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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/6/2013 9:48:37 AM   
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Smaller TF's seem to fight better.  Also, in tight waters, less susceptible to collisions and other mistakes.

Grouping the CA's together and the BB's together is good from a speed perspective.  But if the CA's meet anything more than a USN CL, you're going to lose some valuable CA's.  I try to protect them in naval engagements, IJ CA's are too fragile.

As you state, at this point in the war:

USN Fletchers = IJ CL's
USN CL's = IJ CA's

And they have a LOT of both.  So surface actions are really a losing proposition. 

With that much air around, I don't think you can send SCTF's unless:
1. you know what the allied TF compositions are (you have pretty good intel here)
2. you know they are carrying valuable cargo (ie assault units)
3. you are prepared to trade your SCTF's for those units.

I'm not saying you will lose them, but you have to look at it saying you will and decide in that light.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/6/2013 9:53:54 AM   
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Regarding the DD upgrades, one thing to think through is that in reality very few DD's actually got "upgraded".  The DD upgrades in stock are a real trade-off.  Yes, they are accurate in that when DD's upgraded in the war, that's what they did, just that not many actually underwent the upgrades.  Not that it matters that much.  The Fletchers are armored better than IJ CL's and are really tough in a fight.  They way overmatch the IJ DD's in everything except torps.  IJ SCTF has to hope they get a few hits with their Long Lances ...

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/6/2013 12:48:02 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

Regarding the DD upgrades, one thing to think through is that in reality very few DD's actually got "upgraded".  The DD upgrades in stock are a real trade-off.  Yes, they are accurate in that when DD's upgraded in the war, that's what they did, just that not many actually underwent the upgrades.  Not that it matters that much.  The Fletchers are armored better than IJ CL's and are really tough in a fight.  They way overmatch the IJ DD's in everything except torps.  IJ SCTF has to hope they get a few hits with their Long Lances ...


I did too many of those before I understood the implications. I stopped the Yugumos and some of the Kageros before they got them, but the tough part is with some you then miss the radars too.


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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

Smaller TF's seem to fight better.  Also, in tight waters, less susceptible to collisions and other mistakes.

Grouping the CA's together and the BB's together is good from a speed perspective.  But if the CA's meet anything more than a USN CL, you're going to lose some valuable CA's.  I try to protect them in naval engagements, IJ CA's are too fragile.

As you state, at this point in the war:

USN Fletchers = IJ CL's
USN CL's = IJ CA's

And they have a LOT of both.  So surface actions are really a losing proposition. 

With that much air around, I don't think you can send SCTF's unless:
1. you know what the allied TF compositions are (you have pretty good intel here)
2. you know they are carrying valuable cargo (ie assault units)
3. you are prepared to trade your SCTF's for those units.

I'm not saying you will lose them, but you have to look at it saying you will and decide in that light.


Here is a current map. The other was one I edited (but not perfectly) to show current force disposition. This shows exactly what I can see. I also know from previous interactions and bombardments what his combat TFs will look like.

There are seven Fletchers at Finschafen, likely together in one TF.

Milne Bay is the likely jumping point for a SAG moving up, and he has at least two here that look like what he's been using for bombardments at Buna. Here are two:

Allied Ships
CL Santa Fe
CL Columbia
DD Waller
DD Foote
DD Claxton
DD Chevalier
DD Chauncey
DD Aulick
DD Abbot


Allied Ships
CA Baltimore
CA Wichita
DD Trathen
DD Taylor
DD Spence
DD Schroeder
DD Ringgold
DD Renshaw
DD Philip
DD Brownson


Pretty standard for what he's been doing. I would think if I met one of those and didn't have at least equal numbers of ships, plus a step up in type as you're suggesting Pax, I'd get creamed. Maybe I'm wrong.

One thing that might work to my advantage is getting in before his surface ships reach the area. I'm 7 hexes from Umboi and 8 to Finschafen. He's 7 to Finschafen and 8 to Umboi, so it depends on where the stuff is going I guess. He's probably got the faster ships as well.

Another thing to note is that there is little moon, so PTs will be stronger against BBs, making me lean toward a CA led TF containing the two modern CLs as well plus DDs.

All commanders are top-notch. I spend on this continually. Should I risk Tanaka if not with the BBs?




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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/6/2013 5:36:37 PM   
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28 - 29 January 1944
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SUBS: The Pampanito takes two direct hits in different contacts with our ASW near Truk. The Drum is nailed for heavy damage near Kaveing. Finally the mines work at Umboi as the Flying Fish doesn't live up to it's name.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Ok. So as mentioned in the previous posts something new is possibly going on in the So Pac sector. I can tell there is an urgency about his movements, so I'd like to mess with that a bit if possible. It's probably not, but I decided to try.

Ships are in transit to the area of South New Britain, Finschafen or Umboi Island. He has bombed Umboi these past two days, including the troops, which usually means one thing; the Marines are coming.

I decided to go all in. Air units are on alert. Two Frances groups (70 planes) are set to 1k TT strike, about 50 Jills and Kates are on at 1k also, 40 DBs at 10k, and three Betty groups (100+ planes) set to night TT attack. I made three TFs (one small 4 DD and two medium sized SAGs) and I'm sending them to ... Umboi Island. Not all of the way to Finschafen.

The hope is to do two things. One, draw his DDs at Finschafen into the battle at Umboi in the hopes of having them hit a mine (or any subsequent SAGs reacting in). Also I don't want to put my first TF, a sub clearing force of four older DDs, on a complete suicide mission, which an attack on Finschafen would certainly be. Second, this keeps them ready to react to what is here and let the aggressive commanders make a choice about where to go. I've got Tanaka on the second TF, with 2 CA, 2 Agano CL and 5 DD. I decided to equal his TF size and keep it fast. The BBs should make Umboi in the night phase as well (7 hexes) and could then react to anything nearby. It is Mutsu and Fuso with 5 DDs.

Deep breath.

WEST OZ: The transports get away! That's a nice relief. Now I'll think about whether to fight to the last man at Darwin or just capitulate and take the brigade and SNLF out.

BURMA: Helens and Nicks bomb the units near Prome and get good intel plus a few hits. The intel is much more important. This is two divisions, an Indian and a West African. Not sure what the other units are, but the AA wasn't too bad, so most likely not that.

I bombarded at Bhamo. The Thai division, strangely with 52 exp and 95 morale, is facing two Chindit Brigades under level 6 forts. He'll need a bit more than those, and also now I know where all of those nasties are located.

Bombers got a good hit on my new division before it built forts near Toungoo. I decided to take a gamble and send in the dogs for the 29th. It didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. I still can't get to the bombers through all of the sweeps even though I had good numbers (50+ fighters) still in the air. On the day I lose 132 planes and he loses 60. At least we took down 28 P-47s. That's good. The bad is that it took 68 Franks to do it.

I layered the CAP this time instead of going all low. Franks at 31k, Tojos at 20k, Georges at 14k and Oscars at 12k. Although this may be a decent result for this point in the war, it sure doesn't feel like it! In this case I had the Franks up high and in close, staying at Toungoo for the day, and the rest on LR CAP. Trying it again I might put the planes to hit the bombers at Toungoo and the Franks up high on LR CAP.

