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1942 September 17 - 8/31/2012 10:24:35 PM   
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Yikes! The fact that you are almost certainly right doesn't make that any more palatable a proposition. Well, Burma is going to be a grind, no doubt about it. In about 4 days the largest mass of amphibious transport ships will get back to Pearl and begin loading up for another delivery to Fiji, which will immediately be followed by them loading up assault forces at Fiji for Noumea. After that it all depends on how the expected naval combat there works out. Forces are ready to move right on up into the Solomons.

My point is, naval combat results being "good enough", whatever that is, in a few weeks the Empire should begin feeling significant pressure on its eastern flank. Will that save China? The world wonders...


1942 September 17

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


There were several encounters where subs on both sides failed to connect. But, after a bit of a dry spell, there was this.
quote:


Sub attack near Marcus Island at 129,92

Japanese Ships
xAK Hoeisan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Argun Maru
xAK Toyokawa Maru
xAK Enzyu Maru
PB Hakkaisan Maru

Allied Ships
SS Thresher



SS Thresher launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Hoeisan Maru
Thresher diving deep ....
PB Hakkaisan Maru attacking submerged sub ....
PB Hakkaisan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hakkaisan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hakkaisan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Hakkaisan Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

Near the Channel Islands (US West Coast) and near Pago Pago IJN subs were hit by surface ASW forces. Also near Pago Pago and near Suva IJN subs were hit by Allied aircraft.

In China the round of air delivered beatings on the Allies, and yet another strange-looking ground combat.
quote:


Ground combat at 74,52 (near Tuyun)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5192 troops, 64 guns, 567 vehicles, Assault Value = 391

Defending force 50336 troops, 394 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1220

Japanese adjusted assault: 170

Allied adjusted defense: 2221

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 13

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
644 casualties reported
Squads: 80 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
1401 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 115 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 17 (1 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Assaulting units:
5th Tank Regiment
1st Mobile Infantry Regiment
9th Tank Regiment
114th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
3rd Tank Regiment
23rd Tank Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
95th Chinese Corps
91st Chinese Corps
24th Chinese Corps
30th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese
57th AT Gun Regiment
3rd War Area
20th Artillery Regiment
18th Artillery Regiment
1st Artillery Regiment
21st Group Army
56th AT Gun Regiment

A load of oil arrived at Melbourne! It appears that the Empire's submarine force is no longer patrolling the Cape Town <-> Melbourne route. A large B-17 raid from Calcutta failed to go against Meiktila. Maybe the weather? Morale is tops among the groups and they have good commanders. I'm rearranging the location of some air HQs and also replaced commanders of two of them. The B-25s still have not flown against the closed Akyab airfield, so perhaps there is a heavy LRCAP there. The first P-40K sweep will test the air over Akyab tomorrow. Force Z is attempting to make its way stealthily into the Bay of Bengal so we can coordinate air and sea bombardments with a ground assault outside of Akyab. Surprise, speed, and a bit of luck are called for.





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RE: 1942 September 17 - 9/1/2012 11:04:02 PM   
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Here is the SigInt that we've received about Noumea to date:





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1942 September 18 - 9/2/2012 11:22:21 PM   
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1942 September 18

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The beatings in China continue, and today the Empire's effort to flank the defenses of Paoshan were revealed. The 35th Chinese Corps guards the road behind that gateway town. Now they see Imperial troops taking positions in the mountains across the river. Hopefully they are foot-sore.

Today was a good day in the air over Port Moresby, while the skies over Burma were more taxing. The first raids on the occupiers of Port Moresby:
quote:


Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27



Allied aircraft
P-38F Lightning x 22


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 9 destroyed

No Allied losses



CAP engaged:
1st Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 14 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 22,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5



Allied aircraft
P-38F Lightning x 28


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
24 x P-38F Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet
3 x P-38F Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
1st Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 9000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 95 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1



Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 18


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses



Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 62

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
1st Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 16


No Allied losses



Aircraft Attacking:
16 x P-38E Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet

The action over Burma:
quote:


Morning Air attack on Meiktila , at 58,47

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 4



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 57
B-17F Fortress x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 15 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 5 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
37 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled



Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 59

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1 Det B 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 9000
Raid is overhead
Kanoya Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
84th I.F.Chutai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Meiktila , at 58,47

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 24 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 3



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 11


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 4 damaged



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 1 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
3rd Ku S-1 Det B with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
84th I.F.Chutai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
Kanoya Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
24th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 62 minutes
47th I.F.Chutai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes


Here is a look at todays air losses.





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RE: 1942 September 18 - 9/3/2012 1:34:47 AM   
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Intelmonkey makes its debut.

