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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/24/2012 7:47:57 PM   
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April 7th 1943

Because this may be the quietest day of the war, I post the only combat animation:
Afternoon Air attack on Kweiyang , at 74,49

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 11



Allied aircraft
P-43A-1 Lancer x 1
P-66 Vanguard x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-66 Vanguard: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/26/2012 9:37:08 PM   
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Game: Japanese comandos sneak into present day and cut verizon fiber optic line to Zulu command HQ. Temporary halt on hostilities. Present day Allied forces engineers repair the line and lecture locals on security and mailbox planting. Orders out. Wasp is 21 days away.Yorktown now has 34 Hellcats on board.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/28/2012 1:06:35 AM   
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CenPac: We await the Wasp for OpSioux.

SoPac: We catch a nip sub in KiraKira and a lone sub chaser hammers her with numerous hits in the shallows. Several are of the breach variety. 100 plane heavy raid on the Shortlands nets an APD and a sub. We do not get to the airfield as well as we hoped. We stand down for 2-3 days and go in again. We will begin to soften up the Seminole phase II beach shortly as KiraKira is halfway to level 5 AF. B26s and Mitchells will hit it as often as possible. The 9th Australian will begin the long trip to the Mohawk depot area. (Cairnes-Townsville) We hope to have Rabaul and the rest of New Guinea isolated by Fall. Oil is nearing the Bass Straight. Some small xAK are going to try and run supply into Darwin. They will be highly vulnerable to the IJAF from the Boneparte Archipelego to the Van Dieman gulf.

CBI: We are pondering the best use of our special forces. It appears transporting them into Kunming for a drop into the JAP rear is looking like the plan, followed by an attack by the 20th Army Group accross the Yangtze.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/29/2012 10:20:02 PM   
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NoPac: Dutch Harbor finishes fort construction.

CenPac: Wasp is at 17 days at the yard (west coast). Infantry Division with LSTs and APAs to Arrive Pearl Harbor in 72 hours. Supply at Pearl: 450oooF and 500oooS. another 100oooea in route for Souix. Waiting on Wasp.

SoPac: Slower BBs arrive in Seminole rear for softening up raids on the beaches. KiraKira reaches level 5AF and 28oooS. 1st squadron of B26s arrive and stage first raid on Tulagi. One B24 group operating from Luganville also targeting Guadalcanal. These are diversionary. The real target has no ac stationed there anymore and and an estimated 160av with 25 guns. We expect to land with 525av+. The Shortlands is the first target to we need to shut down completely followed by a drastic reduction of Rabauls facilities to make invasion feasable with no fleet carriers present. The raids on the Shortlands began yesterday. I believe IJ expects landings at Guadalcanal and and/or the Shortlands. Our base in southwestern New Guinea is a level 5AF and Mitchells staged in today. Supply at Port Morseby continues to be an issue as the base consumes tons, the port is still small, and IJN subs are getting some of the merchantmen in the gulf of Papua. We unloaded the oil at Melbourne and it appears to be consumed (refined?) at a very rapid pace.

CBI: IJAF has been conducting night Ops with some small successes. Ledo is level 9AF and the Wingates HQ and command are preparing for China. Any feed back on the proposed Op is welcome. Better now than later!






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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/29/2012 10:23:39 PM   
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April 15th 1943: China: After action report: Kweilin sector: Chinese, out manned, out gunned, out numbered in vehicles 750+:0 hold their ground.
Japanese ground losses:
8587 casualties reported
Squads: 32 destroyed, 407 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 98 disabled
Guns lost 95 (2 destroyed, 93 disabled)
Vehicles lost 73 (5 destroyed, 68 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1200 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 150 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 22 (2 destroyed, 20 disabled)

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/30/2012 10:16:41 PM   
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CenPac: Radio Silence

SoPac: We begin operations to reduce the IJAF in the northern Solomons: more engineers are sent in to the beach head to facilitate base expansion. B24s stage into Luganville to begin reduction on phase II Seminole beach.

Morning Air attack on Shortlands , at 109,131

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 84



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 24
B-17F Fortress x 24
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 72


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed on ground
J1N1-S Irving: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 4 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

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



Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 37

Small TFs reload for the various front line bases. Mohawk receives another Mitchell squadron. Recon from Mohawk reveals IJAF build up at Tafermaar. IJN subs still hunt the Gulf of Papua; ASW assets fine tuned. Port Morseby requires over 40ooo pts of supply to operate at peak effectiveness. More amphibious craft leave the west coast but are diverted to Seminole. US BB divisions have arrived in the Seminole rear.