The B-25D1 strikes again. Notice the difference between the B-25C, which has better defensive armament, and the B-25D1 in the later attacks at Tougnoo. The D1 comes in and shoots down 3 fighters losing no planes, while the C group is chewed up and manages to hit one fighter. Rant over.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR January 28, 44
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Sub attack near Truk at 110,110

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsuharu
E Hishu
DD Shikinami
DD Wakaba

Allied Ships
SS Pampanito, hits 1

SS Pampanito launches 2 torpedoes at DD Hatsuharu
Pampanito diving deep ....
DD Shikinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Shikinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Truk at 110,110

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsuharu
E Hishu
DD Shikinami
DD Wakaba

Allied Ships
SS Pampanito, hits 1

SS Pampanito is located by DD Hatsuharu
Pampanito diving deep ....
DD Shikinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Shikinami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shikinami is out of ASW ammo
DD Shikinami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on 26th Indian Division, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 31
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 50

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
93 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
31 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 81st (West African) Division ...
Also attacking 26th Indian Division ...


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Morning Air attack on 43rd Infantry Division, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 27



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
44 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
27 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 31st Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator GR.III x 13
Wellington Ic x 14
Wellington B.X x 15
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 18
B-24D1 Liberator x 47
B-24J Liberator x 79
B-25C Mitchell x 62


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
311 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 58 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Wellington B.X bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x Liberator II bombing from 6000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 26th Indian Division, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 60
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 66

No Japanese losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
42 x Ki-45 KAIa Nick bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-45 KAIa Nick bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 36
B-17E Fortress x 8
B-24D1 Liberator x 43
B-24J Liberator x 29
B-25C Mitchell x 35
B-25D1 Mitchell x 90
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
65 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR January 29, 44
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TF 259 encounters mine field at Rabaul (106,125)

Allied Ships
SS Flying Fish, Mine hits 1, heavy damage

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 31
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 41
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 40
Ki-84a Frank x 177



Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 17


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
Corsair II: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
251 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
Zuikaku-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 11 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
9th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
20th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 13 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
24th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 38 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 37 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (37 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
37 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
48th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 15 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 13 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 9 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
78th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 33 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 32 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 24
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 34
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 33
Ki-84a Frank x 140

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 5 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 6 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 24
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 34
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 18
Ki-84a Frank x 117

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 4 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 21
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 30
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 8
Ki-84a Frank x 107

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 5 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 13
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 14
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 5
Ki-84a Frank x 75

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 10 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 15
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 29
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 5
Ki-84a Frank x 94

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 4 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 5 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 31st Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 11
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 14
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 4
Ki-84a Frank x 49

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 13
Liberator B.III x 14
Liberator GR.III x 21
Wellington Ic x 15
Wellington B.X x 15
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 41
B-24J Liberator x 60
B-25C Mitchell x 51

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 2 damaged
Wellington Ic: 3 destroyed
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Wellington B.X bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
251 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 82 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 17 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
78th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 21 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters to 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Morning Air attack on 9th Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 10
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 10
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 2
Ki-84a Frank x 36

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24J Liberator x 5
B-25D1 Mitchell x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged My fave plane!!

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Morning Air attack on 9th Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 9
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 36

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

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

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Morning Air attack on 9th Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 1
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 7

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged And again!

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 36
B-17E Fortress x 14
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 103
B-24J Liberator x 48
B-25C Mitchell x 47
B-25D1 Mitchell x 106
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 31

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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ASW attack near Emirau Island at 104,121

Japanese Ships
E Mutsure
E W-25
E Chidori

Allied Ships
SS Drum, hits 6, heavy damage

SS Drum is sighted by escort
E W-25 attacking submerged sub ....
E Chidori attacking submerged sub ....
E W-25 fails to find sub and abandons search
E Chidori fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Ground combat at Bhamo (63,44)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4878 troops, 42 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 253

Defending force 5878 troops, 71 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 295


Assaulting units:
7th RTA Division

Defending units:
111th Chindit Brigade
77th Chindit Brigade

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Reinforcements: The Grace is moving ahead! Just one month so far, but at least it's going now.

LST T-104 arrives at Hirosaki/Aomori
ML G-209 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
Det. 3rd Special Base Force arrives at Tokyo

Device Mitsubishi Ha-43 advances R&D
Aircraft B7A2 Grace advances R&D


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk:

xAK Salween is reported to have been sunk near Colombo on Apr 19, 1943
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Franks are decent, but they have certainly not been the saviour for me. Might be how I have used them, or our rules that only allow 2nd best maneuver band.
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Its going to be exciting.

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As Pax stated, I also think smaller TFs do better than larger ones. I was thinking that hitting the transports was the mission and more TFs will give you more chances to hit it and possibly hit it multiple times. Drowning a Marine division at this point in the game would be big.

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Its going to be exciting.


Of course this is the turn the Jocke needs more time to do, as he's been rushing the last few. I'm prepared for the worst, and hoping for something better. This area is nearly lost anyway, and another strong landing would wedge the knife that much deeper in our center. So I've sent these ships out in the hope that they can hit something on transports, but in the realization that if they do or don't, it's still going to cost me something I don't want to lose.

After the minor success in getting some attacks in the Baker Island landings, I'm curious to see what the night Bettys might do. It's pretty low moon, but there are a lot of night search planes to give info and increase DL.

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As Pax stated, I also think smaller TFs do better than larger ones. I was thinking that hitting the transports was the mission and more TFs will give you more chances to hit it and possibly hit it multiple times. Drowning a Marine division at this point in the game would be big.


Yes, it would. The hope is he's going to Umboi and again trying it fast and fairly cheap (no BBs, which haven't been sighted in the area the past few days).

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Erik, i do think it's time to start building the second perimeter in SOPAC/CENTPAC. Garrison Manus and Kavieng heavily and build up the whole area from Biak to Truk, Ponape, Kusiae. Let him bleed himself and lose time against Rabaul, while u can build Hollandia area. Leave the Naval Guard units behind and start moving to a second line.
Imho, once Buna is in allied hands the whole sector becomes meaningless.

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Erik, i do think it's time to start building the second perimeter in SOPAC/CENTPAC. Garrison Manus and Kavieng heavily and build up the whole area from Biak to Truk, Ponape, Kusiae. Let him bleed himself and lose time against Rabaul, while u can build Hollandia area. Leave the Naval Guard units behind and start moving to a second line.
Imho, once Buna is in allied hands the whole sector becomes meaningless.

Looking forward for your operation


Exactly. Buna and Finschafen make my position untenable but until he reduces Rabaul, I am at least able to try to shift troops from those locations to the areas you're talking about.

Wewak, Aitape, Kaveing and Manus are pulling troops on their own with some small transport groups while Rabaul's 200+ transports do the major work of redistribution focusing now on Salamua and Lae. Two brigades were taken out of Salamua in the last few days and a battered garrison destined for Wewak was removed from Lae. I want 400+AV in all of the the New Guinea bases from Wewak to Hollandia under at least level 4 forts. Most forts are nearly there. Dagua hasn't been invested at all, which is a problem, so I have some work to do there. Emilys are slated to start flying in engineers and a Naval Guard next turn. Depending on how risky he decides to be, he could give me problems in this area. If I have two weeks of him staying in the Umboi, Cape Gloucester, Saidor area I think it can get solidified.

The Manus to Kaveing area is tough as there are so many dot bases he can move on unimpeded. It'll take a bit of time to get them running, but there isn't much I'll be able to do about it once his forward bases are in operation. I'll stock up Manus and put a small 15AV SNLF on the most targetable dots, but this is where I'll have to concede something. I'm more concerned with New Guinea.

If this op doesn't go well the whole area could be screwed though as then nothing will be protecting Rabaul from the sea. For that reason a lot of troops are also moving to the Marianas and Carolines.

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30 January 1944 - PART ONE
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Things did not go well.