Brilliant raids against PM. Very good damage on facilities for 18 B24Ds at 10k feet. Keep that commander

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RE: 1942 September 18 - 9/3/2012 1:54:52 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: aprezto

Intelmonkey makes its debut.

Brilliant raids against PM. Very good damage on facilities for 18 B24Ds at 10k feet. Keep that commander

Thanks!

Intel Monkey - now with a search box:




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1942 September 19 - 9/3/2012 6:57:12 PM   
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1942 September 19

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


About a half dozen more Zeros were taken out of the skies over Port Moresby today by P-38Es. The P-40Ks did well over Akyab by all coming home safe while knocking down a few of their opposites. Heavy air attacks all over China and the octopus closing in. Does Chiang Kai-Shek even know where to find India? Maybe one of his generals knows.

V US Bomber Command has made it to Cairns to supervise the reduction of Port Moresby. I have been trying to use the LB-30 four-engine bombers for recon, and even with trained recon pilots they are just plain lousy at providing any real Intel. This is a long term opinion from several games. They don't don't have a dedicated camera device, but I figured they would be worth something. Not! At least not on a Recon mission. I'm going to try bombing with them, not to achieve damage but just to see if they recon worth a fart that way. the group at Brisbane has been not looking at Noumea, while the group at Suva has been ignoring Luganville.

The large convoy of (now empty) amphibious capable ships makes Pearl harbor tonight or tomorrow. Most of them will begin loading right away at Pearl or moving to load elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands. They will bring any remaining troops for the invasion of Noumea plus anybody else they can carry to Fiji. Transports from Australia are nearing New Zealand to pick up the Kiwi participants in combat load when the starting gun sounds. Imperial submarines have already begun to operate off of Suva having gained knowledge of activity there.

Here is the Intel Monkey's report on Luganville.





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1942 September 20 - 9/3/2012 10:55:33 PM   
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1942 September 20

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The night began with 4 x unsuccessful attacks by USN subs on Imperial merchantmen. There seems to be something wrong with our bloody torpedoes...

The Lightnings and Liberators killed about 11 Zeros and 4 Nells in the air and on the ground at Port Moresby in exchange for 1 of each of ours. I hope invading turns out to be that easy. Noumea and Luganville were both attacked as ordered and although both bomber groups reported hitting their target they also reported not seeing their target as detection levels at both enemy held bases are 0/0. Sigh.

Amid the aerial beatings in China a second unit has emerged across the river from the road behind Paoshan. Reinforcements are on the way.

This could get interesting...





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RE: 1942 September 20 - 9/3/2012 11:33:06 PM   
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Moving a LYB infantry unit out of jungle is a chore under the best of circumstances, but you seem to be on the right path.....bomb'em, bombard'em, blow'em up and bayonet the remaining lot.  It takes all that to dig them out.  On the bright side, you won't have to deal with a large population of prisoners as a rule.

I assume that Akyab is unuseable for bombers.  I'd hate to see Force Z zapped by LB torpedo planes.  If Tom Thumb Phillips is still in command...have someone frag him immediately.

Anyway, hope it goes well and you clobber the LYBs wholesale.

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RE: 1942 September 20 - 9/3/2012 11:41:32 PM   
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Akyab last scouts as 66% damaged for size 3 airfield - closed even to fighters. But that report is variable each turn based on FOW. I'm comfortable about no bombers there as 35% is the limit for level 3 (20% + 5% per level for offensive missions and 50% + 5% per level for CAP).

I don't remember if ol' Tom is still in charge. Hmm.

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RE: 1942 September 20 - 9/3/2012 11:49:47 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: witpqs
The night began with 4 x unsuccessful attacks by USN subs on Imperial merchantmen. There seems to be something wrong with our bloody torpedoes...


I called the manufacturer's rep. He said:

"No, no - it's never the equipment - it's always the operator who causes the problem. Nothing wrong with the exploders at all; it's just that those bloody submariners keep putting them in water and expect them to work ..."

About the lack of recon data on freshly bombed bases, I have seen that happen too and decided my guys have been decoyed by the rubber and canvas tanks and planes set up to soak up the attack...


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RE: 1942 September 20 - 9/4/2012 12:23:14 AM   
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Dang it, I'll have to have Nimitz write a letter to Truman!

