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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/27/2013 3:09:54 PM   
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15 - 16 April 1944
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SUBS: Trigger misses a convoy and gets 5 hits.

S/SW PAC: The US infantry regiment at Kaveing hit hard, dropping forts here to 2 and getting a 1:1 result. The base fell on the 16th effectively completing the isolation of Rabaul.

Also, up on New Guinea the US forces that walked into Aitape arrived and found 400+ AV of well supplied Japanese forces there to meet them. This is what I intended for all of North New Guinea, but was too slow to get it together at Sarmi. Still, these bases could hold him up as Sarmi will be slightly isolated until Hollandia and Vanaimo in particular are taken.

S DEI: Seeing shipping around Gove, I set some Jakes to bomb and Nicks to sweep the base.

BURMA: Jocke has since we shut down Akyab had all of his bombers at Calcutta. About 750+ fighters are also there, but around 120 of the best are still at Magwe, and these are the ones sweeping pre-bombing. I'm thinking of hitting this base, but it might be cost prohibitive, and I'm very low on pilots and airframes after the last few strikes. Might be more prudent to wait a bit.

The large stack that left the area NW of Toungoo has moved around onto the road to Prome, and now seems to be aiming for the hex between Prome and Bassein. I have about 10 days before it will then move into one of my areas of control. So troops are slowly marching back to this area. I'd like to force a river crossing, as there is a much better chance of his troops getting trashed in such a case, obviously. Risky though too, if we don't have adequate forces to give him a negative attack. He also will have the advantage bombing the Bassein or Prome troops in the clear. The ones in the jungle across seem solid and almost invulnerable to air strikes.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Intentions became clear in the Central Pacific. A giant BB led TF hit Wake with everything during the night. The Wake CD guns were about half disabled in this one strike. They got a few hits on BBs, but nothing that requires even a new paint job. The CV air strike hit more support troops, but the infantry is doing fine. The CD unit has DP guns, and even when it could possibly rest to recover guns after the BB bombardment it won't as it is now shooting (poorly due to high fatigue) at the air strikes. Well modeled for the DP guns but frustrating for getting the dedicated CD guns back on line!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 15, 44
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Night Naval bombardment of Wake Island at 136,98 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

52 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Queen Elizabeth
BB Valiant, Shell hits 1
BB Mississippi, Shell hits 1
BB Idaho
BB California
BB Nevada
BC Renown

Japanese ground losses:
86 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 17 (7 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 14
Port hits 7

BB Queen Elizabeth firing at Wake Island
BB Valiant firing at Wake Coastal Gun Battalion
Wake Coastal Gun Battalion firing at BB Valiant

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Morning Air attack on Shortlands , at 109,131

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 24
B-24D1 Liberator x 72
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 12


No Allied losses

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 55

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

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Morning Air attack on Buka , at 109,128

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 98


No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 60
Airbase supply hits 22
Runway hits 75

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Kavieng (106,122)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2882 troops, 42 guns, 46 vehicles, Assault Value = 113

Defending force 389 troops, 16 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 14

Allied adjusted assault: 44

Japanese adjusted defense: 31

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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


Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled

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


Assaulting units:
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
31st Tankette Co
25th Air Defense AA Regiment
38th JNAF AF Unit /1


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 16, 44
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ASW attack near Truk at 113,100

Japanese Ships
DMS W-11
AK Noto Maru
AK Yodogawa Maru
xAP Taizan Maru
xAK Tatukami Maru
xAK Kinugawa Maru
DD Namikaze
SC Ch 40

Allied Ships
SS Trigger, hits 5

SS Trigger is sighted by escort
DD Namikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
SC Ch 40 attacking submerged sub ....

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Morning Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 245
SBD-5 Dauntless x 52
TBF-1 Avenger x 137


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11205 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 395

Defending force 14451 troops, 118 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 463

Japanese ground losses:
38 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st Medium Regiment
148th Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
4th Brigade
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Maizuru 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
52nd JNAF AF Unit
58th JNAF AF Unit
44th Road Const Co
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Ground combat at Kavieng (106,122)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 2876 troops, 42 guns, 46 vehicles, Assault Value = 111

Defending force 381 troops, 16 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Allied adjusted assault: 48

Japanese adjusted defense: 5

Allied assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied forces CAPTURE Kavieng !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 13 (13 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 21 (21 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units retreated 3


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


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
24th (Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
31st Tankette Co
25th Air Defense AA Regiment
38th JNAF AF Unit /1

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Reinforcements: The 91st division is unrestricted, and I badly want to send it to W New Guinea to shore that area up. It is under the command of the 27th Army HQc and the 5th Army HQy. So it's intended for Hokkaido or the Kuriles. I think I'm leaning toward keeping it up here and maybe sending it to Shikuka as my area reserve.

MTB G-842 arrives at Shimizu
MGB G-233 arrives at Kobe
TK Asokawa Maru #2 arrives at Fukuoka
TK Enkei Maru arrives at Fukuoka
Kinugasa-1 arrives at Tokyo
91st Division arrives at Asahikawa
TK Dainan Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
Takao-2 arrives at Tokyo
1st Engineer Co arrives at Tokyo


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:
Previous report of sinking of SS O20 incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
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Wondering now if he really is going to come forth in the Aleutians and repossess US territory. A few remnants of the Northern defenses are still up here, waiting.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/28/2013 11:48:47 AM   
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17 - 18 April 1944
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SUBS: Aspro gets a good look at the KB today near Manila ,missing Ryujo with 4 TT. Crap. Well, at least we didn't lose he CVL and his CVs are accounted for in the Central Pacific. He could imagine I am moving the KB to the Singapore area, while in fact I'll be repairing and heading back to the Davao base soon.

S/SW PAC: The Allies keep bombarding at Aitape in spite of no resulting casualties. This is probably intended to suck supply, but there is a steady stream still able to flow from Hollandia, which is over 45k right now. Wewak on the other hand is untouched, but is moving into the red as it's path has been cut.

Two crippled subs that sought refuge in Rabaul are sunk by a B-25 raid.

S DEI: I'm beginning to wonder if he'll focus on this area at all. The several bombardments and show of air strength I've tried to put on down here has hopefully masked my complete vulnerability and lack of reserve troops. Keeping strong points like Ambon stocked with planes, even if they are training A6M2 groups, has hopefully given the impression that we're ready and waiting. In reality, I feel less than perfectly prepared.

BURMA: Prome gets pounded. I don't think based on this kind of a strike that I could successfully hold this base if he really went for it. The initial river crossing would be dicey, as if he brings a lot he could still be highly disrupted, get a negative modifier and lose a bunch of troops. If he doesn't bring as much he's guaranteed to lose a chunk of troops but might then bring in more behind that are fresh. I don't think he'll do this. If, however, he uses air strikes for a few weeks, gets disruption and fatigue up, then crosses with a ton of armor and good divisions, he could get a positive attack which would really trash a bunch of IJA units. I'll just have to keep checking out the situation and if it looks like he's prepping with a lot of these air strikes and the big stack has movement toward the base, I'll consider a pull-out to jungle territory.

The bombing of Prome signaled a lack of confidence in the effect of bombings on troops near Lashio that have been pounded continuously for weeks. The last minute arrival of the 39th/C saved this defense and likely closed the door for the time being up here, unless he commits more troops. My timing was very fotunate, and it's lucky he didn't decide to bomb and slow the reinforcement troops arrival.

Amazingly, I'm still holding the line I thought would last a month when I pulled back from the plains in 12/43, and although he's adjusting and sending a big stack around to attempt a break through, this feels like it's been a hugely positive delay to the Allied advance. If as Pax advocated I can hold Rangoon into the monsoon in Mid-May things should slow down over here a bit at that point. At least I think so.

Although supply dumps could get harder as he interdicts the area around Rangoon, I've been able to send in ships to Tavoy and Mergui mostly undetected. All fort building has stopped but I do have to support a lot of troops and CAP missions here.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Wake gets some more attention from CV air. I'm pretty happy with another long atoll assault right now. I'm going to get the KB fixed up and groups filled out. Fix up the BBs and reorganize the DDs once the 4/44 upgrades are finished and keep reinforcing the Western part of New Guinea if possible. I have two garrison units pulled from Salamua that can now fly in to bases there. A few new Guard units that can also fly in. Very important as many DDs and a CL led SAG are hanging around Sarmi in North New Guinea. I'll focus on the Sorong area first and then try to add more around Biak. No more leap-frogging!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 17, 44
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Morning Air attack on 64th Naval Guard Unit, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 243
SBD-5 Dauntless x 52
TBF-1 Avenger x 136

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
53 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
20 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 16th Division, at 55,50 (Prome)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 11
Liberator B.III x 13
Liberator B.VI x 3
Liberator GR.III x 21
Wellington GR.VIII x 13
Wellington B.X x 17
Wellington GR.XIII x 12
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 15
B-24D1 Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 163

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 2 damaged
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
503 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 55 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Tank Division, at 55,50 (Prome)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 9
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24J Liberator x 12
B-25C Mitchell x 51
B-25D1 Mitchell x 30
B-26 Marauder x 21
B-26B Marauder x 6

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

Japanese ground losses:
223 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 13 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Liberator B.VI bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11210 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 394

Defending force 14431 troops, 118 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 460

Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
148th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Medium Regiment
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF
4th Brigade
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
44th Road Const Co
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
52nd JNAF AF Unit
58th JNAF AF Unit
12th JAAF AF Coy

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 18, 44
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Sub attack near Busuanga at 77,79

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo
BB Kirishima
DD Oyashio
DD Akishimo
DD Oshio
DD Hatsukaze

Allied Ships
SS Aspro, hits 3

SS Aspro launches 4 torpedoes at CVL Ryujo
DD Oshio attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hatsukaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Oshio fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on 8th Recon Regiment, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 238
SBD-5 Dauntless x 52
TBF-1 Avenger x 135


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
166 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled

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

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 8
B-25D1 Mitchell x 107
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 4
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
SS RO-102, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
SS I-168, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk


Port hits 7
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11206 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 395

Defending force 14435 troops, 118 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 460

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


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

Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st Medium Regiment
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Maizuru 1st SNLF
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
4th Brigade
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
58th JNAF AF Unit
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
52nd JNAF AF Unit
44th Road Const Co
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Reinforcements:

118th AA Regiment arrives at Tokyo
78th Naval Guard Unit arrives at Tokyo
MGB G-234 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure


Losses:

Loss of SS RO-102 on Apr 18, 1944 is admitted
SS I-168


Ships Sunk:

SS O16 is reported to have been sunk near Phuket on Feb 19, 1944
Previous report of sinking of SS Dragonet incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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The red line is the MLR now, and the white represents the next fall-back line. After that becomes untenable, the white circles represent fall-back points where troops will gather and I'll asses the ability to hold here while trying to prevent a flanking move through the jungles. The monsoon should help keep the Allies from making use of any routes that are not along roads. The Taung Gyi area retreat point is perfectly situated across a river with +3 territory. Rangon and Pegu will likely be good stalling points as troops are sent back to Moulmein and the area toward Chang Mai to set up a new line.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/30/2013 1:58:38 PM   
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Watch out, I've never been able to hold Prome.  If it falls too fast, you might not have time to move the northern units out.  I'd get your next line behind Prome in place now if you can building forts.  The jungle hex behind Prome is far more defensible.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 3/30/2013 4:05:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PaxMondo

Watch out, I've never been able to hold Prome.  If it falls too fast, you might not have time to move the northern units out.  I'd get your next line behind Prome in place now if you can building forts.  The jungle hex behind Prome is far more defensible.


My plan is to let him take the time to get in place, as I slowly pull units from the frontline hexes, and then see what indications I have of his movement. He'll most likely get between Prome and Bassein and try to show movement to both, plus the hex across the river.

Currently I am pulling units back from the hexes North of Prome through that base and into the area surrounding Rangoon. I know he'll be wary of shocking into a base with 6 forts, even if it is in the clear. The problem is if I lose Prome, this could turn into a 'who's stack is bigger' fight one hex to each side of that base in the jungle. He'll want to bring everything through the Prome hex to get over the water and then has only two options of where to hit. The two marked with orange on the map. I could get 2k AV with arty, AA and HQs into both easily. Do I risk trashing my divisions in Prome or pull back early and forego the chance to ruin some of his? Chicken, anyone?

The other vulnerable area will be to the NE of Toungoo. Nothing is in that hex now, and I could probably only afford 1k AV in Toungoo and 500-700 AV in that spot, with little in reserve. Still, it'll take a while for him to maneuver around if he wants to go for that area, and to walk across country, then try to sustain attacks off road in the monsoon. The Prome vector looks more promising for him.

Maybe he'll go for Bassein, though. He is walking all of the way around when if he did want Prome he could have gone across the yellow road already. It's getting interesting, anyway.