CBI: We send Mitchells into the mountains near Paoshan to kill IJA forces trying to outflank us. Wingates advance party arrives at Kunming.

Morning Air attack on 4th Division, at 66,45 , near Paoshan

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 45


No Allied losses

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

Mitchells also hit Mandalay:

Morning Air attack on Mandalay , at 59,46

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 30
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6



Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 15


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 10 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 damaged
Ki-46-II Dinah: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged



Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 15


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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 3/31/2012 3:19:45 AM   
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CenPac: Radio Silence

SoPac: The USS California levels her guns on Guadalcanal. A squadron of Marauders and Liberators visit the the IJN marines on the island.

CBI: Wingate orders lead elements of one brigade to fly to the forward area to join his HQ. I have to look, I probably owe some PP here. There are many night raids; they are of little value to either side. (IMHO). There are sub actions of little importance.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/1/2012 2:20:24 PM   
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CenPac: Wasp needs 2 weeks more in the yard. The last 2 days see a dozen submarine patrols debark Pearl. More LST and LSI arrrive Pearl Harbor. Yorktown has full complement of Hellcats. 41st Infantry Division arrives as reserve for Sioux. We wait for the spotted CVTF to reveal its intent and egress CenPac-SoPac; then we load for Sioux. God help the USA on this. We will have 1 CV and 4 CVE for aircover. We will have to take the Atoll quickly and get fighters ashore. We have enough amphibious craft to offload the entire intitial lift in one day.

SoPac: We get a spot on an IJN CVTF due east of the Duff Islands 500+nm east, heading SW. Seminole at general quarters. CVEs depart rear area for safer waters to train. We lose another resupply xAK in the western Coral Sea heading to Port Morseby. I need to get 50ooo pts of supply in there to maintain offensive Ops at a high level.

CBI: lead elements of Wingates commandos reach China. I need to check PPs for them this turn. We currently sit at just above 1700. I would really like to get another division from the west coast, but it may have to wait. C-47s replacements cannot get many groups a full complement of aircraft. Ops losses are high over the hump. 7th Australian will begin its withdrawl to the rear for transfer back to Australia.






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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/1/2012 4:58:09 PM   
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CenPac-Sopac: Kido Butai:







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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/1/2012 4:59:21 PM   
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China: planning stages: Pearl River Sector:





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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/2/2012 2:46:05 AM   
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CenPac: We get word Wasp will be ready in 9 days. She will escort air and ground assets along with a further 100ooo pts of supply to the front.

SoPac: Kido Butai comes about to heading NW bearing 90^ off Ndeni. We get a strike up in severe storms over the KB. 13 Corsairs escort 23 SBDs over Shoho. 36 Zeros greet them on the approach. The Corsairs all return but they can't stop the Zeros from chewing through our dive bombers. 11 go down in air to air and the 12th is lost to FLAK. If the KB continues on its present course we may get another shot with over 50 SBDs and 40+ escort of P38s and Corsairs. It would not be enough to overwhelm a full KB CAP, but we are not sure what we are dealing with. A dozen fleet boats lay in her path to the north west.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Duff Islands at 126,140

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
A6M3a Zero x 18



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 13
SBD-3 Dauntless x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 11 destroyed, 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho
CA Myoko

CBI: Wingates commandos are assembling, about 16-18 av a day; we may allot more transports. We order a B24 raid over Mandalay. Elite fighters stage into the jungle to perform sweeps tomorrrow to pave the way for Mitchells staging into Ledo. We are sparing now. We hope to see an opening and confront Japan with major offensive actions in all theaters within days of each other.






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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/2/2012 1:15:08 PM   
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SoPac: Kido Butai backs away from Seminole bases but remains within a days sail of any of our bases. The IJ set up 2 more airfields in the Solomons. This will make it more difficult over Seminole beaches. Marauders hit Munda; achieve little. We order B24s over one of the new bases; Torokina: Zeros CAP the base in numbers. We report 79 base hits. 50 B24s kill 50 nips on Munda. A BB Div will visit here in several days. We have many damaged heavies and stand down for tomorrow.

Off Japan:
Blackfish claims a sub hunter.

