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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 11:04:57 AM   
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Withdrawing air units from a closed field in face of overwhelming odds ?

I may have done that in the DEI a time or two. Same thing, but smaller scale.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 11:54:12 AM   
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Withdrawing air units from a closed field in face of overwhelming odds ?

I may have done that in the DEI a time or two. Same thing, but smaller scale.


Yes, the scale can be a bit magnified in 44!

I've seen similar in 42 in the DEI, but it is much smaller and therefore with fewer ramifications.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 1:02:45 PM   
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All you did was have your pilots get on an air transport to return the HI where they have to be reformed (after home leave) with new equipment.




Maybe you all see this as a minor point, but how does the air transport plane take off from a closed airfield?

Shipping should be the only way off the island once the airfield is closed.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 1:19:22 PM   
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All you did was have your pilots get on an air transport to return the HI where they have to be reformed (after home leave) with new equipment.




Maybe you all see this as a minor point, but how does the air transport plane take off from a closed airfield?

Shipping should be the only way off the island once the airfield is closed.


How do replacement aircraft come in to a closed airfield? It's part of the design.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 1:55:00 PM   
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All you did was have your pilots get on an air transport to return the HI where they have to be reformed (after home leave) with new equipment.




Maybe you all see this as a minor point, but how does the air transport plane take off from a closed airfield?

Shipping should be the only way off the island once the airfield is closed.


I would imagine it as a flying boat transport. In my specific case there were also ships in port, but not the kind that could collect the units in game. That doesn't mean at a pinch in a real-life scenario they wouldn't have gotten all of those crews out if that was seen as important.

This is really though about how we deal with the abstracts of the game. Bullwinkle's point is very important, not because it justifies what we've chosen to do but because he highlights the abstraction working in many facets of the game. I'm much more interested in this as an objective discussion. How are those Hellcat or SBD replacements meant to get across the Pacific if not by ship. But what ship? There is no ship taking them in game, just as there is no actual transport picking up pilots going back to pools. It is implied abstractly by the design.

So I completely agree something is fishy about planes withdrawing from a closed field, but because this is how many facets of the game work by design, it seems something that needs to be worked out by players, one way or another and in advance so there is no difficulty once it occurs in game. That's all.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 2:13:18 PM   
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This is really though about how we deal with the abstracts of the game. Bullwinkle's point is very important, not because it justifies what I've chosen but because he highlights the abstraction working in many facets of the game. I'm much more interested in this as an objective discussion. How are those Hellcat or SBD replacements meant to get across the Pacific if not by ship. But what ship? There is no ship taking them in game, just as there is no actual transport picking up pilots going back to pools. It is implied abstractly by the design.


Long, long ago in one thread or another a dev disclosed that the team tried to work in actual transport of replacement aircraft by ship. (Not sure about pilots.) It would slow op tempo by orders of magnitude. I believe it was dropped due to complexity and because it would massively torque other areas of game balance. Many players now have trouble getting generic "supply" where it's needed. Imagine, in the current UI, having to ship, by model, with weeks of lead time, every plane to be used in front line areas. Insanity ensues.

In the old days I used to rail about the submarine game's abstractions. That crews need no R&R before spinning out on yet another two-month patrol. That a single sub can't take out 2-3 ships in one attack as happened many times in RL. That targets not worth two fish are sometimes assigned four. But I stopped railing when I saw that, on balance, the thing . . . balances.

Same-o same-o here.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 3:12:18 PM   
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All you did was have your pilots get on an air transport to return the HI where they have to be reformed (after home leave) with new equipment.




Maybe you all see this as a minor point, but how does the air transport plane take off from a closed airfield?

Shipping should be the only way off the island once the airfield is closed.


How do replacement aircraft come in to a closed airfield? It's part of the design.



Replacements don't fly in even to functioning airfields. They arrive unready, which means they are shipped in by non AKV transports that are abstracted.

I appreciate the position that as long as abstracts balance it's better not to try and look under the carpet where the details have been swept to examine how its supposed to be working.

I just don't believe these abstracts are balancing.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 3:43:13 PM   
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All you did was have your pilots get on an air transport to return the HI where they have to be reformed (after home leave) with new equipment.




Maybe you all see this as a minor point, but how does the air transport plane take off from a closed airfield?

Shipping should be the only way off the island once the airfield is closed.


How do replacement aircraft come in to a closed airfield? It's part of the design.



Replacements don't fly in even to functioning airfields. They arrive unready, which means they are shipped in by non AKV transports that are abstracted.

Even at AFs with no port?

I appreciate the position that as long as abstracts balance it's better not to try and look under the carpet where the details have been swept to examine how its supposed to be working.

I just don't believe these abstracts are balancing.

Opinions differ. We agree to disagree here.



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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 6:34:59 PM   
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SUBS: A sub hits a good 18 knot AK near Hollandia that is bringing infantry here. It could have made it as fires were out after day one, but ...

SOUTH PACIFIC: ... Jocke sends in 8 Fletchers to Hollandia and decimates the transports landing troops there. Only one makes it out, but the escorts are relatively undamaged. Also, the good news is 75% of the troops land, and there is plenty of supply here to get replacements. I did have a CA led SAG a few hexes away that was coming in to protect but made it too late, and didn't react in. Such is the story lately. I'm just one step too late.

Since 44 hit not only has Jocke moved with purpose and taken some good risks, I have not played as tightly and meticulously as I'd like. Something about having all of my units splayed out over multiple bases and having to constantly retreat has gotten into my psyche. I have to fix this and soon, taking time to consider counter play and really trying to deceive in my movements more than ever. It all takes time, though. I can't rush turns at this stage.

On a good note, the Jack is turning into my Corsair killer. Well, not really, but it seems to hold it's own better than anything else. I got better than 1:2 against elite F4U-1 and 1A sweeps at Aitape on the 3rd, taking down about 12 Corsairs it seems for a loss of 19 J2M3. I'm moving these back to Hollandia where there is an HQ and 50 Tojos to support.

NORTH PACIFIC: I see ships gathering at Kodiak. I'm assuming a move would come up here soon. Looks like there is only something like LSTs and DDs for now, but more could be hiding in the shadows. All bases are ready for a last defense and staunch troops are slowly filling the Kuriles in anticipation of the tightening of the noose.

Naval assets will be minimal up here. I did a count recently and I have 84 DDs available now. I've lost 49, the Allies have lost 66 according to my reports. I have 10 CAs, having lost 8, and the Allies have lost 12 by my reports. I have no idea how many they would have now. I have all of the BBs still, which is somewhat comforting. None of any of this in is the North. I'll have to get a dedicated SAG ready to patrol at Paramushiro.

WEST OZ: Darwin is still getting support troops in it looks like. I saw a small TF go in, which shows a TK. Interesting. Could be a tanker getting the place ready for PTs?

BURMA: More interesting things. Jocke attacked near Lashio, getting a 1:2 but dishing out relatively equal casualties, which helps him. He did bring anti-tank guns. Smart man. My new unit will not be in time if this continues. I am transferring the Thai division that had built nice level two forts next door over into this contested hex. If it doesn't get crushed while moving that should help things hold for a few weeks until more IJA troops can arrive. I don't want the backdoor to collapse now, especially not being able to control which direction we retreat.

Also the 120k troops between Bassein and Prome are on the move. One part shows movement into Prome, where I have 750AV and level 6 forts. The other is pointed toward the hex across the river down the rail, where I have 1200 AV with arty and level 2 forts in +2 terrain. I have 3 divisions reserve and I'm committing the tanks but may hold the rest in Rangoon in case this is a feint and he turns around for Bassein, level 5.8+ with 450 AV, which would be my next move if I were the Allies.

Prome would be good for him too, taking away easy road access to my frontline, and forcing me to protect the jungle hex next to Prome. I might decide to pull back a layer with the big stack should this occur. We'll see. Level 6 forts are nothing to sneeze at, and I could get a lot into Prome by the time he goes over the river. I bombed these troops with 80+ Helens doing some damage on the 4th with no resistance.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Still loading up tanks. Takes forever. One more day hopefully for the last two TFs to make a move and brave sub-infested waters toward Truk.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 3, 44
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Sub attack near Hollandia at 93,115

Japanese Ships
AK Sakito Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
AMC Kongo Maru
AK Azuma Maru
AK Anyo Maru
AK Melbourne Maru
AK Sagami Maru
xAP Terukuni Maru
xAP Hie Maru
xAK Myoko Maru
E Kiji

Allied Ships
SS Skipjack

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

SS Skipjack launches 2 torpedoes at AK Sakito Maru
E Kiji fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Kiji attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Aitape , at 95,118

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 36

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
252 Ku S-1 with J2M3 Jack (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 19 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Aitape , at 95,118

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 19

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

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

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Morning Air attack on Aitape , at 95,118

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 12

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

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

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Morning Air attack on 6th Chinese Corps, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 49
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 54
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 27

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

Allied ground losses:
117 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 70th Infantry Brigade, at 89,124 (Merauke)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 18
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 61
B-24J Liberator x 55
B-25C Mitchell x 45
B-25D1 Mitchell x 94
B-25G Mitchell x 25
B-25H Mitchell x 3
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 4 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25G Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
87 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 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 2nd RTA Division, at 61,46 , near Lashio

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 9
Liberator GR.III x 6
B-17F Fortress x 7
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 26
B-24J Liberator x 63

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
67 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Merauke (89,124)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11894 troops, 142 guns, 204 vehicles, Assault Value = 537

Defending force 7765 troops, 44 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 267

Assaulting units:
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division

Defending units:
57th Infantry Regiment
70th Infantry Brigade
1st Engineer Co
5th Indpt SNLF Coy
52nd Construction Battalion
4th JAAF AF Coy

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 4, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Hollandia at 93,116, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
E Yugao, Shell hits 3
E Tomozuru, Shell hits 1
E Kiji, Shell hits 2
AK Sagami Maru, Shell hits 51, and is sunk
AK Sakito Maru, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
AK Brisbane Maru, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

AK Melbourne Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire
AK Arizona Maru, Shell hits 27, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Anyo Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
AK Azuma Maru, Shell hits 52, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMC Kongo Maru, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Myoko Maru, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Hie Maru, Shell hits 17, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Terukuni Maru, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk


Allied Ships
DD Charles Ausburne
DD Beale
DD Bell
DD Bennett
DD Jenkins
DD Nicholas
DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 2
DD Selfridge

Japanese ground losses:
683 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 77 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 51 (28 destroyed, 23 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (25 destroyed, 0 disabled)


Improved night sighting under 75% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 75% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 25,000 yards...