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1942 September 21 - 9/4/2012 11:21:08 PM   
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1942 September 21

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Success.
quote:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Chittagong at 55,42, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Oite
DD Hakaze
DD Yakaze

Allied Ships
xAKL Mabella, Shell hits 23, and is sunk



Improved night sighting under 85% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 85% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 11,000 yards
DD Yakaze fires at xAKL Mabella at 11,000 yards
DD Oite fires at xAKL Mabella at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Yakaze engages xAKL Mabella at 8,000 yards
DD Hakaze engages xAKL Mabella at 8,000 yards
DD Oite engages xAKL Mabella at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Hakaze engages xAKL Mabella at 7,000 yards
DD Oite engages xAKL Mabella at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DD Oite engages xAKL Mabella at 3,000 yards
DD Hakaze engages xAKL Mabella at 3,000 yards
DD Oite engages xAKL Mabella at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Yakaze engages xAKL Mabella at 2,000 yards
xAKL Mabella sunk by DD Oite at 2,000 yards
xAKL Mabella sunk by DD Oite at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

Yes that was success! Force Z is still unseen by Imperial eyes and has reached their departure point. Orders are given: Adm Somerville will take in Force Z to bombard, all bombers available will bomb, and the ground troops will assault.

This P-29 group, untrained in naval attack, did so anyway and made themselves heard, although perhaps softly.
quote:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 54,45

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 25


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Oite, Shell hits 1
DD Yakaze, Shell hits 4
DD Hakaze, Shell hits 2



Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

USN subs are trying hard!
quote:


ASW attack near Wakkanai at 124,48

Japanese Ships
PB Nako Maru #2

Allied Ships
SS Cachalot



Captain of SS Cachalot elects not to launch torpedoes at this target
Cachalot diving deep ....
PB Nako Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nako Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nako Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Nako Maru #2 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Nako Maru #2 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Rabaul at 106,128

Japanese Ships
xAKL Heiwa Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire

Allied Ships
SS Tarpon



SS Tarpon attacking on the surface
SS Tarpon low on gun ammo, Dockery, O.R. breaks off surface engagement and submerges


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Sub attack near Port Moresby at 98,132

Japanese Ships
DD Wakatake
xAP Ussuri Maru
xAP Tsingtao Maru
DD Kuretake

Allied Ships
SS Sargo



SS Sargo launches 2 torpedoes at DD Wakatake
Sargo diving deep ....
DD Kuretake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuretake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuretake fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kuretake attacking submerged sub ....
DD Kuretake fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Submarine attack near Wakkanai at 123,48

Japanese Ships
xAK Taibun Maru, Shell hits 65, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SS Cachalot, hits 1



xAK Taibun Maru is sighted by SS Cachalot
SS Cachalot attacking xAK Taibun Maru on the surface
SS Cachalot low on gun ammo, Bowers, J. breaks off surface engagement and submerges
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Sub attack near Koshiki-jima Retto at 100,60

Japanese Ships
xAK Malta Maru
PB Fukui Maru

Allied Ships
SS Kingfish



SS Kingfish launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Malta Maru
Kingfish diving deep ....
PB Fukui Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fukui Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fukui Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fukui Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Fukui Maru fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


The rear-guard unit in the north of China was caught again.
quote:


Ground combat at 89,31 (near Paotow)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1314 troops, 20 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

Defending force 918 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 5

Japanese adjusted assault: 64

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 64 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(-), disruption(-), morale(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)


Allied ground losses:
492 casualties reported
Squads: 23 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 19 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Cavalry Brigade

Defending units:
11th Chinese Corps

Port Moresby airfield is now 55% damaged and has only 2 fighters on the ground. The B-24s are ready and will hit the port at Milne Bay to slow fortification building (port-1, airfield-0).

Noumea and Luganville - still detection levels 0/0. I neglected to put the troops in Hawaii that need to load in Strat mode, so a couple of days delay. The ships will use it to compare completely. Here is the Intel screen.





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1942 September 22 - 9/5/2012 6:01:39 AM   
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1942 September 22

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


I can't get the two-engine bombers in India to fly to save my life. Here are the folks who did fight.
quote:


Night Naval bombardment of Akyab at 55,44

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales
BC Repulse
CL Birmingham

Japanese ground losses:
162 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled



BB Prince of Wales firing at 14th Division
Walrus II acting as spotter for BC Repulse
BC Repulse firing at 14th Division
CL Birmingham firing at 14th Division


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TF 172 encounters mine field at Cox's Bazar (54,43)

Allied Ships
BC Repulse
DD Express
DD Tenedos
DD Arunta



5 mines cleared


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Morning Air attack on 78th Infantry Regiment, at 55,44 , near Akyab

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 25,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 23



Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 25


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 3 destroyed



CAP engaged:
50th Sentai/A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
50th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
50th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 21000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on 14th Division, at 55,44 , near Akyab

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 15



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 72
B-17F Fortress x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Ground Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
50th Sentai/A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 9000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Raid is overhead
50th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (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 21000
Raid is overhead

Also attacking Imperial Guards Division ...
Also attacking 78th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 146th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking Imperial Guards Division ...
Also attacking 78th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 146th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking Imperial Guards Division ...
Also attacking 78th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 146th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 14th Division ...
Also attacking Imperial Guards Division ...
Also attacking 78th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 146th Infantry Regiment ...