Another new item was recently discovered, as I sent recon to Myitkyina to check it out, and there are 23 units there! I can't remember the exact numbers now but it seemed like support troops. I'll keep the recon flying and hopefully get more of a look. Is that earmarked for a strategic bombing base toward China, perhaps? Kunming's industry will be the first to go if that's the case, as he'll be able to sweep from there.






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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/3/2013 8:55:27 PM   
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Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I'm traveling in the States right now, Boston and NYC. Very fun, but I wish spring would begin soon!

SUBS: The Allied subs are infesting waters in a wide area all around Truk, Babeldaob and the coast of New Guinea, but they're not hitting much lately in spite of quite a few contacts. I'm hoping this is due to the saturation of ASW air flights. The escorts doing an equally poor job of hitting the subs, though.

S/SW PAC: Jocke has been focusing bombers on Biak and continuing to bombard at Aitape, with little effect. I'm going to try to sneak some units by sea into Sorong, but it's dicey, as he's shown a willingness to hit forward bases with streaking DD flotillas.

In fact, on the 20th Jocke sent in 8 DDs, likely his Arleigh Burke TF, to hit Truk!! That was bold. He sinks one DD and CM Tokina, one of the last remaining big CMs in the IJN fleet. In turn he clears a mine with DD Healy, and the Jenkins looks in rough shape. I didn't hear the sinking sounds, so it's possible both will make it back. I've now moved some Judys in to make sure if he leaves ships hanging there is something to hit them. There was a lot of shipping about a day away, and all of it should arrive untouched to drop supply and get fuel to the base.

Rabaul is still getting a lot of attention trying to keep the fields closed.

S DEI: Some activity around Gove again. Units are on alert.

BURMA: A bit more quiet over here right now. Not sure what is in store.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Air strikes continue to hit the troops, but do a good job only on the CD unit and support troops. The infantry units are high moral, no disruption and have lost few men. Still 118 AV with level 6 forts and decent supply.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 19, 44
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Sub attack near Guam at 103,93

Japanese Ships
xAP Hakozaki Maru
SC Ch 48
SC Ch 24
AMC Bankok Maru
xAK Turuga Maru
xAK Taketoyo Maru
E Nuwashima
E Shirakami
E W-24

Allied Ships
SS Plaice

SS Plaice launches 4 torpedoes at xAP Hakozaki Maru
Plaice diving deep ....
E Nuwashima fails to find sub and abandons search
E Shirakami attacking submerged sub ....
E W-24 fails to find sub and abandons search

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Morning Air attack on Biak , at 87,110

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 83


No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 32
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 139

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

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 236
SBD-5 Dauntless x 50
TBF-1 Avenger x 134


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
23 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 10 (2 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Island , at 136,98

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 34

No Allied losses

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

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Island , at 136,98

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 34

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Island , at 136,98

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 34

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Island , at 136,98

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-5 Dauntless x 34

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Sub attack near Sansapor at 84,106

Japanese Ships
PC Sumire
SC Ch 29
SC Ch 27
SC Ch 21
xAK Imizu Maru
xAK Iburi Maru
xAK Heito Maru
SC Ch 35

Allied Ships
SS Skipjack

SS Skipjack launches 2 torpedoes at PC Sumire
PC Sumire fails to find sub and abandons search
SC Ch 35 attacking submerged sub ....

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11194 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 394

Defending force 14480 troops, 124 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 461



Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Medium Regiment
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
4th Brigade
Maizuru 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
52nd JNAF AF Unit
58th JNAF AF Unit
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
44th Road Const Co
12th JAAF AF Coy

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 20, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Truk at 112,108, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CM Tokiwa, Shell hits 27, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Hamanami, Shell hits 6, on fire
DD Numakaze, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Abbot, Shell hits 1
DD Bennett
DD Charrette
DD Franks
DD Healy
DD Jenkins, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD William Porter, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Porterfield

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 7% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 7% moonlight: 3,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Truk at 112,108, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMc Wa 13, Shell hits 7, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Abbot
DD Bennett
DD Charrette
DD William Porter, on fire

Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...

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Morning Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 37
TBF-1 Avenger x 20


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 2
B-25D1 Mitchell x 107
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 20


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

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

Port hits 15
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 64th Naval Guard Unit, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 203
SBD-5 Dauntless x 50
TBF-1 Avenger x 113


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
146 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 18 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (2 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11186 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 394

Defending force 14489 troops, 124 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 462

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TF 376 encounters mine field at Truk (112,108)

Allied Ships
DD Healy, Mine hits 1

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Reinforcements:

70th Infantry Brigade arrives at Tokyo

Aircraft A6M5c Zero advances R&D


Losses:

Loss of CM Tokiwa on Apr 20, 1944 is admitted
Loss of DD Numakaze on Apr 20, 1944 is admitted
Loss of AMc Wa 13 on Apr 20, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SS I-168 on Apr 18, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

LST T-115 arrives at Nagoya
MTB G-843 arrives at Nagoya
I.34-1 arrives at Tokyo
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company arrives at Tokyo
Kure 6th SNLF arrives at Tokyo

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/8/2013 10:29:07 PM   
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I think you're right : he'll move the stack between Bassein and Prome and from there he'll simulate attack moving towards all directions at same time (that are four, not three : Prome, Bassein, and the two forest hexes. only one of these will be true of course!) Which ?? . Bassein to me is the less probable , is the less important strategically cause after the conquer you have to cross another river to go in hex with bad terrain. Prome is the second less probable cause, as you said, he already had the possibility to attack and he didn't and after that tou have other forest hexes.... If I'ld be Jocke, I'll cross towards the forest SE direction Pegu. I would try to attack the less possible in hex with defence bonus, so after that forest hex you have access tothe valley, clear hexes!! and more you can go for Pegu without any obstacle!!
Pegu is the door of Burma, once is closed all your army remains inside...
I think that he could conquer both Prome or Bassein without many problems, he could bomb you from the air raising disruption to levels that make your defence very weak, you've already seen it in the plains. he isn't doing it cause he's going to the jugular: Pegu!!
In my opinion you should reinforce those forest hexes behind the river and leave Prome and Bassein, but not very quick, just leave him believe that you'll stand there for some more turns...

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/11/2013 5:41:19 PM   
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ORIGINAL: MrBlizzard

I think you're right : he'll move the stack between Bassein and Prome and from there he'll simulate attack moving towards all directions at same time (that are four, not three : Prome, Bassein, and the two forest hexes. only one of these will be true of course!) Which ?? . Bassein to me is the less probable , is the less important strategically cause after the conquer you have to cross another river to go in hex with bad terrain. Prome is the second less probable cause, as you said, he already had the possibility to attack and he didn't and after that tou have other forest hexes.... If I'ld be Jocke, I'll cross towards the forest SE direction Pegu. I would try to attack the less possible in hex with defence bonus, so after that forest hex you have access tothe valley, clear hexes!! and more you can go for Pegu without any obstacle!!
Pegu is the door of Burma, once is closed all your army remains inside...
I think that he could conquer both Prome or Bassein without many problems, he could bomb you from the air raising disruption to levels that make your defence very weak, you've already seen it in the plains. he isn't doing it cause he's going to the jugular: Pegu!!
In my opinion you should reinforce those forest hexes behind the river and leave Prome and Bassein, but not very quick, just leave him believe that you'll stand there for some more turns...


His difficulty will be getting a positive result in crossing to the jungle hexes. If he doesn't, then I can move a bunch of stuff there and sit on it, with no option for him but to move back and go around, which takes a lot of time.

I'll be posting a bit more soon, maybe later tonight. So far behind now!

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/11/2013 5:56:41 PM   
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At last, a chance to do a report. A short one, but it'll get things rolling again.

SUBS: The DD Hamanami makes Sorong and will hang there after a near miss from a US sub. It has 70 system and some major float damage, so this could be it's final resting place if discovered.

S/SW PAC: More bombings of Biak. This could be the next destination for Allied interests. Also more bombing at Rabaul. He's really serious about not letting this get going again. It won't matter for a while until the air groups get back in Tokyo and rebuild, as I have no spares to place here even if there fields are left intact.

S DEI: More shipping around Gove. Looks to be moving toward Darwin.

BURMA: Bombing of Prome and also some Georges tangle with P-47s, getting crushed.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Wake gets more from the CV planes, but no sign of the invasion yet.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 21, 44
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Sub attack near Truk at 111,104

Japanese Ships
DD Hamanami

Allied Ships
SS Seawolf

SS Seawolf launches 2 torpedoes

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Morning Air attack on 53rd Infantry Brigade, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

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


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 62
B-24J Liberator x 104
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 15


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
109 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 2nd RTA Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 19
Wellington GR.VIII x 13
Wellington B.X x 25
Wellington GR.XIII x 12
B-17F Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 18
B-24D1 Liberator x 30
B-24J Liberator x 143
B-25C Mitchell x 54


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
289 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


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

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 3
B-25D1 Mitchell x 105
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

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

Port hits 23
Port supply hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 197
SBD-5 Dauntless x 49
TBF-1 Avenger x 112


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
109 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11206 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 395

Defending force 14553 troops, 124 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 466

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



Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st Medium Regiment
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
148th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
4th Brigade
Maizuru 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
58th JNAF AF Unit
44th Road Const Co
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
52nd JNAF AF Unit
12th JAAF AF Coy

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 22, 44
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Morning Air attack on Prome , at 55,50

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 47 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 11

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 4 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

CAP engaged:
Zuikaku-1 with N1K1-J George (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 55,50 (Prome)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 15
Wellington GR.VIII x 12
Wellington B.X x 25
Wellington GR.XIII x 9
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 22
B-24D1 Liberator x 30
B-24J Liberator x 155


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 5 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
258 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 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 79 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 104
P-40K Warhawk x 22


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

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


Port hits 11
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 2nd Division, at 55,50 (Prome)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 4
B-24J Liberator x 8
B-25C Mitchell x 60
B-25D1 Mitchell x 24
B-26 Marauder x 12
B-26B Marauder x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 damaged
B-26B Marauder: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 191
SBD-5 Dauntless x 49
TBF-1 Avenger x 110


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
104 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 53rd Infantry Brigade, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 35
B-24J Liberator x 38
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 11


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
73 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11206 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 395

Defending force 14614 troops, 126 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 468

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


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


Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st Medium Regiment
148th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Maizuru 1st SNLF
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
4th Brigade
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
58th JNAF AF Unit
44th Road Const Co
52nd JNAF AF Unit
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Reinforcements:
MGB G-235 arrives at Shimonoseki
TK Matsushima Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
Myoko-1 arrives at Tokyo


Losses: none.


Ships Sunk: none.


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More strikes around Wake include a lot of Dauntlesses, making me think he's cycling the CVs and CVEs here. A good number of ops losses happening each day even though there is virtually no AA here now that the Wake Gun unit is trashed.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/13/2013 6:15:21 PM   
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SUBS: The RO-34 is sunk near Gove by one of the convoys moving to Darwin. Looks like he's using a lot of low value ships over here for now.

S/SW PAC: Rabaul is bombed again by waves of 2Es. The fields are closed. This is really taking up a massive portion of the Allied strike force though, which is definitely better than having it pointed at the Southern DEI.

P-38 sweeps hit Babo where a group of Jacks gets even results, maybe slightly better after ops losses. These planes seem the only ones that can perform on par with Allied sweepers on occasion, and that's with them at 15k and only 40% CAP. They just get up fast and work well at that altitude.

Biak troops are bombed. Something is brewing here. Lots more ships around Sarmi. I've got strike forces ready and I think I'll divert the 5 BB TF that was going to bombard Darwin up here along with 4 CL 2 DD.

CHINA: Baseforces and fighters are getting in place in all industrial centers of China. Kunming, Changsha, Sian, Lanchow, Caton and Hong Kong will have one good fighter group plus some AA. He could and most likely will hit these at night though, for which there is no response.

S DEI: The inevitable build-up of Darwin is happening, as PTs are no stained there and small TFs are filling in supply and fuel I am betting. Our strikes manage to hit a few transports, but Jills get nailed going for the CL TF, landing one bomb on Nashville. I'll try some low fighter strikes from Bathurst as well.

BURMA: Prome and troops near Lashio are hit by bombing runs. More troops are now between Prome and Bassein, about 220k, and they're pointing toward Prome, Bassein and to the hex just across the river along the tracks. All of my units are retreating to the jungles and should be out of those bases within a week.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Wake is still being pounded, but no landing. The gun unit is nearly destroyed.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 23, 44
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Submarine attack near Gove at 82,126

Japanese Ships
SS RO-34, hits 6, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
xAKL Sibolga
xAKL De Klerk
DMS Elliot
DMS Wasmuth
xAKL Proteus, Shell hits 1
xAKL Bordvik

SS RO-34 is sighted by escort
RO-34 bottoming out ....
DMS Elliot fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Elliot attacking submerged sub ....
DMS Elliot attacking submerged sub ....
DMS Elliot is out of ASW ammo
DMS Elliot is out of ASW ammo
SS RO-34 forced to surface!
DMS Wasmuth firing on surfaced sub ....
xAKL Bordvik firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Sub attack near Truk at 110,102

Japanese Ships
E No.5
PB Wa 1
xAK Nikki Maru
xAK Keihuku Maru
xAK Eihuku Maru
xAK Pacific Maru
PB Kongo Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Permit

SS Permit launches 2 torpedoes at E No.5
Permit diving deep ....
E No.5 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kongo Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...

