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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/19/2013 10:47:51 PM   
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The attack between Prome and Bassein is towards 4 directions as predicted! I'm very curious to see which direction is his main attack, probably he will go also for Prome now that is almost abandoned, to exploit it for short range air support, but I think you made the right thing here!!
However, how many AV have you in those two forest hex behind the river? Do you also have a forecast of his total AV number in the stack?

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/20/2013 6:03:44 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!!!


Not sure what you mean about dislocate fighters and AA. All bases with oil that are in range have fighters and AA. They will remain there indefinitely. The oil will be repaired for now, even though it is a high cost in supply. He likely won't try again at this range to Medan unless he goes at night.

The beasts are based in India, probably Chittagong.

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BURMA
The attack between Prome and Bassein is towards 4 directions as predicted! I'm very curious to see which direction is his main attack, probably he will go also for Prome now that is almost abandoned, to exploit it for short range air support, but I think you made the right thing here!!
However, how many AV have you in those two forest hex behind the river? Do you also have a forecast of his total AV number in the stack?


Yes, he is showing movement to all four, but I think he'll only move for now to two, the two bases in the clear. No need to cross rivers if he doesn't have to.

Jocke has at least 330k in that stack. I bet that's 8-10k AV in combat power, maybe a bit more. I have 2k+ AV with arty in one hex near Rangoon, and 3k+ in the other closer to Prome. Another 1.5k+ AV is Rangoon. He's got enough to push me around, but he has to be careful and prepare his attacks, or he'll get very frustrated with jungle warfare. All of my units have just been sitting and building forts while he's been getting in position to move.

Japanese players get used to this kind of thing early in China, and know how to mass force, take losses for a while and concentrate to force a breakthrough. Sometimes it takes several unsuccessful and very costly attacks to eventually wear down the defenders and force the retreat. The Allies only get to practice this later, and I think have to learn as they go what it takes.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/21/2013 4:00:45 PM   
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with 2k-3,5k AV troops, forts, jungle and river you should be safe, if he'll try to pass with 10k av he'll probably get a bloody nose. Maybe you could balace even better your forces: 2,5k and 3k AV. Did you see any recon plane on your jungle positions? Maybe could be a clue where he is moving.
Looking forward for the battle!

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/22/2013 8:56:21 AM   
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7 - 8 May 1944
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S/SW PAC: Biak takes more bombing, but strangely Jocke does not bomb troops at Noemafor before launching a DA. It gets a 1:2 and drops his AV significantly, down to 263. Our troops take a hit, but this should give time to reinforce. I'm considering sendgina garrison unit by sea so as to also get supply to the base, which is low at 1k right now.

Our BBs are contacted several times by US PT boats near Biak resulting in one combat. Several PTs are sunk for no losses on our side this time, thankfully. The BBs will now retire to around the Sorong area in preparation for the troop ships loading and moving in. The KB has sortied from Manila and is also en route to the area.

Several rear bases are targets for bombing runs by 2Es again. This continues to make me quite pleased. I feel much better about those bombers here than in OZ.

S DEI: The Chikuma, Noshiro and Akebono are lost to a combination of air strikes and surface clean-up near South of Timor. Alas, a bad week for the IJN down here.

I set Bettys and Frances to hit one hex short of Darwin but the escort for them didn't join in as they tried for a support convoy there. I lost a lot of planes for sinking a PC and an AGP.

BURMA: Everything is scurrying to the contested hex between Lashio and Taung Gyi. This will be a crucial moment in the game. If he achieves a breakthrough the Burma theatre will change completely.

Allied bombers hit both troops coming from Lashio and those moving to reinforce the tea from Taung Gyi. I should be able to establish a block on the road one hex back before anything is pushed back at least.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 7, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 75,124, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Torpedo hits 1
DD Ikazuchi
DD Amagiri

Allied Ships
PT-464
PT-465
PT-466
PT-467
PT-468, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PT-469
PT-470
PT-471
PT-472
PT-473, Shell hits 1

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...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 9,000 yards
DD Amagiri engages PT-473 at 9,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-468 at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-472 at 2,000 yards
PT-468 sunk by DD Amagiri at 4,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-467 at 4,000 yards
Zibbon, S.F. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CA Maya engages PT-464 at 8,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 90,110, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Musashi
BB Fuso
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise
DD Shimakaze
DD Maikaze
DD Amatsukaze
DD Harusame
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
PT-221
PT-222
PT-223
PT-224
PT-295
PT-353
PT-354
PT-355

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese radar detects Allied task force at 24,000 yards Japanese surface radar picking up before the Allied radar?
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 17,000 yards...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Darwin at 74,123, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
PT-129, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PT-130
PT-131
PT-132
PT-133
PT-134
PT-138
PT-302
PT-303, Shell hits 3, on fire

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 90,110, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Musashi
BB Fuso
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise
DD Shimakaze
DD Maikaze
DD Amatsukaze
DD Harusame
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
PT-262
PT-263, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-264
PT-277
PT-278
PT-279, Shell hits 1
PT-280
PT-281, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-282
PT-283, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-284
PT-285



Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese radar detects Allied task force at 12,000 yards
BB Yamato engages PT-285 at 12,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages PT-279 at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
BB Ise engages PT-285 at 13,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages PT-282 at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Bathurst Island at 77,123

Weather in hex: Clear sky

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

Japanese aircraft
G4M2 Betty x 13
P1Y1 Frances x 13



Allied aircraft
Spitfire Vc Trop x 17
P-38G Lightning x 4
P-38H Lightning x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
G4M2 Betty: 7 destroyed, 2 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
AKE City of Dalhart
PC Jackson, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AG Atlanta City
PG Swan
AGP Eridanus, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x G4M2 Betty bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 18
B-25G Mitchell x 19
B-25H Mitchell x 16


No Allied losses

Airbase hits 17
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 32

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

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Morning Air attack on Madang , at 97,123

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
B-25C Mitchell x 15
B-25D1 Mitchell x 93
B-25G Mitchell x 12
B-25H Mitchell x 29


No Allied losses



Airbase hits 38
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 69

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 4th RTA Division, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 72 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 31
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 45
B-25D1 Mitchell x 22
B-26 Marauder x 23
B-26B Marauder x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 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:
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/A Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 19
B-17F Fortress x 10
B-24D Liberator x 21
B-24D1 Liberator x 30
B-24J Liberator x 163


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
310 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 34 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Truscott at 71,121

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 9



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 21
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 30


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 5 destroyed
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Noshiro, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Akebono, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
18 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Ground combat at Noemfoor (86,110)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 8444 troops, 153 guns, 266 vehicles, Assault Value = 356

Defending force 5584 troops, 62 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 204

Allied adjusted assault: 112

Japanese adjusted defense: 273

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
354 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled

Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Guns lost 12 (4 destroyed, 8 disabled)



Allied ground losses:
703 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 23 (3 destroyed, 20 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Assaulting units:
102nd(Sep) Infantry Regiment
158th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
3rd Motor Brigade

Defending units:
47th Engineer Regiment
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
16th Garrison Unit /1
6th Guards Inf. Rgt /2
91st Infantry Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /3
62nd Construction Battalion
28th JNAF AF Unit

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 8, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Truscott at 71,120, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Noshiro, Shell hits 20, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Akebono, Shell hits 20, and is sunk


Allied Ships
DD Black
DD Boyd
DD Clarence Bronson
DD Caperton
DD Dortch
DD Lewis Hancock
DD Hickox
DD Hunt


Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...

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

Japanese Ships
MGB G-233, Shell hits 3, heavy fires

Allied Ships
PT-316
PT-317
PT-318
PT-319
PT-320
PT-321
PT-322
PT-323
PT-324
PT-325
PT-326
PT-327

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MGB G-233, Shell hits 12, and is sunk

Allied Ships
PT-316
PT-317
PT-318
PT-319
PT-320
PT-321
PT-322, Shell hits 1, on fire
PT-323
PT-324
PT-325
PT-326
PT-327



Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards

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Morning Air attack on 24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment, at 61,46 , near Lashio

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-67-Ia Peggy x 20



Allied aircraft
P-39N1 Airacobra x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-67-Ia Peggy: 12 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Biak , at 87,110

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 24
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 61
B-24J Liberator x 73
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 9


No Allied losses

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


Airbase hits 93
Airbase supply hits 26
Runway hits 185

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 Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 18
P-40K Warhawk x 22


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
18 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 75 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 4
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-25D1 Mitchell x 93
B-25G Mitchell x 16
B-25H Mitchell x 44


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

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



Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 50

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 Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 7
B-25C Mitchell x 15
F4U-1A Corsair x 8


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 5

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

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Morning Air attack on 4th RTA Division, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 69
B-25D1 Mitchell x 21
B-26B Marauder x 12


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
14 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: Light rain

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


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 16
Liberator B.VI x 13
Liberator GR.III x 16
B-17F Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 13
B-24D1 Liberator x 28
B-24J Liberator x 163


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
75 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

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

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Ground combat at Noemfoor (86,110)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 580 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 169

Defending force 7791 troops, 150 guns, 265 vehicles, Assault Value = 263

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


Assaulting units:
47th Engineer Regiment
91st Infantry Regiment
16th Garrison Unit /1
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
6th Guards Inf. Rgt /2
9th Tank Rgt /3
62nd Construction Battalion
28th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
158th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
102nd(Sep) Infantry Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade
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Reinforcements:

MGB G-239 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
SC Ch 61 arrives at Niigata

Aircraft J2M5 Jack advances R&D (9/44)
Aircraft Ki-100-I Tony advances R&D (1/45)
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Losses:

Loss of DD Akebono on May 08, 1944 is admitted
Loss of MGB G-233 on May 08, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:


APA Henderson is reported to have been sunk near Dagua on Mar 28, 1944
PT-263 is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 07, 1944
PT-281 is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 07, 1944
PT-283 is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 07, 1944
PT-468 is reported to have been sunk near Darwin on May 07, 1944
PC Jackson is reported to have been sunk near Bathurst Island on May 07, 1944
AGP Eridanus is reported to have been sunk near Bathurst Island on May 07, 1944

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How many PT boats to the Allies get in total? I don't expect to ever really challenge the pools, I am just curious. I have been sinking around 2-3 a week on average lately, and he seems to have more and more all of the time.

During the war the number lost was very low, and most were due to collisions or other accidents, not to enemy fire.

