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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/10/2012 11:56:15 AM   
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6-10 January 1943
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subs: The mini just released by the now badly damaged I-20 hits a mine in Suva harbor and sinks. So much for that idea. To compound the futility of the mission, S-33 puts a fish in I-20 to finish her off.

On the 8th TK Chiyoda Maru is hit by the Spearfish near Tarakan and goes down burning. The Blackfish takes two solid hits from E Sagi.

On the 9th RO-66 spots POW in the South Seas and takes moderate damage from her escorts.


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 06, 43
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TF 26 encounters mine field at Suva (132,160)

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-17, Mine hits 1, heavy damage

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Sub vs Sub: SS S-33 attacking SS I-20 at 129,159 - near Nadi

Japanese Ships
SS I-20, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS S-33

SS S-33 launches 2 torpedoes at 3,000 yards

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 08, 43
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Sub attack near Tawau at 69,91

Japanese Ships
TK Chiyoda Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Tokati Maru

Allied Ships
SS Spearfish

SS Spearfish launches 4 torpedoes at TK Chiyoda Maru
PB Tokati Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...


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Sub attack near Hengchun at 85,68

Japanese Ships
E Sagi
TK Rikko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish, hits 4

SS Blackfish launches 2 torpedoes at E Sagi
E Sagi attacking submerged sub ....

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 09, 43
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Sub attack near Kabara at 135,164

Japanese Ships
SS RO-66, hits 7

Allied Ships
DD Downes
BB Prince of Wales
DD Walke
DD Buchanan
DD Clark
DD Balch
DD Porter



SS RO-66 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Downes
DD Clark attacking submerged sub ....
DD Balch fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Porter fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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So Pac: The DMS sent in to clear Tanna on the 6th don't get much work done before getting shelled by Marine 155mm guns. Both should make it back to port.

On the 7th CL Columbia and DDs show up to prevent any further incursions. Kates try to hit them but have no luck with bombs.

On the 10th interesting news shows up in the OP report. I've been assuming Yorktown to be active based on only two bomb hits (with an AMMO explosion). This message of her being sunk is good news, but I still won't assume it's correct just yet.

Also on the 10th I noticed a lot of fighters in Tanna all of a sudden and brought everything I had in range to sweep. This was two A6M3a groups from Ndeni and Tojos from Koumac. The results were great considering these were his veteran defensive pilots. After getting 2 to 1 with the zeros the Tojos just ate up the P-39s. On the day he lost 40 P-39s to 12 A6M3a and 2 Tojo. Banzai!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 06, 43
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TF 284 encounters mine field at Tanna (120,157) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

3 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DMS W-17, Shell hits 1, on fire
DMS W-14, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

DMS W-17 firing at 221st USN Base Force
221st USN Base Force firing at DMS W-17
221st USN Base Force firing at DMS W-14
DMS W-14 firing at 221st USN Base Force
6 mines cleared

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 07, 43
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tanna at 120,157

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 59 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
B5N2 Kate x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Waller
CL Columbia

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 10, 43
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CV Yorktown is reported to have been sunk near Yasawa Islands on Nov 18, 1942

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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 39



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 75


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 6 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 5 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 32100.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
347th FG/67th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 5 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 32100.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
347th FG/339th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 5 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 32100.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 17



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 46


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 6 destroyed



CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-39D Airacobra (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 32470.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
347th FG/339th FS with P-39D Airacobra (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 32470.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
347th FG/67th FS with P-39D Airacobra (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 70 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 24


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 5 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
33 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
347th FG/339th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
35th FG/39th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
347th FG/67th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 32100.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 162 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 48 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6



Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet *
2 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
347th FG/339th FS with P-39D Airacobra (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 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Cent Pac: I've decided to tempt fate and send a raiding TF to the area East of PH and move it to the South. I'll use CVs Akagi and Hiryu with a surface TF and 3 oilers. I've been getting reports that PH and many West Coast ports are nearly devoid of fighters, or any aircraft. To find out if these reports are correct I've loaded a Judy recon group onto the Akagi and will scout the areas from a distance before raiding anything on land.

The two CVs are moving to Kwajalein and then to the North before swinging East above Midway. They should be able to reach the open Pacific undetected, but we'll see if that is true in a few weeks.

Burma: Jocke was definitely paying attention to the oil, but this raid on the 6th cost him dearly. At the end of the day 76 planes were reported shot down for only the loss of 7 Tojos and 4 Oscars. All but 4 of our pilots survived.

After several frustrating defensive stands here where the fighters would chew away at the escorts endlessly but never reach the bombers, today we got through. A good number of Wellingtons and some 4E were shot down in addition to the 45-50 P-40Es lost. While this airframe is obsolete, the pilots in them are not and that is a lot of pilots probably lost over enemy territory.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 06, 43
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 89

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 80
Wellington Ic x 44
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-26 Marauder x 48
P-40E Warhawk x 54


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

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 destroyed, 8 damaged
Wellington Ic: 3 destroyed, 4 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 2 destroyed, 8 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 13 destroyed


Oil hits 146

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(17 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 7
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 70


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 16
P-40E Warhawk x 25


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 9 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed


Oil hits 13

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 77 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers

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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 51

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 12 damaged

Oil hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 10, 43
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Pilot Fujimoto U. is reported as to have escaped capture


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OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 09, 43

BB Musashi arrives at Tokyo


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< Message edited by obvert -- 7/10/2012 11:58:49 AM >


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"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/10/2012 11:17:25 PM   
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Love this AAR Obvert!

Nice hit in Burma...i'd say he has lost at least 20 precious fighter pilots in those two raids....the allies, once they start to attack, are very short on pilots...but they are especially short on airframes. Keep on hitting them playing defensively...he cannot sustain those losses for more than a week or he'd dry his a/c pools!

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/11/2012 12:41:45 AM   
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As long as he is willing to send aircraft to Tanna and you keep getting these results, don't take it back. You need someplace to bleed the Americans and this seems to be a good choice.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/11/2012 10:19:49 AM   
obvert


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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Love this AAR Obvert!

Nice hit in Burma...i'd say he has lost at least 20 precious fighter pilots in those two raids....the allies, once they start to attack, are very short on pilots...but they are especially short on airframes. Keep on hitting them playing defensively...he cannot sustain those losses for more than a week or he'd dry his a/c pools!


Thanks GJ.

Exactly. I hope he lost even more than 20!

He's very selective about these raids. This one was spurred on by me rebuilding about 15 oil points in Magwe. Those produced for about a month before he hit the base again. It's down to 23 producing oil points now. So those planes and pilots I knocked off cost me about 15k supplies. For now I won't build anymore, but hopefully he'l come and try to finish it off.

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ORIGINAL: ny59giants

As long as he is willing to send aircraft to Tanna and you keep getting these results, don't take it back. You need someplace to bleed the Americans and this seems to be a good choice.


I'm definitely feeling that way now as well. He's just put some more units in there and I think with it's proximity to Suva it'll be his staging ground for further invasions. I'm gong to throw a brigade into Luganville, even though this won't last long once he does go for it. I just want any invasion to have to be large and well planned. I'll also solidify Efate and keep some strength at Anatom.