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

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 6

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 5
P-38H Lightning x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
35th FG/40th FS with P-38G Lightning (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
318th FG/73rd FS with P-38H Lightning (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on Myitkyina , at 64,42

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 119 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 34

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 13 damaged


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


Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
34 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 40th JNAF AF Unit , at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 33
TBF-1 Avenger x 19


No Allied losses

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


Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 55th Division, at 55,50 (Prome)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator GR.III x 14
Wellington GR.VIII x 12
Wellington B.X x 17
Wellington GR.XIII x 9
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 9
B-24J Liberator x 126

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator GR.III: 2 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 5 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
336 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 42 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 13 (1 destroyed, 12 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (2 destroyed, 23 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 33rd Division, at 55,50 (Prome)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 45
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 17
B-26B Marauder x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese ground losses:
192 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 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 detected at 106 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 27


Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 5
P-38H Lightning x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 7 destroyed, 6 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed by flak


No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Nashville, Bomb hits 1
CL Phoenix

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
35th FG/39th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
35th FG/40th FS with P-38G Lightning (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
318th FG/73rd FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 192
SBD-5 Dauntless x 49
TBF-1 Avenger x 110


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
86 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled

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

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 4
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 7
F6F-3 Hellcat x 7
PV-1 Ventura x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson III (LR): 1 damaged
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged


Airbase hits 11
Runway hits 32

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 2
B-25C Mitchell x 31
B-25D1 Mitchell x 102
B-25G Mitchell x 28
B-25H Mitchell x 43
F6F-3 Hellcat x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

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

Airbase hits 46
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 120

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11206 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 395

Defending force 14572 troops, 126 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 464

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

Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st Medium Regiment
148th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
Maizuru 1st SNLF
4th Brigade
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
52nd JNAF AF Unit
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
58th JNAF AF Unit
44th Road Const Co
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Morning Air attack on Babo , at 83,111

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 36

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38J Lightning: 4 destroyed

CAP engaged:
S-601 Hikotai with J2M3 Jack (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 22 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 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 30 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Babo , at 83,111

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 25

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 21


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38J Lightning: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x P-38J Lightning sweeping at 31000 feet

CAP engaged:
S-601 Hikotai with J2M3 Jack (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 33000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 79,125

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 16
B5N2 Kate x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Kalani, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Arizonan, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage


Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Arizonan


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Morning Air attack on 53rd Infantry Brigade, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 55
B-24J Liberator x 83
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 21


No Allied losses

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


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

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 18
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 4
F6F-3 Hellcat x 17
PV-1 Ventura x 11


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson III (LR): 1 damaged
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged

Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 2
B-25C Mitchell x 31
B-25D1 Mitchell x 102
B-25G Mitchell x 31
B-25H Mitchell x 46
F4U-1A Corsair x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 3 damaged
B-25H Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 30

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 39th/B Division, at 61,46 , near Lashio

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 10
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 10
Liberator GR.III x 10
Wellington GR.VIII x 10
Wellington B.X x 14
Wellington GR.XIII x 6
B-17F Fortress x 7
B-24D Liberator x 16
B-24D1 Liberator x 20
B-24J Liberator x 110
B-25C Mitchell x 63


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.III: 1 damaged
Liberator GR.III: 2 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
177 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled

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

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 39th/B Division, at 61,46 , near Lashio

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6
B-25D1 Mitchell x 22
B-26 Marauder x 12
B-26B Marauder x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

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


Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Babo , at 83,111

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 8

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
S-601 Hikotai with J2M3 Jack (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 24000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 71 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 15 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 44

No Japanese losses

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

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

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 8
B5N2 Kate x 5



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DMS Elliot



Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 79,125

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 44 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 3



No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Floridian, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 219
SBD-5 Dauntless x 49
TBF-1 Avenger x 125


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

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


Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb


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Reinforcements:
I.25-1 arrives at Tokyo

Losses:
RO-34

Ships Sunk:
xAK Kalani
xAK Arizonan


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I'm kind of low on Flying boats now, especially the transport version. I've had to bring some Mavis back into service to run the route to Salamua. One big unit still can be fully lifted out, the base force originally at Milne Bay, which has walked through the jungles all of the way there.
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SUBS: RO-39 picks off one of the supply ships moving to Darwin. I have three RO boats hovering between Gove and Darwin.

S/SW PAC: Georges on LR CAP interrupt the milk run to Biak and take out a few 4E. The concentration of ships at Sarmi has reached new levels, and the invasion is likely imminent somewhere in the Biak area. If it's Biak itself I at least have a good amount of troops there. Various units totaling almost 400 AV with nearly level 5 forts. Naval forces are a day away, but the air forces are set to get in there and MTB and MGB TFs are at Biak to possibly get in the way to slow the unloading, maybe giving air strikes the chance to hit troops on ships.

NORTH PACIFIC: Still nothing up North. I'm surprised he hasn't decided to come here. He likely knows I've pulled back most troops and there is little air support. A few CVEs and some LSTs could move things quickly up here.

S DEI: Air strikes are picking at the stream of little cargo ships heading toward Darwin, getting to quite a few. Still no Allied LR CAP over these, so we got some free shots. Even got a few good runs on the PTs with a George group. I'm thinking this will be a slow deliberate process of building up here and soon there will be the usual combo of good fighters, PTs, a few DD flotillas and some DB and B-25 skip bombers.

The time is crucial everywhere now. Knowing his CVs are in the Central Pacific, knowing the large concentrations of 4E and 2E bombers are in Burma and New Guinea, and guessing (from the lack of recon and sub sightings) that there is little moving up the SW coast of OZ all make me think there are still a few months before a real move into the DEI from this direction. I've still not seen any bombing of DEI bases, even. So more infantry can get in position, forts can build and we can get closer to even better airframes for the defenses.

BURMA: More bombings at Lashio. Not much else happening.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Wake takes a massive air hit again. When the landing comes the resistance will not be long lived here.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 25, 44
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Night Naval bombardment of Wake Island at 136,98 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

2 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Queen Elizabeth
BB Valiant
BB Mississippi

Japanese ground losses:
105 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (6 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 9
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 24
Port hits 10
Port supply hits 4

BB Queen Elizabeth firing at Wake Island
Walrus II acting as spotter for BB Valiant
BB Valiant firing at Wake Island
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Mississippi
BB Mississippi firing at Wake Coastal Gun Battalion
Wake Coastal Gun Battalion firing at BB Mississippi

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

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 9
B5N2 Kate x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DMS Wasmuth

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 91 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 20
N1K1-J George x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 6 damaged

Allied Ships
xAKL Sibolga
xAKL Schouten, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DMS Elliot
xAKL Chungking, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Buijskes, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Night Naval bombardment of Wake Island at 136,98 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
BB California
BB Arizona
BB Nevada
BC Renown
DD Crane
DD Kennison
DD Vendetta
DD Stuart
DD Downes

Japanese ground losses:
264 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 24 (17 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 11
Runway hits 13
Port hits 6
Port supply hits 1

BB Idaho firing at Wake Coastal Gun Battalion
Wake Coastal Gun Battalion firing at BB Idaho

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Sub attack near Darwin at 79,124

Japanese Ships
SS RO-39, hits 3

Allied Ships
xAKL Siberoet, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAKL Parigi
DMS Wasmuth

SS RO-39 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Siberoet
DMS Wasmuth attacking submerged sub ....
DMS Wasmuth fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Wasmuth attacking submerged sub ....
DMS Wasmuth is out of ASW ammo
DMS Wasmuth is out of ASW ammo
DMS Wasmuth is out of ASW ammo
DMS Wasmuth fails to find sub, continues to search...
DMS Wasmuth 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: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 44

No Japanese losses

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

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 79,124

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 9
B5N2 Kate x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DMS Wasmuth
xAKL Parigi, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Parigi

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

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 54 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 24

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
PT-135, Shell hits 3
PT-302, Shell hits 1
PT-303
PT-136, Shell hits 7
PT-131

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x N1K2-J George bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 53rd Infantry Brigade, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 8

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 61
B-24J Liberator x 102
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed

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


Japanese ground losses:
173 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 22 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 7th RTA/A Division, at 62,46 (Lashio)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator B.III x 13
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 16
Wellington GR.VIII x 12
Wellington B.X x 28
Wellington GR.XIII x 10
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 18
B-24D1 Liberator x 29
B-24J Liberator x 150


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
42 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

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

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 7th RTA/A Division, at 62,46 (Lashio)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24J Liberator x 32
B-25C Mitchell x 61
B-25D1 Mitchell x 21
B-26 Marauder x 20
B-26B Marauder x 14


No Allied losses

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

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

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 24th Field AF Construction Battalion, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 8
B-24J Liberator x 8

No Japanese losses

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

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

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 damaged
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
PT-137, Shell hits 7, on fire
PT-135, Shell hits 6
PT-303
PT-129, Shell hits 1
PT-136, Shell hits 4, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
PT-138

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x N1K2-J George bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 8th Recon Regiment, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 449
SBD-5 Dauntless x 231
TBF-1 Avenger x 137
TBM-1C Avenger x 128

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 6 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
353 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 37 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 27 (1 destroyed, 26 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: The next and final Oscar should arrive in late 44. The Ha-43 is nearly finished researching, and once it is I'll build it up to get toward the engine bonus quickly.

MTB G-844 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
MGB G-236 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
56th Sentai arrives at Hiroshima/Kure

Device Mitsubishi Ha-43 advances R&D (8/44)
Aircraft Ki-43-IV Oscar advances R&D (1/45)


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:
xAKL Buijskes is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 25, 1944
xAKL Schouten is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 25, 1944
LCT-372 is reported to have been sunk near Horn Island on Jul 05, 1943
PT-136 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 26, 1944
xAKL Parigi is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 26, 1944
xAKL Siberoet is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 26, 1944
Previous report of sinking of SS Narwhal incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service


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Jocke must have hundreds of these small slow cargo ships so a few lost here and there surely won't hurt him, but he is seemingly a bit lackadasical about protecting them.

This ship, the Siberoet, was a Dutch cargo ship that was sunk in the war in March 1942. It was later refloated and used by the Japanese under the name Shiritoko Maru, and was sunk by a US sub in 1944.

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SUBS: Two subs interact with parts of the invasion fleet heading toward Biak during the night, but can't get a hit.

S/SW PAC: Between subs and patrol boats at Biak the Alied invasion fleets were still unloading during gthe day phase on the 27th at Biak. This set them up nicely for air strikes coming from Ambon and surrounding bases. Unfortunately none of these strikes went for the actual transports, but instead tried for combat ships instead. The LR CAP was present, the flak heavy, but some at least made it through for strikes. On the day only one US DD was sunk.

All of the stopping and starting of the unload must have caused some havoc though, as one APA is showing heavy damage, possibly from a collision. That is at least some good news. The bad news is that a full division, a regiment, a tank battalion and combat engineers are all unloaded. This will be a tough battle. I'll try to fly in more troops to augment incomplete units at Biak now. About half of the 49th regiment is at other bases nearby, and a garrison unit is only at 1/3 strength with the rest at Truk. If during the next few weeks those can get to the base I might be able to hold here for a while.

Tomorrow surface ships will enter the area, including a large BB TF. Fingers crossed.

S DEI: Corsairs at last came up from Darwin and crushed my sweeping Tojos. This base will soon be untouchable.

CENTRAL PACFIC: A day off at Wake today.

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

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 5

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 9
P-38H Lightning x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Phoenix

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on Wake Coastal Gun Battalion, at 136,98 (Wake Island)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 417
SBD-5 Dauntless x 227
TBF-1 Avenger x 135
TBM-1C Avenger x 119


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 7 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
140 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 4 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 14 (11 destroyed, 3 disabled)



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-5 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 28, 44
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Sub attack near Sarmi at 89,111

Japanese Ships
SS I-172

Allied Ships
APD Belknap
APD John D. Ford
APD Barr
APD Daniel T. Griffin
APD Goldsborough


SS I-172 launches 4 torpedoes at APD Belknap
I-172 diving deep ....
APD Barr fails to find sub, continues to search...

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ASW attack near Biak at 88,111

Japanese Ships
SS RO-116

Allied Ships
APD John D. Ford
APD Kilty
APD Barr
APD Daniel T. Griffin
APD Belknap
APD Goldsborough

SS RO-116 launches 2 torpedoes at APD John D. Ford
APD Barr fails to find sub and abandons search
APD Daniel T. Griffin attacking submerged sub ....