OUCH!

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Sub attack near Hollandia at 93,115

Japanese Ships
xAP Hie Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
E Kiji

Allied Ships
SS Skipjack

SS Skipjack launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Hie Maru
Skipjack diving deep ....
E Kiji fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Madang at 99,122

Japanese Ships
SS I-4, hits 13, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Nicholas
DD Bennett
DD Bell
DD Beale
DD Charles Ausburne
DD Selfridge
DD O'Bannon
DD Jenkins

SS I-4 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Nicholas
I-4 diving deep ....
DD Selfridge fails to find sub, continues to search...

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Morning Air attack on 2nd RTA Division, at 61,46 , near Lashio

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator GR.III x 19
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24D Liberator x 19
B-24D1 Liberator x 25
B-24J Liberator x 99

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
39 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Liberator II bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at 60,47 (near Mandalay)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22617 troops, 248 guns, 41 vehicles, Assault Value = 976

Defending force 10745 troops, 80 guns, 264 vehicles, Assault Value = 325

Allied adjusted assault: 451

Japanese adjusted defense: 904

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: leaders(+), supply(-) Could be key

Japanese ground losses:
916 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 93 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Vehicles lost 24 (2 destroyed, 22 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
727 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 90 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 49 (21 destroyed, 28 disabled) I wonder if these were anti-tank guns?
Vehicles lost 14 (4 destroyed, 10 disabled)


Assaulting units:
641st Towed Tank Destroyer Battalion
50th Indian Para Brigade
3rd New Chinese Corps

Defending units:
8th Tank Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
39th/A Division
2nd Army
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment

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Reinforcements:
MGB G-222 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
S-306 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
46th Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Taihoku


Losses:

Loss of SS I-4 on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of AK Sagami Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of AK Sakito Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of AK Brisbane Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of AK Anyo Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of AMC Kongo Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Myoko Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAP Hie Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAP Terukuni Maru on Mar 04, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk: None.

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Here is the current situation in Burma. Still tense. He holds the cards about where the action will fall.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 8:39:32 PM   
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I almost forgot to mention an important development. The Sam is now officially in R n D!!!

One factory of 30 is repaired and 3% toward one month advance has been achieved. Four more are getting close, the nearest with 4 more points to go. Not sure if I'll have any CVs to put these on in 9-10 months when they arrive, but it's worth a shot!

The Ki-83 has one factory with only 3 points left to fix as well, which is also exciting.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/8/2013 9:44:38 PM   
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A shot of the now abandoned So Pac area, with a lot of New Guinea as well. It's too bad I wasn't able to get more out of the Rabaul area. It's collapse was a bit sudden. Being the first time around this is all an experiment, and hopefully I can learn how to make a fighting withdrawal more effectively in the future.

As for the next steps, Northern New Guinea bases are garrisoned fairly well, other than Dagua. I had hoped to fly more in there, but now I'm a bit short of Flying boat transport, and there is no field. It has a naval guard and a base force Coy. Aitape and Wewak both have 400 AV behind level 4 forts. Hollandia has 220 AV and Vanimo is a bit light with only 50 AV. I can fly more in here though hopefully.

Currently I'm still trying to get a few more units out of places like Madang. Not sure if it's possible though.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/9/2013 2:06:08 AM   
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All you did was have your pilots get on an air transport to return the HI where they have to be reformed (after home leave) with new equipment.




Maybe you all see this as a minor point, but how does the air transport plane take off from a closed airfield?

Shipping should be the only way off the island once the airfield is closed.

Hans,

OK, to me, an airport closed means closed for "normal" operations. Doesn't mean abnormal operations aren't ocurring. C47 and equivalents (Tabby) are rough field, short field capable and everyone used them for evac purposes beginning in 1941 and kept on using them until ... well they are still flying aren't they? Just because you can't get a squadron of CAP up doesn't mean you can't get a couple of ac in and out every hour. Cactus AF operated that way for a couple of months in early autumn '42.

A lot of things are clearly abstracted in the game ... pilot and ac replacements being one example. Clearly, these get shuttled in and out all the time, but you don't have control of the transports doing this.

As others have already said: "we agree to not agree".

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/9/2013 2:07:00 AM   
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I almost forgot to mention an important development. The Sam is now officially in R n D!!!

CONGRATS!!!


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/9/2013 5:09:26 PM   
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SUBS: Another escort lost, this time the E Kamome to the Templar near Sabang.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Gasmata and Talsea fall. He's really getting into taking each base. I guess i he prepped for them he might as well.

Some 2E try to close the Madang airfield. I've been getting a bit out, but not anymore it looks like. Maybe one more day of lift here.

Feels like some shifting around is happening, but I have no idea where or how. I would bet a lot of fighters are getting over to OZ now and getting ready for Darwin to get enough support to hold them.

DEI: I see some ships arriving near Darwin. I'll try to sweep there and get a few Judys in to go for them from Bathurst. That base should get wiped soon by 4Es. Surprised it hasn't happened yet. I'm a bit concerned in general that I don't have enough support at any base and that it's be really difficult to fight off concentrated 4E strikes as well as uber-sweeps like I've seen. Anything in 8-11 hex range should be virtually undefendable, and only the KB could really stop a concerted attack.

BURMA: The troops near Lashio get pounded from the air. If this keeps up they will not hold. The Thai division is probably 5 days out. The 1/3 division more like 10-12 days away still.

Elsewhere it's become apparent what Jocke is up to now near Toungoo and Prome. He has moved all of the troops out of the hex near Prome that is defended by one of my bigger stacks. He's moved them out to the road hex near Magwe, so now they can quickly head into the hex with the larger stack. Interesting move. I think he'd have to get about 8k AV here to move me right away. Maybe 7k AV would do it over time, but he doesn't have time. I can get a few tank divisions over in a few days, and in 8-10 I'll have another 1-2 infantry divisions able to march in. Could get tense.

Troops between Prome and Bassein still show movement but I am now nearly convinced these are feints, and he will turn them around after I have shifted troops. I still have a reserve in Rangoon though to add in wherever he does decide to take this stack.

CENTRAL PACFIC: I've just gotten ships into Abemama and will now try to extricate the remnants of the Amphibious brigade there, pieces of which were lost after transports were hit here by US CVs. No sign of any US naval activity in the area yet.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 5, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Rabaul at 106,125, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-542, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
MTB G-543
MTB G-12, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Fletcher
DD Bache
DD Conway
DD Cony
DD DeHaven
DD McKee

Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 82% moonlight: 11,000 yards

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TF 373 encounters mine field at Rabaul (106,125)

Allied Ships
DD Fletcher, Mine hits 1

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Rabaul at 106,125, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
LB-142, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-143, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-144, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-145, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-146, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-147, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
LB-148, Shell hits 1, and is sunk


Allied Ships
DD Stanly
DD Strong

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ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,125

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-52, hits 4, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Strong

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ASW attack near Rabaul at 106,125

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-54, hits 6, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Cony
DD Conway
DD Bache
DD Fletcher
DD McKee
DD DeHaven

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Sub attack near Sabang at 45,70

Japanese Ships
E Kamome, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
E Kasasagi

Allied Ships
SS Templar

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

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 49
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 54
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 27



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 10 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 2 damaged


Allied ground losses:
299 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 22 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

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

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Morning Air attack on 70th Infantry Brigade, at 89,124 (Merauke)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 18
B-17E Fortress x 15
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 58
B-24J Liberator x 48
B-25D1 Mitchell x 96
B-25H Mitchell x 15
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 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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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 17
B-25G Mitchell x 6

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 19

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 29
B-25G Mitchell x 17


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 26

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Morning Air attack on 39th/A Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Light rain

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


Allied aircraft
Beaufort I x 20
Blenheim IV x 13
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator GR.III x 12
Wellington B.X x 13
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 21
B-24J Liberator x 86
B-25C Mitchell x 23
B-25D1 Mitchell x 13
B-26 Marauder x 25


Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort I: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
314 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 46 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 20 (1 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 8000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 25
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 87
TBF-1 Avenger x 55

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 13 damaged

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

Port hits 19
Port supply hits 2

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Ground combat at Gasmata (103,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3037 troops, 42 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Defending force 514 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 116

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

Allied assault odds: 16 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Gasmata !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
204 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Units retreated 2


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
102nd(Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
19th Field AA Machinecannon Company
69th JAAF AF Bn /1

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Ground combat at Talasea (103,125)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2843 troops, 42 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 116

Defending force 353 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Allied adjusted assault: 28

Japanese adjusted defense: 9

Allied assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Talasea !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker: op mode(-), leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
158th(Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
I/66th Naval Guard Unit


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 6, 44
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Morning Air attack on 52nd Construction Battalion, at 89,124 (Merauke)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

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


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 18
B-17E Fortress x 20
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 76
B-24J Liberator x 41
B-25D1 Mitchell x 94
B-25H Mitchell x 14
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 3 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
165 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 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 Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 18
B-25G Mitchell x 6