Thanks guys for all of the help. There are certain things I could have done slightly differently, but what this comes down to really is a change in what is possible. I've behaved based on what I've known and been fairly successful in prosecuting a naval strategy throughout the game. Not anymore.

The TFs to Umboi went fine in the beginning, but one ran over a sub on the way. This was crucial, even though the sub hit nothing and the DDs put a few hits on it, that slowed the ships apparently enough that ships capable of 9 hexes a phase only made 7. So they didn't get a night action.

When daylight came they reacted to the nearby force of US destroyers at Finschafen. Seven DDs were engaged by 2 CA 2 CL and 5 DD. That seems like good odds for the IJN, right? With Tanaka as the commander? Yet they didn't cross the T, didn't get any advantage, and had 4 destroyers burning midway through while the US had only two even hit.

The hits were about even but even but more than half of the IJN shots hit one DD, the Pringle, which sunk. The score was IJN - 29 US - 33 + one TT hit.

Worse than the battle, which could have been survived by all but the Urakaze, was that the ships stayed in that hex for the rest of the day. They were at full speed, they were set to retire, and yet they sat just outside of my LR CAP and got annihilated. His DDs apparently reacted after this to Umboi, while my TF stayed put in enemy waters.

Needless to say it wasn't pretty after that. I'm amazed anything is still afloat. One CL and 4 DDs survived with fighting capability while the two CAs and one CL were crushed from the air.

The BB and DD TFs both retired back to Rabaul as set and didn't interact with any ships. There was no transept or amphib TF in the area. Apparently I read the tea leaves incorrectly or I was simply lured into a fight through deception. I don't know which. Either way, Jocke played this well.

Our air forces did hit the US DDs, sinking a few of them. Little solace.

I'm a bit sick. This doesn't feel right, somehow. I can accept defeat when I'm outplayed and when I screw up, but this seems different. I guess there are many things I have yet to learn. When I get out of the bargaining and depression phases and begin to accept what is going on, I'll be interested to hear what anyone thinks could have made this turn out differently. I still have 1-2 years to play, and I'd like a CA to be able to sink a DD. How do I make that happen, now, in 44?

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR January 30, 44
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ASW attack near Umboi Island at 101,124

Japanese Ships
DD Hayanami
CA Haguro
CA Myoko
CL Yahagi
CL Agano
DD Tanikaze
DD Urakaze
DD Shiranui

Allied Ships
SS Salmon, hits 3



SS Salmon launches 4 torpedoes at DD Hayanami
Salmon diving deep ....
DD Tanikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Urakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shiranui attacking submerged sub ....
DD Urakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shiranui fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Urakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Finschhafen at 100,126, Range 24,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Myoko, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA Haguro, Shell hits 5
CL Agano, Shell hits 2
CL Yahagi, Shell hits 1
DD Hayanami
DD Hamanami, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
DD Shiranui, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Urakaze, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Tanikaze, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Bush, Shell hits 2
DD Harrison, Shell hits 9, on fire
DD Hutchins, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Kidd
DD Kimberly
DD Murray, Shell hits 1
DD Pringle, Shell hits 16, and is sunk



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 24,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Pringle at 24,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Harrison at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Harrison at 18,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Pringle at 18,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kimberly at 18,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Kidd at 18,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Isokaze at 18,000 yards
DD Harrison engages DD Hamanami at 18,000 yards
DD Kidd engages DD Hayanami at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kimberly at 16,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Urakaze at 16,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Murray at 16,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Kidd at 16,000 yards
DD Hutchins engages DD Urakaze at 16,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Kidd at 16,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Bush at 16,000 yards
DD Bush engages DD Isokaze at 16,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Kimberly at 16,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Hayanami at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Pringle at 14,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Kidd at 14,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Hamanami at 14,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Pringle at 14,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Pringle at 14,000 yards
DD Hutchins engages DD Urakaze at 14,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Kimberly at 14,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hutchins at 14,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Hutchins at 14,000 yards
DD Harrison engages DD Hayanami at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Pringle at 12,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Murray at 12,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Bush at 12,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Bush at 12,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Harrison at 12,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Harrison at 12,000 yards
DD Bush engages DD Hamanami at 12,000 yards
DD Pringle engages DD Isokaze at 12,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Harrison at 12,000 yards
DD Harrison engages DD Hayanami at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Pringle at 8,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Harrison at 8,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Kimberly at 8,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Murray at 8,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Harrison at 8,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Bush at 8,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Bush at 8,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Isokaze at 8,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Pringle at 8,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Harrison at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Pringle engages DD Tanikaze at 10,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Bush at 10,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Kidd at 10,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Kimberly at 10,000 yards
DD Harrison engages DD Urakaze at 10,000 yards
DD Bush engages DD Urakaze at 10,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hutchins at 10,000 yards
DD Pringle engages DD Hamanami at 10,000 yards
DD Harrison engages DD Hayanami at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Pringle at 14,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Hamanami at 14,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Hutchins at 14,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Bush at 14,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Harrison at 14,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hutchins at 14,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Hamanami at 14,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Harrison at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD Pringle engages DD Isokaze at 18,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Murray at 18,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Pringle at 18,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Kidd at 18,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Hutchins at 18,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Urakaze at 18,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Bush at 18,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Harrison at 18,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Bush at 18,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Hutchins at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Bush at 21,000 yards
DD Kidd engages DD Shiranui at 21,000 yards
Range increases to 22,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Pringle at 22,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Bush at 22,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kimberly at 22,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Tanikaze at 22,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Harrison at 22,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Murray at 22,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kimberly at 22,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kidd at 22,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Murray at 22,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Harrison at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Murray at 18,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Urakaze at 18,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Kidd at 18,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Murray at 18,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Harrison at 18,000 yards
DD Kidd engages DD Urakaze at 18,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Harrison at 18,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hutchins at 18,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Kimberly at 18,000 yards
DD Bush engages DD Hayanami at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Kimberly at 14,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
CL Agano engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Harrison at 14,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Bush at 14,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Kimberly at 14,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Harrison at 14,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Hamanami at 14,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Bush at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Murray at 10,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Murray at 10,000 yards
DD Kidd engages DD Urakaze at 10,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Harrison at 10,000 yards
DD Urakaze engages DD Bush at 10,000 yards
DD Bush engages DD Shiranui at 10,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Kidd at 10,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Kimberly at 10,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Harrison at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Murray at 14,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Kidd at 14,000 yards
DD Isokaze engages DD Hutchins at 14,000 yards
DD Harrison engages DD Hayanami at 14,000 yards
DD Bush engages DD Urakaze at 14,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Bush at 14,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Isokaze at 14,000 yards
DD Murray engages DD Hamanami at 14,000 yards
DD Hutchins engages DD Hayanami at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 20,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Murray at 20,000 yards
CA Myoko engages DD Murray at 20,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Murray at 20,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Murray at 20,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Bush at 20,000 yards
DD Shiranui engages DD Harrison at 20,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Isokaze at 20,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Bush at 20,000 yards
Range increases to 24,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Murray at 24,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kimberly at 24,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Hutchins at 24,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Murray at 30,000 yards
CA Haguro engages DD Kimberly at 30,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Finschhafen at 100,126

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16
F4U-1A Corsair x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 101
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 96
SBD-5 Dauntless x 62
TBF-1 Avenger x 68

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Haguro, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Isokaze, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA Myoko, and is sunk
DD Shiranui, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk

CL Agano, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CL Yahagi
DD Hamanami, on fire

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The Haguro and the Agano will likely follow tomorrow as they are both in Indian country on fire.

