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1943 January 28 - 12/31/2012 12:46:18 AM   
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1943 January 28

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


First off, we had an email problem on my end. Just resolved, and poor Walter has been resending this turn with a whopping big carrier air exchange for the last day and a half. This will be a two-part AAR post, with the second part giving a map and discussing orders for tomorrow (next turn I mean).

In China we had a small victory at Lanchow as IJA forces crossed the river into heavy resistance. The defenders of Lanchow are ordered to attack tomorrow.
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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 210 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 904

Defending force 35735 troops, 203 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 643

Assaulting units:
110th Division
17th/B Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th/C Division
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
71st Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 6309 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 319

Defending force 41599 troops, 183 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 947

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 1415

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 4)

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

Japanese ground losses:
3434 casualties reported
Squads: 108 destroyed, 86 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Assaulting units:
53rd Infantry Brigade
19th/C Division

Defending units:
82nd Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
85th Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
22nd Group Army
5th War Area
8th War Area
8th Chinese Base Force

Our 4EB hit Milne Bay hard again. Now for a little carrier action.

In the Indian Ocean, the IJN raiding force had things all their own way, but only merchants were targeted. We are seeing some reluctance by surface force commanders to sail into harms way without air cover, so "Absolute" threat tolerance has been ordered. An attempt by I-153 to finish off Revenge was fought off.
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Socotra at 19,22, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CVE Taiyo
CVE Unyo
CA Suzuya
CA Kumano
DD Natsushio
DD Amatsukaze
DD Harusame

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Glade
xAK Empire Glen
xAK Salween

Reduced visibility due to Thunderstorms with 50% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms and 50% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range increases to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Both Task Forces evade combat


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Day Time Surface Combat, near Socotra at 17,23, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CVE Taiyo
CVE Unyo
CA Suzuya
CA Kumano
DD Natsushio
DD Amatsukaze
DD Harusame

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Glade, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Empire Glen
xAK Salween, Shell hits 1, heavy fires

Poor visibility due to Thunderstorms
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range increases to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
Range increases to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range increases to 24,000 yards...
Range increases to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range increases to 26,000 yards...
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range increases to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range increases to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 13,000 yards...
Range increases to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range increases to 17,000 yards...
Range increases to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range increases to 19,000 yards...
Range increases to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range increases to 15,000 yards...
Range increases to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
DD Harusame engages xAK Salween at 12,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages xAK Salween at 12,000 yards
DD Natsushio engages xAK Empire Glade at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD Harusame engages xAK Empire Glade at 18,000 yards
DD Harusame engages xAK Empire Glade at 18,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages xAK Salween at 18,000 yards
Task forces break off...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Socotra at 16,23

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
D3A1 Val x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Salween, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Salween


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Socotra at 17,23

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
D3A1 Val x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Glade, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Socotra at 16,23

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
D3A1 Val x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAK Empire Glen

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Sub attack near Bombay at 34,23

Japanese Ships
SS I-153, hits 6

Allied Ships
DD Inconstant
CLAA Van Heemskerck
DD Thanet
DD Isis

SS I-153 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Inconstant
I-153 bottoming out ....
DD Isis attacking submerged sub ....
DD Isis fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isis fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isis fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Isis fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

Now for the main event...

I counted 1 x Catalina and 4 x SBD on search destroyed by CAP. On the other side, I counted 11 x Jake on search destroyed by CAP. But before that even happened, our sub force drew blood. What followed was a maelstrom of attacks on Ndeni, on the IJN carriers by the USN carriers, on the USN carriers by the IJN carriers, and on the IJN carriers by USA 4EB. Throw in a sweep of Kirakira where USA P-38G were hoping to find some IJN carrier fighter for the picking.
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ASW attack near Stewart Island at 118,137

Japanese Ships
DD Kuretake, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
DD Kawakaze

Allied Ships
SS S-18

SS S-18 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Kuretake
S-18 diving deep ....
DD Kawakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kawakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kawakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kawakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Kawakaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 14
P-40E Warhawk x 33
P-40K Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 8 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 17 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
70th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes


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Morning Air attack on Kirakira , at 116,140

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 43 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 25

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

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x P-38G Lightning sweeping at 20000 feet

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes


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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 107 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 33
P-40K Warhawk x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
70th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 65

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 23
F4F-4 Wildcat x 48
SBD-3 Dauntless x 60
TBF-1 Avenger x 24