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MGB G-227
MGB G-229
MGB G-230
MGB G-231
MGB G-232

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
CL Helena
DD Lansdowne
DD McCalla
DD Bailey
DD Frazier
DD Gansevoort
DD Harding
APA Wharton
APA Harris
APA Hunter Liggett
APA George F. Elliot
APA William P. Biddle
APA John Penn
APA President Jackson
APA President Adams
APA President Hayes
APA President Monroe
APA President Polk
APA George Clymer
AKA Betelgeuse
AKA Alhena
AKA Alchiba
AKA Alcyon
AKA Thuban
AKA Almaack
AKA Electra

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF begins to get underway
Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 32% moonlight: 7,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-546
MTB G-555, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MTB G-839, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland
CL Montpelier
DD LaVallette
DD Radford
DD Saufley
DD Thatcher
DD Frankford
DD Reid


Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 32% moonlight: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...

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Pre-Invasion action off Biak (87,110)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

87 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
DD Harding
DD Gansevoort
DD McCalla
APA George Clymer
APA President Adams


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


CL Helena firing at 53rd Infantry Brigade
CL St. Louis firing at 53rd Infantry Brigade

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Amphibious Assault at Biak (87,110)

TF 14 troops unloading over beach at Biak, 87,110


Allied ground losses:
213 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 58 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 29 (0 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (0 destroyed, 12 disabled)


10 Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 1st Cavalry (Spec) Cav Div /4


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Invasion Support action off Biak (87,110)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

45 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
DD Gansevoort
DD Frazier
DD Lansdowne
APA George Clymer
DD Harding


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


CL Helena firing at 53rd Infantry Brigade
CL St. Louis firing at 66th JNAF AF Unit

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-546

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
CL Helena
DD Lansdowne
DD McCalla
DD Bailey
DD Frazier
DD Gansevoort
DD Harding
APA Wharton
APA Harris
APA Hunter Liggett
APA George F. Elliot
APA William P. Biddle
APA John Penn
APA President Jackson
APA President Adams
APA President Hayes
APA President Monroe
APA President Polk
APA George Clymer
AKA Betelgeuse
AKA Alhena
AKA Alchiba
AKA Alcyon
AKA Thuban
AKA Almaack
AKA Electra

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 27,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
APA George Clymer , APA President Polk , APA President Monroe ,
APA President Hayes , APA President Adams , APA President Jackson screened from combat
- escorted by DD Harding , DD Gansevoort , DD Frazier ,
DD Bailey , DD McCalla , DD Lansdowne
Range closes to 14,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MGB G-227, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MGB G-229, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MGB G-230, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MGB G-231, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
MGB G-232, Shell hits 2, and is sunk


Allied Ships
DD Cotten
DD Hutchins
DD Kidd
DD Murray
DD Renshaw
DD Taylor
DD Nicholson
DD Duncan

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 27,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 24,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Katz, B. crosses the 'T'

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 21,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-546

Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
CL Helena
DD Lansdowne
DD McCalla
DD Bailey
DD Frazier
DD Gansevoort
DD Harding
APA Wharton
APA Harris
APA Hunter Liggett
APA George F. Elliot
APA William P. Biddle
APA John Penn
APA President Jackson, heavy damage
APA President Adams
APA President Hayes
APA President Monroe
APA President Polk
APA George Clymer
AKA Betelgeuse
AKA Alhena
AKA Alchiba
AKA Alcyon
AKA Thuban
AKA Almaack
AKA Electra

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 27,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 21,000 yards
Allied ships attempt to get underway

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Afternoon Air attack on Darwin , at 76,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 44

Allied aircraft
F4U-1A Corsair x 37


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 7 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-44-IIc Tojo sweeping at 31000 feet *

CAP engaged:
VRF-2F with F4U-1A Corsair (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 14 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 28000 and 36900.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VMF-222 with F4U-1A Corsair (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 31000 , scrambling fighters between 31000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Biak at 87,110

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 26
B6N2 Jill x 34
J2M3 Jack x 27
N1K2-J George x 17



Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 9 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
APA President Jackson, heavy damage
CL Helena
DD Gansevoort
AKA Alcyon
APA George F. Elliot
CL St. Louis
DD Frazier


Aircraft Attacking:
32 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 5000 feet
20 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 1000 feet *
2 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Biak at 87,110

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 65
N1K2-J George x 17
P1Y1 Frances x 13



Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 5
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 4 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 8 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Frankford
CL Montpelier
CL Cleveland

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 5000 feet *
11 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
5 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 5000 feet

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Biak at 87,110

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 18
J2M3 Jack x 56



Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 8 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 3 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Taylor
DD Kidd
DD Hutchins, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Nicholson

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 10000 feet

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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6742 troops, 48 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 367

Defending force 13605 troops, 241 guns, 335 vehicles, Assault Value = 580

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


Allied ground losses:
33 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
4th South Seas Gsn
Kure 2nd SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
9th Tank Regiment
8th Garrison Unit /2
53rd Infantry Brigade
1st Indpt SNLF Coy
49th Infantry Rgt /2
66th JNAF AF Unit
3rd FF Const Unit
24th Field AF Construction Battalion
13th Air Fleet
37th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cav Div /7
98th Field Artillery Battalion
51st Marine Defense Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Regiment

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Reinforcements:

E No.19 arrives at Tokyo
LST T-116 arrives at Shimonoseki
Abukuma-1 arrives at Tokyo
51st Sentai arrives at Nagoya
52nd Sentai arrives at Osaka/Kyoto


Losses:

Loss of MTB G-555 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MTB G-839 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-227 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-229 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-230 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-231 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-232 on Apr 28, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

DD Hutchins is reported to have been sunk near Biak on Apr 28, 1944
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Frustrating to not touch the transports today. Hopefully some will still be around tomorrow.
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SUBS: Again no hits on ships heading to and from Biak with the undersea forces. Our BB TF does sink one sub on it's way to Biak though.

S/SW PAC: The BBs arrive too late to affect anything at Biak, but they are now there to protect the area or bombard Allied troops. The air strikes at least take out a few ships today, hitting the straggling APA President Jackson and a TF with APA President Hayes and two DD. That's better than usual at least. A mini-KB of the Mizuho and 3 CVE came within 8 hexes of Sarmi and it's strike was chewed up by CAP. It will retreat back to Babeldaob.

S DEI: Our SAG with a few CAs takes it's chances with the PTs but doesn't get to transports near Darwin. Sunk a few PTs with no hits.

BURMA: A few transports nailed near Akyab. No CAP up. Interesting. Troops near Lashio continue to take a beating. He hasn't been focusing on Prome and that area, so I'm assuming I have some time there still to move troops back and begin building forts.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Wake is invaded. The first attack fails but wipes out the gun unit completely and should take the base in a few days. This battle has been going for nearly a month, so that's fine by me.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 29, 44
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Sub attack near Sarmi at 89,111

Japanese Ships
SS I-172, hits 8

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland
CL Montpelier
DD Reid
DD Frankford
DD Thatcher

SS I-172 launches 4 torpedoes at CL Cleveland
I-172 diving deep ....
DD Reid attacking submerged sub ....

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Submarine attack near Biak at 86,109

Japanese Ships
DD Michishio
BB Ise
BB Fuso
BB Yamato
DD Maikaze
DD Kishinami
DD Minazuki
DD Satsuki

Allied Ships
SS Haddock, hits 21, and is sunk

SS Haddock launches 2 torpedoes at DD Michishio
DD Minazuki fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Satsuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Satsuki attacking submerged sub ....
SS Haddock forced to surface!
DD Satsuki firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Pre-Invasion action off Wake Island (136,98)

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Canberra II
CA Vincennes
LCI-69
LCI-68
LCI-67
LCI-66
LCI-65
LCI-64
LCI-61
APA Ormsby
DMS Forrest
DE Sederstrom

Japanese ground losses:
172 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)


CA Canberra II firing at 8th Recon Regiment
CA Vincennes firing at 40th JNAF AF Unit
LCI-69 fired at enemy troops

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ASW attack near Peleliu at 87,103

Japanese Ships
CS Chitose
DD Harusame
DD Amatsukaze
DD Shimakaze
DD Nenohi
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
SS Skate, hits 4, heavy damage

SS Skate is sighted by escort
DD Nenohi fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Yamakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yamakaze attacking submerged sub ....

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 24,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CA Maya
CA Furutaka
CL Noshiro
DD Ikazuchi
DD Amagiri
DD Oboro
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
PT-304
PT-305
PT-306
PT-307
PT-308
PT-309, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-310
PT-311
PT-312
PT-313, Shell hits 1
PT-314
PT-315, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 24,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-315 at 24,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-309 at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Sarmi at 89,112

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y3 Judy x 32
J2M3 Jack x 32


Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 1 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Lansdowne, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
APA President Hayes, Bomb hits 9, and is sunk
DD Bailey, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk


Aircraft Attacking:
16 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
5 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 10000 feet
8 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Biak at 87,110

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 27
D4Y3 Judy x 15
J2M3 Jack x 23


No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
APA President Jackson, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

President Jackson dead in the water ...

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 54,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 26
N1K2-J George x 48


Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAK Admiral Chase, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Barjora
xAK Jaladurga, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
xAK Shinkuang
xAK Kiangsu, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
KV Aster

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on 7th RTA/A Division, at 62,46 (Lashio)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 20
Wellington GR.VIII x 3
Wellington B.X x 28
Wellington GR.XIII x 10
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 24
B-24D1 Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 164


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
136 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 7th RTA/B Division, at 62,46 (Lashio)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24J Liberator x 24
B-25C Mitchell x 63
B-25D1 Mitchell x 30
B-26 Marauder x 21
B-26B Marauder x 6


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
58 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 8th Area Army, at 102,131 (Kiriwina Island)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 56 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-25D1 Mitchell x 59
B-25G Mitchell x 12
B-25H Mitchell x 43
PV-1 Ventura x 11


No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 8th Area Army, at 102,131 (Kiriwina Island)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 18
B-25C Mitchell x 15
B-25D1 Mitchell x 15
B-25G Mitchell x 16


No Allied losses

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



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sarmi at 91,114

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 99 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5b Zero x 18
B6N2 Jill x 18

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 13
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 7
F4U-1 Corsair x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5b Zero: 7 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 12 destroyed, 1 damaged


No Allied losses

Allied Ships
APA George Clymer
CL Helena

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

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Ground combat at Wake Island (136,98)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 975 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Defending force 3904 troops, 48 guns, 188 vehicles, Assault Value = 189

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

Assaulting units:
8th Recon Regiment
64th Naval Guard Unit
40th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
192nd Tank Battalion
159th(Sep) Infantry Regiment


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 30, 44
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Afternoon Air attack on 53rd Infantry Brigade, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 55 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 8



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 66
B-24J Liberator x 75
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
119 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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

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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 4
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 3
PV-1 Ventura x 11


No Allied losses



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb
18 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes


Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 3


No Allied losses



Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 7
B-25C Mitchell x 31
B-25D1 Mitchell x 103
B-25G Mitchell x 16
B-25H Mitchell x 43
F4U-1A Corsair x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

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


Airbase hits 6
Runway hits 86

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 8th Garrison Unit , at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 45 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Kiriwina Island (102,131)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 284 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Defending force 1252 troops, 0 guns, 87 vehicles, Assault Value = 3

Allied adjusted assault: 0

Japanese adjusted defense: 9

Allied assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 6)

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



Assaulting units:
2nd Fiji Commando Battalion

Defending units:
8th Area Army /1
22nd Ind. Engr Rgt /1
51st JNAF AF Unit /1

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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 6764 troops, 48 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 368

Defending force 13679 troops, 241 guns, 335 vehicles, Assault Value = 584

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


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


Assaulting units:
Kure 2nd SNLF
53rd Infantry Brigade
8th Garrison Unit /2
9th Tank Regiment
1st Indpt SNLF Coy
4th South Seas Gsn
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
3rd South Seas Gsn
49th Infantry Rgt /2
13th Air Fleet
66th JNAF AF Unit
3rd FF Const Unit
24th Field AF Construction Battalion
37th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
98th Field Artillery Battalion
51st Marine Defense Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Regiment


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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11209 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 396

Defending force 14673 troops, 134 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 470

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



Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
1st Medium Regiment
148th Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
4th Brigade
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
Maizuru 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
44th Road Const Co
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
58th JNAF AF Unit
52nd JNAF AF Unit
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
12th JAAF AF Coy


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Ground combat at Wake Island (136,98)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3904 troops, 48 guns, 188 vehicles, Assault Value = 189

Defending force 2568 troops, 24 guns, 67 vehicles, Assault Value = 92

Allied adjusted assault: 59

Japanese adjusted defense: 70

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 6)

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
734 casualties reported
Squads: 36 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 58 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 38 (38 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
203 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 36 disabled

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


Assaulting units:
192nd Tank Battalion
159th(Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
8th Recon Regiment
64th Naval Guard Unit
40th JNAF AF Unit

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Reinforcements: I was worried about the units that were originally CV based that had been used on land with Georges/Jacks and were withdrawn at Rabaul. Today several of the units showed up on the CVs with no planes! That's great, as I just moved them to land and will fill them up again.

