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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/18/2012 8:47:04 PM   
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Those last Allied sweeps sure look familiar. Out of your losses on the day, what percentage where destroyed from these last two raids and were your fighters committed in ones and two?

I found in my experience these last sweeps are the real killers, they catch the depleted CAP committed poorly and shoot them out of the sky. Did you find the same?

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/18/2012 10:43:30 PM   
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ORIGINAL: SqzMyLemon

Those last Allied sweeps sure look familiar. Out of your losses on the day, what percentage where destroyed from these last two raids and were your fighters committed in ones and two?

I found in my experience these last sweeps are the real killers, they catch the depleted CAP committed poorly and shoot them out of the sky. Did you find the same?


I didn't count while watching the replay, but yes, those were not great. More because LR CAP was still there in strength, somehow.

It looks like 15-20 planes were taken down by the last 2 sweeps, for probably 2-3 Allied planes. Now considering those were several groups of P-47s at the very end I'll take that because it left my CAP intact for the first waves. If they had come first I would have lost as many planes no doubt but not killed as many in the main bombing raid. I did get 9 P-47s on the day, which is a pretty good start I'd say.

I would at least like it better if LR CAP came in at a normal escort height if it's present during bombing raids. So set to 2-3k over the bombing altitude. Then they wouldn't get the dive on everything for the entire turn.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/20/2012 9:45:48 PM   
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Greyjoy, Nick, is here in London for the weekend with his girlfriend. We met for coffee this afternoon in Covent Garden and had a good chat. It's really interesting to connect in person after these interactions through the game and the forum.

Nick is just as engaging, gracious and outgoing in person as he is on the forum. I think we could have had a good long afternoon at the pub if he hadn't been showing Valentina around London for the first time. They were off to explore the shops and activity around Covent Garden and see a show before a late dinner in the city. Hopefully it's one of many meetings with Nick (and hopefully others who will be coming through London or live somewhere I'll visit).

July 18, 1943
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SUBS: The Blackfish got a small TK near Jolo. Still trying to get the air ASW and the surface elements to collaborate and take out a few of these lurking menaces.

NORTH PACIFIC: All quiet. Only 9 ships listed at Kodiak, and mostly yard tenders.

WEST OZ: The 4E bombing is doing a decent job now of creating some disruption of the troops. I'll still hold in any attempts to stop it for a week or two. Hopefully the damage will not be too severe. It's a kind of 'rope-a-dope' scheme. If I can wait until he gets close enough and far enough out on his supply line, maybe I can stall him with better planes coming online and bombardments from the sea and air. It'll depend on who has the most staying power. There are almost 50k supply in Carnarvon, but that will go down as the bombings continue.

BURMA: Quiet today, thankfully. Trying to reorganize and rest fighters now.

SO PAC: Sweeps at Vanikoro are attracting my Ndeni LR CAP and wiping it out. I'll have to pull back and just leave the Ndeni planes on 0 hex CAP. Lost about 5 to 1 to Corsairs today. Still no moves to do any amphibious landings. The KB is stained near Kirakira now. One positive of going back a few days is that BB Nagato didn't take a TT this time and is still active in the surface protection for the KB.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 18, 43
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Sub attack near Sangi at 77,96

Japanese Ships
TK Mitu Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
SC Ch 26
TK Manju Maru
TK Matsumoto Maru
TK Kanze Maru
TK Akatuki Maru
xAK Neikai Maru
xAK Kashiwara Maru
PB Choun Maru #21
PB Wa 19
PB Wa 3

Allied Ships
SS Blackfish

SS Blackfish launches 4 torpedoes at TK Mitu Maru
PB Choun Maru #21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Wa 19 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Wa 3 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Choun Maru #21 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Choun Maru #21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Vanikoro , at 121,145

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 14
A6M5 Zero x 8
A6M5b Zero x 4
N1K1 Rex x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 1 destroyed
N1K1 Rex: 3 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 2 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 14 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
452 Ku S-1 with N1K1 Rex (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 15000
Raid is overhead
Taiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
Unryu-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Vanikoro , at 121,145

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18
F6F-3 Hellcat x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 232 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
Taiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes

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Reinforcements: Regardless of the better service rating of the newer model I plan to keep N1K1-J online due to it's 4 20mm.

Aircraft N1K2-J George advances R&D

Losses: Just a little one today.

Loss of TK Mitu Maru on Jul 18, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: None.

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The Corsair is certainly proving its value so far.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/21/2012 11:27:38 AM   
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SUBS: The subs are tough to combat right now. My escorts are not attacking once a ship has been hit, and now some subs are attacking a second time in the same day. These turns it was several PBs and xAKs going down. I was really looking forward to coastal routing, but now we'll have to wait a bit to make sure the new patch is fixed and working as we would hope.

NORTH PACIFIC: Nothing.

WEST OZ: The 4E hammer comes down every day on Carnarvon now. Interestingly, this will have little effect on what happens when his troops actually arrive. I'm perfectly content to have him pound away here and disrupt troops. My AV is down only 20-25 points from its max, and supply is plentiful. It's a waiting game for better planes and closer proximity to my bases. It should be several weeks before things heat up for his troops.

BURMA: A few devastating sweeps, including a very successful set by Hurricanes, have compromised my Burma defenses. I'm wondering if the only place I can defend the air is in the central web of bases that mutually support. Katha and Meiktila may be too far out. At least now Katha has level 6 forts and should be tough once he gets his ground troops there. The first George unit in the area is repairing behind the front lines and should be ready in a few days. It's the 251 Ku S-1 (formerly Tainan) that will have 45 N1K1.

SO PAC: He's been sweeping bases to hit LR CAP. This is a first. I've wondered why it's taken so long to do this, since I've done it a bit, but it is definitely effective in So Pac, where I have to use some LR CAP. At least I'm losing few pilots as the combat is over my bases.

On the 21st a SCTF led by CL Richmond scouted Vanikoro, tangling briefly with my MGBs there, but only achieving a mine in the gut of the Richmond. They seemed to be moving slowly on the way out, so it could have some good damage and be out a while. He had swept this base, but I laid about 180 more a few days later. A midget sub also went for the TF, but missed and got a DC hit for it's trouble. It has only minor damage though. I've got about 12 of these patrolling in various spots throughout the area.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 19, 43
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Sub attack near Aitape at 96,117

Japanese Ships
xAK Seian Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
SC Ch 42
PB Heiei Maru #7

Allied Ships
SS Seadragon

SS Seadragon launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Seian Maru
Seadragon diving deep ....
PB Heiei Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 20, 43
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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 32

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

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Hurricane IIc Trop sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 8

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

No Allied losses

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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 39,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 29


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 9 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 21, 43
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ASW attack near Brunei at 66,86

Japanese Ships
PB Gamitsu Maru #1, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
TK Arima Maru #4
PB Shonon Maru #11

Allied Ships
SS Swordfish

SS Swordfish launches 2 torpedoes at PB Gamitsu Maru #1
Swordfish bottoming out ....
PB Shonon Maru #11 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Vanikoro , at 121,145

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 4
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 10

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed


No Allied losses

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

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Morning Air attack on Vanikoro , at 121,145

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1 Rex x 2
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Terapo , at 96,127

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 7

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Terapo , at 96,127

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 22


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 36
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 41
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 3

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 9
F4U-1 Corsair x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 3 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 7 destroyed
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed


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

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Afternoon Air attack on Katha , at 61,43

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 17
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 1

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed


No Allied losses

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 22, 43
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Vanikoro at 121,145, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MGB G-4
MGB G-5

Allied Ships
CL Richmond
DD Mahan
DD Cushing
DD Perkins
DD Smith
DD Reid
DD Flusser
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 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
CL Richmond engages MGB G-4 at 11,000 yards

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TF 243 encounters mine field at Vanikoro (121,145)

Allied Ships
CL Richmond, Mine hits 1

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ASW attack near Vanikoro at 121,145

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-34, hits 1

Allied Ships
CL Richmond
DD Smith
DD Perkins
DD Cushing
DD Mahan
DD Le Triomphant
DD Flusser
DD Reid

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Sub attack near San Jose at 76,83

Japanese Ships
xAK Meisho Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
SC CHa-15
SC CHa-14
xAK Toyu Maru
PB Hozugawa Maru
PB Daitei Maru
SC CHa-49

Allied Ships
SS Rasher

SS Rasher launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Meisho Maru
PB Hozugawa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-49 attacking submerged sub ....
SC CHa-49 is out of ASW ammo
SC CHa-49 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Talaud-eilanden at 83,98

Japanese Ships
PB Kyo Maru #6, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Asukasan Maru
PB Fumi Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier

SS Grenadier launches 2 torpedoes at PB Kyo Maru #6
Grenadier diving deep ....
PB Fumi Maru #3 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Fumi Maru #3 is out of ASW ammo
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near San Jose at 76,83

Japanese Ships
xAK Uyo Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
SC CHa-49
SC CHa-15
SC CHa-14
xAK Zyuyo Maru
xAK Tosei Maru
xAK Toyu Maru
PB Hozugawa Maru
PB Daitei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Rasher

SS Rasher launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Uyo Maru
Rasher diving deep ....
PB Hozugawa Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Daitei Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Hozugawa Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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Reinforcements: One new DD. The D4Y3 is moving along nicely as well.