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed, 23 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
CV Soryu
CV Hiryu
CV Shokaku
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 2
BB Kongo
CV Kaga
CV Junyo
CV Zuikaku
CV Hiyo, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
15 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
6 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 2 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Utupua at 122,144

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 57
B5N2 Kate x 61

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 18
P-40K Warhawk x 11
F4F-3A Wildcat x 18
F4F-3 Wildcat x 10
F4F-4 Wildcat x 157

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 12 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 43 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 4 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Wasp

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 9 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(17 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
70th FS with P-39D Airacobra (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 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 37 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 25 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
23 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-214 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 13 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers



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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 113 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 13
D4Y1 Judy x 22

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 4
P-40E Warhawk x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 4 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 4 destroyed, 10 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 5 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AV Pocomoke, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AGP Hilo, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Port hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Port Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb
13 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Port Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Utupua at 122,144

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 14
B5N2 Kate x 25

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 14
P-40K Warhawk x 10
F4F-3A Wildcat x 16
F4F-3 Wildcat x 10
F4F-4 Wildcat x 138

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 7 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 18 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
31 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
24 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
17 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 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 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-214 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-441 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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40K Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
70th FS with P-39D Airacobra (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 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 between 9000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 56

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 25
SBD-3 Dauntless x 27
TBF-1 Avenger x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 11 destroyed, 10 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 destroyed, 3 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
CV Junyo
CV Hiyo
BB Haruna
CV Kaga
BB Mutsu

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 35

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 8 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga
CL Naka
CV Junyo
BB Kirishima

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

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 62 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 68 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M3a 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 13000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a 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 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 60 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 12

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 4 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
CV Kaga
CV Hiyo

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 10 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Raid is overhead


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 109 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 15
D4Y1 Judy x 18

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 1
P-40E Warhawk x 7
F4F-3A Wildcat x 3
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1
F4F-4 Wildcat x 38

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 9 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 16 minutes
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VMF-214 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 9810.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 63 minutes
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ndeni at 120,143

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 110 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 41 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 24
D4Y1 Judy x 13

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 1
P-40E Warhawk x 7
F4F-3A Wildcat x 3
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1
F4F-4 Wildcat x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 13 destroyed
D4Y1 Judy: 4 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Java

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
VMF-214 with F4F-4 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 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Raid is overhead
15th FG/72nd FS with P-40E Warhawk (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 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
318th FG/333rd FS with P-39D Airacobra (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 8000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu
CV Shokaku

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 6

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga
CV Hiyo

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga
CV Hiyo

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 10 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
LB-30 Liberator x 6

Allied aircraft losses
LB-30 Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Junyo
CV Hiyo

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x LB-30 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 8 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 9 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo, Bomb hits 2
CV Shokaku, Bomb hits 1
CV Soryu

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Soryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Utupua at 122,144

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 7
B5N2 Kate x 16
D3A1 Val x 18
D4Y1 Judy x 10

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 5
F4F-3 Wildcat x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 44

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 9 destroyed, 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 7 destroyed, 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak
D4Y1 Judy: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Lexington
CV Wasp
CL Helena

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
2 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 20 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 with F4F-3 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-214 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Utupua at 122,144

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 32
B5N2 Kate x 9

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 4
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 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 16 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-111 with F4F-3A Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
VMF-214 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
VMF-441 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
25 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 10

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Shokaku, on fire
CV Hiryu

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 119,139

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 27

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 13
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
TBF-1 Avenger x 25

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 destroyed, 7 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro
CV Hiyo
CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
CA Mikuma
CV Junyo

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
15 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.

CAP engaged:
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 1 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 7 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 36750.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers

Fuel storage explosion on CV Kaga


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 36
SBD-3 Dauntless x 6

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu
CV Zuikaku

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 119,139

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 22

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 31
TBF-1 Avenger x 31

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 4 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 17 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiyo, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
CV Kaga, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires
BB Mutsu
BB Yamashiro, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
13 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
4 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 28680.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

Fuel storage explosion on CV Kaga


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 11

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
BB Kirishima

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

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 118,137

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo

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

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 119,139

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 11

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 10

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiyo, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CV Junyo

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

CAP engaged:
Kaga-1 with A6M3a 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 13000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a 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 12000 , scrambling fighters to 2000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
Junyo-1 with A6M3a 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 13000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
Hiyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes

Hiyo, Yamashiro, and DD Kuretake are claimed as sunk. On our side pilot losses are 50 x KIA, 21 x WIA, and 25 x MIA. Total aircraft losses on the day 148 for the Allies and 266 for the Japanese. As you can see below, flak took few planes directly. Likely, though, is that flak messed up many, many attack runs and contributed to ops losses. None of our carriers were hit, but the air groups are a shattered mess.





