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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 9/26/2012 8:20:25 PM   
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NORTH PACIFIC
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In the North Jocke's moves are more cautious. He has a few ships in Kodiak, but nothing that seems likely to be moving forward to Cold Bay or beyond. Mostly LSTs and ASW trawlers.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 9/26/2012 8:23:35 PM   
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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Now I have to shift gears and deal with the small army moving on Daly Waters.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 9/29/2012 12:09:09 PM   
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SUBS: The ASW has toned down now that the Allies have major operations over a wider area. I find only a few attacks every few days against subs operating around the islands South of the Solomons and near OZ.

Allied subs are just as menacing as they've been since the torps started working better. xAK Nichiwa Maru was sunk near Balikpapan by Snapper.

WEST OZ: Helens harrass the Aussie stack moving to Daly Waters, but the flak seems strong here. Lost one to ops. The 25th Aussie division is there, and three other units. I can't fight that at Daly, so I'll attempt to retreat my two Naval Guard units and AF Coy back to Katherine. They might not get out in time to avoid getting crushed.

NORTH PACIFIC: The elements of a CV TF are forming in Yokohama. This will attempt to sneak to the South of the Aleutians in the search dead zone and wait for any upcoming convoys/invasions moving in the area. If an AMC or AV becomes available it will be sent out farther ahead to provide more deep search of routes to Kodiak from the west Coast. Several Glen subs are already en route for the same.

BURMA: Nothing happening.

SO PAC: The last Japanese troops on Luganville were finished off. An LST cleared a mine the hard way at Koumac. So he knows about that field now. I'm just about out of mines for the time-being, so in a month or so I'll lay a few more spreads in hopefully sneaky places.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 15, 43
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Sub attack near Donggala at 68,97

Japanese Ships
xAK Nichiwa Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Hokuzyu Maru
xAK Yoneyama Maru
PB Rokko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Snapper

SS Snapper launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Nansin Maru
Snapper diving deep ....
PB Rokko Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 18, 43
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Afternoon Air attack on 25th Infantry Division, at 76,132 , near Daly Waters

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 16



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 4 damaged


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

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Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

TF 46 encounters mine field at Koumac (113,156)

Allied Ships
SC-635
SC-634
LCT-148, Mine hits 1, heavy damage

2 mines cleared

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Reinforcements: The Tojo IIC should be around by the late fall. Maybe November 43. In other great news, the Frank now has one fully repaired factory!!! It should be around in December 43. Maybe sooner if the other factories repair quickly and if an engine bonus can be achieved soon.

xAKL Nichiwa Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
TK Takekun Maru arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka

Aircraft Ki-43-IIIa Oscar advances R&D
Aircraft Ki-44-IIc Tojo advances R&D


Losses: Only one xAK. not too bad.

xAK Nansin Maru

Ships Sunk: At least I'm damaging subs.

xAP Camphuys is reported to have been sunk near Perth on Mar 06, 1943
Previous report of sinking of SS Billfish incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Trusty incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Wahoo incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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The Baron Napier, built by Hogarth Shipping Company in Glasgow in 1909. She later became the Nichiwa Maru. Baron Napier (1) 1909. 1926 sold Japan renamed Ishin Maru, 1938 renamed Isin Maru, 1941 renamed Ichiwa Maru, 1944 sunk by USS Tunny.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/1/2012 8:32:07 AM   
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SUBS: Lost an AMc near Carnarvon to KXII. No biggie, but i was hoping to clear some mines and hit some Aussie troops with a few last bombardments to send them on their way. No such luck.

WEST OZ: After a few days of sporadic bombing and quite a few losses to flak, the Aussie stack made it to Daly in time to hit my retreating SNLF/Naval Guards. Surprisingly, as they were moving in combat mode, it wasn't a massacre. Only a 2:1 result. He does have enough to cause some problems and fortify Daly, but it will be hard for him to move beyond as I have a similar amount of troops in Katherine and more reserves arriving in Darwin. We'll see how he likes the supply situation out there too. At least the attack may have cost him some major supply.

BURMA: Nothing.

