is different from mine and that has a big impact. My opponent does the same to me in 1944 but the effect is not that great because the Allies by then have tons of surplus air units and base forces that need something to do. And bombing rear units allows them to train up very well.

In late 42, every Allied air unit is needed at the front.


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HOST REPLAY OF WOTJE INVASION - 12/15/2012 12:15:30 AM   
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crsutton.....great point about using the enemey bases in your rear to train up your air units. As we advance farther into the DEI and eventually the Philippines I will be bypassing many more Japanese bases.



9/20-9/21/43



CENTPAC: INVASION WOTJE....HOST MACHINE VERSION


In my last post I attached the result from my 2nd shock attack at Wotje....where over 200 Allied tactical, medium and heavy bombers worked over Wotje and the US marines overran the island in a relatively easy 12:1 assault....completely destroying all the Japanese defenders. Imagine my surprise when I read this alternate combat result on the combatrpt.txt from the host machine:


Ground combat at Wotje (135,115)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 6212 troops, 92 guns, 261 vehicles, Assault Value = 193

Defending force 3046 troops, 41 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 83

Allied adjusted assault: 20

Japanese adjusted defense: 26

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
659 casualties reported
Squads: 40 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (7 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1497 casualties reported
Squads: 28 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 56 disabled
Engineers: 36 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 56 (22 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Vehicles lost 42 (7 destroyed, 35 disabled)


Assaulting units:
8th Marine Regiment
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
7th Guards Inf. Regiment
Wotje Naval Fortress
28th Div /4
51st Construction Battalion
Wotje Base Force



The 8th Marine Regiment is almost completely disrupted.....it has only one functioning infantry squad remaining with a total AV of 11. Ive attached a screenshot of the current state of the 8th Marine Regiment at the end of this post. Instead of completely destroying the Japanese defenders here as I saw in the 001 replay the Japanese are very much alive and kicking on Wotje and the former 200 AV assault force from the 2nd Marine Division has been reduced to a total AV of 79. Ive seen a lot of out of synch carrier battles in WitP over the last 8 years but this is the worst out of synch land combat result Ive ever seen. I sent my 001 file combat results back to Dave and he was stunned.....he had never seen anything like this either. No matter...we will adapt our tactics to the situation.

I will rest the 8th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Combat Engineers while the 2nd Marine Tank defends. I will LRCAP Wotje to slow down the inevitable reinforcement by long ranged Japanese transport AC. I will naval bombard Wotje with every available surface and ASW TF in the Marshalls and send in the surface TFs and fast carriers from Milne Bay. I have no other invasion forces prepped for Wotje biut I have 2 USMC paratroop regiments in Tabiteuea that will be shipped 1st to Makin and then paradropped on Wotje. And I will continue to stage tactical, medium and heavy bombers from New Guinea, the Bismarcks and Admiralties to bomb the bejesus out of this god forsaken atoll.

A simple invasion where I used no naval bombardment.....since I thought I would have an overwhelming aerial bombardment that completely fizzled out..... goes completely FUBAR.




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RE: CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 12/15/2012 8:59:20 PM   
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SUBS


SS Trout sinks AO Tsurumi off Gorontalao.

SS RO-08 sinks DD Russell near Maloelap.

SS Amberjack sinks TK Fukokumo Maru by Tawi Tawi. I beleieve that is the 5th TK sunk by SS Amberjack during the war so she is now an "ace". She takes 14 DCs from IJN escorts in return and with around 50 SYS and 50 FLT she is hobbling back to port at Darwin for repairs.

SSX Ha-31 is sunk by USN ASW TF near Wotje but not before she torpedoes and sinks DD Issac Sweers in the melee.

SS O21 sinks xAK Awajisan by Georgetown.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


B-25D1s and TBFs hit IJN shipping in the DEI:


Afternoon Air attack on Kendari , at 70,106

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 14


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
LB-115, Shell hits 5
LB-114, Shell hits 2



Port hits 1
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Port Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Port Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
A6M2-N Rufe x 7
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 13



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 15
TBF-1 Avenger x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
TK Gosyu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
802 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
204 Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Raid is overhead
25th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Raid is overhead



Dave sends in his two super battleships to bombard the Allied AF at Saumlaki. Allied naval bombers sortie to attack the BBs but cant get thru the extremely heavy Japanese LRCAP:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 74,109

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 24
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 61
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 21
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-38H Lightning x 18


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
P-38H Lightning: 4 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi
BB Yamato



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (36 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
36 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (25 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
25 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (19 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
204 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (21 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
21 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 21000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead
68th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 74,109

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 24
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 55
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 21
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8



Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 22
SBD-5 Dauntless x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 7 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Musashi



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

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (32 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
32 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (23 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
23 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
5 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (19 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
204 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (21 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
21 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 21000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead
68th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 74,109

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 52
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 17
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
DD Isokaze
CL Naka



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
19 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 105 minutes
204 Ku S-1/A with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 21000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 200 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
29 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 85 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 101 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
18 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
68th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (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 16000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes



Night Naval bombardment of Saumlaki at 78,117 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 49 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 destroyed on ground
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 20 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 4 destroyed on ground
PBY-5A Catalina: 24 damaged
PBY-5A Catalina: 2 destroyed on ground
P-38H Lightning: 88 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 3 destroyed on ground
SBD-5 Dauntless: 41 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 4 destroyed on ground

1 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi
BB Yamato
CA Mogami
CL Naka
DD Sagiri
DD Isonami
DD Arashio
DD Isokaze


Allied ground losses:
735 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 37 destroyed, 60 disabled
Engineers: 22 destroyed, 18 disabled
Vehicles lost 15 (9 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Airbase hits 12
Airbase supply hits 16
Runway hits 69

F1M2 Pete acting as spotter for BB Musashi
BB Musashi firing at Saumlaki
BB Yamato firing at Saumlaki
CA Mogami firing at Saumlaki
CL Naka firing at Saumlaki
DD Sagiri firing at 227th USN Base Force
227th USN Base Force firing at DD Sagiri
DD Isonami firing at Saumlaki
DD Arashio firing at Saumlaki
DD Isokaze firing at Saumlaki



The naval bombardment is devastating....20 AC are destroyed on the ground including the very aircraft that were unsuccessful in their naval attacks on the BBs. The AF at Saumlaki is a mess now and will require a few days of repairs before it is operational again.

Dave has lost 5 BBs to torpedo bombers during naval bombardment runs so far in the war and its just a matter of time before he loses another.




CENTPAC


The 2nd Marine Division hunkers down on Wotje as the 8th Marine Regiment attempts to recover its disrupted squads.

For the 3 turn(6th day) in a row over 300 Allied bombers based in the Marshalls and Gilberts largely ignore their orders to bomb Wotje. Allied bombardment TFs naval bombard Wotje every turn and now Dave has massed another sub wolfpack around Wotje....Ive lost 2 DDs to the subs here in the last 2 turns.

The Allied fast carriers will arrive in the northern Marshalls next turn.





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SUBS


SS Corvina torpedoes TK Teiyo Maru near hengchun.

SS Permit sinks SC CHa-49 off Morotai.

SS Haddock sinks xAK Tohuku Maru by Toyohara.

SS Aspro lands a fish on xAK Ryujo Maru near Negro....I wish that had been CVL Ryuho.

SSX Ha-30 is sunk by an USN ASW TF off Wotje.

SS Paddle is hit by 4 DCs from an IJN ASW TF by Saisho To....she is a long way from home and I doubt that she will make it.

SS Robalo sinks xAK Azuchi Maru near Nakadori-jima.

SS RO-103 torpedoes a loaded AO Guadalupe off Jaluit and she lights up like a torch.



CBI


Extremely quiet in China.

The Allies massive SEAC army just south of Pegu has faced off against the massive Japanese army across the Salween River in Moulmein for pover 6 months.

Im trying to turn a recon in force on the jungle trails south of Taung Gyi into an offensive into Thailand. I need to attach a screen shot to show whats going on but Im about to isolate the Japanese level 4 AF at Chiang mai from the rest of occupied Thailand.

Im bombing the Japanese troops on the trail before I launch the assault but the Georges on CAP give as good as they get from the high altitude USAAF sweepers:


Morning Air attack on 9th Armored Car Co , at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 41,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 35
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 3 destroyed



CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (34 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
34 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on 9th Armored Car Co , at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 41,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 31
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4



Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 22


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 4 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
30 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 258 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 72 minutes



Morning Air attack on 1st RTA/B Division, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 20



Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 14
CW-22 Falcon x 4
B-25G Mitchell x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 4 destroyed
B-25G Mitchell: 1 destroyed

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



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x CW-22 Falcon bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb
6 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 20 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes

Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...



Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank Regiment, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17



Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 15
Vengeance I x 36


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet IV: 5 destroyed

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



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
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
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 66 minutes

Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...



Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank Regiment, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7



Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3
Liberator B.III x 13
Liberator GR.III x 13
Wellington GR.VIII x 10
B-24D Liberator x 16
B-24D1 Liberator x 29


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
76 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x Liberator II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 250 lb GP Bomb
13 x Liberator B.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-24D 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
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 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-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 140 minutes

Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...


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Morning Air attack on 1st RTA/A Division, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3



Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 13


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 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
10 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (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 16000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 91 minutes



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Morning Air attack on 9th Armored Car Co , at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 2


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Hurricane IIc Trop sweeping at 35000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 1st RTA/A Division, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 3
B-25C Mitchell x 3
B-25D1 Mitchell x 15
B-26B Marauder x 3


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-26B Marauder bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...


Afternoon Air attack on 9th Armored Car Co , at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5



Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 16
Beaufort VIII x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 4 destroyed
Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Morning Air attack on 1st RTA/A Division, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5



Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 3
Liberator B.III x 6
Liberator GR.III x 14
Wellington GR.VIII x 7
B-24D Liberator x 17
B-24D1 Liberator x 33


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 destroyed
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb
3 x Liberator II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 250 lb GP Bomb
5 x Liberator B.III bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D 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
8 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 9th Armored Car Co ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Raiding Rgt /1 ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 9th Armored Car Co ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 9th Armored Car Co ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...


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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank Regiment, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3



Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 8
Vengeance I x 28


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

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
6 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
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
2 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (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 16000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 144 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...


Morning Air attack on 1st RTA/B Division, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2



Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 3
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
B-26B Marauder x 3


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-26B Marauder bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...


Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank Regiment, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes



Afternoon Air attack on 1st RTA/A Division, at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5



Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 15
Beaufighter VIc x 4
Beaufighter TF.X x 4
Beaufort I x 9
Beaufort VIII x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet IV: 3 destroyed
Beaufighter TF.X: 1 destroyed
Beaufort I: 1 destroyed

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



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Beaufort I bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Beaufort VIII bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 2nd Tank Regiment ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/A Division ...
Also attacking 1st RTA/B Division ...


Afternoon Air attack on 9th Armored Car Co , at 60,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 42,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 1



Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 9


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

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P-38H Lightning sweeping at 40000 feet

CAP engaged:
202 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes




Either the George is an uber figher or Dave has loaded up his George squadrons with elite pilots.

I was hoping to overrun the Japanese defenders here with just my advance guard but I was so distracted by the fighting in the Marshalls that I evidently left my troops in the wrong op mode:


Ground combat at 60,54 (near Chiang Mai)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1724 troops, 3 guns, 272 vehicles, Assault Value = 156

Defending force 3344 troops, 27 guns, 156 vehicles, Assault Value = 155

Allied adjusted assault: 64

Japanese adjusted defense: 295

Allied assault odds: 1 to 4

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

Japanese ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 24 (4 destroyed, 20 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 43 (2 destroyed, 41 disabled)


Assaulting units:
16th Light Cavalry Regiment
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
3rd Cavalry Regiment

Defending units:
2nd Tank Regiment
9th Armored Car Co
1st RTA/A Division
1st RTA/B Division
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Raiding Rgt /1


Ive got the 18th UK Division and an Indian division following bup the advance guard and I will eventually blow through here....but I wanted to keep the size and scope of my advance secret as long as possible.




CENTPAC....INVASION WOTJE....OUT OF SYNCH VERSION


Lots of strange things happening in the Marshalls.....Im wondering if Im in some kind of vortex from the space/time continuum.

I have over 300 bombers in the Marshalls and Gilberts that are targeting Wotje....but they strike Wotje on the 1st day of the turn but then most of the bombers go over to commander decision on their own for the 2nd day of the turn and bomb Jaluit or Kwajalein.

Then Dave shows up with a surface TF with 2 CLs in clear weather 2 hexes away from Fifth Fleet.....10 CVs and 5 CVLs:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Likiep at 134,113

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 12
TBF-1 Avenger x 5


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
CL Kinu
CL Natori



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Likiep at 134,113

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 71
SBD-5 Dauntless x 35
TBF-1 Avenger x 17


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 6 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Shiranui
CL Natori, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CL Kinu, Bomb hits 4
DD Minegumo



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
16 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Natori


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Likiep at 134,113

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Kinu
CL Natori, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shiranui



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

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Natori


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Likiep at 134,113

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 7



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 21
SBD-3 Dauntless x 12
SBD-5 Dauntless x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

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

Japanese Ships
CL Natori, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Kinu



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

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-2 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Natori




But thats it. Over 300 SBDs and 200 TBFs and Im not sure if we sank anything from a range of 2 hexes in clear weather. The SBD-5 Vindicators spotted this CL surface TF the 2nd day of the turn at a range of 8 hexes in clear weather but not a single SBD or TBF sortied to finish them off.