CBI: The IJAF visits Chittagong; it hurts:
Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 14 damaged
Hurricane IIc Trop: 3 destroyed on ground
Lysander II: 1 damaged
Lysander II: 1 destroyed on ground
Do-24K-1: 5 damaged
Beaufort I: 18 damaged
Beaufort I: 2 destroyed on ground



Airbase hits 28
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 53

The IJA shock attacks north of Kukong and routes our southern most units; the Chinese fight hard and leave a mark:

Japanese ground losses:
3224 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 272 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled


Allied ground losses:
4441 casualties reported
Squads: 188 destroyed, 147 disabled
Non Combat: 176 destroyed, 81 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 16 disabled
Guns lost 15 (5 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Units retreated 3

The USAAF B24s go in at Lashio and try to suppress the fighters in the jungle supporting the north eastern Burma IJA.

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-III Dinah: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 35 damaged

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



Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 29


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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/3/2012 3:26:47 AM   
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SoPac: P70s drive off Bettys over KiraKira at night. Grayling gets torpedoed by I-33 off Kira and goes down. The KB passes to the NW and orders given to 3rd Marines to load transports. Port Morseby is hit at night as well for little gain. KiraKira should max her airfields tomorrow and we can begin to get a small port functioning.

CBI: Warhawks over Bhamo score at 8:2 over Oscars and Tojos. The hurrricanes are not so lucky, losing one of their own for no confirmed kills. 73 sorties are flow over the IJA 4th division trying to flank to the east of Paoshan. Reports of IJA casualties is very light. We order armor to the Burma India frontier.





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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/4/2012 2:12:09 AM   
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**On the 27th we learn what opposes us in the Kweilin salient:
2nd Division
38th Division
5th Division
2nd Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Division
2nd Tank Division
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Also on the 27th we launch a raid on Taberfane which goes terribly wrong. IJ CAPs with zekes sent in overnight and chews a Mitchell squadron up in half. Spits based at Mohawk do not have the range needed to press further raids.

CenPac: Radio silence

SoPac: Marauders hit Guadalcanal daily. B24s visit Rangoon. The raid is disappointing, scattered base hits, 4 zeros reported downed. Weather in target light cloud, we go in at 17ooo'. We lose two Liberators.

Off Japan: Cisco puts a fish in an xAK.

CBI: We go after the 4th IJA division at Paoshan and report over 100 casualties. Hurricanes try sweeping Bhamo again.We each lose 1. The Hurricane does not look like good aircraft against IJAF.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/4/2012 11:17:54 PM   
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The Game: The tempo is starting to build now. Major undertakings are in motion.

West Coast: Radio silence

CenPac: Radio silence

SoPac: Seminole sector is heating up. The Japanese have occupied and built airbases all over the northern Solomons. We can't shut them all down, but we are going to bleed him from this point on. This will be apparent in the coming weeks. Battleship division 1 (zulu HQ designation) Arizona, Colorado, and Maryland hit Munda at night. Reports indicate 38 base hits and 117 dead. They ecape unscathed to the south. We take another peek at one of the recent bases in the Solomons, Torokina. P38s sweep for 2:2. 44 zekes meet our squadron of 11. 32 more zekes are up when the heavies arrive. The IJ down 2 of the valuable 4Es for a zeke but get 138 base hits. A loose deuce of P38s arrive late; bag a zeke and exit. VMF-221 sweeps Munda to find 25 more zekes.VMF-221 get 4 to 1 of ours. 35 Liberators go after the Shortlands for 24 base hits; softening it up for an alpha strike package. B24s also fly over Munda and score some base hits later in the day.

CBI: The 4th IJA division on the Chinese frontier with Burma have cut off a week corp in the mountains to the west. Supply works 2 ways. (we hope). We concentrate all available twin engine bombers to reduce this force; disrupt as many squads as possible. Help is on the way. 77 bomber sorties report 123 IJA regulars KIA. P40s score a kill on a Tojo on the opening sweep in the morning.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/4/2012 11:31:38 PM   
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West Coast: Wasp is nearing readyness; she is 5 days away. The IJN must be picking up alot of radio traffic in west coast ports large convoys have assembled.

CenPac: Radio silence

SoPac: The IJN, with Yamato and Musashi shell Mohawk. 139 Aussies lose their lives. 34 base hits stop engineers from building. Marauders hit Lunga Point scoring a few kills on IJ. Our BBTF is well out of IJAF range and returning to rearm. We fly no strike packages today in theater.