SO PAC: Jocke goes over the beach at Torres Islands on the 21st. That's getting a bit close. I don't have the CVs here yet to really cause him problems, and it would be tough to do anything with them anyway. He's just loading up LSTs and moving up. So it looks like small SCTFs are the answer. I may also try one last shot for glory at Torres. Updates on that to come.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 19, 43
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Sub attack near Carnarvon at 48,133

Japanese Ships
AMc Santo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS KXII

SS KXII launches 2 torpedoes
KXII bottoming out ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 20, 43
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Afternoon Air attack on Australia Command , at 76,132 , near Daly Waters

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 18

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 25th Infantry Division, at 76,132 , near Daly Waters

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 4 damaged
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak


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

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 2nd USMC Tank Battalion, at 76,132 , near Daly Waters

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 6 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 22, 43
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Ground combat at Daly Waters (76,131)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13549 troops, 214 guns, 623 vehicles, Assault Value = 628

Defending force 3010 troops, 31 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 125

Allied adjusted assault: 259

Japanese adjusted defense: 97

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
859 casualties reported
Squads: 34 destroyed, 87 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 19 (9 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 24 (1 destroyed, 23 disabled)


Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
25th Infantry Division
2/9th Armoured Regiment
637th Tank Destroyer Battalion
2/10th Armoured Regiment
2/2nd Heavy AA Regiment
2/1st Heavy AA Regiment
Australia Command
I Australian Corps
13th Australian Hvy AA Regiment

Defending units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF
15th Naval Guard Unit
6th JAAF AF Coy

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Reinforcements: A few new things, nothing very shiny.

SS RO-101 arrives at Kobe
xAK Kakoruta Maru arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
xAK Surakaruta Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
A./50th JNAF Coy arrives at Tokyo


Losses: I'm converting more to AMc now as the small PB are not doing well these days in an escort role, and i suspect mining will become more prevalent very soon.

Loss of AMc Santo Maru on May 19, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: Nothing, really.

Previous report of sinking of SS Pike incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Thresher incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
xAK Pennsylvanian is reported to have been sunk near Suva on Oct 06, 1942


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A few seaplane bases have been built around Ndeni to take the pressure off of that one field. Jakes operating from these have been hit hard by the Allied CAP lately. There have been 1-2 ops losses a day.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/1/2012 9:43:25 PM   
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I'm not looking forward to facing massed 4E's again. Jocke certainly brings the hammer when using his air units in mass. You look in much better shape then I was in the Solomons, that will make quite a difference when Jocke tries to gain a foothold there. Do you get a sense that he might try and bypass stronger positions, or does it seem like a methodical advance to you?

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/1/2012 10:02:21 PM   
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23-26 May 1943
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Interesting times both in game and in real life. Jocke advances to the point of conflict in the South Pacific, where I now must answer his movements with some force. At home, he is expecting his first child any moment. Exciting days!

SUBS: Subs get some decent kills during these turns. All for the Allies unfortunately. No Tks though, which is good.

NORTH PACIFIC: A big 45 plane IJNAF fighter unit with decent pilots and A6M5 is now stationed in Adak. Another 30 plane group is also up here, plus Vals and Kates, a few groups of Jakes, and Emilys. No for the mobile strike force, three CVs led by Kaga are leaving Yokohama heading for the Aleutians. he has nothing to combat these forces now, unless he wants to risk his brand new Essex CV! Bring it on!

BURMA: Nothing happening. Seeing the effects of the monsoon on my supply movements, but there is no strain on them right now either.

SO PAC: A few DD SCTFs are sent in to Torres n the chance of finding something there. They do run into a mining TF and nearly get to the CM Terror, but the battle is benign in spite of the fact theta it gets to 4k yards and that Kamo, Kiyoshi crosses the 'T.' Good ships , not sure what happened.

Another SCTF on the 24th picks off several PTs in running battles.