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 12

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 30
B-25G Mitchell x 21

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 26

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Morning Air attack on 3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment, at 61,46 , near Lashio

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 12
Liberator GR.III x 18
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 29
B-24J Liberator x 105

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

Japanese ground losses:
118 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Liberator II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements:

MTB G-551 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
Loss of MTB G-12 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
33rd Army arrives at Saigon
LST T-109 arrives at Hirosaki/Aomori
E No.4 arrives at Tokyo
10th Air Division arrives at Tokyo
6th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
7th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
43rd JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
66th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
74th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
140th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
141st JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
164th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
165th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
166th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
169th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
170th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
175th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
176th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
187th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
188th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
244th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo

Aircraft P1Y2 Frances advances R&D (6/44)
Aircraft Ki-43-IV Oscar advances R&D (3/45)


Losses:

Loss of E Kamome on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-142 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-143 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-144 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-145 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-146 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-147 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of LB-148 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SSX Ha-50 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SSX Ha-52 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SSX Ha-53 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SSX Ha-54 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MTB G-542 on Mar 05, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:
Previous report of sinking of SS Bonefish incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
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My tracker is acting a bit funny on the global report page lately, but this should at least show that we're still hanging in there economically. I think the fuel and oil conservation have had some effect, and levels are looking decent for now. Supply is good for the time being.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/10/2013 2:27:27 PM   
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7 - 8 March 1944
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SUBS: The Ro-34 hits a transport near N. OZ, sinking her in two attacks. About 3-5 air attacks on Allied subs are being claimed each turn. I'd say based on the experience of the crews that would mean almost one a day on average actually getting hit.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Some things are getting sloppy for the Allies, as he's not escorting or sweeping at Madang in front of the 2E bombing runs there. I'll fly some Tojo IIc into Manus, which has some damage so he likely won't expect this, and try to hit them.

DEI: After a successful sweep knocking down about 10-12 Kittyhawks at Darwin, another sweep comes over and finds nothing up. Great, I thought, the Judys will have a free run. Not so fast. In the afternoon 6 Kittyhawks made it up and completely scored around my escort of 17 (!) A6M2, with no contact at all, and hit the Jusdys, shooting down 8! What's up with that?

The next day Jills went in without even the false escort and found no CAP, hitting a clutch of xAKs in the hex and likely sinking a few. Must be a supply run, or possibly fuel. I'm sending a few small TFs in to see if they can finish the job.

BURMA: Jocke is indeed combining his two bigger stacks into a massive army, likely 6-7k AV, but possibly bigger. They should all be in the hex with my biggest stack of 2700 AV (and a ton of arty) in a day or so. The tanks might make an attack if he takes his time, but if he goes right away, they won't.

ALL Allied bombing in Burma has shifted to this hex, so there is no mystery now about the intent of recent moves. The bombing has been ineffective, but I'll move in 4 air groups to Toungoo to get a try for them tomorrow. Many sweeps precede the attacks, and he now has 40 plane Corsair groups, which is a very daunting prospect. He's losing quite a number of 4E and 2E here each day due to flak. Some outright, but a lot to ops from flak damage. When I say a lot that just means 5-6 but still that is a good number if it continues daily.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Bettys went for small ships at Baker, getting nailed by Hellcats.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 7, 44
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Sub attack near Gove at 83,127

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34, hits 7

Allied Ships
xAK Makua, Torpedo hits 1
SC PC-596

SS RO-34 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Makua
SC PC-596 attacking submerged sub ....

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Sub attack near Gove at 83,127

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34

Allied Ships
xAK Makua, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Makua is sighted by SS RO-34
SS RO-34 attacking on the surface

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ASW attack near Langsa at 47,72

Japanese Ships
E Kasasagi

Allied Ships
SS KXVI, hits 4

SS KXVI is located by E Kasasagi
E Kasasagi fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Kasasagi attacking submerged sub ....
E Kasasagi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 27

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk IV: 8 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.78 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IV (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
No.80 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IV (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 72 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes


Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 33


Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 14 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 39

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

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 30
B-25G Mitchell x 21


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 40

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Morning Air attack on 16th Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Beaufort I x 20
Blenheim IV x 13
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 12
Liberator GR.III x 15
Wellington GR.VIII x 12
Wellington B.X x 13
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 23
B-24J Liberator x 77
B-25C Mitchell x 23
B-25D1 Mitchell x 13
B-26 Marauder x 13


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged
Liberator II: 1 destroyed by flak
Liberator B.VI: 1 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 2 damaged
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
171 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6


Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Mortar Battalion, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 12
B-26B Marauder x 13


Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed by flak
B-26B Marauder: 2 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-26 Marauder bombing from 11000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 17
D4Y1 Judy x 7

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
No.78 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IV (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
No.80 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IV (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 8, 44
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Night Naval bombardment of Merauke at 89,124

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB New Jersey
BB Iowa
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana
DD Doyle
DD Carmick
DD Meade
DD Hobby
DD Gillespie
DD Farenholt
DD Monssen
DD Gwin

Japanese ground losses:
348 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 2 disabled


Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 17
Port hits 8

BB Prince of Wales firing at Merauke
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB New Jersey

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ASW attack near Merauke at 89,126

Japanese Ships
SS RO-37, hits 13

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB New Jersey
DD Farenholt
DD Doyle
DD Carmick
DD Meade
DD Hobby

SS RO-37 is sighted by escort

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Sub attack near Hengchun at 82,67

Japanese Ships
E No.2
E No.10

Allied Ships
SS Harder, hits 6

SS Harder launches 2 torpedoes at E No.2
Harder diving deep ....
E No.10 attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on 38th Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 9
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 12
Liberator GR.III x 11
B-17F Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 34
B-24J Liberator x 85


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.VI: 2 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 6 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

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

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

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

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Baker Island at 149,136

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-33 with F6F-3 Hellcat (17 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Age, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Skagerak, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Iron King, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Horace Luckenbach, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Chios, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Mormacmar, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Liloa

Aircraft Attacking:
27 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Skagerak

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Afternoon Air attack on 16th Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Beaufort I x 11
Blenheim IV x 13
Wellington Ic x 12
Wellington GR.VIII x 12
Wellington B.X x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 12
B-25D1 Mitchell x 13


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb


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Reinforcements: The Frank Ki-84r will likely show up around 11/44 I'm guessing. The Ki-84b still has 10 factories to repair for to start researching.

MGB G-223 arrives at Kobe
E No.18 arrives at Tokyo

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


Losses: None.

Ships Sunk: I did hear sinking sounds after the last phase so it's possible a few of the transports hit at Darwin went under as well.

xAK Makua is reported to have been sunk near Gove on Mar 07, 1944
Previous report of sinking of SS Pintado incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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The industry report looks okay right now. I am using too much fuel for shipping currently as the KB is out moving to a new port at Davao. I feel this is just enough out of sight and also close enough to hit both sides of the DEI and the Central Pacific. I've also sent a Fleet HQ here and the support ships will arrive soon.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/10/2013 11:03:49 PM   
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SUBS: So far the Super-E aren't seeming so super. I put together an ASW TF of three and sent them into an area filled with air search and Allied subs. Contact has been made each turn with no resulting attack, and now the Triton has sunk E no. 8! I'll keep up the pressure, but the US subs are just very good in 44.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Manus is invaded. Only one division comes in and faces five Naval Guard type units totaling just under 300 AV with 4 forts. Bombardments will probably ruin these though.

The set up Tojo strike jumping the bombing runs to Madang worked like a charm and downed 8-10 planes for one loss. Just got to be aggressive and make him pay if he isn't completely careful all of the time. Now these planes will hightail it out of Manus back to Aitape.

DEI: Jacks and Georges do well against Corsairs on the 9th, getting about 1:1 for the day for the first time ever, with 12 F4U-1A listed as lost. The next day was not as successful, with nearly an entire group of Jacks lost as Lightnings are also at Darwin now. Oh, well. A nice small dent in the Allied machine.

Disappointingly my naval units would not move to attack shipping at Darwin. Why? Not sure. I suspect it could have to do with air superiority, but they were set to get in and out at flank and only had 9 hexes to go, so it's a bit of a mystery. The main CA led TF went one hex the 9th, then another one hex on the 10th!
now it's all too late as an Allied surface TF is at Gove and the damaged ships are in Darwin port under heavy CAP.

BURMA: This is definitely not a stacking limits game. Over 220k Allied troops attacked today and achieved just a 1:2 (which I feel quite fortunate about ) against our 110k between Prome and Toungoo. I count 11 Allied divisions here!! That's a lot of power, and now it's a lot less, as his losses and disablements total between 1500-1700 AV or infantry, engineers and tanks. He was especially hit hard in engineers, I guess working against the forts built by our forces here. We lost a LOT of guns, too many. Most anti-tank units especially are gutted. It's good that the Tank divisions moving in have built-in anti-tank guns and that we have a lot of supply here.

This feels good for now. Another challenge met on a temporary basis at least. All other feints have been stopped near Prome and there are some 42 units moving from the Ramree road. Not sure what that is all about. I'll have to get better recon on those. He could be getting me over-committed to the big stack and then be planing to move around that again to the previous spot near Toungoo and the back-door area near Taung Gyi and Lashio. Two more months of this and it could be a bit easier when the Monsoon comes, especially since all of my units are on good roads. His are as well, but his main supply has to come down a small yellow track from Ramree, so that could be a squeeze during that time.

CENTRAL PACFIC: I've chosen now to evac the HQa on Roi Namur and the other good units nd leave a minimal combat presence. I can't hope to challenge Allied CVs here now so why have air support? Better off putting this in the Marianas.