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30 January 1944 - PART TWO
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The shock of the last turn is mellowing a bit. I can't take it too seriously. I just need to learn how to keep taking blood and machinery as the price for giving up land, slowly. This part of the game feels like learning to pay it all over again.

SUBS: The Rock (great sub name, unless it hits one! ) takes out an xAKL in the PI.

SOUTH PACIFIC: I've come to terms with things more now. Perhaps some of this is TF size, as several players warned. Still, this one was only 9 ships facing 7 ships. Ahhh. One day maybe I'll understand things a bitbetter.

I'm not sure i mentioned that our planes scored some hits on the DDs that moved to Umboi after the surface battle. Three look like they were sunk. So the air force did well at least.

WEST OZ: All troops have railed to Darwin to await HQ final decisions on whether this will be a suicide siege or whether these units will be pulled just as the Aussies arrive. I'll see what is coming ahead of the main body to decide that one.

BURMA: This was not a good day in Burma. Rangoon was hit by many waves of sweeps, all coming before the bombers, including 95 Spitfire VIII coordinated!!! Not good. We met them with 400+ fighters, and up to 150+ in the air at the start of some sweeps that only had 30-35 planes. I thought maybe the numbers could really make this hurt. It didn't. We got 1:2, good on another day, but not when defending the biggest most powerful airbase with the best fighters and pilots we have.

The story is that the bombers got through nearly untouched with the help of a P-40 escort, and Rangoon got beat up. Interestingly it is only sitting at 58 damage to the fields, and with 250+engineers in the base, I have a feeling it'll pop back up to allow CAP tomorrow. I'm putting all remaining fighters at 100% CAP, layered this time, to see what they can do. Oddly, most of their morale scores are still quite high.

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Sub attack near Zamboanga at 76,90

Japanese Ships
xAKL Miiko Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
PB Heimei Maru
PB Kongosan Maru
xAKL Matsutan Maru
xAKL Hidaka Maru
xAKL Kasui Maru
xAKL Yoshinogawa Maru
xAKL Tihuku Maru
xAKL Tainichi Maru
xAKL Taganoura Maru
xAKL Sasago Maru
xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21
xAKL Nagano Maru
xAKL Ganges Maru
PB Ogashima
PB Kiko Maru
PB Kembu Maru
PB Kakyu Maru

Allied Ships
SS Rock

SS Rock launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Miiko Maru
Rock diving deep ....

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 71
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 83
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 176
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 66
Ki-61-Id Tony x 12
Ki-84a Frank x 56

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 34

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 9 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 2 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 22 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
251 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 17 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 26 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
9th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (1 airborne, 10 on standby, 25 scrambling)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (2 airborne, 12 on standby, 25 scrambling)
17 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
20th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 21 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
24th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 16 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 24 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 34440.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
27th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 14 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 35200.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
48th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 19 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 35000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 22 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 20 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
54th Sentai Det A with Ki-61-Id Tony (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 32810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 22 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (3 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 28000.
Raid is overhead
78th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
87th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
204th Trng.Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 63
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 79
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 151
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 66
Ki-61-Id Tony x 12
Ki-84a Frank x 54

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 6 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 39,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 60
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 71
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 129
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 55
Ki-61-Id Tony x 12
Ki-84a Frank x 47

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 13 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 53
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 63
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 110
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 47
Ki-61-Id Tony x 12
Ki-84a Frank x 41

Allied aircraft
P-51A Mustang x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-51A Mustang: 5 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P-51A Mustang sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Umboi Island at 100,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25
A6M3a Zero x 27
B6N2 Jill x 8
D4Y2 Judy x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 3 damaged
D4Y2 Judy: 2 damaged
D4Y2 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Kidd, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Kimberly
DD Bush
DD Hutchins, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Harrison, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x D4Y2 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
5 x D4Y2 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y2 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hutchins

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Umboi Island at 100,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 9
B6N2 Jill x 15
J2M3 Jack x 15
P1Y1 Frances x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
B6N2 Jill: 8 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
P1Y1 Frances: 6 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Murray
DD Kimberly
DD Harrison, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
DD Bush

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
15 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 49
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 57
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 102
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 45
Ki-61-Id Tony x 12
Ki-84a Frank x 41

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 40

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

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

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 18
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 101
B-24J Liberator x 53
B-25C Mitchell x 57
B-25D1 Mitchell x 106
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 31

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
84 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 45
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 51
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 93
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 42
Ki-61-Id Tony x 11
Ki-84a Frank x 34

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 95

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 31000 feet
13 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 31000 feet
16 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 31000 feet
14 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 31000 feet
15 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 31000 feet
13 x Spitfire VIII sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 39
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 38
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 70
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 38
Ki-61-Id Tony x 10
Ki-84a Frank x 30

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 13
Liberator GR.III x 22
B-17F Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 20
B-24D1 Liberator x 43
B-24J Liberator x 86
P-40N5 Warhawk x 62

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 5 damaged
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 6 damaged
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed, 22 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 20 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed on ground

Ki-84a Frank: 9 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 12 destroyed on ground
J1N1-S Irving: 10 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-III Dinah: 3 destroyed on ground
E15K1 Norm: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
P-40N5 Warhawk: 4 destroyed

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

Airbase hits 33
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 90

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Liberator II bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 32000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 39000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
20th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
24th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 39000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
25th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 34440.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
27th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
54th Sentai Det A with Ki-61-Id Tony (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 4 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 29660.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
59th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
78th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 39000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (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 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
204th Trng.Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
16 planes vectored on to bombers
9th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 37000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
13th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 13 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 35200.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
48th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
50th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 36740.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
54th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 37400.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
47th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 34350.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 8

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 37
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 35
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 63
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 32
Ki-61-Id Tony x 10
Ki-84a Frank x 26

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 35
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 33
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 60
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 32
Ki-61-Id Tony x 8
Ki-84a Frank x 24

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 2 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 17


No Allied losses


Aircraft Attacking:
17 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 33000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 18 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 15


No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 33000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 33000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Umboi Island at 100,125

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25
D4Y2 Judy x 30
J2M3 Jack x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y2 Judy: 7 damaged
D4Y2 Judy: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Murray
DD Bush
DD Kidd, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x D4Y2 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
12 x D4Y2 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D4Y2 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 18

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x P-47D2 Thunderbolt sweeping at 33000 feet

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Quite a few planes lost on the ground, but this is not as bad as it could have been. On the bright side, the troops in the field have gotten a break from getting crushed under constant airstrikes. Their morale is improving and disablements are repairing.
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SUBS: Not unsurprisingly, US subs went hard for the remainder of the fighting force near Umboi Island. The Haguro took two fish courtesy of Searaven. The Seawolf puts one in Agano, and miraculously she still makes it to within one hex of Rabaul! She has 68 float damage, but no fires, so could make it. The Haguro is lost.

The KXVIII gets some attention from Es near Tavoy, taking five shots.

SOUTH PACIFIC: I kept a group of Jills on at 7 hexes to see if they could sneak under CAP. No go. All were shot down at Finschafen.

It's back to moving troops and keeping a mass of fighters at Rabaul. I have to think this would be a different story to what happened at Rangoon lately if he tried it out here. I have more fighters, much better AA, and higher forts (7). Still, I'd like to get the redistribution done soon so I can reduce the massive numbers at this base.

All four IJN MB groups will be set to night attack 1k as the moon gets brighter. The Bettys went today, and found good targets, but no luck.

In one seemingly good note (although he didn't seem to add much in his leadership capacity recently, Raizo Tanaka managed to switch his flag to Yahagi in the night and made it back to Rabaul safely.