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Ground combat at 55,44 (near Akyab)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26365 troops, 448 guns, 420 vehicles, Assault Value = 837

Defending force 33037 troops, 260 guns, 117 vehicles, Assault Value = 1044

Allied adjusted assault: 687

Japanese adjusted defense: 2025

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1307 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 102 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled


Allied ground losses:
435 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 116 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 30 (1 destroyed, 29 disabled)
Vehicles lost 18 (2 destroyed, 16 disabled)


Assaulting units:
27th Infantry Division
Americal Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
43rd Cavalry Regiment
25th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
XV Indian Corps
21st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
78th Infantry Regiment
Imperial Guards Division
14th Division
146th Infantry Regiment

I have no idea why Force Z navigated back through Cox's Bazar, but we got lucky there were no mine hits! The ground combat result was pretty good, although the untis need to rest and recover. It will be a grind. Of course Force Z will not be making repeat performances any time soon. If they get away this time.

The usual beatings were had in China, including this on the ground.
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Ground combat at 88,31 (near Dalan Dzadagad)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3866 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

Defending force 6282 troops, 41 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Japanese adjusted assault: 108

Allied adjusted defense: 34

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

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


Allied ground losses:
2434 casualties reported
Squads: 83 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 104 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
22nd Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps

Grunion scored on xAK Rakuto Maru near Truk when a crew member accidentally armed a torpedo. The attack on the port at Milne Bay went well.
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Morning Air attack on Milne Bay , at 101,133

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 36


No Allied losses

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



Port hits 27
Port supply hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

We'll repeat that some to keep it suppressed. Here is a look at traffic in the area.





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Did Force Z pass through Cox's Bazar using waypoints to hug the coast on the way in?
If so, the return trip may be the same routing if the routing screen shows "Return via same route" checked.

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No, no way points. I avoid using them for bombardments because I see people report problems with that.

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The medium bombers flew! They fared well enough, losing just a couple to ops issues while their escorts did a little better than the CAP. The heavies hit Akyab and all made it back. Even though the mission to Akyab is on the short side for the heavies, they gained enough fatigue to show that Resistance was stout.

We got hit with a partisan attack at Kunming as the large unit is rushing west from there. Additional garrison is on the way but will take a while. A unit needing R&R is there but falls short of the additional needed (beyond the base force) to make up the garrison requirement until some squads are repaired.

Units are loading in the Hawaiian Islands for convoy to Fiji. Meanwhile, DAW HQ has received information on our current troop convoy lane. Time to move it.





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The IJN warships at Akyab left little AMc Calcutta free to clear the Imperial mine field at Cox's Bazar.
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TF 21 encounters mine field at Cox's Bazar (54,43)

Allied Ships
AMc Calcutta



7 mines cleared


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TF 21 encounters mine field at Cox's Bazar (54,43)

Allied Ships
AMc Calcutta



9 mines cleared


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TF 21 encounters mine field at Cox's Bazar (54,43)

Allied Ships
AMc Calcutta



10 mines cleared


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TF 21 encounters mine field at Cox's Bazar (54,43)

Allied Ships
AMc Calcutta



2 mines cleared


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TF 21 encounters mine field at Cox's Bazar (54,43)

Allied Ships
AMc Calcutta



7 mines cleared

B-24s pounded Port Moresby airfield while P-38s zoomed through high overhead. Back in China the Empire used great numbers of aircraft to achieve the same effect over a wider area. On the ground they've now skipped the "retreat battered Chinese unit" phase and now go directly with the "destroy battered Chinese unit" phase.
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Ground combat at 87,31 (near Ningsia)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 15044 troops, 136 guns, 34 vehicles, Assault Value = 440

Defending force 112 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 406

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 406 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)


Allied ground losses:
148 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units destroyed 1


Assaulting units:
19th Division

Defending units:
17th Group Army

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The IJN is determined to be a pest about the liberation of Burma.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Cox's Bazar at 54,43, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Oite
DD Hakaze
DD Yakaze

Allied Ships
AMc Calcutta, Shell hits 1, and is sunk



Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 100% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
DD Oite engages AMc Calcutta at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Yakaze engages AMc Calcutta at 7,000 yards
AMc Calcutta sunk by DD Hakaze at 7,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

After massive, and I mean MASSIVE, air attacks against the defenders in rough terrain (but not forest + rough), the IJA pushed their salient deeper into central China.
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Ground combat at 79,48 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 29283 troops, 218 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 937

Defending force 21186 troops, 82 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 557

Japanese adjusted assault: 429

Allied adjusted defense: 173

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
578 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 110 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


Allied ground losses:
5291 casualties reported
Squads: 192 destroyed, 107 disabled
Non Combat: 198 destroyed, 52 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 18 (8 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Units retreated 2


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
52nd Infantry Brigade
6th Division
35th Division

Defending units:
60th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps

Various troops have finished loading in Hawaii and will form up at Kona, where one convoy is taking on a last few supplies. They will then proceed to Fiji under escort of 3 x fast battleships that will form the core of a surface combat force to protect the landings.