I sent in naval bombardment TFs to Wotje this turn along with multiple landing craft TFs to drop off supplies to the overstacked 2nd Marines:

Night Naval bombardment of Wotje at 135,115

Allied Ships
CL Detroit
CL Tromp
CL Sumatra
CL Java
DD Crosby
DD Stronghold
DD Arunta
DD Drayton

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



Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 5
Port hits 11
Port supply hits 5

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CL Detroit
CL Detroit firing at Wotje
CL Tromp firing at Wotje
CL Sumatra firing at Wotje
CL Java firing at Wotje
DD Crosby firing at Wotje
DD Stronghold firing at Wotje
DD Arunta firing at Wotje
DD Drayton firing at Wotje


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Night Naval bombardment of Wotje at 135,115

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
BB Arizona
CA Canberra
CA Vincennes
CA Quincy
CA Chester
CL Santa Fe
CL Montpelier
CL Marblehead
CL Trenton
CL Durban
DD Ralph Talbot
DD Blue
DD Walke
DD O'Brien
DD Frazier

Japanese ground losses:
465 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 32 (20 destroyed, 12 disabled)



Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 56
Port hits 33
Port supply hits 6

BB New Mexico firing at Wotje
BB Arizona firing at Wotje
CA Canberra firing at 4th Division
CA Vincennes firing at Wotje
CA Quincy firing at Wotje
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Chester
CA Chester firing at 7th Guards Inf. Regiment
CL Santa Fe firing at Wotje
CL Montpelier firing at Wotje
CL Marblehead firing at Wotje
CL Trenton firing at Wotje
CL Durban firing at Wotje
DD Ralph Talbot firing at 4th Division
DD Blue firing at Wotje
DD Walke firing at Wotje
DD O'Brien firing at Wotje
DD Frazier firing at Wotje



While the 8th Marines continue to recover their disabled squads on Wotje.....the 2nd marine Tank is ordered to attack as massed transport AC based at Makin drop the 503rd Parachute Regiment on the tiny atoll:


Ground combat at Wotje (135,115)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1575 troops, 12 guns, 163 vehicles, Assault Value = 185

Defending force 2481 troops, 61 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 65

Allied adjusted assault: 37

Japanese adjusted defense: 20

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
147 casualties reported
Squads: 27 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 11 (6 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 10 (4 destroyed, 6 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
8th Marine Regiment
503rd Parachute Rgt /1

Defending units:
53rd Nav Gd /1
28th Div /4
4th Div /1
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1
Wotje Base Force
6th RF Gun Bn /1
51st Construction Battalion
7th Guards Inf. Rgt /1
51st Nav Gd /1


Look at the attached screenshot for the assault on Wotje on day 2.....for the 2nd time in the war CENTPAC captures Wotje....at least on my out of synch computer:










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INVASION WOTJE.....HOST MACHINE VERSION



For the 2nd time in the war.....the 001 replay shows me capturing Wotje while the combat rpt.txt shows Dave still in control of the atoll:



Ground combat at Wotje (135,115)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2012 troops, 12 guns, 162 vehicles, Assault Value = 194

Defending force 2543 troops, 63 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 69

Allied adjusted assault: 77

Japanese adjusted defense: 28

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
315 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (9 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
172 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
8th Marine Regiment
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
503rd Parachute Rgt /1

Defending units:
53rd Nav Gd /1
28th Div /4
4th Div /1
Yokosuka 4th SNLF /1
7th Guards Inf. Rgt /1
Wotje Base Force
6th RF Gun Bn /1
51st Const Bn /1
51st Nav Gd /1




Everyone including the 8th Marine Regiment will attack at Wotje next turn.


The fast carriers will retire to the south next turn to get away from the IJN subs.

Looks like Dave disbanded one of his damaged cruisers in port at Kwajalein so Im sending in the SBDs to finish off whatever is anchored there.




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SSX-Ha32 is sunk by the escorts of an Allied bombardment TF near Wotje.

SS I-27 is sunk in port at Kwajalein by SBDs.


SS Haddo torpedoes xAK Siraha Maru off Totohara.

SS Harder is hit by 16 Dcs from an IJN ASW TF and sinks near Wakkanai.



CBI


Allied troops rout 2 IJA tank regiments near Pakhoi:



Ground combat at 72,57 (near Pakhoi)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 26103 troops, 442 guns, 373 vehicles, Assault Value = 938

Defending force 1397 troops, 0 guns, 222 vehicles, Assault Value = 106

Allied adjusted assault: 548

Japanese adjusted defense: 27

Allied assault odds: 20 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 147 (112 destroyed, 35 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
360 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
22nd (East African) Brigade
111th Chindit Brigade
28th Gurkha Brigade
5th Indian Division
78th Chinese/A Corps
21st Group Army

Defending units:
14th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment


One IJA tank regiment is destroyed.


Allied troops continue to manuever on the Burma/Thailand border to isolate Chiang Mai.



CENTPAC: WOTJE IS FINALLY CAPTURED



CENTPAC hammers Wotje with multiple naval bombardments:


Night Naval bombardment of Wotje at 135,115

Allied Ships
CL Detroit
CL Tromp
CL Sumatra
CL Java
DD Crosby
DD Stronghold
DD Arunta
DD Drayton

Japanese ground losses:
116 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled



Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 15
Port hits 6

SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CL Detroit
CL Detroit firing at Wotje
CL Tromp firing at Wotje
CL Sumatra firing at Wotje
CL Java firing at Wotje
DD Crosby firing at Wotje
DD Stronghold firing at Wotje
DD Arunta firing at Wotje
DD Drayton firing at Wotje


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Night Naval bombardment of Wotje at 135,115

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
BB Arizona
CA Canberra
CA Vincennes
CA Quincy
CA Chester
CL Santa Fe
CL Montpelier
CL Marblehead
CL Trenton
CL Durban
DD Ralph Talbot
DD Blue
DD Walke
DD O'Brien
DD Frazier

Japanese ground losses:
898 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 24 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 50 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 14 (9 destroyed, 5 disabled)



Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 19
Port hits 29
Port supply hits 11

BB New Mexico firing at Wotje
BB Arizona firing at Wotje
CA Canberra firing at Wotje
CA Vincennes firing at Wotje
CA Quincy firing at Wotje
CA Chester firing at Wotje
CL Santa Fe firing at Wotje
CL Montpelier firing at Wotje
CL Marblehead firing at Yokosuka 4th SNLF
CL Trenton firing at Wotje
CL Durban firing at 4th Division
DD Ralph Talbot firing at Wotje
DD Blue firing at Wotje
DD Walke firing at Wotje
DD O'Brien firing at Wotje
DD Frazier firing at Wotje


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Night Naval bombardment of Wotje at 135,115

Allied Ships
CA Frobisher
CA Dorsetshire
CA Houston
CA Northampton
CA Indianapolis
CL Danae
DD Kennison
DD Racehorse
DD Parrott
DD Litchfield
DD Edsall
DD Alden

Japanese ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 15
Port hits 7
Port supply hits 4

CA Frobisher firing at Wotje
CA Dorsetshire firing at Wotje
CA Houston firing at Wotje
CA Northampton firing at Wotje
CA Indianapolis firing at Wotje
CL Danae firing at Wotje
DD Kennison firing at Wotje
DD Racehorse firing at Wotje
DD Parrott firing at Wotje
DD Litchfield firing at Wotje
DD Edsall firing at Wotje
DD Alden firing at Wotje


Nearly 300 tactical, medium and heavy bombers plaster Wotje from the air.

The shell shocked Japanese defenders on Wotje are finally overwhelmed:


Ground combat at Wotje (135,115)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6760 troops, 96 guns, 262 vehicles, Assault Value = 178

Defending force 603 troops, 21 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 10

Allied adjusted assault: 124

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 124 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Wotje !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
747 casualties reported
Squads: 48 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 26 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (19 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3


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


Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
8th Marine Regiment
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
503rd Parachute Rgt /1

Defending units:
4th Div /1
Wotje Base Force
28th Div /4



We've got some minesweeping to do first at Wotje before we land seabees and BFs to get the level 3 AF there up and running. But since we are overstacked on Wotje with over 9000 troops on an atoll with a stacking limit of 6000 we will need to evacuate the assault troops before the support forces can be landed.


Common sense would dictate that CENTPAC now secure Kwajalein and then Roi-Namur. Dave has been furiously reinforcing both atolls by transport AC....there are now over 11,000 troops on Roi-Namur and 8000 troops on Kwajalein and both atolls have stacking limits of 6000. Im now planning to bypass and isolate Kwajalein and letting it "starve" for a bit while taking Roi-Namur and then Eniwetok. I will be landing nearly 40,000 troops on Roi-Namur so I had better bring _A LOT_ of supplies with me when CENTPAC invades here. I currently have only 2 regiments prepped for Kwajalein so we will need to isolate it for awhile before we invade there.







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Those bombardments must have been some of the most effective of the war! In the previous combat report the Japanese had 2543 troops and 63 guns. After your bombardments/bombing, your troops only had 747 troops and 19 guns to mop up! Kwaj should get the same treatment while you are building up Roi-Namur and Eniwetok!

BTW - I thought when you capture an enemy port all mines previously there just vanish - as though you capture the minefield map and render them ineffective or destroy them automatically?

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RE: CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 12/22/2012 12:10:46 AM   
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BBfanboy....unfortunately the mines always remain after you capture an enemy base....yuou can see the red dot for the Japanese minefields in the screenshot on my previous post on the NW hexside of Wotje.


CENTPAC


CENTPAC forces mass in the southern Gilberts for the assault on Roi-Namur. Estimate of 6 more days(3 turns) before landings go off.

The base at Wotje is repaired and 70 fighters are immediately staged in to CAP Wotje. WE continue to extract combat troops from Wotje as we land additional BFs and seabees to lessen the effects of overstacking.



CBI


Quiet in China. The vanguard of a 1200 AV SEAC army overruns a Japanese blocking force on the inland road through the jungles from Burma to central Thailand:


Ground combat at 60,54 (near Chiang Mai)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16400 troops, 341 guns, 545 vehicles, Assault Value = 713

Defending force 2004 troops, 19 guns, 126 vehicles, Assault Value = 112

Allied adjusted assault: 475

Japanese adjusted defense: 22

Allied assault odds: 21 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
721 casualties reported
Squads: 33 destroyed, 43 disabled
Non Combat: 45 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (2 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 32 (26 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Units retreated 4


Allied ground losses:
130 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 37 (4 destroyed, 33 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
SSVF Brigade
16th Light Cavalry Regiment
3rd Cavalry Regiment
2nd British Division
5th Field Regiment

Defending units:
1st RTA/A Division
2nd Tank Regiment
2nd Raiding Rgt /1
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion


The Allies are now driving on Raehaeng and threaten to isolate the level 4 Japanese AF at Chiang Mai.




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RE: CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 12/24/2012 4:31:35 PM   
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CENTPAC


We finally complete loading of all the assault troops for Roi-Namur at Tarawa. This will be the largest and trickiest atoll invasion of the war for the Allies. Dave has over 11,000 troops on the 6000 stacking limit atoll. Im landing about 40,000 troops so this operation will require an enormous amount of supplies. Besides the onboard supplies of the APAs and AKAs carrying the assault troops.....I have over 60 LSTs/AKs carrying over 100,000 supplies and I will probably need every ounce of it to pull this off.


CV Bunker Hill reaches the Marshalls from the Panama Canal and joins Fifth Fleet....we now have 11 CVs and 6 CVLs but CV Victorious will need to be withdrawn in 7 days. I will keep CV Victrious on the line for the Roi-Namur assault and then pay the carrying costs until she can be withdrawn....probably another week or so.

Ive been resting all the medium and heavy bombers based in the Marshalls and Gilberts for the last 2 turns. Ive also brought in every BB available including 4 of the 7 BBs that were torpedoed in the DEI offensive a couple of months ago. The damaged BBs still have considerable SYS FLT ENG damage but they can still fire their 14" and 16" guns.

Next turn all the invasion forces and support TFs will take up position just off Roi-Namur. The fast carriers will sail to a point just W of Wotje where they can help cover the landings. I have 3 operational CVEs that will CAP the landings at Roi-Namur plus another 70 fighters based at Wotje that will LRCAP the invasion.

As all the Allied invasion and support TFs gather at Roi-Namur next turn....over 300 tactical, medium and heavy bombers will begin roto-tilling the tiny atoll and multiple naval bombardment TFs will start shelling the dug in Japanese defenders.

In 3 days the landings will commence on Roi-Namur. I dont anticipate KB showing up here to contest the invasion as Dave has zero airfields withing range of Roi-Namur to provide land based air support now that Ponape has suffered 100% AF damage.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


B-25D1s hit IJN shipping in the DEI:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Taliaboe at 73,104

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 2 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 3



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 5
P-38H Lightning x 17


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Asuka Maru
xAK Syohei Maru
xAK Teisin Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead





Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mangole at 74,105

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 3



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAKL Penang Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Shinnan Maru, Shell hits 11
PB Kosin Maru #3, Shell hits 5



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taliaboe at 73,104

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 1



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 5


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kamoi Maru, Shell hits 1
xAK Asuka Maru, Shell hits 6
xAK Teisin Maru, on fire
xAK Syohei Maru



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead



Dave sent in some fighters at 100" at Saumlaki to sink some of the PTs guarding the base. I believe that another naval bombardment with BBs here is imminent.




THE AIR WAR



I havent posted on this in awhile. Japan has now lost 13,299 AC vs Allied losses of 11,129 AC or about 20% more. In A2A.....Japan has lost 6255 AC vs Allied losses of 4749 AC or about 30% more.



Here is a screenshot of Japanese AC losses by plane type:















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10/6-10/7/43.......THE AIR WAR



And here is a screenshot of Allied plane losses by type. The F4F-4 has moved up into 3rd place due to heavy usage by USMC pilots. The C-47 Skytrain is now in 2nd place due almost exclusively to op losses in flying over the hump to bring in supplies to China from India. Its only a matter of type before the C-47 takes over 1st place for Allied plane losses.




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10/7/43......THE AIR WAR


And finally here is a screenshot of the top Allied aces. Early in the war....this list was mostly populated by British and Dutch pilots. Now only one non US pilot makes the top 22. Four USMC pilots make it into the top 22 as they are carrying a huge portion of the fighter missions over SWPAC/CENTPAC/SOPAC/DEI.....and its no accident that they are all flying the F4U-1 Corsair....one of the two most dominant fighter designs for the Allies at this stage of the war along with the P-47D1s.