The other units also came back to Tokyo, and I now will begin seeing some around, especially to China which will likely become a target for strategic bombing as of May 1.

MGB G-237 arrives at Hakodate
TK Tamon Maru #16 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
Akagi-1 arrives on Akagi
Ryujo-2 arrives on Ryujo
Hiyo-1 arrives on Hiyo
5th Indpt SNLF Coy arrives at Tokyo
MTB G-845 arrives at Kobe
SC CHa-81 arrives at Hirosaki/Aomori
S-305 Hikotai arrives at Tokyo
151 Ku T-1/A arrives at Tokyo
801 Ku T-1 arrives at Tokyo
801 Ku U-1 arrives at Tokyo
151 Ku T-1/B arrives at Tokyo
932 Ku T-2 arrives at Tokyo
Zuiho-2/B arrives at Tokyo
901 Ku T-2 arrives at Tokyo
1001 Ku U-1 arrives at Tokyo
11th Sentai arrives at Tokyo
14th Sentai arrives at Tokyo
68th Sentai arrives at Tokyo
70th Sentai arrives at Tokyo
73rd Sentai arrives at Tokyo
77th Sentai arrives at Tokyo
85th Sentai arrives at Tokyo
20th I.F.Chutai arrives at Tokyo
70th I.F.Chutai arrives at Tokyo


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:

DD Bache is reported to have been sunk near Dagua on Apr 01, 1944
DD Lansdowne is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on Apr 29, 1944
DD Bailey is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on Apr 29, 1944
SS Haddock is reported to have been sunk near Biak on Apr 29, 1944
APA President Jackson is reported to have been sunk near Biak on Apr 29, 1944
APA President Hayes is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on Apr 29, 1944
PT-309 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 29, 1944
PT-315 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on Apr 29, 1944
xAK Admiral Chase is reported to have been sunk near Akyab on Apr 29, 1944
xAK Kiangsu is reported to have been sunk near Akyab on Apr 29, 1944

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I just got a signing report from a level 2/2 DL on Pearl Harbor. It lists 475 ships in port! Makes me wonder how many ships could actually have been here at any given time in reality. How much do we bend the limits of what was possible in this game? I'm sure I do it as well in places like Nagasaki and Singapore, although I know Singers actually has in reality a large anchorage outside the actual harbor.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/16/2013 11:10:29 PM   
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Hi Obvert,
I can't hide mi surprise in how effective and how quick is Allied offensive in the islands and New Guinea! Almost every day a new base is sieged or conquered and the attack seems almost unpossible to stop! I used to think that Allied player had to prepare his troops carefully before landings to avoid huge disablements. Now I'm wondering if Jocke has planned for months exactly this hopping and his troops were prepared for all these objectives; I'm speaking franckly, I'm feeling that he didn't or he couldn't; at least he didn't until this deepness in your defences. It seems that your land defences are often too weak, despite the good forts builded; probably I'm wrong but I didn't see many antitank units in action; they should perform decently in defence against Us tanks; now instead we see that also with less AV than yours, small US armor battalions disable all your squads turn after turn 'till the falling of the base. You could also try to mine some bases, that could be a nasty surprise to his invasion fleet.
I saw a very good counterattack made by GreyJoy in his AAR with KB, during a strong Allied offensive, maybe you could try something similar exploiting that his carriers are busy with Wake.
Maybe these Japan position are doomed anyway or maybe Jocke will be forced to slow down to reorganize and prepare for next objectives; what do you think about?
I'm enjoying very much your AAR and I hope I'm not annoying with all this kind of advices
Edit:
I was wrong!! Yesterday night i read an allied AAR (not your opponent's of course). The Allied strategy IS prepping for bases months in advance. One division and a tank btn and combat engineers full prepping for a base, another army prepping for the next and so on. When the landing has happened and the base conquered the units start preparing for the last target of the chain.... It's very difficult to oppone to this strategy... What can we do as Japan? Maybe changing the dislocation of some units from stronghold to other bases ? Probably the Allied don't prepare for big bases like Rabaul, they just hop them! So you could take the unit in a major base but prepping for what you th guess will be an objective; you move the unit to the target at last making it very diffocult to take with the original prepped units.
I think there are also places like Mariannas were you have only few islands so you should strongly garrison all of them, also dot bases cause the Allied have a lot of Engineers the transform a rock in a fortress in very few turns.
. There must be a way


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 7:40:52 AM   
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You're not annoying at all, no. Thanks for the suggestions.

I am as surprised as anyone about the speed of Allied advance. He has the troops to do it though. If he wanted to he could keep 4 divisions prepping for the next four targets while another four were invading in succession.

The Central Pacific is an afterthought now. Most troops have been pulled back. Wake was one of the few bases that actually had it's original defensive complement, and it was maxed out. After maybe 8-10 naval bombardments, daily strikes of 300-400 CV planes, and a final shock attack on landing, the troops were shattered. That's the way it goes and as it should be. There is nothing else to be done. The Allies should be able to do that in early 44. I briefly considered sending out the KB, but immediately thought better of it. Fighting outside LBA range gives the Allies an even bigger advantage now, and I'd rather keep the KB for the kind of counter attacks you're speaking of.

Jocke's invasion of Dagua, deep in my territory, was a surprise. That base was one that had not had sufficient garrison, but it was a dot base between two strong bases, and still I should have gotten to it earlier. The Japanese though don't always have enough to go around. Again, that's just the way it is in 44. And if I don't guess the exact invasion date he's in and out within one turn.

Jocke's push to Sarmi was a bigger surprise, as my defenses were in place and in fact I was countering with the KB. I guessed correctly. My forces met VERY strong surface groups 2 hexes from their position. I badly damaged or sank the New Jersey and damaged the Iowa, but because of the presence of all of the other ships there I couldn't stay around. The next day he landed at Sarmi with some opposition, but the KB was back to safety. That base had a garrison, but not good enough against the two divisions landed.

So I've learned some things, of course, but the same tactics Greyjoy is using are the ones I've employed throughout. He's extremely good at getting the right timing, force allocation and making it work. GJ is a great player. In this game Jocke has until lately been more careful than Q-Ball, moving under massive LBA and concentrating 4Es to blast bases ahead of the advance. Successful but slow. Now he's shifted gears, and now I am able to inflict more wounds as he moves, as has been shown recently. Once I get to current you may be interested to find that the current pace may indeed slow a bit as Jocke might have reached one step too far to get easy victories. Now I can get behind him to bases left there unmolested. i can isolate forward troops and pile more on to stall an invasion. I can bring the KB to bear, at least until he begins using the US CVs.

This is the time of Allied advance. Period. Any game will show this. It's really about how much pain the Japanese player can inflict for those advances. If you'd like to see any evidence of that check out the lists of ship losses posted after the turn of Jan 1 44. Nearly every advance has cost him something, and I hope to keep it that way.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 7:41:54 AM   
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PS - Anti-tank units are mostly in Burma and on a few bigger islands. If I had hundreds I'd love to put them on islands, but I don't. Always choices.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 8:39:21 AM   
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Ops I was editing my last post when you posted your answer....read above the Edit. I agree completely with you you're doing well, maybe he'll get too confident and make a wrong move that you can exploit.
Edit have you bought all the AT units in Manchukuo? They are cheap and very valuable and you can always move back to manchuria before Russia offenive in august '45
They are also air liftable to and from front bases.


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 9:42:16 AM   
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All anti-tank units are bought out and deployed to forward positions. There were a few in OZ and when I pulled back from there they went to the DEI. Most are in Burma. Some are getting ready in places like the Marianas that are more important to defense of the HI. But there are not very many still, and that is not the only way to thwart tanks. Some units have some anti-tank guns built in, and engineer units have good anti-armor ratings as well.

The tanks are not the main problem. The Allied fleet and air forces are the issue, keeping me from getting to troops (and tanks) while on their way to the invasions. He could easily land a few Marine divisions and take virtually any base with or without tanks as long as there is support from the air and sea.

I saw your edit above. Yes, that is how it's done for the Allies, and is consistent with actual practice in the war. I think the important thing to remember here is that Japan will not win the war through tactical means, and will most likely only win within the VP system in place in game. Occasionally a game happens where the Japanese player does well and wins a few decisive CV battles, and the game stops. Anything going the existence though will eventually result in a lot of Allied invasions and increasing proximity to both the oil in the DEI and the industry in Japan. The goal is to take enough time and enough material with each step that as it gets later it gets harder to advance, possibly resulting in not enough time to fully grind down japanese production before 46.

My major mistake in this game was not removing troops from the Solomons earlier and bringing them right away to the Northern area of New Guinea. While he was stuck for four months trying to take Port Moresby in late 43 I should have been moving those back much more quickly.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 9:53:17 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

All anti-tank units are bought out and deployed to forward positions. There were a few in OZ and when I pulled back from there they went to the DEI. Most are in Burma. Some are getting ready in places like the Marianas that are more important to defense of the HI. But there are not very many still, and that is not the only way to thwart tanks. Some units have some anti-tank guns built in, and engineer units have good anti-armor ratings as well.

The tanks are not the main problem. The Allied fleet and air forces are the issue, keeping me from getting to troops (and tanks) while on their way to the invasions. He could easily land a few Marine divisions and take virtually any base with or without tanks as long as there is support from the air and sea.

I saw your edit above. Yes, that is how it's done for the Allies, and is consistent with actual practice in the war. I think the important thing to remember here is that Japan will not win the war through tactical means, and will most likely only win within the VP system in place in game. Occasionally a game happens where the Japanese player does well and wins a few decisive CV battles, and the game stops. Anything going the existence though will eventually result in a lot of Allied invasions and increasing proximity to both the oil in the DEI and the industry in Japan. The goal is to take enough time and enough material with each step that as it gets later it gets harder to advance, possibly resulting in not enough time to fully grind down japanese production before 46.

My major mistake in this game was not removing troops from the Solomons earlier and bringing them right away to the Northern area of New Guinea. While he was stuck for four months trying to take Port Moresby in late 43 I should have been moving those back much more quickly.



Yes Erik, but it's always hard to decide when to abbandon a theatre. Timing is decisive, but we're not future tellers.
I had the very same problem with QBall... i didn't see the threat coming and i got steamrolled in the Solomons. He got ashore clean in a couple of places and that was enough...i triedto fight, but the fights costed me so much in terms of men and material that i eventually decided to stop and to fall back.
But was it wise? Now Brad is moving even faster...surely faster than me...and i had to left behind nearly 300k men.
Maybe if i stayed longer and reinforced instead of falling back i may have stopped him cold for few more months...who knows?!

Rader, against me, sent the kicthen sink to the Solomons when i started to advance there and in few months he managed to halt my advance, forcing me to chose another theatre.

One thing for sure i'll do in my next game is to start prepping my inner perimeter way sooner.
You just need a couple of construction BNs to build up a base if you have many months of peace ahead... A wise jap player should start building his inner bases as soon as he conquers them in early 1942. And NG bases are among those bases that need to be ready when the americans force you to fall back

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 10:02:42 AM   
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Exactly. I've learned that lesson well. Many construction units in rear positions now, and I'm building not only second but third level defenses in many spots.

Right now in your game he's filling in gaps. Both history and most games though support the idea that if you bring the kitchen sink as rader did it will eventually cause you more pain than a slow but grinding retreat. It leaves other areas open, as you found out, but also japan does not have infinite resources as do the Allies. Each draw benefits the Allies and weakens Japan, and if you pile it all to the front, eventually the breakthrough will come and nothing will be left behind to stop it.

Q-Ball will have to slow once he fills in vacated space and will need to establish those bases, during which time you can then fill in the North New Guinea positions further. It's always a guessing game and a kind of dance with your opponent. As you surprise them, they work to surprise you, and you each learn as you go.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 2:16:12 PM   
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That's a great advice that I translared this way: I just bought 10 construction engineers in manchuria, china, HI for only 200 PP.
I'm in september '42 in my Pbem, I'll send them all around to build the second line of defence!
THANKS

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/17/2013 3:13:57 PM   
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quote:

Rader, against me, sent the kicthen sink to the Solomons when i started to advance there and in few months he managed to halt my advance, forcing me to chose another theatre.


yes dropping on his backdoor with the Hokkaido Hurricane! Which totally supports Obverts contention that the IJ have to build multiple layers of resistance or the front line not only can be bypassed .. but it is quite possible to end the war in one dramatic bypass straight for the heart of the empire ....

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/18/2013 10:46:23 AM   
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1 - 2 May 1944
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Amazing. May 44. The monsoon on it's way in Burma in only two weeks, the Grace and final Judy version nearing production. The Sam and Ki-83 now being researched. The economy still chugging along okay, but some warning signs on the horizon. The first strat bombings bombings have begun, with some success, and show what to look forward to during the remainder of the campaign. A night raid shatters defenses at Rangoon, and Allied strength in the Pacific grows.