Meanwhile, Force Z is moving at full speed the escape the Bay of Bengal after taking on fuel at Trincomalee.





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There continues to be lots of sub activity around Auckland. Today aircraft reported 3 different hits on an SSX and 1 on an A1 class SS. Sub activity continues around Suva, Pago Pago, and near the US West Coast. There, near the Channel Islands our sub chasers did some damage to an I-boat. Meanwhile:
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Sub attack near Shortlands at 110,132

Japanese Ships
xAK Natisan Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
PB Takunan Maru #5

Allied Ships
SS S-40



SS S-40 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Natisan Maru
S-40 diving deep ....
PB Takunan Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Takunan Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Takunan Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
PB Takunan Maru #5 attacking submerged sub ....
PB Takunan Maru #5 is out of ASW ammo
PB Takunan Maru #5 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

Our P-38s knocked almost a dozen zeros out of the sky over Milne Bay even though the bombers could not fly due to weather. Over Burma things were more even, but the bombers are getting on target.

Suva airfield has made level 4 and construction will now shift to the port facilities, which are now level 3. Improving them before the mass of troops arrive to begin combat loading will help a great deal.

Force Z made the western coast of India and is headed for Bombay.

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1942 September 27 - 9/12/2012 4:33:09 AM   
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Still lots of sub sightings and engagements near and at Auckland, which is why troops leaving from New Zealand's North Island will embark at Wellington. I've bought out the 2nd Australian Division for Southwest Pacific command. They now begin prepping for Milne Bay.

The B-24s hit Milne Bay's port facilities, while the B-17s hit Akyab port and airfield. The heavies did well. The mediums going at the troops outside Akyab mostly did well even though their fighter escorts were largely absent. About 5 x Wellingtons were lost, which was the worst part. P-39s made several runs at IJN destroyers at Akyab, achieving a number of shell hits but I am uncertain of what caliber.

Near Tuyun DAW's HQ has convinced the mighty Admiral that another massive infiltration is in order and perhaps 11 units are already marching through the forest.





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1942 September 28 - 9/13/2012 6:14:25 PM   
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Imperial troops probed the advanced defense line out near Patung, accompanied by massive air raids.
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Ground combat at 81,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4986 troops, 22 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 169

Defending force 5660 troops, 42 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 180

Japanese adjusted assault: 163

Allied adjusted defense: 478

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
108 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Assaulting units:
60th Infantry Brigade

Defending units:
45th Chinese Corps

To the west we have begun repositioning forces on the road north of Kweilin to move more troops toward Tuyun.

Over in Burma there were 4 x B-25s lost against 8 Tojos (to the escorts and sweep). The B-17s did well in there raid on Akyab.
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Afternoon Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 56
B-17F Fortress x 10


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
ACM Ataka Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk



Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 12


No Allied losses



Port hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Akyab , at 54,45

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 11


No Allied losses



Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

ACM Ataka Maru is reported sunk.

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1942 September 29 - 9/13/2012 11:25:03 PM   
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We're getting reports that I-18 was sunk near Suva yesterday.
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Sub attack near Suva at 132,160

Japanese Ships
SS I-18, hits 14, heavy damage

Allied Ships
KV Quesnel



SS I-18 launches 2 torpedoes at KV Quesnel
KV Quesnel fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Quesnel fails to find sub, continues to search...
KV Quesnel attacking submerged sub ....
KV Quesnel attacking submerged sub ....
Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!
Escort abandons search for sub

Subs do have nine lives, though, so...

Otherwise in combat, the Empire harried and blasted Chinese units from the air all over China, our aircraft made successful runs on the Imperial troops outside Akyab, and also against Port Moresby. Little xAKL Jalatarang has so far unloaded more than 300 supply at Cox's Bazar and greatly boosted construction there. Another 299 will be unloaded tonight before she and PC Sonavati hightail it for Chittagong.

Prince of Wales and Repulse are in pier side repair at Bombay to get back in shape after their sprints in the Bay of Bengal.

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Air attacks across China and then by our side in Burma. Tomorrow the Allied forces outside Akyab will make an assault, aided by all the 4EB, 2EB, and 1EB that can get there. This will be the combat debut of the Vengeance dive bomber, surely a war winner in the East.