I was a bit surprised that none of the USAAF aces were flying P-47D1s but I think thats because the P-38 variants were available much earlier in the war and most of my elite battle hardened fighter squadrons switched over the the latest and greatest P-38 variant. The 18th Fighter group claims 5 of the top 22 aces...and some of them are still flying P-40s....testament to the amount of air combat they have seen over the CBI since the initial stages of the war.




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D DAY MINUS 1 AT ROI-NAMUR - 12/29/2012 7:51:02 PM   
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CENTPAC: D DAY MINUS 1 AT ROI-NAMUR


CENTPAC delivers a horrific preliminary aerial and naval bombardment on Roi-Namur:


Night Naval bombardment of Roi-Namur at 132,114

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB Massachusetts
CA Cornwall
CA Sussex
CA Shropshire
CA Salt Lake City
CA Louisville
CL Newcastle
DD Redoubt
DD Nizam
DD Nestor
DD Nepal
DD Gridley
DD Helm
DD Bagley

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 17
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 69
Port hits 19
Port fuel hits 7
Port supply hits 5

BB Prince of Wales firing at Roi-Namur
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Massachusetts
BB Massachusetts firing at Roi-Namur
CA Cornwall firing at Roi-Namur
CA Sussex firing at Roi-Namur
CA Shropshire firing at Roi-Namur
CA Salt Lake City firing at Roi-Namur
CA Louisville firing at Roi-Namur
CL Newcastle firing at Roi-Namur
DD Redoubt firing at Roi-Namur
DD Nizam firing at Roi-Namur
DD Nestor firing at Roi-Namur
DD Nepal firing at Roi-Namur
DD Gridley firing at 6th Base Force
DD Helm firing at Roi-Namur
DD Bagley firing at Roi-Namur



Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 6
B-17E Fortress x 16
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 78
B-24J Liberator x 12
B-25D1 Mitchell x 22
F4F-4 Wildcat x 23
F4U-1 Corsair x 10
F6F-3 Hellcat x 13
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 30
SBD-3 Dauntless x 22
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
988 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 65 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 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: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...


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Morning Air attack on I./143rd Infantry Battalion, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 54
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 6


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...


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Morning Air attack on I./143rd Infantry Battalion, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 32


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy , at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 54
TBF-1 Avenger x 6


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 5 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 37
TBF-1 Avenger x 18


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb




Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Ventura GR.V x 12
PV-1 Ventura x 24
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 38
PV-1 Ventura x 48


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x Ventura GR.V bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 48
PV-1 Ventura x 6


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 31
B-24D Liberator x 3
B-25C Mitchell x 43
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 44


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
93 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...



Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36
TBF-1 Avenger x 18


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on I./143rd Infantry Battalion, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 9
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 40


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb


Morning Air attack on I./143rd Infantry Battalion, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 31


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
F4U-1 Corsair x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 51


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy , at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 10
F4F-4 Wildcat x 38
F6F-3 Hellcat x 152
TBF-1 Avenger x 228


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
342 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
17 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Combined Fleet /2 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Combined Fleet /2 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Combined Fleet /2 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...


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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 47
SBD-5 Dauntless x 72


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 3 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
14 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
13 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
14 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Roi-Namur ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Roi-Namur ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Roi-Namur ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Roi-Namur ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Roi-Namur ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...
Also attacking Roi-Namur ...
Also attacking 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy ...


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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 44
SBD-5 Dauntless x 26


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 42
SBD-5 Dauntless x 28


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 57
SBD-5 Dauntless x 34


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
15 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
17 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 25
SBD-5 Dauntless x 24


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 35
SBD-5 Dauntless x 36


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
22 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 29
SBD-5 Dauntless x 25


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Roi-Namur , at 132,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 46
SBD-5 Dauntless x 35


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
17 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 2nd Indpt SNLF Coy , at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 61
TBF-1 Avenger x 6


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Night Naval bombardment of Roi-Namur at 132,114

Allied Ships
CL Tromp
CL Sumatra
CL Java
DD Stronghold
DD Arunta
DD Drayton



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 10
Port hits 2

CL Tromp firing at Roi-Namur
CL Sumatra firing at Roi-Namur
C.XI-W acting as spotter for CL Java
CL Java firing at Roi-Namur
DD Stronghold firing at Roi-Namur
DD Arunta firing at Roi-Namur
DD Drayton firing at Roi-Namur



Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Ventura GR.V x 9
PV-1 Ventura x 18
F6F-3 Hellcat x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 42


Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
61 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x Ventura GR.V bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...


Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 25
B-25C Mitchell x 37
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
83 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...



Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 28
B-24J Liberator x 6
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
F4U-1 Corsair x 16
F6F-3 Hellcat x 35


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
146 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...



Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 46


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 29
F6F-3 Hellcat x 119
TBF-1 Avenger x 90


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...





By the time we hit the beaches next turn on D-Day Roi-Namur will have suffered the most devastating "Spruance haircut" of the war. With over 11,000 troops on Roi-Namur Im estimating a defending force of 250-300 AV. This last turn the Allied air and naval bombardments killed or disrupted over 160 AV of Japanese troops. Next turn 4 USMC and 2 US Army regiments will storm ashore and Im expecting them to face maybe 50-100 AV of shell shocked undisrupted troops with poor morale and high fatigue.

The fast carriers stand off Wotje to lend support as 3 CVEs and 70 land based fighters from Wotje CAP and LRCAP the invasion TFs and support TFs as they mass just off Roi-Namur.

The only level Japanese 4 AF in range is Ponape and its 100% damaged. The level Japanese level 1 AFs at Kwajalein and Eniwetok will not be able to launch any offensive air operations. Recon shows the presence of 35 Japanese bombers but no fighters at the level 3 AF at Wake.



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SUBS


SS Dragonet sinks E Maeshima off Ominato....any day you can sink one of the dreaded E boats is a good day.





CBI


Dave sweeps Pegu at high altitude with his Georges and once again they give better than they get:


Morning Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 41,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 44



Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIc x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7
F4U-1 Corsair x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIc: 2 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 3 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
25 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 41000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMD-254 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (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 42000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
No.177 Sqn RAF with Beaufighter VIc (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 7000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes




Afternoon Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 45,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 35



Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 14
F4U-1 Corsair x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 4 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
22 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 41000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMD-254 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes



The Georges are punking my 2 best fighter plane types....the F4U-1s and the P-47D2s....and both of those fighter squadrons average mid 70's exp and mid 70's A2A skill.

After decimating the Allied CAP over Pegu Dave then lands a well timed airfield attack:


Afternoon Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 23
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 10
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 27
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 17
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20



Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 3 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 5 destroyed on ground
Vengeance I: 2 destroyed on ground
Hudson IIIa: 1 destroyed on ground
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
Blenheim VD: 3 destroyed on ground
CW-22 Falcon: 1 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 39

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
18 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar sweeping at 6000 feet
17 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar sweeping at 6000 feet

CAP engaged:
23rd FG/75th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 42000 , scrambling fighters to 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes



Kudos to Dave for executing a well planned attack. I guess Im just a bit surprised that Im not seeing the Georges all over the Pacific but maybe Japan doesnt have many squadrons that can upgrade to them.......I dunno.


SEAC ground troops defeat thew Japanese forces just SE of Chiang mai:



Ground combat at 59,54 (near Chiang Mai)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16313 troops, 341 guns, 546 vehicles, Assault Value = 699

Defending force 1471 troops, 31 guns, 119 vehicles, Assault Value = 41

Allied adjusted assault: 644

Japanese adjusted defense: 31

Allied assault odds: 20 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
308 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 43 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (8 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 56 (50 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Units retreated 4
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
77 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
16th Light Cavalry Regiment
632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
SSVF Brigade
3rd Cavalry Regiment
2nd British Division
5th Field Regiment

Defending units:
9th Armored Car Co
2nd Tank Regiment
1st RTA/A Division
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
22nd Field AA Machinecannon Company



Now I must choose between taking now isolated Chiang Mai with its level 4 AF or pressing on the with the advance towards Rahaeng.



Fairly quiet in China. Dave has been resting his main army in northern China at Sinyang for some time.....trying to recover all the squads that were disabled the last time he tried to advance on Sian. Now recon is showing not just the 175,000 IJA troops at Sinyang(9 divisions).....it now shows some 1500 newly arrived armored vehicles....the equivalent of 5 tank divisions. I dont have nearly enough AT guns in the forests south of Sian to stop this. Next turn Im moving my 2 remaining AT regiments in southern China to railheads and then Changsha where they can be airlifted to Sian.



SWPAC


For the better part of a month....the US Army 32nd Division and the 43rd Division have been slogging it through the jungle from vanimo to Hollandia. This turn the infantry reaches Hollandia and immediately invests the 20,000 IJA troops defending there. Landing craft and a couple of APAs were used to land I US Corps HQ, 2 artillery Bns and 3 tank Bns at Hollandia this turn:


Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
PG Charleston
SC-700
LST-21
LST-23
LST-20



PG Charleston fired at enemy troops
SC-700 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Hollandia (93,116)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

87 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DMS Boggs
APA John Penn



DMS Boggs fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Hollandia (93,116)

TF 365 troops unloading over beach at Hollandia, 93,116


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




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Pre-Invasion action off Hollandia (93,116)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

90 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-984
LCI-22
LCI-63
LCI-62


Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


SC-984 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 Hollandia (93,116)

TF 391 troops unloading over beach at Hollandia, 93,116


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Oct 11, 43

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Invasion Support action off Hollandia (93,116)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

47 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI-327
LCI-329
LCI-330
LCI-62
SC-984
LCI-22
LCI-217
LCI-75


Allied ground losses:
32 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


LCI-327 fired at enemy troops
LCI-329 fired at enemy troops
LCI-330 fired at enemy troops
LCI-327 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Hollandia (93,116)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DMS Boggs
APA John Penn



DMS Boggs fired at enemy troops



I will bombard the Japanese here at Hollandia for a couple of turns as we stage a couple hundred medium and heavy bombers from the Gilberts and Marshalls back to Fifth Air Force on New Guinea. After Fifth Air Forces softens up the defenders here for a few turns SWPAC will launch an assault.



CENTPAC: D DAY AT ROI NAMUR



Five USMC and US Army regiments storm ashore on Roi-Namur under the cover of a murderous naval and aerial bombardment:


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Oct 10, 43
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Pre-Invasion action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

38 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
CL Detroit
CL Richmond
DD Crosby
DD Frazier
PG Charleston
SC-700
LST-29
LST-21
LST-20
LST-34
DD Tjerk Hiddes
LST-23

Japanese ground losses:
38 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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


BB Mississippi firing at 6th Base Force
CL Detroit firing at 6th Base Force
CL Richmond firing at 6th Base Force
DD Crosby firing at 6th Base Force
DD Frazier firing at 6th Base Force
PG Charleston firing at 6th Base Force
SC-700 fired at enemy troops
DD Frazier fired at enemy troops
PG Charleston 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 Roi-Namur (132,114)

TF 309 troops unloading over beach at Roi-Namur, 132,114


Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


37mm M3 AT Gun lost from landing craft during unload of 5th Marine Rgt
13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 43 lost in surf during unload of 6th Marine Rgt /2
Motorized Support lost from landing craft during unload of 182nd Infantry Rgt
13 troops of a USMC Rifle Squad 43 accidentally lost during unload of 7th Marine Rgt /3


Night Naval bombardment of Roi-Namur at 132,114

Allied Ships
BB West Virginia
CA Australia
CL Nashville
DD Smith
DD Doyle
DD Kalk

Japanese ground losses:
80 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 11
Port hits 5
Port supply hits 1

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB West Virginia
BB West Virginia firing at Roi-Namur
CA Australia firing at Roi-Namur
CL Nashville firing at Roi-Namur
DD Smith firing at Roi-Namur
DD Doyle firing at Roi-Namur
DD Kalk firing at Roi-Namur


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Night Naval bombardment of Roi-Namur at 132,114

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
BB Arizona
CA Canberra
CA Vincennes
CA Quincy
CA Chester
CL Santa Fe
CL Montpelier
CL Durban
DD Blue
DD Walke
DD O'Brien

Japanese ground losses:
111 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 12
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 43
Port hits 18
Port fuel hits 4
Port supply hits 4

BB New Mexico firing at Roi-Namur
BB Arizona firing at Roi-Namur
CA Canberra firing at Roi-Namur
CA Vincennes firing at Roi-Namur
CA Quincy firing at Roi-Namur
CA Chester firing at Roi-Namur
CL Santa Fe firing at Roi-Namur
CL Montpelier firing at Roi-Namur
CL Durban firing at Roi-Namur
DD Blue firing at Roi-Namur
DD Walke firing at 6th Base Force
DD O'Brien firing at Roi-Namur


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Pre-Invasion action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Swallow
AK Leonis



AM Swallow fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Roi-Namur (132,114)

TF 265 troops unloading over beach at Roi-Namur, 132,114





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Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi
CL Detroit
CL Richmond
DD Crosby
DD Ralph Talbot
DD Frazier
PG Charleston
SC-700
LST-20
DD Tjerk Hiddes
LST-21



BB Mississippi firing at 6th Base Force
CL Detroit firing at 41st Naval Guard Unit
CL Richmond firing at 6th Base Force
DD Crosby firing at 6th Base Force
DD Ralph Talbot firing at 6th Base Force
PG Charleston fired at enemy troops
SC-700 fired at enemy troops
DD Ralph Talbot fired at enemy troops
DD Frazier fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards


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Pre-Invasion action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

25 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Muritai
AK Prince Georges



AM Muritai fired at enemy troops


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Amphibious Assault at Roi-Namur (132,114)

TF 393 troops unloading over beach at Roi-Namur, 132,114





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Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Swallow
AK Leonis



AM Swallow fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

10 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
PG Charleston
SC-700
LST-21
LST-20
LST-28



PG Charleston fired at enemy troops
SC-700 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

11 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Muritai
AK Prince Georges



AM Muritai fired at enemy troops



Morning Air attack on 9th Armored Car Co , at 59,54 , near Chiang Mai

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 14


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Hurricane IIc Trop sweeping at 35000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 63
B-24J Liberator x 24
B-25D1 Mitchell x 22
P-40B Warhawk x 9
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F4U-1 Corsair x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 18
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 29
SBD-3 Dauntless x 12
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
405 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 14 (4 destroyed, 10 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 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: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking 6th Base Force ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...