Once he gets the LSTs down here it'll be hard to stop him moving forward island hopping. I'll have to keep some surface elements close by. The G3M3s will hit Tanna but haven't scored yet. Anything to the North of that and they might do good work though, especially if I can keep the fighters suppressed on Tanna. I can also escort from Ndeni and he has yet to strike that base with 4Es. I'd like to keep Tanna to no more than fields level 4 but that will be tough.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/12/2012 9:14:23 AM   
obvert


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11-15 January 1943
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We're playing a lot of turns as we're both on vacation now. Its fun and it's moving us forward quickly.

subs: The sub scene calmed down after a hair-raising start to the new year. No Allied successes these five days. Some of the new improved Kageros headed out to ASW duty near the HI and couldn't locate any subs yet. The air ASW is finding them, but only a few attacks report hits.

On the 12th near Sydney the I-12 hits an AM, taking her out. Not sure why 4 torps were warranted for this target, but at least it's a hit.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 11, 43
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Sub attack near Newcastle at 94,169

Japanese Ships
SS I-28, hits 2

Allied Ships
AM Castlemaine, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AM Gladstone

SS I-28 launches 4 torpedoes at AM Castlemaine
AM Gladstone fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Gladstone attacking submerged sub ....

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So Pac: More sweeps at Tanna. Hes replaced the P-39s with Lightnings and Wildcats. That hurt a bit but was to be expected. Better that he's still fighting for it.

Quite a few ships are in the area and some show as APs. I'll bring the KB down for a closer look to see if anything stays in the port.

Liberators visited Koumac at last. They came from OZ. I think this means he's serious now about shutting down our array of level 2 airfields in the area. The Nicks were waiting though and did good work, knocking down 5 B-24s by the end of it.

On the 12th Tojos go in and do much better. In fact they come out ahead of the P-38s. Not bad. Zeros from the KB follow up and take out 5 more Wildcats for 3 losses.

On the 13th all ships dispersed back to Suva and to the South presumably. None were in range of the KB. Sweeps hit empty fields as Tanna was vacated as well.

On the 15th Nells go in and hit Tanna for only 6 hits, which look to have been repaired by morning. Ahh, US engineers.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 11, 43
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 18 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 20
F4F-3 Wildcat x 12
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed


CAP engaged:
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
35th FG/41st FS with P-38G Lightning (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 12, 43
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 35

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 12
F4F-3 Wildcat x 18
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 30000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 24000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
35th FG/41st FS with P-38G Lightning (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 24000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Koumac , at 113,156

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 19

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 49


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

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

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 20

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (19 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(19 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
452 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (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 10000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 91 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 8



Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 7
F4F-3 Wildcat x 8
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed


CAP engaged:
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
35th FG/41st FS with P-38G Lightning (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 31000 , scrambling fighters between 30000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (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 between 32000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 15, 43
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Afternoon Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 93 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 22

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Burma: Nothing happening in Burma. I keep reconning jungle hexes to see if anything is moving our way.

Reinforcements: A plethora of base forces and other useful items arrived on the 14th en masse. Most are on Hokkaido and I changed the HQ on several to place them on Shikuka and some of the unoccupied Kuriles. It's looking pretty solid up here for now.


OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 15, 43
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AMc Wa 8 arrives at Tokyo
E W-24 arrives at Tokyo
CM Yurijima arrives at Tokyo
SC CHa-50 arrives at Ominato
Endo Det arrives at Nagoya
108th Sentai arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
90th I.F.Chutai arrives at Tokyo
1st Air Division arrives at Sapporo
19th JAAF Base Force arrives at Naha
20th JAAF Base Force arrives at Sapporo
21st JAAF Base Force arrives at Hirosaki/Aomori
1st JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
49th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
55th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
63rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
73rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
77th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
83rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
177th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo
178th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Sapporo


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About 35 DDs are in refit as well as the DMS ships which are being changed to Es. I decided to go ahead and change them all. After the experience at Tanna I realize it might be better to let small worthless AMc do most of the minesweeping and let these fast ships with improved ASW function as escorts.

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About 35 DDs are in refit as well as the DMS ships which are being changed to Es. I decided to go ahead and change them all. After the experience at Tanna I realize it might be better to let small worthless AMc do most of the minesweeping and let these fast ships with improved ASW function as escorts.


I wasn't impressed with the ASW performance of the converted DMS's. Since I like to bombard, I think I'd prefer to leave them as minesweepers to neutralize enemy mine concentrations. Hopefully, their ASW capability will perform better for you, than they have for me.

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I also tend to keep most of these handy as DMS for bombardment escorts ... get plenty of SC and E's by mid-43.

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About 35 DDs are in refit as well as the DMS ships which are being changed to Es. I decided to go ahead and change them all. After the experience at Tanna I realize it might be better to let small worthless AMc do most of the minesweeping and let these fast ships with improved ASW function as escorts.


I wasn't impressed with the ASW performance of the converted DMS's. Since I like to bombard, I think I'd prefer to leave them as minesweepers to neutralize enemy mine concentrations. Hopefully, their ASW capability will perform better for you, than they have for me.


My issue is that when they go in to minesweep anything I really want to bombard, he's going to have a Marine defense unit or some other CD gun unit that will shred them before they can do their job. The two times I tried it were utter failures. I know that's a poor sample to make a choice on but it's all I had at the time.

I'll keep a few around just to try again, but 2/3 are already in the conversion process.

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So when you put DMS into the bombardment TF, the DMS don't clear the mines for you and allow the BB/CA's to bombard? 

Should work .... I haven't done it in a while though, so maybe something in a patch changed?

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So when you put DMS into the bombardment TF, the DMS don't clear the mines for you and allow the BB/CA's to bombard? 

Should work .... I haven't done it in a while though, so maybe something in a patch changed?


Ahh. I tried it with the DMS on their own. I'll try that with the ones I have left. I just thought that would slow down the whole TF and make it more vulnerable, since there is a big gap in speed even from the 25 knot BBs to the 19 knot DMS.

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16-20 January 1943
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Big developments happening currently. The Burma land war is on!!!

subs: A bunch of US subs are active off of NE China. I've sent several ASW TFs here to see if they in cooperation with the Air ASW groups can knock off a few of these or at least make their work much harder to accomplish. Some hits are landing, but nothing critical even though I'm getting to some subs in the shallows and get bottoming out messages.

On the 18th a slow AO is nailed trying to get oil out of Taihoku. This area is getting dangerous. A lot of planes are flying here for us, but it doesn't seem to matter much. The subs still take their toll.

On the 19th I-25 runs into a SCTF. It doesn't get an attack of and also evades attack. For those who have been reading since the beginning you'll possibly (or more likely not) remember that this is one of the ships I've been following during the war. All of the units are amazingly still active except the AMC, which died early on to provide intel about the US CVs. I'l post something updating their travels and current assignments soon.

Also on the19th DDs give Gudgeon a deep water hit. Just one, but at least that's some progress.

Tanbor takes out a small xAK on the 20th. Just carrying resources.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 17, 43

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ASW attack near Shaohing at 92,59

Japanese Ships
DD Yukaze
DD Hakaze
DD Tsuga
DD Hasu

Allied Ships
SS Tuna, hits 1

SS Tuna is located by DD Yukaze
DD Tsuga fails to find sub and abandons search

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ASW attack near Wenchow at 92,60

Japanese Ships
DD Hakaze
DD Tsuga
DD Hasu

Allied Ships
SS Tuna, hits 2

SS Tuna is sighted by escort
Tuna bottoming out ....
DD Tsuga attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hasu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tsuga attacking submerged sub ....
DD Tsuga is out of ASW ammo

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 18, 43
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Sub attack near Taihoku at 88,62

Japanese Ships
AO Shiriya, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Rokko Maru
PB Kasyu Maru

Allied Ships
SS Tautog

SS Tautog launches 4 torpedoes at AO Shiriya
PB Kasyu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...