In China there are now reinforcements 40 miles from Lanchow. They will then make haste to Ningsia, but supplies are so lacking for the forces already in place there that I doubt the town can hold. All this time and only level 1 fortifications due to lack of supply.

Two troop convoys are nearing Fiji, obviously their routing was changed by Murphy to ensure they would overload the as yet meagerly developed port facilities. The carriers will stand watch along with the fighters based on Fiji. Another troop convoy sets out from Hawaii today, this one with the two escort carriers, and then tomorrow an aircraft ferry convoy. The large troop convoy has passed the northern segment of the Line Islands and is still safely (hopefully!) shrouded under heavy rain as they make their way southwest.

Here is a look at Burma, although I fear it looks very much like the last pic. There is an enemy surface force making toward the battle area again, no doubt to worry our little cargo ship. The P-39s have been alerted for anti-ship duty.





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1942 October 01 - 9/18/2012 11:30:28 PM   
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A sub spots a supply convoy NE of Hawaii and attacks but misses. The - or a - SSX attacks once too often at Auckland.
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ASW attack near Auckland at 115,185

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-11, hits 2, heavy damage

Allied Ships
xAKL Mawata
AM Muritai



SSX Ha-11 is sighted by escort
Ha-11 bottoming out ....
AM Muritai fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Muritai fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Muritai fails to find sub, continues to search...
AM Muritai attacking submerged sub ....
Sounds of submarine breaking up detected!
Escort abandons search for sub

That is reported sunk. Another sub is seen just east of Auckland.

Fighter coordination over Burma was lousy as only the 4EBs got escorted. Who's idea was that? The weather over the fighter base allowed the fighter sweeps in the afternoon, but all the 2 engined bombers had gone in the morning. A few 2EB were lost, but an equal number of Tojos were taken. The ground attack went as well as expected, which is to say that perhaps no progress was made.
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Ground combat at 55,44 (near Akyab)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 26031 troops, 448 guns, 419 vehicles, Assault Value = 788

Defending force 32958 troops, 260 guns, 117 vehicles, Assault Value = 1022

Allied adjusted assault: 576

Japanese adjusted defense: 1291

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1262 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 120 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)


Allied ground losses:
637 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 128 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 29 (1 destroyed, 28 disabled)


Assaulting units:
27th Infantry Division
754th Tank Battalion
Americal Infantry Division
43rd Cavalry Regiment
21st Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
XV Indian Corps
25th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment

Defending units:
Imperial Guards Division
78th Infantry Regiment
14th Division
146th Infantry Regiment

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1942 October 02 - 9/19/2012 2:14:21 AM   
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The USN made ASW attacks near the Channel Islands and Pago Pago. No luck but it's better than letting the buggers have free rein. Both convoys that were spotted yesterday sailed away from detection today, aided by the weather. Both convoys that pulled into Suva are now seen in their place, however. The carriers standing guard maintain a stealthy presence.

A small battering in the north.
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Ground combat at 89,32 (near Paotow)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1314 troops, 20 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

Defending force 324 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 21

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 21 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), disruption(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-)


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


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Cavalry Brigade

Defending units:
11th Chinese Corps

The remnant of a fighting force retreated rather than surrender.

Over on the coast of Burma the bombers stood down in the rain to recover fatigue and morale. One little freighter, loaded yesterday, braved the likely deployment of Imperial destroyers to deliver construction supplies to Cox's Bazar. The IJN force seen WSW of Rangoon was only 80nm away when the sun rose. In the distance from Cox's Bazar there was - "Is that a bird, or Superman?" No, it's the Allied air forces heading toward the enemy!
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 8
Vengeance I x 16


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Hakaze
DD Yakaze
DD Oite, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
9 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 24


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Hakaze, Shell hits 3, Bomb hits 1
DD Yakaze, Shell hits 1
DD Oite, Shell hits 1, heavy fires



Aircraft Attacking:
24 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 8
Vengeance I x 15


No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Yakaze, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Hakaze, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb
8 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb GP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Yakaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Hakaze


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 23


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Oite, heavy fires



Aircraft Attacking:
23 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

DD Akizuki is reported sunk.

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1942 October 03

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The USN continues to harry IJN subs near the Channel Islands. Given that is fertile ground to intercept tanker convoys, I can see why they keep coming back in spite of the welcome. 1 hit reported.

A fairly busy day in the air, but not momentous. The B-24s hit Port Moresby for good effect, destroying 2 or 3 fighters on the ground. The P-40K sweeps over the IJA troops outside Akyab did well, losing two and taking at least a half dozen.

The 40th Infantry Division is mostly unloaded at Suva, but all the other units (in the other TF) are off and scrambling to join the engineering work. Two larger port units are moving to Nadi as Suva is now over stacked, and the 40th won't push off for Nadi until its remaining bits are unloaded.

