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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 1/9/2013 3:20:51 PM   
nashvillen


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GreyJoy - you are so right on the supply levels for Japan. I am so jealous playing the allied side for the first time in a campaign.

We have another 250k of supplies on the water spread out between LA and Sydney and another 100k between Cape Town and Perth. And this is just early 1942. I have great plans to sink Australia with supplies.

I am only one of three playing this and my primary responsibility is to keep US logistics moving. Having cut my teeth on logistics in this game as the IJN I was excited to try it as the allies. It is much easier as the allies to do so. It is all one way. With Japan, not so much.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 1/12/2013 1:59:32 AM   
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5 MAR 42

CONUS:

VS4D14 arrrives and is filled with pilots and set to training on Naval Search. “Upgraded” to the SOC-1 to get more OS2U-3s in service where they will do more effective work other than training.

Exchanged more SOC-1s for OS2U-3s on the west coast. Going to give the OS2U-3s to ships instead of the SOC-1s to give better range.

ACM Oak arrives at Los Angeles. Sent to San Diego for minefield maintenance.

CANAL ZONE:

AP Thomas Jefferson arrives at Balboa. She is given an escort (APD McKean) and sent to San Francisco.

NOPAC:

Nothing to do here.

CENTPAC:

TF 416 set to a more aggressive patrol around Pearl Harbor to discourage float plane SSs.

Sending more supplies to Palmyra Is. from Pearl as it is the least loaded in supplies.

SOPAC

There are minor adjustments to TFs unloading at several bases to expedite unloading.

ANZAC:

Nothing to do here.

CHINA:

Minor adjustments to forces to match what it appears the Japanese are doing.

RUSSIA:

Nothing to do here.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 1/16/2013 1:28:55 AM   
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6 MAR 42

CONUS:

ACM Heath escorted to Vancouver for minefield maintenance duty. The DM will move back to LA once Heath gets there.

CANAL ZONE:

Nothing to do here.

NOPAC:

Nothing to do here.

CENTPAC:

DD Ward put into the repair yard at Pearl for conversion to APD. 28 days to completion.

S-46 sent to Brisbane for further orders once arrived there.

SOPAC

Americal is fully offloaded at Noumea, some 6k of supplies will be done shortly.

Set units unloading at Luganville to combat and started expanding Port/AF/Forts. Still more to unload, we can rotate ships to make it as efficient as it can be with a port 1.

ANZAC:

TF 264 loads units (RNZAF BF, N Force, 33rd Med FA) at Aukland with no supplies, sending to Brisbane for use further North. The BF can be used North of Townsville, and the military units can be used by Harvey as he sees fit.

CHINA:

Minor adjustments to units here.

RUSSIA:

Nothing to do here.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 1/21/2013 3:53:41 PM   
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CONUS:

DDs Talbot, Dent, Crosby, and Kennison reach Seattle. Put into repair dock for conversion to APDs.

TF 361 loads 30th Cst AA unit for Dutch. Swapped escorts for this TF to give it speed 16.

TF 114 loads supplies for Dutch at Seattle.

CANAL ZONE:

Nothing to do here.

NOPAC:

Nothing to do here.

CENTPAC:

VP23/A is moved from Midway to Palmyra, next to Luganville.

SOPAC

AV Wright arrives at Noumea. Escorts sent back to Pago Pago.

Lexington expanded her VB and VS squadrons to 27 aircraft each. Giving her 27/27/27/15 F/B/B/T. Did the change her TF to escort, put her in her own TF, disbanded it, filled her groups, and put her back into her TF, changed back to air combat routine to fill up airgroups.

SB-3/1 is disbanded and crews and airframes transferred to pool. It had 21 airframes in reserve.

Yorktown expanded her VB and VS squadrons to 27 aircraft each. Giving her 27/27/27/15 F/B/B/T. Did the change her TF to escort, put her in her own TF, disbanded it, filled her groups, and put her back into her TF, changed back to air combat routine to fill up airgroups.