Then in an attempt to throw one last hail Mary, I sent in the paras to Torres on the 26th preceded by sweeps. All of the sweeps were gutted ruthlessly by Corsairs and Hellcats. I thought that after the zeros went in and tired out the defenders the Tojos might have some luck, but no go. Lost over 40 planes on the day to about 12 of the defenders. Not good. Then the troops came in but some got nicked on the way by remaining CAP. They could only manage a 1:1 against the one marine defense battalion there. Oh, well. That's the end of that.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 23, 43
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Torres Islands at 120,147, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Yugure
DD Mochizuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Tachikaze

Allied Ships
DD Talbot
DD Gilmer
CM Terror, Shell hits 1
DD Le Triomphant

Improved night sighting under 71% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 71% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Kamo, Kiyoshi crosses the 'T'
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Yugure at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DD Le Triomphant at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Yuzuki at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Yugure at 4,000 yards
DD Yugure engages DD Gilmer at 4,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DD Talbot at 4,000 yards
DD Yugure engages DD Gilmer at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DD Le Triomphant at 7,000 yards
DD Gilmer engages DD Yugure at 7,000 yards
DD Talbot engages DD Yugure at 7,000 yards
DD Yuzuki engages CM Terror at 7,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DD Gilmer at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Le Triomphant engages DD Mochizuki at 10,000 yards
DD Gilmer engages DD Yugure at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 24, 43
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Sub attack near Catanduanes at 88,79

Japanese Ships
xAK Konzan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Banshu Maru #51
xAK Tempei Maru
xAK Hokumai Maru
PB Tama Maru #5

Allied Ships
SS Grunion

SS Grunion launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Konzan Maru
Grunion diving deep ....
PB Tama Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Tama Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 25, 43
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Torres Islands at 120,147, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsushima
DD Hatsuyuki
DD Uranami
DD Susuki

Allied Ships
PT-164
PT-165
PT-166
PT-167
PT-168
PT-169, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-170, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 60% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Hatsushima engages PT-170 at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD Susuki engages PT-170 at 5,000 yards
DD Hatsushima engages PT-169 at 5,000 yards
Massive explosion on PT-170
DD Hatsuyuki engages PT-170 at 5,000 yards
DD Hatsushima engages PT-165 at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Hatsushima engages PT-170 at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages PT-170 at 9,000 yards
DD Hatsushima engages PT-167 at 9,000 yards
DD Uranami engages PT-165 at 9,000 yards
DD Susuki engages PT-164 at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Susuki engages PT-164 at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Submarine attack near Catanduanes at 88,79

Japanese Ships
xAK Konzan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Grunion

xAK Konzan Maru is sighted by SS Grunion
SS Grunion launches 2 torpedoes

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Torres Islands at 120,147, Range 14,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsushima
DD Hatsuyuki
DD Uranami
DD Susuki

Allied Ships
PT-164, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-165
PT-166
PT-167
PT-168
PT-170

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 14,000 yards
DD Hatsuyuki engages PT-166 at 14,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Torres Islands at 120,146, Range 14,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsushima
DD Hatsuyuki
DD Uranami
DD Susuki

Allied Ships
PT-165
PT-166
PT-167, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-168
PT-170

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
Hagio, Tsutomu crosses the 'T'
DD Hatsushima engages PT-170 at 14,000 yards

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Sub attack near Singkawang at 54,89

Japanese Ships
xAKL Uga Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAKL Tenpei Maru
SC CHa-35

Allied Ships
SS Stingray

SS Stingray launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Uga Maru
Stingray bottoming out ....
SC CHa-35 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-35 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 26, 43
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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 40

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 34
F6F-3 Hellcat x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 13 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
VRF-1F with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 19 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 35000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VRF-2F with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 18 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
VMF-123 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 16 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 24

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 32
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 7 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 27

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 31
F6F-3 Hellcat x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 37

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 27
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11

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

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 89 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4
A6M5 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 13
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 86 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4


Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 10
F6F-3 Hellcat x 4


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

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

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Afternoon Air attack on Daly Waters , at 76,131

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 15000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Torres Islands (120,147)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1188 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 86

Defending force 994 troops, 49 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 32

Japanese adjusted assault: 54

Allied adjusted defense: 41

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
67 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
4th Raiding Rgt /1
3rd Raiding Rgt /1
1st Raiding Rgt /1
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /1
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1

Defending units:
11th Marine Defense Battalion

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Reinforcements: The last of the first Unryus arrives bringing the fleet CVs to 9! I also still have 4 CVL and one CVE with one of the CS (the slower Mizuho, which picks up a few knots in conversion) on its way. The next CVs, the accelerated late Unryus, will not begin arriving until the summer of 44. A great thing about these ships is that two came with the D4Y3 Judy, giving me a limited 8 hex strike ability along with the Jills. The last also came with the armored zero, the A6M5c. Of course there are as yet no replacements, so they're kind of one shot weapons for now.