Three more IJN destroyers are showing up as sunk: Hatsukaze, Oite, and Yakaze. Hatsukaze is reported as going down in a collision near Rangoon, the other two to 500lb GP bombs near Ramree Island.

The bigger news is that the Imperial Navy has replacements moving into the Bay of Bengal. They are obviously intent on stopping sea lift of supply into Cox' Bazar. IIRC the monsoon will end on October 15th, at which point the shortages should start to ease up even without shipping arrivals.





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1942 October 04

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Those were carriers heading into the Bay of Bengal. The dive bombers erroneously had their range set longer than their would-be escorts.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 52,46

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 50



Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 16


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 8 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

The Indian 5th Division arrived today at Madras, but they're a mess. 20% morale!

As the large convoy begins passing south of Pago Pago, the transport carrying the 1/102nd Bn breaks off with two APDs in escort for that island. The Ellice Islands will be seized (liberated a second time!) concurrent with the operation to take back Noumea. The engineers on Fiji are working as fast as possible on the port at Suva and the airfield at Nadi to aid both the speed of the upcoming combat loading and aerial support of the battle.

The air losses were more balanced today.





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1942 October 05

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


The attempts of the beaten Chinese units in northern China to harry supply lines of the Imperial units bypassing them are being thwarted by those assigned to stop them.
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Ground combat at 88,32 (near Ningsia)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 3882 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 127

Defending force 4247 troops, 35 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 89

Japanese adjusted assault: 31

Allied adjusted defense: 11

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), disruption(-), fatigue(-)
morale(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
292 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


Allied ground losses:
1241 casualties reported
Squads: 83 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 63 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 3


Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
22nd Chinese Corps
11th Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps





The big news is that DAW's KB in the Bay of Bengal pulled off a successful rope-a-dope, mauling the B-17 force in India for only a few more Zeros than B-17s. That might not have been their primary mission as they also bombed facilities at Chittagong and Cox's Bazar. Some of the trouble the B-17s ran into might have been weather and/or coordination related.
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AIR STRIKES
6 x B-17F Fortress from 19th BG/30th BS flight failed to link up proceeding alone
6 x B-17F Fortress from 19th BG/93rd BS flight failed to link up proceeding alone
4 x B-17F Fortress unable to locate target due to range or weather
6 x B-17E Fortress 307th BG/370th BS turning back !!!
6 x B-17E Fortress from 307th BG/371st BS flight failed to link up proceeding alone
6 x B-17E Fortress from 307th BG/372nd BS flight failed to link up returning to base
6 x B-17E Fortress unable to locate target due to range or weather

First, there were land-based sweeps over Chittagong.
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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 31



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 28


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 3 destroyed



Aircraft Attacking:
24 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 13000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 34 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 11


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses



CAP engaged:
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (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 9000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

The raids on our bases.
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Afternoon Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 101 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
D3A1 Val x 24



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 8
Hurricane IIc Trop x 5


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 11 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
Hudson IIIa: 1 destroyed on ground
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed on ground



Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
No.258 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
No.17 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on Cox's Bazar , at 54,43

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
B5N1 Kate x 30



No Japanese losses



Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 23

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Cox's Bazar , at 54,43

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 20



No Japanese losses



Aircraft Attacking:
20 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Then, carnage in the air!
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 55



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 34
B-17F Fortress x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 3 destroyed, 19 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga
CVL Shoho
CVL Zuiho
CVL Ryujo



Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
6 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
10 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 11 on standby, 3 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho
CVL Zuiho



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho
CL Jintsu



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15



Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 5
P-39D Airacobra x 24


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo
CVL Zuiho
CA Kako



Aircraft Attacking:
13 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
Kaga-1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1



Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho
CVL Zuiho



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 26 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1



Allied aircraft
B-17F Fortress x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga
CVL Shoho



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,44

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1



Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Zuiho



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead

Air losses on the day are shown below. I am considering whether I should put all the 2EB near the coast on naval attack now that this KB's CAP is weakened? I suppose so, as the CVLs are a lot more vulnerable to the odd hit than are the larger CVs. Stay tuned!