SUBS: Jocke's subs finally got a hit as Haddo nailed an xAK with one TT. It might make it to port though and live for another day.

S/SW PAC: Today our SAG got the best of a few DD TFs to then move in and hit Biak with a bombardment. Two Fletchers are sunk and our Michishio is wounded but should make port. The bombardment was ineffectual but at least there were no catastrophes here.

S DEI: Kates hit two more AK on their way to Darwin.

BURMA: Lots of action in the skies over Burma. A big night strike hits Rangoon, putting about 50 damage on the fields and destroying nearly 100 planes. Our night fighter Irvings damage and disturb the first wave a bit but can't keep up with the many small fragments in the attacks following. I'll move the most affected groups out and see what happens next. This could render Rangoon (and all other large bases) obsolete. I may have to go to many bases spread over a larger area to avoid the effects of this kind of concentration since I can't defend against it at night. (Note the reports below show only about half the total planes involved, with many more fragments coming in to do significant damage).

Helens strike Akyab and get an equal number of 2E bombers and fighters to those lost getting through CAP to the fields. Then Franks come in and do well against the mix of Allied planes on CAP. Over these two days both Jills and Frances strike near Akyab, but neither can get a hit on British cruisers or transports unloading here, losing a good number of planes in the process. Akyab didn't have CAP before today.

Numerous Helens and Frances are lost to flak attacking the Allied stack between Prome and Bassein. They do some minor damage but mainly are striking to slow progress and inflict fatigue on the units.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Wake falls. This was expected, and it took a while. I didn't offer naval challenges here. Marcus could be next, and that will likely be both a tougher defense and I might want to fight for it more thoroughly from a naval position.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 1, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Musashi, Shell hits 1
BB Fuso
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise
DD Kishinami, Shell hits 1
DD Maikaze
DD Michishio
DD Satsuki
DD Minazuki

Allied Ships
DD Aulick
DD Bell
DD Brownson
DD Halligan, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Nicholas
DD Ringgold, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
DD Strong
DD Uhlmann, Shell hits 3, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 64% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
DD Strong engages DD Kishinami at 12,000 yards
BB Fuso engages DD Ringgold at 12,000 yards
BB Musashi engages DD Nicholas at 12,000 yards
DD Kishinami engages DD Halligan at 12,000 yards
DD Kishinami engages DD Brownson at 12,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Uhlmann at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Uhlmann engages DD Satsuki at 6,000 yards
DD Uhlmann engages BB Yamashiro at 6,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Ringgold at 6,000 yards
DD Ringgold engages BB Musashi at 6,000 yards
BB Yamato engages DD Halligan at 6,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Uhlmann at 6,000 yards
BB Fuso engages DD Bell at 6,000 yards
DD Aulick engages DD Satsuki at 6,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Nicholas at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
BB Ise engages DD Ringgold at 5,000 yards
DD Ringgold sunk by BB Yamashiro at 5,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Nicholas at 5,000 yards
BB Yamato engages DD Halligan at 5,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Brownson at 5,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Halligan at 5,000 yards
DD Aulick engages DD Michishio at 5,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Uhlmann at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Uhlmann engages DD Minazuki at 4,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Strong at 4,000 yards
BB Fuso engages DD Halligan at 4,000 yards
DD Uhlmann sunk by BB Musashi at 4,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Brownson at 4,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Nicholas at 4,000 yards
DD Aulick engages DD Minazuki at 4,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Brownson at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Strong engages DD Minazuki at 7,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Nicholas at 7,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Halligan at 7,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Brownson at 7,000 yards
BB Yamato engages DD Strong at 7,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Nicholas at 7,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Aulick at 7,000 yards
DD Halligan engages DD Michishio at 7,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Halligan at 7,000 yards
DD Kishinami engages DD Halligan at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Ise engages DD Strong at 10,000 yards
DD Nicholas engages DD Maikaze at 10,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Halligan at 10,000 yards
DD Kishinami engages DD Brownson at 10,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Bell at 10,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Aulick at 10,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Strong at 10,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Strong at 10,000 yards
DD Bell engages DD Maikaze at 10,000 yards
DD Kishinami engages DD Strong at 10,000 yards
Burke, Arleigh A. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 14,000 yards
BB Ise engages DD Strong at 14,000 yards
BB Yamashiro engages DD Strong at 14,000 yards
BB Fuso engages DD Strong at 14,000 yards
DD Brownson engages DD Minazuki at 14,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Bell at 14,000 yards
DD Minazuki engages DD Halligan at 14,000 yards
DD Satsuki engages DD Aulick at 14,000 yards
DD Michishio engages DD Strong at 14,000 yards
DD Strong engages DD Maikaze at 14,000 yards
DD Kishinami engages DD Halligan at 14,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Shell hits 1
BB Musashi, Shell hits 1
BB Fuso, Shell hits 2
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise
DD Kishinami, Shell hits 2
DD Maikaze
DD Michishio, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Satsuki
DD Minazuki

Allied Ships
DD Cotten, Shell hits 1
DD Kidd
DD Murray, Shell hits 1
DD Renshaw
DD Taylor
DD Nicholson, Shell hits 1
DD Duncan, Shell hits 2, on fire

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Night Naval bombardment of Biak at 87,110 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

15 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Ise, Shell hits 1
BB Yamashiro
BB Fuso
BB Musashi
BB Yamato
DD Satsuki
DD Maikaze


Allied ground losses:
85 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for BB Ise
51st Marine Defense Battalion firing at BB Ise
BB Ise firing at 51st Marine Defense Battalion

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Cox's Bazar at 54,43

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 24
N1K1-J George x 27
N1K2-J George x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 13 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CA Suffolk
CA Cornwall
CA Sussex

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 51 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 3
P-40K Warhawk x 22
F4U-1A Corsair x 9
PV-1 Ventura x 10

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson III (LR): 1 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
B-25C Mitchell x 31
B-25D1 Mitchell x 102
B-25G Mitchell x 18
B-25H Mitchell x 29
F4U-1A Corsair x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 14
Runway hits 36

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Bathurst Island at 78,123

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AK Crater, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
AK Arided, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage


Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AK Arided

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Afternoon Air attack on 150th RAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

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

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 10 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 4 destroyed by flak


Allied ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


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



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

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 54

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 22 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 4 destroyed by flak


Allied ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 11 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
24 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

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 2, 44
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Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J1N1-S Irving x 13

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.VI x 12
Liberator GR.III x 6
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 8
B-24D1 Liberator x 4
B-24J Liberator x 45
B-29-1 Superfort x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
J1N1-S Irving: 2 damaged
Ki-67-Ia Peggy: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 7 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 5 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
B6N2 Jill: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 2 destroyed on ground
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 3 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
Liberator B.VI: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 11
Runway hits 39

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

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Sub attack near Dadjangas at 78,94

Japanese Ships
xAK Manko Maru
SC Ch 45
AK Nagara Maru
AK Onoe Maru
xAK Tarushima Maru
xAK Kasuga Maru #2
PB Kensin Maru
PB Kogyoku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

SS Haddo launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Manko Maru
Haddo diving deep ....
PB Kensin Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...

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Sub attack near Dadjangas at 78,94

Japanese Ships
AK Onoe Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
SC Ch 45
AK Nagara Maru
xAK Tarushima Maru
xAK Kasuga Maru #2
xAK Manko Maru
PB Kensin Maru
PB Kogyoku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

SS Haddo launches 2 torpedoes at AK Onoe Maru
PB Kensin Maru fails to find sub and abandons search

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Morning Air attack on 50th Tank Brigade, at 54,51 , near Prome

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17
N1K2-J George x 14
P1Y1 Frances x 33
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 11
Ki-67-Ia Peggy x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 9 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 3 destroyed by flak
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 9 damaged
Ki-67-Ia Peggy: 1 damaged
Ki-67-Ia Peggy: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied ground losses:
85 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
32 x P1Y1 Frances bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 111 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 33
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 34

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 16
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 62
P-51A Mustang x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 10 destroyed, 5 damaged


Allied aircraft losses
P-51A Mustang: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 4 destroyed on ground
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed on ground
B-25C Mitchell: 3 destroyed on ground
B-26B Marauder: 1 destroyed on ground
Wellington B.X: 1 destroyed on ground


Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
16 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 Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 157 NM, estimated altitude 35,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 72



Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 15
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-40N5 Warhawk x 56
P-51A Mustang x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 2 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40N5 Warhawk: 3 destroyed
P-51A Mustang: 1 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
24 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 31000 feet
30 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on 49th Infantry Regiment, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 11
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 50
B-24J Liberator x 96
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24


No Allied losses

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 54,45

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 17
N1K2-J George x 14
P1Y1 Frances x 11


Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-40K Warhawk x 9
P-40N5 Warhawk x 17
P-51A Mustang x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 2 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 4 destroyed, 1 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40N5 Warhawk: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
xAK Barjora
xAP Takliwa
PG Herald

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

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Ground combat at Wake Island (136,98)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3739 troops, 48 guns, 188 vehicles, Assault Value = 165

Defending force 1546 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 34

Allied adjusted assault: 63

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 63 to 1 (fort level 6)

Allied forces CAPTURE Wake Island !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
835 casualties reported
Squads: 98 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 130 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 23 (23 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2



Allied ground losses:
92 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
192nd Tank Battalion
159th(Sep) Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
64th Naval Guard Unit
40th JNAF AF Unit

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Reinforcements:
45th Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Takamatsu
44th IMB Artillery Battalion arrives at Kumamoto


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:
DD Ringgold is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 01, 1944
DD Uhlmann is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 01, 1944
AK Crater
AK Arided

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USS Arided shortly after conversion to an AK. I'm sure Jocke won't miss any of these cargo ships I'm sinking near NW OZ.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/18/2013 3:12:05 PM   
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S/SW PAC: Several air groups snuck behind the lines striking in New Guinea and the Solomons at Allied naval forces. On the 3rd Judys from Hollandia hit 3 AKs loaded with troops this time, likely sinking them, and the Jills did even better putting two TT in the BB Alabama! No extra damage reports were event, but again, this means a fast BB out for a few months most likely.

The next day I popped them over to the Solomons. I can do this from at least 6-7 bases that are in range of the Bismark and Solomon Seas transport routes. I was hoping for something juicy, but both the Jills and the Judys hit empty transports, sinking a total of two LSTs for about 15 planes lost. I flew in a small amount of AV to help get a few damaged planes back in the air, and sent the 4 groups' flyable planes back to safety after these strikes.

Decent results, but this is more of a strategic and psychological rather than a tactical move, hopefully making him have to defend this area and work to close and keep closed ALL of the bases. There is still a bunch of supply in the area, and one torp enabled HQ in the Solomons, which is great. Also, as my withdrawn fighters have now returned, Rabaul will be a tough place to suppress if he concentrates on other bases as well. Moving forward quickly has been great for him in some ways, but now I can work on his underbelly as his defenses are stretched out and there are so many untaken bases to use.

At Biak the Allies tried a DA and got a 1:2. Allied troops took twice as much damage and will not be attacking again for a while. This is fantastic, and gives me the chance to add more troops, plus pull the air HQ out (to Sorong). I have a garrison unit ready to fill in here and add to the problem. Supply is still decent at about 12k.

My CLs also met up with a massive fast BB SAG near Biak and survived! Quite a feat. I still have no idea why these ships did not get creamed here. Maybe this TF was set to bombard, and so didn't fight as well or as long? The battle went down to 4k, and maybe the US was so busy dodging long lances that we managed to sneak away. Not sure. On the way back the Kinu was hit by one TT from the Lapon and will try to make Ambon with 45 float damage. No bombardment took place at Biak, likely helping achieve the results we got there.

S DEI: The continued build-up of Darwin shows about 15 PT boats now there, plus some DDs, all protecting transports and tankers, with 200+ fighters now supporting. I'll keep looking for opportunities. I have a two CA, one CL 4 DD SAG hovering near Lautern.

BURMA: Another big strike at Rangoon meets around 50 fighters in the air, only the Irvings dedicated night fighters, and still manages to inflict major damage to the fields and the airframes on the ground. The bombers also shoot down about 20 fighters in the air. At night.

Today the fields were not overstacked at all, being at around 420 planes on a level 9 base. This pretty much confirms that the kinds of night attacks allowed in game can shut a massive field complex in two days, and here destroy over 200 fighters in the process. This doesn't seem quite right to me, but I also feel weird asking Jocke for a stop to this, as it's a valid Allied tactic.

I have to figure out some way to adjust and combat the use of night bombing missions now. Improved night fighters are a long way off, so this will rob ably mean Ill have to keep most planes far back from the front and use surprise tactics in moving them forward.