CV Katsuragi arrives at Hiroshima/Kure

Aircraft D5Y1 Myojo advances R&D
Aircraft D4Y2 Judy advances R&D


Losses: Not too bad.

Loss of xAK Konzan Maru on May 25, 1943 is admitted
Loss of xAKL Uga Maru on May 25, 1943 is admitted


Ships Sunk: Every little bit helps.

xAKL Coolana is reported to have been sunk near Portsea on May 06, 1942
PT-164 is reported to have been sunk near Torres Islands on May 25, 1943
PT-167 is reported to have been sunk near Torres Islands on May 25, 1943
PT-169 is reported to have been sunk near Torres Islands on May 25, 1943

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I'm not looking forward to facing massed 4E's again. Jocke certainly brings the hammer when using his air units in mass. You look in much better shape then I was in the Solomons, that will make quite a difference when Jocke tries to gain a foothold there. Do you get a sense that he might try and bypass stronger positions, or does it seem like a methodical advance to you?


He doesn't have much of an option as I see it. If he goes for a place I've not built up there will be no field to start and I can bomb ruthlessly. There are not really many options. I've just begun sending troops to build Kirakira and turn it into an advance fighter base. I'll build it to level 4 if he lets me and then pump the forts as high as I can get.

I get the sense he'll go for Ndeni, but he also knows he's now in bombardment range by air and sea, will have swarms of small SCTFs zooming into any invasion, plus a rearmed KB sitting in the lower Solomons ready to pounce. Until he gets CVs again I have the luxury of showing its placement as a deterrent. I have the place heavily mined with some CD guns and 360 AV under level 5.8 forts so far. I'm bringing a mobile reserve of a full division within two month' time, and a few brigades before that.

While he brings the hammer with 4Es he also might miss opportunities to hit smaller bases more often with lesser numbers. I've been able to build forts uninhibitedly throughout the Solomons and Eastern new Guinea.

The dot bases around Ndeni are vulnerable but he'll be in the firing line if he goes for them. Renell Island is also ripe, but very close to the hornets nest, and far from his bases for LR CAP. I think Torres is the final push in this phase, and now he must either mass everything, sweep and bomb me to oblivion, go hard for Ndeni and hope the KB can't stop him, or wait. If he keeps moving froward now, it will be bloody. Especially with Jacks online in a few days and Georges in a month!

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He doesn't have much of an option as I see it.


I keep forgetting he's rather slim on CV's.

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He doesn't have much of an option as I see it.


I keep forgetting he's rather slim on CV's.


He might not be even until the late Autumn or early winter in terms of planes on ships. And even then it'll be a combo of CVs and CVLs. The more i look at it the more I feel good about that. There is a nice little bit of water between his furthest advance and my defensive wall.

If I were him I would mass LBA in Northern OZ and try to break out there. I've already evacuated Horn Island and he hasn't yet taken it back. I have good bases and good troops here, but he would stand a better chance of making it across here than in the Solomons.

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SUBS: Grayback sent Murakumo down for the count after battles at sea near Torres Island and an attack by air had slowed the DD.

BURMA: Tony Ib see their first action on the 28th. They do alright against a P-38 sweep. The combined CAP shoots down 6 of the beasts for 11 losses. About normal. Then a big well escorted (and LR CAPed) raid comes in later and hits oil and fields at Magwe. I need to reset my nearby fighters to cover at least 3 hexes in support. Only half of the CAP in hex was able to react after the sweep.

SO PAC: Wallis Island, long a Japanese scout base, is taken by the Allies after being evacuated a month ago. I'm operating Mavis from Funafuti now.

I made one DD raid too many on the 27th and will lose two for my folly. Good to see what's in the area, but not great to face these monster CLs. Also, USN bombers came in and added to the misery later in the day, and I didn't have the TF adequately LR CAPed due to losses the day before. Altogether a bad day.

On the 29th a big 4E raid preceded by P-38 sweeps wipes out nearly everything at Ndeni. All groups have been flown out and the damaged planes disbanded. It'll be a while before I can use this place again, and when I do, I'll need to support it more from nearby bases. Possibly even just use it for quick in and out raids one we've updated to the new patch and the Alies don't get free plane movement intel any longer.