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The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Our subs took shots at the IJN forces leaving the Bay of Bengal.
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ASW attack near Ramree Island at 51,48

Japanese Ships
CL Jintsu
CA Kako
CL Abukuma
CL Yura
CS Chiyoda
DD Nowaki
DD Natsugumo
DD Hagikaze

Allied Ships
SS O20



SS O20 launches 4 torpedoes at CL Jintsu
DD Natsugumo attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Ramree Island at 51,48

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryujo
CA Kako
CL Abukuma
CL Yura
CL Jintsu
CS Chiyoda
DD Nowaki
DD Natsugumo
DD Hagikaze

Allied Ships
SS O20, hits 1



SS O20 launches 4 torpedoes at CVL Ryujo
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hagikaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Rangoon at 51,54

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 1
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CL Abukuma
CL Yura
CL Jintsu
CS Chiyoda
DD Natsugumo
DD Hagikaze

Allied Ships
SS KXIII



SS KXIII launches 4 torpedoes at CV Kaga
KXIII diving deep ....
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Natsugumo fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hagikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

A possible torpedo hit on Kaga! And in the Coral Sea...
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Sub attack near Port Moresby at 98,133

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku
BB Haruna
BB Kongo
CA Chikuma
CA Tone
CS Nisshin
DD Akigumo
DD Samidare
DD Hayashio

Allied Ships
SS Sargo



SS Sargo launches 4 torpedoes at CV Zuikaku
DD Samidare attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hayashio fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Samidare attacking submerged sub ....
DD Samidare is out of ASW ammo
DD Samidare fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

Back in the Bay of Bengal, the battleships stretched their legs.
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Night Naval bombardment of Akyab at 55,44

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
BB Yamashiro
BB Yamato
BB Mutsu
CA Mikuma
CA Mogami
CA Ashigara
CA Maya


Allied ground losses:
54 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for BB Ise
BB Ise firing at Americal Infantry Division
E13A1 Jake acting as spotter for BB Yamashiro
BB Yamashiro firing at 27th Infantry Division
E7K2 Alf acting as spotter for BB Yamato
BB Yamato firing at XV Indian Corps
BB Mutsu firing at Americal Infantry Division
CA Mikuma firing at Americal Infantry Division
CA Mogami firing at 27th Infantry Division
CA Ashigara firing at 27th Infantry Division
CA Maya firing at 27th Infantry Division

The Empire's carriers were out of range but their surface forces were near enough for our aircraft on naval attack to lash out.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Vengeance I x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 23


Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 4 damaged
Vengeance I: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
BB Yamashiro



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vengeance I releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
4 x Vengeance I releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 15
B-25C Mitchell x 15
P-40K Warhawk x 24


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 2 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 1
DD Hatsukaze



Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
15 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
DD Natsushio



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 20


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 10 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
DD Makigumo, Shell hits 2
DD Natsushio, Shell hits 2



Aircraft Attacking:
19 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes


Allied aircraft
Blenheim IV x 24
Wellington Ic x 16
B-25C Mitchell x 14
P-40K Warhawk x 24


Allied aircraft losses
Blenheim IV: 3 damaged
Blenheim IV: 1 destroyed by flak
Wellington Ic: 1 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Ise, Bomb hits 1
CA Ashigara
BB Yamashiro
CA Mikuma
BB Mutsu



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
8 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
16 x Wellington Ic bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x Blenheim IV bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 250 lb SAP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 7
Vengeance I x 3


Allied aircraft losses
Vengeance I: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu, Bomb hits 1



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Vengeance I releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb, 2 x 250 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 16


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
BB Mutsu
BB Yamashiro
BB Yamato



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
8 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes


Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8


Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Ise



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 6 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Akyab at 53,45

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 1 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes


Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 13


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 6 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 1
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 3



Aircraft Attacking:
12 x P-39D Airacobra bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

The battleship bombardment of our troops had very little impact. With no Imperial attack associated with it, I figure the bombardment was just a spoiler attack hoped to catch our troops making an attack this day.

In three days the last of the troops slated for the invasion of New Caledonia will be at their embarkation ports. Some will have to switch from Strat Mode to Combat Mode, but all should be able to commence loading within a week from now. Being generous and allowing three or four days to load given port over crowding and the invasion force will be closing on New Caledonia within two weeks. Most forces will load and sail from Suva on Fiji, but some will come from Wellington. Those later forces are in place and simply waiting, so they will load a bit early and begin sailing north in their slower ships. The Kiwis will seize La Foa to prevent retreat of Imperial forces from Noumea, and provide additional forces for the march to Koumac.

There were a couple more land-based fighter sweeps over Chittagong but the losses were about even. Add to the air action near and over India that the P-38s had another tough day over Port Moresby, not quite pulling even with the Zeros.





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RE: 1942 October 06 - 9/21/2012 11:45:17 PM   
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Well, I am sure the dastardly admiral noticed all the bubbling torp tracks tracking toward his carriers and got a bad case of the shakes as a result......but, that was a little disappointing.  Only one actually exploded against Kaga's hull (maybe).

As to Yamato taking a bomb hit....did anyone on the ship notice?  Oh, wait, it caught the Admiral's barge on fire...I'll bet that pissed him off.

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