BURMA: Another strike came in at Rangoon. All of our fighters were at 100% CAP and did fairly well with sweeps apart from the again coordinated Spits. They tore up the P-40 escorts, but then couldn't break through to the bombers. The A to A losses on the day are about even. This is it for Rangoon fields right now. The interesting thing is that now he has to think about keeping them shut. I can pop around and be annoying. Get troops in place. Solidify forts elsewhere, for a while at least.

Looks like the four units near Bassein may all be divisions, including the US 43rd!!! That is distressing. I do have enough around there, but he can choose where to go. Two more units are on the way over near Prome now. I've decided to shift another division back. The one holding the Chinese near Lashio is no longer needed as he moved that monster out to go toward Toungoo. Fine. now it's a race to see who gets stuff in place first. I'll probably take the last of the big brigades out of the large stack to move back near Rangoon as reserve as well. Three new big brigades coming in 9 days in the HI and racing down.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR January 1, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Finschhafen at 100,126, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Yahagi
DD Hayanami
DD Hamanami, Shell hits 2
DD Tanikaze

Allied Ships
DD Bush, Shell hits 1
DD Kimberly
DD Murray, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 39% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 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 Murray engages DD Hamanami at 11,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Bush at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Hamanami engages DD Murray at 9,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Bush at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CL Yahagi engages DD Kimberly at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Umboi Island at 100,125, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Yahagi
DD Hayanami
DD Hamanami
DD Tanikaze

Allied Ships
DD Bush
DD Kimberly
DD Murray, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 39% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 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 Yahagi engages DD Murray at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Murray at 9,000 yards
DD Hayanami engages DD Bush at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Finschhafen at 100,126, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Haguro, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Agano

Allied Ships
DD Hutchins, heavy damage

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 39% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat

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Submarine attack near Umboi Island at 100,125

Japanese Ships
CA Haguro, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

CA Haguro is sighted by SS Haddo
SS Haddo launches 4 torpedoes at CA Haguro

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Submarine attack near Umboi Island at 101,124

Japanese Ships
CA Haguro, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Searaven

CA Haguro is sighted by SS Searaven
SS Searaven launches 4 torpedoes at CA Haguro

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Submarine attack near Cape Gloucester at 102,124

Japanese Ships
CL Agano, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Seawolf

CL Agano is sighted by SS Seawolf
SS Seawolf launches 6 torpedoes at CL Agano

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Night Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 10 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
APA W.A. Holbrook
CL Helena
CL Honolulu

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

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ASW attack near Tavoy at 51,57

Japanese Ships
E Mikura
E Natsushima

Allied Ships
SS KXVIII, hits 5

SS KXVIII is located by E Mikura
E Natsushima fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 11 NM, estimated altitude 40,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 44
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 62
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 116
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 45
Ki-61-Id Tony x 10
Ki-84a Frank x 54

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 4 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 43rd Infantry Division, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 32
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 81

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
194 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 17 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
27 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 43rd Infantry Division ...
Also attacking 26th Indian Division ...

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 41
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 59
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 105
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 43
Ki-61-Id Tony x 9
Ki-84a Frank x 51

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 37

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 3 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 41
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 58
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 100
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 38
Ki-61-Id Tony x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 48

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 93

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 5 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 38
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 50
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 83
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 34
Ki-61-Id Tony x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 40



Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 10
Liberator B.III x 13
Liberator GR.III x 20
B-17F Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 22
B-24D1 Liberator x 40
B-24J Liberator x 98
P-40N5 Warhawk x 50


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 7 damaged
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 damaged
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 10 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 8 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed, 39 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 25 destroyed on ground
J1N1-S Irving: 2 destroyed on ground
E15K1 Norm: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-III Dinah: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
P-40N5 Warhawk: 10 destroyed


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

Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 38

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Liberator II bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 33
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 41
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 65
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 27
Ki-61-Id Tony x 6
Ki-84a Frank x 33

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

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

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Finschhafen at 100,126

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
B6N2 Jill x 8

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24
F4U-1 Corsair x 9
F4U-1A Corsair x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 40

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 4 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Reinforcements: Some new air groups. Nice. One lone DD.

ML G-211 arrives at Kobe
MTB G-13 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
SC Ch 49 arrives at Hakodate
SC CHa-75 arrives at Toyama
256 Ku S-1 arrives at Shanghai
321 Ku S-2 arrives at Chiba
501 Ku S-1 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
DD Kiyoshimo arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka


Losses: Haguro is a tough one. Still, the past tow days could have been worse. I learned some things here that will hopefully help me later.

CA Haguro

Ships Sunk: None.

Previous report of sinking of SS Herring incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
SS Crevalle is reported to have been sunk near Saishu To on Sep 24, 1943

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/10/2013 12:01:09 PM   
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1 - 2 February 1944
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SUBS: DD Makinami is nailed by the Swordfish near Lomblen. Sucks. Can't lose more good DDs. It's limping to the nearest port 1 base now, three hexes away, with 80 float damage.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Things have calmed a bit down here. The Agano made it into port and is on critical repair mode. It should be ready in about 8-10 days to leave up to Truk.

Umboi is pounded again. I may not add more troops here as I had planned. He's thinking of going hard I can tell, so not much I will be able to do. I'll use them to add at Manus and Kaveing. Troops are also moving up to Madang to walk over to Hansa Bay. Once that is complete, and the dot bases given a small garrison, all will be ready to go. Then it's all about NOrth New Guinea. Troops are coming into Aitape in a few days for that base and Dagua. Wewak is getting direct transports from Rabaul and pulling also from other passed by bases with it's own transports.

Long Island was taken by paras as it had flipped to Allied control. I just don't want it to be too easy. He already got a free base at Arawe.

NORTH PACIFIC: All is ready up here. It's a skeleton crew still manning these islands. Lots of subs though and a few search planes.

BURMA: Rangoon is nailed yet again. Most of my damaged planes are healed at Toungoo though, and flown out to Chang Mai and Bangkok. Ill leave a few in base to hide when I jump back in as I'm doing at Rangoon as well. Troops near Prome appear to be more strong combat units. I've decided to pull more from the big stack of 3900 AV North of Prome and send a division and another brigade back as reserve. The other stack near Toungoo got another brigade to go to 1850 AV.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR February 1, 44
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Night Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 9 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Columbia
CL Santa Fe

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAP Dilga
xAP Macedon

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

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS/C with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CA Portland

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

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Night Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Santa Fe

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Night Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 3 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Aulick
CL Santa Fe

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 36
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 100
B-24J Liberator x 58
B-25C Mitchell x 57
B-25D1 Mitchell x 104
F6F-3 Hellcat x 60
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 30

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
63 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 10
Liberator B.III x 10
Liberator GR.III x 9
Wellington Ic x 11
Wellington B.X x 15
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 19
B-24D1 Liberator x 39
B-24J Liberator x 61
P-40K Warhawk x 25
P-40N5 Warhawk x 49

Japanese aircraft losses
E15K1 Norm: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 34

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Long Island (100,124)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 271 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 11

Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 10

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 10 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Long Island !!!