DD Suzunami arrives at Kobe

Aircraft D4Y3 Judy advances R&D


Losses: A ship a day!

xAK Seian Maru
Loss of PB Gamitsu Maru #1 on Jul 21, 1943 is admitted
Loss of PB Kyo Maru #6 on Jul 22, 1943 is admitted
Loss of xAK Meisho Maru on Jul 22, 1943 is admitted
Loss of xAK Uyo Maru on Jul 22, 1943 is admitted


Ships Sunk: The CVE is almost definitely sunk. The CL I knew was not.

Previous report of sinking of SS S-35 incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Sargo incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of CVE Prince William incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of CL Columbia incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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I'm just realizing I do't get too many mre new ones like this. The later classes are smaller, not as fast or well armed.They also come very later in the war. I'm starting to accelerate some DDs in the hope of getting others online and able to accelerate more quickly.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/21/2012 11:36:55 AM   
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So, are your Tony's showing of much use?  Or more just flavour for the game? 

You have decided to spread out your production to a lot of types instead of focusing on just a few.  Just curious how your planes are working at this point.  I'm actually not sure that it matters as until Frank arrives there isn't anything to work against the Corsair/Bolt, and even the Frank won't hold up too long against those. 

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/21/2012 7:35:19 PM   
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So, are your Tony's showing of much use?  Or more just flavour for the game? 

You have decided to spread out your production to a lot of types instead of focusing on just a few.  Just curious how your planes are working at this point.  I'm actually not sure that it matters as until Frank arrives there isn't anything to work against the Corsair/Bolt, and even the Frank won't hold up too long against those. 


The Tonys held their own in the big raid at Mandalay. The two 12 plane groups using them got more kills than losses, which is outstanding right now. I have them at 20k though so if he just sweeps they are the bait. With armor at least they can take a few hits.

I've been trying to layer the CAP, but it doesn't sam to make a difference. I may just have to go with the losses for now. It's all over my territory, so our pilots losses are probably similar even if he gets 4 to 1 in kills.

The Georges are about to go on line now. If I can put enough of those up it seems like they could make a difference, but I'll have to see. It's all trading material for time right now. He hasn't thrown up a big bombing raid in Burma since Mandalay almost a week ago, so he must not have liked how that went. Sweeping works, but only if I come up to play. It'll be a bit of cat and mouse now, and I can't get caught or it'll be very painful.


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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/22/2012 2:08:08 AM   
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Be careful with Katha, it can be a death trap.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/23/2012 9:18:03 AM   
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Be careful with Katha, it can be a death trap.


Well, it could be. It has level 6 forts now and 18k supply. I hold the Chinese mountains as well so can retreat two directions. Each way has a series of bases with level 5 to 6 forts. Once already he moved a massive stack 2 hexes from Katha and retreated. This time he'll bring more I'm sure.

If he wants Burma he'l get it with enough force. I just hope to make it take a good long while.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/23/2012 12:10:23 PM   
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SUBS: Losing escorts like it's my job right now. PBs just aren't up to the task anymore. I have another new idea for convoys. I think I'll begin having at least 1-2 longer range escorts in ASW TFs and the convoy following, plus 1-2 embedded escorts. None of the embedded escorts seem to be effectively attacking subs for the past few months, even in the eshallows, so at least if they are in ASW TFs they will be more likely to attack. I hope.

NORTH PACIFIC: I see something moving to Chirikof. I'll get ready to send some feelers that way if the TF keeps moving. Looks like resupply, similar to the one that got rung up a few weeks ago by our DDs. In order to conserve fuel, (which I have almost none of in the Aleutians) I'll let the air forces deal with this.

WEST OZ: More 4E troop attacks. Flak hit a few bombers during these raids, which was a good development.

BURMA: Heavy sweeps of Katha on the 24th and more plus massive raids on the 25-26th. Still I'm quite happy with the defuses here as the fields are only showing 45 damage after two major attacks.The forts and terrain must be helping the defenses. It doesn't hurt that there are 312 engineers here either!

No fighters will contest these until I can spot a movement of troops or something critical changing on the ground. No sign of movement, but huge masses of troops are reported in Calcutta.

SO PAC: Lost a few more A6M5 to LR CAP bleed at Vanikoro. I forgot to stand the ones in Tulagi down. Then on the 24th more leaking LR CAP at Terapo get nailed. It's an imperfect world.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 23, 43
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Sub attack near Saipan at 103,85

Japanese Ships
PB Kiso Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Sinsyu Maru
xAK Ryuko Maru
xAK Panama Maru
PB Saiko Maru

Allied Ships
SS Balao

SS Balao launches 2 torpedoes at PB Kiso Maru
PB Saiko Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Saipan at 103,85

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

Allied Ships
SS Balao

SS Balao launches 2 torpedoes

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR June 24, 43
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Morning Air attack on Terapo , at 96,127

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 5



Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 22


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses


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

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Reinforcements: It's looking like 11/43 for the Frank. All factories, including the big size 55 one are producing R n D now.

The new Air Army will head to Java and be deployed either there or in the Celebes. I'm getting good coverage now of this area.

TK Kyokuyo Maru arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
4th Air Army arrives at Tokyo
79th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo

Aircraft Ki-84a Frank advances R&D


Losses: Another down.

Loss of PB Kiso Maru on Jul 23, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: More old reports.

AP McCawley is reported to have been sunk near Tanna on Dec 18, 1942
xAK Bhima is reported to have been sunk near Karachi on May 28, 1942

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I found a new site with many images of the small forgotten converted patrol boats of the IJN during WW2. Unfortunately the images are only tiny. Like the ships.

Tokusetsu Hokan
http://www.geocities.jp/tokusetsukansen/E/110/index.htm


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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/24/2012 2:11:53 PM   
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27 - 29 July 1943
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SUBS: On the 27th I lost a brand new Etorofu class E, with 6 ASW rating, to the Swordfish near Jesseton. Neither of the other two Es in the TF could locate the sub either. Very frustrating. I've got ASW TFs circling the area now and I'm moving an airbase in to NW Borneo to plant some Jakes on top of this hot area.

Yugiri caught Billfish near Iloilo in the shallows and put 6 minor hits on the sub. The same group of DDs then caught the sub near Cathalogan and got a couple of direct hits from Urakaze, leaving the sub listing 'heavy damage.' That's more like it!

NORTH PACIFIC: Sweeps hit Chirikof first on the 27th. We got the dive on Hurricanes and Kittyhawks and did some damage. Then 10 Vals escorted by 9 A6M3a hit the xAKLs and took out two. I kept everything on for the 28th, but the TF scampered and our sweepers hit another 2 groups of P-40Es, still doing well and getting a 1:1 ratio. This will be enough for now. I know he's not doing much right now, but I'd like to keep showing that advances will be met with action.

WEST OZ: The attack on the 27th hit much harder than usual, taking out a bunch of motorized support especially. I may have to really begin to ramp up operations to combat these milkruns. In a few days I'll start contesting. He's only using P-38s here, so if I can tire them out, maybe I'll get to the bombers. I have a CVE at Broome that I'll load with a fighter group and station it close to the bases as well to see if I can get more CAP that way to supplement the LR CAP.

BURMA: Katha is obliterated by daily raids. This doesn't really affect me much though as long as no ground troops are here. Supply has gone down a bit, but I'll just send more there. I'd rather let him hit that base, losing a bomber or two a day, and only damage the fields, than hit the center and take out scores of fighters. The 251 Ku S-1 has a nearly full complement of Georges now. It'll hopefully be a bit tougher now to hit Mandalay than last time.