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Morning Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
F4U-1 Corsair x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 3
SBD-3 Dauntless x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking 41st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...


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Morning Air attack on 6th Base Force, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 23
TBF-1 Avenger x 6


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on I./143rd Infantry Battalion, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 34
TBF-1 Avenger x 18


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
Ventura GR.V x 12
PV-1 Ventura x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 29
PV-1 Ventura x 50


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x Ventura GR.V bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on 86th Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 31
B-24D Liberator x 3
B-25C Mitchell x 43
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 33


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...
Also attacking I./143rd Infantry Bn /2 ...
Also attacking 86th Nav Gd /1 ...



Morning Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 37
TBF-1 Avenger x 18


Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 13000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on I./143rd Infantry Battalion, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 9
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Afternoon Air attack on 41st Naval Guard Unit, at 132,114 (Roi-Namur)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 33
F6F-3 Hellcat x 33
SBD-5 Dauntless x 16
TBF-1 Avenger x 6


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 3 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
5 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb




Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
AM Swallow
AK Leonis



AM Swallow fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Roi-Namur (132,114)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
PG Charleston
SC-700
LST-21
LST-23
LST-20



PG Charleston fired at enemy troops
SC-700 fired at enemy troops




The devastating 3 day "Spruance haircut" delivered on Roi-Namur has left no coconut palm left over 3' tall and no Japanese defender capable of putting up an effective defense. The battle for Roi-Namur is over very quickly as the Japanese defenders have been reduced to an adjusted AV of two:


Ground combat at Roi-Namur (132,114)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 20778 troops, 430 guns, 526 vehicles, Assault Value = 791

Defending force 2817 troops, 37 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 24

Allied adjusted assault: 422

Japanese adjusted defense: 2

Allied assault odds: 211 to 1 (fort level 5)

Allied forces CAPTURE Roi-Namur !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
3408 casualties reported
Squads: 56 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 295 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 33 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 38 (38 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 4


Allied ground losses:
625 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 13 (10 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 13 (11 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Assaulting units:
5th Marine Regiment
193rd Tank Battalion
1st USMC Corps Tank Battalion
185th Infantry Regiment
7th Marine Regiment
182nd Infantry Regiment
6th Marine Regiment

Defending units:
41st Naval Guard Unit
Combined Fleet /2
6th Base Force
I./143rd Infantry Bn /2




I did get messages this turn that both the 193rd Tank BN and the 102nd Combat Engineer Regiment have been "DISPERSED!" I havent seen that message before and Im not sure what it means but it cant be very good. I will find out what happened to those 2 units when I get the file back from Dave.


CENTPAC now has control of every AF > than level 1 in the Marshalls. The level 4 Japanese AF at Ponape is still 100% damaged and with 40,000 defenders I wont be attacking there anytime soon. Japan still holds Kwajalein with its level 1 AF but there are over 5000 IJA troops there and I only have 2 regiments prepped for it so Kwajalein will be bypassed and starved for awhile....eventually I want to take it for its anchorage.

CENTPAC will next assault Eniwetok in about 3 turns and that will be the Allies most forward base in the central Pacific for some time. The capture of Eniwetok will directly threaten the Marianas and Im sure that Dave will accelerate building up his defenses here at expense of his defenses in the Carolines and Paulaus.


After CENTPAC captures Eniwetok the fast carriers will be withdrawn for repairs, maintenance and their 10/43 upgrades. Several of the USN BBs will also be withdrawn for their 10/43 upgrades. Things will be quiet for a bit in the pacific with the exception of some base hopping on New Guinea. The 6 damaged CVes that were torpedoed in the DEI offensive are all in port rapidly repairing their damage. One of the CVEs...now at Sydney....will get out of the body shop in about 3 weeks. There are also 2 CVEs repairing at Milne Bay and 2 CVEs repairing a Port Moresby with a 5th CVE repairing at Merauke. I hope to have 2 more of these CVes back in action when we resume offensive ops in the pacific in late 1943 or early 1944. Of the 7 Allied BBs that were torpedoed in the DEI offensive....2 will be withdrawn(RN "R" Class BBs) and the other 5 will make their way to Pearl Harbor,Bremerton and SF for repairs and upgrades.











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RE: D DAY AT ROI-NAMUR - 1/1/2013 7:17:58 PM   
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Wow - thorough job on Roi-Namur. Talk about bringing the big hammer!

Re: the Georges, they are recent arrivals and he hasn't had much production yet. I think you will see a lot more of them - if he can get them out there.
Their success against your good fighters is likely a matter of numbers. With equal or greater numbers your fighters will beat them.

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I have not yet begun to fight! OTOH I have not yet begun to flee. Hmmmmm - choices, choices -always with the choices.

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RE: CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 1/4/2013 4:42:54 PM   
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BBfanboy....I guess that I need to get more P-47D2s into Burma then.



10/12-10/13/43



SUBS


SS Growler sinks PB Tatsumi Maru off Balabac.

SS Peto is sunk by an IJN ASW TF near Keijo.



CBI


Dave rests his Georges this turn and switches over to Jacks on high altitude sweeps. This turn the target is Toungoo and the Brits are flying LRCAP:


Morning Air attack on Toungoo , at 57,50

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 39,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 25



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 30


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 4 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x J2M2 Jack sweeping at 36000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19600
Raid is overhead
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes



Morning Air attack on Toungoo , at 57,50

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 26
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 29
Ki-21-IIb Sally x 29
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 29
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 5
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 5



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 destroyed
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed on ground



Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 33

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
29 x Ki-21-IIb Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 19600 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers



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Morning Air attack on Toungoo , at 57,50

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 27
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 20
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 5 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed on ground



Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 16

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 35600 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19600 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 19600 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 35600 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 35600 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 87 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers



Morning Air attack on Toungoo , at 57,50

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 20



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 36


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 destroyed



CAP engaged:
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes


Morning Air attack on Toungoo , at 57,50

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 24
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 31
Ki-21-IIb Sally x 29
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 25
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 19
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 27
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 33


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-21-IIb Sally: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 4 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 6 destroyed on ground
Martlet IV: 4 destroyed on ground



Airbase hits 20
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 42

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
31 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
28 x Ki-21-IIb Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 19600
Raid is overhead
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (6 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19600 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 19600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 62 minutes



Dave has commited a substantial amount of airpower to Thailand and appears to be trying to take out one Allied AF in Burma each turn. There are way too many Japanese AFs in Thailand to recon let alone knock out. These recent strikes seem to be originating form a trio of AFs near Rahaeng and Pisanuloke. Im going to use PBYs and small bomber formations to recon as many AFs here as possible. Tenth Air Force and RAF bombers have been exclusively ground bombing to provide support for our ground offensive towards Chiang Mai and Rahaeng. I probably need to use the heavy bombers to hit the Japanese AFs and develop more of a counterair campaign before the ground offensive goes forward.


In China its been pretty quiet in the south. In the north....the large IJN army at Sinyang appears to be finally resuming its drive on Sian. A single IJA recon unit took out the Chinese roadblock at Nanyang. The 4000 AV Chinese army defending in the forests to the south of Sian will slowly withdraw on Sian and put out a rear guard to fight a delaying action. With the equivalent of 5 armor divisions moving on Sian I need to stall for time to airlift additional AT regiments into the front line. A SEAC AT regiment marching across China towards the railhead at Tuyun is instead airlifted by transport AC from Hengyang to Chungking..... next turn additional transport AC will airlift the AT regiment from Chungking to Sian. Another AT regiment will rail to Changsha this turn will it will be airlifted to Sian in 2 turns.



CENTPAC


With over 25,000 troops over stacking the 6000 troop stacking limit at Roi-namur dozens of APAs/AKAs/LCIs/LSTs furiously reload the assault forces, The over stacked assault troops need to be withdrawn before we can land even a single seabee or BF at Roi-namur. A major reorganization of air forces occurs here as heavy bombers and medium bombers are withdrawn from the Marshalls and Gilberts to be redeployed on New Guinea.

I neglected to mention last turn that the invasion of Roi-Namur was assisted by V Amphib Force commanded by none other than Adm Richmond Kelly Turner aboard newly arrived AGC Blue Ridge.....this was the 1st use of an amphib force HQ for the Allies during the war.

With the capture of Roi-Namur in the Marshalls and the absence of Japanese offensive AFs( >than level 1) in the area the Gilberts have now become a backwater. BFs from the Gilberts will now be redeployed to the Marshalls and to Rabaul for future offensive ops.

Amphibious transports loaded with assault troops for Eniwetok gather in the northern Marshalls. Eniwetok should be a much easier objective to take than Roi-Namur.




SWPAC


Medium and heavy bombers staged to New Guinea from the Gilberts and Marshalls hammer away at Japanese defensive positions at Hollandia.

SWPAC troops launch a bombardment attack at Hollandia to size up their opposition:


Ground combat at Hollandia (93,116)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11079 troops, 253 guns, 233 vehicles, Assault Value = 949

Defending force 9118 troops, 108 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 218

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



Assaulting units:
32nd Infantry Division
762nd Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry/A Division
767th Tank Battalion
102nd Combat Engineer Regiment
754th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry/B Division
198th Field Artillery Battalion
113th USAAF Base Force
43rd USN Naval Construction Battalion
XI US Corps
I US Corps
205th Field Artillery Battalion
71st RAAF Wing

Defending units:
18th Garrison Unit /4
Sasebo 8th SNLF
83rd Naval Guard Unit
2nd Guards Div /3
28th Div /3
6th Naval Construction Battalion
32nd Special Base Force
4th Field AF Construction Battalion
1st Naval Construction Battalion
1st JNAF Coy
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th JAAF Base Force /1



I US Corps will bombard again next turn as air power softens up the defenders and then an attack will be ordered in 2 turns.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Dave sends in a bombardment TF with BB Yamato and BB Musashi to hit the forward Allied AF at Kai-eilanden. On the 1st day of the turn the Allied naval bombers are easily repelled by the 118 Japanese fighters on LRCAP over the super BBs:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 74,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 9
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 60



Allied aircraft
Beaufort VIII x 10


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 3 destroyed
Beaufort VIII: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 34 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 31 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 29 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead



Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 74,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 4
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 9
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 44



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 15
P-38H Lightning x 9


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 destroyed by flak
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 1
BB Musashi



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
30 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 206 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (23 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
23 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 21 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead



The IJN super BBs sink a hapless minelayer off Kai-eilanden:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Saumlaki at 77,115, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Musashi
CA Mogami
CL Naka
DD Akizuki
DD Isonami
DD Sagiri
DD Fumizuki
DD Nagatsuki

Allied Ships
CM Terror, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk



Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
BB Yamato engages CM Terror at 10,000 yards
CA Mogami engages CM Terror at 10,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages CM Terror at 10,000 yards
DD Fumizuki engages CM Terror at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
BB Musashi engages CM Terror at 5,000 yards
CA Mogami engages CM Terror at 5,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages CM Terror at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CM Terror sunk by DD Nagatsuki at 3,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...



The super BBs arrive at their target at Kai-eilanden only to run into the thick Allied minefields:


TF 445 encounters mine field at Kai-eilanden (81,115)

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi, Mine hits 1
BB Yamato, Mine hits 1




Unfortunately for Dave.....he leaves the super BBs on "surface TF" and not "naval bombardment" so for all their trouble they have to return the base without firing a shot and they now face the gauntlet of Allied air power out for retribution the next day:


Allied naval bombers hit the super BBs all afternoon and finally break through the LRCAP:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 77,112

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 23
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 16
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 18
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 21



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6
TBF-1 Avenger x 8


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 3 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 23 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 16 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 77,112

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 16
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 12
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 16



Allied aircraft
Beaufort VIII x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24
F4U-1 Corsair x 9
SBD-5 Dauntless x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 1 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 5 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 6 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 2
CA Mogami, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
BB Musashi, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
CL Naka



Aircraft Attacking:
13 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x Beaufort VIII launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
21 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 111 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 77,112

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 5
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 7
P-38H Lightning x 15
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 6 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 6, on fire
DD Fumizuki
DD Nagatsuki
CA Mogami, heavy fires



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
2 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 63 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 31000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 16000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (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 14000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 150 minutes



BB Musashi appears to have been seriously damaged.






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SS Flasher sinks E W-29 off Wakkanai.

SS Dorado sinks xAK Mansei Maru near Agrihan.



CENTPAC......D DAY MINUS ONE AT ENIWETOK



CENTPAC unleashes another 2 day massive aerial bombardment and a preliminary naval bombardment on Eniwetok:


Night Naval bombardment of Eniwetok at 127,108

Allied Ships
CL Tromp
CL Sumatra
CL Java
DD Stronghold
DD Arunta
DD Drayton

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



Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 17
Port hits 6
Port supply hits 9

CL Tromp firing at Eniwetok
C.XI-W acting as spotter for CL Sumatra
CL Sumatra firing at Eniwetok
CL Java firing at Eniwetok
DD Stronghold firing at Eniwetok
DD Arunta firing at 47th JNAF AF Unit
DD Drayton firing at Eniwetok



Morning Air attack on 51st Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 7
B-17E Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 66
B-24J Liberator x 25
B-25C Mitchell x 19
F6F-3 Hellcat x 13
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 34


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
1232 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 55 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 132 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 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
10 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
1 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 5th RF Gun Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...


