May 7th 1943
Tangable world: Happy Easter. I shot a miserable round of golf, but it was fun. The weekend is filled with honey dos and family appearences; I will try to enjoy. I plan on another visit to Aerospace museum and Unvar Center in May; anyone interested please shoot a PM with dates that are good for you, maybe we can have some fun checking out the displays. I want some more photos.
Zulu HQ: The 7th revealed some bad moves on HQs part. We suffer a horrible loss in a naval action off Sioux. The CVTF does not close on the beach; probably slowed from flank or we spotted late on the 6th. No sign of the BBTF; still a days steam at flank, however a small IJN DD TF shows up at the beach head. We (The TWITS and I) concluded falsely the APAs would finish the debarkation overnight and make for Pearl Harbor at flank. It was not the case. Assuming the off loading of supplies would conclude in the evening, we ordered the support and TFs east. Should the SCTF remained we may have reversed the battle results.
West Coast: Wasp is on shakedown with her new Hellcats. Essex is 11 days away. IJN sub off San Diego forced to dive twice while transports enter the harbor from deep in SoPac. Our new depot in the Marquesas Islands is almost complete. It will be the new fuel depot for Australia from the west coast relieving Suva of tanker traffic. Suva has had so much tanker and merchant trafffic it has attracted the Kido Butai multiple times and forced large consumption of stocks to evacuate. This will no longer be the case. Suva will only house reserve groups and supply for Seminole.
CenPac: While somewhat against Zulu HQ policy (we have few morals or scrupples, but we do have policy) we post detailed combat results most favorable to Imperial Japan.
Day Time Surface Combat, near Tabiteuea at 137,134, Range 20,000 Yards
DD Hibiki, Shell hits 1
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 1
DD Yugiri, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Oboro, Shell hits 2
DD Case, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
DD Smith, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DE Edsall, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
APA Heywood, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
APA George F. Elliot, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
APA Fuller, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
APA William P. Biddle, Shell hits 22, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APA President Adams, Shell hits 38, and is sunk
APA President Monroe, Shell hits 16, heavy fires, heavy damage
APA Crescent City, Shell hits 20, heavy fires, heavy damage
APA Sumter, Shell hits 16, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APA La Salle, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APA Bolivar, Shell hits 7, heavy fires
The 3rd Marines attempt to take the island today:
Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)
Allied Shock attack
Attacking force 11736 troops, 228 guns, 138 vehicles, Assault Value = 426
Defending force 2418 troops, 23 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 13
Allied adjusted assault: 326
Japanese adjusted defense: 21
Allied assault odds: 15 to 1 (fort level 1)
Allied forces CAPTURE Tabiteuea !!!
Defender: forts(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)
Japanese ground losses:
981 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 72 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 32 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 7 (7 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1
Allied ground losses:
32 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
3rd Marine Division
41st Naval Guard Unit
4th Naval Construction Battalion
59th JNAF AF Unit
**While it shows we take the island, the new turn shows some 2ooo japs still on the island?
SoPac: We send all available Liberators over Rabaul; losses are nasty but we plaster the base. We report 146 base hits, 5 Vals on the ground, 3 Zeros in the air. The raiders lose 2 P38s and 2 Libs with many damaged. We raid Guadalcanal also with Marauders and 2 liberator squadrons.
CBI: The IJA 28th division has linked up with 4th by Paoshan. We send 127 sorties over them and report 227 casualties. I hope this effects IJA supply as well. The 22nd Army group makes good progress towards the frontier.