From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
Very true, Pax.
21 Nov 43
The I-157 caught an xAK just east of Wessel Island (a few hexes east of Darwin) and put a torpedo into her. She caught her later in the day and put her under with 2 more torpedo hits.
The I-7 left an xAK burning and heavily damaged off Vavaíu. No confirmation that she sank.
A midget sub tried to sneak into Mili to do some damage, but was caught by a DD and sunk.
I had a PB performing ASW duties in the shallow hex just SE of Kwajalein. The Swordfish sank her.
Sadly, the I-3 caught up with US CV TF East but never got past the screen. She was driven to the surface and blown to pieces. I think it was worth the risk. A torpedo in a CV will take her out of the battle.
The morning began with Yamato and Musashi bombarding Umnak killing/disabling a few troops and causing some damage to the airfield and port.
The Sallies hit Umnakís troops.
My invasion troops continue to rest.
Right now, there are 2 US CV TFs ranging in on the Marshalls. CV TF East (unknown carrier component but estimated to be 4 CVs) is now 5 hexes east of Roi-Namur and CV TF South (4 CVs) is about 6-7 hexes SE of Roi-Namur.
As it turned out, CV TF South decided to watch the proceedings.
The first attack by CV TF East was 16 Dauntlesses that caught and sank an xAKL at Kwajalein. My fighters at Roi-Namur were set at 0 range so did not respond. Too bad. They could have butchered them.
CV TF East launched full deck loads of dive bombers (I suspect the Avengers were reserved for naval attacks only). A very large force of 51 Dauntlesses and 67 Helldivers escorted by 27 Hellcats met a very nice CAP of 27 A6M5c Zeros, 18 Ki-84a Franks and 36 N1K2-J Georges. It was a turkey shoot. My fighters shot down 23 Hellcats before burning through to the bombers. They got 17 Dauntlesses and 22 Helldivers before their attack and another 10 and 18 respectively after the attack. 90 enemy planes shot down for the loss of a single George (pilot WIA). Reports said an additional 2 Hellcats and 5 Dauntlesses went down on the way back to their carriers. 97:1, Iíll take it!
At the end of the day, Roi-Namurís airfield damage stood at 0-11-34. The airfield is still open!
It wasnít nearly as exciting down here. The Allied bombers rested.
Two each Wildcats and Beauforts were shot down by my Rex chutai in a couple of raids on Saumlaki that were driven off.
The 65 Bde and special base force are completely at Saumlaki. There is no damage to the infrastructure and the forts are nearing level 6. Life is good!
Both side's carriers are still doing their dance. No action between them.
My bombers hit Akyab increasing the airfield damage there.
Franks shot down 2 of 3 Warhawks over Ledo.
Yeah, I know, really exciting.
Finally, another Deliberate Assault on Chungking:
Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 169276 troops, 1929 guns, 1722 vehicles, Assault Value = 6007
Defending force 352748 troops, 640 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 10995
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 2061
Allied adjusted defense: 11695
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 5 (fort level 1)
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
24119 casualties reported
Squads: 35 destroyed, 2048 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 129 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 277 disabled
Guns lost 178 (6 destroyed, 172 disabled)
Vehicles lost 118 (6 destroyed, 112 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
10833 casualties reported
Squads: 268 destroyed, 1670 disabled
Non Combat: 171 destroyed, 480 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 40 (6 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Units destroyed 1
Forts are down to 1. Good. Iím noticing a distressing thing here. New units keep appearing periodically. Is it the dead units coming back at 1/3 strength? I suspect it is that. Iím killing steps and the overall AV and total manpower keeps decreasing. Guess Iíll have to just keep it up. *Sigh*
Reinforcement: RO-114, target, uh, I mean, sub
< Message edited by Mike Solli -- 10/23/2018 2:46:04 PM >
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