Still need more Wildcats and Devastators. Memos sent to the factories of the shortage.

Assigned DD Reid to the ASW TF leading the CVTFs at Brisbane. That force is ready for orders Jeff.

Houston is ready at Sydney. Hornet should be there in a couple of days. She can join that TF.


ANZAC:

Nothing to do here.

CHINA:

Minor adjustments to units here.

RUSSIA:

Nothing to do here.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 1/25/2013 4:31:05 AM   
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CONUS:

VMSB-142 arrives at San Diego. Set to standard training routine.

CANAL ZONE:

DD Monssen arrives at Balboa. Will wait for AS Griffin and will escort her to SOPAC.

NOPAC:

Nothing to do here.

CENTPAC:

Jeff, reminder that there are subs to assign, one at Midway and one at Pearl. I recommend the gap between Formosa and PI. This is a choke point. If anything we will get some scouting reports. One other, Seawolf, at Midway is damaged and I sent it to Pearl to be repaired.

SOPAC

xAK at Tahiti loads amphibiously supplies for Bora Bora.

ANZAC:

xAKs Anniston City, Makawao, Donald McKay, and Mormacrey are converted to AKEs at Sydney. Will be ready for service on 20 MAR 42.

CHINA:

Minor adjustments to units here.

RUSSIA:

One Rife Bde arrives. Set to rest and take replacements.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 1/30/2013 3:39:49 PM   
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Humphreys will escort Phoenix to Sydney from Townsville where they will both upgrade.

Humphreys to APD and Pheonix from 282 AA to 466. There is enough room in the shipyard. By the time Big E is done fixing up, the Phoenix should be just about done upgrading. Making the timing great, and giving big E some escorts to get back at it in a month in a half. We can also upgrade Big E in April.. shes 47 days or so in the shipyard the way it is.

The Chicago is heading north back to the SAGs in the Coral Sea. CVs and ASW groups are set to follow the reinforcement fleet, with bombers set to range 6 bombing PM. Chicago will rotate out in a month in a half for her upgrade once Big E is done.

Hornet arriving in Sydney soon. Nashville and the CL and CA in Sydney (dont recall names off the top of my head) will complete her cruiser escorts. That will make each CV group have over 3k in AA. In two months we should have four fleet CVs operational in Coral Sea/Aus. We are continuing to use them to stop any attemps to reinforce PM. Harvey is continuing to hold PM, forts are building back up, and more troops/supplies are a few days out. We continue running every surface vessel we can find into PM at night to hit the Jap troops, and bombing them by day from the CVs.

Smacking the KB a handful of turns ago really helps our situation. I still like exchanging one USN CV, a CA, and 50 days in the shiyard on Big E for three Jap CVs.

Noumea now has 400+ AV, forts, and Wildcats. Currently expanding AFAP. Louganville is starting to take on troops and expand.

Very curious to see what he plans on doing with half the KB by Java..

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 7:14:27 PM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Mar 10, 42
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Sub attack near Truk at 111,109

Japanese Ships
xAKL Kikuryu Maru, Shell hits 7

Allied Ships
SS Gudgeon, hits 1



SS Gudgeon attacking on the surface
SS Gudgeon low on gun ammo, Grenfell, E.W. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


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ASW attack near Singapore at 49,83

Japanese Ships
DD Akebono
DD Asagiri

Allied Ships
SS Trusty, hits 7



SS Trusty is located by DD Akebono
DD Akebono fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Asagiri attacking submerged sub ....
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri attacking submerged sub ....
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Asagiri fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Semarang at 54,101

Japanese Ships
DD Hayashio
DD Hatsukaze
DD Tachekaze
DD Kasumi

Allied Ships
SS KXII, hits 1



SS KXII is sighted by escort
DD Tachekaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kasumi attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kasumi fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kasumi attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Kanoya at 103,62