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Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 19

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x N1K2-J George sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 24

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 15th Army, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 23
Ki-84a Frank x 67

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 7 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
Corsair II: 4 destroyed

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(23 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
Ominato Ku S-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 17 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
25th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (24 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
24 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead
64th Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 23 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
87th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (20 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
20 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 31000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on 15th Army, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 12
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 17
Ki-84a Frank x 50

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 9 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 7 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 15th Army, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 8
Ki-84a Frank x 37

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 5 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on 15th Army, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 16

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 5 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 9 destroyed


No Allied losses

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

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

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 49
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 17
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 28

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

Allied ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

Also attacking 5th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 26th Indian Division ...

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 18
B-25G Mitchell x 17

No Allied losses

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

Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 17
B-25G Mitchell x 9

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 70th Infantry Brigade, at 89,124 (Merauke)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 16
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 66
B-24J Liberator x 62
B-25D1 Mitchell x 94
B-25H Mitchell x 13

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 13
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 11
Liberator GR.III x 14
Wellington GR.VIII x 12
Wellington B.X x 12
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 15
B-24D1 Liberator x 33
B-24J Liberator x 92
B-25C Mitchell x 13
B-26B Marauder x 13

Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 1 damaged
Liberator II: 1 damaged
Liberator B.III: 2 damaged
Liberator B.VI: 2 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged
Wellington B.X: 1 destroyed by flak
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 7 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-26B Marauder: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
54 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 4th Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wellington Ic x 13
B-24J Liberator x 9
B-25C Mitchell x 10
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 23

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 5 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 8 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Wellington Ic bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Merauke (89,124)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11914 troops, 142 guns, 204 vehicles, Assault Value = 540

Defending force 7175 troops, 44 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 235

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 3

Allied adjusted assault: 432

Japanese adjusted defense: 149

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), disruption(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
392 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 47 disabled

Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
325 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 45 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division

Defending units:
57th Infantry Regiment
70th Infantry Brigade
5th Indpt SNLF Coy
52nd Construction Battalion
4th JAAF AF Coy

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Sub attack near Orchid Island at 87,68

Japanese Ships
E No.8, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
E No.10

Allied Ships
SS Triton

SS Triton launches 2 torpedoes at E No.8
E No.10 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Pre-Invasion action off Manus (101,119)

118 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Honolulu
CL Helena
DD Frazier
DD Caldwell
APA Barnett

Allied ground losses:
32 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

CL Honolulu firing at 47th Naval Guard Unit
CL Helena firing at Kure 6th SNLF
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Manus (101,119)

TF 312 troops unloading over beach at Manus, 101,119

Allied ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (0 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (0 destroyed, 9 disabled)


13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 44 lost in surf during unload of 37th Infantry Div

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Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 24

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 24
F4U-1A Corsair x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 10 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 51 NM, estimated altitude 26,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 8

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 21
F4U-1A Corsair x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 2 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes


Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 23


Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 9 damaged He's hitting balloons!

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 16

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

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 11
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 9

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 8 damaged

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

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 19

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

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 9

Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 18
B-25G Mitchell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 3 destroyed, 5 damaged
B-25G Mitchell: 2 destroyed


Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
203rd Sentai with Ki-44-IIc Tojo (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 30
B-25G Mitchell x 20
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 12

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

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 32

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 70th Infantry Brigade, at 89,124 (Merauke)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 16
B-17E Fortress x 19
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24J Liberator x 50
B-25D1 Mitchell x 93
B-25H Mitchell x 13

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Mitchell II bombing from 6000 feet *
Ground Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 13
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 3
Liberator B.VI x 3
Liberator GR.III x 10
Wellington Ic x 13
Wellington GR.VIII x 13
Wellington B.X x 12
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 32
B-24J Liberator x 76
B-25C Mitchell x 13
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 25
B-26B Marauder x 13

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 destroyed by flak
Wellington Ic: 4 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 7 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 5 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 5 damaged
B-26B Marauder: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
116 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Guards Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed by flak

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

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

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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6353 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 283

Defending force 11518 troops, 213 guns, 287 vehicles, Assault Value = 377

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



Assaulting units:
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
Kure 6th SNLF
47th Naval Guard Unit
78th Naval Guard Unit
91st Naval Guard Unit
60th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
37th Infantry Division


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Ground combat at 56,49 (near Toungoo)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 172800 troops, 3075 guns, 3105 vehicles, Assault Value = 6793

Defending force 89692 troops, 1290 guns, 708 vehicles, Assault Value = 2809

Allied adjusted assault: 3137

Japanese adjusted defense: 6889

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
4736 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 560 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 163 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 80 disabled
Guns lost 290 (67 destroyed, 223 disabled)
Vehicles lost 124 (14 destroyed, 110 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
10000 casualties reported
Squads: 84 destroyed, 1209 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 211 disabled
Engineers: 48 destroyed, 452 disabled
Guns lost 216 (21 destroyed, 195 disabled)
Vehicles lost 142 (7 destroyed, 135 disabled)



Assaulting units:
23rd Indian Division
255th Armoured Brigade
2nd British Division
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
26th Indian Brigade
29th British Brigade
9th Australian Division
41st Infantry Division
20th Indian Division

XV Corps Engineer Battalion
6th Australian Division
5th Indian Division

Provisionl Tank Brigade
1st New Chinese/A Corps
14th Chindit Brigade
7th Infantry Division
17th Indian Division

16th Chindit Brigade
18th British Division
254th Armoured Brigade
22nd (East African) Brigade
XXXIII Corps Engineer Battalion
27th Infantry Division
1st New Chinese/C Corps
2/13th Field Regiment
20th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
XV Indian Corps
2/11th Field Regiment
8th Medium Regiment
28th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
23rd AA Bde
IV Indian Corps
6th Mixed A/T Mtr Regiment
2nd Indian Heavy AA Regiment
12th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
III Indian Corps
16th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
30th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Indian Heavy AA Regiment
2/9th Field Regiment
X' Force
14th Army
XXXIII Indian Corps
6th Medium Regiment
IV Corps RIASC Base Force

Defending units:
2nd Guards Division
38th Division
55th Division
4th Division
16th Division
2nd Division
39th Field AA Battalion
21st AA Regiment
10th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
68th Field AA Battalion
51st Field AA Battalion
5th RF Gun Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
25th Army
8th RF Gun Battalion
38th Field AA Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
34th Field AA Battalion
32nd Field AA Battalion
10th RF Gun Battalion
15th Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Art.Mortar Regiment
70th Field AA Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th RF Gun (Pack) Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
28th Fld AA Gun Co
5th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
11th RF Gun Battalion
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Reinforcements:
E No.7 arrives at Tokyo
E No.9 arrives at Tokyo
MTB G-18 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
901 Ku T-3 arrives at Chiba
901 Ku T-4 arrives at Chiba
E No.20 arrives at Tokyo
MTB G-552 arrives at Kobe

Device Toko Rocket advances R&D (11/45)


Losses:
E No.20 arrives at Tokyo
MTB G-552 arrives at Kobe


Ships Sunk: none
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While I know these guns are not ideal, the 47mm anti-tank guns for the IJA have been holding their own in Burma. It helps that this is a static battle front where they've been able to dig in I think.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/12/2013 11:18:01 AM   
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SUBS: The RO-34 sighted a CL led TF heading toward Darwin. Too late for my surface units now unless I bring in the BBs.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Merauke falls. Now I really have to be on my toes in the DEI. A naval contingent also has to show themselves I think. Just a visual deterrent to easy moves.

Manus gets another US infantry division. Obviously he also thought one might take a while. Now this should fall within the week. I'm still getting some troops out of various locations, but it's a dribble now missing a few big patrol and transport groups. Seems he is still planning to get Rabaul and that area completely isolated, possibly even invading it. It's ripe for the picking, but I hope he brings a lot so it wipes out most of the weak units there. All I need is a bunch more stuck in the jungle on an island! At least destroyed I can buy them back and get something more going on the next line back.

NORTH PACIFIC: Still no moves up here. I'm beginning to think he may not make a move.

DEI: I had a good long turn assessing what still needs work down here. Virtually every base has some kind of garrison, but of course I have few counter-invasion troops right now, at least for another two months. The KB will have to be involved. BBs wil need to get messy. This is the place where I have to sue all I have to keep him back for as long as possible. It's fun but tense. I'm considering sending the 4 fast BBs to Darwin to bombard and tangle with the CL TF there.

In a futile attempt to hit the CLs a Jill group was annihilated along with it's George escorts at Darwin. I still don't have enough air power or support, but I guess that's to be expected. There are so many bases, and he can knock out individual ones easily.

WEST OZ: One units has moved into the Exmouth hex by land. I have no idea what. I have an SNLF with 6 forts here still. I'll need to get recon on the Perth area, so I might have to use this base for a few days to base some Judys.

BURMA: No more major events here in the last couple of days. I'm seeing a retreat of some units toward Prome and toward Magwe from the big stack near Toungoo. I've stopped further reinforcements, as it seems he won't go all-in here. I've got the two tank divisions with one fort built each to shore things up and that should be fine. He's still giving this a lot of attention from the air though.

In the meantime, Bassein has almost gotten to level 6 forts. Pegu did reach level 6 and Moulmein is now climbing toward that as well. Chang Mai just went to level 5. The bases around Pisanoluke are all approaching level 5, and the Burma/Thai shore is more secure with the addition of a division at Tavoy and a brigade at Mergui.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Tabiteuea is now getting some units flown out as the last remaining fortress in the Marshalls/Gilberts. Once this is complete I should have a good garrison at each of the North New Guinea bases. If I have another few weeks.

