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10/1410/15/43 SS Flasher sinks E W29 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.XIW 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 B17E Fortress x 10 B24D Liberator x 11 B24D1 Liberator x 66 B24J Liberator x 25 B25C Mitchell x 19 F6F3 Hellcat x 13 PB4Y1 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 PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 12 x PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 12 x PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 10 x B24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 10 x B17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 3 x B24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 10 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 1 x PB4Y1 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 ...  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 F6F3 Hellcat x 42 PB4Y1 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 PB4Y1 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 ...  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 F6F3 Hellcat x 21 SBD5 Dauntless x 12 Allied aircraft losses SBD5 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 SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' * Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x SBD5 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 F6F3 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 PV1 Ventura x 8 F6F3 Hellcat x 35 PV1 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 PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 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 PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 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 B25C Mitchell x 8 F6F3 Hellcat x 42 No Allied losses Japanese ground losses: Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled) Aircraft Attacking: 4 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb  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 B17E Fortress x 11 B17F Fortress x 2 B24D Liberator x 10 B24D1 Liberator x 70 B24J Liberator x 21 B25C Mitchell x 19 F6F3 Hellcat x 39 PB4Y1 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 PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 5 x PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 2 x B17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb 12 x PB4Y1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 2 x B17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb 10 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet * Ground Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb 12 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 9 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 3 x B24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 10 x B25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 7 x B24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb 8 x B24D1 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 F6F3 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 ...  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 F6F3 Hellcat x 30 SBD5 Dauntless x 12 Allied aircraft losses SBD5 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 SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' * Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' * Ground Attack: 1 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x SBD5 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 PV1 Ventura x 8 F6F3 Hellcat x 35 PV1 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 PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 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 PV1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x PV1 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 B25C Mitchell x 8 F6F3 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 B25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet * Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb 4 x B25C 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 RoiNamur.....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 Kaieilanden: Morning Air attack on Kaieilanden , 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 Ki44IIa Tojo x 41 Ki49IIa Helen x 48 Allied aircraft P40K Warhawk x 21 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 22 F4U1 Corsair x 27 F6F3 Hellcat x 12 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 17 destroyed Ki49IIa Helen: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged Allied aircraft losses P47D2 Thunderbolt: 13 damaged P47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed on ground P38H 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 Ki49IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb 23 x Ki49IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VRF5F with F6F3 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 VF38 with F6F3 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 VMF223 with F4U1 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 VMF441 with F4U1 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 Kaieilanden , 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 Ki44IIa Tojo x 3 Ki49IIa Helen x 19 Allied aircraft P40K Warhawk x 8 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 17 F4U1 Corsair x 22 F6F3 Hellcat x 12 Japanese aircraft losses Ki44IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed Ki49IIa Helen: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged Allied aircraft losses P47D2 Thunderbolt: 12 damaged P47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed on ground Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed on ground P38H 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 Ki49IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VRF5F with F6F3 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 VF38 with F6F3 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 VMF223 with F4U1 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 VMF441 with F4U1 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 Thunderbolt (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 42000 Raid is overhead  Morning Air attack on Kaieilanden , 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 Ki49IIa Helen x 21 Allied aircraft P40K Warhawk x 4 P47D2 Thunderbolt x 17 F4U1 Corsair x 17 F6F3 Hellcat x 8 Japanese aircraft losses Ki49IIa Helen: 9 destroyed, 2 damaged No Allied losses Aircraft Attacking: 3 x Ki49IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: VRF5F with F6F3 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 VF38 with F6F3 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 VMF223 with F4U1 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 VMF441 with F4U1 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 P47D2 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 P40K 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 P47D2 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 Kaieilanden 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 A6M2N Rufe x 2 N1K1J George x 7 Ki43IIa Oscar x 13 Ki43IIb Oscar x 58 Ki44IIa Tojo x 42 Allied aircraft F6F3 Hellcat x 1 SBD5 Dauntless x 25 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed SBD5 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged SBD5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak Japanese Ships BB Musashi, heavy damage Aircraft Attacking: 2 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' * Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb 2 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 2000' * Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb 1 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 4000' * Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb CAP engaged: 251 Ku S1 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 S1 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki44IIa 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 S1 with A6M2N 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 S1 with N1K1J 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 Ki43IIb Oscar (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 9000 Raid is overhead 9th Sentai with Ki43IIb 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 Ki44IIa 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 Ki43IIa Oscar (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 13 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 14000 Raid is overhead  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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 N1K1J George x 3 Ki43IIa Oscar x 9 Ki43IIb Oscar x 46 Ki44IIa Tojo x 32 Allied aircraft Beaufort VIII x 4 F6F3 Hellcat x 2 SBD5 Dauntless x 13 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses Beaufort VIII: 2 destroyed SBD5 Dauntless: 4 destroyed CAP engaged: 251 Ku S1 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 S1 with A6M2N 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 S1 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 S1 with N1K1J 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki44IIa 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 Ki44IIa 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 Ki43IIa 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 A6M2N Rufe x 1 N1K1J George x 3 Ki43IIa Oscar x 4 Ki43IIb Oscar x 44 Ki44IIa Tojo x 24 Allied aircraft B25D1 Mitchell x 3 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses B25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: 251 Ku S1 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 S1 with A6M2N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 6000 Raid is overhead 261 Ku S1 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 S1 with N1K1J 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki43IIb 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 Ki44IIa Tojo (17 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 17 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 36000 Raid is overhead 24th Sentai with Ki44IIa 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 Ki43IIa 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 Kaieilanden next turn to hopefully get another shot or two in on the heavily damaged IJN BB.
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