Japanese Ships
PB Taikei Maru
PB Minowa Maru

Allied Ships
SS Snapper



SS Snapper launches 2 torpedoes at PB Taikei Maru
Snapper diving deep ....
PB Taikei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Taikei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Taikei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Taikei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Taikei Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Semarang at 53,101

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma
CS Chiyoda
DD Akatsuki
DD Amatsukaze
DD Katsutade
DD Uranami

Allied Ships
SS KXII



SS KXII is sighted by escort
KXII bottoming out ....
DD Katsutade fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Uranami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Uranami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Uranami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Uranami fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Uranami fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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ASW attack near Semarang at 53,101

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
DD Arashio
DD Isokaze
DD Fuyo
DD Shirakumo

Allied Ships
SS KXII, hits 3



SS KXII is sighted by escort
DD Fuyo fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Shirakumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Shirakumo attacking submerged sub ....
DD Shirakumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Shirakumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Shirakumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Night Naval bombardment of Horn Island at 91,128

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
H6K4 Mavis: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Canberra
CA Australia
CL Perth
CL Achilles
DD Voyager
DD Stuart
DD Flusser
DD Fanning

Japanese ground losses:
106 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled



Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 51
Port hits 1

CA Canberra firing at Horn Island
CA Australia firing at Horn Island
CL Perth firing at Horn Island
CL Achilles firing at Horn Island
DD Voyager firing at Horn Island
DD Stuart firing at Horn Island
DD Flusser firing at Horn Island
DD Fanning firing at Horn Island


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Night Naval bombardment of Port Moresby at 98,130

Allied Ships
CA Pensacola
CA Chester
CA Northampton
DD Balch
DD Phelps
DD Mahan



OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Pensacola
CA Pensacola firing at 38th Division
CA Chester firing at 38th Division
OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CA Northampton
CA Northampton firing at 4th/C Division
DD Balch firing at 38th Division
DD Phelps firing at 4th/C Division
DD Mahan firing at 4th/C Division


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ASW attack near Port Moresby at 97,131

Japanese Ships
SS RO-63, hits 4

Allied Ships
DD Phelps
CA Northampton
DD Balch



SS RO-63 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Phelps
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch attacking submerged sub ....
DD Balch loses contact with SS RO-63
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch attacking submerged sub ....
DD Balch is out of ASW ammo
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Trivandrum at 26,43

Japanese Ships
SS I-166

Allied Ships
KV Freesia
KV Fritillary
KV Auricula



SS I-166 launches 2 torpedoes at KV Freesia
KV Fritillary fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Auricula fails to find sub and abandons search
KV Fritillary fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Fritillary fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Fritillary fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Fritillary fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Fritillary fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26



Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 45
F4F-3A Wildcat x 4
F4F-3 Wildcat x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 5 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed



CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-3A Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
49th PG/8th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 22 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 7 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15



Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 16
F4F-3A Wildcat x 1
F4F-3 Wildcat x 2


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 26000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
49th PG/8th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 137 minutes
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 23950.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 86 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12



Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 3
F4F-3A Wildcat x 1
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
49th PG/9th PS with P-40E Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 31000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Djambi Base Force, at 45,92 , near Benkoelen

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 85
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 28



No Japanese losses


Allied ground losses:
479 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 33 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
19 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
21 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
24 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion ...
Also attacking Zuid KNIL Battalion ...
Also attacking Palembang Base Force ...
Also attacking Zuid KNIL Battalion ...
Also attacking Djambi Base Force ...
Also attacking So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion ...
Also attacking Zuid KNIL Battalion ...
Also attacking Palembang Base Force ...
Also attacking Djambi Base Force ...
Also attacking So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion ...
Also attacking Zuid KNIL Battalion ...
Also attacking Palembang Base Force ...
Also attacking Zuid KNIL Battalion ...
Also attacking Djambi Base Force ...
Also attacking So.Sumatra Garrison Battalion ...
Also attacking Zuid KNIL Battalion ...
Also attacking Palembang Base Force ...