Out of 531 PTs placed in US Navy service, 69 were lost: 5 - destroyed by enemy surface ship gunfire; 1 - rammed by enemy ship; 1 - rammed enemy ship; 1 - enemy aircraft strafing; 4 - enemy bombings; 2 - kamikaze attacks; 5 - enemy shore batteries; 4 - enemy mines; 1 - damaged by enemy fire then destroyed; 2 - lost in transit, tanker torpedoed by enemy. Total: 26 lost by enemy action.

Additional losses: 18 - grounded in enemy waters and destroyed to prevent capture; 3 - destroyed to prevent capture; 3 - destroyed by US aircraft; 2 - destroyed by Australian aircraft; 2 - destroyed by US ships; 1 - destroyed by enemy shore fire or wild shot from US warship; 5 - grounded/destroyed outside enemy waters or in storms; 6 - fire or explosion in port; 3 - collisions. Total: 43 lost by accidents, friendly fire or sea conditions.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/22/2013 10:50:26 AM   
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ORIGINAL: MrBlizzard

with 2k-3,5k AV troops, forts, jungle and river you should be safe, if he'll try to pass with 10k av he'll probably get a bloody nose. Maybe you could balace even better your forces: 2,5k and 3k AV. Did you see any recon plane on your jungle positions? Maybe could be a clue where he is moving.
Looking forward for the battle!


I'm not really looking forward to the battle. The more time it takes before the battle the better!

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/22/2013 1:36:07 PM   
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SUBS: The Dorado gets nailed near Daito Shoto.

S/SW PAC: More bombing of rear bases. I also get the 16th garrison unit landed at Noemafor, with a bit of support still left to go. I'll keep going for one more day here to see if I get lucky and can get it all unloaded. The KB is hovering nearby and might not be detected as it's under a storm.

The Allies attack at Deboyne Islands but still can't dislodge the remnants left here. The IJ 'troops' must be driving tractors into the MG squads.

S DEI: All is quiet down her now and CA Maya makes safety in Soerabaja after a bomb and torpedo hit. She'll need over a month. I'll at least take out the dings here, but might need to move back and discontinue using this port soon if B-29s move into the area.

BURMA: British cruisers made a daring run from Akyab into the Moulmein area to hit some low value 10 knot xAK/xAKL unloading supplies there. The sub screen didn't slow them and our bombers didn't even get a shot in. I could use this to my advantage in future with some MTB/MGB units here and more subs to trip up and slow these ships so air strikes can have a chance to fly. That's still a rash move and not worth the potential cost, but he got away with it this time. Luckily most of the supply had unloaded.

The Allied troops have nearly reached our position on the road between Taung Gyi and Lashio. It looks like only the engineer and base force will make it in time to add to the total here. Maybe one of the 1/3 Thai divisions, but that's iffy. Allied bombing continues to peck away squads and keep some disruption up on certain units while others are untouched. Two units here have level 4 forts. Even if he gets a positive attack these might not retreat, giving time to set up the next line with fresh brigades and get the Thai division parts through the area rather than getting stuck on the Lashio side.

B-29s hit Rabaul in a gutsy daylight attack, taking out the Irvings and one group of Franks still there repairing.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Biak at 87,110, Range 3,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-841
MTB G-842

Allied Ships
PT-316
PT-317
PT-318
PT-319
PT-320
PT-321
PT-322
PT-323
PT-324
PT-325
PT-326
PT-327

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards
MTB G-842 engages PT-327 at 2,000 yards
MTB G-841 engages PT-327 at 2,000 yards
MTB G-842 engages PT-324 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Moulmein at 55,55, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
xAK Chojun Maru, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAK Daifuku Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Kotobuki Maru #5, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Kuraido Maru, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Yamura Maru, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
PB Tama Maru, Shell hits 19, and is sunk
PB Ryuto Maru, Shell hits 42, and is sunk
PB Tokihime Maru, Shell hits 5, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire
CA Sussex
CA Suffolk
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 1
DD Evertsen
DD Quadrant
DD Queensborough
DD Quilliam
DD Racehorse
DD Rapid
DD Redoubt

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 96% moonlight: 11,000 yards

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Rangoon at 53,55, Range 27,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PC Nire, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAKL Indus Maru, Shell hits 17, and is sunk
xAKL Kokuyo Maru, Shell hits 17, and is sunk
xAKL Kuwayama Maru, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
xAKL Koyu Maru, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAKL Nichizui Maru, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
SC CHa-8, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
SC CHa-51, Shell hits 2, and is sunk


Allied Ships
CA Dorsetshire
CA Sussex
CA Suffolk
CA Cornwall
DD Evertsen
DD Quadrant
DD Queensborough
DD Quilliam
DD Racehorse
DD Rapid
DD Redoubt

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 27,000 yards

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Afternoon Air attack on 39th/C Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Light rain

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


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 14
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 18
B-17F Fortress x 8
B-24D Liberator x 16
B-24D1 Liberator x 26
B-24J Liberator x 129


Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
160 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)


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



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ASW attack near Ishigaki at 89,67

Japanese Ships
E Kiji
E Yugao
DD Tachikaze
DD Sawakaze

Allied Ships
SS Dorado, hits 13

SS Dorado is sighted by escort
DD Tachikaze attacking submerged sub ....

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Morning Air attack on Vanimo , at 93,117

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 56
B-24J Liberator x 90
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 12
PBJ-1D Mitchell x 15


No Allied losses

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



Airbase hits 78
Airbase supply hits 15
Runway hits 201

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x PBJ-1D Mitchell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 18
PV-1 Ventura x 17
Kittyhawk IV x 4


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson III (LR): 1 damaged

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


Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
17 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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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 4
B-25C Mitchell x 30
B-25D1 Mitchell x 96
B-25G Mitchell x 14
B-25H Mitchell x 46


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 4 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 32
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 70

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 23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 21
B-25D1 Mitchell x 21
B-26 Marauder x 23
B-26B Marauder x 12


Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
14 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/A Division, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 13
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 16
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24D Liberator x 18
B-24D1 Liberator x 18
B-24J Liberator x 121


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
159 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 94

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 9 destroyed on ground
E15K1 Norm: 1 destroyed on ground
J1N1-S Irving: 5 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 44
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 69

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Ground combat at Noemfoor (86,110)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 609 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 283

Defending force 7988 troops, 151 guns, 266 vehicles, Assault Value = 289

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

Assaulting units:
91st Infantry Regiment
6th Guards Inf. Rgt /2
16th Garrison Unit /1 Newly added unit
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
47th Engineer Regiment
9th Tank Rgt /3
62nd Construction Battalion
28th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
102nd(Sep) Infantry Regiment
158th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
3rd Motor Brigade


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Ground combat at Deboyne Islands (103,135)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1213 troops, 26 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 46

Defending force 517 troops, 0 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 7

Allied adjusted assault: 4

Japanese adjusted defense: 9

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

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

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


Assaulting units:
N Force Detachment

Defending units:
1st Recon Regiment
44th JNAF AF Unit /1
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Reinforcements:

E Yashiro arrives at Tokyo
SS RO-41 arrives at Haiphong
MTB G-847 arrives at Shimonoseki

Aircraft B7A2 Grace advances R&D (8/44)


Losses:

Loss of PC Nire on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Chojun Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Daifuku Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAKL Indus Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAKL Kokuyo Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAKL Kuwayama Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAKL Koyu Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Kuraido Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAKL Nichizui Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Yamura Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of PB Tama Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of PB Ryuto Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of PB Tokihime Maru on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SC CHa-8 on May 09, 1944 is admitted
Loss of SC CHa-51 on May 09, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk: none

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The Indus Maru. While I hate to lose ships, these went down for a good cause and could set up interesting options in the future. As is I have a bunch of small slow transports sitting in port that I don't need to use. Jocke's early 44 surge in sub activity has tempered. Some of these will undoubtedly be sent out knowing they are expendable in order to get supplies in to difficult spots in the coming months.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/23/2013 12:45:49 PM   
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SUBS: The RO-67 took out US fleet sub Lapon on the 11th. Who says the RO subs are useless?

A massive wave of RN subs is moving in the area near the Thai/Malay coast. Looks like about 20 subs all bunched together. Air ASW is having a few shots at them, and ASW TFs are launching from Singers to have a go as well. Not sure if this is related to Jocke conversation with Speedy about the sub war, but it is timed interestingly. Not much to hit out here, but maybe they're heading farther? We'll see.

BURMA: The most important action came in Burma. After days of intensive air strikes the Allies shocked against the IJA and Thai roadblock near Taung Gyi. Amazingly in the face of overwhelming odds, the forces hold! The attack got a 1:1 and resulted in quite a few losses for the Allies in guns, vehicles and infantry. This should drop their AV to around 2200, against our 470, but another Thai regiment is moving in tomorrow, so that'll be more like 550. With some units having 4 forts, I think this will hold now until reinforcements can arrive from the South. Banzai!!

S/SW PAC: Rabaul is again a target for air strikes. It's down to about 35k supplies now.

At Noemafor the KB fighters were in range to battle it out with the best the Allies have, the sweeping P-47s and P-38s. Many waves came in and the selection of A6M variants with the high quality KB pilots did well on the day, downing just a few more planes than they lost, the report showing 31 to 33. I'll take that any day against P-47s, especially over our base where we lose few pilots.

S DEI: The Flores Islands are still a weak spot in the front one of my defense of the area, and I have some brigades lined up to be bought out and moved here. They should be filled up within a month with some defenses.

CENTRAL PACFIC: No sign of anything since Wake was captured. I got a good supply drop to Marcus Island and replaced the AV that had been flying Jakes there with an AF Coy. The base is nearly at capacity and I'll look for one more small unit with AV to top it up soon. This will be a much more difficult place to take than Wake was, and that took over a month of intensive Allied pressure to break down.

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Sub vs Sub: SS RO-67 attacking SS Lapon at 89,110 - near Biak

Japanese Ships
SS RO-67

Allied Ships
SS Lapon, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

SS RO-67 launches 2 torpedoes at 3,000 yards

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Morning Air attack on Rabaul , at 106,125

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 18
Kittyhawk IV x 4
B-25C Mitchell x 30
B-25D1 Mitchell x 110
B-25G Mitchell x 30
B-25H Mitchell x 40


Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 28
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 46

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 23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-25C Mitchell x 33
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12
B-26 Marauder x 12
B-26B Marauder x 12


Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
14 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 rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 7
B-17F Fortress x 5
B-24D1 Liberator x 24
B-24J Liberator x 105


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
200 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

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ASW attack near Victoria Point at 50,63

Japanese Ships
PB Nagata Maru
AK Kinsyo Maru
AK Sinsei Maru
xAK Hiyoshi Maru
xAK Daido Maru
PB Shosei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Trusty, hits 1

SS Trusty launches 2 torpedoes at PB Nagata Maru
Trusty bottoming out ....
PB Shosei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shosei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Shosei Maru attacking submerged sub ....