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Torres Islands at 120,147, Range 23,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Nenohi
DD Yugure, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Murakumo, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
DD Mochizuki, Shell hits 4, on fire

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland
CL Columbia
DD Fletcher, Shell hits 4
DD Abbot
DD Aulick, Shell hits 1
DD Bache
DD Chevalier, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Conway

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 23,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 23,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Nenohi at 23,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Mochizuki at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Mochizuki at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Mochizuki engages DD Aulick at 6,000 yards
DD Aulick engages DD Yugure at 6,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DD Abbot at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Bache engages DD Mochizuki at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
DD Murakumo engages DD Abbot at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Mochizuki at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Murakumo at 19,000 yards
DD Yugure engages DD Chevalier at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards
CL Cleveland collides with DD Bache at 120 , 147
Task forces break off...

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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 16

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 26
F4F-4 Wildcat x 34
F4U-1 Corsair x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 10 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed


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Morning Air attack on Torres Islands , at 120,147

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 21
F4F-4 Wildcat x 20
F4U-1 Corsair x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Torres Islands at 119,147

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 5

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 21
TBF-1 Avenger x 28


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Yugure, heavy fires
DD Mochizuki, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
452 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Yugure
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Mochizuki

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Torres Islands at 119,147

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 8
N1K1 Rex x 2

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 19
TBF-1 Avenger x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Nenohi
DD Murakumo, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Murakumo

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Sub attack near Ndeni at 118,144

Japanese Ships
DD Murakumo, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Grayback

SS Grayback launches 2 torpedoes

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Sub attack near Lingga at 52,88

Japanese Ships
xAKL Nissyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Kembu Maru

Allied Ships
SS Stingray, hits 4

SS Stingray launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Nissyo Maru
Stingray bottoming out ....
PB Kembu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Kembu Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Kembu Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 12

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 24
P-38F Lightning x 25
P-38G Lightning x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-38F Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x P-38G Lightning sweeping at 31000 feet

CAP engaged:
Zuikaku-1 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
54th Sentai Det A with Ki-61-Ib Tony (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 37730.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 24 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 7


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 46
Blenheim VD x 16
Liberator II x 16
Wellington Ic x 59
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 24
B-24D1 Liberator x 33
B-25C Mitchell x 78
P-38E Lightning x 22
P-40E Warhawk x 18
P-40K Warhawk x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim VD: 1 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed


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

Oil hits 64
Airbase hits 27
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 81

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 1
N1K1 Rex x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 48


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 69
B-17F Fortress x 11
LB-30 Liberator x 14
B-24D Liberator x 66
B-24D1 Liberator x 49
P-38G Lightning x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 10 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-56 Thalia: 3 destroyed on ground
H6K2-L Mavis: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 47
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 126

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: I love getting new things.

TK Mirii Maru arrives at Maizuru

Losses: While I do have incredibly low DD losses for this point in the game, that's no reason to throw them to the wind.

Loss of DD Murakumo on May 28, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: Blah.

Previous report of sinking of SS Hoe incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
PT-171 is reported to have been sunk near Efate on Apr 23, 1943

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Another waypoint reached today in the game. The midway mark through 1943. After the combat updates I'll go through and do a number of catching up posts to really show the state of the Empire at this point. It's also an important date for me as the first of my second generation IJN fighters goes into production; the J2M2 Jack.

SUBS: A few hits on subs by ASW, but as usual, none are more than slightly damaging.

PACIFIC: intelligence showed an Allied unit on a dot base in the Elice Islands, Nukufetau. I can't have that! A Bombardment TF is on the way and Bettys hit the unit today for decent disablements. I might hit it for a while and then para-drop enough to kick it off the base before reinforcements arrive.

BURMA: Nothing lately.

SO PAC: The 4Es hit the paras on Torres and disrupt them further. Although I'm not going to reinforce, it would be nice if those troops made him focus a little more on that dot base rather than plowing my airfields into oblivion. He disabled 17 squads with 180 4Es!

WEST OZ: It appears that after taking Daly Waters the Aussies are not sticking around to solidify the base. Troops are seen anyway moving back toward Tennant Creek. This is significant as if it is a complete pulling back, it will take months to move troops back in and attempt to get supply to flow. I wonder if he got scared off by the new brigades arriving at Darwin, or if he's just going to wait until he can move behind my defenses by sea months from now and not even try an overland campaign in the deserts of OZ?