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1943 January 28

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


PART TWO
We had to pull back the recon unit and the USMC group equipped with biplane dive bombers, but doing that made enough room in the air support at Ndeni to move up Saratoga's full air group. Completely rested, fully intact, highly trained, they will take whatever additional escort they can from the USA fighters at Ndeni (now ordered to use drop tanks) and go hunting for strays. The 4EB groups are very fatigued, but are ordered to stand to again tomorrow. I expect some ops losses if they fly.

The Battle Fleet will pull back straight SE. They seem to have air assets clearly superior to the IJN carriers at this point, but by pushing forward would risk more than they might gain.

After a day's rest for their air groups we'll evaluate whether any quick sally is warranted. More likely is replenish the air groups with planes and pilots, resupply the ships, then support the Gilberts invasions, possibly followed up quickly by Ocean Island and Nauru Island. After that the Solomons can be pressed without the need to wait for amphibious ship upgrades.





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Here is a snap shot of the IO. We'll try to catch the buggers but they keep scaring our captains.




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Using Intel Monkey, sorting by date/ship type/ship name, we see the damage reported against IJN carriers this day. I only captured the relevant columns to avoid getting too large a JPG file, but these are all battles from today.




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RE: 1943 January 28 - 12/31/2012 3:01:15 AM   
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Hi Witpqs,

Good going there! After the Greyjoy/Q-ball battles I was holding my CVs well back (I'm in mid-Jan 43 in my Pbem with MMiller) but these results give me back some courage. Got any idea where the Akagi is? Your alpha strike only saw 65 CAP and there were only 57 Zero's with his counter strike. Got any idea why the numbers were so low?

Cheers,
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Using Intel Monkey, sorting by date/ship type/ship name, we see the damage reported against IJN carriers this day. I only captured the relevant columns to avoid getting too large a JPG file, but these are all battles from today.



Hi Witpqs,

Good going there! After the Greyjoy/Q-ball battles I was holding my CVs well back (I'm in mid-Jan 43 in my Pbem with MMiller) but these results give me back some courage. Got any idea where the Akagi is? Your alpha strike only saw 65 CAP and there were only 57 Zero's with his counter strike. Got any idea why the numbers were so low?

Cheers,
Guy

Thanks!

Akagi must still be repairng from the submarine launched torpedoes that she took some time ago.

In a smaller but still morning air attack, the IJN had 13 more Zeros as escort. so,

65 + 57 + 13 = 125 fighters. I figure that might not even be all of them, as some of the original CAP fighters could have been cycling on deck or in the air but out of position to oppose that first attack (in other words there might have been more than 65 assigned to CAP). There were another 14 Zeros that swept Ndeni in the morning, but I am not counting them because I think they came from Tulagi.

7 IJN carriers were seen, so that would be an average of almost 18 fighters per carrier. That does sound low. Maybe as I suggested above there were more fighters on CAP but they didn't make it to the party? I don't know.

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Nicely done!

Loss of 109 Kates has to be devastating to his carrier force. I don't fancy Kaga's chances with 4 torp hits. She must be crawling back to port and any sub could pick her off.
Hyuga and Hiyo are definitely not certain kills. If Hiyo was showing Heavy Fires I would give her chances of sinking as 70%, but with just Fires and Heavy Damage, I think 40% at best that she sinks.
Given the losses your airgroups suffered, I think the decision to pull back/regroup and rest a day is a good one. You could fly off some badly depleted groups to Ndeni and take on Yorktown's air squadrons for the subsequent pursuit.

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I too am skeptical of Hiyo's sinking. Certainly the battleships that were hit must be OK, with the exception of Yamashiro. She could be gone.

I'm hoping that the severely damaged ships are only able to make a couple of hexes by dawn and then Saratoga's air group will get a crack at them.

I also figured that Walter could have flown replacement squadrons on board the mission worthy carriers (I assume that 5 are mission worthy). And since Michael fixed that mouse-over FOW leak a few Betas ago, I would be none the wiser.

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That's some victory I'd say. Can he do any significant repairs to Hiyo without retreating to Truk, or the home islands even? That's a good distance with maybe 50% flotation damage and even if she makes it 3-4 months to fix? I'm fairly new to WitP so I don't know but 20% damage to Saratoga in my game is 80+ days to fix. I have a love hate relationship with subs, there's work which I hate, mine sometimes work and I love that...