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 12, 44
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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 47 NM, estimated altitude 40,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 47
A6M5b Zero x 54
A6M5c Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 31,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 38
A6M5b Zero x 42
A6M5c Zero x 12

Allied aircraft
P-38J Lightning x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-38J Lightning: 3 destroyed


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

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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 29
A6M5b Zero x 28
A6M5c Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 4 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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

Weather in hex: Overcast

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


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 13
Liberator B.III x 15
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 18
B-24D Liberator x 19
B-24D1 Liberator x 23
B-24J Liberator x 127
P-39N1 Airacobra x 11
P-40K Warhawk x 11


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

Japanese ground losses:
228 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment, at 60,47 , near Mandalay

Weather in hex: Overcast

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


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24D1 Liberator x 8
B-24J Liberator x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 11


No Allied losses

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 24
A6M5b Zero x 17
A6M5c Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 17
A6M5b Zero x 8
A6M5c Zero x 5



Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

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

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Afternoon Air attack on 23rd Ind.Mixed Brigade, at 59,48 (Taung Gyi)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 10
B-25C Mitchell x 28
B-25D1 Mitchell x 32
B-26 Marauder x 32
B-26B Marauder x 16


Allied aircraft losses
Wellington B.X: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Ground combat at 60,47 (near Mandalay)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 67471 troops, 856 guns, 230 vehicles, Assault Value = 2686

Defending force 18753 troops, 181 guns, 277 vehicles, Assault Value = 618

Allied adjusted assault: 2515

Japanese adjusted defense: 1348

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
1287 casualties reported
Squads: 10 destroyed, 161 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 41 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Vehicles lost 42 (1 destroyed, 41 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
2885 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 427 disabled

Non Combat: 14 destroyed, 63 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 44 disabled
Guns lost 95 (41 destroyed, 54 disabled)
Vehicles lost 51 (14 destroyed, 37 disabled)


Assaulting units:
11th (East African) Division
641st Towed Tank Destroyer Battalion
1st New Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
50th Indian Para Brigade
77th Chindit Brigade
111th Chindit Brigade
8th New Chinese Corps
23rd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
25th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
NCAC
24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
85th British AT Gun Regiment

Defending units:
2nd RTA Division
7th RTA/B Division
8th Tank Regiment
39th/A Division
20th Engineer Regiment
39th/C Division
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Army
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
62nd JAAF AF Bn

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Reinforcements:
MGB G-240 arrives at Shimizu

Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:
SS Lapon is reported to have been sunk near Biak on May 11, 1944
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In addition to areas under direct threat, Allied recon has been active in the area North of New Guinea and in the DEI recently. Also a lot of attention is being given to the Chinese mountains. Kunming, Tsuyun, and Paoshan were reconned. Is he planning to bomb or looking to see if he can move up the road and into China?

Allied Fighter Bomber sighted over Kendari
F-7A Liberator sighted over Dili
Allied Heavy Bomber sighted over Truk
Allied Aircraft sighted over Saumlaki
Allied Torpedo Bomber sighted over Woleai
Allied Aircraft sighted over Ulithi
Allied Aircraft sighted over Taberfane
Allied Aircraft sighted over Tsuyung
Allied Torpedo Bomber sighted over Kunming
Allied Fighter sighted over Paoshan
Allied Aircraft sighted over Chiang Mai

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/24/2013 7:18:53 AM   
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Hi
Sorry for lack of comments but last few weeks i am reading both sides so i decide to be quiet.

There is not so many games that last for half of `44 with huge chance to still be active in `45 like that one. I am still year behind but i have question for You about pilots training.
I am very interested what level of pilot training is for You good to send pilots to combat.
I hope it will be not problem for you if You give me some details. What XP, what skill level is acceptable for Japanese Army/navy pilots in May 44?

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/24/2013 7:22:26 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: obvert

A massive wave of RN subs is moving in the area near the Thai/Malay coast. Looks like about 20 subs all bunched together. Air ASW is having a few shots at them, and ASW TFs are launching from Singers to have a go as well. Not sure if this is related to Jocke conversation with Speedy about the sub war, but it is timed interestingly. Not much to hit out here, but maybe they're heading farther? We'll see.


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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/24/2013 7:24:19 AM   
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15 - 16 May 1944
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SUBS: Another British sub hit hard in the Malacca straits. Looks like this gaggle is heading through and into the DEI. I'l step up surface forces along the main convoy routes, especially near the Chinese coast.

The RO-67 hits DD Chevalier with one TT, but I've no idea what kind of damage it had after the attack.

S/SW PAC: Biak and Noemafor get strikes on the fields, and not much else happens. My troops get safely onto Noemafor and nothing is hit there, which is great. Some Frances duck under CAP and go for a DD TF hanging around, but can't hit.

STRAT BOMBING: A strike hits China and takes out 80 points of oil at Lanchow in one night. I have day fighter here, but there is nothing I can do about this highly accurate strike at night.

BURMA: Big bombing runs hit Rangoon both days. I think he might just be concerned with killing supply, but he doesn't get much of it. Even though I have 12cm flak guns and a radar guided unit with 88mm guns here, we only hit a few planes each day of the hundreds flying over.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 15, 44
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Submarine attack near Malacca at 48,81

Japanese Ships
E No.2
E Uji
E Kasasagi

Allied Ships
SS Tantalus, hits 24, and is sunk

SS Tantalus is sighted by escort
Tantalus bottoming out ....
E No.2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E No.2 attacking submerged sub ....
SS Tantalus forced to surface!
E No.2 firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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ASW attack near Biak at 88,111

Japanese Ships
SS RO-67, hits 5

Allied Ships
APD Humphreys
APD Barr
APD Daniel T. Griffin
APD Belknap
APD Goldsborough

SS RO-67 is sighted by escort
APD Barr attacking submerged sub ....

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ASW attack near Singapore at 49,84

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-26
PB Choun Maru #7

Allied Ships
SS Templar

SS Templar is sighted by escort
Templar bottoming out ....
PB Choun Maru #7 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Night Air attack on Lanchow , at 81,34

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 18


No Allied losses

Oil hits 23

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Sub attack near Medan at 47,76

Japanese Ships
PB Shuko Maru #5
TK Yamazuru Maru
PB Kyo Maru #13

Allied Ships
SS Stonehenge

SS Stonehenge launches 2 torpedoes at PB Shuko Maru #5
Stonehenge bottoming out ....
PB Shuko Maru #5 fails to find sub and abandons search
PB Kyo Maru #13 fails to find sub, continues to search...

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Morning Air attack on Biak , at 87,110

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 66
B-24J Liberator x 97
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24


No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 65
Airbase supply hits 8
Runway hits 231

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 Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.III x 16
Liberator B.VI x 16
Liberator GR.III x 9
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 24
B-24D1 Liberator x 36
B-24J Liberator x 152


Japanese aircraft losses
E15K1 Norm: 3 destroyed on ground

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

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

Airbase hits 53
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 82

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sarmi at 90,111

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 66 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 13



Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 13 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Taylor
DD Chevalier
DD Kidd

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


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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 16, 44
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ASW attack near Medan at 47,76

Japanese Ships
PB Mikage Maru

Allied Ships
SS Stonehenge

SS Stonehenge is sighted by escort
PB Mikage Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...

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Sub attack near Biak at 88,111

Japanese Ships
SS RO-67, hits 8

Allied Ships
DD Chevalier, Torpedo hits 1
DD Murray
DD Satterlee
DD Meade
DD Taylor

SS RO-67 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Chevalier
DD Satterlee fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Meade fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Taylor attacking submerged sub ....

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ASW attack near Kuala Lumpur at 48,79

Japanese Ships
PB Kasyu Maru
E W-5
PB Seikyo Maru

Allied Ships
SS O24, hits 1

SS O24 is located by PB Kasyu Maru
O24 bottoming out ....
E W-5 fails to find sub and abandons search

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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 20
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 63
B-24J Liberator x 93
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10


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 45
Airbase supply hits 27
Runway hits 148

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 13
Liberator B.III x 16
Liberator B.VI x 13
Liberator GR.III x 19
Wellington GR.VIII x 15
Wellington B.X x 30
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 21
B-24D1 Liberator x 32
B-24J Liberator x 160


Japanese aircraft losses
E15K1 Norm: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 3 damaged

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

Airbase hits 26
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 33

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Reinforcements: The last zero airframe, the A6M8 will enter the research phase after the A6M5c has moved up to 6/44. The A6M8 should arrive around the same time as the Sam, so I might not even use it.

MTB G-848 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
ML G-301 arrives at Nagoya
TK Yamamura Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Engyen Maru arrives at Osaka/Kyoto

Aircraft A6M5c Zero advances R&D (6/44)
Aircraft Ki-84r Frank advances R&D (3/45)


Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:
SS Tantalus is reported to have been sunk near Malacca on May 15, 1944
Previous report of sinking of CL Columbia incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS S-45 incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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I'm still finding the RO subs a cheap and useful harassing force in combat areas. I'm surprised with their slow speed they can catch much , but they do quite regularly, and they often slow forces moving into an area so other air and naval forces have a shot.
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As shown in this map, the Allies appear to be retreating from the contested hex near Taung Gyi. I thought he would try again here, as surely his forces could eventually wear mine down. Every attack that takes 100 squads off of the IJA/Thai troops takes away 20-25% of the whole, whereas if he loses 300-400 squads it's only around 12-15% of his total, so he gains ground with each attack. Plus he got a 1:1, and was on the verge of a 2:1 result. One more might have pushed this toward the brink.

I will effectively abandon Lashio, leaving only a shattered Thai regiment there.

Elsewhere he has invested Prome and Bassein. Only two units are in Bassein, so I'm curious what is there. Seems vulnerable in the clear, and also doesn't put pressure on me as about 100k men there would do. Maybe he's going to take the big stack approach and move all to Prome. This works best for me as then I can at least know where to concentrate.




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This area is hotly contested. I will continue to use the KB as long as there is no indication of Allied CVs in the Area. I have decent search from Rabaul and other rear bases that would hopefully indicate a CV move into the area with a day or two warning.

The Allied ships nearing Biak are two TFs with CL in one, the other seemingly all DD. I wonder if he's thinking of aiming at Sorong, 10 hexes from their position. I will let the KB sail in and see what it can hit if they do go, or hopefully be around if there is something else happening that these guys are a prelude to. The big BB TF is at Sorong to protect the transports there, plus a few ASW TFs.