SO PAC: Corsairs again hit Terapo, and my LR CAP bleeds over losing 5 zeros. I've shut these off for now. I moved a second group of fighters into Port Moresby to fill in.

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ASW attack near Jesselton at 68,85

Japanese Ships
E Oki, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
SC Ch 4
E Sado

Allied Ships
SS Swordfish

SS Swordfish launches 2 torpedoes at E Oki
Swordfish diving deep ....
E Sado fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Chirikof Island , at 179,46

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 40

Allied aircraft
Hurricane XIIb x 15
Kittyhawk I x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane XIIb: 1 destroyed
Kittyhawk I: 5 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
23 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 31000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.14 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk I (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 30600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
No.111 Sqn RCAF with Hurricane XIIb (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 7 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 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
No.118 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk I (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 28000 and 30600.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Chirikof Island , at 179,46

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 99 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
Hurricane XIIb x 11
Kittyhawk I x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane XIIb: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 9th Division, at 49,133 (Carnarvon)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
Hudson I x 6
B-17E Fortress x 20
LB-30 Liberator x 10
B-24D Liberator x 47
B-24D1 Liberator x 61


Allied aircraft losses
Hudson I: 1 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
341 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 22 (2 destroyed, 20 disabled)


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Chirikof Island at 179,46

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 9
D3A1 Val x 10

Allied aircraft
Hurricane XIIb x 2
Kittyhawk I x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Kahuku, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Nebraskan, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires


Aircraft Attacking:
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Nebraskan

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 28, 43
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Morning Air attack on Chirikof Island , at 179,46

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 33

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 42

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 5 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 31000 feet

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/18th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 12 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
343rd FG/344th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 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 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Chirikof Island , at 179,46

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 181 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 54 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

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ASW attack near Iloilo at 80,84

Japanese Ships
DD Yugiri

Allied Ships
SS Billfish, hits 6

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

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR July 29, 43
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ASW attack near Catbalogan at 81,84

Japanese Ships
DD Urakaze

Allied Ships
SS Billfish, hits 5, heavy damage


SS Billfish is sighted by escort
Billfish bottoming out ....
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Urakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Reinforcements: I need more.

E Tsushima arrives at Tokyo

Losses: This makes 4 escorts lost in 4 days.

Loss of E Oki on Jul 27, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: The two xAKL not confirmed, but thought sunk.

Previous report of sinking of SS Seawolf incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
xAKL Kahuku
xAKL Nebraskan

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Considering you're playing stock Erik, i can tell you, those super "E"s are gonna give you LOTS of satisfactions...believe me! Enemy subs will sink in hundreds!

Btw Erik...this AAR is probably the best out there (well, except for the Herbie's one about Zuiho) and i really love the way you do it! Keep it up!

And also can't wait to see how the George will perform for you

...really miss Londo... Valentina simply loved it!...well, how can't you love London?? It's pretty expensive but it's, by far, my favourite capital! Envy you, lucky Oregonian (is it correct?!)


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ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Considering you're playing stock Erik, i can tell you, those super "E"s are gonna give you LOTS of satisfactions...believe me! Enemy subs will sink in hundreds!

Btw Erik...this AAR is probably the best out there (well, except for the Herbie's one about Zuiho) and i really love the way you do it! Keep it up!

And also can't wait to see how the George will perform for you

...really miss Londo... Valentina simply loved it!...well, how can't you love London?? It's pretty expensive but it's, by far, my favourite capital! Envy you, lucky Oregonian (is it correct?!)



I'm glad you two had a great time here. Glad the rain Friday didn't ruin your spirits. It is a fantastic city. It's better if you're paid in £, but still expensive!

Yes, it is Oregonian! Also the name of the newspaper in Portland, my home town.

Thanks for the comments on the AAR. The Zuiho one is great, isn't it? I wish Cuttlefish had his still going. Alas, the results of the CV battles must have dampened his enthusiasm.

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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Considering you're playing stock Erik, i can tell you, those super "E"s are gonna give you LOTS of satisfactions...believe me! Enemy subs will sink in hundreds!

Btw Erik...this AAR is probably the best out there (well, except for the Herbie's one about Zuiho) and i really love the way you do it! Keep it up!

And also can't wait to see how the George will perform for you

...really miss Londo... Valentina simply loved it!...well, how can't you love London?? It's pretty expensive but it's, by far, my favourite capital! Envy you, lucky Oregonian (is it correct?!)



I'm glad you two had a great time here. Glad the rain Friday didn't ruin your spirits. It is a fantastic city. It's better if you're paid in £, but still expensive!

Yes, it is Oregonian! Also the name of the newspaper in Portland, my home town.

Thanks for the comments on the AAR. The Zuiho one is great, isn't it? I wish Cuttlefish had his still going. Alas, the results of the CV battles must have dampened his enthusiasm.


You mean the Zuiho's one? When half of the KB was sunk by subs?...that was horrifying...and, considering they're playing stock (where japanese ASW is much much stronger than in Babes) i got a chill on my backbone when i read that....

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SUBS: Near Koggala the I-18, moving in for a midget sub drop, ran into a TF with at least an AP and two AK but couldn't get a shot in past the escorts. This is the first convoy of any kind seen in this region of the IO in a while.

On the 31st the Cisco hit a convoy carrying a regiment to Soerabaja and put one fish into a Kyusu AK, the Kinai Maru, which is not critical now, but is still on fire. I'm sending the ship one hex away to Balabac to drop the troops and disband. A base force is already on the way here to provide support for ASW air for this area.

NORTH PACIFIC: Nothing.

WEST OZ: After many days of not contesting the bombing in West OZ I dropped in a LR CAP of Oscars and A6M5s. The Lightnings must have been surprised, as these guys got 1:1 against them and damaged enough 4Es that there were a few extra ops losses.

BURMA: Hellcats and Thuds swept empty air in Northern Burma, and in Katha the fields are nearly repaired already.

SO PAC: There has been a stasis for some time now in the So Pac area. I've defended more aggressively as Jocke approached the Ndeni area, and he has, after several early forays to Vanikoro, stopped moving here. This could mean several things. He could just be focusing on Burma and West OZ now as the action in those areas heats up. Or he could be using the focus on So Pac to prepare another jump elsewhere, in New Guinea or in a more vulnerable area like the SRA proper.

I've been focused on where I've seen an opportunity for him to advance and where his troops and ships have been concentrated for some time. He could still be preparing a So Pac jump to the islands around Ndeni, but I think instead of discouraging it I should be encouraging it now. This is a great place for me to fight in late 43.

As a result of this reconsideration of my position, I will now move the KB out of sight. It will remain out of immediate recon range for some time unless he takes unneeded risks and exposes something valuable. I want him to have to wonder now, maybe for the first time in game, where the KB is hiding. I haven't decided where I will ultimately base it, but I've prepared an intermediate location in Nauru for availability to South and Central Pacific locations quickly.

On the 30th Corsairs and Hellcats swept Ndeni, and our CAP did well. Although it looks like he also had a LR CAP on, we got nearly 1:1 against these guys. The Jacks and Tojos coming through! I had them set at 15k and 12k, so I'm especially impressed. The first sweep was a little better than the listed results below, with a lot of Hellcat ops losses, and the second wasn't nearly as one-sided as it looks. From tracker, on the day he lost 19 planes and we lost 21.

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 24
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 42
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18
F6F-3 Hellcat x 47

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 5 destroyed


CAP engaged:
802 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 14 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 25 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 16
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 27
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 16
F6F-3 Hellcat x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 3 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed


CAP engaged:
802 Ku S-1 with J2M2 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 37450.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
21st Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 23 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes

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Sub attack near Balabac at 70,83

Japanese Ships
AK Kinai Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
E Asagao
AK Asosan Maru
AK Azuma Maru
AK Tacoma Maru
AK Seattle Maru
AK Ayatosan Maru
AK Kyushu Maru
AK Kinka Maru
E Kamome
E Ishigaki

Allied Ships
SS Cisco, hits 2

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

Massive explosion on AK Kinai Maru
SS Cisco launches 2 torpedoes at AK Kinai Maru
Cisco bottoming out ....
E Kamome fails to find sub and abandons search
E Ishigaki fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Ishigaki attacking submerged sub ....
E Ishigaki fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Carnarvon , at 49,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 5
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 6

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 12

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

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P-38G Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (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 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
26th Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes

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Morning Air attack on 56th Division, at 49,133 (Carnarvon)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 5
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 1

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 22
LB-30 Liberator x 11
B-24D Liberator x 40
B-24D1 Liberator x 42


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 6 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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Morning Air attack on Carnarvon , at 49,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 1


Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses


Aircraft Attacking:
14 x P-38G Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet
2 x P-38G Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

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Reinforcements: THe Tojo IIc has gone ahead to 10/43. I think it might make it for 9/43 though with the engine bonus in effect. I've shut off all Tojo IIa and IIb production as the pools are sufficient for both during the next month. Also, this allowed me to turn off Ha-34 completely for a month as I'm fie on Helens for the time being as well. The Tabby will enter production in October, giving me a cheaper IJN transport.