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Using Intel Monkey, sorting by date/ship type/ship name, we see the damage reported against IJN carriers this day. I only captured the relevant columns to avoid getting too large a JPG file, but these are all battles from today.



Hi Witpqs,

Good going there! After the Greyjoy/Q-ball battles I was holding my CVs well back (I'm in mid-Jan 43 in my Pbem with MMiller) but these results give me back some courage. Got any idea where the Akagi is? Your alpha strike only saw 65 CAP and there were only 57 Zero's with his counter strike. Got any idea why the numbers were so low?

Cheers,
Guy



Well, playing with DBB mod you really need to understand that allied flak really works, so if you as IJN wanna have some chance of hitting something you must give a good escort to your strike.
The main difference between this battle and GJ/QBall battle is that the CAP numbers were complete opposite: here the allies had more than 130 planes on CAP, while i had more than 180. CAP needs to get through the escort in order to distrupt the bombers' formation. Once the formation is distrupted, the chances to really hit the enemy CVs become really few.

IJN CVs should never (expecially in 1943) go fighting within allied LBA range.

Nice victory WITPQS! Kudos!

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That's some victory I'd say. Can he do any significant repairs to Hiyo without retreating to Truk, or the home islands even? That's a good distance with maybe 50% flotation damage and even if she makes it 3-4 months to fix? I'm fairly new to WitP so I don't know but 20% damage to Saratoga in my game is 80+ days to fix. I have a love hate relationship with subs, there's work which I hate, mine sometimes work and I love that...

Major flotation damage requires a drydock to fix. Unless he has expanded the drydock at Soerabaja or Saigon, the nearest one that could take Hiyo would be in Japan or Manila. Going across long stretches of open ocean is risky as pumps and patches can fail and the flooding increase, so it is best to:
1. disband in the nearest safe port to work on removing most of the system damage and all of the minor flotation damage. An AR and naval support HQ can help with this.
2. if flotation is over 50% proceed at cruise speed and follow a route with lots of nearby ports so that if flooding increases you can disband again and bring it down again. This means going up the Solomons - NG-Babeldaob-Philippines to Manila or onward to Formosa/Taiwan - Okinawa - Japan.

Repairs will probably take 6 months dockyard time plus the time enroute to the dockyard and minor repair time before starting out.

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Thanks guys!

What BB said about the repairs. And if Kaga survives, the repair situation for her will be even worse. She, like Saratoga taking so long to repair from less damage, is a converted battle cruiser design. Tough to damage but tough to repair. Shokaku I figure will need to repair but maybe not flotation damage. I'm just hoping that some of the cripples remain in range of Saratoga's air wing, and maybe 60 to 90 fighters (including USA fighters) accompany the strike.

I have subs all over, so no matter which way they go they'll run into somebody.

On a different angle, I presume he lost lots of great pilots. But with the modest level of action so far I figure they can be made up with 'fully trained' pilots right from the reserve. On my end, the only place I might have trouble with that is trained torpedo bomber pilots. There are just fewer groups with which to train them for the USN.

The USMC groups will mostly have to put ashore to get new planes. Only "carrier trained" groups can get new planes while on board ship (Michael says changing that might screw up other things). What I'm wondering is, if I pull a group off of a carrier, does the clock reset for it becoming carrier trained, or does it hold onto its accumulated time? Anybody know? I think I'll post a query for Michael.

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1943 January 29

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


Victory in China!
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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 210 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 916

Defending force 35792 troops, 203 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 650

Assaulting units:
110th Division
17th/B Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th/C Division
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 38285 troops, 183 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 947

Defending force 8737 troops, 81 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 150

Allied adjusted assault: 486

Japanese adjusted defense: 173

Allied assault odds: 2 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
2214 casualties reported
Squads: 84 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 44 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 17 (13 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Allied ground losses:
850 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
85th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
41st Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
22nd Group Army
8th War Area
5th War Area
8th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
53rd Infantry Brigade
19th/C Division

The chase in the Indian Ocean has taken on a new dimension, as the force of 3 x large CL stumbled over IJN oilers!
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Day Time Surface Combat, near North Male at 13,29, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 22, and is sunk
AO Sata, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AO Tsurumi, Shell hits 22, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Hobart, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Mauritius, Shell hits 1
CL Birmingham, Shell hits 1