Air forces are spread through the bases from Ambon out toward Biak. I'm waiting for the bombers from OZ to begin shutting these down, but so far I've been lucky and nothing has been hit in the area. There are a lot of fighters to contest if he does come, but they are spread out for the most part. so many bases it will be tough to attack, but also tough to defend.




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I'm about 6 weeks behind you, so I have question as Japanese player.

Zeros vs P-38s & P-47s: Do you have them all on same altitude, stacked at different altitudes, if so at what?? Taking losses less than 2:1 is a victory at this time.

B-29s: Have you found where Jocke is basing them and tried to hit them on the ground?? Any particular fighter does best against them.

Thanks!!

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ORIGINAL: ny59giants

I'm about 6 weeks behind you, so I have question as Japanese player.

Zeros vs P-38s & P-47s: Do you have them all on same altitude, stacked at different altitudes, if so at what?? Taking losses less than 2:1 is a victory at this time.

B-29s: Have you found where Jocke is basing them and tried to hit them on the ground?? Any particular fighter does best against them.

Thanks!!


I was as surprised as anyone when the KB came close to Biak and the zeros caught a bunch of sweeps there, getting around 1:1 results. The ones that got the fighters at Biak were at 10k, mostly. I keep the majority at 10k to be united with the DB strikes and some at 5k to be with TB, then usually a few at 15k if there is a threat nearby. So far so good. (This is one of many similar reports from that battle at Biak).

The report lists the planes at 9k that were set to 5k. Do they jump up to a default setting for CAP even if I have them at a lower altitude? I've had this happen when planes were set to 1k CAP as well.

I'll be posting new results soon from another battle with KB pilots and the best of the Allied air forces.

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Morning Air attack on Noemfoor , at 86,110

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 38,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 24
A6M5b Zero x 17
A6M5c Zero x 8

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 36000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
Ryuho-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
Taiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
Unryu-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
Katsuragi-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
Kasagi-1 with A6M5c Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
Aso-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
Ikoma-1 with A6M5c Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
263 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
Amagi-1 with A6M5b Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes


I have the A6M5, 5b and 5c on the CVs now as they upgrade slowly to the 5b. I will keep a few 5c around, as even though they'e slower I wonder if the armor will give time to keep fighting longer. So far I've not noticed any one group doing better than others and the numbers and pilot quality really seem the key vs P-47, P-38, Corsair and Spits.

I've upgraded most of the LBA IJN fighters to J2M3 and N1K2. I've seen the Jack doing really well lately. If kept at 15k it seems to do better, and I can't fly above 20k anyway due to our 2nd band restriction.

As for the B-29 the only chance at daylight interception was the basis for Jocke's thread in the War Room. The A6M5c did unbelievably well, hitting many of the beasts with no losses, and causing a lot of ops losses enhanced by the long distance strike. Judging by my other results though, I'd guess the best plane to battle it with them would be the J2M3 due to the combo of speed, climb and guns.

If he ever chooses daylight raids in China I have Georges, Nicks, Franks and Tojos all at different locations. In the DEI I also have Tony Kai also, so those might be tested. Looks like he'll stick with night judging by his messages to me though.

I think they are in Chittagong, and he has a lot of protection there. Also, Rangoon has been taken from me by night raids on the fields, so I have few great options for striking that base en masse. I may try again if I see an opportunity. The HQa and some base forces probably need to be moved back now to a more secure location, and I need to upgrade more units to Peggys to try from farther away.

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SUBS: The Steelhead gets an xAK on the way to Sorong and loaded with troops. It has reversed course in an escort TF and might possibly make Manokawari.

S/SW PAC: This was one of the more frustrating replays I've sat through. The KB was in a perfect position, 7 hexes to the NW of the landing occurring at Biak, which didn't begin until the day phase. I could have hit troops on ships in a very meaningful way today, but severe thunderstorms shrouded the KB during both phases apparently.

The LBA strikes got through a decent LR CAP and hit s few ships, but no transports were touched, and only one was targeted even. Why!!!!! TBs go after a DD but not the 10+APA here!!!!! I guess I can imagine the DD running in front to screen, but then why did ALL of the DBs dive at combat ships and NONE go for the transports, easily worth 3x the VP cost of the DDs they tried to hit?

The result is more than 120 planes downed for two TT hits, one on the Honolulu and another on a DD. The Oscars didn't fly though other planes from the same base did go, which sucks as that is another 40 planes and 80 bombs not used.

Based on this try I made the perhaps poor and emotionally driven decision to continue pursuit with the KB toward Sarmi and try to hit some of this valuable shipping to hopefully slow operations here at least. I set many sweeps coming from bases nearby to hit Sarmi and wear the CAP down and meticulously went through the KB group settings to make sure all was perfect. I have 3 SAGs moving with the KB, two more ASW TFs, and the CVs are in 4 separate TFs grouped by speed.

Biak is now in danger as the AV is 950 to 500 or so now. I'll be air lifting again it looks like. The new troops look to be unprepped, so that should give me a few days as they settle down. This will cost me when it eventually falls, but if he has to land again I feel the time gained and possibility to hit those ships outweigh the loss of the troops that will be destroyed. I'll aim to bring AV to 650-700, and with level 4 forts that should prove difficult.

S DEI: Over 300 bombers are now in Darwin. Waiting for the hammer to fall.

BURMA: Rangoon is hit again, and Lashio LI is destroyed. No other major moves other than most of the Allied troops heading to Prome as expected. We are now in the monsoon.

STRAT BOMBING: B-29s hit Bangkok at night and take out ALL but one HI point. There was a group of Irvings here that did well with the first strikes, by the reports downing two beasts and getting two ops losses for 3 Irvings shot down. They were not around for the later strikes though.

There was only 7% moonlight, and I have an issue with ALL of the industry being hit in those conditions by around 90 bombers being contested by dedicated night fighters and flak. What can I do?

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Sub attack near Waigeo at 82,105

Japanese Ships
xAK Turuga Maru, Torpedo hits 1
SC Ch 48
SC Ch 24
AMC Bankok Maru
xAP Hakozaki Maru
xAK Taketoyo Maru
E Nuwashima
E Shirakami
E W-24

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead, hits 4

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

SS Steelhead launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Turuga Maru
Steelhead diving deep ....
E Nuwashima fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Shirakami fails to find sub and abandons search

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 13
Liberator B.III x 13
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 17
Wellington GR.VIII x 15
Wellington B.X x 29
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24J Liberator x 123


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator GR.III: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 12
Runway hits 39

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Paoshan , at 65,45

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 22
B-24D1 Liberator x 25

No Allied losses

Light Industry hits 5

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

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Night Air attack on Bangkok , at 56,62

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J1N1-S Irving x 14

Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
J1N1-S Irving: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-29-1 Superfort: 3 damaged

Heavy Industry hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 9000 feet
City Attack: 20 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Sub attack near Wetar at 71,113

Japanese Ships
xAK Amagi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
PB Tokati Maru

Allied Ships
SS Hackleback

SS Hackleback launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Amagi Maru
Hackleback diving deep ....
PB Tokati Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Tandjoengbalai at 47,78

Japanese Ships
PB Seikyo Maru
PB Kasyu Maru
E W-5

Allied Ships
SS Stonehenge, hits 3

SS Stonehenge launches 2 torpedoes at PB Seikyo Maru
Stonehenge bottoming out ....

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

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 19
J2M3 Jack x 53
P1Y1 Frances x 9



Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
P-38J Lightning x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 14
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 7
F4U-1A Corsair x 10
F6F-3 Hellcat x 32


Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 10 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 17 destroyed

P1Y1 Frances: 8 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-38J Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed


Allied Ships
DD Hammann
DD Carmick, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
APA John Penn
DD McKee
DD Bush
AM Kiwi

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

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

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 111 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y3 Judy x 29
J2M3 Jack x 18
N1K2-J George x 17

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 3
P-38J Lightning x 3
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 2
F4U-1A Corsair x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 6 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed


Allied Ships
CL St. Louis
CL Helena
DD Frazier

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

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

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 6
B6N2 Jill x 5

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 3
P-38J Lightning x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1A Corsair x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed


No Allied losses

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

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 86 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 12
J2M3 Jack x 7
N1K2-J George x 13
P1Y1 Frances x 13

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 4
P-38J Lightning x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 12
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 5
F4U-1A Corsair x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 29

Japanese aircraft losses
B6N2 Jill: 6 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 1 destroyed by flak
J2M3 Jack: 3 destroyed
N1K2-J George: 3 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 8 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak


Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Honolulu, Torpedo hits 1
CL Cleveland
DD Sims
CL Helena

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ASW attack near Cam Ranh Bay at 65,71

Japanese Ships
PB Wa 14
xAK Kyokusei Maru
xAK Hokumai Maru
xAK Siraha Maru
xAK Norway Maru
xAK Hamburg Maru
xAK England Maru
xAK Burma Maru
xAK Aden Maru
PB Bisan Maru #3

Allied Ships
SS Trident

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

169 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
DD Gillespie
DD Buchanan
APA James O'Hara
CL Honolulu
DD Hammann

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

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


DD Gillespie firing at 8th Garrison Unit
DD Buchanan firing at 53rd Infantry Brigade
DD Gillespie fired at enemy troops
DD Buchanan fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Biak (87,110)

TF 280 troops unloading over beach at Biak, 87,110


Allied ground losses:
563 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 115 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 80 (0 destroyed, 80 disabled)
Vehicles lost 58 (0 destroyed, 58 disabled)
Unprepped?

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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 14382 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 538

Defending force 22303 troops, 455 guns, 596 vehicles, Assault Value = 920

Japanese ground losses:
18 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

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


Allied ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


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

Defending units:
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division
3rd NZ Armoured Sqn
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
1st USMC Tank Battalion
32nd Infantry Div /8
98th Field Artillery Battalion
51st Marine Defense Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Regiment
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Reinforcements:
TK Suddhadib Maru arrives at Nagoya

Losses: none.

Ships Sunk:

Previous report of sinking of DD Ammen incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
Previous report of sinking of SS Stonehenge incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service
SS Bang is reported to have been sunk near Talaud-eilanden on Mar 27, 1944
Previous report of sinking of SS Burrfish incorrect. Intelligence reports ship is still in service

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Weather is a part of the game I know, but the timing is just really frustrating right now. I imagine this was also the case in the real war.
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One more question before I run the turn I have waiting. How is your ASW war going?? It seems to me that my merchant fleet is dying by 1000 paper cuts. Every turn another ship in that fleet is hit and usually sunk. My larger warships have so far managed not to be hit hard, but I don't know what other measures to take.