SC Ch 48 arrives at Niigata
DD Fujinami arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
DD Hayanami arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
SC CHa-63 arrives at Toyama

Aircraft Ki-44-IIc Tojo advances R&D
Aircraft P1Y2 Frances advances R&D
Aircraft L2D2 Tabby advances R&D


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: Most likely false.

SS Silversides is reported to have been sunk near Kirakira on May 24, 1943
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The Frances entered production on August 1. I have converted two factories, one the Glens and the other one of the A6M line, and I'll build 55 a month to start. I'm interested to se what they can do.
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SUBS: A few more attacks on subs in the Sulu Sea are giving me hope we can take them on. Fewer singings this week. The Ray did hit a PB on the 4th, sending her down quickly.

NORTH PACIFIC: Nothing. Just biding my time until winter comes. I'll keep the CVs nearby until I know he's not trying to make a late push to get a few bases be fore the deadline.

WEST OZ: The fields at Carnarvon are focused on for a few turns by the 4Es from Geraldton. I've put a 27 plane group on the CVE Taiyo and it will cover the BBs that attempt to bombard the Aussies once they're near Carnarvon. All of these will move toward Exmouth.

BURMA: Nothing.

SO PAC: The KB is now at Nauru. Most of it is in port getting a few system points taken off and conserving fuel. I'm still contemplating where to base them permanently. Maybe Babeldaob, to be near both So Pac and the DEI. Maybe I'll go traditional and put it in Truk. Maybe even Soerabaja and let the LBA take care of things in So Pac. We'll see.

I've got a part of a regiment on a fast transport heading to Merauke. I'm worried about getting in there with masses of Allied air power at Portland Roads as well as PTs and a SAG. I've got 3 DDs following them. They should arrive on the 7th.

Corsairs just keep eating the LR CAP. I'll have to turn them all off for a bit. Lost 2 zeros and 3 Tojos at Terapo in spite of that being beyond the set range of both groups. Grrrrr. Then it happened at Vanikoro as well on the 3rd. At least I got 2 Corsairs for 5 zeros in that one.

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Morning Air attack on Terapo , at 96,127

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 4

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed


No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
Akagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
85th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Vanikoro , at 121,145

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 49 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 16
A6M5 Zero x 14


Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1 with A6M3a Zero (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(16 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Ryujo-1 with A6M5 Zero (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Sub attack near Puerto Princesa at 74,85

Japanese Ships
PB Heizan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Hinode Maru #18
xAK Teiryu Maru
xAK Konan Maru
xAK Hokko Maru
PB Mikitade Maru
PB Yahada Maru
PB America Maru

Allied Ships
SS Ray

SS Ray launches 2 torpedoes at PB Heizan Maru
PB Mikitade Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Yahada Maru fails to find sub and abandons search
PB America Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Reinforcements: Strange, I now have two 5th Fleet HQs. One at Adak, and now this one just arrived at Ominato.

5th Fleet arrives at Ominato

Aircraft Ki-43-IIIa Oscar advances R&D
Aircraft Ki-67-Ia Peggy advances R&D


Losses: One PB. Not bad.

Loss of PB Heizan Maru on Aug 04, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: Durban has been on and off the list for the past year!

Previous report of sinking of CL Durban incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
SS Truant is reported to have been sunk near Tavoy on Jun 13, 1943

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My only surviving CVE is heading to the front lines in West OZ. With 27 A6M5 she can provide cover, but I have no offensive air power in the area. I wonder if Jocke knows that?
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Can I tell him?

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Can I tell him?


Ha!!! Maybe let him enjoy the mystery! We all love a little intrigue, right?

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SUBS: No losses and more subs are taking hits in the past week or two. Tarpon got 3 minor hits after being sighted in the Sulu Sea. Ray took one. I got lucky as the Cabrilla takes a shot with four TT at DD Kawakaze (50 float damage already, moving at 15 knots) which is heading for repairs with another damaged DD to Manila.

NORTH PACIFIC: I'm having a change of mind about CVs up here now. I think it's more critical to have this mini-KB in the SRA region, based at Singapore. If something happens here in the near future I have only LBA and naval surface forces to drive off any threats. I'll move the Kaga, Hiyo and Ryujo down here and link them up with the Taiyo to provide at least enough to deal with the Brits. They'll move to Nagasaki to refuel, refit some ships, and then move to the South.

WEST OZ: The fields at Carnarvon get nailed again on the 5th and 6th, Exmouth on the 7th and 8th. I had good fighter Cap at Exmouth but lost 4 zeros for just a few damaged 4Es.

The interesting action though was out on the Indian Ocean. As my bombardment TF swung out from Exmouth to a few hexes off Carnarvon, preparing to take a swing at the 4E fields at Geraldton, a British CV showed up (at last). I'm glad I put the air cover on the CVE and had this traveling along. A total of 6 Martlet and 9 Avengers were reported to have been shot down on the day for the loss of one A6M5. I got lucky here, as he didn't also have any LR LBA on for naval attack as well. About 10 TBFs got through but couldn't put a hit on the BBs.

Jocke wrote back after the turn saying he thought I wouldn't bring air cover this time. He also thought he had to get his CV out of the way quickly, and was surprised when I didn't pursue. It's just a bit fishy to me out here. He has a few British CVs, and they could be just on the horizon, or even the few new US CVs could be lurking in Southern OZ waiting for me to overextend. This all made me think it's time to get outta dodge. I'm also considering pulling back from Carnarvon now. I don't have adequate air cover in range, and if he gets serious about contesting bombardment runs in the area, I can't do much to keep them going without a lot of risk. Thinking of walking my 40k troops out to Exmouth. I have a good headstart still on the Aussies, so I could make it. I think. Exmouth would allow a last stand with the ability in the next months to take troops out to garrison the Java area. I think it's time.

On the 8th I did send the BBs in to hit the Aussie troops two hexes from Carnarvon, getting a great bombardment result.

BURMA: At Shwebo P-47s flew in and the CAP of Tojos and Tonys did VERY well against them on the 8th. If the final score can be believed we shot down 11 total Thuds for the loss of 13 Tojos and Tonys. Jocke was disappointed, so I think these numbers must not be too far off, and said his LR CAP didn't fly.

SO PAC: I'm going to try a fast transport into Merauke to land most of a regiment there. Fingers crossed. No other movements. I did notice that the Hiryu sitting at Nauru Island (while the other parts of the KB were in port) had a a DL of 5/5. That's not good. I'll move them back further to Truk. I want them to be invisible for a while, if possible.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Carnarvon at 46,133

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 8
TBF-1 Avenger x 12


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet IV: 2 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak


Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
BB Ise

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-2 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Carnarvon at 46,133

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
Martlet IV x 4
TBF-1 Avenger x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Ise

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22in Mk 13 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-2 with A6M5 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on Exmouth , at 50,129

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 26
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 8

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 20
LB-30 Liberator x 8
B-24D Liberator x 37
B-24D1 Liberator x 51

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
LB-30 Liberator: 4 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 6 damaged

Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 54

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Afternoon Air attack on Exmouth , at 50,129

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 10
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 4

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

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Morning Air attack on Shwebo , at 59,45

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 41
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 10

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 31

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 7 destroyed
Ki-61-Ib Tony: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 5 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 35000 feet

CAP engaged:
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-61-Ib Tony (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 36000 and 37730.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 21 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Shwebo , at 59,45

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 41,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 20
Ki-61-Ib Tony x 5

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8


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

No Allied losses

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Naval bombardment of Carnarvon at 49,135

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
BB Fuso
BB Mutsu

Allied ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)



BB Ise firing at 5th Australian Division
BB Fuso firing at 7th Australian Division
BB Mutsu firing at 7th Australian Division

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Reinforcements: Still building some RO subs. At least for now. They will be used en masse during invasions in the future. Got this message I haven't seen in the OPs report also. What is JNAF Airfield 43, and is it somehow better than 42? If so, how?