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ASW attack near Gove at 83,127

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34

Allied Ships
CL Nashville
CL Phoenix
DD Terry
DD Halford
DD Dyson
DD Dashiell

SS RO-34 is sighted by escort
DD Terry fails to find sub and abandons search
Escort abandons search for sub

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This is what swept over troops in advance of bombing near Toungoo today. I compiled all of the separate reports as none of these coordinated.
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Morning Air attack on 15th Army, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes


Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 18
Spitfire VIII x 16
Spitfire VIII x 16
Spitfire VIII x 16
Spitfire VIII x 16
P-38H Lightning x 25
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
F4U-1A Corsair x 36
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
Spitfire VIII x 16
P-38H Lightning x 19

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 13
Liberator II x 3
Liberator B.III x 3
Liberator B.VI x 12
Liberator GR.III x 3
Wellington B.X x 12
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 13
B-24D1 Liberator x 33
B-24J Liberator x 108
B-25C Mitchell x 10


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 3 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 17 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
76 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Blenheim IV bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 4th Division, at 56,49 , near Toungoo

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 8
Wellington Ic x 13
Wellington GR.VIII x 13
B-25C Mitchell x 12
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 26

Allied aircraft losses
Wellington Ic: 3 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 4 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Wellington GR.VIII bombing from 12000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Gove at 82,127

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Converse
CL Nashville
CL Phoenix
DD Conner

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 13
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 46
B-24J Liberator x 38
B-25C Mitchell x 17
B-25D1 Mitchell x 61
B-25G Mitchell x 14
B-25H Mitchell x 7
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 15


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 8
Runway hits 41

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Merauke (89,124)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11558 troops, 142 guns, 204 vehicles, Assault Value = 484

Defending force 6163 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 151

Allied adjusted assault: 362

Japanese adjusted defense: 77

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Merauke !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2240 casualties reported
Squads: 78 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 65 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 24 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 13 (11 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Units retreated 3

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

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division

Defending units:
70th Infantry Brigade
57th Infantry Regiment
52nd Construction Battalion
5th Indpt SNLF Coy
4th JAAF AF Coy

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52nd Construction Battalion Wiped Out at Merauke by attrition!!!

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4th JAAF AF Coy Wiped Out at Merauke by attrition!!!

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Sub attack near Calicut at 27,35

Japanese Ships
SS I-7, hits 4

Allied Ships
xAK Lulworth Hill, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
DE Decoy

SS I-7 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Lulworth Hill
I-7 diving deep ....
DE Decoy fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Decoy attacking submerged sub ....
DE Decoy fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Decoy fails to find sub, continues to search...
DE Decoy fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Pre-Invasion action off Manus (101,119)

122 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
CL Richmond
SC PC-781
SC PC-776
SC PC-581
APA Arthur Middleton


Allied ground losses:
37 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


CL St. Louis firing at 60th JNAF AF Unit
CL Richmond firing at 47th Naval Guard Unit
SC PC-781 fired at enemy troops
SC PC-776 fired at enemy troops
SC PC-581 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Manus (101,119)

TF 90 troops unloading over beach at Manus, 101,119


Allied ground losses:
956 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 128 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 112 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 56 (0 destroyed, 56 disabled)
Vehicles lost 92 (0 destroyed, 92 disabled)


13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 44 lost in surf during unload of 24th Infantry Div /4
13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 44 lost in surf during unload of 24th Infantry Div /7

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Morning Air attack on 78th Naval Guard Unit, at 101,119 (Manus)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 13
Mitchell II x 12
B-17E Fortress x 8
B-24D1 Liberator x 32
B-24J Liberator x 49
B-25C Mitchell x 34
B-25D1 Mitchell x 88
B-25G Mitchell x 3
B-25H Mitchell x 10
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 20


Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
84 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 24
N1K2-J George x 21

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 16 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
N1K2-J George: 10 destroyed
Not great to use these as escorts. On the day 12 good pilots lost for nothing.

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Nashville
CL Phoenix

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Ground combat at Manus (101,119) This won't hold long

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6260 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 277

Defending force 21313 troops, 430 guns, 634 vehicles, Assault Value = 719

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


Allied ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
78th Naval Guard Unit
47th Naval Guard Unit
Kure 6th SNLF
91st Naval Guard Unit
60th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
754th Tank Battalion
37th Infantry Division
24th Infantry Division

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Reinforcements:
MGB G-224 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
xAP Konron Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo


Losses: none

Ships Sunk:
xAK Lulworth Hill is reported to have been sunk near Calicut on Mar 12, 1944
Previous report of sinking of DD Preston incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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The US CVs have not shown themselves recently. It's interesting to speculate, but I'm thinking they could in fact be heading to SW OZ, to work from the Perth area and put pressure on the Timor to Java area as surface vessels supporting LSTs could move into the Southern DEI from Darwin now. I'll step up sub surveillance around there.
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It should be coming soon. I am scurrying to get industry and oil covered with some fighters protection, but obviously with only two night fighter groups, I can't do much in that area. As I understand it, they're pretty useless anyway. I have one at Bangkok and I'll put another at Soerabaja.

The map below shows distances from the current base for 4Es in Burma, Chittagong. He could easily use Ramree Island, but of course that' smote in range for a night strike of my own, or a daring bombardment.


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For the DEI Darwin will soon host a massive air force, I'm sad to say. Nothing I can do will stop this from happening, but maybe I can keep it suppressed at first by hitting ships moving supply and men into the area at least. From here Balikpapan and Soerabaja can be hit by B-29s, and Babo and Boela are toast from current 4Es once he decides to hit them. I've been getting oil out until they're both under 2k most of the time, so at least they've been profitable.

Ambon will also be under threat which is a major base.
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Truk is becoming compromised now with Manus about to fall. I have about 100 fighters here, and I've heard the AA is one of the toughest arrays the IJ field based on the fort, and I have other mobile AA units here as well. Still, I will phase out it's use as a major naval base and move those forces to the Marianas, Babeldaob and Davao.
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SUBS: The Triton, which a few days ago sank one of our new Es, hit the xAP Asama Maru between Luzon and Formosa. I never use this routs, as it's heavily patrolled and constricted. These ships were returning and I failed to set waypoints for them, so they chose the most direct route. There are two good things about this attack. One, the stricken ship has only 43 float damage (!!) and made it to Aparri to disband in port for a few weeks to repair. Two, this will possibly encourage subs to work this area which is lightly travelled, keeping them away from the more central sea routes and the coast of China. I have some ASW Es working the area and a lot of planes searching.

The Seadragon hits CA Nachi near North New Guinea as it moves in to protect a convoy landing at Sarmi. The damage is light enough [10-11(9)-10(10) able to do 25 knots] to continue here until the troops are unloaded, then move back to the HI for a repair. This will take away our only SAG in the area and nothing new will arrive until BBs are finished repairing in Yokohama.

The retreating Allied SAG near Darwin runs over not one but two IJN subs, sinking I-5 and damaging RO-110 with 65 float. At least it's out of the Darwin area now.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Manus has not yet been attacked, but with all of this bombardment it may fall immediately. Namatani is now almost devoid of IJ troops as the latest base transports have worked on. Kaveing is down to vehicles and guns as well, with part of one base force still unlifted. Ontong Java had a garrison unit which is now moving back to Kusai, then on.

NORTH PACIFIC: Nothing.

WEST OZ: I've chosen to begin taking units off of Bathurst Island. Not much will be accomplished there once 4Es hit the base. The Alied unit still sits silent at Exmouth, not even trying a bombardment there. Recon will show what is happening at Geraldton in the next few days, and Glen-equipped subs are working off Perth.

BURMA: The bombers have gone back to hitting the backdoor stack near Lashio. The Thai division is now here, giving us 550AV with two Arty units and an HQ. This should hold easily against the Chinese Corps, even with air bombardment. The new 1/3 division made it to the hex SW of Lashio to block that path.

Something looks interesting from recon at Chittagong. It is showing 3 fighters and 349 bombers (and 600+ auxiliary) in base. Hmmmm ... .

CENTRAL PACFIC: Troops are moving off of Roi Namur and Kweijalein, leaving a small defensive front there, just enough to require prep and bombardment.

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Night Naval bombardment of Manus at 101,119

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-56 Thalia: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana
DD Hammann
DD Sims
DD Gillespie
DD Farenholt
DD Buchanan
DD Aaron Ward
DD Monssen
DD Gwin

Japanese ground losses:
170 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 21
Port hits 10
Port supply hits 4

BB Prince of Wales firing at 32nd Nav Gsn Unit
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Alabama

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Sub attack near Hengchun at 84,68

Japanese Ships
xAP Asama Maru, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
SC Ch 52
LSD Nigitsu Maru
AK Kinka Maru
AK Sado Maru
xAP Ukishima Maru
xAP Koan Maru
DD Yukaze
DD Yakaze

Allied Ships
SS Triton

SS Triton launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Asama Maru
DD Yukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yakaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Hansa Bay at 97,121

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 6

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 12
F4U-1A Corsair x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 4 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on 91st Naval Guard Unit, at 101,119 (Manus)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes


Allied aircraft
Mitchell II x 12
B-17E Fortress x 13
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 32
B-24J Liberator x 41
B-25C Mitchell x 35
B-25D1 Mitchell x 85
B-25G Mitchell x 10
B-25H Mitchell x 10
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 15

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
94 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6119 troops, 75 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 263

Defending force 21393 troops, 430 guns, 634 vehicles, Assault Value = 733

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

Assaulting units:
47th Naval Guard Unit
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
78th Naval Guard Unit
Kure 6th SNLF
91st Naval Guard Unit
60th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
754th Tank Battalion
37th Infantry Division
24th Infantry Division

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Sub attack near Sarmi at 91,113

Japanese Ships
CA Nachi, Torpedo hits 1
CA Mikuma
CL Oyodo
DD Hatsushima
DD Hamakaze
DD Ariake
DD Yugure

