From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
29 Apr 42
The I-168, patrolling off Aukland, put a torpedo into the TK Gulfcoast. Then she attacked again and put another 4 torpedoes into her. I suspect she sank.
B-17s visited Lae again destroying a Zero, Oscar and Sally on the ground at a cost of 1x B-17 shot down.
More fighting over Cox's Bazaar cost Ted 7x Hurricanes and 2 more op losses for just 2x Oscar op losses. Banzai!
The battle for Merauke has begun! I sent a surface group consisting of Aoba and Kinugasa, escorted by DDs Shirakumo and Usugumo into Merauke to clear out the shipping there. They first found the CL Adelaide, which they sank easily. Then they located a merchant convoy and sank an xAP while damaging 3x xAKLs. Then, they ran across 4 enemy DDs, sinking the Gridley and Maury. Now the tough part... They came across the CA Australia escorted by the DD Alwyn. The Australia is one tough ship. She sank the Kinugasa and heavily damaged the Usugumo. In return, the Allied ships took light to moderate damage. Finally, MKB got into the fray. Four Kates showed up putting 2 torps into the Australia, leaving her burning and heavily damaged. One Kate was shot down. Then, 9 Vals showed up sinking one of the damaged xAKLs. Finally, 6 more Kates showed up putting a 250 kg bomb into DD Monssen leaving her on fire and heavily damaged.
The loss of the Kinugasa was the first CA I have ever lost since I got WitP way back in 2004. At least It was the most obsolete of the CAs. Guess I'll have to get used to it because I'm sure I'll lose most of them in the course of this game.
That was day one....
Lots of reinforcements:
SC Ch-29 - ASW
Maizuru 3 SNLF - 5 Fleet - Heading to the Aleutians.
301, 302 & 303 Independent Infantry Battalions - 5 Fleet - Garrison duty north of Hokkaido.
Kure 5 SNLF - SE Fleet - To Truk then south.
Yokosuka 5 SLNL - SE Fleet - To Truk then south.
Ichiki Det - 4 Fleet - To Saipan. Not sure if it'll stay there or not.
79 & 80 Grsn Bns - They appeared in Singapore and will stay there as part of the garrison.
The A6M5 R&D advanced to Jul 43. I have 3x 30 factories doing the R&D.
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