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One more question before I run the turn I have waiting. How is your ASW war going?? It seems to me that my merchant fleet is dying by 1000 paper cuts. Every turn another ship in that fleet is hit and usually sunk. My larger warships have so far managed not to be hit hard, but I don't know what other measures to take.

Thanks...again


i just checked and I have 95 Allied subs bagged so far according to tracker. I'd subtract about 10 from that list as FOW, but still pretty good. I hit a few a day with air ASW (according to the reports, and I assume 10-15% are actual hits) and if I concentrate on certain spots with the surface forces to clear the seas I can usually hit an Allied sub ro two within a week. The losses go in spurts, partly due to chance, and partly to how much Jocke is paying attention I think.

I change routes and hubs often. If it looks like he's going to focus on an area I'll switch the hub and routes to and from, and get air assets to follow that route with coverage, and then he doesn't get hits for a while.

Currently he's sending a bunch of Brit subs to the Indochina and Chinese coasts. I've got two Sally groups working that area, so most subs are visible most turns. The key for me is to have a Jake group flying night search as well to give a little DL rise that might last into the day phase and to protect ships moving at night, and to have IJAAF flying search/ASW in the day. I've also embedded AVs with most big TK TFs, those with the 18-19 knot TK/AO and the Tonan Whalers, of which I still have five.

I've lost 27 TK so far and 3 AO.

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SUBS: A massive few days for Allied subs. Several subs hit in the Sorong area hit, one near Dagua took out a small TK, and another took out an E in the area near Truk. We also sank another Brit sub and found a few more on the Indochina coastline.

Time to change routes, but some of course can't change, as the troops must get to their positions. The DEI should be where all of his subs are hunting, but many are still hanging around in territory in the Central Pacific and I can just move around them.

S/SW PAC: The KB moved within 4 hexes of Salmi, and in spite of many sweeps softening up the defenders at great cost in airframes, the strike did little to the ships there. Only about half of the planes actually flew, again, and only during one phase. What is going on? All have good TF and group commanders, low fatigue, high moral, most pilots are 65-80 exp with a few rookies added recently. Why won't they launch? I had an amazingly rush target fields all sitting right there and got one mediocre strike that may not have even sunk a single ship.

The one good thing on the day were the many very good airframes shot down by the KB pilots. They got better than one to one in the main raid and on the day we lost around 230 for about 80 of the Allies. Not terrible considering I'd do worse if he were sweeping me. Most of the planes lost were Tojos, Nicks and Georges. The KB fighters lost about 40 and the strike planes only 15 Judys and 22 Jills. Nice that the KB fighters auto-swept in front of the bombers instead of escorting, though set to escort. That is much preferable.

Interestingly the Nicks on sweeps did better than the Georges or Tojos. Jacks coming in late did very well, getting 2:1. I thin I learned something there. The Tojos especially were terrible though, losing 24 for 1-2 planes hit when they had a dive advantage. Hmmm. Is the day of the Tojo done for good?

I might consider killing the Ki-44 program and just moving all of the factories to the Tony line, producing the Ki-61 Id for now and the Ki-100 when it's ready. The Ki-61 Id is slower but has better armament and seems to do better now against top flight Allied fighters. At service rating 2 I could still do this, and it might be a good idea anyway while my supply is still abundant in the HI.

The troops at Biak are nailed with a big 4E raid, and suffer some disablements, but not much disruption. New units are being flown in.

S DEI: Saumlaki is bombed, closing the base. Nothing lost there. I'll watch for a few turns to see what he does and prepare anti-invasion surface forces.

BURMA: Around 240k troops have entered Prome. Now the question is which direction they'll move. I have 1.5k AV on the road to the north of that base, dug in. It will stay there until pushed out. If he goes that way I'll be rebuilding a few divisions soon. but that's the wrong way and it will take him more time, gaining no real advantage in position. If he moves the whole stack South toward Rangoon I have 3k AV dug in there and can bring another few divisions. That will be a tough hex to blast through.

The troops North of Toungoo that were moving to one of the jungle hexes that I've now covered changed up and are showing a move to the one next to it now. I'll send two brigades there and leave one to build forts where it is.

CENTRAL PACFIC: A small combat engineer unit will fill out the last of Marcus Island's stacking limit tomorrow, landing a few thousand more supply as well. I feel good about this place holding for a while now whatever is thrown at it.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 1, 44
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ASW attack near Biak at 88,111

Japanese Ships
SS RO-67, hits 15, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Helena
DD Hobby
DD Frazier
DD McCalla
DD Young

SS RO-67 is sighted by escort
DD Hobby attacking submerged sub ....
DD Frazier fails to find sub and abandons search
DD McCalla attacking submerged sub ....
DD Young fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Ambon at 74,111

Japanese Ships
xAK Amagi Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Muskallunge

xAK Amagi Maru is sighted by SS Muskallunge
SS Muskallunge launches 2 torpedoes

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Sub attack near Sangi at 77,96

Japanese Ships
AO Takasaki, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
SC Ch 42
SC Ch 41
SC Ch 47

Allied Ships
SS Haddo

SS Haddo launches 6 torpedoes at AO Takasaki
Haddo diving deep ....
SC Ch 47 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Quinhon at 66,69

Japanese Ships
E Chidori
TK San Ramon Maru
TK Nitiei Maru
TK Kuroshio Maru
TK Hoyo Maru
E Hatsutaka
E Niizaki
E W-29

Allied Ships
SS Trident

SS Trident launches 2 torpedoes at E Chidori
Trident diving deep ....
E Hatsutaka fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Niizaki fails to find sub and abandons search
E W-29 fails to find sub and abandons search
E Hatsutaka attacking submerged sub ....

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Sub attack near Truk at 110,102

Japanese Ships
E No.5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Permit

SS Permit launches 2 torpedoes
Permit diving deep ....
Sub escapes detection

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Sub attack near Quinhon at 66,69

Japanese Ships
TK San Ramon Maru
TK Nitiei Maru
TK Kuroshio Maru
TK Hoyo Maru
E Hatsutaka
E Niizaki
E W-29

Allied Ships
SS Trident

SS Trident launches 2 torpedoes at TK San Ramon Maru
Trident diving deep ....
E Hatsutaka fails to find sub and abandons search
E Niizaki fails to find sub and abandons search
E W-29 fails to find sub, continues to search...

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Morning Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 25

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 10
P-38J Lightning x 9
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 29
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 9
F4U-1A Corsair x 16
F6F-3 Hellcat x 63

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 10 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed


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Morning Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 14 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 40

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 9
P-38J Lightning x 8
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 28
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 9
F4U-1A Corsair x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 56

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 12 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 168 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 50 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 6

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 9
P-38J Lightning x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 26
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 6
F4U-1A Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 53

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 196 NM, estimated altitude 37,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 58 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIc Tojo x 4
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 9
P-38J Lightning x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 6
F4U-1A Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIc Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed


No Allied losses

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Morning Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 22

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 9
P-38J Lightning x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 25
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 8
F4U-1A Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 51

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 9 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K2-J George x 23

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 9
P-38J Lightning x 7
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 23
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 8
F4U-1A Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 42

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K2-J George: 7 destroyed

No Allied losses

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

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 130 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 43 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 84
A6M5b Zero x 126
A6M5c Zero x 32
B6N2 Jill x 17
D4Y3 Judy x 74

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 10
P-38J Lightning x 9
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 27
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 9
F4U-1A Corsair x 16
F6F-3 Hellcat x 57

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
A6M5b Zero: 12 destroyed
A6M5c Zero: 4 destroyed

B6N2 Jill: 4 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 15 damaged
D4Y3 Judy: 7 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-38J Lightning: 2 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 5 destroyed
P-47D25 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 11 destroyed


Allied Ships
APA Barnett, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CL Montpelier, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
CL Cleveland
DD Bush
DD Gillespie
APA Henry T. Allen, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD McKee
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Conway, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD LaVallette
APA U.S. Grant, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DD Gwin
DD Radford, Bomb hits 1
DD Reid

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
22 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
5 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
17 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
12 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
10 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
6 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 5000 feet

9 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
9 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
6 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 5000 feet
13 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
14 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
11 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
6 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
8 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 5000 feet
4 x A6M5c Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
6 x A6M5b Zero sweeping at 10000 feet

8 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
12 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Montpelier
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Conway
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Honolulu

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

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 112 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 28
B6N2 Jill x 25

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 6
P-38J Lightning x 5
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 10
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 4
F4U-1A Corsair x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 12 destroyed
B6N2 Jill: 7 destroyed, 5 damaged
B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed by flak


Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Helena
APD Goldsborough
APD Bulmer, Bomb hits 1, on fire

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Afternoon Air attack on Sarmi , at 91,114

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M3 Jack x 25

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 5
P-38J Lightning x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 8
P-47D25 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1A Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M3 Jack: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 1 destroyed
P-38J Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
F4U-1A Corsair: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 3 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
2 x J2M3 Jack sweeping at 20000 feet *

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ASW attack near Tandjoengbalai at 47,78

Japanese Ships
E No.2
E Kasasagi

Allied Ships
SS Stonehenge, hits 18

SS Stonehenge is located by E No.2
Stonehenge bottoming out ....
E Kasasagi fails to find sub, continues to search...
E Kasasagi attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Submarine attack near Sorong at 83,105

Japanese Ships
DD Yakaze
xAP Konron Maru
xAP Koan Maru
E Tsuga
AMC Aikoku Maru

Allied Ships
SS Steelhead, hits 13, heavy damage

SS Steelhead launches 2 torpedoes at DD Yakaze
Steelhead diving deep ....
DD Yakaze attacking submerged sub ....
SS Steelhead forced to surface!
DD Yakaze firing on surfaced sub ....
AMC Aikoku Maru firing on surfaced sub ....
Contact with submarine is lost

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Sub attack near Phuket at 48,68

Japanese Ships
xAK Toho Maru
PB Marei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Sturdy

SS Sturdy launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Toho Maru
Sturdy diving deep ....
PB Marei Maru attacking submerged sub ....