CBI: We send all available bombers back to the IJA 4th division. We show 18,500 troops. We fly 90 sorties over them. Reports indicate 321 KIA.(almost 15AV)

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/5/2012 2:54:12 AM   
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East Coast: Mitchell group tranfered to the west coast for deployment in SoPac.

West Coast: radio silence

SoPac: Lightnings on sweep over the Shortlands mix it up again with zekes. 63 fighters swirl in the air three go down, one P38; 2 zekes. The IJN Yubari is on fire after hitting a mine at Buka. Marauders return to Guadalcanal for 3 port hits. Soon after the P38s depart the Shortlands the heavies come in. We lose another fort; report says we get 4 zkes on the ground, damage 17 more, and apply 69 more base hits. Marauders elude a decent CAP over Munda and score 23 base hits. This field will be leveled soon. Heavies drop by Guadalcanal in the morning to; 35KIA, 14 base hits. The airwar in the Seminole sector is going to escalate.

CBI: RAF Liberators try a run at Rangoon and suffer heavy losses. 4 go down, more are shot up for 4 IJA KIA. Near Paoshan; in the mountains; we hit the IJA 4th again; 90 sorties, 168 KIA. The 22nd Army group issued orders to move south from Chungking to Kunming link with 90th corp and HQ and move west.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/5/2012 1:24:12 PM   
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West Coast: Mitchells arrive on the west coast for deployment. Wasp is 1 day away.

CenPac: Radio silence

SoPac: I-26 catches an xAK in Seminole rear area. IJN sub lays mines at PagoPago. VMF-221 sweeps Munda; damage to the facilities effect japs ability to keep planes in the air. The F4Us score 5:1. Marauders arrive later and score 35 more base hits. We send some 4Es over the Shortlands again; 43 base hits; 4 zekes on the ground; 8 damaged.

CBI: Over the IJA 4th division; 105 sorties flown; 184 KIA.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/5/2012 8:45:09 PM   
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Zulu HQ: all TWITs in attendance: message through secure channels with the Emperor: Operation I-Go

OpReport: May3rd: excerpt:
2LT Ingram I. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 3
GCPT Coffey I. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 4
WCDR Greenwood E. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 7
SLDR Davies B. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 2
1LT Stinson, L.H. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 6
PO Charles, E.F. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 2
PO Charles, E.F. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 3
GCPT Turnbull, P.St.G.B. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
CPT Rutins C. of 35th FG/41st FS is credited with kill number 2
PO Schade, P.A. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 2
SLDR Greenwell K. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
PO Greenwell K. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
PO Charles, E.F. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 4
2LT Jordan, R.E. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 2
WO Austin, J. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
GCPT Gibbs, E.M. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 2
WCDR Norwood, R. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 2
PO Charles, E.F. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 5
PO Charles, E.F. of No.54 Sqn RAF attains ace status!!
WCDR Foster, R. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 2
2LT Atkins F. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 5
2LT Atkins F. of 49th FG/7th FS attains ace status!!
CPT Brors B. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 4
PO Schade, P.A. of No.54 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 3
PO Blackwell D. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 10
PO Blackwell D. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 11
WO Collyer, V.A. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 6
WO Oldridge N. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
CPT Campbell T. of 35th FG/41st FS is credited with kill number 2
WO Oldridge N. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 4
LTC Evans T. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 3
CPT Thanos T. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 4
2LT Bronson R. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 2
MAJ Andrews S. of 23rd FG/75th FS is credited with kill number 2
WO Austin, J. of No.75 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 4
1LT Rosbert, C.J. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 3
PO Blackwell D. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 13
1LT Koonce R. of 35th FG/41st FS is credited with kill number 3
CPT Morgan N. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 3
MAJ Donahue C. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 2
LTC Dunnigan G. of 35th FG/41st FS is credited with kill number 2
WO Baker U. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 2
2LT Woodside, M.H. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 2
2LT Woodside, M.H. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 3
2LT Conant, E. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 4
CPT Bond, C.R. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 4
WO Baker U. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
WO Baker U. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 4
MAJ Prentice, G.W. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 3
FO Stevenson G. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 6
WO Burgess P. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 2
WO Baker U. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 5
WO Baker U. of No.76 Sqn RAAF attains ace status!!
WO Burgess P. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 3
2LT Rancke, H.C. of 49th FG/7th FS is credited with kill number 5
2LT Rancke, H.C. of 49th FG/7th FS attains ace status!!
MAJ Lawlor, F.L. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 5
MAJ Lawlor, F.L. of 49th FG/8th FS attains ace status!!
MAJ Lawlor, F.L. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 6
PO McEwen I. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 2
1LT Mankin, J.C. of 49th FG/8th FS is credited with kill number 2
PO Blackwell D. of No.76 Sqn RAAF is credited with kill number 12