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Morning Air attack on Subic Bay Defenses , at 79,76 (Clark Field)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 59



Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 damaged


Allied ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Aircraft Attacking:
30 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
18 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 31st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking Subic Bay Defenses ...
Also attacking 31st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking Subic Bay Defenses ...
Also attacking 31st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking Subic Bay Defenses ...
Also attacking 31st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking Subic Bay Defenses ...
Also attacking 31st PA Infantry Division ...
Also attacking Subic Bay Defenses ...


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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 25



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
25 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 20000 feet



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Morning Air attack on 102nd PA Infantry Division, at 79,90 , near Cagayan

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 7



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 3rd PA Constabulary Regiment ...


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Afternoon Air attack on 38th Division, at 98,130 (Port Moresby)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10



Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 3
F4F-3A Wildcat x 6
F4F-3 Wildcat x 7
SBD-2 Dauntless x 23
SBD-3 Dauntless x 69
TBD-1 Devastator x 26


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-2 Dauntless: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed, 11 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBD-1 Devastator: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
11 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
14 x TBD-1 Devastator bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
12 x TBD-1 Devastator bombing from 13000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
11 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
7 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-2 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Ground Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
13th Ku S-1 Det A with A6M2 Zero (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking 4th/A Division ...
Also attacking 4th/C Division ...
Also attacking 1st Ind. Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 38th Division ...
Also attacking 4th/A Division ...
Also attacking 4th/C Division ...
Also attacking 1st Ind. Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 38th Division ...
Also attacking 4th/A Division ...
Also attacking 4th/C Division ...
Also attacking 1st Ind. Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 38th Division ...
Also attacking 4th/A Division ...
Also attacking 38th Division ...
Also attacking 4th/A Division ...
Also attacking 4th/C Division ...
Also attacking 1st Ind. Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 38th Division ...
Also attacking 4th/A Division ...
Also attacking 4th/C Division ...
Also attacking 1st Ind. Engineer Regiment ...


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Afternoon Air attack on Semarang , at 53,102

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 42



Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 8
B-339D x 1
CW-21B Demon x 4
75A-7 Hawk x 1
B-17D Fortress x 5


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 3 destroyed
B-339D: 1 destroyed
CW-21B Demon: 1 destroyed
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 11

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
2 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (5 airborne, 12 on standby, 25 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
22 planes vectored on to bombers



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Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 27411 troops, 344 guns, 161 vehicles, Assault Value = 1002

Defending force 26122 troops, 488 guns, 564 vehicles, Assault Value = 1093


Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Assaulting units:
1st Division
4th Tank Regiment
48th Division
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Army
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
47th Field AA Battalion
48th Field AA Battalion

Defending units:
14th PS Engineer Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
4th Marine Regiment
45th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
21st PA Infantry Division
31st PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
194th Tank Battalion
Subic Bay Defenses
1st PA Constabulary Regiment
51st PA Infantry Division
3rd/101st PA Battalion
I Philippine Corps
Clark Field USAAF Base Force
Provisional GMC Gp
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
301st Construction Battalion
301st PA Field Artillery Regiment


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Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1011 troops, 53 guns, 80 vehicles, Assault Value = 1092

Defending force 32951 troops, 395 guns, 433 vehicles, Assault Value = 1002

Japanese ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled



Assaulting units:
45th PS Infantry Regimental Combat Team
14th PS Engineer Regiment
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
194th Tank Battalion
4th Marine Regiment
21st PA Infantry Division
1st PA Constabulary Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
Subic Bay Defenses
51st PA Infantry Division
31st PA Infantry Division
3rd/101st PA Battalion
Provisional GMC Gp
I Philippine Corps
301st Construction Battalion
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
Clark Field USAAF Base Force
301st PA Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
48th Division
4th Tank Regiment
1st Division
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
47th Field AA Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Army
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
48th Field AA Battalion




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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 7:31:16 PM   
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Harvey exchanged some airframes over Port Moresby. Warhawks for Zeros

Mavis, G4M1, A6M2s are all present at Horn Isl (no big surprise)....Harvey's bomardment went well, but I hope we destroyed aircraft and that was just FOW.