In other distressing news a pile of Allied troops has moved from Mandalay toward Lashio, or most likely to combat the troops dug in on the yellow road from Taung Gyi to Lashio. Looks like about 60k, likely meaning about 2-3k AV, which if ti moves toward my position will most likely push us back with high losses. The troops on the road one hex from Lashio will attempt a move toward Taung Gyi to add to that position. More will file down from Lashio on the other yellow road to also join in. I'll abandon Lashio if he moves that way. The line in the sand is in front of Paoshan, and there is little hope of him moving through the mountains into China. I can put 3k AV there with 6 forts in mountain territory and hold forever, most likely.

Some Peggys bombed his stack to try to slow them, but not sure if only 8 planes will do enough there.

Also, I moved one tank regiment into the supply line from Ramree, which Jocke had for the second time left unoccupied. By the time they arrived he also had another unit in the hex. I'm not sure if this will inhibit supply flow or not, but it was worth a shot.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR April 1, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Sendai, Shell hits 1
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 2
CL Kinu, Shell hits 1
CL Kiso, Shell hits 2
DD Yuzuki
DD Hakaze

Allied Ships
BB Indiana
BB Massachusetts, Shell hits 1
BB Alabama, Shell hits 1
DD Gwin
DD Aaron Ward, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Buchanan
DD Farenholt, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Gillespie
DD Sims
DD Hammann

Improved night sighting under 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 82% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 12,000 yards
BB Alabama fires at CL Kiso at 12,000 yards
DD Yuzuki engages DD Aaron Ward at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Naka engages BB Alabama at 4,000 yards
DD Gwin engages DD Hakaze at 12,000 yards
Task forces break off...

Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J1N1-S Irving x 13
N1K2-J George x 10
Ki-84a Frank x 17

Allied aircraft
Liberator B.VI x 11
Liberator GR.III x 14
Wellington GR.VIII x 5
Wellington B.X x 8
B-24D Liberator x 13
B-24D1 Liberator x 5
B-24J Liberator x 40
B-25C Mitchell x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
J1N1-S Irving: 2 damaged
J1N1-S Irving: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-84a Frank: 3 destroyed, 13 damaged
Ki-84a Frank: 5 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground
N1K1-J George: 3 destroyed on ground
E15K1 Norm: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator GR.III: 4 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
J1N1-S Irving x 4
N1K2-J George x 7
Ki-84a Frank x 13

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 14
B-29-1 Superfort x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
J1N1-S Irving: 1 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged

Light Industry hits 2
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bombs

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Sub attack near Manokwari at 86,108

Japanese Ships
CL Kinu, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CL Naka
CL Sendai
DD Yuzuki
CL Jintsu
DD Hakaze

Allied Ships
SS Lapon

SS Lapon launches 4 torpedoes at CL Kinu
CL Jintsu fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 93,114

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 17
B6N2 Jill x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 15 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 6 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Indiana
BB Alabama, Torpedo hits 2
BB Massachusetts

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 93,114

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
D4Y3 Judy x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 3 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
SC PC-1082, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AK Lynx, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Serpens, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

AK Sterope
AK Leonis, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
107 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
11 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AK Lynx
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AK Serpens
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AK Leonis

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 4, 44
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Morning Air attack on 22nd Tank Regiment, at 54,49 , near Ramree Island

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 31
Wellington GR.XIII x 10
B-25C Mitchell x 57
B-25D1 Mitchell x 25
B-26 Marauder x 16
B-26B Marauder x 14

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 17 (3 destroyed, 14 disabled)

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

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Afternoon Air attack on 1st New Chinese Corps, at 60,46 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-67-Ia Peggy x 8

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-67-Ia Peggy bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 3 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on 53rd Infantry Brigade, at 87,110 (Biak)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 23
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 34
B-24J Liberator x 74
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 21


No Allied losses

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Manus at 101,119

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 18
B6N2 Jill x 23

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 7 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LCM 532E
DD William Porter
DMS Palmer
LST-85
LST-81, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
D4Y3 Judy x 20

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 9


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
D4Y3 Judy: 2 destroyed, 6 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak


No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-471
LST-469, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Talbot

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
14 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13863 troops, 241 guns, 339 vehicles, Assault Value = 612

Defending force 14454 troops, 83 guns, 98 vehicles, Assault Value = 392

Allied adjusted assault: 460

Japanese adjusted defense: 599

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
668 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 66 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1376 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 88 disabled

Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 9 destroyed, 33 disabled
Guns lost 32 (7 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 36 (1 destroyed, 35 disabled)



Assaulting units:
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
51st Marine Defense Battalion
98th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Regiment

Defending units:
53rd Infantry Brigade
9th Tank Regiment
8th Garrison Unit /2
1st Indpt SNLF Coy
49th Infantry Regiment
Kure 2nd SNLF
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
3rd South Seas Gsn
4th South Seas Gsn
49th Infantry Rgt /1
24th Field AF Construction Battalion
66th JNAF AF Unit
13th Air Fleet
3rd FF Const Unit
37th JAAF AF Bn

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Ground combat at Aitape (95,118)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 11196 troops, 330 guns, 275 vehicles, Assault Value = 394

Defending force 14715 troops, 136 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 471

Japanese ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

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


Allied ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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


Assaulting units:
38th Infantry Division
148th Field Artillery Battalion
2nd USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st USMC Field Artillery Battalion
1st Medium Regiment
2nd Medium Regiment

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF
6th Guards Inf. Regiment
4th Brigade
Maizuru 1st SNLF
3rd South Seas Gsn /2
23rd Field AF Construction Battalion
2nd Naval Construction Battalion
58th JNAF AF Unit
52nd JNAF AF Unit
44th Road Const Co
12th JAAF AF Coy

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Reinforcements: This is great. The float plane unit that had been converted to A6M3a before being withdrawn actually shows up again on the Kamikawa Maru, empty. I just moved it to Nagasaki and it's filled back up again.

MGB G-238 arrives at Sapporo
958 Ku T-2 arrives on Kamikawa Maru


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk: Alabama is reported sunk, but it is decidedly not after only two TT.

SC PC-1082 is reported to have been sunk near Hollandia on May 03, 1944
AK Lynx
AK Serpens

AK Sterope
AK Leonis
LST-81 is reported to have been sunk near Manus on May 04, 1944
Previous report of sinking of CVL Cowpens incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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The first strategic bombing took place at Rangoon on the 3rd, where B-29s hit the light industry, destroying all 40 points in one night! Hmmmmm. Not much to do about that.
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Here is the current Burma situation. The medium sized force coming up the Lashio road will likely catch my road blocking force and easily overwhelm it. I don't have much hope that they'll retreat the direction I'd want them to based on the proximity of Lashio and it's supply path down the gray road. The embattled force on the yellow road to Taung Gyi will then be in peril. i will try to rush around a few more units from Lashio, effectively abandoning that base.

In the South my retreat is nearly complete from Prome and Bassein. The tank regiment on the road between Ramree and Allied troops will likely be threatened within days, as Allied troops are moving in. Will the supply line be disrupted? We'll see.

I'm also shifting a division, brigade and more arty from the Kunming area toward Paoshan where they will solidify that road with the other strong units already in place, just in case he has any ideas of opening the Burma road. That is really not possible unless somehow he has flown in enough to get the millions of Chinese moving, and even then I have good forces still in China for a strong defense.

Rangoon air fields are virtually abandoned now. I'll be moving the support units back soon, but might launch a few more surprise strikes there if he isn't vigilant about keeping the fields closed. Right now he's much more concerned with flattening jungles where my troops are dug-in.





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Here is New Guinea showing the areas being contested now. Biak is under siege, and Sarmi is the major airbase and support bastion closest to the area. Dagua has been built up, but the Allies have left significant bases in the rear, including Hollandia with it's 40k supplies and air HQ, Vanaimo, Aitape and Wewak. The later has almost no supply now though, and will be an easy take once the Allies decide to try for it. Hollandia and Vanaimo should be tough, and Aitape is fighting off 490AV of Allied troops easily so far. It seems to be supplied from the Hollandia area.

I will be busy trying to reinforce Biak and all of the bases in that area as the Allies continue to try to push forward. I'll keep looking for spots, as during the past two turns, to hit Allied forces moving past the cut-off bases. My Jake units suffer, but they provide a lot of good info still, as seen here in the BB TF that was hit by Jills from Hollandia.





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Here the Allies are slowly building momentum. I expect an incursion soon via PT, LST and DD. Lots of cheap assets massed for quick strikes. The 4Es haven't been seen here yet but recon is hitting our deepest bases, and I expect some boming of Ambon, Koepang and Kendari soon.




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A lot of critical battles during these turns. One big mistake on my part. This will set the stage for the coming weeks.

STRAT BOMBING: The first big long distance strat bombing with B-29s happened on the 5th at Medan. Jocke started a thread about this one in the war room. Interstingly, the fighter group defending the base had 'upgraded' to the A6M5c without me doing it intentionally. I had thought they were Jacks here, and hadn't checked in a few days. I was surprised to see them actually battling it out with the new behemoths, and doing well. I guess the armor helped. I lost NO fighters though, which is VERY odd. The other strange thing about this attack was that he got 139 oil hits, taking a huge chunk off of the production here. It's now at 60 but still going at least.

Anyway. An interesting start. The strike did what it was supposed to do, but at some cost.

SUBS: E no. 5 takes out the Barbero after it hits PB Kongo Maru#2. I can see the frustration Allied players have with these ships. They really are a step up, and I can't figure out why they perform so well compared to the earlier E with nearly identical stats and even better than most Allied ASW ships. Or maybe it's just that the DL on Allied subs is always up due to all of the search planes I have flying, day and night.

S/SW PAC: The Allies hit Noemafor, the base next to Biak, with a strong invasion. It looks like they didn't have full prep judging by the disablements during landing. A good fifth of the force looks to have been knocked out for a while. We also get to the landings this time. a lot of planes are lost, but quite a few transports are hit. It could have been more, but many Jills and Judys go for the combat ships instead of the transports, again.

From Holandia also though I get some troops on ships when my remaining Jills there hit a convoy of LST, likely getting some of a support unit of some kind. Also at Hollandia I brought in Jacks which did well hitting the inevitable 4E strike, preserving the flying ability of the groups here and making sure we didn't have to withdraw those groups. About 15 4E destroyed on the day here.

Almost 400 AV of Allied troops pare on Noemafor, and against only 170 AV of Japanese troops. There are level 4 forts. If I can hold the first attack it will be possible to send more in. Some will be airlifted immediately, and two garrison units are nearly to Babeldaob rescued from Salamua.

S DEI: After seeing no bombers at Darwin in my recon flights, I sent in a TF with 3 CA, one CL and 4 DD to hit the base there. I knew they'd have to make it through a few PTs and DDs, but I've had good luck with those throughout the game on bright nights. This was 100% moonlight, but the luck didn't hold. In the second engagement the Furataka was sunk by three TT from the PTs, and the multiple battles slowed the TF so that although it had good LR CAP, it was in range of Darwin at light.

Jocke had moved in bombers that turn, unfortunately, or we hadn't seen them before. Dauntlesses put three hits on Chikuma and one on Nishiro even though we decimated the strike, and skip-bombers added one more against Maya. The Chikuma was severely slowed and is only four hexes from Darwin. It will likely be caught by DDs or sunk by tomorrows air strikes. That sucks. My bad.

The Noshiro is in another TF and should be able to get back if not caught by surface groups, but that is a big if. Altogether a fiasco much like those faced by real-life Japanese commanders. Taking note of this makes me consider that I need to use different tactics in defense. I have to get him inside my LBA and then, only then, use the navy to create damage and get ships vulnerable. An expensive lesson, but good to understand now anyway.

BURMA: The Allied troops wipe our small blocking force off the trail next to Lashio, and of course they retreat to that base. I'll send them around to the blocking army on the road to Taung Gyi, but they will not likely make it before the Allies. Tense moments. This could break open the entire Northern part of Burma and force a further retreat to Taugn Gyi and a scramble to protect the long road to Chang Mai.

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Submarine attack near Woleai at 102,101

Japanese Ships
xAK Keihuku Maru
xAK Eihuku Maru
E No.5
PB Kongo Maru #2, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Wa 2

Allied Ships
SS Barbero, hits 22, heavy damage

SS Barbero is sighted by escort
E No.5 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Kongo Maru #2 fails to find sub and abandons search
E No.5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E No.5 attacking submerged sub ....
SS Barbero forced to surface!
E No.5 firing on surfaced sub ....
PB Wa 2 firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Pre-Invasion action off Noemfoor (86,110)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

79 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Astoria
SC-643
SC-640
APA Leon
AM Kiama
AM Champion


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


CA Astoria firing at 91st Infantry Regiment
SC-643 fired at enemy troops
SC-640 fired at enemy troops
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 Noemfoor (86,110)

TF 75 troops unloading over beach at Noemfoor, 86,110


Allied ground losses:
423 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 87 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 46 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 43 (0 destroyed, 43 disabled)
Vehicles lost 81 (0 destroyed, 81 disabled)
Lack of prep for this target?