Escort abandons search for sub
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 19, 43
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ASW attack near Pukapuka at 155,163

Japanese Ships
SS I-25

Allied Ships
CA Chicago
CA Portland
DD Fox
DD Rathburne
DD Kane
DD Hatfield



SS I-25 is sighted by escort
DD Rathburne fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kane fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hatfield fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatfield attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-25 eludes ASW attack from DD Hatfield
DD Hatfield fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatfield fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hatfield attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hatfield fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Nagoya at 109,63

Japanese Ships
DD Naganami
DD Natsushio
DD Hatsukaze

Allied Ships
SS Gudgeon, hits 1

SS Gudgeon is located by DD Naganami
Gudgeon diving deep ....
DD Natsushio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hatsukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsushio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsushio fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 20, 43
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Sub attack near Fukue-jima at 99,59

Japanese Ships
xAK Kisaragi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SC CHa-43

Allied Ships
SS Tambor

SS Tambor launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kisaragi Maru

SC CHa-43 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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So Pac: Not much happening this week down here. On the 18th B-24s crush Belep, a size 1 fields with an AF Coy only. It's now out of supply and I will most likely just pull this unit soon as he's getting serious about closing ALL of these So Pac bases.

On the 19th I try one of the first night attacks of the war, with 96% moon. All Netties in range are ordered to bomb Tanna. In spite of good recon on the base, good pilots, and good moonlight, the raids are almost completely ineffectual.

The Allies splatter Luganville and Koumac on the 19th.

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Night Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 8
G4M1 Betty x 7



Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 1 damaged


Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 9000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 5



No Japanese losses



Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 9000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Night Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 9000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 10, 43
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No Pac: Just for fun on the 18th zeros were set to naval attack some ASW yard tenders straying too far from Kodiak. Even the 20mm hits seemed to do damage against these tiny ships.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 18, 43
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Sitkinak Island at 181,46

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
YP-74, Shell hits 1, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
YP-95, Shell hits 3, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


Aircraft Attacking:
6 x A6M3a Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Burma: I feel some trepidation as Jocke launches the Burma ground campaign in a big way. On the 18th a recon flight spotted some units in the jungle during it's flight to Imphal. On the 19th a dedicated recon flight as well as Helen's visited the area. The Helen's sharp eyed bombardiers spotted the insignia of the 2nd British division while getting pummeled by flak. Two of fifteen planes go down plus another 3 to ops. On the 20th the Helens spot the 254th Armored Brigade while losing another 4 planes total.

So far recon gives a report of 121,000 troops, 1,400 guns, and 1,800 AFVs! For those who know the Allied side better than I do, what am I looking at with those numbers? I am guessing 4-5 divisions + 1 mechanized division, 2-3 brigades, several armored brigades, 7-8 arty units, 5-6 AA, some base forces and a few HQs. Any estimates on AV?

These units can't have been here long as I looked back and they were on the road to Imphal only a week ago, so there is time to prepare some defenses. They are moving to the critical bend in the rail line between Katha and Schwebo. I'll set up armies in both bases and plan to move from either depending on where he goes.

Since I was imagining an offensive shouldn't yet be possible here, I had many units split and doing other work preparing forts all over Burma. The 1st and the 2nd tank divisions now must scramble to Katha to be put together, and several other divisions, HQs and Arty units will also head up there. Four divisions will move to Schwebo with their attendant units, and one will stay in reserve in Mandalay. Thai units will garrison Magwe and Meiktila as well as Toungou and Taung Gi. Another Brigade will move to Magwe.

Prome will keep it's Thai division for now unless a move is made from Akyab. If that happens I'll need to reinforce from units in So Pac and OZ. Preparations are being made to begin transferring several divisions back this way. I've diverted 2 garrison units here (120 AV) to use for rear bases to keep the Chindits off my backside, plus a brigade from China. I've got around 500 PP right now and once another 15 days go by I should be able to buy out a division from Manchuria to send over as well.

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Morning Air attack on 2nd British Division, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 7 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 destroyed by flak


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 20, 43
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Morning Air attack on 254th Armoured Brigade, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 9 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak



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


Aircraft Attacking:
27 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 15000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: Hosho's planes come back to us.

TK Kenwa Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
Hosho-2/A arrives at Tokyo


Losses: Not too bad for the week, but the AO hurts.

Loss of AO Shiriya on Jan 18, 1943 is admitted
Loss of xAK Teiyo Maru on Nov 19, 1942 is admitted


Sinkings reported: Another sub reported down. What seems to be happening a lot is one sub being reported sunk, then that coming off the list and another coming on later around that date. So some of these might be real. Maybe.

SS Kingfish is reported to have been sunk near Singapore on Dec 11, 1942
YP-74 is reported to have been sunk near Sitkinak Island on Jan 18, 1943
xAP Rangitata is reported to have been sunk near Noumea on Aug 08, 1942


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Burma: I feel some trepidation as Jocke launches the Burma ground campaign in a big way. On the 18th a recon flight spotted some units in the jungle during it's flight to Imphal. On the 19th a dedicated recon flight as well as Helen's visited the area. The Helen's sharp eyed bombardiers spotted the insignia of the 2nd British division while getting pummeled by flak. Two of fifteen planes go down plus another 3 to ops. On the 20th the Helens spot the 254th Armored Brigade while losing another 4 planes total.

So far recon gives a report of 121,000 troops, 1,400 guns, and 1,800 AFVs! For those who know the Allied side better than I do, what am I looking at with those numbers? I am guessing 4-5 divisions + 1 mechanized division, 2-3 brigades, several armored brigades, 7-8 arty units, 5-6 AA, some base forces and a few HQs. Any estimates on AV?

These units can't have been here long as I looked back and they were on the road to Imphal only a week ago, so there is time to prepare some defenses. They are moving to the critical bend in the rail line between Katha and Schwebo. I'll set up armies in both bases and plan to move from either depending on where he goes.

Since I was imagining an offensive shouldn't yet be possible here, I had many units split and doing other work preparing forts all over Burma. The 1st and the 2nd tank divisions now must scramble to Katha to be put together, and several other divisions, HQs and Arty units will also head up there. Four divisions will move to Schwebo with their attendant units, and one will stay in reserve in Mandalay. Thai units will garrison Magwe and Meiktila as well as Toungou and Taung Gi. Another Brigade will move to Magwe.

Prome will keep it's Thai division for now unless a move is made from Akyab. If that happens I'll need to reinforce from units in So Pac and OZ. Preparations are being made to begin transferring several divisions back this way. I've diverted 2 garrison units here (120 AV) to use for rear bases to keep the Chindits off my backside, plus a brigade from China. I've got around 500 PP right now and once another 15 days go by I should be able to buy out a division from Manchuria to send over as well.


Burma scares me as Japan. It's so hard to defend and all the prime defensive territory actually spreads you out in a way that leaves you vulnerable to penetration at some points. Keeping the railway open is key.

There's always the threat of an Allied landing somewhere south of Rangoon. It's probably far too early and risky for the Allies to try such a maneuver, especially with their naval losses to date, but the possibility exists. My worst fear is top loading Northern/Central Burma only to have an eventual Anzio or Inchon type landing in my rear.

I really hate Burma.

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Burma scares me as Japan. It's prime defensive terrain spreads you out and leaves numerous points where the Allies can penetrate. Obviously, keeping the railway open is key if you plan a forward defence.