West Coast: Radio silence

CenPac: Radio Silence

SoPac: We get an idea of the enigmatic message from the emperor: Port Morseby: AM: 173 zero sorties over the base (does not include Bettys): we lose 18 fighters; IJ loses 48 all types. 10 B17s destroyed outright on the ground. several others including CATs, ASW, and support ac also lost. The Bettys which breach the CAP score 141 base hits. The airfield is barely operable. Fortunately the B24s were enroute to the Shortlands. They report 21 zeros destroyed on the ground, 2 Irvings and 112 base hits. B26s sortie to Munda for 17 base hits. I had a feeling the tempo was going to rise to a crescendo.

CBI: We hit the IJA 4th division again with 60 sorties. reported 245 KIA.







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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/5/2012 11:20:43 PM   
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West Coast: Radio silence; Wasp embarks Hellcats and SBD5s.

CenPac: Radio silence

SoPac: After yesterday its very quiet. I can't mount a raid from Port Morseby due to damage; I'm surprised IJ does not press it regardless of losses. We do mount our daily raid on Munda for 30+ base hits.

CBI: We eke out 62 sorties against the 4th IJA division for 187 casualties. We sweep Paoshan; no IJAF. IJA forces have reached our cut off corp in the mountains (near Paoshan); showing 44av.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/5/2012 11:30:20 PM   
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A note to Alfred: In typical knee jerk fashion, we orderd the 3rd Marine division to Sioux. It is nearing D-Day (D+2) I have mine sweepers preceeding the landing with Yorktown to stand off 280nm to the SSE. The TF with marines has a CA/DD SCTF merged (tonight) and will not bombard. Thinking being (this in itself can be quite rare at Zulu HQ) I'll have a reaction force to the KB or other IJN assets likely to oppose the landings. I do not belive I can leave assets in the area more than 48 hours after being spotted and hope the marines can hold long enough for me land at phase II Seminole.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/6/2012 12:19:21 AM   
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I think you rrranggg ... but I'm not certain.

Are you asking whether the SC TF should have merged with the 3rd Marine ships?

Hard to tell due to lack of overall force dispositions but the TWITS might find considering the following points to be a useful exercise.

1. Embedding all your major surface combat assets into an amphibious/transport TF is very dangerous as those assets will be disadvantaged if they come up against an enemy battleline in combat. This is because you want to structure your surface combat TFs to have ships of similar speed and firepower characteristics. By embedding CAs with xAPs you are introducing a significant internal variance.

2. Because of (1) it is generally better to match like with like. IOW if you believe there is a distinct possibility that the troop ships will be intercepted by an enemy surface TF, you should have your own surface combat TF to tangle with the enemy. Therefore the correct procedure is to have the troop TF follow your own surface combat TF (have two if you can spare the ships).

3. Notwithstanding the above comments, with the enemy lurking about, particularly with the KB in the area, it would be wise to beef up the combat escorts embedded within the troop TF. In this instance having some DDs embedded could be useful both in facing up to any enemy ships which break through and to provide additional flak (plus decoys) against a potential KB strike.

4. The Yorktown is standing off too far to be of any real benefit. At that distance it is not going to provide any fighter cover to the troop ships. To me it only makes sense if the idea is to have the Yorktown in the general area ready to swoop down like a vulture on any wounded elements of the KB. But I see two problems with that scenario. Firstly I don't see what exactly you have in the area which will first wound the KB and allow the Yorktown to go after any cripples in relative safety subsequently. Secondly the distance is too great to allow the Yorktown a realistic chance of catching up with the cripples.

5. As to not having a bombardment TF. Well of course it would be better to have one, but if you don't have sufficient assets to have both bombardment and surface combat TFs (plus beefed up escorts) it is better to sacrifice the bombardment element. Not landing on an atoll gives you the luxury of not being forced into a shock attack with disrupted elements on D-Day.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/6/2012 12:25:49 AM   
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Isn't the old prewar BB's a good AP escort and they are similar in speed? Along with the older Gridly class DD's? And I think the game will engage BB's before the AP's making a glorious sacrifice if a IJ SAG shows up ... such is my sophmoric understanding ready to be educated Alfred .. Then the faster modern stuff hangs into postion to react to the IJ's folly or protects the CV's ..