I'll post a shot tonight of my area...Madang, Shortlands, Horn Isl, and Rabaul all appear to be expanding. Rabaul still only lvl 3 AF.

CVs went into action after refueling/resupplying in Sydney. They're covering the reinforcements to Port Moresby as well as bombing the Japanese present there. Bombardment and air attack again at Port Moresby. Many Zeros in the skies around Port Moresby.. they haven't given up on the idea of taking it yet.

Chicago will join the bombardment group to go into Port Moresbay again. I think Hornet made it to Sydney this turn. I don't recall how far east she was, but close.

That will bring us back up to three USN CVs present in the Coral Sea.



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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 7:46:25 PM   
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Agreed on the Horn Is. bombing. Even then, Mavises take forever to repair.

Supplies and Fuel still moving to the theatre along with available forces. 28k of fuel on a replenishment TF is arriving in the area to support operations. Turning it over to Jeff and Harvey. They can empty it and send it back to Pago Pago to load back up and send back.

Hornet was only 4-5 hexes east of Sydney at the beginning of the turn. She should be there. She needs to upgrade her Dive Bomber units and expand them. I will take care of that during the turn.

It should be noted that we are going to be running short on DB airframes after this and may want to turn the bombarding over to the Air Force units and keep the Dauntlesses for anti shipping until the pools have a chance to build back up. The torpedo bomber supply is already spent and we won't get any more until the Avengers start arriving.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 7:46:35 PM   
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I like the idea of an extended fight for PM. The more time and effort expended there by the Japanese is the best way to defend eastern Australia. The ground elements at PM, including the 1st Aussie landing this turn, are not irreplaceable and serve a good purpose defending PM. Woring on getting bases in Northern Australia expanded (Townsville, Cairns and Charter Towers). Once more BFs and construction uits are available will push them to establish bases at Cooktown and eventually Coen.

The airframes my be a bit more challenging, as we will run out first I think. I am trying to get a rotation of units to PM from Australia (max effort this turn to support landing the 1st Aussie). The P-38E sqdn in constituting in Sydney and will be valuable to cycle in and out of PM for sweeps and LRCAP missions to help extract some losses on Jap airframes.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 7:50:13 PM   
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Agree on limiting ground bombardments by Carrier aircraft.

Depending how things progress, we can fly small raids with LBA from PM with light bombers for now, and eventually B-26s once they are ready to be committed to PM.
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Agreed on the Horn Is. bombing. Even then, Mavises take forever to repair.

Supplies and Fuel still moving to the theatre along with available forces. 28k of fuel on a replenishment TF is arriving in the area to support operations. Turning it over to Jeff and Harvey. They can empty it and send it back to Pago Pago to load back up and send back.

Hornet was only 4-5 hexes east of Sydney at the beginning of the turn. She should be there. She needs to upgrade her Dive Bomber units and expand them. I will take care of that during the turn.

It should be noted that we are going to be running short on DB airframes after this and may want to turn the bombarding over to the Air Force units and keep the Dauntlesses for anti shipping until the pools have a chance to build back up. The torpedo bomber supply is already spent and we won't get any more until the Avengers start arriving.



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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 8:03:23 PM   
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Our biggest obstacle to taking advantage of the situation in the Northern Coral Sea is that we are only just over three months into the war. We have no reserves to conduct an extended campaign.

We may have to dial it down for a bit after PM is secure and let the Japanese impale themselves on our defenses. We definitely cannot conduct any offensive operations. We have the supply and fuel, but not the airframes and devices to support it.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 8:16:34 PM   
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My take is that if we do not have the extended campaign there, it will be somewhere else. PM currently is a hard place for him to supply a big force and with the reinforcements and supply we have there, it will take a significant effort to dislodge it. We by no means can we go on the offensive in the northern Coral Sea, but we can counter attack and retire to attrit and delay the Japanese as opportunities present themselves. Operations in the northern Coral Sea will be a nogo once PM falls and opens the Japanese to come ashore in Northern Australia.