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Morning Air attack on 1st Raiding Regiment, at 120,147 (Torres Islands)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 53
B-17F Fortress x 11
LB-30 Liberator x 15
B-24D Liberator x 57
B-24D1 Liberator x 46

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
180 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 3rd Raiding Regiment, at 120,147 (Torres Islands)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
452 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (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 12000
Raid is overhead

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ASW attack near Muntok at 51,89

Japanese Ships
DD Uzuki
DD Satsuki

Allied Ships
SS Stingray, hits 3

SS Stingray is located by DD Uzuki
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 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Reinforcements: Now that is what a reinforcements list should look like! Most of these construction units will end up in the DEI and northern New Guinea. I'm a bit behind in the Celebes and NW New Guinea especially.

xAKL Roko Maru arrives at Nagoya
TK Bokuei Maru arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
SC CHa-59 arrives at Fukuyama
261 Ku S-1 arrives at Kagoshima
SC Ch 42 arrives at Fukuyama
12th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Sapporo
13th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
16th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
18th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
19th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
21st Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Sapporo
22nd Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
24th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
29th Field AF Construction Battalion arrives at Naha
67th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Changchun
75th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Kirin
78th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Takao
95th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Shanghai
DD Wakazuki arrives at Kobe
E Iki arrives at Tokyo
LSD Shinshu Maru taken out of commission to begin refit at Soerabaja
TK Ryusho Maru arrives at Nagoya


Losses: No losses!

Ships Sunk: I don't believe it.

SS S-28 is reported to have been sunk near Noumea on Feb 07, 1943
SS S-40 is reported to have been sunk near Tanna on Feb 03, 1943

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Here is the current information screen. The VP situation is not too bad, with the Empire maintaining a 2.28:1 margin currently. I'm way down in airframe losses, but that is fine. In ships sunk it's still looking pretty good in spite of recent gains in submarine warfare by the Allies.
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Here is the overview of the R n D. As is quickly discernible, I've had to restart research for the Zero line. That's fine. I probably shouldn't have even changed over these two factories to research them again. I thought maybe the armored A6M5c would be useful later before the Sam comes online. Still, none of these planes is really very good after now, mid 43, when Hellcats and Corsairs begin to dominate.

I also screwed up and changed over a few of the factories researching the Tony, but that's fine, as if I hadn't I might have had the Ki-100 more than a year early. That's just not cricket.

In great news, the Frank has two repaired factories and the George is moving ahead with 3 repaired.

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Simply amazing what you've done. Even more ashtonishing considering you've achieved all this playing scenario 1!!!!

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Here is the overview of the R n D. As is quickly discernible, I've had to restart research for the Zero line. That's fine. I probably shouldn't have even changed over these two factories to research them again. I thought maybe the armored A6M5c would be useful later before the Sam comes online. Still, none of these planes is really very good after now, mid 43, when Hellcats and Corsairs begin to dominate.

I also screwed up and changed over a few of the factories researching the Tony, but that's fine, as if I hadn't I might have had the Ki-100 more than a year early. That's just not cricket.

In great news, the Frank has two repaired factories and the George is moving ahead with 3 repaired.

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Aren't you researching too many different planes? Why the KI-95 for example?

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Simply amazing what you've done. Even more ashtonishing considering you've achieved all this playing scenario 1!!!!


Thanks. It is feeling good now and as the months roll by I think more pressure is put on the Allies. I hope more pressure means desperate operations. We'll see.

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Aren't you researching too many different planes? Why the KI-95 for example?


Yes, I am.

I'm curious is the main answer.

I hear a lot of things from people about various planes, but I've not been there. When I set this up I was less experienced, but I also did know that I'd like to have the option to try some of these planes out. I didn't know how long the game would last or what position I'd be in once '45 rolled around. I do think good recon is very important, and the Ki-95 is very good for the late war. (I am a photographer after all!) Maybe I won't need it, but also I don't need to research a bunch of other stuff to get planes closer than 6-8 months ahead of schedule. I would really like to get the jets forward a month or two to see what they can do if I'm still in enough of a good state to manufacture them by then.

