From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
5 Nov 42
Burma: Still no relief from the supply situation. 9k begins unloading at Rangoon tomorrow. I've decided to send 50k a month from the Home Islands so I sent another convoy out a day or so ago. That's a 3 week trip one way. I've got the SRA bases that produce a lot of supply sending excess supply to Rangoon: Balikpapan, Palembang and Soerabaja so far. Among them, there's ~50k headed up there.
Anyway, those Vengeances are still bombing untouched. I could butcher them if only for a few supply points.
SE Fleet: I set an ambush over Lae with my Nicks. Ten showed up for the party but couldn't shoot anything down, and lost one of their number for their effort, but the pilot survived. The SE corner of PNG is doomed. His bombers prevent me from doing anything there other than die.
Once he takes Lae, probably a month or so from now, the party will truly begin there.
4 Fleet: I spotted a AVD at Baker Island but had no way to attack it. He hasn't upgraded the island at all so I suspect it's there to provide Cat support. I sent a TF of 7x Fubukis and a CL but they'll make Tarawa only tomorrow. A Glen sub will be in range to investigate tomorrow. If the ship is still there, I'll send the surface ships in for a little target practice. Moonlight is just about gone too, which is nice.
5 Fleet: I sent KB2 up there from Davao today, but they won't make it for 8 days. It turns out there are a couple of PT boats and a couple of AMs at Adak. Nothing else is i sight, but, to be honest, I have only 2 Emilies up there scouting, along with a handful of Glens. KB1 remains 11 hexes west of Adak. The replenishment TF is a couple of days out, but KB1 has no fuel shortage right now.
Ching: The 3rd attack against the 3 surrounded units happened again destroying the HQ and corps. Only a decimated construction regiment remains. I suspect it's gone tomorrow.
I caught up with the smashed army heading south out of the Changsha complex and will attack it tomorrow. I expect to push it farther south on the road.
The A6M5b R&D advanced to April 44. With a gain of 12% a day, it will advance a month every 8-9 days now.
I have allocated all of my R&D factories and have expanded them all to 30. Here's how it's allocated (whether good or bad):
Oscar: 30, 30, 30, 3 (IIb, 3/43, 61%)
Tojo: 30, 30, 30 (IIc, 2/44, 62%)
Tony: 30, 30, 30, 30, 7, 5 (Ia, 1/43, 12%)
Frank: 32(size 55), 20, 19, 15, 7, 6
Ki-201: 3, 2, 1, 0, 0, 0
Ki-102: 9, 4, 2
Dinah III KAI: 9
A6M: 30, 30, 30, 30, 30, 30 (A6M5b, 4/44, 5%)
A7M3-J: 4, 4, 4, 3, 1
George: 27, 21, 15, 12, 10, 9
Norm: 21, 16
Betty: 13, 2
Jill: 23, 1, 0
Myrt: 5, 4, 4
Judy: 27, 23, 0
Grace: 11, 10, 7, 5
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