Also with the Japanese focus on PM, it slows down any potential push toward Luganville and Noumea. The bases we are building there will be much more secure when the invasion bonus expires.

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Our biggest obstacle to taking advantage of the situation in the Northern Coral Sea is that we are only just over three months into the war. We have no reserves to conduct an extended campaign.

We may have to dial it down for a bit after PM is secure and let the Japanese impale themselves on our defenses. We definitely cannot conduct any offensive operations. We have the supply and fuel, but not the airframes and devices to support it.



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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 8:16:46 PM   
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Also, 3rd BG is 17 days out of Sydney along with 8th PG.

It can route to any Level 3 port you wish.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 9:11:50 PM   
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Sydney is fine. Those P-39s will be very helpful at PM.

I am starting to farmout training squadrons to AFs around southern Australia for now. In the next 2-3 weeks I am getting a large tranche of BF/AV spt/Eng that were initially scheduled to arrive Darwin, now arriving Syndey. I plan to forward those to Northern Australia to build out bases there (may send 1 BF west/NW)

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Also, 3rd BG is 17 days out of Sydney along with 8th PG.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/1/2013 10:55:40 PM   
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CONUS:

7th Marine Rgt arrives at Eastern USA. Sending it to San Francisco. Going to set it to target Lunga right now. Don’t anticipate us using it until the other two parts of the 1st Marine Div arrive in 71 and 74 days. Also, set her to take replacements so upgrades will happen.

YMS-94 arrives at Stockton, moving her to San Francisco. Will attach her to some transport fleet moving west when opportunity arrives.

VMJ-153 arrives at San Diego, set to standard train specifications.

More transports sent to Pearl Harbor to move units there to SOPAC.

CANAL ZONE:

Nothing to do here.

NOPAC:

Nothing to do here.

CENTPAC:

VMSB-242 arrives at Midway, set to standard train specifications.

34th Inf Rgt loading for Dutch Harbor at Pearl. Ten day trip there, plus one to pack.

SOPAC:

Minor adjustments to units here to facilitate unloading at small ports.

ANZAC:

Hornet arrives at Sydney. Upgraded her VS-8 and VB-8 units to SBD-3s and 27 each. Added two more pilots each to those squadrons. When we have more torpedo bombers she will be 99 planes fully loaded. Her capacity is 90, so 99 is within the 10% tolerance. She is now ready with Houston, St. Louis, Nashville, and 2xDDs to go north. Jeff, send her where you need her. Be advised that St.Louis has 2 major engine damage and needs a week or so in a shipyard to fix that and the Hornet is due a AAA upgrade next month.

CHINA:

Minor adjustments to units here.

RUSSIA:

Minor adjustments to units here.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/3/2013 4:57:49 PM   
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We have talked about moving the two Nevada and two Pennsylvania class BBs up from Tahiti. We are going to use them to bombard Port Moresby. Their bombardment effect should be 5-6 times more effective than our CAs.

We have four new AKEs (2x4200, 2x3900) coming out of conversion at Sydney in 8 days. We are going to move them to Townsend and rearm the BBs from there. We are thinking about either splitting them up with the CA bombardment groups we have now and rotating them in and out, one bombards, one reloads. There will be a day that they can't keep up the sequential bombardment, but 2 out of 3 days won't be good for the Japanese.

We think their 6/3 movement will give them enough to hit PM and get far enough away with carrier air cover to keep aircraft at bay. We also feel like they are a resource we can use now and keep reloading. The 16in/45 Mk5 BBs load cost is over 4200 so we can't use them until we have either larger AKEs or a larger port nearby.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/3/2013 7:16:15 PM   
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We are going to move them to Townsend and rearm the BBs from there ...