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Morning Air attack on Saumlaki , at 78,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 16
PV-1 Ventura x 15
B-25G Mitchell x 16
B-25H Mitchell x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 21
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 54

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

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Morning Air attack on Saumlaki , at 78,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

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


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 18
B-25D1 Mitchell x 81
B-25G Mitchell x 12
B-25H Mitchell x 33

No Allied losses

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

Airbase hits 53
Airbase supply hits 9
Runway hits 148

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

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

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 63 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 21 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 18
B-24D1 Liberator x 65
B-24J Liberator x 79
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
171 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 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 Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 16
Liberator B.III x 16
Liberator B.VI x 16
Liberator GR.III x 19
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 32
Wellington GR.XIII x 12
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24D Liberator x 21
B-24D1 Liberator x 27
B-24J Liberator x 131

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Airbase hits 19
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 120

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

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ASW attack near Cam Ranh Bay at 65,72

Japanese Ships
E No.12
E Yomogi
E Nomi

Allied Ships
SS Trespasser

SS Trespasser is located by E No.12
Trespasser diving deep ....
E No.12 fails to find sub and abandons search
E Nomi fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Ground combat at Deboyne Islands (103,135)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1251 troops, 26 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 51

Defending force 509 troops, 0 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Allied adjusted assault: 10

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Allied ground losses:
28 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled

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

Assaulting units:
N Force Detachment

Defending units:
1st Recon Regiment
44th JNAF AF Unit /1

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Reinforcements: This is a turn I've been anxiously awaiting for a long time. Most of these units can be sent out immediately and will mostly make up the garrison for the Marianas. It seems monumental to make it to this turn and not have had any severe challenges in the Central Pacific.

ML G-302 arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
TK Toyohi Maru #2 arrives at Yokohama/Yokosuka
21st Ind.Mixed Regiment arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
109th Division arrives at Kanazawa
47th Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Osaka/Kyoto
48th Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Takamatsu
49th Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Fukuoka
50th Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Tokyo
52nd Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Sendai
53rd Ind.Mixed Brigade arrives at Tokyo
10th Ind.Mixed Regiment arrives at Tokyo
17th Ind.Mixed Regiment arrives at Tokyo
51st IMB AA Battalion arrives at Sendai
8th Recon Regiment arrives at Tokyo
I.23-1 arrives at Tokyo
LST T-119 arrives at Hirosaki/Aomori
MTB G-871 arrives at Hakodate

Aircraft Ki-43-IV Oscar advances R&D (12/44)
Aircraft A7M2 Sam advances R&D (8/45)


Losses: Most sub hits recently have left the ship able to reach port. not so these past days, with 4 ships sunk.

Loss of E No.5 on May 19, 1944 is admitted
Loss of xAK Amagi Maru on May 19, 1944 is admitted
SS RO-67
AO Takasaki


Ships Sunk: Maybe none. although the Hnolulu looks to be in a bad way and fires were burning on several others. Altogether not the most convincing strike by the KB.
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This is the sister of the AO Takasaki, which is really a gasoline tanker for aviation fuel and supply for CVs. It should really have carried supply I guess. Maybe it's given this designation since it has fuel carrying capacity so we can do what we like with it.
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Here is the latest overview of the economy. I'm worried about oil, as the Allies just killed 200 points of production in the last month, and will most likely keep on bombing more. HI I have in abundance and will for some time, as the 2.5 million surplus is still growing steadily. Oil I need more of always.

Fuel is okay right now but won't be for long if any more oil centers get nailed. I am still okay to get to mid-45 now but I want more. Give me jets.

Supply is holding at 4 million. very good still.

So, I am really considering knocking the Tojo factories down and re-building as Ki-61 factories which will upgrade to Ki-100 in about 4-5 months at the current pace of research. Seems like now is the time. What do you guys think?




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Since you have plenty of supply, considering the time you are in, I don't see why not to upgrade.

Btw, how many armament points did you have before the IJA expansion of early '44 took place? I'm in May '43 and have 130k, I'm worried if I need to just conserve that amount or build some more.

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ORIGINAL: Olorin

Since you have plenty of supply, considering the time you are in, I don't see why not to upgrade.

Btw, how many armament points did you have before the IJA expansion of early '44 took place? I'm in May '43 and have 130k, I'm worried if I need to just conserve that amount or build some more.


I think you're fine, as mine never got above 95k, and I turned them low for a while in 43, then pumped it back up as units arrived in 44. My tracker shows I have 100k+ still needed for units in the queue, plus what I'll need for destroyed units, but I will likely begin to trail off toward the late part of 44 again to conserve HI.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Olorin

Since you have plenty of supply, considering the time you are in, I don't see why not to upgrade.

Btw, how many armament points did you have before the IJA expansion of early '44 took place? I'm in May '43 and have 130k, I'm worried if I need to just conserve that amount or build some more.


Regarding the idea to change the Tojo factories over to another airframe like the Ki-61 Id:

I just realized that I have only 400 of the Kawasaki Ha-60 engines in the pool. So now for some serious planning.

So, now I have switched over only one of the Tojo factories, totaling 61 once it's repaired. This will run for the next 4-5 months until the Ki-100 gets going. The other 110 plane Tojo factory will continue to produce Tojos for a while at least, until I decide what to do with it next. I may also decide to change it to Franks or another airframe, like Ki-83 if that is ready in time, (it just started researching a week ago!!! ). It's quite a way off though so I don't think that will happen.



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21 - 22 May 1944
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SUBS: Another Brit sub nailed, the Tresspasser near Quinhon. Of the 10-12 sent past Singapore I now only have an account of 2-3 subs. Where did he send the rest? The RO-39 gets one TT into the xAK Donald MacLean near Darwin. One more down, 784 to go. I also lost one E in the same area to the Trident.

S/SW PAC: Well, some interesting things happened during these two turns, none of them planned. My BB TF reacted to the bombardment of Biak but apparently didn't catch the perpetrators in time, and ended up hanging out several hexes from Biak in the daylight! That is a bit farther than the react settings I had made, so my only guess is that they reacted once per phase? Anyway, the result was a group of Helldivers getting a free shot out of LR CAP range. The BBs have pretty good AA after recent upgrades and both Yamatos are here. I couldn't figure out why he lost only 1-2 planes to flak until I saw he set them to level bomb from 8k!! Very odd. They managed to ding the deck plating and took out a 12.7cm mount on the Musashi, but that's it. Some B-25 skippers arrived and got a few minor hits as well.

The next day I set them to return and took the react down to one hex less than the distance to Sarmi so that they'd still hit the small ships returning from a supply run to Biak. Instead they reacted all of the way to Sarmi (!!) where the CA TF, a CL TF, two DD TFs and many PTs were hanging out. I thought they might go out in style but that this was it for the IJN main battle fleet. Instead they only tangled with the CA TF and sunk 2 of 4, including the Baltimore plus two DDs for the cost of only one DD!!

That's the first victory in months for the surface fleet and a definite moral booster. Now though these ships will have to head for Manilla to get the dings knocked out. That will give the Allies too much time in the North New Guinea area without major surface threats. I'll get another group together, but it won't be as strong and will only be used in spots. The KB all stay active in the area to try to pick off any further incursions.

While that all turned out well, strategically these turns were difficult. Because the weather kept the KB from stopping the addition of more troops to Biak, on the 21st they attacked and got a 1:1 lowering forts to 3. This sucks. I'm not sure we can hold this now. I'll still be sending troops in until the next attack, but I think now I have to consider the implications of this battle being lost. That would mean that I'd have to start isolating and bombing the crap out of this place to keep it shut down. This is the line in the sand, and I will put everything into stopping him here for as long as possible.

NORTH PACIFIC: At last some action up here. An amphib TF with CVEs as escort moves toward Cold Bay. My Jakes escorted by zeros nail one of the LSTs, but that pinprick won't likely stop anything. I do have some Judys and Georges that have now moved in closer. The motto is take a tithe for space.

S DEI: No moves here yet.

BURMA: Rangoon gets the business. It's starting to have an effect on supply for sure, but more is on the way. I will LR CAP tomorrow to see what I can catch.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Something is moving in the Central Pacific. A big collection that looks like the Allied CVs near Wake. Eyes open on this one.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 21, 44
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Night Naval bombardment of Biak at 87,110

Allied Ships
CA Boston
CA Baltimore
CA Wichita
CA Portland
DD Wadleigh
DD Spence
DD Philip
DD Kimberly
DD Claxton
DD Chauncey
DD Beale
DD Fletcher

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

Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 33
Port hits 15
Port supply hits 3

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Boston
CA Boston firing at 8th Garrison Unit

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Submarine attack near Darwin at 79,124

Japanese Ships
SS RO-39

Allied Ships
xAK Donald MacLean, Torpedo hits 1, on fire

xAK Donald MacLean is sighted by SS RO-39
SS RO-39 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Donald MacLean

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Biak at 88,109

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 51 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Allied aircraft
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 33

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 9 damaged
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 1
BB Fuso
BB Musashi, Bomb hits 1
BB Ise, Bomb hits 3, on fire
BB Yamashiro

Aircraft Attacking:
32 x SB2C-1C Helldiver bombing from 8000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 20
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 61
B-24J Liberator x 78
F6F-3 Hellcat x 12
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 21

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 15
Liberator B.VI x 14
Liberator GR.III x 19
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 16
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 11
B-24D1 Liberator x 35
B-24J Liberator x 151


Japanese aircraft losses
E15K1 Norm: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.VI: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 15
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 104

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington B.X bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes


Allied aircraft
Wellington B.X x 16
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24J Liberator x 25
B-25C Mitchell x 30
B-25D1 Mitchell x 18
B-25H Mitchell x 3


Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-25H Mitchell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 8
Runway hits 23

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Wellington GR.XIII bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 6 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Biak at 88,109

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 9


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 9 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 1
DD Amatsukaze
BB Fuso
DD Yamakaze
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 1
DD Maikaze
BB Ise, Bomb hits 1, on fire
BB Musashi, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing and strafing from low level *
Naval Attack: 3 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 22546 troops, 455 guns, 596 vehicles, Assault Value = 943

Defending force 19393 troops, 119 guns, 98 vehicles, Assault Value = 603

Allied adjusted assault: 1669

Japanese adjusted defense: 949

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1934 casualties reported
Squads: 41 destroyed, 83 disabled
Non Combat: 12 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled



Allied ground losses:
722 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 127 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Guns lost 30 (1 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 54 (3 destroyed, 51 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
32nd Infantry Division
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
3rd NZ Armoured Sqn
98th Field Artillery Battalion
51st Marine Defense Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Regiment

Defending units:
3rd South Seas Gsn
53rd Infantry Brigade
49th Infantry Regiment
4th South Seas Gsn
1st Indpt SNLF Coy
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
Kure 2nd SNLF
4th Raiding Rgt /1
8th Garrison Unit
9th Tank Regiment
5th Garrison Unit /1
37th JAAF AF Bn
24th Field AF Construction Battalion
3rd FF Const Unit
66th JNAF AF Unit
13th Air Fleet /1