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

Assaulting units:
1st Raiding Rgt /2

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR February 2, 44
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ASW attack near Ruteng at 65,110

Japanese Ships
DD Makinami, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Akishimo

Allied Ships
SS Swordfish

SS Swordfish launches 4 torpedoes at DD Makinami
Swordfish diving deep ....
DD Akishimo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Air attack on TF, near Gasmata at 103,127

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 8 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CA Portland
CA Boston

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

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Night Air attack on TF, near Finschhafen at 100,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied aircraft
F4U-2 Corsair x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 7 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
APA U.S. Grant
DD McCalla
DD Nicholson

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

CAP engaged:
VF(N)-75 with F4U-2 Corsair (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAK Adabelle Lykes
xAK Wallingford

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

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS/C with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 8

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 6 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
AK Pavo
xAP Silksworth

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS/C with P-70 Havoc (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on TF, near Finschhafen at 100,126

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 5

Allied aircraft
F4U-2 Corsair x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Helena

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

CAP engaged:
VF(N)-75 with F4U-2 Corsair (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Naval bombardment of Gasmata at 103,127

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 3 damaged
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1 Rex: 7 damaged
N1K1 Rex: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
CA Boston
CA Portland

Japanese ground losses:
57 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 7 (2 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 25
Port hits 6
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 2

CA Boston firing at Gasmata
CA Portland firing at Gasmata

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 36
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 107
B-24J Liberator x 58
B-25C Mitchell x 56
B-25D1 Mitchell x 101
F6F-3 Hellcat x 60
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 30


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
124 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 12
Blenheim VD x 12
Liberator II x 10
Liberator GR.III x 5
Wellington B.X x 12
B-17F Fortress x 5
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 14
B-24J Liberator x 48
B-25C Mitchell x 34
B-25D1 Mitchell x 11
B-26 Marauder x 12
B-26B Marauder x 12
P-40K Warhawk x 25
P-40N5 Warhawk x 50

Japanese aircraft losses
E15K1 Norm: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 31
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 97

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb
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Reinforcements: More Es please.

E Kurahashi arrives at Tokyo
931 Ku T-1 Det A arrives on Taiyo


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: None.

Previous report of sinking of SS Clyde incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
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Here is a map of So Pac currently. The Rabaul situation will be dire in a few weeks. I'll now send in transports to begin taking out AA and base forces as the rest of the infantry gets spread back to locations on New Guinea.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/10/2013 12:08:40 PM   
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Erik, don't waste too much assets in SOPAC now. Just enough to force him to proceed with full scale invasins everytime. Use this time to create another perimeter. It's a long way from PGN to Japan...

Now your priorities are the DEI and Burma. If the Burma front falls, then you're in big doo doo.


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/10/2013 12:58:35 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Erik, don't waste too much assets in SOPAC now. Just enough to force him to proceed with full scale invasins everytime. Use this time to create another perimeter. It's a long way from PGN to Japan...

Now your priorities are the DEI and Burma.

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ORIGINAL: GreyJoy
If the Burma front falls, then you're in big doo doo.

Mmmm, not so sure of this. It isn't "if", but 'when' in '44 that Burma will fall to the allies. My goal would be:"Can I hold Rangoon until May 15, 1944?" 4.5 months is a long time. Having said this, that means I am already prepping my initial defense of Thailand and the Malay penninsula lines.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/10/2013 3:01:59 PM   
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ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Erik, don't waste too much assets in SOPAC now. Just enough to force him to proceed with full scale invasins everytime. Use this time to create another perimeter. It's a long way from PGN to Japan...

Now your priorities are the DEI and Burma. If the Burma front falls, then you're in big doo doo.




Thanks GJ. I am using only the troops on the ground in New Guinea and from the Solomons to get that next line beefed up from Kaveing to Manus and one to the North new Guinea bases. All new troops, any PPs used and much supply is focused on Burma. The only assets I have here now are a few ships to try to discourage bombardments, the necessary planes, and the defensive AA engineers and base forces. In the next two weeks if all goes well I can start to evacuate Rabaul itself.

The part of defense in Burma I'm enjoying is that I can use the inside lines to move things back, while he has to move in an out and around to shift force. If I hold these next two weeks I think I could hold for a while, but of course that depends on what he's actually committing here. So far I count about 10000 AV of Allied troops!

He has wrecked Rangoon airfields, but now he has to think about where planes might pop up and trying to keep Rangoon closed while trying to also disrupt my troops by bombing.

In his recent mail he mentioned a 'new toy' that I wouldn't like much. When does he get the first B-29 groups? If I remember correctly production begins in April?

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/10/2013 3:18:40 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo


quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Erik, don't waste too much assets in SOPAC now. Just enough to force him to proceed with full scale invasins everytime. Use this time to create another perimeter. It's a long way from PGN to Japan...

Now your priorities are the DEI and Burma.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: GreyJoy
If the Burma front falls, then you're in big doo doo.

Mmmm, not so sure of this. It isn't "if", but 'when' in '44 that Burma will fall to the allies. My goal would be:"Can I hold Rangoon until May 15, 1944?" 4.5 months is a long time. Having said this, that means I am already prepping my initial defense of Thailand and the Malay penninsula lines.


The building is going forward in Thailand and Malaya. The combat troops are all in Burma, and I'm only able to start getting bases ready. In a month or two I can get new troops in back lines if I'm still holding. But to hold I need all I can spare on the front now. I'm even contemplating bringing the division at Sabang over to add in Rangoon itself and against the troops gathering near Bassein.

I've just pulled the division from Lashio and I'm sending back to the Taung Gyi area, while the one that was there is heading to the back to shift over to the Bassein/Rangoon defense, or maybe to the smaller stack near Toungoo if he commits more than 4000 AV there. I can get about 2300 AV into that spot, which should be tough to push supported by lots of arty, but he has the 4Es as well, and seems to be adding more and more troops.

My goal would be to hold this line for a few months in order to have time to bring in troops behind. Rangoon until 5/44 would be great. That was not my original projection, and it'll be tricky to make that happen. I thought I'd be giving up Prome, Bassein, Taung Gyi and Lashio already and onto my second line by now. I had projected the Rangoon line to be lost in March.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/11/2013 1:12:05 AM   
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If you can hold until May, monsoon kicks in.  He will have trouble advancing against you in any jungle hexes.  That lasts until Nov.  Once Monsoon ends, he will just run all over you though, so be ready for that.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/11/2013 1:33:36 AM   
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That would be great. I feel like everything is clinging by a thread now, so May seems a long way off. i'm also very wary of him swinging around and trying to land behind me. Everything is garrisoned. but I'd like a bit more no the Thai coast. Still, that would take CVs, and they were last seen in deep Cent Pac, so that's not likely soon, anyway.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/11/2013 2:50:53 AM   
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If you can hold until May, monsoon kicks in.  He will have trouble advancing against you in any jungle hexes.  That lasts until Nov.  Once Monsoon ends, he will just run all over you though, so be ready for that.

Hi all. Question to Pax. I dont see any movement reduction in jungle during monsoon. So i figure you must mean that something happens to the efficiency of allied airpower. Could you comment please. Sorry if i hijack the thread for one post.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 2/11/2013 3:05:29 AM   
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Supply movement is heavily curtailed.  So the overland supply movement from india will drop to the point that the allies will struggle just to keep forces supplied at rest.  Offensive op's are just not going to happen.

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Worse than the battle, which could have been survived by all but the Urakaze, was that the ships stayed in that hex for the rest of the day. They were at full speed, they were set to retire, and yet they sat just outside of my LR CAP and got annihilated. His DDs apparently reacted after this to Umboi, while my TF stayed put in enemy waters.


regarding post 1391. It looks as if you expended all 9 of your 18 full speed movement points at night and when you had a battle at the end of the move the battle used 9 full move points which caused your ships to get left in daylight allied air cover. Could you have had designated LRCAP to this TF?