Pete Townsend is a pretty awesome Rock Legend, but I doubt he could arm much more than a BB gun, certainly not a BB!

Look for the xAKs with 5250 cargo capacity - they convert to AEs large enough to arm 16"/45s [but not the Iowa class 16"/50s, IIRC].

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/3/2013 9:00:16 PM   
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I do better with Japanese names... Townsend, Townsville... Not much difference...

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/3/2013 9:12:19 PM   
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We have some 5250 capacity xAKs arriving in Sydney in 15 days. Will detach two of them and convert them so we can get the other BBs involved. Two are undergoing upgrades at Pearl right now and will be back in service in 30 days. I am thinking we need to move the other BBs, the Maryland and West Virginia to Pearl and start their upgrades also. Then when the Tennessee and Oklahoma are ready we can send them forward while the other two will be about half way done with their upgrades.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/3/2013 10:52:45 PM   
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CONUS:

Freed up 7 more B17Es by subbing for A-29s and B-18As at Pendleton.

641st Towed AT and 94th Cst AA units loading for a 17 day trip to Pago Pago.

New Cargo TF loading at LA for Pago Pago with 33.6k of supplies.

ACM arrives at Victoria to maintain minefield there. DM returning to LA for further duties.

CANAL ZONE:

AS Griffin arrives at Cristobal, sent through the canal to Balboa. She will pick up her DD escort here and head for Pago Pago.

NOPAC:

Nothing to do here.

CENTPAC:

VS-3D14 arrives at Pearl Harbor, standard training for Naval Search.

SOPAC

2 AMs set to escort BB TF from Tahiti to Noumea. BBs will arrive in Noumea in 8 days.

2 AMs set to escort Maryland and West Virgina to Pearl for upgrades. 8 days to Pearl Harbor.

ANZAC:

Docked TF 264 at Brisbane to facilitate NZ units unload.

CHINA:

Nothing to do here.

RUSSIA:

Nothing to do here.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 7:33:19 PM   
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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 7:34:23 PM   
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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 7:38:34 PM   
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We are going to move them to Townsend and rearm the BBs from there ...


Pete Townsend is a pretty awesome Rock Legend, but I doubt he could arm much more than a BB gun, certainly not a BB!

Look for the xAKs with 5250 cargo capacity - they convert to AEs large enough to arm 16"/45s [but not the Iowa class 16"/50s, IIRC].


Haha!

CLs can currently re-arm at Townsville, will CAs are having to return to Sydney at the moment. Once the proper AKEs are in place, or once the area is secure and Harvey is ready to upgrade the facilities at Townsville (Townsend ), then we can keep them at sea longer without having to go all the way back to Sydney.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 7:57:06 PM   
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Hornet is a couple three days away from being in position to cover Port Moresby with Lex and Yorktown. We're going to need to start rotating out USN CA/CLs that are due upgrades in April. Some are due in March, but we haven't upgraded them yet as theyre covering Port Moresby at present.

With Brisbane/Sydney/Melborne only having I think 50k shipyard off the top of my head, we'd have to pick carefully (Big E is in dock at Sydney for 45 days.. she's taking up majority of that) Some may have to either wait, or go back to Pearl.

Going to upgrade the ones that gain the most AA first, that have the smallest current amount of AA to begin with.



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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 9:09:58 PM   
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We have some 5250 capacity xAKs arriving in Sydney in 15 days. Will detach two of them and convert them so we can get the other BBs involved. Two are undergoing upgrades at Pearl right now and will be back in service in 30 days. I am thinking we need to move the other BBs, the Maryland and West Virginia to Pearl and start their upgrades also. Then when the Tennessee and Oklahoma are ready we can send them forward while the other two will be about half way done with their upgrades.