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Ground combat at Deboyne Islands (103,135)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1229 troops, 26 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 48

Defending force 493 troops, 0 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Allied adjusted assault: 11

Japanese adjusted defense: 7

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Assaulting units:
N Force Detachment

Defending units:
1st Recon Regiment
44th JNAF AF Unit /1

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 22, 44
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Sarmi at 91,114, Range 9,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
SOC-1 Seagull: 2 destroyed
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Shell hits 1
BB Musashi, Shell hits 3
BB Fuso, Shell hits 7
BB Yamashiro, Shell hits 2
BB Ise, Shell hits 2
DD Shimakaze, Shell hits 1
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Amatsukaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Harusame, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
DD Yamakaze, Shell hits 8, heavy fires

Allied Ships
CA Portland, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
CA Wichita, Shell hits 1, on fire
CA Baltimore, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
CA Boston, Shell hits 3
DD Fletcher, Shell hits 1
DD Beale
DD Chauncey, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Claxton
DD Kimberly, Shell hits 1
DD Philip, Shell hits 1
DD Spence
DD Wadleigh, Shell hits 8, and is sunk

Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 9,000 yards

Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 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
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 9,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese radar detects Allied task force at 9,000 yards
Asakura, Bunji crosses the 'T'
DD Maikaze engages CA Boston at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages CA Baltimore at 9,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Boston at 9,000 yards
CA Portland engages DD Maikaze at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Wadleigh at 9,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Wadleigh at 9,000 yards
DD Wadleigh engages DD Harusame at 9,000 yards
DD Wadleigh engages DD Amatsukaze at 9,000 yards
CA Portland engages DD Maikaze at 9,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages DD Wadleigh at 9,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages CA Boston at 9,000 yards
BB Yamashiro engages CA Baltimore at 9,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Portland at 9,000 yards
BB Yamashiro engages CA Portland at 9,000 yards
BB Yamato engages CA Portland at 9,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages DD Spence at 9,000 yards
DD Harusame engages DD Wadleigh at 9,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Kimberly at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Claxton at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Chauncey at 9,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Maikaze at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages CA Boston at 10,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Baltimore at 10,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Wichita at 10,000 yards
BB Musashi engages CA Portland at 10,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages DD Wadleigh at 10,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Wadleigh at 10,000 yards
DD Harusame engages DD Fletcher at 10,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Kimberly at 10,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Chauncey at 10,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages DD Chauncey at 10,000 yards
CA Boston engages DD Yamakaze at 10,000 yards
BB Yamashiro engages CA Baltimore at 10,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Portland at 10,000 yards
BB Musashi engages CA Portland at 10,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Wadleigh at 10,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Yamakaze at 10,000 yards
DD Harusame engages DD Kimberly at 10,000 yards
DD Chauncey sunk by DD Amatsukaze at 10,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Shimakaze at 10,000 yards
DD Beale engages DD Yamakaze at 10,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Fletcher at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CA Boston engages DD Yamakaze at 8,000 yards
CA Wichita engages DD Maikaze at 8,000 yards
BB Musashi engages CA Portland at 8,000 yards
BB Yamato engages CA Portland at 8,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages DD Spence at 8,000 yards
DD Harusame engages DD Philip at 8,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Amatsukaze at 8,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Maikaze at 8,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Beale at 8,000 yards
CA Portland sunk by BB Yamashiro at 8,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Spence at 8,000 yards
DD Harusame engages DD Wadleigh at 8,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Yamakaze at 8,000 yards
DD Harusame engages DD Claxton at 8,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages DD Philip at 8,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Fletcher at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
BB Ise engages CA Boston at 6,000 yards
CA Baltimore engages DD Yamakaze at 6,000 yards
CA Wichita engages DD Harusame at 6,000 yards
BB Musashi engages DD Wadleigh at 6,000 yards
BB Yamato engages CA Baltimore at 6,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Wadleigh at 6,000 yards
DD Wadleigh engages DD Harusame at 6,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages DD Claxton at 6,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Beale at 6,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Shimakaze at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Boston at 8,000 yards
BB Musashi engages CA Baltimore at 8,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Wichita at 8,000 yards
DD Wadleigh sunk by BB Musashi at 8,000 yards
BB Yamato engages CA Boston at 8,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Claxton at 8,000 yards
DD Kimberly engages DD Harusame at 8,000 yards
Magazine explodes on DD Harusame
DD Harusame sunk by DD Claxton at 8,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Beale at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
BB Ise engages CA Baltimore at 5,000 yards
CA Baltimore engages DD Yamakaze at 5,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Wichita at 5,000 yards
DD Spence engages DD Amatsukaze at 5,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages DD Philip at 5,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Claxton at 5,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages DD Claxton at 5,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Beale at 5,000 yards
DD Fletcher engages DD Yamakaze at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
BB Ise engages CA Baltimore at 8,000 yards
BB Yamashiro engages CA Baltimore at 8,000 yards
CA Wichita engages DD Maikaze at 8,000 yards
BB Musashi engages CA Baltimore at 8,000 yards
BB Yamato engages CA Boston at 8,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Claxton at 8,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages DD Fletcher at 8,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Kimberly at 8,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Fletcher at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
BB Ise engages CA Boston at 9,000 yards
CA Baltimore sunk by BB Musashi at 9,000 yards
BB Fuso engages CA Wichita at 9,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages DD Philip at 9,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Fletcher at 9,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Yamakaze at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Claxton at 9,000 yards
DD Shimakaze engages DD Claxton at 9,000 yards
CA Boston engages DD Maikaze at 9,000 yards
BB Yamashiro engages CA Boston at 9,000 yards
DD Maikaze engages DD Spence at 9,000 yards
DD Philip engages DD Shimakaze at 9,000 yards
BB Yamato engages DD Kimberly at 9,000 yards
DD Claxton engages DD Maikaze at 9,000 yards
Asakura, Bunji orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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

58 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
APD Barr
APD Daniel T. Griffin
APD Crosby

APD Barr firing at 8th Garrison Unit
APD Daniel T. Griffin firing at 53rd Infantry Brigade
APD Daniel T. Griffin fired at enemy troops

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Amphibious Assault at Biak (87,110)

TF 15 troops unloading over beach at Biak, 87,110

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Sub attack near Quinhon at 66,69

Japanese Ships
E Manju
E Yomogi
E No.12
E Nomi

Allied Ships
SS Trespasser, hits 10, heavy damage

SS Trespasser launches 2 torpedoes at E Manju
Trespasser diving deep ....
E No.12 fails to find sub and abandons search
E Nomi attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Sarmi at 89,111, Range 28,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Musashi
BB Fuso
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise
DD Shimakaze
DD Maikaze
DD Amatsukaze

Allied Ships
APD John D. Ford
APD Crosby, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
APD Kilty
APD Humphreys, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Sands, Shell hits 2
APD Goldsborough, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Belknap
APD Daniel T. Griffin, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
APD Barr, Shell hits 2

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes


Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 14
Liberator B.III x 12
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 9
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 32
Wellington GR.XIII x 11
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 22
B-24D1 Liberator x 33
B-24J Liberator x 135


Allied aircraft losses
Liberator B.VI: 1 damaged
Wellington B.X: 1 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 2 damaged

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

Airbase hits 41
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 138

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x Wellington B.X bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator GR.III x 8
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24J Liberator x 9
B-25C Mitchell x 54
B-25D1 Mitchell x 30
B-25H Mitchell x 3

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

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

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 35

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Liberator GR.III bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 250 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Cold Bay at 175,50

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11
E13A1 Jake x 6

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 59

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
E13A1 Jake: 3 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST-479, Bomb hits 1, on fire
LST-447

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


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

CAP engaged:
VC(F)-77 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-78 with F6F-3 Hellcat (7 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-93 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VC(F)-13 with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers

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

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 56 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12
B-24D Liberator x 10
B-24D1 Liberator x 31
B-24J Liberator x 71
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 16


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
129 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Sub attack near Quinhon at 66,69

Japanese Ships
E W-28, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
E Mikura
E W-21

Allied Ships
SS Trident, hits 1

SS Trident launches 4 torpedoes at E W-28
Trident diving deep ....
E W-21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
E W-21 attacking submerged sub ....
E W-21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Reinforcements:

SS RO-42 arrives at Fukuoka

Losses:

Loss of DD Harusame on May 22, 1944 is admitted
Loss of E W-28 on May 22, 1944 is admitted


Ships Sunk:

CA Portland is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on May 22, 1944
CA Baltimore is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on May 22, 1944
DD Chauncey is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on May 22, 1944
DD Wadleigh is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on May 22, 1944
APD Crosby is reported to have been sunk near Sarmi on May 22, 1944

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The Musashi came through in the surface battle, killing off a cruiser and a DD.
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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/27/2013 4:54:17 AM   
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Nice surface action. CONGRATS!!!

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Nice job. I'm torn about whether to complete Musashi or not. I usually do, but this time I've halted her. In light of the fact I didn't sink any BB's at Pearl, perhpas it would have been wise to add her to the fleet. If I restarted construction she'd not be ready until July 43.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/27/2013 6:58:58 AM   
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Thanks guys. A short lived but exciting success.

Now the Allies simply keep pouring it on. It's relentless at this stage of the game, isn't it?

My one feeling right now though is that he may be starting to really overextend. He hasn't cleaned up the LOC on New Guinea, and that could bite him. Now I have to figure out how to make it do that.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/27/2013 3:52:06 PM   
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23 - 24 May 1944
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SUBS: Another few hits by Allied subs. Definitely a push by the Allied silent service. No ships lost yet, but one has high float damage and might sink tomorrow, loaded with supply near Saigon.

S/SW PAC: More shots by the USAAF hit the troops and the US divisions on Biak DA again for another 1:1, again dropping forts to 2 and getting roughly even casualties, which hurts us tremendously more. now I'm shutting down reinforcement runs and letting this one play out on it's own. It really sucks. All down to one day's weather not letting planes fly.

Still, this base is quite far out, and I plan to keep it shut and isolated. I'm moving IJAAF 2E units into the area and I'll try to keep naval forces at bay with the KB and whatever SAGs I can afford. This is a critical spot I need to keep in stasis.

I have a little surprise planned for the next days. Rabaul is now back to no damage, and it has 34k supply, torps and 200 air support. I moved a Frances group, a Judy group and four fighter groups in for tomorrow. I also put two planes at previously unoccupied Hollandia to make him think something is up there and hopefully focus on that region, leaving the LOC less protected or even possibly moving more ships into the area to avoid strikes like the one that wounded the Alabama with 2 TT. I also have Georges and Bettys in the Solomons unreconned and set to 11 hexes. Fingers crossed.