It's probably not a concern at this time in light of the time frame and the Allied losses to date, but my biggest fear is top loading Northern/Central Burma to counter an Allied push, only to see a possible Anzio/Inchon type landing south of Rangoon. Unlikely in this case, but always something to keep in mind.

Did I mention that I hate Burma?


My idea so far is to defend with 2/3 of the force below the rail blockade and 1/3 above it. The cities are getting good forts, between 4 and 6, and I have one advantage over most IJ players in Burma. I can retreat down the Northern half of Burma toward China with no threat and in fact a source of supply from that direction. Although it will be a trickle.

I've been pouring supply into China since I saw this movement. I'd like to get a good storage in the mountains around Kunming and down to Paoshan.

I am not happy about this development, but if I can hold him off until the monsoon without the loss of any bases, this advance may become tough for him to supply. Already I'm seeing a marked increase in ops losses to C-47s.

If he goes South, I hope to defend in the cities, especially Prome, Mandalay and Magwe, with the hope that I can bring enough reinforcements in to stall the advance. Once he is in Burma in the clear my air force will come into play as well though. I hope it will be tough for him to sustain continued heavy losses this early.

If anyone has advice or warnings, please speak now. This is the first time I've been through this so I will need any and all help I can get!

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Burma scares me as Japan. It's prime defensive terrain spreads you out and leaves numerous points where the Allies can penetrate. Obviously, keeping the railway open is key if you plan a forward defence.

It's probably not a concern at this time in light of the time frame and the Allied losses to date, but my biggest fear is top loading Northern/Central Burma to counter an Allied push, only to see a possible Anzio/Inchon type landing south of Rangoon. Unlikely in this case, but always something to keep in mind.

Did I mention that I hate Burma?


My idea so far is to defend with 2/3 of the force below the rail blockade and 1/3 above it. The cities are getting good forts, between 4 and 6, and I have one advantage over most IJ players in Burma. I can retreat down the Northern half of Burma toward China with no threat and in fact a source of supply from that direction. Although it will be a trickle.

I've been pouring supply into China since I saw this movement. I'd like to get a good storage in the mountains around Kunming and down to Paoshan.

I am not happy about this development, but if I can hold him off until the monsoon without the loss of any bases, this advance may become tough for him to supply. Already I'm seeing a marked increase in ops losses to C-47s.

If he goes South, I hope to defend in the cities, especially Prome, Mandalay and Magwe, with the hope that I can bring enough reinforcements in to stall the advance. Once he is in Burma in the clear my air force will come into play as well though. I hope it will be tough for him to sustain continued heavy losses this early.

If anyone has advice or warnings, please speak now. This is the first time I've been through this so I will need any and all help I can get!


Don't have any suggestion...sorry...but i feel your fear for Burma....It seems impossible to be defended... probably the best way is to attack India....even just in order to delay as much as possible the allied air offensive in Burma

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If anyone has advice or warnings, please speak now. This is the first time I've been through this so I will need any and all help I can get!


Allied air will obliterate your troops in clear terrain, despite high fort levels. I don't know the difference in effect from level four forts to level six, but I had the 56th Division at Meiktila behind level four forts and it was rendered combat ineffective after one day of bombing with 87% disruption.

I think being able to retreat into China will be huge, that renders the need to hold the railway far less than otherwise. Bhamo and Lashio are key strongpoints then for you because they can be supplied from China, that's huge! I think that will be the key to defending the region, you have way more flexibility not being forced to defend the railway to keep Northern Burma supplied.

You put way more faith in Japanese tactical airpower than I do.

I wish I could have another crack at Burma, there's so much I'd do differently the second time around. I still hate it though.

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If anyone has advice or warnings, please speak now. This is the first time I've been through this so I will need any and all help I can get!


Allied air will obliterate your troops in clear terrain, despite high fort levels. I don't know the difference in effect from level four forts to level six, but I had the 56th Division at Meiktila behind level four forts and it was rendered combat ineffective after one day of bombing with 87% disruption.

I think being able to retreat into China will be huge, that renders the need to hold the railway far less than otherwise. Bhamo and Lashio are key strongpoints then for you because they can be supplied from China, that's huge! I think that will be the key to defending the region, you have way more flexibility not being forced to defend the railway to keep Northern Burma supplied.

You put way more faith in Japanese tactical airpower than I do.

I wish I could have another crack at Burma, there's so much I'd do differently the second time around. I still hate it though.


Well, I feel for you not having 8 groups of Tojos plus a few Oscars! At least I can put endless pilots and decent planes out there. I have 7-8 level 5 or higher fields in the area. I think I can blunt the spear, but I will have to get fresh troops in quickly as well to get behind those that get pummeled from the air. Until now I have intentionally not used the IJAAF bombers much in Burma. One, I don't have much field space with all of the fighters there or enough support. Two, I didn't want them to be targets on the ground for 4Es grinding them to a pulp.

Just now I've gotten 7 new base forces and a new Air HQ on the way, (12-15 days out) with 60k supply, plus several loads of supply coming in before that. If I can hold for another month, I may be able to get enough air power to push back. Daily attacks in the central area will be tough for him, as 70-80 Tojos and 40 Oscars should meet those raids when they come. If I can keep those numbers up for a month, his pools will begin to get thin and he will be losing pilots over my territory as well. The Brits should buckle first, but the scourge of the Lightnings are thin, and he won't break my back with P-40Ks.

So I feel scared but with some options at this point. I want a fight and I think I can hold. The question for me is can I push back? I know I don't have the forces to land in India, and I don't know that I can beat him on the ground with the size of army he's bringing and the 4E support. So really, this could be the beginning of the slow grind toward the finish. I just want to make it VERY slow if possible.

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At least I can put endless pilots and decent planes out there.


Great point Erik. I can't help thinking in terms of PDU off. I agree, you can field better aircraft in the numbers required to make it a costly affair for the Allies. I expect to learn much from watching your air defence.

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ORIGINAL: obvert

At least I can put endless pilots and decent planes out there.


Great point Erik. I can't help thinking in terms of PDU off. I agree, you can field better aircraft in the numbers required to make it a costly affair for the Allies. I expect to learn much from watching your air defence.


I hope I learn enough quickly enough!

I would have been very prepared had this begun a month from now. At this point I'm scrambling. A good move by Jocke. Now I have to see if I can catch up.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/18/2012 7:49:36 AM   
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subs: ASW continues to get minor hits on subs near the HI. Maybe enough to send a few back for repairs, which is helpful at least.

RO-64 elects to launch only a two fish spread at the AP Hunter Ligget near Tanna, which to me seems a very worthy target. Empty the tubes!


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 22, 43
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ASW attack near Talaud-eilanden at 79,95

Japanese Ships
E Ishigaki

Allied Ships
SS Seawolf, hits 3 1 penetrating with explosion

SS Seawolf is sighted by escort
E Ishigaki attacking submerged sub ....
E Ishigaki fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Ishigaki attacking submerged sub ....
E Ishigaki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 24, 43
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Sub attack near Tanna at 122,157

Japanese Ships
SS RO-64

Allied Ships
AP Hunter Liggett
CA Canberra
DD Gwin
AK Fomalhaut
AK Bellatrix
DD McCalla
DD Aaron Ward

SS RO-64 launches 2 torpedoes at AP Hunter Liggett
DD McCalla fails to find sub and abandons search

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So Pac: An important decision is reached about the status of the IJ holdings in the deep South Pacific. I will move out the two divisions here for the defense of Burma. I will leave only token troops at Anatom, Noumea, Koumac and Efate. Luganville will get a few as it has good forts and is more easily supportable.