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Morning Air attack on 28th Division, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 3
F6F-3 Hellcat x 42
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 3


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...


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Morning Air attack on 28th Division, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb


Morning Air attack on II/84th Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 30


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
90 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Afternoon Air attack on 3rd South Seas Gsn , at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes


Allied aircraft
Ventura GR.V x 4
PV-1 Ventura x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 35
PV-1 Ventura x 20


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Ventura GR.V bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...


Afternoon Air attack on 5th RF Gun Battalion, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 42


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on 301st Ind.Infantry Battalion, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 7
B-17E Fortress x 11
B-17F Fortress x 2
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 70
B-24J Liberator x 21
B-25C Mitchell x 19
F6F-3 Hellcat x 39
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 35


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
354 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 42 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 13 (7 destroyed, 6 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 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
10 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 5th RF Gun Bn /1 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 47th JNAF AF Unit ...



Morning Air attack on II/84th Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 27


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...


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Morning Air attack on 28th Division, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 30
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb


Afternoon Air attack on 301st Ind.Infantry Battalion, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Ventura GR.V x 4
PV-1 Ventura x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 35
PV-1 Ventura x 20


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
103 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x Ventura GR.V bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...


Afternoon Air attack on 28th Division, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 27


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb




Originally I was going to invade here after a one day bombardment but Dave guessed my intentions and has heavily reinforced Eniwetok via transport AC.....the former 3000 strong garrison is now estimated to number over 8000 troops so Im giving it a 3 day 'Spruance haircut" before a mostly New Zealand force storms ashore. However....after a 2 day bombardment Fifth Fleet is a sitting duck out in the middle of the central Pacific without a trace of support from land based air forces. Three CVEs with over 80 fighters provide CAP over Eniwetok while 11 fleet carriers and 5 CVLs stand just offshore......about 46 miles SW of Eniwetok..... in case KB comes to play next turn. CV Victorious remains on station off Eniwetok with the 10 USN CVs even though she is scheduled to withdraw this turn. This will be her last CENTPAC operation and then she will be withdrawn from the Pacific.


Tomorrow there will be both a massive naval bombardment and an aerial bombardment as the Kiwis storm ashore on a 6000 stacxking limit atoll.

APAs/AKAs/LSTs/AKs continue to load the assault force left on Roi-Namur.....last turn there were over 25,000 troops on a 6000 stacking limit atoll and now there are 15,000 troops so hopefuly we are un der the stacking limit next turn and then I can unload seabees to start filling in the holes on the pockmarked runways.



SWPAC


Fifth Air Force pounds the Japanese defenders at Hollandia with tactical, medium and heavy bombers. Next turn I US Corps will launch a deliberate assault here.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


Evidently BB Musashi was very heavily damaged last turn as she limped a mere 3 hexes north to Ambon but did not enter port as Dave evidently thought I would be port bombing at Ambon. I had rerouted subs patrols from nearly a dozen subs to positions in the Banda Sea due west of where we hit BB Musashi last turn as I thought Dave would try to move her out of range of my bombers towards Dili and the other ports on Timor. But since Bb Musashi was only moved 3 hexes her damage must be greater than I originally thought.

Dave went all out to save BB Musashi. First he worked over the nearest Allied AF at Kai-eilanden:


Morning Air attack on Kai-eilanden , at 81,115

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 41
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 48



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 21
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 22
F4U-1 Corsair x 27
F6F-3 Hellcat x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 17 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 13 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed on ground
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 24

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
23 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
VF-38 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
VMF-223 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 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 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 14 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
18th FG/70th FS with P-40K Warhawk (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(21 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 15 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Raid is overhead


Morning Air attack on Kai-eilanden , at 81,115

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 19



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 17
F4U-1 Corsair x 22
F6F-3 Hellcat x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 12 damaged
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed on ground
Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed on ground
P-38H Lightning: 2 destroyed on ground


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


Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 19

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
VF-38 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead
VMF-223 with F4U-1 Corsair (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
18th FG/70th FS with P-40K Warhawk (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Kai-eilanden , at 81,115

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 21



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 4
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 17
F4U-1 Corsair x 17
F6F-3 Hellcat x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 9 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VRF-5F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VF-38 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VMF-223 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
VMF-441 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 6 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
18th FG/70th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
348th FG/342nd FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000
Raid is overhead



My naval bombers based on Kai-eilanden had been shot up pretty well on the previous turn when they initially attacked BB Yamayo, BB Musashi and CA Mogami so I withdrew all the naval attack squadrons...SBDs, TBFs and Beaufort VIIIs back to Darwin to rebuild. I thought that all 3 of the IJN capital ships would be out of range of my land based air this turn so I made no special effort to mass naval bombers against them and instead chose to rely on the Allied subs...and then of course I placed them on intercept locations to the west when in fact Dave retreated to the north.

So there were just a few attack AC at Dobo that were available to attack BB Musashi..... but Dave CAPed and LRCAPed BB Musashi at Ambon with some 183 fighters and the Allied naval bombers were easily repulsed:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 61
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
N1K1-J George x 7
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 13
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 58
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 42



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 1
SBD-5 Dauntless x 25


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Musashi, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000' *
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 27 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 23 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 13 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (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 6000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai/A with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 31 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
31 planes vectored on to bombers
13th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 17 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 40
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 9
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 46
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 32



Allied aircraft
Beaufort VIII x 4
F6F-3 Hellcat x 2
SBD-5 Dauntless x 13


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 21 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead
3 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai/A with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
29 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 112 minutes
29 planes vectored on to bombers
13th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 106 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes



Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambon at 76,109

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
N1K1-J George x 3
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 4
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 44
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Raid is overhead
902 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead
261 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 12 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (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 16000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 68 minutes
50th Sentai/A with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
9th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
29 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (17 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead




Since BB Musashi is obviously crippled....I will stage in over 200 fighters and naval bombers to Dobo, Saumlaki and Kai-eilanden next turn to hopefully get another shot or two in on the heavily damaged IJN BB.









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SS Flasher torpedoes xAK Totori Maru off Toyohara.

SS Growler is hit by 7 DCs from an IJN ASW TF and sinks near Brunei.



CENTPAC....D DAY ON ENIWETOK


Kiwi and US troops wade ashore on Eniwetok after another heavy aerial and naval bombardment:


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Night Naval bombardment of Eniwetok at 127,108

Allied Ships
BB Ramillies
BB Royal Sovereign
CA Frobisher
CA Dorsetshire
CA Indianapolis
CL Danae
DD Thracian
DD Thanet

Japanese ground losses:
179 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (3 destroyed, 4 disabled)



Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 30
Port hits 25
Port supply hits 5

BB Ramillies firing at Eniwetok
BB Royal Sovereign firing at Eniwetok
CA Frobisher firing at 47th JNAF AF Unit
CA Dorsetshire firing at Eniwetok
SOC-1 Seagull acting as spotter for CA Indianapolis
CA Indianapolis firing at Eniwetok
CL Danae firing at Eniwetok
DD Thracian firing at Eniwetok
DD Thanet firing at Eniwetok


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Invasion Support action off Eniwetok (127,108)

12 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
PG Charleston
SC PC-1081
LST-343
DD Relentless
LST-447
LST-350


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


PG Charleston fired at enemy troops
SC PC-1081 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Invasion Support action off Eniwetok (127,108)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

14 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC PC-1081
LST-350
LST-343
LST-450



SC PC-1081 fired at enemy troops


Morning Air attack on 28th Division, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 5
B-17F Fortress x 2
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 59
B-24J Liberator x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 19
F6F-3 Hellcat x 33
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 35


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
988 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 41 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 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
10 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...



Morning Air attack on 301st Ind.Infantry Battalion, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes


Allied aircraft
Ventura GR.V x 10
PV-1 Ventura x 20
F6F-3 Hellcat x 23
PV-1 Ventura x 47


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
209 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x Ventura GR.V bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 3rd South Seas Gsn ...
Also attacking 28th Div /10 ...
Also attacking 51st Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...
Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...



Morning Air attack on 3rd South Seas Gsn , at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 20
F6F-3 Hellcat x 50


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...


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Morning Air attack on 301st Ind.Infantry Battalion, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 13
B-17E Fortress x 2
F6F-3 Hellcat x 23


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking II/84th Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1 ...


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Morning Air attack on 3rd South Seas Gsn , at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 31


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Mitchell II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 3rd South Seas Gsn , at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 23
SBD-5 Dauntless x 12


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged

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



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000' *
Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Morning Air attack on II/84th Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 3
F6F-3 Hellcat x 35


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb



Invasion Support action off Eniwetok (127,108)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

14 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC PC-1081
LST-350
LST-343
LST-446
LST-450



SC PC-1081 fired at enemy troops



After 3 days of continuous naval and aerial bombardments the Japanese defenders on Eniwetok are quickly overrun:


Ground combat at Eniwetok (127,108)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 9993 troops, 119 guns, 153 vehicles, Assault Value = 418

Defending force 2555 troops, 29 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 41

Allied adjusted assault: 272

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 272 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied forces CAPTURE Eniwetok !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
2836 casualties reported
Squads: 114 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 378 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 41 (41 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 7


Allied ground losses:
971 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Assaulting units:
Fiji Brigade
53rd (Sep) Infantry Regiment
3rd NZ Armoured Sqn
8th NZ Brigade

Defending units:
51st Naval Guard Unit
28th Div /10
II/84th Naval Guard Unit
3rd South Seas Gsn
47th JNAF AF Unit
301st Ind.Infantry Bn /1
5th RF Gun Bn /1


The Allied bombardments reduce the AV of the Japanese defenders from over 200 down to 40.

Now we have 11,000 troops sitting on Eniwetok atoll with another stacking limit of 6000 troops. The amphib transports will immediately begin reloading the assault troops here....just as we have been doing for the past 6 days at Roi-Namur. The 3 CVEs stand by to cover the loading of Allied troops on Eniwetok while the fast carriers withdraw into the central Marshalls to rearm and take on replacements. CV Victorious has already cost me some 195 PPs as she is now 3 days overdue for withdrawal and she will be sent to Sydney at full speed for withdrawal to the ETO.

The heavy bombers based in the Marshalls and Gilberts are all now being redeployed to New Guinea and the DEI. The tactical bombers and a few squadrons of medium bombers will be left behind in the Marshalls to continue suppression of the level 4 Japanese AF at Ponape and also continue to reduce Kwajalein. Kwajalein is now completely isolated and we can capture it at our leisure even with the retirement of Fifth Fleet.

The 10 USN fleet carriers will retire to ports for their 10/43 upgrades and the CVLs will retire until their VF groups enlarge from 12 fighters to 24 fighters in 11/43. The 6 CVEs that were torpedoed but survived during the DEI offensive all all in port effecting repairs. The 7 BBs that were torpedoed during the DEI offensive will all head back to port....the 2 RN BBs will withdraw while the 5 damaged USN BBs will head back to west coast shipyards.....several of them need to undergo the time consuming BB conversion.... Im not sure what to call them now before they undergo their BB conversions...maybe dreadnoughts?

Kwajalein will be taken at our leisure so this really marks the end of CENTPAC ops in the Gilberts/Marshalls. There arent many Japanese bases left in the Pacific east of the Marianas. Truk has over 50,000 troops and Ponape has over 40,000 defenders so both will be neutralized by bombing and then bypassed. Other than that...there are only Marcus and Wake Is. left in Japanese control. Marcus will be bypassed and Wake will be assaulted after the USN CVs and BBs complete their repairs, maintenance and upgrade....probably at the end of 1943 or early 1944.



FLIGHT OF BB MUSASHI


Heavily damaged BB Musashi was last spotted at sea off Ambon a turn ago so I sent massed fighter and naval bomber attacks to hit Ambon port. Subs were positioned to the west and north of Ambon in case BB Musashi made a run for it to either Kendari or Ternate. I considered the possiblity of Dave disbanding BB Musashi in port at level 1 Namlea...just next door to Ambon... but I only had enough AC to hit one of the 2 ports. Allied fighter sweeps savaged the considerable Japanese CAP over Ambon and DBs sank a couple of small value vessels in port there.......but a single SBD squadron targeted for Namlea "just in case" sortied without any fighter escorts and ran into over 100 Japanese fighters on CAP over the level 1 port. Recon finally confirmed the presence of BB Musashi at Namlea.

Im going all out to finish off BB Musashi next turn. Subs are massed to the west and north of Namlea. After some 80 P-47D2s, P-38Fs, P-38Gs, P-38Hs and F4U-1s sweep Namlea some 90 SBDs will hit the port. Masses of heavy bombers are staged into New Guinea, DEI, Bathurst and Darwin and they will carpet bomb Namlea harbor. Additional heavy bombers will also port strike Kendari and Ternate.....just in case. And just to stretch Japanese fighter defenses a bit more....Fifth Air Force heavy bombers will port strike Babeldaob....recon shows several ships in port there.




CBI


Dave sweeps Pegu with 44 Georges and punks over 60 Hurricane IIcs on CAP and LRCAP there....the RAF loses 30 Hurricanes in a single day...easily the biggest defeat of Hurricanes during the war. To add insult to injury....Dave followed up the sweep with a large bomber strike on Pegu. I picked last turn to stage Tenth Air Force and RAF heavy bombers forward to Pegu to hit Japanese AFs at Pisanuloke and Rahaeng...which they did....but 14 4Es were destroyed on the ground while the heavy bombers only destroyed 4 Georges on the ground at Pisanuloke.

Altogether this turn....Japan loses 63 AC in A2A combat this turn vs 41 Allied AC. The Allies lose 26 AC on the ground vs Japanese losses of 7 AC.