Reduced visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 10,000 yards
CL Hobart launches Torpedoes at DD Kasumi at 10,000 yards
CL Mauritius launches Torpedoes at AO Tsurumi at 10,000 yards
CL Mauritius launches Torpedoes at AO Sata at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Birmingham engages DD Kasumi at 5,000 yards
AO Sata sunk by CL Mauritius at 5,000 yards
DD Kasumi engages CL Mauritius at 5,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages AO Tsurumi at 5,000 yards
CL Hobart engages DD Kasumi at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Kasumi engages CL Hobart at 4,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages AO Tsurumi at 4,000 yards
DD Kasumi engages CL Hobart at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages DD Kasumi at 3,000 yards
CL Hobart engages AO Tsurumi at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CL Birmingham engages DD Kasumi at 5,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages AO Tsurumi at 5,000 yards
CL Hobart engages AO Tsurumi at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Birmingham engages AO Tsurumi at 7,000 yards
CL Hobart engages AO Tsurumi at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
CL Birmingham engages DD Kasumi at 9,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages DD Kasumi at 9,000 yards
CL Hobart engages DD Kasumi at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages DD Kasumi at 10,000 yards
CL Hobart engages DD Kasumi at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CL Birmingham engages AO Tsurumi at 9,000 yards
CL Hobart engages DD Kasumi at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Mauritius engages DD Kasumi at 10,000 yards
CL Hobart engages DD Kasumi at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Kasumi sunk by CL Mauritius at 8,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...


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Morning Air attack on TF, near North Male at 13,27

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
D3A1 Val x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 9 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Mauritius
CL Birmingham, Bomb hits 2, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near North Male at 13,27

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
D3A1 Val x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Birmingham

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near North Male at 13,29

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
D3A1 Val x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Hobart, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

In Burma we have two regiments starting to make a diversionary river-crossing below Imphal. The misdirection will be aided by continuous 4EB attacks on the unit opposing them, rotating squadrons.

Hiyo and Yamashiro were still afloat, but are gone now. Hiyo took some of her air complement with her. Kaga made good speed and was out of range of Saratoga's air group.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nauru Island at 127,128

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Kunitu Maru
xAK Yosida Maru #3
xAK Tatuharu Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet *
Naval Attack: 4 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nauru Island at 127,128

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
LB-30 Liberator x 11

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Kunitu Maru
xAK Yosida Maru #3
xAK Kohoku Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x LB-30 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Naval Attack: 4 x 500 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Auki at 116,136

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Kaga

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 10 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
582 Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/A with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 119,139

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 7

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 16
P-40K Warhawk x 16
F4F-4 Wildcat x 35
SBD-3 Dauntless x 35

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

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiyo, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 12, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
20 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x P-40K Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Shokaku class CV
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Kongo class BB

According to excited scouting reports, there are 11 x enemy fleet CV near Ontong Java. I thought about giving chase to Kaga with the four fleet carriers, but, at her present speed, in two days she would be 26 hexes from their present location, three hexes north of Shortlands. While they could catch her within strike range they would then be putting themselves at too much risk (besides Tulagi, Munda and Shortlands are both size 3 airfields and even Rabaul would be in range). If Kaga remains afloat, and our subs don't catch her, she will be out of the war for most or all of a year.

The Arorae invasion force is at sea on APD ships and lands in three days. That will provide search coverage further on to aid the main Gilberts invasions. The para drops on Rennell Island and Kirakira are probably unneeded now. I might still go through with them for the same reason - to provide forward search bases to aid the initial invasions. In two days the long range search Wildcats will arrive at Canton Island, possibly unloading the following day. Then we'll get a good look at Tarawa. The two ready fast battleships have refueled at Pearl and are leaving for Pago Pago (possibly they would just refuel and divert to join an invasion en route).

What the fleet carriers are going to do is move north to see if they can strike those ships that have been attending Nauru for so long. The escort carriers will hang back, able to provide fighter cover over a quick withdrawal but will not venture forth themselves (going only as far as even with Nanumea). The heavy cruisers (now eight strong) will accompany the fleet carriers, while, the slow battleships will accompany the escort carriers. This mini-op should serve to keep Imperial forces on alert.

Two squadrons of B-24D just finished the trip from Hawaii are now at Vanua Lava. They will probably rest up faster than the 4EB heavily involved in naval strikes the past two days. When enough groups are adequately rested the aerial assault on Tulagi will begin. There are enough groups present to rotate them and keep the effort going every day that weather allows. Tulagi should be closed within a few days regardless of fighter opposition.