Allied Ships
SS Seadragon, hits 3

SS Seadragon launches 4 torpedoes at CA Nachi
DD Ariake fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yugure attacking submerged sub ....
DD Yugure attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Gove at 83,127

Japanese Ships
SS I-5, hits 37, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Nashville
CL Phoenix
DD Burns
DD Terry
DD Halford
DD Dyson
DD Dashiell

SS I-5 is sighted by escort
DD Terry attacking submerged sub ....
DD Dyson attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-5 forced to surface!
DD Dyson firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Sub attack near Groote Eylandt at 82,131

Japanese Ships
SS RO-110, hits 7, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Nashville
CL Phoenix
DD Converse
DD Terry
DD Halford
DD Dyson
DD Dashiell

SS RO-110 launches 4 torpedoes at CL Nashville
DD Terry attacking submerged sub ....
DD Terry cannot reach attack position over SS RO-110
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on 47th Naval Guard Unit, at 101,119 (Manus)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 13
Mitchell II x 12
B-17E Fortress x 13
B-24D Liberator x 5
B-24D1 Liberator x 34
B-24J Liberator x 48
B-25C Mitchell x 34
B-25D1 Mitchell x 87
B-25G Mitchell x 15
B-25H Mitchell x 10
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24

Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
73 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 39th/A Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 24
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 24
B-24D1 Liberator x 42
B-24J Liberator x 167

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
319 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 46 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Liberator II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: This is an Allied sized replacement queue! Much needed. Will mostly go to the second tier of DEI defenses. These small units at Marcus and Iwo are already augmented by brigade sized forces. These are the last of the AOs to arrive, and merchant shipping will soon be scaling down dramatically. The first new APD arrives. The IJN will get a few more of these widely spaced over the next year. Very useful though.

27th Special Base Force arrives at Tokyo
134th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
148th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
149th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
180th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
32nd Army arrives at Naha
57th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
Minamitorishima Naval Guard Unit arrives at Marcus Island
Iwo-jima Naval Guard Unit arrives at Iwo-jima
TK Ebara Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Shinyu Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Yamazaga Maru arrives at Fukuoka
LST T-110 arrives at Nagoya
E No.6 arrives at Tokyo
E No.11 arrives at Tokyo
AO Hayasui arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
AO Kazahaya arrives at Fukuoka
APD T-1 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
SC CHa-78 arrives at Hakodate
K-405 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
K-406 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
541 Ku K-1 arrives at Matsuyama
S-407 Hikotai arrives at Kagoshima
S-804 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
T-3 Hikotai arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
27th Army arrives at Sapporo
58th Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo

Aircraft D4Y4 Judy advances R&D


Losses:

Loss of SS I-5 on Mar 14, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SSX Ha-55 on Mar 14, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

DD Bradford is reported to have been sunk near Milne Bay on Jan 11, 1944
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Allied recon has been extensive and thorough lately. Some examples:
Allied Aircraft sighted over Dagua
Allied Fighter Bomber sighted over Wewak
F-5A Lightning sighted over Hollandia


This worries me a bit, as I still need to get another 200 AV into Dagua, a dot base, to feel somewhat secure there. It has only an SNLF now. I have units slated, but air lift by flying boat is the only safe method at this point. Wewak has 411 AV. Hollandia has 250 AV and an HQa.

TF 475 shadowed by Allied Recon at 113,109 near Truk

Truk is a target now, and could be hit any day. I'm slowly moving ships out, some with troops on them. I'll leave an AKE and an AG, some ACM and AMc, and a few xAKL and PBs in the base for the long run, inviting attacks that could do more damage to the Allied bombers than they would to the shipping, if flak and fighters work as they should.

Allied Heavy Bomber sighted over Biak

Biak is a major air hub now and has an HQa Fleet. If hit by 4Es it will hold it's own, but I'd rather not have it closed as the Allied begin to advance on Northern and Southern coasts of New Guinea.

Allied Heavy Bomber sighted over Abemama
Allied Aircraft sighted over Tarawa


Still some interest in the Gilberts it seems. I have a George group here that is due to withdraw in two weeks. Resources spent on invasions here would be welcomed.

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Reinforcements: This is an Allied sized replacement queue! Much needed. Will mostly go to the second tier of DEI defenses. These small units at Marcus and Iwo are already augmented by brigade sized forces. These are the last of the AOs to arrive, and merchant shipping will soon be scaling down dramatically. The first new

27th Special Base Force arrives at Tokyo
134th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
148th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
149th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
180th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
32nd Army arrives at Naha
57th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
Minamitorishima Naval Guard Unit arrives at Marcus Island
Iwo-jima Naval Guard Unit arrives at Iwo-jima
TK Ebara Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Shinyu Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Yamazaga Maru arrives at Fukuoka
LST T-110 arrives at Nagoya
E No.6 arrives at Tokyo
E No.11 arrives at Tokyo
AO Hayasui arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
AO Kazahaya arrives at Fukuoka
APD T-1 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
SC CHa-78 arrives at Hakodate
K-405 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
K-406 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
541 Ku K-1 arrives at Matsuyama
S-407 Hikotai arrives at Kagoshima
S-804 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
T-3 Hikotai arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
27th Army arrives at Sapporo
58th Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo





One would think you haven't played the Allied side much if you think that represents an Allied reinforcement turn.

I have never seen a reinforcement any where near that large for the Allies on any given turn.

Allied reinforcements come in steadily almost every day, but they come in dribs and drabs.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

Reinforcements: This is an Allied sized replacement queue! Much needed. Will mostly go to the second tier of DEI defenses. These small units at Marcus and Iwo are already augmented by brigade sized forces. These are the last of the AOs to arrive, and merchant shipping will soon be scaling down dramatically. The first new

27th Special Base Force arrives at Tokyo
134th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
148th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
149th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
180th JAAF AF Bn arrives at Tokyo
32nd Army arrives at Naha
57th Field AA Battalion arrives at Tokyo
Minamitorishima Naval Guard Unit arrives at Marcus Island
Iwo-jima Naval Guard Unit arrives at Iwo-jima
TK Ebara Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Shinyu Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Yamazaga Maru arrives at Fukuoka
LST T-110 arrives at Nagoya
E No.6 arrives at Tokyo
E No.11 arrives at Tokyo
AO Hayasui arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
AO Kazahaya arrives at Fukuoka
APD T-1 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
SC CHa-78 arrives at Hakodate
K-405 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
K-406 Hikotai arrives at Nagoya
541 Ku K-1 arrives at Matsuyama
S-407 Hikotai arrives at Kagoshima
S-804 Hikotai arrives at Chiba
T-3 Hikotai arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
27th Army arrives at Sapporo
58th Construction Battalion arrives at Tokyo



One would think you haven't played the Allied side much if you think that represents an Allied reinforcement turn.

I have never seen a reinforcement any where near that large for the Allies on any given turn.

Allied reinforcements come in steadily almost every day, but they come in dribs and drabs.


One would be correct.

I haven't played the Allies in a PBEM, but did get into 43 against the AI when I started. I did remember some very big hauls on various dates and I know Jocke has complained of the overwhelming loads several times that begin in 43. No big deal either way, but it did spark my curiosity.

I went into one of my test games, and lo-and-behold, two days after the date of that game, on March 15, 1943, the Allies get what a player of the Japanese side could only dream of! (As it should be. My mouse hand is sore enough as it is).

The list I posted above is also over two days, and includes a few previously destroyed and bought back units. I'm definitely looking forward to an Allied campaign in the future.






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BURMA: The 3/15 turn is still painful to think about. I ran it full of anticipation, actually a bit of dread, since I'd sent multiple sweeps and 75+ 2E bombers to a deep Allied base at Chittagong. I was nearly positive my recon had been faulty, or it was a one-day lapse that would be filled in by 300 Allied fighters before my planes arrived.

Alas, it was even worse! Where is the sepuku emoticon when I need it?

My four sweeps came in perfectly before the bombers and hit ... air! Then bombers came through perfectly escorted and hit ... ground troops! I had set them wrong, and it was a day when the Allies either couldn't or didn't leave base for one reason or another. 300+ Alied 2E and 4E bombers were on the ground, and I mis-set my expert bomber pilots to hit the troops! Ok. I can't speak of it anymore.

This is a once in a year opportunity I squandered. I've been trying since Portland Roads was built to level 9 and loaded up to 800-900 planes in early 43. I never did get to it, or to Port Moresby, as they had CAP in abundance and plenty of obstacles for a naval bombardment in place. Now this.

With a heavy heart I moved the bombers back to Bangkok and prepared for the retaliation to come. Strangely, nothing happened. Just a normal bombing run against troops near Lashio. Jocke can at times be quite focused on a single objective, which works both for and against him. My troops are beginning to show signs of deterioration, but my airfields are still open, and recon again showed 3 fighters at Chittagong with 9/10 detection.

In light of this I've decided to go all-in once more. Call me crazy, but I think even if he gets some CAP in there, he might not put enough to stop a larger raid with more sweeps (hopefully) preceding it. I've prepped by sending a recon unit to Lashio so it shows an icon (as we're on the official patch, still giving Allies pre-turn recon of whether a base has planes or not) and I've sent one Helen group and Franks there. Five Helen groups go to Toungoo, which has an HQa and 200+ support, also showing an air-icon for the past few weeks due to repairing planes there. Oscars and a Tojo CAP go here as well. Naval bombers head out from the relative security of Rangoon, with 120+ added in to the strike escorted by A6M3a groups with 65 exp pilots. Two more Helen groups fly from here and three groups of Georges sweep. One more Helen group is flying from Chang Mai. This is the biggest raid I've tried in over a year. It's about time to use those 80+ exp pilots that bombed in China and have only been flying ASW since.

