From: Rendlesham, Suffolk
The AO bomb magnet a Manila got hit again. The approach march on Mindanao and Luzon continues. I'll have an exploratory attack at Manila in a couple of turns. I do not have a massive superiority and that light urban terrain is a bastard to fight through when fortified, so I will keep up the bombardment to reduce supplies.
At Palembang there was a PBY-4 night attack on my ASW vessesl with no hits. Martin 139s then came in at 1000 ft and lightly damaged the airfield. Tomorrow night they will meet Oscars. There were three high altitude 4E raids during the day. I lost an Oscar Ib, but Martin lost 2 Brewster B339Ds and had 2 B-17s damaged. I have swapped a Oscar Ib unit with the Ic's at Tarakan to see if the extra hitting power of the 2 12.7mm machine guns helps. My Zero sweep at Batavia drove the small Dutch CAP (now there's an image) down, with no losses on either side.
At Babeldaob, the Kendari force is loaded and waiting for CVE Taiyo to come and escort (see screenie). It is a light force, so I am hoping Martin has not reinforced too much.
1 L212 was shot down by my Oscars over Georgetown. I created some barges there as I am considering a quick attack on a lightly defended hex in Sumatra to keep the pressure up. Any suggestions? Johore Bahru was captured by 21st ID. I now have an avalanche of units coming down the railway line. I am hoping that Martin cannot bomb them as they are all in strategic mode. The last cut off unit further north, a light AA unit, was destroyed by two infantry regiments near Malacca. Flak is still murder over Singapore.
Over Burma, my bombers went after a ground unit that had retreated into Rangoon. They met Buffs and Blenheim IFs, with one Buff destroyed by escorting Oscars. Does Martin still have an AVG squadron available here? I bloody well hope not as they are a pain in the arse.
In China the AVG had an inconclusive skirmish over Wuchow, followed by a downed Oscar over Canton and a destroyed Nate over Wuchang.
Art by the amazing Dixie