OK, I suggested the 5250 size xAKs for conversion because that was the largest ones I could find that would do so, and I remember having some AEs that could arm the 16"/45s, so I thought the 5250s were the ticket. But ... I did some checking to see if there was anything you could convert to load the 16"/50 Mk 7s. That's when I found that the 5250s end up with a load capacity of 4200, while the 16"/45 has a load factor of just over 4400 = no go.
I went through all the remaining xAKs I had and could not find anything bigger that would convert to AE nor AKE. There must be some AEs already in the system [I forgot to check] or coming as reinforcements that can do the job. BTW, the load factor for the 16"/50s is 5400.

If I recall, enough naval support in a minimal size port [size 5 or more?] can do the job, so you do not always have to send the Colorados back to Sydney or Pearl Harbour.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 9:18:21 PM   
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We have some 5250 capacity xAKs arriving in Sydney in 15 days. Will detach two of them and convert them so we can get the other BBs involved. Two are undergoing upgrades at Pearl right now and will be back in service in 30 days. I am thinking we need to move the other BBs, the Maryland and West Virginia to Pearl and start their upgrades also. Then when the Tennessee and Oklahoma are ready we can send them forward while the other two will be about half way done with their upgrades.

OK, I suggested the 5250 size xAKs for conversion because that was the largest ones I could find that would do so, and I remember having some AEs that could arm the 16"/45s, so I thought the 5250s were the ticket. But ... I did some checking to see if there was anything you could convert to load the 16"/50 Mk 7s. That's when I found that the 5250s end up with a load capacity of 4200, while the 16"/45 has a load factor of just over 4400 = no go.
I went through all the remaining xAKs I had and could not find anything bigger that would convert to AE nor AKE. There must be some AEs already in the system [I forgot to check] or coming as reinforcements that can do the job. BTW, the load factor for the 16"/50s is 5400.

If I recall, enough naval support in a minimal size port [size 5 or more?] can do the job, so you do not always have to send the Colorados back to Sydney or Pearl Harbour.


Our problem with naval support is that it is March of 1942. We don't have any. So, the 16in/50 Mk 7s will just have to sit in port and refit for now. The 14" guns should do what we want.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 9:18:31 PM   
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Hornet is a couple three days away from being in position to cover Port Moresby with Lex and Yorktown. We're going to need to start rotating out USN CA/CLs that are due upgrades in April. Some are due in March, but we haven't upgraded them yet as theyre covering Port Moresby at present.

With Brisbane/Sydney/Melborne only having I think 50k shipyard off the top of my head, we'd have to pick carefully (Big E is in dock at Sydney for 45 days.. she's taking up majority of that) Some may have to either wait, or go back to Pearl.

Going to upgrade the ones that gain the most AA first, that have the smallest current amount of AA to begin with.



Don't forget the 15K drydock at Aukland!
And Columbo may be closer than PH.
Perth has a small 3K drydock that can handle a DD upgrade.

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 9:19:58 PM   
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You don't need to worry about the 16"/50s until the Iowa arrives!

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RE: 4 MAR 42 - 2/4/2013 9:32:18 PM   
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Hornet is a couple three days away from being in position to cover Port Moresby with Lex and Yorktown. We're going to need to start rotating out USN CA/CLs that are due upgrades in April. Some are due in March, but we haven't upgraded them yet as theyre covering Port Moresby at present.

With Brisbane/Sydney/Melborne only having I think 50k shipyard off the top of my head, we'd have to pick carefully (Big E is in dock at Sydney for 45 days.. she's taking up majority of that) Some may have to either wait, or go back to Pearl.

Going to upgrade the ones that gain the most AA first, that have the smallest current amount of AA to begin with.



Don't forget the 15K drydock at Aukland!
And Columbo may be closer than PH.
Perth has a small 3K drydock that can handle a DD upgrade.


Forgot about Auckland, thanks for that. I know about Perth..that does work great for small craft. Colombo or even Capetown for that matter.

I tend to forget about Auckland in my AI games...so I forgot about it here.

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