SS RO-106 arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
SS RO-107 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
xAK Seiryu Maru arrives at Fukuoka

59th JNAF AF Unit 's TOE was upgraded to JNAF Airfield 43

Aircraft N1K2-J George advances R&D
Aircraft D4Y3 Judy advances R&D


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: Looks like the Richmond, which hit a mine in Vanikoro, is still going. Too bad.

YP-251 is reported to have been sunk near Kodiak on Sep 02, 1942
Previous report of sinking of CL Richmond incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Salmon incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Tunny incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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The Ise and friends do their job and avoid disaster from the air. The extra AA from recent refits looks to have helped, as they shot down 2-3 TBFs.
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Got this message I haven't seen in the OPs report also. What is JNAF Airfield 43, and is it somehow better than 42? If so, how?


Just a TOE upgrade. You gain some 25mm AA is about all. Not much.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

Got this message I haven't seen in the OPs report also. What is JNAF Airfield 43, and is it somehow better than 42? If so, how?


Just a TOE upgrade. You gain some 25mm AA is about all. Not much.


Thanks Pax. I figured it wasn't anything too special. Not like CD guns for every base or something nice like that.

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SUBS: I think Lapon is hurting bad. It only took one hit from the Kuroshio on the 9th to get the 'heavy damage' listing.

A TK was lost to Herring on the 10th. No hits on the sub. It was an open ocean hit (bar Woleai) in a slow TF, so not surprising.

Another scare for he damaged DDs heading to Manila, but the Ray miss with two fish near Tacloban and they're still going.

On the 12th Scorpion takes a she at a slow tanker TF near North Borneo, but in a shallow hex. It misses and takes three solid hits from a PB.

NORTH PACIFIC: All major combat vessels are headed back to the HI. Feels barren up there. I converted the large 45 plane group at Adak to Georges to help hold the area since the CVs are leaving.

WEST OZ: Well. Now I'm glad I didn't pursue the Brit CV a few days back or try for a bombardment of Geraldton. A huge SAG including P of W, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Dakota with eight new DDs hits the area around Carnarvon on the 12th. It took out 2 Es, 2 AMc, and an SC. Not what he was hoping for.

I'm bringing in two more BBs to Port Hedland to meet the group of 3 I have now in the area. I won't go looking for him, but if he comes for me I'll be ready. It would be awesome to see all of those big guns go at it. I'll be happier though when the CVs get over in a few weeks.

Carnarvon troops are getting the business daily from the 4Es. I'll have to try a few new tricks. Georges are getting ready, but taking forever to repair. The troops are moving slowly, and I worry they'll get stuck halfway to Exmouth and caught by the Aussie troops. Yuck. I've started getting pieces of the units flown out to Broome and I'll bring those to Java to make it easier to rebuild things should they not be able to escape.

BURMA: Nothing happening. Except that is a massive troop movement to Akyab. I'll begin reconning other spots also. There are over 100k troops there now. Interesting.

SO/SW PAC: On the 9th the regiment landed safely at Merauke. Unfortunately I didn't think to load the TF without extra supply. It stayed around all day and got smacked by Banshees from Portland Roads. Not great. I lost 3 APDs, a CM that is likely to sink tomorrow, and probably an E as well. The CL Kashii was unhid and as was the offending ship full of supply, Kamikawa Maru. On top f that, only one of my LR CAPs contributed anything, which was easily swept away by the Corsairs that came earlier.

I can't afford to many of these blunders. The rest of the regiment will be flown in.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Merauke at 89,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 26
F6F-3 Hellcat x 14

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
APD Aoi, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
CL Kashii
APD Fuji, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Nadakaze, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CM Tsugaru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
E Hayabusa, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Fuji
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Nadakaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CM Tsugaru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Aoi
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring E Hayabusa

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ASW attack near Zamboanga at 74,86

Japanese Ships
DD Kuroshio

Allied Ships
SS Lapon, hits 1, heavy damage

SS Lapon is sighted by escort
Lapon diving deep ....
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuroshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuroshio attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Woleai at 102,99

Japanese Ships
TK Gyoshin Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Toko Maru
PB Kensin Maru
PB Shotoku Maru
TK Hofuku Maru
TK Sanju Maru
DD Mutsuki
E W-21

Allied Ships
SS Herring



SS Herring launches 4 torpedoes at TK Gyoshin Maru
Herring diving deep ....
DD Mutsuki fails to find sub and abandons search
E W-21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Tacloban at 81,85

Japanese Ships
DD Yamakaze, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Ray

DD Yamakaze is sighted by SS Ray
SS Ray launches 2 torpedoes at DD Yamakaze

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ASW attack near Banggi at 69,85

Japanese Ships
PB Nagato Maru
PB Kyo Maru #10
SC Ch 27
AO Notoro
TK Daijo Maru
TK Eikyo Maru
TK Akitsushima Maru
E Etoforu
PB Taikei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Scorpion, hits 3

SS Scorpion is sighted by escort
Scorpion bottoming out ....
E Etoforu fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Taikei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Taikei Maru attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon at 47,132, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E Kuretake
E Karukaya, Shell hits 2, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Indiana
BB Massachusetts
BB Prince of Wales
DD Cony
DD DeHaven
DD Eaton
DD Jenkins
DD LaVallette
DD Nicholas
DD Balch
DD Clark

Improved night sighting under 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 89% 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
Lee, Willis "Ching" crosses the 'T'
BB Prince of Wales engages E Karukaya at 11,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon at 47,131, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E Kuretake, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Indiana
BB Massachusetts
BB Prince of Wales
DD Cony
DD DeHaven
DD Eaton
DD Jenkins
DD LaVallette
DD Nicholas
DD Balch
DD Clark

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Night Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 7

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 damaged
A-24 Banshee: 2 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 6

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 2 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon at 49,133, Range 25,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 13, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Indiana
BB Massachusetts
BB Prince of Wales
DD Cony
DD DeHaven
DD Eaton
DD Jenkins
DD LaVallette
DD Nicholas
DD Balch
DD Clark

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon at 49,134, Range 27,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMc Kantori Maru, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
AMc Narita Maru, Shell hits 3, and is sunk


Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Indiana
BB Massachusetts
BB Prince of Wales
DD Cony
DD DeHaven
DD Eaton
DD Jenkins
DD LaVallette
DD Nicholas
DD Balch
DD Clark

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Reinforcements: Another CVE arrives. This will load a group of TBs and head to Singapore with a troop convoy. Then stay in the area.

E Wakamiya arrives at Tokyo
xAK Namba Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
TK Ayagiri Maru arrives at Tokyo
TK Hioki Maru arrives at Fukuoka
SC Ch 47 arrives at Kumamoto
DD Hamanami arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
CVE Kaiyo arrives at Kobe


Losses: Not a great few days for the IJN.

Loss of APD Aoi on Aug 09, 1943 is admitted
CM Tsugaru
E Hayabusa
APD Nadakaze
APD Fuji
Loss of E Kuretake on Aug 12, 1943 is admitted
Loss of E Karukaya on Aug 12, 1943 is admitted
Loss of AMc Kantori Maru on Aug 12, 1943 is admitted
Loss of SC Ch 13 on Aug 12, 1943 is admitted
Loss of AMc Narita Maru on Aug 12, 1943 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

Previous report of sinking of SS Billfish incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of DD Fletcher incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Grunion incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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Tsugaru was all loaded up with 150 mines and didn't even get to drop them at Merauke before going down the day after the hit.
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Here is a look at the eastern New Guinea area. It's getting a bit tense, and I'm not happy that Merauke is dangling so precipitously in front of the Allied build-up in North OZ. I might have concentrated more on the islands to the NE of Darwin to be able to support this area further. Live and learn. I'll have to get my second line defenses going in North and Western New Guinea and in the islands around there. I have Taberfane and Dobo preparing, and construction units all over the place, but not enough base forces or planes anywhere yet.

The ships at Port Moresby are a CA/CL base SAG ad transports delivering supplies. I've been able to unload 10k supply in the past week here, and he hasn't tried to send any kind of force to hit these ships.