It is time to concentrate forces in Burma and I have about a month to get set, or less possibly.

A mini-KB left Tulagi with several SCTFs and one quick loading amphib TF to pick up the division at Noumea. Around the 22nd ships were spotted around Tanna and the mini moved into range to try for a hit but the weather didn't cooperate.

More fighters are moved in to support as well, and Tojos knocked off a few B-25s on the 24th hitting Anatom.

On the 25th the Corsairs showed up at Tanna. One of my favorite planes, unless I;m flying against them! The zeros did manage to take a few down though, which is a good start.

Nells flew in also on the 25th but only were using bombs and didn't get many hits. Too bad. Nicks did well against B-24s at Noumea, knocking down 5, but will now be stuck here and shattered over the next few days I'm sure.


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 24, 43
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Morning Air attack on Anatom , at 120,159

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 31
B-25C Mitchell x 59

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed, 4 damaged


Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 32
Runway hits 82

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 4000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 4000 feet

CAP engaged:
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 19 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 25, 43
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 21

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 45
F4U-1 Corsair x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 26000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 28000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
VMF-124 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 29000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 27000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 19

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 29
F4U-1 Corsair x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed


CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 32270 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
VMF-124 with F4F-4 Wildcat (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 31000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes


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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 183 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 54 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 22
F4U-1 Corsair x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed


CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VMF-124 with F4F-4 Wildcat (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 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 62 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 200 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 60 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11
F4U-1 Corsair x 3


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
VMF-123 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 67 minutes
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 63 minutes
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
VMF-124 with F4F-4 Wildcat (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 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 70 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Erromango at 120,156

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 72 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 34


Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 8
F4U-1 Corsair x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 3 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Monssen
CA Hawkins, Bomb hits 1
CA Canberra
AP Wharton, Bomb hits 3


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


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
19 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VMF-124 with F4F-4 Wildcat (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 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
VMF-441 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Noumea , at 115,160

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 30

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 77

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 8 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged

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


Airbase hits 45
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 149

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (5 airborne, 14 on standby, 11 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Burma: Helens continue to bomb daily against the Allied troops moving through the jungle. The flak is murderous. It was noticed on the 21st that troops are moving from Akyab and showing movement toward Akyab from both Cox's Bazaar and Chittagong. So it looks like this is an all-in move.

On the 22nd Tojos proved they are not invincible. I lost 9 going in for sweeps ahead of the bombers, but at least that kept the CAP high and they couldn't get to the Helens before they had completed their mission.

Jocke tried a massive night attack on Katha on the 25th but did very little damage.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 21, 43
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Morning Air attack on 2nd British Division, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 159 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 50 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 5 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 15000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 77th Chindit Brigade, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 85 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 39
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 10 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak


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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 45th Indian Brigade ...
Also attacking 77th Chindit Brigade ...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 22, 43
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Night Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 7 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 1

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

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Morning Air attack on Eastern Army, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 20

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 16
P-38F Lightning x 18
P-38G Lightning x 19


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.67 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, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
No.615 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, 6 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-38F Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 18 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
51st FG/26th FS with P-38G Lightning (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 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23

No Japanese losses


Aircraft Attacking:
23 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Eastern Army, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 14
P-38F Lightning x 18
P-38G Lightning x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 34000 and 37740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
No.615 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (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 31000 , scrambling fighters between 33000 and 39740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
49th FG/9th FS with P-38F Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
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 266 minutes
51st FG/26th FS with P-38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 39740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 78 minutes

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Morning Air attack on 45th Indian Brigade, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 19

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 5
P-38F Lightning x 16
P-38G Lightning x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 11 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.615 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 31000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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Morning Air attack on 2nd British Division, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 25
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 10 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 6th Australian Division ...
Also attacking 2nd British Division ...
Also attacking 6th Australian Division ...
Also attacking 2nd British Division ...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 10, 43
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No Pac: On the 24th 4Es showed up hitting Cold Bay for the first time. Only a few. So I'm not worried yet. But judging by recon, showing LSTs at Kodiak, there could be some movements soon up here. Most likely in march when the spring takes effect.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 24, 43
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Night Air attack on Cold Bay , at 174,48

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Cold Bay , at 174,48

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: A whole herd of base forces arrive on the 21st. These are going straight to Burma.


OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 21, 43
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7th Air Division arrives at Tokyo
68th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
70th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
72nd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
108th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
109th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
112th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
113th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
115th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo

OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 22, 43
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CV Taiho arrives at Kobe

OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 24, 43
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DD Kiyonami arrives at Kobe
SS I-180 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka


Ship Losses: None

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The Taiho came with a full load of planes in spite of being accelerated, and will head up North and take part in the raiding of the Pacific commencing soon. The other two CVs are in Adak already. The only issue is that she has Jills which won't enter production for another month.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/18/2012 8:57:19 AM   
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It nice that Big CV air groups also accelerate with ships. Also they are full of free fresh new high experienced pilots.
Jill issue is not a problem you can always downgrade to older model.
It can be problem with PDU Off but you are playing On:)

It looks like allied heavy bombers fly in numbers now. How Tojo is performing against them.
Do You manage to accelerate George. He is real heavies killer.

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ORIGINAL: koniu

It nice that Big CV air groups also accelerate with ships. Also they are full of free fresh new high experienced pilots.
Jill issue is not a problem you can always downgrade to older model.
It can be problem with PDU Off but you are playing On:)

It looks like allied heavy bombers fly in numbers now. How Tojo is performing against them.
Do You manage to accelerate George. He is real heavies killer.

koniu




His 4Es have been in numbers for quite a while now. He only uses them by flying en masse. At least 50, and usually more like 80-90. Tough to handle. I rarely post the results and reports because it's just 4-5 times a week bombing level 2 bases in So Pac and wiping them clean. Once i repair them the cycle begins again. The 2Es mass from Nadi is a recent development, only during the last 3-4 months.

The Tojo kills a few, but generally isn't great against 4Es. The Nick does well, but if it's on an island half the group gets stuck there and ruined over the next week.

My George R n D is taking it's time to finish repairing. One factory has only 2 unprepared, the others around 5. I'll most likely get it in summer 43, like June-July.

I should be able to get to the Tony Ic by the summer also, which might mean I start producing that plane. It could be a decent point defense fighter. Not sure yet. I like trying them out myself and think the diversity could be a good thing in certain places, like Burma and the Solomons. I'll also try later versions of the Jack.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 7/18/2012 11:05:38 AM   
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I see you like try everything.
In my game i have chose planes i will focus from beginning so some models are not will be build at all.

On other side it give me chance to focus more with R&D on that few models i chose.

I only make one exception for Nick when i decide first to not build it but later he back to production plan. But i hove only few of them in action because it cost PP point to upgrade to them and i need those point for more important things right now.

I hear Tojo IIc is much better vs heavies from IIa. Armor and better firepower make difference. Also you should notice that even if Tojo is not best 4E killer he is making lots of damage to them and that should increase ops loses. Sad that IIc is available so late.

Mix of Tojo (good service rating) with Nick or later Tony(cannons) should give good resoult. You will alwes have something in air and Nick and Tony will do big holes in enemy planes

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subs: I've been forming larger TFs for fuel/oil and as much as possible placing an AV in with the ships to get extra ASW in dead spots. So far so good, but there are fewer TFs out there now as I reorganize. This could also be a good thing. Harder to find them. I'm also trying to put at least 1-2 E or faster SC in with the slower PBs in 12-14 knot convoys.