NORTH PACIFIC: Now there is something on for real, as a big amphib TF ran over one of tour subs. It got no shots off, but it's good info. I'll not challenge this one in the air. He's going for Dutch it looks like so far, cutting off Cold Bay. This could be a good thing, but he is going to have to shut it down first or it'll end up a thorn.

S DEI: There is some attention at Wyndham lately, and the air force showed up in a big way to crush the naval guard there both days. An armored regiment then attacked and got a 1:1, so transports have been moved in to get a portion of the unit out at least.

BURMA: I set up a trap over Rangoon and it caught some big tasty fish. About 120 Franks, Nicks, Tonys and Oscars (just what was around so as not to draw attention) on LR CAP met the bombing run on a turn when no sweeps flew. Good luck at last! The first big group was decimated, as was the next and a few more stragglers before the CAP was worn down and several other groups got free shots. On the day the Allies lost 25+ 4E and 40+ 2E for 71 total planes on the day. We lost 34 fighters, most especially during the engagements with B-25D-1 present. A good day in the air here. Now these groups will skeedaddle home and try to avoid reprisals.

CENTRAL PACFIC: Eniweitok is the new target. It is taking a pounding. This won't take long as there is only a naval guard there. Unless he is overly cautious.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 23, 44
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Night Air attack on Medan , at 46,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-29-1 Superfort x 32

No Allied losses

Oil hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-29-1 Superfort bombing from 9000 feet *
City Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Night Naval bombardment of Biak at 87,110

Allied Ships
BB Massachusetts
BB Indiana
BB South Dakota
DD Preston
DD Perkins
DD Russell
DD Nicholson
DD Cassin Young
DD Irwin
DD Cotten
DD Brownson
DD Aulick

Japanese ground losses:
311 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 36
Port hits 11
Port supply hits 1

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB Massachusetts
BB Massachusetts firing at Biak

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ASW attack near Cam Ranh Bay at 65,71

Japanese Ships
E W-21

Allied Ships
SS Trespasser, hits 4, heavy damage

SS Trespasser is sighted by escort
Trespasser diving deep ....
E W-21 attacking submerged sub ....

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Morning Air attack on Sasebo 3rd SNLF, at 70,127 (Wyndham)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hudson III (LR) x 16
PV-1 Ventura x 31
B-25G Mitchell x 16
B-25H Mitchell x 12
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
166 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 5th JNAF Coy , at 70,127 (Wyndham)

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

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


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 18
B-25D1 Mitchell x 81
B-25H Mitchell x 33


No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
332 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 24
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 17
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 9
Ki-84a Frank x 70

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
Liberator B.III x 14
Liberator B.VI x 15
Liberator GR.III x 18
Wellington GR.VIII x 16
Wellington B.X x 29
Wellington GR.XIII x 12
B-17F Fortress x 3
B-24D Liberator x 24
B-24D1 Liberator x 25
B-24J Liberator x 130


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 1 damaged
Liberator B.III: 1 destroyed
Liberator B.VI: 2 damaged
Wellington GR.VIII: 7 destroyed
Wellington B.X: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

B-24D1 Liberator: 5 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 5 destroyed, 11 damaged

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

Airbase hits 19
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 107

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Wellington B.X bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
20th Sentai with Ki-43-IIIa Oscar (24 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
24 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
27th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (17 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
30th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (30 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
30 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
33rd Sentai with Ki-61-Ic Tony (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
78th Sentai with Ki-84a Frank (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 40 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Morning 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 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 14
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 5
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 9
Ki-84a Frank x 52



Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 9
B-24J Liberator x 21
B-25C Mitchell x 52
B-25D1 Mitchell x 28
B-25H Mitchell x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-61-Ic Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 3 damaged
B-24J Liberator: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 6 destroyed, 8 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged


Airbase hits 18
Runway hits 18

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

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 60 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 7
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 2
Ki-61-Ic Tony x 2
Ki-84a Frank x 27

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 8 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 1
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 1
Ki-84a Frank x 10



Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 10


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 4 destroyed, 6 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 12000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 3 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 63rd Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 180
TBM-1C Avenger x 131

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
243 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 63rd Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Overcast

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


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 20
TBM-1C Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x TBM-1C Avenger bombing from 14000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 19
B-24D Liberator x 8
B-24D1 Liberator x 48
B-24J Liberator x 67
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 10


Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
114 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

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

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Ground combat at Biak (87,110)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21870 troops, 454 guns, 595 vehicles, Assault Value = 832

Defending force 18506 troops, 123 guns, 95 vehicles, Assault Value = 520

Allied adjusted assault: 934

Japanese adjusted defense: 597

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1801 casualties reported
Squads: 22 destroyed, 98 disabled

Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)



Allied ground losses:
1680 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 103 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 40 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 25 (3 destroyed, 22 disabled)
Vehicles lost 40 (5 destroyed, 35 disabled)



Assaulting units:
110th Combat Engineer Battalion
1st Cavalry (Spec) Cavalry Division
138th(Sep) Infantry Regiment
1st USMC Tank Battalion
32nd Infantry Division
3rd NZ Armoured Sqn
98th Field Artillery Battalion
51st Marine Defense Battalion
2nd RAA Jungle Regiment

Defending units:
53rd Infantry Brigade
8th Garrison Unit
4th South Seas Gsn
1st Indpt SNLF Coy
I/84th Naval Guard Unit
49th Infantry Regiment
Kure 2nd SNLF
4th Raiding Regiment
3rd South Seas Gsn
9th Tank Regiment
5th Garrison Unit /1
37th JAAF AF Bn
24th Field AF Construction Battalion
66th JNAF AF Unit
3rd FF Const Unit
13th Air Fleet /1

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Ground combat at Deboyne Islands (103,135)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1255 troops, 26 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 51

Defending force 209 troops, 0 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Allied adjusted assault: 23

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 23 to 1

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

Assaulting units:
N Force Detachment

Defending units:
1st Recon Rgt /1

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Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Deboyne Islands by attrition!!!

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 24, 44
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Sub attack near Manado at 76,99

Japanese Ships
AK Arimasan Maru, Torpedo hits 1
E Tsubame
AK Asakasan Maru
AK Sydney Maru
E Aotaka

Allied Ships
SS Bream

SS Bream launches 2 torpedoes at AK Arimasan Maru
Bream diving deep ....

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ASW attack near Sarmi at 90,113

Japanese Ships
SS RO-62, hits 11

Allied Ships
AM Requisite

SS RO-62 is sighted by escort
AM Requisite fails to find sub, continues to search...

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Sub attack near Groot Natoena at 60,80

Japanese Ships
AK Sinsei Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AK Kinsyo Maru
xAK Hiyoshi Maru
xAK Kanko Maru
PB Shosei Maru

Allied Ships
SS Truculent

SS Truculent launches 2 torpedoes at AK Sinsei Maru
Truculent diving deep ....
PB Shosei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...

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ASW attack near Akutan Island at 172,50

Japanese Ships
SS RO-109

Allied Ships
AM Motive
AM Herald
LSI(M) Prince Henry
LSD White Marsh
AP Gen. O.H.Ernst
LST-481
LST-447
LCI-75
DE Reynolds
DE Mitchell
AM Sheldrake


SS RO-109 is sighted by escort
RO-109 bottoming out ....
DE Reynolds fails to find sub and abandons search
DE Mitchell fails to find sub and abandons search

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ASW attack near Sanak Island at 174,50

Japanese Ships
SS I-170, hits 7

Allied Ships
DD Prichett
DD Monssen II



SS I-170 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Prichett
I-170 diving deep ....
DD Monssen II attacking submerged sub ....
DD Monssen II fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Monssen II attacking submerged sub ....
DD Monssen II attacking submerged sub ....
DD Monssen II attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub

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

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 14
B-24D Liberator x 6
B-24D1 Liberator x 32
B-24J Liberator x 47
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 16


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
153 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled

Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Morning Air attack on 5th JNAF Coy , at 70,127 (Wyndham)

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 18
B-25D1 Mitchell x 81
B-25H Mitchell x 32


Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 16 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled

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

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Exmouth at 50,129

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B6N2 Jill x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Silindoeng, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAKL Beatrice, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 2000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on 63rd Naval Guard Unit, at 127,108 (Eniwetok)

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes


Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 238
SBD-5 Dauntless x 50
TBF-1 Avenger x 100
TBM-1C Avenger x 40


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-5 Dauntless: 4 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
70 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 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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Ground combat at Wyndham (70,127)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 720 troops, 0 guns, 106 vehicles, Assault Value = 59

Defending force 986 troops, 18 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 32

Allied adjusted assault: 30

Japanese adjusted defense: 25

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

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

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

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

Assaulting units:
2/9th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF

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Reinforcements:

ML G-303 arrives at Kobe
23rd Field AA Machinecannon Company arrives at Tokyo


Losses: Amazing that none of the several ships hit by TT these days end down yet.

Ships Sunk: none.

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/27/2013 9:06:29 PM   
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You are making some good traps here and there, loving it! , it seems from reading several AAR that it's the best (only?) way for Japan in late war. If you attrite him in aircrafts this way it can really slow down his advance!

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RE: Wild Sheep Chase - 4/28/2013 7:07:38 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MrBlizzard

You are making some good traps here and there, loving it! , it seems from reading several AAR that it's the best (only?) way for Japan in late war. If you attrite him in aircrafts this way it can really slow down his advance!


Well, to an extent, yes. There are still times when the full weight of force has to be brought to meet the Allied advance, but the intermittent surprise and rear area harassment missions certainly are important. More for strategic than for tactical reasons in my opinion. I want him to have to think there is danger everywhere, whether this is true or not.

Jocke has jumped from Dagua to Sarmi to Biak. There is a lot of space between each of those bases. They are not mutually supportive. In between he left Aitape, Hollandia/Vanaimo and Nabire. He has also left the entire Solomons chain and Rabaul unconquered. I hope now to turn Biak into a highly contested zone with constant air pressure and enough surface force to support and interdict movement of support troops and supply to the base. I will also use the rear bases to hit the LOC if possible and divert attention and units to this area.

In terms of the air war, Jocke has figured out that escorts are not needed if the raids are large enough. He also seems to include the B-25D-1 in every large raid, and this plane with it's erroneous 50+ defensive gun rating functions as escort, killing at better than a 1:1 ratio. He must have some bomber pilot aces by now. He has used fewer sweeps lately, so I am able to hit some raids, but this necessarily must be a sporadic and unexpected move, so his bombing is still very effective.

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