Also to deal with are new Allied troop movements near Rangoon as 120k troops are heading (apparently) for the hex next to Rangoon on the road to Prome. Plenty of time to get here, as that is a long bridge-less transit and I'll get 3+ divisions and arty with forts ready and waiting.

One benefit of my terrible settings mistake above is that the bombers then hit these Allied troops the next day, likely changing them into combat mode and slowing them.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Manus falls. Now it's a matter of whether the troops will stay on the island retreated, or are destroyed and able to be bought and rebuilt. I've gotten most troops into Sarmi now and the TFs are about to retreat there. Vanaimo and Dagua are the next in line for reinforcements.

DEI: A large SAG is sent from Singers to Soerabaja to prepare for bombardment runs to Darwin. That base now shows 150 fighters and 53 bombers. I'd like to take a few of those out. The Yamato class will be involved.

I had cruisers giving try here on the 16th but they didn't even hit the fields (?!).

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 15, 44
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Night Naval bombardment of Manus at 101,119

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana
DD Hammann
DD Sims
DD Gillespie
DD Farenholt
DD Buchanan
DD Aaron Ward
DD Monssen
DD Gwin

Japanese ground losses:
397 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 8
Port hits 4
Port supply hits 2

BB Prince of Wales firing at 91st Naval Guard Unit
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Alabama

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 30

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
30 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 31000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 27

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
27 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 31000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 33

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
33 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 49

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
49 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 19th Indian Division, at 55,41 (Chittagong)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 45
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 15
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 52


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 2 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied ground losses:
28 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

Also attacking 19th Indian Division ...
Also attacking 75th Indian Brigade ...

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Morning Air attack on 185th USAAF Base Force, at 55,41 (Chittagong)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27

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

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


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

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Morning Air attack on 78th Naval Guard Unit, at 101,119 (Manus)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 13
Mitchell II x 12
B-17E Fortress x 13
B-24D Liberator x 4
B-24D1 Liberator x 57
B-24J Liberator x 57
B-25C Mitchell x 34
B-25D1 Mitchell x 85
B-25G Mitchell x 18
B-25H Mitchell x 10
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24

Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged
Mitchell II: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
192 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21559 troops, 430 guns, 634 vehicles, Assault Value = 753

Defending force 6069 troops, 80 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 225

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 516

Japanese adjusted defense: 123

Allied assault odds: 4 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Manus !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-)
experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: leaders(+), fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1025 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 28 (14 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
24th Infantry Division

Defending units:
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
78th Naval Guard Unit
47th Naval Guard Unit
Kure 6th SNLF
91st Naval Guard Unit
60th JNAF AF Unit

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 16, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Furutaka
CL Noshiro
CL Naka
CL Jintsu
CL Kinu
CL Kiso
DD Kishinami
DD Maikaze
DD Amagiri
DD Akebono
DD Hakaze

Allied Ships
PT-450, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PT-451, Shell hits 2, and is sunk


Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway

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Night Naval bombardment of Darwin at 76,124

Japanese Ships
CA Furutaka
CL Kiso
CL Kinu
CL Jintsu
CL Naka
CL Noshiro

Allied ground losses:
17 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)

CA Furutaka firing at Americal Infantry Division
CL Kiso firing at 7th Australian Division

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

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 20

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

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

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Afternoon Air attack on 8th Tank Regiment, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 11
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 12
Liberator GR.III x 18
B-24D Liberator x 17
B-24D1 Liberator x 20
B-24J Liberator x 81

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
101 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Liberator II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21485 troops, 430 guns, 634 vehicles, Assault Value = 742

Defending force 5269 troops, 65 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 159

Allied adjusted assault: 364

Japanese adjusted defense: 33

Allied assault odds: 11 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1408 casualties reported
Squads: 72 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 21 (10 destroyed, 11 disabled)


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

Assaulting units:
37th Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
24th Infantry Division

Defending units:
47th Naval Guard Unit
78th Naval Guard Unit
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
Kure 6th SNLF
91st Naval Guard Unit
60th JNAF AF Unit

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32nd Nav Gsn Unit Wiped Out at Manus by attrition!!!


Japanese Unit(s) surrounded at Manus

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Reinforcements:
MTB G-553 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure
MGB G-225 arrives at Shimonoseki
541 Ku K-1 arrives at Takamatsu
30th Sentai arrives at Toungoo
7th Area Army arrives at Singapore
27th Tank Regiment arrives at Chiba
26th Tank Regiment arrives at Mutankiang
MTB G-19 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
30th Sentai arrives at Rangoon
Aoba-1 arrives at Tokyo

Aircraft Ki-61-II KAI Tony advances R&D (4/44)


Losses: none

Ships Sunk:
Previous report of sinking of SS Tally Ho incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
SS Batfish is reported to have been sunk near Wetar on Nov 25, 1943

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I wish there was a way for the group commander to over-ride my stupidity! Well, at least I know now that one Indian division and a brigade are here, and not in the Irrawaddy valley.
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Outstanding AAR. Great game, and very well presented.



Thanks for the kind words. It's been a fun ride, and is getting more tense and dynamic again as the Allies gain momentum.

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BURMA: The strike came through! In spite of a fairly strong CAP of 147 P-40 waves of Japanese planes were seen dropping their loads over Chittagong airfields. I set it correctly, took a chance, and in spite of some losses, feel this was definitely worth it. Over 250 Allied planes are reported destroyed in the air and on the ground, including a large number of transports. Over 100 C-47 were knocked out, but losses also included Dakota III, C-87 and C-46 airframes that I know are not as plentiful as the C-47. At least 45 P-40 were downed as well by numerous sweeps and even some of the escorting planes, which was nice.

Sweeps did well and Georges showed their quality against the P-40, and even Oscars did well in an escort role. All but one group went in escorted, and though he did break through to hit most of the bomber waves, all got to the fields and dropped ordnance. One odd thing is that no damaged planes are listed. Is this because the fields were so over-stacked? At least 20 4E were destroyed, probably repairing, while the others were away hitting my troops, the most I've destroyed in one day during the war. Since the fields had at least 40 damage after the turn, perhaps a fair number were damaged coming in from their raids as well.

We lost 155 planes, mostly Oscars (45) and Helens (42) but also a good number of IJN 2E bombers and their pilots. This could hurt a bit, but these are not the top quality pilots of the beginning, which are mostly in the KB now, but are pilots trained for TT only, all at about 55 exp by now.

This at least felt like I didn't completely waste this opportunity. I know it could have been better, but this was not too bad. Jocke didn't seem to upset, but he wasn't happy either. It's been a while since I could do something offensively, so I'll rest on this for a day or two as I crawl back in my shell of Rangoon and look for more opportunities.

SOUTH PACIFIC: This was a difficult turn in So Pac. I knew this base was vulnerable, but thought I had enough to ward off para-drops and snap invasions. Troops were literally moving to Biak to be flown in here when BBs wrecked the Guard unit here and four para units dropped on the 17th at Dagua. The base held for one day after Jocke sent units in without changing them to combat mode, then went under after massive air and sea bombardments and another shock attack.

A shift has occurred again. I may have to pull back one more step and hope to hold farther back for more than a week. Hollandia should be tougher, as should Vanaimo and Sarmi. Aitape and Wewak are strong now, but I don't think I'll be able to rely on the fact he might actually invade there. He most likely will not. One good thing is that this is a dot base, and thus will take an extra week to get going. I'll look for opportunities to use nearby BBs to inhibit things once it gets going toward a level 1.

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Night Naval bombardment of Dagua at 95,119

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BB Alabama
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana
DD Hammann
DD Sims
DD Gillespie
DD Farenholt
DD Buchanan
DD Aaron Ward
DD Monssen
DD Gwin

Japanese ground losses:
275 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

Port hits 14
Port supply hits 2

BB Prince of Wales firing at Dagua
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Alabama

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Night Naval bombardment of Dagua at 95,119

Allied Ships
CA Boston
CA Baltimore
CA Wichita
CA Portland
DD Hunt
DD Hickox
DD Lewis Hancock
DD Dortch
DD Caperton
DD Clarence Bronson
DD Boyd
DD Black

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

Port hits 4
Port supply hits 4

CA Boston firing at Maizuru 1st SNLF
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Baltimore

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 18

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 147

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 4 destroyed

CAP engaged:
33rd FG/58th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 12 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 28000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 27


Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 138

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 10 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 31000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 117 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 43 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 15
G3M3 Nell x 35
G4M2 Betty x 26

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 104


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 4 destroyed
G3M3 Nell: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak
G4M2 Betty: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed
C-47 Skytrain: 18 destroyed on ground
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 destroyed on ground
C-46A Commando: 3 destroyed on ground
Dakota III: 3 destroyed on ground
R4D-1 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
Liberator B.VI: 1 destroyed on ground
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
Liberator B.III: 1 destroyed on ground


Airbase hits 23
Runway hits 44

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

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 14
P1Y1 Frances x 28
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 49
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 37

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 88

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 8 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 8 destroyed
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 7 destroyed, 2 damaged


Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 4 destroyed
C-47 Skytrain: 13 destroyed on ground
C-46A Commando: 6 destroyed on ground
C-87 Liberator: 2 destroyed on ground
R4D-1 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
Dakota III: 2 destroyed on ground
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground


Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 23

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
20 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 117 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 81
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 49
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 73

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 43

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 6 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 3 destroyed, 3 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged


Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed
C-46A Commando: 17 destroyed on ground
C-47 Skytrain: 34 destroyed on ground
B-24J Liberator: 2 destroyed on ground
C-87 Liberator: 4 destroyed on ground
Hurricane FR.IIb: 2 destroyed on ground
Dakota III: 4 destroyed on ground
Liberator II: 1 destroyed on ground
R4D-1 Skytrain: 1 destroyed on ground
Liberator B.VI: 1 destroyed on ground