I think the PB has run it's course as a valuable escort and they no longer get many attacks against the US fleet subs. More often than not they are there to take the hit instead of the TK/AO, and they've been doing just that lately. I will mainly use the 12 knot Tosu on local runs and the 11 knot Kiso will be used in remote areas and also begin to convert to AMc and ACM for defensive purposes.

Another minor hit on Guardfish near Amami Oshima on the 26th.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 26, 43
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ASW attack near Saishu To at 97,56

Japanese Ships
E Hatsukari
SC Ch 24
SC Ch 15
AV Arabia Maru
TK Manei Maru
TK Ceram Maru
PB Kosin Maru #3
PB Taiko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Pompon

SS Pompon launches 2 torpedoes at E Hatsukari
E Hatsukari fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kosin Maru #3 fails to find sub, continues to search...

Escort abandons search for sub

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So Pac: His ships around Tanna run away as the mini-KB pops in for a visit and the SCTF sent to intercept comes up short. Oh, well. Another unit on Tanna.

We'll swing around New Caledonia now to try to pick up the division in Noumea. The amphib TF is hanging back out of range and waiting for the mini-KB to arrive to support.

Lightnings showed up in Tanna. They ate up the zero sweeps on the 26th. B-24s come to Noumea where Nicks do a great job against them but pay the price, losing 5 planes and seeing only 7 of 28 active on damaged fields. He did not attack on the 27th or 28th but I'm guessing the the outcome will not be pretty on the 29th.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 26, 43
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 188 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 56 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4



Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
35th FG/41st FS with P-38G Lightning (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 5 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Noumea , at 115,160

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 26



Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 52


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 destroyed, 16 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 26

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb


CAP engaged:
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 8 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 40



Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
35th FG/41st FS with P-38G Lightning (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 26000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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No Pac: At Cold Bay the A6M5s do well against the 4Es, all older versions, and it should be difficult for him to keep going here in the winter. I'm sure at least 3 planes reported were lost to ops last turn.

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Morning Air attack on Cold Bay , at 174,48

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 10



Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 14
B-17E Fortress x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 5 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

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

Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 28

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Hosho-1/B with A6M5 Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Burma: All of the armored division parts are in place in Katha now and about to reform once a few come out of strat mode. I've decided not to try to claim the hex the Allies are moving to on the rail line. If only a few got there and the Allies moved in it would be a massacre. Also, I have forts built up in the bases. Might as well use them.

A big raid cam into Katha and although the CAP didn't do badly, it didn't get to many of the bombers or wipe the escorts clean as in previous encounters. There are just not enough groups up this way to mutually support. Two more Tojo groups are on the way from China. I'll post them in Myitkyina and Schwebo.

Helens keep discovering more units as there bomb and get flaked. His CAP is always high to get at the sweeps so he has been missing the bombers. Still I've lost quite a few good pilots since beginning to hit these troops just from the flak.

At Akyab it looks like the 2nd Indian division is one of the units moving toward our positions in Burma. It's still in the Akyab hex and will be a while for sure. Some big stuff moving around now.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 26, 43
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Morning Air attack on 45th Indian Brigade, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 25
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 9 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 254th Armoured Brigade ...
Also attacking 45th Indian Brigade ...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 27, 43
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Morning Air attack on 106th RAF Base Force, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 25
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 15


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 10 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 destroyed by flak


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


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 2nd British Division ...
Also attacking 106th RAF Base Force ...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 28, 43
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Morning Air attack on 45th Indian Brigade, at 60,42 , near Kalemyo

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 12

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 19


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 8 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses


Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
49th FG/7th FS with P-38E Lightning (19 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(19 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 2nd British Division ...
Also attacking 45th Indian Brigade ...

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Morning Air attack on 26th Indian Division, at 54,45 (Akyab)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 18
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 25

No Japanese losses


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


Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 27
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 42



Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 17
P-38F Lightning x 18
P-40K Warhawk x 50


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 3 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38F Lightning: 2 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed




CAP engaged:
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(12 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 13 on standby, 23 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 12
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 16



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 48
Wellington Ic x 44
B-17E Fortress x 24
B-25C Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 48
P-40E Warhawk x 36


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


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed


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



Airbase hits 44
Airbase supply hits 28
Runway hits 162

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 16 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 38500.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 16
P-40K Warhawk x 10


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak



Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 16
P-38E Lightning x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 damaged



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 12

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5



Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged



Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers

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Reinforcements: Another CV group arrives in Tokyo. More Judys!

OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 26, 43
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Shokaku-2 arrives at Tokyo

OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR Jan 27, 43
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Zuikaku-2 arrives at Tokyo
30th Ind. Engineer Regiment arrives at Kurume
33rd Ind. Engineer Regiment arrives at Nagoya
34th Ind. Engineer Regiment arrives at Tokyo


Ship Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: The USS Whale appears on the sunk list from October. This could be a real sinking being reported so late.

SS Whale is reported to have been sunk near Daito Shoto on Oct 02, 1942

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subs: On the 29th US subs go wild. Haddo comes up twice to finish off a PB, and an xAK is lost with part of a base force on board heading to Rabaul.

The 30th is quieter, but Guardfish still takes out an xAK near the HI.

On the 31st a sub hits the ASW TF of two PBs I placed at Noumea to draw more bombing runs. It's really a decoy CAP trap, as I'm still afraid my CAP will not be strong enough to protect ships here, but if it makes him think I can, then maybe I can run a bit more out with fast transports. The PB might make it with only 56 float damage, and will be disbanded for now in Noumea.

On the 1st another attack takes out a supply carrying xAK.

On the 2nd the fast transport at Noumea gets a few good licks in on Permit.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 29, 43
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Sub attack near Mussau Island at 106,116

Japanese Ships
xAK Mikage Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Yamagata Maru
PB Toyotu Maru

Allied Ships
SS S-32

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

SS S-32 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Mikage Maru
S-32 diving deep ....
PB Toyotu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Buka at 108,129

Japanese Ships
PB Hakkaisan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
TK Nissan Maru
TK Moji Maru
TK Kozui Maru
PB Nagato Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddo


SS Haddo launches 2 torpedoes at PB Hakkaisan Maru
PB Nagato Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Amami Oshima at 96,60

Japanese Ships
PB Shinkyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
SC CHa-44
SC CHa-46

Allied Ships
SS Pompon

SS Pompon launches 2 torpedoes at PB Shinkyo Maru
Pompon diving deep ....
SC CHa-46 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Buka at 108,129

Japanese Ships
PB Nagato Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Hakkaisan Maru, on fire

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

SS Haddo launches 2 torpedoes at PB Nagato Maru
Haddo diving deep ....
PB Hakkaisan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 30, 43
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Sub attack near Koshiki-jima Retto at 99,60

Japanese Ships
xAK Ryugi Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
SC CHa-43

Allied Ships
SS Guardfish

SS Guardfish launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Ryugi Maru
Guardfish diving deep ....
SC CHa-43 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 31, 43
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Sub attack near Noumea at 115,160

Japanese Ships
PB Tatsumiya Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Sozan Maru

Allied Ships
SS S-35, hits 1

SS S-35 launches 2 torpedoes at PB Tatsumiya Maru
PB Sozan Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Sozan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sozan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sozan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Sozan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 1, 43
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Sub attack near Manus at 104,115

Japanese Ships
xAK Tonan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
xAK Yamagata Maru
PB Tomitu Maru

Allied Ships
SS S-32

SS S-32 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Tonan Maru
S-32 diving deep ....
PB Tomitu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 2, 43
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ASW attack near Noumea at 115,160

Japanese Ships
CA Kako
CL Kinu
CL Natori
CL Jintsu
CL Sendai
CL Agano
DD Michishio
DD Sazanami
DD Amagiri
DD Sagiri
DD Uranami

Allied Ships
SS Permit, hits 6

SS Permit is sighted by escort
Permit bottoming out ....
DD Sazanami fails to find sub, continues to search...