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Supply movement is heavily curtailed.  So the overland supply movement from india will drop to the point that the allies will struggle just to keep forces supplied at rest.  Offensive op's are just not going to happen.

thanks Pax. Interesting...So if the allies want to take rangoon in 44 they need to be into the irrawaddy plain by February.

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Supply movement is heavily curtailed.  So the overland supply movement from india will drop to the point that the allies will struggle just to keep forces supplied at rest.  Offensive op's are just not going to happen.

thanks Pax. Interesting...So if the allies want to take rangoon in 44 they need to be into the irrawaddy plain by February.

Is the monsoon area the same as the malaria area as shown on the weather map?

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Worse than the battle, which could have been survived by all but the Urakaze, was that the ships stayed in that hex for the rest of the day. They were at full speed, they were set to retire, and yet they sat just outside of my LR CAP and got annihilated. His DDs apparently reacted after this to Umboi, while my TF stayed put in enemy waters.


regarding post 1391. It looks as if you expended all 9 of your 18 full speed movement points at night and when you had a battle at the end of the move the battle used 9 full move points which caused your ships to get left in daylight allied air cover. Could you have had designated LRCAP to this TF?


It was odd (in my experience, but of course I still consider myself a rookie around here) to use 9 movement points to go 7 hexes, then use another 9 to go one hex and fight the battle. I did have LR CAP for them (about 200 fighters) but at 7 hexes from Rabaul, not at 8 where they ended up after reacting and staying there. The only ones at 8 hexes were Oscars that got swept by Hellcats over Umboi Island, thus taking them out before the strike arrived.

I've never seen a TF use all of it's movement points on full speed in the battle and not even get back to the point they were first ordered. We learn as we go, I guess.

So a few poor choices on my part and some things I had just never experienced.

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Supply movement is heavily curtailed.  So the overland supply movement from india will drop to the point that the allies will struggle just to keep forces supplied at rest.  Offensive op's are just not going to happen.

thanks Pax. Interesting...So if the allies want to take rangoon in 44 they need to be into the irrawaddy plain by February.

Is the monsoon area the same as the malaria area as shown on the weather map?


I think the monsoon only affects supply movement in the Burma area, even though it obviously would have influenced other parts of the map in reality.

Thinking about it now, I'm not sure it will be a big factor in this game, as he is just bringing supply through Ramree Island. Not far to go down a yellow road from there to the troops.

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SUBS: A few minor skirmishes. There are about 15 subs now near the Northern tip of Sumatra and Malaya, into the area near the Andamans. Obviously he's not wanting reinforcements to come this way. I have about 150 2E ASW and search planes in the area though, so they might not be very effective subs here.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Still getting some good launches from night TT bombers, but no joy so far. Good intel on what is out there though, in spite of the pilots getting a chance to practice their breaststroke. They're all recently training, not uber-TT pilots that started on the IJN MBs. As he disperses forces I'll look for opportunities to put a lot these on day attacks combined with sweeps and DBs up high. One bad day of CAP and he could lose some very good ships. Worth a shot in a few days once my pools have gotten back to normal levels. Burma is killing them right now.

WEST OZ: No sign of the Aussies moving forward to Katherine yet. I'm in the dark as I had to withdraw all of the recon here. No biggie.

Transports successfully removed two base forces and an AA regiment which will move to Java. I'll get the big construction unit and a few big mortars out in a while. Odd he hasn't contested any of these movements. That's been very good for me. The Georges here will move back to Soerabaja to form a defense there.

BURMA: The Allies bombarded in both hexes with big stacks to either side of Toungoo. It doesn't go particularly well for them in either location, with more of their guns and equipment being lost to counter barrages. Great intel for me though. Looks lie he's really building up stack two, which is nearing 3200AV now. I'll be at about 2300 in the next two turns, and once those new units have built forts, again tough to move.

More and more units seem to be arriving at Ramree Island. He's got 60k troops there now! In addition to the new 20k marching to reinforce the 4 divisions near Bassein. Where do all of these troops come from?!? I'm getting emergency transports to Sumatra to bring a division over if it appears we're not going to hold the line to the South. I have two tank divisions, two infantry divisions and a brigade in addition to the 450 AV at Bassein and 350 AV at Prome. I may abandon Bassein if it looks like he's taking the whole pile that direction. I was hoping for a chance to wreck some good Allied troops in a shock over the river there, but it might go the other way if he brings enough and gets some good 4E work done beforehand. Now that Rangoon is shattered it's tough to support those troops.

If I do pull those troops back it'll give me much stronger lines in the forests between Rangoon and Prome. I feel Prome would then be the next target and would also have to be abandoned soon after. A map of current and future lines is below.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Nothing going on. I may push forward my desire to move good troops back from the Gilberts especially. Kusai and Ponape have good garrisons, so these troops would move back to Marcus and the Marianas, maybe even the Bonins, to get things shored up there.

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Night Air attack on TF, near Buna at 99,129

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 9 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Caldwell
DD Nicholson
CL Honolulu

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

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 13

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 10 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DMS Hamilton
DE Edward C. Daly
DMS Dorsey
AO Saranac

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

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS/C with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 18
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 105
B-24J Liberator x 66
B-25C Mitchell x 56
B-25D1 Mitchell x 88
P-40K Warhawk x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 30

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
117 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 9th Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 12
Wellington Ic x 12
Wellington B.X x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 56
B-26 Marauder x 12

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 105772 troops, 2103 guns, 1731 vehicles, Assault Value = 4153

Defending force 120927 troops, 1547 guns, 772 vehicles, Assault Value = 3960

Japanese ground losses:
132 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

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


Allied ground losses:
348 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Assaulting units:
18th British Division
5th Indian Division
2nd British Division
41st Infantry Division
7th Infantry Division
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
XV Corps Engineer Battalion
XXXIII Corps Engineer Battalion
6th Australian Division
27th Infantry Division
17th Indian Division
9th Australian Division
2nd Indian Heavy AA Regiment
16th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
12th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
6th Medium Regiment
23rd AA Bde
6th Mixed A/T Mtr Regiment
IV Corps RIASC Base Force
X' Force
IV Indian Corps
XXXIII Indian Corps
XV Indian Corps
14th Army
2/11th Field Regiment
15th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
20th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
2/13th Field Regiment
XV Corps RIASC Base Force

Defending units:
16th Division
2nd Guards Division
55th Division
33rd Division
38th Division
65th Brigade
21st Division
4th Division
2nd Division
1st Art.Mortar Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
21st AA Regiment
68th Field AA Battalion
28th Fld AA Gun Co
10th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Field AA Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Army
25th Army
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
34th Field AA Battalion
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
32nd Field AA Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
8th RF Gun Battalion
14th RF Gun (Pack) Battalion
5th RF Gun Battalion
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
39th Field AA Battalion
38th Field AA Battalion
10th RF Gun Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
70th Field AA Battalion
11th RF Gun Battalion

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Ground combat at 57,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 71356 troops, 1079 guns, 1488 vehicles, Assault Value = 3285

Defending force 54232 troops, 647 guns, 786 vehicles, Assault Value = 1869

Japanese ground losses:
195 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 10 disabled

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

Allied ground losses:
107 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 5 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Assaulting units:
50th Tank Brigade
16th Chindit Brigade
255th Armoured Brigade
Provisionl Tank Brigade
150th RAC Regiment
11th (East African) Division
23rd Chindit Brigade
26th Indian Brigade
254th Armoured Brigade
20th Indian Division
1st New Chinese/A Corps
29th British Brigade
22nd (East African) Brigade
268th Motorised Brigade
14th Chindit Brigade
1st New Chinese/C Corps
III Indian Corps
8th Belfast Heavy Regiment