Dave has concentrated a lot of his air forces in Thailand including many of his best George, Jack,Tojo and Nick squadrons. Im wondering if Dave's intent is to systematically take out the SEAC AFs in southern Burma so we cannot provide air cover to the supply convoys to Rangoon. A large RN surface TF with 3 CAs and 2 CLs just arrived at calcutta this turn along with several xAPs and xAKs carrying 6 Aussie armor regiments that were shipped out of Perth. I was getting ready to launch a major resupply/reinforcement operation to Rangoon but I have to be certain of maintaining air superiority over southern Burma first.

In China....Ive completed air transport of 2 AT regiments to Sian and now it remains to be seen if Daves main army in northern China heads north from Sinyang towards Sian.




SWPAC


After a heavy bombardment by Fifth Air Force.....I US Corps captures Hollandia:


Ground combat at Hollandia (93,116)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 24628 troops, 432 guns, 892 vehicles, Assault Value = 962

Defending force 8749 troops, 93 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 197

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 1367

Japanese adjusted defense: 39

Allied assault odds: 35 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Hollandia !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
4761 casualties reported
Squads: 159 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 185 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 65 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 46 (44 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 10
Units destroyed 2


Allied ground losses:
131 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
767th Tank Battalion
762nd Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry/A Division
102nd Combat Engineer Regiment
32nd Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
43rd Infantry/B Division
113th USAAF Base Force
XI US Corps
43rd USN Naval Construction Battalion
I US Corps
205th Field Artillery Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
71st RAAF Wing

Defending units:
18th Garrison Unit /4
2nd Guards Div /3
83rd Naval Guard Unit
Sasebo 8th SNLF
28th Div /3
32nd Special Base Force
1st JNAF Coy
1st Naval Construction Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
4th Field AF Construction Battalion
6th Naval Construction Battalion
4th JAAF Base Force /1



SEAC troops will now march overland from Vanimo and Hollandia to take Sarmi as the Allied fleets will be withdrawn for awhile to effect repairs and upgrades.












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SUBS


SS Peto is hit by 5 DCs from an IJN ASW TF and sinks off Koshiki-jima Retto.

SS Corvina sinks xAK Himalaya Maru near Daito Shoto.

SS S-44 sinks LB-117 and LB-119 at Kendari.

SS Runner sinks LB-123 and LB-124 at Kendari.



CBI


If Im not getting jacked by the Georges Im getting georged by the Jacks in southern Burma. This time Dave sends his Jacks on sweeps over Pegu while Helens and Sallys bomb the AF there despite the overwhelming Allied CAP and LRCAP from nearby AFs. Fortunately...I was able to rail all the damaged 4Es from Pegu to other AFs in Burma so I only lost a handful of Vengeance DBs on the ground but the AF at Pegu is effectively out of business. Ive withdrawn all the medium and heavy bomber groups to India to rebuild and reorganize and massed as many fighters as possible at Rangoon, Prome and the other AFs in southern Burma to keep the remaining AFs open.

Ive got a large convoy of infantry, tanks and AA guns from Australia sitting in port at Calcutta but I cant get them into the port at Rangoon until I re-establish air superiority over the region.

The British simply dont have a fighter that can stand up to 2nd generation Japanese fighters. I lost another 24 Hurricane IIcs in A2A combat this turn. I looked ahead at fighter production and I guess I wont have any competitive British fighters in the war until the arrival of the Thunderbolt I in early 1944. I anticipated this happening and sent 3 VMF squadrons from the US to Capetown and eventual redeployment to India very early in 1942. However....the VMF withdrawals took away 2 of the squadrons and a single squadron of F4U-1s cant stand up to the Japanese air forces concentrated here. I realize now that I commited too many P-47D2s....the only fighter that I can see standing up to the Georges....to the Pacific and the DEI. Dave has basically abandoned the central Pacific with his air forces so I need to downgrade the VMF squadrons in the Marshalls to F4F-4s. Then I need to pull 2 of my 6 P-47D2 squadrons from SWPAC/DEI and downgrade them to worthless P-40D1s or P-39D1s or whatever they are called at this point in the war. The VMF squadrons with their F4U-1s and the dismounted VF squadrons(from 12 damaged/sunk CVEs) with their Hellcats can do most of the fighting in the DEI and New Guinea. Ive moved 2 of my extremely veteran/experienced P-40K squadrons from China to Burma. The P-40Ks would just die quickly to the Jacks and Georges but once I downgrade some P-47D2 squadrons in the Pacific I can build up a pool of P-47D2s for upgrades in the CBI. In addition... I railed 2 of my VMF squadrons training at North Island in San Diego to E Coast US where they will be redeployed to Aden and eventually the CBI. I need to get my F4U-1 fighter pools and my extensive VMF pilot pools engaged with the Japanese over SE Asia.

Now that I think about it.....Dave has intentionally deployed all his most modern fighters to the CBI where he can dominate the Brits and the 1st generation US Army fighters. Then he engaged in an attrition war over the DEI with his Tojos, Oscars and A6Ms to keep my pools of P-47D2s down....even though Im killing many more Japanese fighter in A2A combat than Im losing their simply arent enough P-47D2s to take on the virtually limitless Japanese fighter replacements.




SWPAC


I US Corps begins its 140 mile march through the jungles of New Guinea from Hollandia to sarmi. They wil march along the coast and LSTs will offload supplies on the beach for them as they advance.

Fifth Air Force hits IJN shipping in port at babeldaob with heavy bombers at long range:


Morning Air attack on Babeldaob , at 90,97

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 27
B-24J Liberator x 15
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 10 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-58, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Teifu Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
SST Yu-5, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAKL Uga Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

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



Port hits 6
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
261 Ku S-2 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 14 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

Massive explosion on SST Yu-5



This next turn most of the heavy bombers will redeploy to Nadzab and hammer the Japanese defenders at Aitape. I will ground bombard and aerial bombard at Aitape 1 or 2 more turns until the 1st USMC Tank arrives there....then a deliberate assault will be launched.




FLIGHT OF BB MUSASHI


Over 100 heavy and tactical bombers hit Namlea port but BB Musashi has slipped away. The Allies devastate Japanese CAP over the port and on the 2nd day of the turn finally find some IJN shipping in port:


Morning Air attack on Namlea , at 76,108

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 1



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 10
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 3
B-24J Liberator x 12
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 29


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
LB-134, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PB Kensin Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
LB-131, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-133, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-132, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-130, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-129, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
LB-135, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Port hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
251 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 36750.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 36000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes



Dave picked a good turn to send bombers from timor to hit the Alled AF at Saumlaki....all of my AC there were on naval/port attack to try to finish off Bb Musashi and he caught them on the ground.


BB Musashi evidently has escaped despite the massive Allied sub net and the hoards of Allied bombers on naval/port strike.


Bewteen the air battles over the CBI and and the DEI.....Japan loses 158 AC vs Allied losses of 109 AC. Even though 34 Allied AC were destoyed on the ground....mostly at Saumlaki.....Japan loses 113 Ac in A2A vs Allied losses of 37 AC. Individual plane losses include 60 Tojos, 35 Oscars, 25 A6M2s, 15 Jacks, 24 Hurricane IIcs and 20 Hellcats.






CENTPAC


USN amphib transports continue to load assault troops at Roi-Namur and Eniwetok ands finally get both atolls under the 6000 troop stacking limit. This next turn we can begin unloading seabees at both atolls to begin repiars on the heavily damaged airfields and port facilities.

Tactical and medium bombers in the Marshalls pound the AF, port and defensive garrison on Kwajalein. Medium bombers on Kusaie continue to suppress the level 4 Japanese AF on Ponape.

Kwajalein will be reduced to rubble and out of supply within a week....we will have mop up forces capture its important port in a couple of weeks. The 7500 IJA troops on Jaluit are effectively in a PoW camp and will provide target practice for newly arriving Allied air groups.


The fast carriers make it back to port in Mili to refuel, rearm and take on replacements. CVL Monterey arrives in the Marshalls from the Panama Canal and joins Fifth Fleet....we now have 10 USN CVs, 5 USN CVs and old RN CVL Hermes with her 20 Sea Hurricanes in Fifth Fleet. A 6 plane VMF detachment onboard CV Enterprise... carrier borne since December 1941 and now carrier trained..... upgrades from F4F-4s to the brand new F4U-1As....the 1st Corsairs flying off Allied flattops.

The 10/43 upgrades for the CVs only requires 21 days and a level 5 or smaller shipyard so all the CVs and CVLs will return to ports in the south Pacific for repairs, maintenance and upgrades. The older BBs requiring the BB conversion will be sent to the US west coast ports and the remaining BBs that were torpedoed during the DEI offensive last summer will return to Oahu for repairs.

CV Victorious steams at full speed for Sydney and withdrawal. Its already cost me 195 PPs but I considered it vital to keep her on the frontline after most of my CVEs were sunk/damaged in the DEI offensive.







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SUBS


SS Pargo sinks LB-121 at Kendari.

SS S-44 sinks LB-120 off Kendari.

SS Escolar sinks PB Kogyoku Maru near Orchid Is.

SST YU-8 and SST YU-9 both strike mines off Hollandia:



TF 57 encounters mine field at Hollandia (93,116)

Japanese Ships
SST Yu-9, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SST Yu-8, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage







I just had a DM lay a new minefield off Hollandia 1 turn ago after capturing Hollandia and they have already hit paydirt. Im not sure why Dave had 2 SSTs off Hollandia after it had been captured....possibly they were also trying to lay down minefields. Neither SST has sunk yet but I know from personal experience that subs dont do very well after they hit a mine.

SS RO-63 is hit by 17 Dcs from an USN ASW TF east of the Marshalls and sunk.


Dave had RO-63 right on the sealane between Pearl harbor and Mili and I had sent 3 ASW TFs out to get her so she couldnt report the surface TFs heading back to Pearl.

I forgot to mention on the previous turn that I had lost 4 subs in 4 days and 6 subs in the last 2 weeks. With Allied torpedo effectiveness getting back to normal I thought that I would have a "happy time" with the Allied subs now as the Germans did in 1942 in RL. However....Dave has trained his ASW AC pretty well and its a very dangerous environment for Allied subs already in late 1943.



CENTPAC



Seabees land on Eniwetok and repair the AF damage there. F4F-4s are staged into the AF on Eniwetok as transport AC fly in a BF. Dave sends Bettys over Eniwetok at long range from wake Is.:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Eniwetok at 127,108

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 24
G4M1 Betty x 14



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
LCI-24
DD Jenkins



Aircraft Attacking:
14 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb




Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Eniwetok at 127,108

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 32 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 17
G4M1 Betty x 9



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
LST-22
LST-26, Bomb hits 1, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



Fortunately we are out of Betty torpedo range here but Im still going to evacuate all the transports and landing craft until we can provide better air cover.


Allied tac and medium bombers continue to work over Ponape and Kwajalein.


Its nice to have all the fleet carriers and CVEs retire to rear area bases and for the first time in a long time I can put them all on "cruise control" and not worry about a possible enemy engagement. All the carrier borne AC will now train up for a month or so while repairs and upgrades are completed. The repairs and upgrades will require much less time than I had originally thought so I may be able to go back on the offensive by late November.




SWPAC


Fifth Air Force continues to work over the Japanese garrison at Aitape. I will wait one more turn while amphib transports drop off supplies on the beach for the Allied troops and then we will launch a deliberate assault on Aitape.





CBI


Dave rests his Jacks and Georges this turn and sends the tojos to sweep Rangoon:


Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 34



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 91
Hurricane FR.IIb x 8
Spitfire Vc Trop x 14
Kittyhawk IV x 8
Kittyhawk III x 10
P-38G Lightning x 5
P-38H Lightning x 10
P-40K Warhawk x 35
P-40N1 Warhawk x 18
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed
Kittyhawk IV: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40N1 Warhawk: 1 destroyed



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

CAP engaged:
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 36000.
Raid is overhead
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk IV (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
No.5 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 19600 , scrambling fighters between 19000 and 27000.
Raid is overhead
No.113 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
No.258 Sqn RAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 37000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 37000.
Raid is overhead
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Raid is overhead
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Kittyhawk III (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
No.615 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 14 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
51st FG/26th FS with P-38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 39000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 42000 , scrambling fighters between 36000 and 41000.
Raid is overhead
23rd FG/76th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
80th FG/88th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
51st FG/449th FS with P-38H Lightning (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 40000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
80th FG/459th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 40000
Raid is overhead



The P-47D2 squadron was withdrawn to calutta this turn to take on replacements. The F4U-1 squadron resting at Calcutta took on full TOE of replacements this turn.

I degraded 2 squadrons of F4U-1s in the Marshalls to F4F-4s and 2 squadrons of P-47D2s to P-39Ds on New Giuinea to build up the fighter pools. Hopefully I can upgrade a P-40K squadron in Burma to P-47D2s next turn. Dave sent a lot of recon over the level 8 AF at Prome this turn so I just evacuated it. Im concentrating all the Allied fighters over Rangoon and Bassein this turn to try to keep them open. Tenth Air Force is sending heavy bombers to take out the Japanese AF at Rahaeng while the RAF sends out medium and heavy bombers to tkae out Udon Thani next turn.

Very quiet in China.




