From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
16 Aug 42
Well, that TF was a 1 ship TF and it was the CA Northampton. She plopped herself on Wessel Island and just sat there. The I-158 launched at her and missed in the morning and tried again in the afternoon getting 1 torpedo hit. Well, the Northampton has a nice shiny new hole in her side. I had moved MKB to within 6 hexes of Wessel Island but they didn't launch. Maybe I'll catch her tomorrow with another sub.
Well, I was right, Ted did return with 19x B-17s, 9x LB-30s and 9x B-24s. My fighters flew. While they didn't stop them, they did put a hurting on them. Here's what I had flying:
When it was all said and done, I had lost 1 Zero shot down and a Tojo op loss to 2x B-17s, 7x LB-30s and 7x B-24s shot down and a couple more op losses. Unfortunately, they bombed the airfield again destroying 6 planes on the ground. Damage to the airfield is now 34 service and 53 runway. Either he'll give up for a while or he'll send everything in. I hope it's the former. I've got all my fighters flying tomorrow as well as an additional 24x Oscars flying LRCAP from Shortland.
The Tojos did a wonderful job. Here's one interesting tidbit:
Aino G. in a Ki-44-IIa Tojo makes head on attack ... B-17E Fortress destroyed
Aino G. in a Ki-44-IIa Tojo makes head on attack ... forces B-17E Fortress out of formation
That was his first mission. I'm going to keep an eye on him. His stats:
55 experience, 74 air, 1 kill.
Not much else of note. Ted did give me some intel though. Here's an excerpt from an email:
Thanks for leaving that little present at Umnak. I hope sometime during the day you stub your toe. It was an APD.
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