Thoughts?

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/6/2012 12:33:56 AM   
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Yes the old BBs could be used in such fashion but the chief TWIT (aka zuluhour) only mentioned having CAs and DDs present. If he had, say 3 old BBs present he could have both a bombardment TF (comprised say of 2 BB and a couple of DDs to ward off enemy subs) and an embedded BB with the troop ships. The faster vessels would then be available for what you say. That however would be under optimal conditions, which I think we can safely assume are not present for zuluhour.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/6/2012 3:27:28 PM   
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That they are not. The Battleship divisions are in Sydney; rearming for Seminole. I just issued orders and have great trepidation as the landing force is spotted at 240nm. I broke off the the CLAA and DDs, leaving two with the initial lift, and set them to 0 hex follow. The Yorktown was ordered closer (u nspotted) yet still 120nm off the beaches. I struggled very hard with the air group missions. The final set was no LLRCAP, all escort (7) with all naval attack, and 10% search on the TBs and SBDs. The CVEs trailing ended up FUBAR way behind (several days) as I lost focus on them during I-GO. Newb mistake. What I think is going to happen at 6 hex range, the amphib.TF will make the beachhead and have no Op pts left to unload. Billiard Thursady nights is not the correct day to orchestrate our first opposed landing in the Pacific. If IJ demolishes the the 3rd marines I will sent the 1st marines with 3 CVs and 4 CVEs and take the place next month. I need to get at Seminole phase II to move the timetable up and isolate the Rabaul area and work up the northern coast of New Guinea. This is the more important operation to Zulu HQ. Mouse overs in the Gilberts do not show any built up bases beyond 2. I'd like to be in the Caralinas before the Marshalls. Well off to the golf course.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/7/2012 1:24:47 AM   
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May 6th 1943

West Coast: radio Silence

CenPac: Near Ponape Japanese Ships
BB Hiei
BB Haruna
BB Kongo
CA Ashigara
DD Yamagumo
DD Natsugumo

Allied Ships SS Swordfish

Swordfish looses 6 fish and dives. no hits. But this TF is most likely from Truk steaming at flank towards Sioux. 41 coastal guns or artillery fire back at our amphibious TF off Tabiteuea. After a bombardment; counter battery fire is more effective, the 3rd Marine division shock attacks the island. We never sent recon over the island in the hopes of it being more of suprise. The attack goes well.
Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 11027 troops, 198 guns, 135 vehicles, Assault Value = 453

Defending force 3225 troops, 28 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 71

Allied adjusted assault: 165

Japanese adjusted defense: 49

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1242 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 14 (5 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
235 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled


Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Div /1

Defending units:
41st Naval Guard Unit
4th Naval Construction Battalion
59th JNAF AF Unit

We are ashore!

SoPac: Very little activity except recon flights. We do sent several raids over Guadalcanal. KiraKira's airfields are finished and we are progressing on enlarging the port. Port Morseby repairs the airfield complex quickly. Bombers may fly tomorrow.

CBI: We continue the air campaign against the IJA 4th division outside Paoshan. We fly 102 sorties. Reports indicate 553 casualties. Yesterday we count 139 casualties. Even with the rising casualty count the IJA routes the weak 200th Chinese division, but not without a fight.
Ground combat at 66,44 (near Paoshan)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 24491 troops, 248 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 828

Defending force 848 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 44

Japanese adjusted assault: 563

Allied adjusted defense: 4

Japanese assault odds: 140 to 1

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

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


Allied ground losses:
773 casualties reported
Squads: 28 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
28th Division
4th Division

Defending units:
200th Chinese Division

Zulu HQ: Lots of decisions to be made tonight. posts to follow. That is all.




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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/7/2012 3:39:34 AM   
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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/7/2012 12:53:58 PM   
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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

Japanese Ships
DD Hibiki, Shell hits 1
DD Inazuma
DD Shinonome
DD Shirakumo
DD Ayanami
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 1
DD Yugiri, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Oboro, Shell hits 2

Allied Ships
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 !!!

Combat modifiers
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


Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Division

Defending units:
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.

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RE: RE:upping the tempo - 4/7/2012 1:18:42 PM   
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quote:

**While it shows we take the island, the new turn shows some 2ooo japs still on the island?


It looks like sync bug.

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