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SUBS


SS Capelin sinks TK Nanrei Maru off Iwo-jima but in retrun is sunk by DCs from the escorts:


Sub attack near Iwo-jima at 105,75

Japanese Ships
TK Nanrei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Shuko Maru #2
PB Banshu Maru #56
SC Ch 16
SC Ch 9
AM Wa 102
AK Nako Maru
AK Yamaura Maru
AK Tatuwa Maru
TK Shinfuku Maru
TK Seiwa Maru
TK Sanju Maru
TK Fuso Maru
TK Kinmon Maru
TK Kinrei Maru
xAK Kuroshio Maru
xAK Hohuku Maru
xAK Daihachikyo Maru
xAK Yamabuki Maru
xAK Kaisyo Maru
xAK Ada Maru
xAK Gokoku Maru #2
xAK Naples Maru
xAK Malta Maru
xAK Ryuko Maru
xAK Taito Maru
xAK Tonan Maru
xAK Huzikawa Maru
xAK Noto Maru
xAK Hitati Maru
xAK Okiyu Maru
xAK Yokohama Maru
xAK Kogyo Maru
E Shirakami
E Sokuten
E Kuri
E Fuyo
PB Magane Maru

Allied Ships
SS Capelin, hits 8, on fire, heavy damage



SS Capelin launches 2 torpedoes at TK Nanrei Maru
Capelin diving deep ....
E Shirakami fails to find sub and abandons search
E Sokuten fails to find sub and abandons search
E Kuri attacking submerged sub ....
E Fuyo attacking submerged sub ....
E Kuri fails to find sub and abandons search
E Fuyo fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Fuyo attacking submerged sub ....
E Fuyo fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Fuyo fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Fuyo attacking submerged sub ....
E Fuyo is out of ASW ammo
E Fuyo is out of ASW ammo
SS Capelin forced to surface!
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
E Kuri firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
E Kuri firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
E Kuri firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
E Kuri firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
E Kuri firing on surfaced sub ....
E Fuyo firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
E Kuri firing on surfaced sub ....
E Fuyo firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Magane Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
Contact with submarine is lost



Now _thats_ a convoy....wish I would have had a wolfpack here.



SS Snapper sinks DD Oyashio near Morotai.

SS Saury torpedoes TK Yamaoka Maru by Taihoku.

SS Flasher is hit by 10 DCs from IJN E boats and is sunk off Sapporo.

SS S-22 is hit by 8 Dcs from E boats and is sunk near Galeia.


I lost 3 subs to TFs with E boats this turn. That makes 9 Allied subs lost in about 2 weeks. Im not sure if this is the dreaded generation of IJN E boats but Im beginning to get concerned about my escalating sub losses and I may need to withdraw the subs from the Home Islands eventually.



CBI


This turn the Allied air forces in southern Burma get jacked by the Georges:

Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 10 NM, estimated altitude 46,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 40



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 64
Hurricane FR.IIb x 6
Spitfire Vc Trop x 14
Kittyhawk IV x 7
Kittyhawk III x 9
P-40K Warhawk x 41
P-40N1 Warhawk x 20
P-51A Mustang x 20


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 6 destroyed
Spitfire Vc Trop: 2 destroyed
Kittyhawk IV: 2 destroyed
Kittyhawk III: 2 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 4 destroyed
P-40N1 Warhawk: 3 destroyed
P-51A Mustang: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk IV (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
No.5 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 35600.
Raid is overhead
No.113 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Raid is overhead
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Raid is overhead
No.258 Sqn RAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 37000 , scrambling fighters to 37000.
Raid is overhead
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 35600.
Raid is overhead
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Kittyhawk III (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 30000.
Raid is overhead
No.615 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 19 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
23rd FG/76th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 15 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 29000.
Raid is overhead
80th FG/88th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (4 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
18 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Raid is overhead
311th FBG/530th FBS with P-51A Mustang (2 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 31350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes



Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 44,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 18



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 57
Hurricane FR.IIb x 6
Spitfire Vc Trop x 11
Kittyhawk IV x 6
Kittyhawk III x 5
P-40K Warhawk x 36
P-40N1 Warhawk x 11
P-51A Mustang x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 4 destroyed
Hurricane FR.IIb: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40N1 Warhawk: 2 destroyed



CAP engaged:
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk IV (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 31000
Raid is overhead
No.5 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.30 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Raid is overhead
No.60 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
No.113 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters between 35000 and 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
No.258 Sqn RAF with Spitfire Vc Trop (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 37000 , scrambling fighters to 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35600 , scrambling fighters to 35600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Kittyhawk III (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Raid is overhead
No.615 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
51st FG/16th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 19 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
23rd FG/76th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
80th FG/88th FS with P-40N1 Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
311th FBG/530th FBS with P-51A Mustang (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 31350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes



Now.....not only do I feel as if Im losing the sub/ASW war but I starting to feel like Im losing the air war over SE Asia.

The Allies lose 88 AC this turn vs 40 Japanese AC. In A2A combat.....the Allies lose 57 AC to 20 Japanese AC. Individual plane losses include 24 Hurricane IIcs, 10 P-40Ks, 10 P-40N1s, 7 P-51As, 6 Kittyhawk IIIs, 19 Georges and 6 Tojos.. This was the first time in combat for the P-51s and they didnt perform very well. The RAF Hurricane squadrons are all now badly depleted of pilots as well as airframes. I staged in 3 more fighter squadrons to Burma from China.

A P-40K squadron was staged to Tenth Air Force HQ at Chittagong and upgraded to P-47D2s. A VMF F4U-1 squadron arrived in Karachi(shipped from Aden) this turn and it was upgraded to elite Marine pilots before it was railed to calcutta. They should be up and running in 7 days(4 turns).

The RAF bombed Rahaeng this turn while Tenth Air Force bombed Udon Thani. No Japanee AC were destroyed on the ground so next turn the bombers will switch targets to Uttaradit.....the Tojos appear to be based here. Dave is moving his AC from base to base every turn....railing out all the cripples....but one of these turns the Allied bombers will catch him on the ground.

Next turn Dave will probably sweep me with the Jacks over Rangoon. A Marine VMF squadron rebuilding at Calcutta reaches full TOE this turn and is staged to Rangoon to provide point air defense.

Quiet in China.



CENTPAC


CVE Lipscome reaches Pearl from the US west coast and refuels. She will join the other CVEs in the south pacific in a couple of weeks.

Allied transports continue to withdraw from the Marshalls as the atolls all now have their necessary construction engineers and BFs.

Medium and tac bombers suppress Ponape and Kwajalein.


SWPAC


I US Corps continues its long overland march to Sarmi.

AKs land supplies on the beach for the 6th Australian Division and SWPAC will assault Aitape next turn after another heavy bombardment by Fifth Air Force.







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SUBS


SS Trusty lays another minefield just offshore of Palembang and we see immediate results:


TF 15 encounters mine field at 49,90

Japanese Ships
E Nasami
E Tsubame
E W-12, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Asanagi, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
TK Asashio Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire
TK Rikko Maru, Mine hits 1, on fire



4 mines cleared



This is the 4th or 5th minefield Ive laid off Palembang and at least 16-20 IJN ships have been sunk/damaged. With my escalating sub losses I may need to use the subs in more of a minelayer mode as opposed to patrolling.


SS Sunfish sinks SC Cha-17 off Wakkanai.

SS Searaven sinks PB Kiso Maru near Hengchun.

SS Runner is hit by ASW ordnance dropped by Sallys and is lost with all hands near Miri. Im scoring 4-6 hits on Japanese ASW AC every turn with sub flak so I can only imagine how many intercepts are made every turn. Looks like AE is the same as stock WitP in this regard.....ie subs are treated as surface vessels during naval seach and ASW patrol routines so are easily hit by bombers despite all the latest and greatest upgrades in air search radar.


SS RO-105 sinks xAK Montanan near Akyab.

SS I-157 sinks AO Enoree at Mili. SS I-157 laid a minefield at Mili this turn and then sank an AO to boot and then got away without a single DC from ASW patrols at Mili so that was quite a good turn for that sub.



SWPAC


Fifth Air Force again pounds away at the Japanese garrison at Aitape and then SWPAC launches a deliberate attack:


Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14601 troops, 209 guns, 413 vehicles, Assault Value = 644

Defending force 11511 troops, 31 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 294

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 4

Allied adjusted assault: 290

Japanese adjusted defense: 47

Allied assault odds: 6 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied forces CAPTURE Aitape !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
4162 casualties reported
Squads: 51 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 150 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 50 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (9 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 14


Allied ground losses:
104 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 14 (2 destroyed, 12 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
763rd Tank Battalion
6th Australian Division
134th Field Artillery Battalion
225th Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
48th Naval Guard Unit
48th Division
Maizuru 2nd SNLF
4th Indpt SNLF Coy
71st Engr Rgt /3
6th Field AF Construction Battalion
16th JNAF AF Unit
9th Ind. Engineer Regiment
5th Div /2
48th Road Const Co
88th Naval Guard Unit
56th JNAF AF Unit
10th Special Base Force /1
Southeast Area Fleet /2


SWPAC has now taken most of the north coast of New Guinea with the exception of isolated Wewak and we will now have a chain of level 5 AFs and up from the Admiralties to Hollandia to cover our advances into the carolines, Paulaus and then the DEI and the Philippines.

I US Corps continues its march on Sarmi as Allied bombers pin the remaining pockets of Japanese defenders on New Guinea in place.




II AUSTRALIAN CORPS



Fairly quiet over the DEI. A squadron of B-25D1s hits some IJN shipping deep in the DEI:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Waigeo at 82,106

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 21



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6
P-38H Lightning x 21
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 4 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAKL Korei Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
3 x P-38H Lightning sweeping at 9000 feet
1 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 42000 feet *

CAP engaged:
281 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (21 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
21 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Raid is overhead



This was an intersting aerial engagement and was one of the few that Ive watched blow by blow. The Georges ravaged the P-38Hs without suffering any losses but then the 7 P-47D2s came in at the end and had their way with the Georges even though there were only 7 of them.





CBI


After 2 or 3 weeks of quiet Dave finally makes his move in the north. Six armor LCUs appear out of nowhere to pin our 2200 AV Chinese army in place in the forest hex east of Ichang. I need to withdraw this army to the forests SW of Ichang before a followup 17 LCU telephone pole of IJA LCUs can arrive. Four squadrons of B-24D1s are staged in from India to Chungking to try to slow down the 17 unit telephone pole. Reserves at Changsha include the US 27th Division as well as the Australian 7th and 9th Divisions and they will now march north to reinforce the Chinese. Three AT regiments that were air transported to Sian to blunt a potential Japanese armor thrust on Sian will now be airlifted to Ichang.

In southern China Dave sends the equivalent of 2 armor divisions to take out a Chinese recon in force near Kwangchowan:


Ground combat at 72,59 (near Kwangchowan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 7653 troops, 27 guns, 803 vehicles, Assault Value = 512

Defending force 2440 troops, 15 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 66

Japanese adjusted assault: 401

Allied adjusted defense: 5

Japanese assault odds: 80 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
1579 casualties reported
Squads: 84 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 34 destroyed, 57 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 14 (11 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
7th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
19th Tank Regiment
2nd Mobile Infantry Regiment
8th Tank Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /2

Defending units:
9th Prov Chinese/A Corps


Now at least I know where the Japanese armor is located in the south.


In Burma....the Japanese have stood down their fighters since the big George sweep 3 turns ago. Ive used this time to rebuild my Hurricane IIc squadrons and bring up reinforcements. Dave has been sweeping my airfields in southern Burma with Georges every 3 turns so Im expecting an all out aerial assault next turn. I now have two squadrons of P-47D2s with 40 AC and 2 VMF squadrons with 30 F4U-1s at Rangoon so I think Im ready for the Georges and Jacks this time.

In addition...Tenth Air Force and the RAF have pretty much shut down the Japanese main airfields at Pisanuloke, Rahaeng and Uttaradit over the last 2 turns. Dave based his Georges in Moulmein the last time he swept Rangoon and because the bases are adjacent to each other my fighter CAP had only 4 minutes warning. I havent bombed Moulmein in a very long time but next turn every medium and heavy bomber left in India will target Moulmein while P-38s sweep the base at high altitude.

With the RAF and Tenth Air Force busy trying to shut down Japanese fighter bases in Thailand I havent been able to ground attack the Japanese defenders at Chiang mai. I reset their movement and the attack will now be postponed for a couple of weeks until we can regain air superiority over the region.

In the middle of all this...4 AA regiments from Australia were unloaded at Rangoon last turn so I now have 7 AA regiments there and it will be a bit of a surprise to Dave the next time he tries to bombard Rangoon AF or port. Rangoon is low on supplies now as we've sucked most of the supplies out of Burma into China so another supply convoy stands offshore at Akyab and will make a run on Rangoon this next turn. Two RN CAs and a CL will cover this operation.

I have 6 Australian tank regiments sitting on ships in the harbor of Calcutta ...waiting for me to regain air superiority before shipping them directly into Rangoon. But now there has been a change of plans. I was going use the armor to reinforce my 1100 AV SEAC army that is moving on Chiang mai for an offensive to break out of the jungle and into Pisanuloke. I never had any intention of using the 2200 AV SEAC army in Pegu to advance across the Salween River into Moulmein as Dave had over 130,000 troops and 900 AFVs sitting in good defensive terrain in Moulmein. Now Dave has moved a large portion of his army out of Moulmein....possibly to reinforce his defenses around Pisanuloke and Rahaeng...and only 72,000 troops and 388 AFVs remain in Moulmein.

My new plan is to use the 6 Aussie armor regiments and buy an Indian Division to reinforce my army at Pegu and advance across the Salween into Moulmein after a very heavy aerial bombardment. Since it will now take another 3 months to prep the Aussie armor and the Indian division for Moulmein I might as well unload them at Calcutta and let them march overland from India into Burma. And with the aerial beating Ive taken lately in the sky over Burma I think that this is a much safer option. I will still use expendable low value xAKs to bring supplies into Rangoon though.




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CENTPAC



Medium bombers based on Kusaie have caused 80% damage on the level 4 Japanese AF at Ponape.

Japanese naval search extends throughout the Marshalls so we have withdrawn all of surface TFs and amphib TFs to the Gilberts to keep Dave guessing on our future intentions. Low value xAKs continue to drop off supplies throughout the CENTPAC bases in the Marshalls to keep up a lot of background "noise" that will help to cover future operations.

Next turn landing craft will move north to Makin where they can start loading two Marine regiments for the assault on Kwajalein. Kwajalein now has 100% port and AF damage so all the tac and medium bombers in the Marshalls and Gilberts will ground bomb the defenders there.