13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 44 lost overboard during unload of 102nd(Sep) Infantry Rgt

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 93,115

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 8
B6N2 Jill x 16

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 8 destroyed, 3 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak


No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Hull
LST-215, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk


Allied ground losses:
611 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 40 destroyed, 5 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (7 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
58th FG/69th FS with P-38H Lightning (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 93,115

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 3
D4Y3 Judy x 11

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
D4Y3 Judy: 7 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 3 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Mustin
LST-202, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
LST-28, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

DD O'Brien


Allied ground losses:
93 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 6 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
3 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
58th FG/69th FS with P-38H Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 143 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Noemfoor at 86,110

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 75 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 5
J2M3 Jack x 42
P1Y1 Frances x 13



Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 9
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7
F4U-1 Corsair x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 5 damaged
J2M3 Jack: 12 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 7 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
APA Cambria
DD Doyle, Bomb hits 1
CA Astoria
DD Cony

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
5 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 5000 feet *
5 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 10000 feet

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Noemfoor at 86,110

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
D4Y3 Judy x 29
N1K2-J George x 14

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2
F4U-1 Corsair x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
D4Y3 Judy: 5 destroyed, 12 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 3 destroyed by flak
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Montpelier
CL Cleveland
DD Reid
DD Saufley
DD Radford


Aircraft Attacking:
14 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Noemfoor at 86,110

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 48

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 2
F4U-1 Corsair x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 2 destroyed, 21 damaged
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 4 destroyed by flak


Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Astoria, Shell hits 2
AKA Fomalhaut
APA Callaway
AKA Mercury, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
APA W.A. Holbrook, Bomb hits 2, on fire

APA Sumter, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AKA Procyon, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1



Aircraft Attacking:
36 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
3 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance

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Morning Air attack on Hollandia , at 93,116

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 34

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 57
B-24J Liberator x 99
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 11
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 15


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
J2M3 Jack: 1 destroyed on ground
D4Y3 Judy: 4 destroyed on ground
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed on ground
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 3 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 2 destroyed, 10 damaged

B-24J Liberator: 13 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged
PBJ-1D Mitchell: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged


Airbase hits 37
Airbase supply hits 13
Runway hits 92

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Hollandia , at 93,116

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 60 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 15

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 12
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 7 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 6

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

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Morning Air attack on Aitape , at 95,118

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Hudson III (LR) x 18
B-25C Mitchell x 31
B-25D1 Mitchell x 76
B-25G Mitchell x 15
B-25H Mitchell x 46


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 4 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 25
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 80

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Hudson III (LR) bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Noemfoor at 86,110

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 2
J2M3 Jack x 7

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6
F4U-1 Corsair x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Noemfoor at 86,110

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 24
J2M3 Jack x 30



Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1 Corsair x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 17 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD McKee
AKA Castor, Torpedo hits 1
DD Cony
DD Bush
DD DeHaven

Aircraft Attacking:
23 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Ground combat at Noemfoor (86,110)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2608 troops, 39 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 171

Defending force 8235 troops, 151 guns, 264 vehicles, Assault Value = 327

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

Assaulting units:
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
91st Infantry Regiment
47th Engineer Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /3
62nd Construction Battalion
28th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
627th TD Bn /3
102nd(Sep) Infantry Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
158th(Sep) Infantry Rgt /3

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Ground combat at 61,46 (near Lashio)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 34839 troops, 321 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 1485

Defending force 5790 troops, 48 guns, 13 vehicles, Assault Value = 233

Allied adjusted assault: 772

Japanese adjusted defense: 316

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
3112 casualties reported
Squads: 74 destroyed, 103 disabled
Non Combat: 59 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 28 (12 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Units destroyed 1


Allied ground losses:
602 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 87 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)


Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
39th Indian Division
1st New Chinese Corps
77th Chindit Brigade
111th Chindit Brigade
8th New Chinese Corps
50th Indian Para Bde /1
NCAC
25th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
23rd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
24th Indian Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
7th RTA/A Division
39th/B Division

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Ground combat at 54,49 (near Ramree Island)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 720 troops, 0 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 101

Defending force 880 troops, 0 guns, 143 vehicles, Assault Value = 73

Allied adjusted assault: 46

Japanese adjusted defense: 121

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Assaulting units:
11th PAVO Regiment
14th Army Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
22nd Tank Regiment

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma, Shell hits 1
CA Maya
CA Furutaka
CL Noshiro
DD Ikazuchi
DD Amagiri
DD Oboro
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
DD Black
DD Boyd
DD Clarence Bronson
DD Caperton, Shell hits 1
DD Dortch
DD Lewis Hancock
DD Hickox, Shell hits 1
DD Hunt, Shell hits 2

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
DD Oboro engages DD Hunt at 8,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 76,124, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CA Maya
CA Furutaka, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CL Noshiro
DD Ikazuchi
DD Amagiri
DD Oboro
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
PT-452, Shell hits 1
PT-453
PT-454, Shell hits 1, on fire
PT-455
PT-456, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-457, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

PT-458
PT-459, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-461
PT-496
PT-497, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-497 at 8,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-497 at 8,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-453 at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
PT-497 engages CA Furutaka at 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-461 at 4,000 yards
PT-458 engages DD Oboro at 4,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-497 at 4,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-454 at 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-453 at 4,000 yards
Perrin, W.V. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 3,000 yards

PT-497 engages CA Furutaka at 3,000 yards
DD Oboro engages PT-497 at 3,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-456 at 3,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-452 at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
PT-497 engages CA Furutaka at 6,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-497 at 6,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-461 at 6,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-458 at 6,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-456 at 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-454 at 6,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-452 at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-497 at 10,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-454 at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-497 at 11,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-461 at 11,000 yards
PT-497 sunk by DD Oboro at 11,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-456 at 11,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-454 at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-496 at 9,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-461 at 9,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-459 at 9,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-456 at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-457 at 6,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages PT-456 at 6,000 yards
CA Furutaka sunk by PT-453 at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-461 at 8,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-461 at 8,000 yards
DD Oboro engages PT-457 at 8,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-456 at 8,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-455 at 8,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-452 at 8,000 yards
Perrin, W.V. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-496 at 7,000 yards
PT-459 sunk by CA Chikuma at 7,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-457 at 7,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-456 at 7,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-455 at 7,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-452 at 7,000 yards
Nabeshima, Shunsaku orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Oboro collides with CL Noshiro at 76 , 124
DD Akebono engages PT-461 at 9,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-496 at 9,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-453 at 9,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-452 at 9,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-461 at 9,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-496 at 9,000 yards
DD Oboro engages PT-454 at 9,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages PT-496 at 9,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-452 at 9,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-461 at 9,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-496 at 9,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-455 at 9,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-454 at 9,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-453 at 9,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages PT-455 at 9,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-455 at 9,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-452 at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-458 at 6,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-457 at 6,000 yards
DD Oboro engages PT-456 at 6,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages PT-455 at 6,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-461 at 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-453 at 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-452 at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-461 at 4,000 yards
PT-456 sunk by CA Chikuma at 4,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-452 at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-461 at 2,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-458 at 2,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-457 at 2,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-455 at 2,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-454 at 2,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-452 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-455 at 4,000 yards
PT-457 sunk by CL Noshiro at 4,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-452 at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-458 at 6,000 yards
DD Akebono engages PT-454 at 6,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages PT-454 at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Noshiro engages PT-496 at 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages PT-458 at 5,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages PT-454 at 5,000 yards
Perrin, W.V. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-461 at 11,000 yards
DD Oboro engages PT-461 at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 13



Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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

CAP engaged:
87th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-84a Frank x 10

Allied aircraft
P-51B Mustang x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x P-51B Mustang sweeping at 31000 feet

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 75,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 17
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 27

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 11
SBD-5 Dauntless x 16


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 5 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 10 destroyed
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak


Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Noshiro, Bomb hits 1, on fire

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Morning Air attack on 4th RTA Division, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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


Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 10
B-25C Mitchell x 55
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 24
B-26B Marauder x 12


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
68 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled

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

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

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

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 16
Liberator B.III x 16
Liberator B.VI x 16
Liberator GR.III x 19
B-17F Fortress x 11
B-24D Liberator x 22
B-24D1 Liberator x 27
B-24J Liberator x 187


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
248 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 37 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on Medan , at 46,76

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M5c Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 101

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 2 destroyed, 30 damaged

Oil hits 139 That's a lot of oil hit for one strike!

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 9000 feet *
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb


CAP engaged:
254 Ku S-1 with A6M5c Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 11 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 75,124

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 10
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 26

Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 11
B-25G Mitchell x 32
SBD-5 Dauntless x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
B-25G Mitchell: 12 destroyed, 13 damaged
B-25G Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 destroyed


Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Chikuma, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Noshiro, on fire
DD Ikazuchi

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25G Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x B-25G Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 93 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y3 Judy x 25

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 12
Spitfire Vc Trop x 24
P-38H Lightning x 29
F4U-1A Corsair x 23


Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 15 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Afternoon Air attack on Hollandia , at 93,116

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 17
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 67
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 14
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 12


Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-24D1 Liberator: 3 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 3 damaged

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

Airbase hits 16
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at 54,49 (near Ramree Island)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3607 troops, 55 guns, 218 vehicles, Assault Value = 224

Defending force 896 troops, 0 guns, 143 vehicles, Assault Value = 72

Allied adjusted assault: 104

Japanese adjusted defense: 94

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 19 (4 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
81 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (3 destroyed, 5 disabled)



Assaulting units:
11th PAVO Regiment
14th Army Engineer Battalion
165 Wing
120th RAF Base Force
40th USN Naval Construction Battalion
1st Indian Light AA Regiment
I/224 Gp Forward Base Force
1st Indian Coastal Artillery Regiment
225 Group RAF
853rd Engineer Aviation Battalion
41st USN Naval Construction Battalion
9th IAF Advanced Base Force
823rd Engineer Aviation Battalion
1883rd Engineer Aviation Battalion
38th USN Naval Construction Battalion
39th USN Naval Construction Battalion
43rd USN Naval Construction Battalion
II/221 Gp Forward Base Force
1st RAF Advanced Base Force
2nd Indian Coastal Artillery Regiment
XXXIII Corps RIASC Base Force
858th Engineer Aviation Battalion
7th RAF Advanced Base Force
121st RAF Base Force
101st Heavy AA Regiment
2nd USN Naval Construction Regiment
177 Wing
4th USN Naval Construction Regiment
Provisional GMC Grp
137/155th Field Regiment
51st (East African) Construction Battalion
I/221 Gp Forward Base Force
122nd RAF Base Force
848th Engineer Aviation Battalion

Wow. A lot of support and other stuff, hey?!

Defending units:
22nd Tank Regiment

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Reinforcements:

LST T-117 arrives at Maizuru
MTB G-846 arrives at Hiroshima/Kure


Losses:

Loss of PB Kongo Maru #2 on May 05, 1944 is admitted
Loss of CA Furutaka on May 06, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

LST-215 is reported to have been sunk near Hollandia on May 05, 1944
PT-456 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on May 06, 1944
PT-457 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on May 06, 1944
PT-459 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on May 06, 1944
PT-497 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on May 06, 1944

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Too bad. My fault here.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/19/2013 3:56:13 PM   
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Unfortunately for the IJN, from a certain point on the IJ ships are no longer a real threat even for the small boats the allied have. DDs and PTs become deadly late in the game and you're well into 1944 so i think you should play a little more conservative from now on and use the IJN only in absolutely necessary engagements.

I remember my Pts sinking Yamato with only two torps... as soon as they get the Radar, PTs are really overpowered.


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/19/2013 6:39:49 PM   
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ORIGINAL: GreyJoy

Unfortunately for the IJN, from a certain point on the IJ ships are no longer a real threat even for the small boats the allied have. DDs and PTs become deadly late in the game and you're well into 1944 so i think you should play a little more conservative from now on and use the IJN only in absolutely necessary engagements.

I remember my Pts sinking Yamato with only two torps... as soon as they get the Radar, PTs are really overpowered.




Yep. It looked like the last opportunity I'd have to bombard here and arrest the development of the base. It was a day too late, and I paid the price.

This is the first time PTs have really hit anything significant since the early days in the DEI in this game.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/19/2013 10:33:21 PM   
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STRATEGIC BOMBING
Hi Obvert, do you know which base those B-29 are coming from? they made a loooong way to Medan 'cause their load was "only" ten bombs each; so they were in estended radius (from 29 to 35 hexes from the AF). I suppose that such a long journey back to AF could have downed some more of those 30 damaged, a good result for yours A6M5c!!
The complet load of B-29 is 20 bombs each, so when they're in range you could expect to double the damage received .
101 B-29 means more or less 1000 bombs!!! so 139 hits isn't so much in statistical terms, but I know that it sucks the same...
Another good info is that his primary target is oil, not a big discover indeed , now that he's licking his wounds you can dislocate your fighters and AA accordingly; I'd expect next strikes from Australia once is secured ; main targets could be your Oilfields in Soerabaja, Balikpapan and Tarakan. Make him pay any attempt!!!

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