Also, with the engine bonuses in effect for many of these, two factories push them forward very quickly once they are repaired.

The main omission for me (as I look back now) was the Ki-94, as it comes so late, and I didn't know whether it would be any better than the other planes that come earlier that I might be able to use in future games. It sure looks good though, and now that it seems I'l possibly still be playing in late 45, it would have been good to try some.

There are at least 5-6 factories that are complete mistakes, but they're going now, so why change? I wouldn't research the Tabby, but then I didn't realize it was only an IJN plane. Doh!

I wouldn't now put any resources into the Myojo, which is in the Val line and was a wooden copy made in late war when materials are scarce. It has an 800kg bomb, but so will the late Judys, which are faster and better planes.

The float planes that sound so cool get chewed up easily by the time they arrive. The Rex is okay, but nothing to write home about. I'm anticipating the Paul and Seiran to be a big waste of time and supply.

So really it's a combination of inexperience and curiosity. I am lucky other things have gone fairly well so that I can live with the mistakes I've made here.

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Early on the IJN did well against the British in the DEI, and I thought we had put down P of W as well as Repulse. It showed up later again, but I did get lucky with a few other BBs. The New Mexico was sunk by 4 DDs marauding near Lord Howe Island. I was also thrilled to knock out two fast BBs with the CVs in the Battles for the New Hebrides.

I've not done well with the submarine fleet. I feel there should be another 20-30 ships on here if I could have located his shipping lanes and actually gotten past his escorts more often.

In an interesting note the CL Cleveland was reported recently to be sunk after a collision. I'm not sure I believe that, but it would be nice.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/2/2012 4:22:36 PM   
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man...i envy you...

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/2/2012 4:29:37 PM   
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And I repeat, "Poor Jocke"

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/2/2012 6:05:54 PM   
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JAPANESE SHIP LOSSES: 1 June 1943
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The IJN has had decent results, but for a while it didn't look so good. After a CV trade in late 42 I thought I was in for it. Then, when another opportunity presented itself, I rolled the dice and bribed the weather Gods with barrels of Saki. I'm sure there will be some days in the future where those same Gods will find bourbon more to their liking.

I have lost 2 CAs, a bunch of CLs, and some good tankers/oilers, but the DD losses have been light, thankfully.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 3:49:13 AM   
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I have enjoyed reading your AAR....keep up the good work

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 7:08:39 AM   
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ORIGINAL: MineSweeper

I have enjoyed reading your AAR....keep up the good work


Thanks. Much appreciated.

I used to live in NC, by the way. I loved going down to the coast from Chapel Hill, especially to Okracoke and even once to Portsmouth Island. Amazing area. Your pic though says it all! Tough place to live year round.

I kick myself now that I never went to visit the NC in Willmington. Silly. Even from the side of the river though she's an impressive sight!

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 9:09:10 AM   
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UPDATE: 1 June 1943
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It's been a good while since I've updated with a look at the ships, air group and ground unit I have followed throughout the game. So now for a bit of indulgence. I do find it really interesting still to see the many uses these units are put to throughout the course of the war.

Shiranui

This destroyer, as I've mentioned before, is the reason I found WITP. My GF works in a small town in Surrey, called Dorking, and there is a very good old model shop there. Dorking Models.

http://www.dorkingmodels.com/

It's the kind of place that is stacked to the ceiling with kits, paints, detail sets, decals and amazing completed sets constructed by the owner. I hadn't built one in years, since my early teens. I loved looking through all of the ships, especially. Lots of small Japanese kits, including the Shiranui. I was reading a book taking place in Japan at the time, and in it there was a Mt. Shiranui. Thanks to the wonder of smartphone technology, once I was intrigued by the name, I looked it up.

From Wikipedia

A will-o'-the-wisp /ˌwɪl ə ðə ˈwɪsp/ or ignis fatuus ( /ˌɪɡnɨs ˈfætʃuːəs/; Medieval Latin: "foolish fire"), also called a "will-o'-wisp", "jack-o'-lantern" (or "jack-o'-the-lantern"), "hinkypunk", "ghost-light", "spook-light", "fairy light", "friar's lantern", "hobby lantern", "corpse candle", "orb", or simply "wisp", is a ghostly light or lights sometimes seen at night or twilight over bogs, swamps, and marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is sometimes said to recede if approached. Much traditional, non-scientific belief surrounds the phenomenon, giving rise to the wide variety of names.