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

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 22

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

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 26

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 7 destroyed, 6 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed by flak


Allied aircraft losses
C-47 Skytrain: 2 destroyed on ground
Dakota III: 1 destroyed on ground


Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 30

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 31000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on 39th/A Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 24
B-17F Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 23
B-24D1 Liberator x 33
B-24J Liberator x 160

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
356 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 42 disabled

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

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Liberator II bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Manus (101,119)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 2244 troops, 33 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 73

Defending force 27296 troops, 489 guns, 660 vehicles, Assault Value = 781

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 1479

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-), morale(-), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1598 casualties reported
Squads: 95 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 44 destroyed, 26 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 26 (19 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Units destroyed 1



Allied ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
Kure 6th SNLF
91st Naval Guard Unit
60th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
37th Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
24th Infantry Division
3rd RAAF M/W Sqn
12th RAAF M/W Sqn
11th RAAF M/W Sqn
71st RAAF Wing
10th RAAF M/W Sqn
15th Marine Def Bn /1
9th RAN Base Force /1

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Ground combat at Dagua (95,119)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2131 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

Defending force 1405 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 49

Allied adjusted assault: 13

Japanese adjusted defense: 15

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
Attacker: op mode(-), shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
81 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
112 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
503rd Parachute Rgt /1
1st Australian Para Bn /1
1st Fiji Commando Bn /1
2nd Fiji Commando Bn /1

Defending units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF
12th JAAF AF Coy

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91st Naval Guard Unit Wiped Out at Manus by attrition!!!

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60th JNAF AF Unit Wiped Out at Manus by attrition!!!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 18, 44
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Morning Air attack on 5th Chinese Corps, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 37
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 48
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 26
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 23
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 49



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 20 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 destroyed by flak
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 6 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 6 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 destroyed by flak


Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
19 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 Maizuru 1st SNLF, at 95,119 (Dagua)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 18
Mitchell II x 15
B-17E Fortress x 15
B-24D Liberator x 3
B-24D1 Liberator x 78
B-24J Liberator x 104
B-25C Mitchell x 44
B-25D1 Mitchell x 118
B-25G Mitchell x 18
B-25H Mitchell x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 9
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 31


Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
338 casualties reported
Squads: 11 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 15 disabled
Too much! These troops had no chance after this.
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 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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Ground combat at Dagua (95,119)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 2080 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 113

Defending force 1304 troops, 16 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 39

Allied adjusted assault: 72

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 72 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Dagua !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), disruption(-), preparation(-)
fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
788 casualties reported
Squads: 27 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (8 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units retreated 3

Allied ground losses:
305 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 35 disabled

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

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Fiji Commando Battalion
1st Australian Para Battalion
503rd Parachute Regiment
2nd Fiji Commando Battalion
503rd Parachute Rgt /2

Defending units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Reinforcements: Bought back troops appearing in bulk now.

4th Raiding Regiment arrives at Tokyo
30th Recon Regiment arrives at Tokyo
52nd Naval Guard Unit arrives at Tokyo
MGB G-226 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
E No.5 arrives at Tokyo

Aircraft J2M5 Jack advances R&D


Losses: none

Ships Sunk: none

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Jocke's first use of paras is decisive and timely for the Allies. I'm not sure now what to do here on North New Guinea. I guess the appropriate method would be another pull-back from Wewak and Aitape. Somewhere I have to hold him for a few months at a time, and I need strongly garrisoned bases near each other to do that. Maybe Hollandia/Vanaimo and Sarmi can be a stumbling block for a while.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/15/2013 8:10:31 PM   
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Just as the post-script to the last turns, there is still damage on the base at Chittagong. There are still 300+ bombers listed in the airfield with only 85 fighters. There are about 300 auxiliaries now listed. I decided for the turn of the 20th to try another limited attack. I'm writing this here so it's on record. Just about to watch the replay and feeling tense.

This is when things get fun! Or turn out not to be.

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Interesting results, but nothing as major as the last strike at Chittagong.

SUBS: Subs have been quiet lately. I fear though that Jocke has either seen or guessed well about where the KB is hiding as three subs have been on station at Davao for a few weeks. On the other hand they're not hanging out at Babeldaob or Balikpapan, two other likely spots. I've sent in two ASW teams of new Es. I have Hiryu's Jills flying ASW as well as Jakes, so these subs might suffer soon.

RO-105 got 4 TT off at CL St. Louis before getting an ear-splitting DC attack thrown back. It then got more hits against another amphib TF coming into Dagua. This would have been a good turn to use the KB as the subs made the transports slow and have to sit in the open during daylight. I'll remember that for the next time he comes.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Things got very interesting here as I tried a behind the lines incursion. He hasn't closed bases behind him and most of the Solomons has good fields, are TT enabled still (!!) and can even support and repair some planes. I threw some Bettys in to attack at Finschafen as there was no CAP up and BBs listed in port! Guess what? Two 800kg bombs reported on Prince of Wales!!! That is almost surely a trip to the repair yards at Sydney, and 'heavy fires' were burning after the attack.

That is not all. A Frances group also attacked an amphib TF and put 2 TT into xAP Santa Barbara. No troops on board, which is too bad. This wil again probably make him have to deal with rear bases and spread out the CAP.

NORTH PACIFIC: He's on the move! Two TFs sighted, one with DDs and another with LSTs. Subs interact with them, but my Jakes were set to Naval and search at only 2-3 hexes away from Cold Bay, so nothing has gotten in there yet. I brought some Kates in closer too and readied a small SAG that departed Yokohama for Paramushiro on the 20th. One modern CL and three DD is all I can spare right now, but timed correctly, they could make a difference. Looks like next turn would be D-Day.

WEST OZ: Another unit moved into Exmouth, but no indications yet of any attacks. I have some bombardment TFs nearing Darwin, but I'm worried they're going to stall again and not get in there.

BURMA: After the first major attack Jocke has gotten wary, as he should. Helens hit Chittagong again, with only some 100+ P-40N5 on CAP. He still didn't commit anything good, possibly because the field was still a mess and it might affect the top class fighters' performance. Anyway, we hit the fields well, but only took out a handful of planes and a lot of fighters. At some cost however, as 12 Georges are lost as well as another 9 Oscars and 11 Helens.

The Allied stack moving toward Bassein is still showing the icon, so either he's spreading me out nicely or he's really going in. Hard to imagine he would without 4E support and they've never hit this base in the clear. Too close to Rangoon for daily raids I guess, and I am keeping fighters up with range to interdict there. Now he's had to take the 4E base back somewhere else also which gives time both for troops near Lashio and possibly at Bassein. Here is pretty good list of what's in that hex at least. Those Chinese units aren't going to like the tanks I have across that river if they keep going!

US 43rd Infantry Division
Also attacking 7th New Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 5th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 26th Indian Division ...
Also attacking 81st (West African) Division ...
Also attacking 14th Indian Division ...

CENTRAL PACFIC: Two more small Naval Guard units depart for rear areas.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 19, 44
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Morning Air attack on 5th Chinese Corps, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 37
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 48
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 26
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 23
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 49

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 20 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 destroyed by flak Nicks don't like flak much!
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 6 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 6 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

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

lso attacking 7th New Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 5th Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 26th Indian Division ...
Also attacking 81st (West African) Division ...
Also attacking 14th Indian Division ...

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR March 20, 44
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ASW attack near Aitape at 96,118

Japanese Ships
SS RO-105, hits 5

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
SC PC-581
APA President Adams
AKA Aquarius
AKA Almaack
AKA Virgo
AKA Fomalhaut
SC PC-781

SS RO-105 launches 4 torpedoes at CL St. Louis
SC PC-781 fails to find sub, continues to search...

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ASW attack near Aitape at 96,118

Japanese Ships
SS RO-105, hits 5

Allied Ships
LCI-62
LCI-22
LCT-330
LCT-322
LCT-166
LCT-143
LCT-137
LCT-132
SC-707

SS RO-105 is sighted by escort
RO-105 diving deep ....

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 29

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 110

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 4 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 31000 feet

CAP engaged:
33rd FG/58th FS with P-40N5 Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 25


Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 79

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 7 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 33

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 49

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 36,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 44

Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 25

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
36 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 31000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 37
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 24
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 46
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 45



Allied aircraft
P-40N5 Warhawk x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 2 destroyed
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 4 destroyed, 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
P-40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed on ground
Catalina I: 1 destroyed on ground
Hurricane FR.IIb: 1 destroyed on ground


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

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 33

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

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 18
Mitchell II x 16
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 3
B-24D1 Liberator x 73
B-24J Liberator x 89
B-25C Mitchell x 45
B-25D1 Mitchell x 117
B-25G Mitchell x 18
B-25H Mitchell x 14
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 29


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 5 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 109
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 254 This closed both fields and service at 100, but the base still has 200 engineers and 50k supply. It'll be open in 5-7 days again.

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Finschhafen , at 100,126

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 33
N1K2-J George x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 11 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 6 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires

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

Aircraft Attacking:
30 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 32

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 8 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 4 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
APA Wharton
xAP Santa Barbara, Torpedo hits 2
CL Helena
xAP Santa Maria
CL Honolulu
xAP Santa Paula

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


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Reinforcements:
SC Ch 53 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
LST T-111 arrives at Shimonoseki
MTB G-554 arrives at Shimonoseki


Losses: none

Ships Sunk:
Previous report of sinking of SS Drum incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
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The IJN 2E bombers show their worth, as range still has it's advantages.
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I thought the 800kg bombs were specially developed for the PH raid and were unavailable after that.

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