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The So Pac area is beginning to feel like a diversion to me. I still have some good force here, but I've moved the KB to Truk and will continue to swing surface ships and planes to the SRA and Western New Guinea areas. The infestation of midget subs here and use of multiple DD TFs and other small shipping should at least give him trouble in close quarters. As I've said before though, a push through the Solomons is preferable to elsewhere, so let it come.

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SUBS: Midgets earn their keep. See below.

NORTH PACIFIC: Nothing.

WEST OZ: The 4E barrage hit Port Hedland on the 14th, but unexpectedly my new Georges had a field-day. Only 14 were ready and made it into the air, but they did well, downing about 14 B-24s of various versions on the day, for only 3 lost fighters (2 on the ground). Luckily the P-38s didn't fly. Jocke wasn't thrilled with this, saying that maybe the Germans should have bought some Georges if they're that good.
Unfortunately the fields are wrecked, and it's likely no CAP will fly tomorrow. I'll move out the 4 working Georges and see what happens tomorrow. If he bombs again I'll have to disband the rest to try to save a few planes and rebuild the group elsewhere.

My forces are moving out of Carnarvon, but this is going to be a painful journey. The forts have been protecting us from some of the 4E bombing, and now that will not be the case. It'll be 9 days per hex assuming no silly movement resets occur. But at least he'll have the same conditions if he chooses to follow.

BURMA: Wow! Now recon reports 260k troops at Akyab and over 2500 AFVs plus over 1500 guns. That looks like an army! I think it'll be moving toward my holdings in Burma soon. The tough part about this is knowing where to put the majority of my troops. I've got most bases to good fort levels, and I can defend Prome from multiple air bases nearby even though it's a clear hex.

He could walk down the road, but if he chooses to go through the jungles with some of this horde it could put me in a bind. Once he hits the plains he'll have a lot of mobility, but he will also be vulnerable. At some point he'll have to cross a river, and possibly I can make that painful. I'll start heavy recon to the NW and see if there might be other attack vectors as well, aiming to come into the Katha area possibly after I've shifted troops to the South.

SO PAC: My spidey sense was right on that he'd try something in So Pac soon. A clutch of PTs and a SAG of 6 DDs hit the Santa Cruz Islands on the 14th. The PTs had a series of running encounters with the Kitakami/Oi + 3DD TF and another of 4 DD until finally running into the large CA Kako/Aoba CL Agano/Abukuma +4 DD TF during daylight which sunk all the remaining boats.

First the 6 US DDs ran into four modern IJN DDs and the battle ran about even. The Kit/Oi TF tangled with the DDs next, but was disappointing and only managed to get a few hits, which left the US DDs able to hit our injured DD TF again. The Kasumi will likely sink, but the rest should make it back if the fires can be put out and no subs are met on the way.

After these surface engagements Bettys joined the party but were disappointing to say the least not even managing hits on the inured, slowed DDs in two sorties. The midgets did better with the SSX Ha-44 sending a TT into the already on fire McCall, likely ending its war.

Bombers hit Horn Island at night again. They continue to do okay in good light here, getting the fields to 15 damage and taking out a Hellcat n the ground. He's moved the bombers out now so I'll desist before he moves night-fighters in. Almost 50 B-25s hit Merauke troops. Not doing much to them through. This base is feeling very vulnerable. I can't protect it from the air. It's hard to supply, and it's a natural move for him to go there next and stretch toward the SRA.

I debated what to do for tomorrow, but since he's got a few wounded ships heading back to Luganville, plus a good number of small targets there now, I'll send in the Kako TF to hit the base. With at least some of the PTs out of the way and close to 100% moon, I could get in there and do some damage. I'll put Jakes on night search and get LR CAP sorted in case he sends more in to defend and I have wounded stragglers in LBA range during the day phase.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 13, 43
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Night Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 14

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 damaged
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 14, 43
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kitakami
CL Oi
DD Shigure
DD Akatsuki
DD Shinonome

Allied Ships
PT-61
PT-66
PT-67
PT-68
PT-73
PT-74
PT-75
PT-76

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
CL Oi engages PT-66 at 10,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Vanikoro at 121,145, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MGB G-4
MGB G-5

Allied Ships
DD Blue
DD Mugford
DD McCall
DD Maury
DD Mahan
DD Cushing

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 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
Burke, Arleigh A. crosses the 'T'
DD Cushing engages MGB G-5 at 11,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 119,143, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Akebono
DD Ushio
DD Hayate
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
PT-61, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-66
PT-67
PT-68
PT-73, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PT-74
PT-75
PT-76, Shell hits 1, and is sunk


Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
DD Ushio engages PT-74 at 20,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 119,144, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Akebono
DD Ushio
DD Hayate
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
PT-66
PT-67
PT-68
PT-74
PT-75

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 27,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Vanikoro at 121,145, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Makigumo
DD Arashi, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
DD Blue, Shell hits 2
DD Mugford, Shell hits 1
DD McCall
DD Maury, Shell hits 1
DD Mahan, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Cushing, Shell hits 2, heavy fires


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
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Watanabe, Yasumasa crosses the 'T'
DD Oboro engages DD Maury at 17,000 yards
DD Kasumi engages DD Blue at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Maury at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 27,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Vanikoro at 121,145, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kitakami, Shell hits 2
CL Oi
DD Shigure, Shell hits 1
DD Akatsuki, Shell hits 1
DD Shinonome

Allied Ships
DD Blue, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Mugford, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD McCall, Shell hits 1
DD Maury

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 23,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 17,000 yards
CL Oi engages DD Blue at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 27,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Vanikoro at 122,146, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Arashi, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Oboro, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Blue, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Mugford, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
DD McCall, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Maury, Shell hits 2, on fire

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
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
DD Maury engages DD Makigumo at 17,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 119,144, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kako
CL Agano
CL Abukuma
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
PT-66, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-67, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-68, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-74, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-75, Shell hits 4, and is sunk


Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Floyd, V.P. gains tactical advantage
PT-74 sunk by CA Aoba at 20,000 yards
DD Murasame engages PT-67 at 20,000 yards
Floyd, V.P. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 15,000 yards
PT-67 sunk by DD Harusame at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Murasame engages PT-75 at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
Massive explosion on PT-75
PT-75 sunk by DD Harusame at 11,000 yards
Floyd, V.P. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 9,000 yards
PT-68 sunk by DD Shiratsuyu at 9,000 yards
PT-66 sunk by DD Murasame at 9,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Vanua Lava at 121,148

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 22
G4M1 Betty x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Blue
DD Maury, on fire
DD Mugford, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Afternoon Air attack on Port Hedland , at 57,129

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11
N1K1-J George x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 28
LB-30 Liberator x 7
B-24D Liberator x 41
B-24D1 Liberator x 58

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
LB-30 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 3 destroyed, 4 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged


Airbase hits 13
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 74

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

CAP engaged:
958 Ku T-2 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
253 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 7 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

Matsuo O. in a N1K1-J George makes head on attack ... forces LB-30 Liberator out of formation

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Vanikoro at 121,145

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 23
G4M1 Betty x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Mahan, on fire
DD Cushing, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Submarine attack near Santa Maria at 120,149

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-44

Allied Ships
DD McCall, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

DD McCall is sighted by SSX Ha-44
SSX Ha-44 launches 2 torpedoes

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Submarine attack near Vanikoro at 121,145

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-37

Allied Ships
DD Mahan

DD Mahan is sighted by SSX Ha-37
SSX Ha-37 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Mahan

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Reinforcements: This trove of new toys will mostly head to the SRA, to the islands near West New Guinea. A few will build up the Marianas dot bases in preparation for base forces to arrive next year.

The Frank advanced again, and now I'm sure it will come by November 43, but there is a very slight chance it could be October.

21st Air Defense AA Battalion arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
67th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
13th RF Gun (Pack) Battalion arrives at Tokyo
14th RF Gun (Pack) Battalion arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
65th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
66th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
12th RF Gun Battalion arrives at Yamagata
59th Construction Battalion arrives at Canton
60th Construction Battalion arrives at Shanghai
61st Construction Battalion arrives at Hankow
62nd Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
63rd Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
64th Construction Battalion arrives at Yamagata
65th Construction Battalion arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
66th Construction Battalion arrives at Taihoku
67th Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
69th Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo
SC CHa-64 arrives at Takamatsu
AM Wa 105 arrives at Tokyo
AM Wa 106 arrives at Tokyo
AM Wa 107 arrives at Tokyo
xAK Iwakuni Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
xAK Hiburi Maru arrives at Hiroshima/Kure

Aircraft Ki-84a Frank advances R&D


Losses: None But really one DD will almost definitely go down tomorrow.