After this interesting coincidence I bought the kit, built the ship, and soon thereafter found WITP to try to satiate my returning interest in WWII.

The Shiranui in this game started out with the KB hitting Pearl. She stayed as a KB escort until her first conversion, after which she shepherded AOs around for a while. Then she took up an ASW role and worked the area near Balikpapan if I remember correctly. Currently she's heading back to Yokohama to become a CV escort again, helping ensure the safety of the brand new Katsuragi on her way to Tulagi to join the KB.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 9:36:37 AM   
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Oregon Maru: 1 June 1943
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This transport has been plying back and forth from the HI to various locations in the extended empire during the campaign. It has hauled troops, supplies, resources, and most recently, fuel.

Currently it's sitting in the port in Osaka waiting for escorts to head back the Singapore with a load of supply, then return with fuel to keep the economy humming. The Aden class especially is being used in this capacity now as they're highly expendable and carry a good amount of cargo.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 10:48:03 AM   
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14th Tank Regiment: 1 June 1943
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This is the only ground unit I've been following. It started in Malaya, helping race down the peninsula and at times cutting off Brithish units before they got to the safety of Singapore. It then was instrumental in the conquest of Burma, heading up into the mountains to help gain footholds along the Chinese borders before the big divisions arrived to push farther into China.

It was then sent to the Pacific where the tank commanders have been relaxing on the beaches of Kaweijalen for the past year.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 10:56:46 AM   
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Nagato Maru: 1 June 1943
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This Ansyu-C class xAK was converted to a PB early in the war and has had an active career since. Used primarily as an escort for troop and supply convoys from the HI, it has been to every theatre in the conflict. Later it made several daring fast transport runs to Western OZ and has been used in that role extensively in the Solomons and New Guinea area, based at Rabaul.

On one of these runs several months ago both it and another PB were hit by Mk 14 TT and they have been repairing slowly in the port of Buka. They are about to be sent for the long journey back to Yokohama.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 11:04:05 AM   
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251 Ku S-1: 1 June 1943
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Formerly the Tainan Ku S-1, this is one of the two 45 plane elite fighter groups that starts the campaign on Formosa. They cleaned the skies over Luzon before heading to Malaya, Java, and then Burma, and were equally successful in each theatre. The group has accounted for 193 kills!!!

After the dominance of the available A6M airframes began to wane, I gutted the majority of highly experienced pilots form the group and sent them to other units and into reserve. Another group of pilots has grown in experience with the unit and most are in the 60-70 experience level now, based in Mandalay.

This will be one of the first groups to be allocated the George airframe once it becomes available in July 43.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 11:08:39 AM   
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That is one impressive squadron!!

Just out of interest, I noticed that the group is due to downsize in September 43.

Is it your intention to break up this highly successful group?

Just curious....

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 11:13:47 AM   
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This sub is one of my favorite units in the war, and in spite of it's precarious position in the front lines of the Pacific war, it has made it through a few scares to survive into mid-43.

Currently it's working a patrol off the approaches to Sydney, both for recon and the hope of a lucky opportunity. I don't have much hope for the attacking ability of these big cumbersome IJN subs at this point in the war with Allied ASW improving continually, but they do provide good information.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/3/2012 11:30:39 AM   
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THE ECONOMY: 1 June 1943
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The economy seems to be running along well. I'm up to 1.65 million in HI banked. I'm shooting for a million per year, so that's on target. I've just shut down some airframe and engine production as my pools are getting high for certain airframes that will be phased out soon.

It's really helped that I have the extra HI/LI from China, as well as the resources and oil to drive them internally. Port Arthur is getting dangerously low in both oil and fuel (about 15k for each, I just noticed ) and I'm starting a CS convoy from Singapore right away. I'm definitely making a dent in the oil/fuel stores at Singapore. In the last half year the totals have gone down from over 2 million fuel/200k oil to 1.25 million fuel/25k oil.

My tracker hasn't been working for a while, so more updates on the economy will come as soon as I can get it going again. If anyone notices anything glaring in the numbers here please let me know. It's been kind of econ-by-instinct lately.

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