From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
27 Dec 43
I had noticed small TFs heading to the small bases in the north of Australia on the west side so I sent RO-36 in to investigate. She found and torpedoed an xAK a hex away from Pt. Hedland and then went into the base and sank another xAK. Not bad for a worthless RO class sub!
Now, I see 2 Allied subs in the shallow hex south of Kobe. The Dutch O21 torpedoed and sank AM Wa-104. It probably wasn't worth the torpedoes expended. I have naval search and ASW along with a few ASW TFs there. Something is bound to hit one of those sub eventually.
Something happened here that I have never seen before. I sent a Naval Guard to invade Dutch Harbor and they went in today. I thought everything was fine. There were the usual squads lost in the drink here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary. When I checked Dutch Harbor after the turn was done, there were no Japanese troops on the island! The NG was on the ships heading back to Adak! I checked and they had lost a few squads, but all of the remaining squads were disabled and heading for the hills. Interesting. Anyway, I'm probably not going to bother invading. I'll just use the base as a training target. It was pretty strange though.
Some elusive American carriers attacked Tarawa today, 35 Avengers escorted by 22 Hellcats. I didn't get a good look at them so I don't have an idea of the composition. I have a few subs in the area and can see what appears to be a DD TF a few hexes south of Tarawa with an invasion force (LCIs?) a few hexes south of them. I'm going to try and pick off some of the transports. Tarawa is expendable, but putting some enemy troops in the ocean is always a good thing.
KB is too far away to make an appearance. That's too bad. I'd love to sink a few enemy carriers, even if they are only CVEs. It'll make him a bit more cautious.
Hollandia was visited by 60x 2E and a couple dozen 4E bombers, doing minor damage to the airfield.
Truk was visited by some 180 bombers, going after the port again, but doing little damage. Flak got a few, which is always a plus.
I am still successfully pulling important troops out of Truk by sea and air. The damage to the port is slowing things down though.
Saumlaki seems to be Ted's focus down here. First, a handful of Hellcats swept the base, losing one to my Tonies there. Then, a couple dozen heavy bombers escorted by a handful of Kittyhawk IVs came in after the airfield doing minor damage. Three Kittyhawks didn't make it home. I had one Tony written off. I swapped out a fatigued Tony chutai (leaving one behind) for a fresh one and a Tojo chutai. Tomorrow, any visitors will meet about 40 Japanese fighters.
MKB2 is at Babeldaob, ready to go should the need arise.
MKB1 is at Yokohama repairing some sys damage. They'll be ready to go in a few days. They will head to meet up with MKB2.
I had flown in the 9 Air Division HQ to Magwe to beef up the AS there. I now have 4 fighter sentai there, 3 Franks and a Tojo. The Tojo is flying CAP while the Franks are sweeping Akyab, Cox's Bazaar and Chittagong tomorrow.
Today, a Frank sentai shot down 4 Hurricanes over Akyab.
I also have a Frank sentai at another airfield (can't remember which one offhand) that shot down 3 Spitfires over Kalemyo for the loss of a single Frank.
This AO is where I gain a LOT of IJAAF experience at the expense of the CW.
Ok, the big attack to take Chungking happened today, and fizzled. 1.95:1 odds this time. This is getting pretty frustrating.
Ground combat at Chungking (76,45)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 281059 troops, 3177 guns, 1878 vehicles, Assault Value = 7616
Defending force 239966 troops, 387 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2789
Japanese adjusted assault: 4169
Allied adjusted defense: 2139
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0
Defender: terrain(+), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
22471 casualties reported
Squads: 56 destroyed, 2059 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 176 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 224 disabled
Guns lost 136 (2 destroyed, 134 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (2 destroyed, 23 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
20083 casualties reported
Squads: 423 destroyed, 1020 disabled
Non Combat: 391 destroyed, 572 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 29 (4 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Units destroyed 7
I need to take the time and rest my troops more. They're just too tuckered to do it. I may wait a week or so. The Chinese garrison is down to 90 units. I saw one infantry corps die, but don't know what else was destroyed.
I was hoping to destroy the Chinese garrison before the end of the year, but that ain't happening.
Reinforcement: ML G-201, a motor launch with torpedoes!
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