Two of the older BBs have reached Bremerton and SF where they will undergo their ""BB"" conversions. Five old BBs reach Pearl where they will undergo maintenance, repairs and upgrades. Four BBs, 4 Essex class CVs, CV Wasp, CV Lexington, CV Saratoga, 5 CVLs and 4 BBs have already disbanded in port at Luganville to rearm, repair and upgrade. The 3 Yorktown class CVs will reach the shipyards in Sydney next turn where they will begin their rEpairs and upgrades. The 3 Yorktown class CVs will take 21 days to complete repairs so we should be able to return to the offensive in the open Pacific by the end of November.



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


The B-25D1 "commerce destroyers" actually coodinate with a large escort and annihilate an IJN convoy deep in the DEI:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Obi at 77,106

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 29



Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 31
P-38F Lightning x 10
P-38H Lightning x 38
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7


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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
P-38F Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-38H Lightning: 4 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAK Sumanoura Maru, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
xAK Tateisi Maru, Shell hits 1, Bomb hits 9, and is sunk
xAK Sydney Maru #2, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
xAK Eihuku Maru, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yamagata Maru, Shell hits 4, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Taifuku Maru, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (29 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(29 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
29 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Massive explosion on xAK Tateisi Maru
Massive explosion on xAK Taifuku Maru


I lost 10 P-38Hs this turn so I dont think it was worth the cost but at least Dave will be a bit more concerned when sending his convoys into harm's way in the future.


Assault troops begin loading at Darwin for an invasion on Baber. This invasion.....like the upcoming assault on Kwajalein.....will be covered entirely by land based fighters.



CBI


The Allies may be ascendant in the pacific but over here in the CBI it seems as if Japan has the initiative both on land and in the air.....surprising for this late in 1943.


I guessed right on the the George sweep over Burma. I had nearly 400 fighters ready in southern Burma to do battle. The Tenth Air Force and the RAF leveled the former George air base ay Moulmein. However....this time it appears that the Georges sortied from Ayuthia. I had 2 squadrons of P-47D2s waitint at 42,000' and 2 squadrons of F4U-1s waiting at 36,800'. Dave swept over Pegu and unfortunately the P-47D2s didnt drift. The other fighters on CAP and LRCAP over Rangoon did drift however and once again I got jacked by the Georges:


Morning Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 45,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 35



Allied aircraft
Hurricane FR.IIb x 1
Kittyhawk IV x 13
F4U-1 Corsair x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk IV: 4 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 8 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
23 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 41000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMD-254 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 9 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Raid is overhead
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk IV (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes



Morning Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 44,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 30



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 20
Hurricane FR.IIb x 1
Kittyhawk IV x 4
F4U-1 Corsair x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 7 destroyed
Hurricane FR.IIb: 1 destroyed
Kittyhawk IV: 2 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 4 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 41000 feet

CAP engaged:
VMD-254 with F4U-1 Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Raid is overhead
VMF-311 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36800
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
No.6 Sqn IAF with Hurricane FR.IIb (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 36000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk IV (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
No.5 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead
No.11 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 35600
Raid is overhead




The Allies lose 103 AC this turn vs 35 Japanese AC. In A2A..... the Allies lose 70 AC vs 9 Japanese AC. Individual plane losses include 23 F4U-1s, 14 Hurricane IIcs, 13 Kittyhawk IVs, 10 P-38Hs, 11 Georges and 4 Tojos.

I guess that even the vaunted Corsairs cant stand up to the sweeping Georges. Ive downgraded 3 P-47D2 squadrons in the Pacific so I could equip 2 P-47D2 squadron in Burma with a 3rd squadron building at Tenth Air Force HQ at Chittagong. The P-47D2 is the only plane that Ive been able to use with decent results against the Georges. A RAF squadron arrived in Aden this turn equipped with brand new Spitfire VIIIs....these planes have a max altitude of 42,000' so I have them on a fast AKV to Karachi for immediate redeployment to Burma.

in China....the heavy bombers at Chungking fail to sortie and hit the massive Japanese army approaching Ichang. Now the entire 35 LCU telephone pole has reached the Chinese defensive line just west of Ichang:



Ground combat at 84,48 (near Ichang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 42066 troops, 764 guns, 1386 vehicles, Assault Value = 5030

Defending force 78877 troops, 359 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2129

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


Allied ground losses:
133 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
39th
65th Division
1st Tank Division
27th Division
110th Division
63rd Division
116th
3rd Tank Division
35th Division
3rd Tank Regiment
15th Tank Regiment
30th Recon Regiment
2nd Recon Battalion
36th Division
40th Division
77th Infantry Regiment
26th Engineer Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
57th Field AA Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
71st Mountain Gun Regiment
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
49th Field AA Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
28th Fld AA Gun Co
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
21st Chinese/A Corps
4th Chinese/C Corps
32nd Chinese/C Corps
33rd Chinese/C Corps
94th Chinese/C Corps
81st Chinese/A Corps
88th Chinese/C Corps
21st Chinese/C Corps
33rd Chinese/A Corps
81st Chinese/C Corps
81st Chinese/B Corps
53rd Chinese/C Corps
86th Chinese/B Corps
21st Chinese/B Corps
90th Chinese/B Corps
60th Chinese/A Corps
3rd New Chinese/B Corps
88th Chinese/A Corps
88th Chinese/B Corps
53rd Chinese/B Corps
12th Chinese/B Corps
24th Chinese/A Corps
46th Chinese/C Corps
32nd Chinese/A Corps
28th Chinese/A Corps
28th Chinese/B Corps
3rd War Area
26th Group Army
23rd Group Army
3rd Group Army
18th Artillery Regiment


Wow.......1500 guns and 1800 AFVs. If Dave orders a deliberate attack next turn I just might escape with most of the Chinese army intact. If Dave orders a shock attack....then its bye bye Chinese army......






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RE: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA - 1/23/2013 11:51:34 PM   
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It seems you got wrecked by leaking CAP. What if you put 200 fighters at each Pegu and Rangoon set to range 1? Otherwise your opponent can just try to keep drawing off leakers to whittle your best squadrons down.

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RE: CENTPAC GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE - 1/25/2013 10:54:44 PM   
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House Stark...good point about the drifting CAP. Dave has played into the drifting CAP since Day 1 of the war. I neglected to mention last turn that I was unloading a large supply convoy in Rangoon so obviously I needed an airtight CAP over the port. Besides....if I splt my CAP over Rangoon and Pegu....Dave will just sweep the main SEAC army next door on the far side of the Salween River from Moulmein so he would still get his drifters.





10/31-11/1/43




CBI


The Japanese northern army launches a massive assault on the Chinese army east of Ichang:


Ground combat at 84,48 (near Ichang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 136172 troops, 1539 guns, 1858 vehicles, Assault Value = 5036

Defending force 78693 troops, 359 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2099

Japanese adjusted assault: 2052

Allied adjusted defense: 3339

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
8672 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 792 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 104 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 121 disabled
Guns lost 66 (2 destroyed, 64 disabled)
Vehicles lost 108 (1 destroyed, 107 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
4525 casualties reported
Squads: 40 destroyed, 496 disabled
Non Combat: 162 destroyed, 224 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 53 disabled
Guns lost 77 (25 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
40th Division
65th Division
3rd Tank Division
15th Tank Regiment
35th Division
27th Division
36th Division
63rd Division
110th Division
30th Recon Regiment
116th
3rd Tank Regiment
39th
77th Infantry Regiment
1st Tank Division
2nd Recon Battalion
26th Engineer Regiment
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
71st Mountain Gun Regiment
57th Field AA Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
28th Fld AA Gun Co
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
49th Field AA Battalion
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
81st Chinese/C Corps
86th Chinese/B Corps
33rd Chinese/A Corps
24th Chinese/A Corps
21st Chinese/C Corps
4th Chinese/C Corps
88th Chinese/C Corps
12th Chinese/B Corps
46th Chinese/C Corps
81st Chinese/B Corps
60th Chinese/A Corps
21st Chinese/A Corps
81st Chinese/A Corps
32nd Chinese/A Corps
33rd Chinese/C Corps
53rd Chinese/B Corps
21st Chinese/B Corps
88th Chinese/A Corps
32nd Chinese/C Corps
28th Chinese/A Corps
94th Chinese/C Corps
3rd New Chinese/B Corps
88th Chinese/B Corps
53rd Chinese/C Corps
90th Chinese/B Corps
28th Chinese/B Corps
26th Group Army
3rd Group Army
23rd Group Army
3rd War Area
18th Artillery Regiment


Fortunately Dave didnt order an all out shock attack and the Japanese suffer another expensive reversal. The equivalent of 2 IJA divisions are disrupted/killed. More importantly...the Chinese army has evacuated the hex and now will withdraw through Ichang into the forest SW of the town. Three AT regiments are airlifted into Changteh this turn where they can reinforce the withdrawing Chinese army.

Meanwhile... with the Japanese fully committed at Ichang......the Chinese go on the advance both east and south of Sian towards Loyang and Sinyang.


Quiet in the air over Burma. We have just unloaded a major resupply convoy at Rangoon and another supply convoy will arrive next turn.




II AUSTRALIAN CORPS


II Australian Corps will invade Babar next turn. The operation will be LRCAPed from land based AC on Saumlaki.





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11/1-11/2/43



II AUSTRALIAN CORPS: INVASION BABAR


Allied assault troops make it safely ashore on Babar:


Pre-Invasion action off Babar (76,117)

8 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CLAA Prince Robert
DD Morris
LCI-75
LCI-216
LCI-22
DD Lang


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


CLAA Prince Robert firing at 28th Division
DD Morris firing at 28th Division
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 Babar (76,117)

TF 259 troops unloading over beach at Babar, 76,117


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Engineer Vehicle lost from landing craft during unload of II Aus Corps Engr Bn



AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 02, 43

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Invasion Support action off Babar (76,117)

2 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI-22
DD Lang
LCI-75



Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


Invasion Support action off Babar (76,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI-216
LCI-22



LCI-216 fired at enemy troops


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Pre-Invasion action off Babar (76,117)

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-981
LST-340



SC-981 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards


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Amphibious Assault at Babar (76,117)

TF 275 troops unloading over beach at Babar, 76,117





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Invasion Support action off Babar (76,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LCI-217
LCI-84
LCI-75
LCI-22



LCI-217 fired at enemy troops
LCI-84 fired at enemy troops
LCI-75 fired at enemy troops


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Invasion Support action off Babar (76,117)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

5 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
SC-981
LST-340



SC-981 fired at enemy troops



By the end of the turn II Australian Corps has 135 AV ashore vs a defensive garrison of 55 AV:


Ground combat at Babar (76,117)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 709 troops, 6 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 54

Defending force 3432 troops, 21 guns, 45 vehicles, Assault Value = 135



Assaulting units:
80th Garrison Battalion
28th Div /1

Defending units:
2/4 MG Battalion
II Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
2/2nd Ind Coy
Gull Battalion



Allied medium and heavy bombers pound the Japanese garrison on Babar. A shock attack will be ordered for next turn.




CENTPAC


Amphibious transports continue loading the 1st and 2nd Marine Regiments for the invasion of Kwajalein. The AF and port remain at 100% damage so the Japanese garrison on Kwajalein must now be out of supply. All tac and medium bombers in the Marshalls and Gilberrts are now ground bombing the garrison on Kwajalein. Recon reports that the Japanese garrison on Kwajalein has been reduced from over 7500 troops to about 5500 troops.


Virtually all of Fifth fleet is now in port undergoing repairs and upgrades. A major reorganization of carrier air groups is also underway as we flesh out all the VF, VQF and VRF squadrons with the best pilots available. Ive been waiting 5 months for the CVLs to upgrade their VF squadrons from 12 AC to 24 AC..... they are supposed to do this in Nov. 1943 but as of now it hasnt happened yet and when I scroll the cursor over the air groups it says that the upgrade will occur when all conditions are met. All of these air groups are on carriers in major ports with lots of supplies and HQs so Im not sure why they havent upgraded yet.



CBI


Quiet in the air over Burma as another supply convoy completes unloading at Rangoon.

The main Japanese army in northern China takes out the Chinese roadblock east of Ichang:


Ground combat at 84,48 (near Ichang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 20978 troops, 506 guns, 360 vehicles, Assault Value = 4213

Defending force 770 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 263

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 263 to 1

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


Allied ground losses:
755 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 93 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
40th/B Division
63rd/A Division
63rd/B Division
27th/A Division
3rd Tank Regiment
35th/B Division
65th/B Division
36th Division
65th/A Division
40th/A Division
3rd Tank/A Division
39th
27th/B Division
77th Infantry Regiment
35th/A Division
65th/C Division
1st Tank/A Division
110th/A Division
1st Tank/B Division
40th/C Division
26th Engineer Regiment
110th/B Division
27th/C Division
35th/C Division
2nd Recon Battalion
63rd/C Division
116th
3rd Tank/C Division
3rd Tank/B Division
110th/C Division
1st Tank/C Division
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Field Artillery Regiment
49th Field AA Battalion
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
57th Field AA Battalion
Tonei Hvy Gun Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
1st Mortar Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
28th Fld AA Gun Co
71st Mountain Gun Regiment
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
3rd Group Army



Meanwhile the main Chinese army defending here has withdrawn in good order to Ichang despite a large Japanese aerial interdiction attempt that was ambushed by Allied fighters staged in from India. The Japanese end up losing 60 AC in A2A combat over Ichang vs Allied losses of 1 fighter. The withdrawing Chinese army will take up a new defensive position in a forest 2 hexes SW of the base. Three AT regiments will reinforce the defense here while an Allied reserve of 1 US division, 1 Aussie division and 2 British divisions stand by.

Meanwhile....with virtually all of the mobile Japanese forces engaged at Ichang..... a 4000 AV Chinese army advances on Sinyang while another 2200 AV Chinese Army moves on Loyang.





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Nice maneuvering in China. Those corps coming in behind his Ichang stack will give him indigestion!

Re: the fighter unit re-size, the only things I can think of is whether there are enough fighters in the pools or whether there is enough room on the ship.

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