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So Pac: At Noumea on the 29th there was a small tragedy for the Empire. The mini-KB CAP was 1 hex from Noumea and I sent in a very high quality amphib TF to pick up the division there and get it to Burma. There were no bombers listed at Tanna the day before, so I thought this was safe. It was not!

On the day 5 very good APs and the plane carrying LSD were lost. Crap. The AMC and the other AKs might make it back to Tulagi. A lot of troops were lost in the water as well. About 1/5 of the division. Yuck.

To add insult to injury, 81 B-24s arrived and plastered the fields, taking out half a group of Nicks on the ground. Not sure how to get these out of here now!

On the 30th I move in a fast transport TF, hoping they can get a 1/4 of the division out in the night. It works, and at least 1/3 is out of Noumea and moving toward Tulagi. The other portion is being airlifted by Tinas to Ndeni.

On the 2nd some night raiding Nells actually do a bit of damage to some SBDs on the ground. This could be why none flew to attack ships in range at Noumea. Or maybe he was convinced I've stepped up my CAP. He won't be after the Corsair raid of the 2nd, which decimated my Rufes and hurt the mini-KB CAP as well. This is the first Corsair sighting. I love that plane. Too bad I have to face it now!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Jan 29, 43
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 43

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 49
SBD-3 Dauntless x 40

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 8 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 3 damaged


Japanese Ships
APD Shimakaze, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
AMC Bankok Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Sagami Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
LSD Akitsu Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire
AK Sakura Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Huso Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Kanzyu Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage


Japanese ground losses:
1076 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 14 (4 destroyed, 10 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 16



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 22
SBD-3 Dauntless x 34


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 3 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
AMC Bankok Maru, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Teison Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Montevideo Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
LSD Akitsu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Kanzyu Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Teifu Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Huso Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


Japanese ground losses:
1847 casualties reported
Squads: 35 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 34 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 50 (33 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (7 destroyed, 2 disabled)
OUCH OUCH OUCH!



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

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Morning Air attack on Noumea , at 115,160

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 15



Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 81


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 11 destroyed on ground


No Allied losses

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



Airbase hits 51
Airbase supply hits 32
Runway hits 86

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Noumea , at 115,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M3a Zero x 16



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 3 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x F4U-1 Corsair sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
452 Ku S-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (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 10000
Raid is overhead

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JPC: Some shifting around as the central reserve moves up to Kunming. Some 250,000 Chinese troops are seen moving toward the mountain borders of the Japanese Protectorate. This would be the toughest route for them to travel, so I'm not too worried about an attack here, but I must prepare early just in case. The mountains must hold.

Burma: At Myitkyina on the 29th P-40Ks skewer a brand new Tojo group brought in to support North Burma. At first I thought they were at bomber interception CAP level and got nailed, but they were actually at 31k. Might just be a new group and raw pilots, all around 50/70 but no kills and no high exp pilot to lead. I'll put that in today.

A bombing raid came in next, and while the Tojos did better, this green group still did not get to as many bombers as they should have. Too bad, as this was a great opportunity. Still the losses were surprisingly even once all of the ops were taken into account after the battle.

On the 30th and 31st more sweeps and bombing runs arrived at Myitkyina. Results are even, with light losses on each side, but the field is no shut. This is all good as it gives Katha a breather and gets forts back to building there. At least for a few days. It's at level 4 and 75%. So a few more days and we should get level 5.

During the daylight raids on the 1st of February more hurt was put on the fields, but as this raid was predicted, I had extra LR CAP in the area. The Allies definitely paid for this raid, as the sweeps came late during the afternoon phase.

When I get back to tracker I'll try to get air losses for the 5 day period of intense fighting here.

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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 40

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
9th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 24 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 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 16 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 22



Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 77
Wellington Ic x 28
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-26 Marauder x 32
P-40E Warhawk x 22


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed

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



Airbase hits 59
Airbase supply hits 17
Runway hits 123

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
12 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
16 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
9th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
22 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 21000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 159 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5



Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 16
B-26 Marauder x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed



Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
9th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 31000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 22170.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 1, 43
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Morning Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 49
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 48
Wellington Ic x 15
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-17F Fortress x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 14
B-26 Marauder x 31


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 4 destroyed, 9 damaged
Wellington Ic: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

B-17E Fortress: 5 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 4 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged

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



Airbase hits 24
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 80

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet

CAP engaged:
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(19 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 24 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
28 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic 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 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 31
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 15
Hurricane IIc Trop x 17
Wellington Ic x 28


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
Wellington Ic: 3 destroyed, 13 damaged
Wellington Ic: 1 destroyed by flak


Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
15 x Wellington Ic bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
21 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 95 minutes
50th 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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
54th 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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 59 minutes
78th 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 31000 , scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 196 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 14
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 15
Hurricane IIc Trop x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 destroyed, 6 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak




Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 22535.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
78th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers


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Morning Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 6
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 3

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 25
B-26 Marauder x 14


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIa 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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 8690.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 9
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 30
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 5



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 13 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 38000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
27th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (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 10000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic 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 9000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 8
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 26
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 2



Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses



CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 8000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
11th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
27th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (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 10000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic 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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 31845.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes

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Reinforcements: A few dribbles of new things to play with. I could really use a few more Es right now.

SS I-38 arrives at Tokyo
SC Ch 41 arrives at Kumamoto
SC CHa-51 arrives at Toyama


Ship Losses: A bad few days for the IJN merchant fleet.

Loss of xAK Ryugi Maru on Jan 30, 1943 is admitted
xAK Mikage Maru
PB Hakkaisan Maru
PB Shinkyo Maru
xAK Tonan Maru
xAP Teison Maru
xAP Montevideo Maru
LSD Akitsu Maru
xAP Kanzyu Maru
xAP Teifu Maru
xAP Huso Maru


Ships Sunk: Lots of ships taken off the sunk roster. None added.

Previous report of sinking of CL Phoenix incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Blackfish incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of CLAA San Juan incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Shad incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service


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Here are the air losses for the days of Jan 28 and 29. The later attacks went more in our favor, but I don't have a save to go back and get the screenshots for them.

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The P-40s seem to be good for only escort duty. They die so the bombers get through.
In about 6 months you're going to really hate the P-47s on high altitude sweeps. The damn things are killing everything I throw up at them.

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The P-40s seem to be good for only escort duty. They die so the bombers get through.
In about 6 months you're going to really hate the P-47s on high altitude sweeps. The damn things are killing everything I throw up at them.


I agree! Jocke constantly fumes about how poor P-40s are performing. He does have good days though, and at Noumea getting the bombers through caused some big problems for me!

I already anticipate the hate I will feel for the P-47. It's growing inside me. I can only hope to have the Tojo Ic and some Georges by the time it arrives to maybe get a few of them out of the air.

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subs: Things are still messy under the water. No TKs targeted lately though.

Our first big convoy of 15 ships with 8 TK and an AV are now arriving at Tokyo, delivering 90k+ of oil. Each of these three big convoys that I've created so far has a hand picked admiral with good naval skill and about a 25 ASW rating among the escorts.