Ships Sunk: A decent day's work.

Previous report of sinking of SS Halibut incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
DD McCall is reported to have been sunk near Santa Maria on Aug 14, 1943
PT-61 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-66 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-67 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-68 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-73 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-74 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-75 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
PT-76 is reported to have been sunk near Ndeni on Aug 14, 1943
Previous report of sinking of SS Searaven incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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My two MGBs in the Santa Cruz Islands might be the longest-lived on the board. They've been in engagements in New Caledonia, been subject to air attack, and now have survived again against much greater odds again. I'm not sure if they're just good at getting out of the way or what! At least they use up a few movement points for any TF hitting the area, and maybe if he does ever send in the LCI/LCMs, they could hit something too.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/29/2012 9:05:29 PM   
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15 -16 August 1943
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SUBS: The I-18 is hit near Colombo by the Flower Class Genista and goes under on her way home from dropping off a midget. I think I only have one midget carrier left. Crap!

NORTH PACIFIC: No movements. I just have a bunch of supply and fuel coming here and I'll send the new RO subs to base at Adak.

WEST OZ: The point of no return today. I will have the troops out in the open desert tomorrow. Fingers crossed. The fields at Port Hedland were hit again, as were those at Carnarvon. I disbanded the remaining Georges at Port Hedland to try to save a few of them and the pilots. Two Kongos arrived to supplement the 3 BBs already here. Now I can at least fight on semi-equal terms. No sight of Allied naval forces currently.

BURMA: Ok. I'm getting scared now. The new recon report shows 277k troops, 3100 guns and 3400 AFVs!!! What is that most likely, about 10k AV?! Looks like he's serious over here now.

SO PAC: The Kako TF hit Luganville and wiped out most of what was there. They hit a big group of small transports first, sinking all of them, then two AMs, and finally took out the remaining Allied DDs from battles the day before. So 6 DDs were sunk in all for the probable loss of two of ours. One is in Ndeni losing a battle with raging fires right now.

Jocke was not pleased. On top of avoiding the mines, he said other SCTFs failed to react and his planes didn't fly when we ended up only 3 hexes from Luganville during the day phase due to the collision of Agano and Harusame, slowing both down. I did have extensive LR CAP up, so he might have been lucky not to get an attack there, but you never know. I'd usually rather the planes gave it a shot, too.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 15, 43
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Luganville at 120,150, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kako
CL Agano
CL Abukuma
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
SC-635, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
LCI-63, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
LCT-147, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
LCT-149, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
LCM 532B, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
LCM 542A, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LCM 542B, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LCM 542C, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LCM 542D, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
LCM 542E, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
LCM 592A, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LCM 592B, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
LCM 592C, Shell hits 22, and is sunk
LCM 592D, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
LCM 592E, Shell hits 1, and is sunk


Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
CA Kako engages SC-635 at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
SC-635 sunk by CL Abukuma at 2,000 yards
LCM 532B sunk by DD Samidare at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Luganville at 120,150, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kako
CL Agano
CL Abukuma
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
DD Mahan, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Cushing, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk


Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 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
DD Murasame engages DD Cushing at 11,000 yards
DD Cushing sunk by DD Samidare at 5,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Luganville at 120,150, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba, Shell hits 1
CA Kako
CL Agano
CL Abukuma
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame
DD Samidare

Allied Ships
AM Rockhampton, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
AM Wallaroo, Shell hits 12, and is sunk


Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 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
Hisamune, Yonejiro crosses the 'T'
CA Aoba engages AM Wallaroo at 11,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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ASW attack near Colombo at 28,48

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-43, hits 3, heavy damage

Allied Ships
KV Genista

SSX Ha-43 is sighted by escort
Ha-43 diving deep ....
KV Genista attacking submerged sub ....
Debris floats to surface in area of attack!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Maury
DD Mugford, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet -no hits!
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Luganville at 120,150, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kako
CL Agano
CL Abukuma
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame
DD Samidare, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Blue, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Mugford, Shell hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
DD Maury

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 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
DD Mugford engages DD Samidare at 11,000 yards
DD Samidare engages DD Mugford at 7,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Luganville at 120,150, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Aoba
CA Kako
CL Agano
CL Abukuma
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame
DD Samidare, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Blue, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
DD Mugford, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Maury, Shell hits 5, and is sunk


Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 23,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 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
DD Harusame collides with CL Agano at 120 , 150 I was wondering why Agano had damage!
DD Blue sunk by CA Kako at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD Mugford sunk by CA Kako at 5,000 yards
DD Mugford sunk by CA Kako at 5,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 16, 43
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Sub attack near Colombo at 28,48

Japanese Ships
SS I-18, hits 8, heavy damage

Allied Ships
KV Jasmine
AM Romney
KV Genista

SS I-18 launches 2 torpedoes at KV Jasmine
I-18 diving deep ....
KV Genista fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Genista fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Genista attacking submerged sub ....
Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!
Escort abandons search for sub

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Reinforcements: A bunch of TK convertable transports arrive. Very nice.

xAK Tsukuba Maru arrives at Maizuru
xAK Mutsuyo Maru arrives at Fukuoka
xAK Fuso Maru arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
xAK Manshu Maru arrives at Nagoya
xAK Daisho Maru arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
SS RO-35 arrives at Maizuru

Device Mitsubishi Ha-43 advances R&D
Aircraft B6N2a Jill advances R&D


Losses: Hate losing the midget carrier. But, alas, they're not so effective right now anyway in well protected ports.

Loss of SSX Ha-43 on Aug 15, 1943 is admitted
Loss of SS I-18 on Aug 16, 1943 is admitted

Ships Sunk: Not a bad haul. Glad to get the DDs.

DD Blue is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
DD Mugford is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
DD Maury is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
DD Mahan is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
DD Cushing is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
AM Rockhampton is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
AM Wallaroo is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
SC-635 is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCI-63 is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCT-147 is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCT-149 is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 532B is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 542A is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 542B is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 542C is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 542D is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 542E is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 592A is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 592B is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 592C is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 592D is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943
LCM 592E is reported to have been sunk near Luganville on Aug 15, 1943

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The Agano sees it's first combat after a year in the water, and does well in spite of colliding with DD Harusame late in the day's battles.
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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/29/2012 10:01:20 PM   
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Nice job at Luganville Erik. Those are the kind of operations that make you feel good, especially when you know you're risking mines and possibly getting caught under enemy LBA in the day phase. Lady Luck was with you today.

How are your defences in the DEI shaping up? I'm curious, do you think the delay you've caused the Allies from your Australian operations has improved your ability to defend the theatre, or would you be stronger if you'd devoted those troops to digging in and allowed the Allies to build up unmolested?

In my game against Bart, I thought the lack of combat would benefit Japan and allow a much stronger defence. However, the more AAR's I read where Japan has aggressively gone beyond the historical perimeter seems to give them more chances to bring the Allies to battle much earlier and get their licks in before the Allies simply are too powerful.

So many games are now reaching into late 43 and 44 that it's going to be great seeing how things develop for Japan in the late game.

Jocke has made a few posts about what's so special about the George in other threads (don't know if you've caught any of those) but it looks like he's finding out first hand now.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/30/2012 12:07:20 AM   
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Nice job at Luganville Erik. Those are the kind of operations that make you feel good, especially when you know you're risking mines and possibly getting caught under enemy LBA in the day phase. Lady Luck was with you today.

How are your defences in the DEI shaping up? I'm curious, do you think the delay you've caused the Allies from your Australian operations has improved your ability to defend the theatre, or would you be stronger if you'd devoted those troops to digging in and allowed the Allies to build up unmolested?

In my game against Bart, I thought the lack of combat would benefit Japan and allow a much stronger defence. However, the more AAR's I read where Japan has aggressively gone beyond the historical perimeter seems to give them more chances to bring the Allies to battle much earlier and get their licks in before the Allies simply are too powerful.

So many games are now reaching into late 43 and 44 that it's going to be great seeing how things develop for Japan in the late game.

Jocke has made a few posts about what's so special about the George in other threads (don't know if you've caught any of those) but it looks like he's finding out first hand now.


Thanks Joseph. It is good to get a clear victory, even if a small one, as I feel the weight of Allied forces begin to bear down upon me.