Defending units:
32nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Division
31st Ind.Mixed Brigade
1st Tank Division
9th Division
33rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
40th Field AA Battalion
20th AA Regiment
8th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Hvy.Artillery Regiment
14th Mortar Battalion
2nd RF Gun Battalion
4th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd Medium Mortar Battalion
69th Field AA Battalion
9th RF Gun Battalion

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ASW attack near Tavoy at 52,58

Japanese Ships
E Natsushima
E Kamome

Allied Ships
SS O24, hits 2

SS O24 is located by E Natsushima
O24 diving deep ....
E Natsushima fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Natsushima attacking submerged sub ....
E Natsushima fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 36
B-17E Fortress x 14
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 101
B-24J Liberator x 50
B-25C Mitchell x 56
B-25D1 Mitchell x 101
P-40K Warhawk x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 59
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 32

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
110 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 9
Liberator B.III x 9
Liberator GR.III x 12
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 23
B-24J Liberator x 47

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
80 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Liberator II bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: Not sure what to do with the ML boats. Coastal defense in the HI, or should I bring a TF of them down with transports to island areas?

MTB G-545 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
ML G-212 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure

Aircraft J2M5 Jack advances R&D


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: Interesting.

Previous report of sinking of BB Maryland incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
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Here is the Burma defensive line map. The large white dots are major defensive points now, and the small white dots minor defensive points. The red circles indicate where I expect to have major defensive points in the future. I'll hold all lines now until I see where he wants to move the stack near Bassein and Prome. I hold all of the interior hex-sides at the major points, so I can easily move back if needed to various positions. He hasn't yet taken interest in the right flank near Taung Gyi, but maybe that's next. Moulmein is nearing level 5 forts, Pegu is nearing level 6, Bassein is at 5.6+ and all other bases are at level 6.

Actual force dispositions are not those that are shown by the units on the map, of course. Didn't have time to layer this on the current map yet.

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GARRISONS - Arrivals and Buyouts - The Next 4 Months
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Here are some thoughts about the coming months, what is in the pipeline, and where it might be sent> All ideas are tentative and of course determined by Allied moves.

Not listed are all of the forces shifting from So Pac to other areas, which are plentiful.

Shanghai:

8 brigades [R] > 2 to Sumatra, 3 to Thai coast, 3 to Java (352 x 8 = 2816 PP)

1 base force [R] > Sumatra (~50 PP)

Reinforcements

2 brigades [R] > Marianas (352 x 2 = 704 PP)

2 ind. engineers [R] > Bangkok (~50 x 2 = 100 PP)

Fusan:

6 regiments [R] > Kuriles (357 x 6 = 2142 PP)

(1 division - 14th - 80 exp) [R] > Ambon (reserve)? (1804 PP)

1 cavalry > DEI

1 engineer >DEI

Reinforcements

1 mobile brigade [R] > Kuriles (~400 PP)

1 expeditionary force > Kuriles

2 tank rgt [R] > Marianas (~70 PP x 2 = 140 PP)

1 engineer rgt [R} > DEI (~50PP)

2 regiments [R] > DEI (357 x 2 = 714 PP)

Tokyo/Nagasaki:

3 brigades > Rangoon

1 ind. engineer> Bangkok

1 road construction > Bonins

1 JAAF Coy > Bonins

Reinforcements

1 naval guard> Carolines

9 base forces > DEI 2nd line > Celebes, West New Guinea and Borneo

2 Special base force > 1 to Marianas, 1 to the PI

8 brigades > 1 to malaya, 1 to the Kuriles, 6 to Marianas

1 division > Marianas

8 mixed regiments > 5 to Carolines, 3 to Bonins

Sapporo:

Reinforcements

1 Amphibious brigade > Kuriles

1 division > Kuriles (reserve)

TOTAL PPs NEEDED:

Total needed - 7066 (+ 1804 for reserve division for Ambon)

At 1500/month this equals 4.7 months + 1 month for the reserve division - (At least 6 months, so by August, 44)



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SOUTH PACIFIC: Lots of Netty groups night striking, but again no hits. Lots of flak and some night fighters disturb the process. Getting to 100% moonlight now. Maybe one will get lucky soon.

More bombing of Umboi Island troops. The infantry from Buna are almost to Salamua. If they arrive and I can pick them up there that will be a pretty decent result from this march. The two garrisons from Milne Bay are still struggling on around Kokoda, while the support troops are a hex behind, clinging to the sides of the mountains and trying to haul their AA guns along through the jungles. Jocke is bombing them which slows them even further.

BURMA: At Toungoo I sent up a few fighter groups to see if he would bomb without sweeping as he did the past two days. I just can't catch a break. Sweeps of Corsairs and P-47s got about 6-7:1 and wiped out these fighters, with worse than usual pilot losses for being over my own troops. 18 KIA on the day.

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 16

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 12 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CA Portland
DD Caperton

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

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS/A with P-70 Havoc (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
15th FG/6th NFS/C with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
SC PC-596
AE Lassen
xAK Horace Luckenbach

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

CAP engaged:
15th FG/6th NFS/C with P-70 Havoc (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead
15th FG/6th NFS/A with P-70 Havoc (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead

Some CAP have air radar

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Night Air attack on TF, near Arawe at 102,126

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Danae
CL St. Louis

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

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Night Air attack on TF, near Arawe at 102,126

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 6 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis

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

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 24
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 21
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 22
Ki-61-Id Tony x 11

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 6 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
Corsair II: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Ominato Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (24 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
24 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Raid is overhead
1st Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 21 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
27th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (22 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
22 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
24th I.F.Chutai with Ki-61-Id Tony (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 24
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 15
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 22
Ki-61-Id Tony x 1

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 3 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 13
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 15
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 13
Ki-61-Id Tony x 1

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 6 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 3 destroyed
Ki-61-Id Tony: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 1st Tank Division, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 7 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on 33rd Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 57,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 12
Blenheim VD x 12
Wellington GR.VIII x 11
Wellington B.X x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 23


No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Blenheim IV bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 14
Liberator GR.III x 22
B-17F Fortress x 11
B-24D Liberator x 13
B-24D1 Liberator x 40
B-24J Liberator x 99
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 49


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged



Airbase hits 11
Runway hits 48

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Liberator II bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 30th Recon Regiment, at 100,125 (Umboi Island)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 36
B-17E Fortress x 15
B-24D Liberator x 8
B-24D1 Liberator x 81
B-24J Liberator x 26
B-25C Mitchell x 44
B-25D1 Mitchell x 84
F6F-3 Hellcat x 58
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 32


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
99 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 13



Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 10 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CA Portland
DD Hickox

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

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Night Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9



Allied aircraft
P-70 Havoc x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 8 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
AVP Valk
xAK Skagerak
xAK Iron King

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: Some of the late war fighters will actually allow me to use the full altitude range (according to our HR on 2nd best band for highest altitude) as they don't lose maneuver at higher bands. The Frank Ki-84r might be the first giving this option, which could really help against the kind of sweeps seen since the Corsair and P-47 came online. It should be ready in the autumn of 44.

LST T-105 arrives at Nagoya

Aircraft Ki-84r Frank advances R&D (5/45)


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: Interesting again.

Previous report of sinking of BB Arizona incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
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A busy scene in the morning as recon and CAP prepare to fly. Rabaul is a bit too packed currently, which I've already seen the results of at Rangoon. One day can change everything with 4Es. But there are 550+ fighters here, and I'm now keeping them on a tight lease unless there is a strike on.
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