On the 6th, after a persistent effort, our sub killers finally hit something hard. It took three attacks, but DDs dropped a series of good hits on the Wahoo and it is left showing 'heavy damage' after the turn. No sinking sounds are heard, but it's a long way home from near Nagasaki.

Sargo takes out an ASW PB in the Sulu Sea. A Kiso. These are pretty hopeless at this point in the war for ASW.

Also on the 5th and 6th, air ASW gets going over Noumea especially. There appear to be about 6-8 subs patrolling there. A Kate from Kaga-3 gets an interesting report when it attacks two subs in one run! Has anyone seen this before? Looks like he may be using subs in TFs of two sometimes. This confirms some roll-over reports showing two ships in a sub TF we've gotten for a long while. Like that they were both attacked and a hit was reported. I wonder if that is then registered as a hit on both subs?

So Pac: On the 3rd Anatom and Noumea are crushed. 2 Nicks lost on the ground at Noumea. Ships are now in the area to get the Nicks out, but I'm wary of moving in with the bombers at Tanna again looking dangerous. I might lose the group here.

Luganville gets the treatment on the 4th.

On the 5th our night bombing Nells finally drop the quarter in the cup and get a good tally of planes on the ground. It was only after this that I discovered I'd been ignoring our HR and bombing at night at less than 50% moonlight! OOOPs!

I told Jocke and immediately stood them down. He didn't seem to bothered though and hadn't noticed himself. Whew.

JPC: Only one unit has come all of the way to the border and met our guarding brigade on the Southern portion of the KMT-governed part of China. So this doesn't look like a breakout attempt as yet.

Burma: Some sweeps went over Akyab on the 3rd, our Tojos coming out maybe slightly better against the Hurri Ic after ops losses. The interesting part is that he stood down and moved the fighters out after the day's battles. He does not want to trade in this area, especially using the British.

His CAP was layered with 4 groups, 2 at 31k and 2 at 10k. Good to know. My bombing runs have often come in higher than 10k to reduce the flak effects, so not sure what he's doing with that.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 3, 43
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Sub attack near Taihoku at 88,62

Japanese Ships
xAK Kureha Maru #3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
SC CHa-43

Allied Ships
SS Pompon

SS Pompon launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Kureha Maru #3
Pompon diving deep ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 27
Hurricane IIc Trop x 32


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 2 destroyed
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 42

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 16
Hurricane IIc Trop x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 3 destroyed
Hurricane IIc Trop: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 5, 43
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Night Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 8

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 5 damaged
F4U-1 Corsair: 4 damaged
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed on ground
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground
PBY-5A Catalina: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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B5N2 Kate from Junyo-3 attacking a Triton class SS at 115,160
a Triton class SS is reported HIT

B5N2 Kate from Hiyo-3 attacking an Allied SS at 115,160
a O16 Class class SS is reported HIT

Ki-21-IIa Sally from 61st Sentai attacking SS Tambor at 109,65
SS Tambor is reported HIT

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 6, 43
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ASW attack near Fukue-jima at 99,57

Japanese Ships
DD Tsuga
DD Hasu

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo

SS Wahoo is located by DD Tsuga
DD Tsuga fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hasu fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Fukue-jima at 99,57

Japanese Ships
DD Yayoi
DD Satsuki
DD Uzuki

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo, hits 2

SS Wahoo is located by DD Yayoi
DD Satsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Uzuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Uzuki attacking submerged sub ....
DD Uzuki is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Fukue-jima at 99,57

Japanese Ships
DD Uzuki
DD Satsuki

Allied Ships
SS Wahoo, hits 5, heavy damage

SS Wahoo is located by DD Uzuki
DD Satsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Satsuki attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Makassar at 63,105

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 23
PB Shosei Maru

Allied Ships
SS KXVIII

SS KXVIII launches 2 torpedoes at SC Ch 23
KXVIII diving deep ....
PB Shosei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shosei Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Shosei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Hamamatsu at 111,62

Japanese Ships
DD Akigumo
DD Hayashio

Allied Ships
SS Tambor

SS Tambor is sighted by escort
DD Hayashio fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Lomblen at 69,111

Japanese Ships
PB Seki Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Shintohoku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Sargo

SS Sargo launches 2 torpedoes at PB Seki Maru
Sargo diving deep ....
PB Shintohoku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shintohoku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shintohoku Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Shintohoku Maru is out of ASW ammo
PB Shintohoku Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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B5N2 Kate from Kaga-3 attacking a 'T' 1941 and 1942 class SS at 115,160
an Allied SS is reported HIT Did we hit both?

B5N2 Kate from Kaga-3 attacking SS S-28 at 115,160
SS S-28 is reported HIT

B5N2 Kate from Junyo-3 attacking an Allied SS at 115,160
a Triton class SS is reported HIT
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Reinforcements: A base force arrives and will move to the second tier defenses in the Pacific. Wolei, Yap and Ulithi are the next targets for improvements and garrisons. Then I'll work on the North coast of New Guinea.

62nd JNAF AF Unit arrives at Tokyo

Ship Losses: The xAK hit might yet make it.

Loss of PB Seki Maru on Feb 06, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: Or, as per usual, not sunk.

Previous report of sinking of SS KXV incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
SS Pollack is reported to have been sunk near Ketoi-jima on Sep 21, 1942


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One of the most renowned and successful US subs of the war, Wahoo went missing in late 43 near Northern Japan. It was recently found and confirmed by a Russian oil company in 2006.

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While there is a good chance these ships will be found out, with the recon unit aboard Akagi this operation would still have some validity. After a short exploratory period with the scout forces, the main CV group will move with only Jakes searching from Chiyoda and get within 21 hex Judy recon range of Pearl first.

If it is as lightly defended as sigint implies, a strike may occur shortly thereafter. Timing will be everything.

If this doesn't pan out, then an exploration of the West Coast will ensue, with a move to toward Seattle to check out the port there first.

All 3 CVs carry full Judy groups, and the Taiho has the first active Jills, so extra range against land targets.

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This being the first opportunity I've had to meet the Allies on the ground in Burma I'm not sure what to expect. I have no idea if he can get enough supply in to be effective, how much he has brought or which way he'll turn.

If he goes North toward Katha, I will have supply problems and have difficulty mounting an effective air defense, but the terrain is great for me and the forts are solid. The 3rd Tank division is moving from the mountains and has been bought out. It will reinforce this area.

If he goes South toward Shwebo and brings tanks into the clear we'll have more chances to use the air force against them, but he will use his as well. The defenses are more concentrated and thus it will be harder to break through this area. Reinforcements will also be able to come in the next month from OZ and the South Pacific. There are 3 divisions slated to move to Burma, one on the way already.

I was slightly concerned about the Indian division moving from Akyab onto the long yellow road toward Prome, but it appears to be turning back. Supply? Change of mind?

QUESTIONS:

1. Should I meet the Allies in the rail hex they now occupy or let them move to our defenses? I am inclined to sit back and let them choose where to go while forts continue to build, but if the forces from Katha and Shwebo joined the 3k+ AV would be hard to move.

2. Should I plant any troops in the woods near Akyab to fight farther forward? Again, I lean toward letting the Allies move down a long and suspect supply path to meet us where they will, either at Prome or through the jungle somewhere toward Central Burma.

3. Should I place the new Air HQ forward in Mandalay or Magwe, or keep it back in Rangoon and bomb from there? I will have more base forces to provide support in both areas, but I'm thinking to push this one forward so it can affect the fighters up to Katha.

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