Interesting question about the DEI and West OZ. After months of waiting and reflection about the foray there, I do feel I can say it's given me a reprieve in the DEI. I wouldn't have stayed as long if he had his CVs and could easily support an invasion while the KB was elsewhere. Even if I lose much of the strength now in Carnarvon and Exmouth, I will have a few more months before he could think of making a jump anywhere to build them up again. In the meantime, if I have delayed his movement forward that has helped me allocate a concentration of force elsewhere in terms of air and sea power. I've had very little in OZ, and now every month as he gets stronger I also have more things behind to use in defense. If I had been battling 4Es striking in the DEI it may have been much harder to get the defense ready. Also, now I'm starting to get some planes that can actually take them on.

So, it seems now anyway that this has been a positive. I haven't lost much here yet, but I still could soon. Either way I feel the defenses in the DEI will be more prepared after this delaying action.


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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/30/2012 1:48:57 PM   
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DEFENSE: HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
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Joseph's question above has got me to thinking. What do I need in the SRA, and in the Marianas, and in the Kuriles, while still trying to hold back what looks like the majority of Allied free divisions in Burma?

Gradually I will go through plans for the defense of each of these regions. I have a lot still to set up.

The Solomons, Eastern New Guinea and the Marshalls/Gilberts are currently about as built and ready as I will make them. A few things still need doing. Canton Island has a garrison force due to withdraw in about 90 days. I had thought this might be one of the first islands he tried to take back. Not sure now, but I want to keep a maxed garrison there. I'll most likely send a regiment from Manchuria to take over and move the other back to an island with a larger staking limit.

These garrison forces that withdraw are causing issues in other places as well. I have one in Merauke which led to the fiasco trying to get a regiment there with fast transport a few days ago. Now it's all going in by air. I have another I have to replace in Trinkat.

I'll keep making some posts about these things as I try to sort them out. My questions will revolve around whether I'm doing enough, what forces I should have in reserve, and generally how to make it fluid to respond to multiple threats.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/31/2012 4:32:40 PM   
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SUBS: No major battles of the first time in a while. A lot of subs are listed as sunk in the past month. About 12 total on my reports. I know most likely didn't sink, but some of them did take a lot of damage. It also seems he might be re-organizing his undersea forces. I'm seeing fewer near the HI now, and almost none in the Solomons. As the KB 2 moved through the area North of New Guinea though it picked up at least 5-6 subs in that area.

NORTH PACIFIC: Nothing happening.

WEST OZ: Troops from Carnarvon are hit as they move into the desert hex, but the damage is not too bad. It's not the full 150 he's been sending so it might get worse here. The long walk has begun.

Another raid came on the 18th but did about the same. I've moved Georges into Exmouth (only 13) with 36 Oscars IIbs. I'll attempt to defend it for a bit to see if that draws the 4Es away from the troops. I'm worried that an armor charge, even with poor results, could slow us enough for the main body to catch up. Unfortunately I had to leave 30k supply at Carnarvon. I've been trying to draw it to Exmouth, and some has gone, but a lot is there for his use. He should gain control of the base during the next turn.

If armor does move up I will bombard with the 5 BBs patrolling near Exmouth. The KB 2 could be in the area within the week if needed.

BURMA: I'm starting to worry about how to meet the challenge forming at Akyab. It looks like a steamroller from where I'm sitting.

SOUTHEAST: Since this area is becoming more than just the South Pacific area, I'll refer to it now as the Southeast area.

Bombers came for the milk run to Merauke but ran into my LR CAP of over 20 planes on the 17th. In spite of the great distance at which the CAP flew (the closest of the bases was 8 hexes) they did well and took out 8 B-25s and several Hellcats on the days for 3 fighters lost. This dampened his fun here, and it was all quiet n the 18th, followed by multiple Corsair sweeps on the 19th. I'm shuttling in troops quickly. I've use received a clutch of SST, and I'll send these to Darwin or Taberfane to start sending in supply on the sly.

Jakes keep trying to hit PTs at Horn at night, and now there are a group of NF Havocs there. Interesting note, the 'Some CAP have air radar.' I wonder how the Japanese figured that out?!

I tried to slip a night raid in to hit the bombers re-based to Horn Island, but the Havocs did well and got two of my Nells for one Banshee on the ground.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 17, 43
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Morning Air attack on 56th Division, at 49,133 (Carnarvon)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson I x 6
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-24D Liberator x 29
B-24D1 Liberator x 46


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

Japanese ground losses:
296 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Hudson I bombing from 12000 feet
Morning Air attack on 10th Garrison Unit , at 89,124 (Merauke)

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Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
A6M5 Zero x 5
N1K1-J George x 4
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 7

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 48
F6F-3 Hellcat x 27


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed


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


Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
582 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Akagi-1 with A6M5 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
958 Ku T-1 with A6M3a Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
203rd Sentai with Ki-43-IIb Oscar (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 57th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 10th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 57th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 10th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 57th Infantry Regiment ...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 18, 43
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Night Air attack on TF, near Horn Island at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 11

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
PT-243
PT-246

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 2000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

Some CAP have air radar

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR August 19, 43
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Night Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 10

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 7


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes

Some CAP have air radar


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Night Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 8

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 7000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS with P-70 Havoc (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar


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Night Air attack on TF, near Horn Island at 91,128

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3



Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 6


No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
PT-248



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS with P-70 Havoc (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Reinforcements: The first Frances group arrives at Chiba, as well as a DB group. The SSTs should come just in time to provide sneaky supply to a few forward bases.

SST Yu-1 arrives at Kobe
SST Yu-2 arrives at Kobe
SST Yu-3 arrives at Kobe
SST Yu-4 arrives at Kobe
SST Yu-5 arrives at Kobe
SST Yu-6 arrives at Kobe
xAKL Tamahime Maru arrives at Fukuoka
521 Ku K-1 arrives at Chiba
521 Ku K-2 arrives at Chiba


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: None.
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The recon numbers at Akyab are more scary by the day. This looks to be a very difficult challenge to meet. Most bases will be at level 5/6 by the time these forces get to them, but of course many are also in the clear hexes, including what looks to be the three most probable targets; Prome, Bassein and Magwe.

I have about 7k AV of moveable, non-garrison forces. I have to leave at least 100AV in each base to discourage any behind the lines para-drops. Once I see them moving I'll shift my forces farther south. I have two divisions already moving to Prome and changing their prep for that target.

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RE: Wild Sheep's Chase - obvert (J) vs JocMeister (A) - 10/31/2012 5:06:28 PM   
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These garrison forces that withdraw are causing issues in other places as well. I have one in Merauke which led to the fiasco trying to get a regiment there with fast transport a few days ago. Now it's all going in by air. I have another I have to replace in Trinkat.

I'll keep making some posts about these things as I try to sort them out. My questions will revolve around whether I'm doing enough, what forces I should have in reserve, and generally how to make it fluid to respond to multiple threats.


Hi Erik,

My solution was to use the garrison units that eventually withdraw for bases like Manila and Singapore rather than forward bases. My reasoning was these bases would be under attack at some point, but by the time they were I'd be receiving new units from Japan to replace them with. I could then use better suited LCU's for defending forward bases knowing they'd be there as long as required.

I plan on buying out most garrison units in China that don't withdraw for use in the Pacific, and replace them with Naval Guard units. The Naval Guard units are ok for taking lightly defended bases in the early months of the war, but in terms of defending these same bases they are completely inadequate. They just lack the firepower and defensive capabilities to hold anything of value. In my last AAR, I learned first hand how easily the Naval Guard units were crushed from a single attack behind level 4 forts and rough terrain, that I knew I'd never use them as a forward defence again. I think I'll be better served using an actual garrison unit supported by artillery and AT guns.

I'm leaning towards a strong SRA and relatively weak CentPac and SoPac this time around. My number one defensive priority is prevent 4E's from reaching the fuel/oil bases. That means Burma, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Timor will be getting the bulk of the forces. Admiral Spruance in his AAR made a comment after trying the historic Pacific route and using strat bombing against Japan. He felt the Pacific bases didn't allow the pace or numbers of aircraft for a successful strategic bombing campaign against Japan. Formosa was the key. I'm going to reread that AAR, as I believe he is one of the more proficient Allied players and it may offer some insight on how best to allocate defensive forces for Japan.

Just ramblings on my end, but hopefully contributes something in your search for the perfect defence of the Empire!

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