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1943 January 29 - 12/31/2012 8:37:39 PM   
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Here is the IO, where everybody is chasing the raiding IJN carriers.




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1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 12:30:38 AM   
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1943 January 30

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


No big news in China, just the remnants of the Yenan area defenders getting pushed back again. Next up is a fresh unit, division-sized, dug in. The failed IJA attack near Nanyang will not be counter-attacked as the Chinese units there have almost no supply.
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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 210 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 919

Defending force 35880 troops, 203 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 660

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

Assaulting units:
110th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
15th/C Division
17th/B Division
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
18th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at 86,38 (near Yenan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10740 troops, 93 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 311

Defending force 3690 troops, 31 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 15

Japanese adjusted assault: 189

Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 189 to 1

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

Allied ground losses:
1700 casualties reported
Squads: 52 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 157 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (15 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 6
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Brigade
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
19th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
2nd War Area
6th Group Army
12th Chinese Base Force


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Ground combat at 83,45 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4276 troops, 34 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 139

Defending force 27293 troops, 153 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 887

Japanese adjusted assault: 67

Allied adjusted defense: 676

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 10

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

Japanese ground losses:
866 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 80 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Allied ground losses:
98 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
36th/A Division

Defending units:
55th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
33rd Group Army

We have lost contact with the IJN carriers in the Indian Ocean. Search assets are being moved to find them again and the pursuit will continue.

Yamashiro has been sunk for the third time. Man, those battleships are tough!
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 119,138

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 32
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

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

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 7, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
23 x F4F-4 Wildcat sweeping at 10000 feet
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Stewart Island at 119,138

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 17
P-40K Warhawk x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

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

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x P-40K Warhawk sweeping at 20000 feet
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
5th Sentai/B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 193 minutes
5th Sentai/C with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Yamashiro

Tomorrow the fleet carriers should be in position to strike at any shipping which remains at Nauru. Everything from just north of Tulagi on south was covered in heavy weather today.





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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 1:20:32 AM   
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Typically it takes 25-30 X 1000 lb bomb hits to do enough system damage and get the fires high enough to burn up a Japanese BB. I don't know if they made the bombs unable to penetrate for game balance or what, but it sure is not realistic. I know that AP bombs come a little later in the game but even the SAP bombs should penetrate 3-4" of deck armor.

About the carrier air groups - I landed Enterprise's air group to continue training while the Big E spent two weeks repairing system damage. There was no loss of "carrier trained" designation. I think you would have to disband or withdraw the unit [or have it destroyed] to lose the designation.

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 2:48:04 AM   
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Nicely done Admiral witpqs.  Have you assessed what Admiral Wa had hoped to achieve by committing the IJN CVs in that area.  Was he out to retake Ndeni or was it an effort to creating a decisive Cv battle and wreck the budding Allied offensive.  Whatever the purpose, you have caihiered a couple of CVs and most assuredly wrecked the IJN carrier borne air fleet.  That will not be easy to rebuild to a competent level, much less the level of the pre-war aerial knights!

Also, a very special kudo regarding zapping the Bay of Bengal IJN AO fleet.  That will certainly put a halt to raiding in that area for a bit.

Well doen all around.!

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 3:03:27 AM   
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Thanks!

I think it was either a) an attack aimed at baiting and destroying carriers, or b) an attack to destroy shipping that has been in and out of Ndeni. 'b' would be to slow down the offensive by sabotaging the base at Ndeni. I doubt there was a plan to make a landing at Ndeni as I saw no indication of troops. Besides, with the other major Allied bases behind Ndeni for support that would be very risky, even downright unlikely to succeed I think.

I figure that Admiral Wa will have the air fleet back up to strength just as soon as enough planes can be requisitioned (12 per week per group will be the limiting factor). I know his training of pilots will not yield pre-war quality except after a couple of years, but his reserves are surely to be highly trained, meaning 70+ in relevant skills. Besides, he might have rotated out his creme de la creme and stuffed them into TRACOM for safe keeping. Those might have actually been the trained replacements in that battle! Some people do that and save the best for opposing the operations that tax the USN carriers the most, like moving on the Marianas.

Finding the AO TF was just luck. The CL TF was out there trying to head off the carriers. Those sightings of an AP must have been an AO. I just hope those were the only AO involved and now the carriers have to conserve fuel!

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 3:52:56 AM   
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Oh, and about Yamashiro's repeated resurrection:  This is the result of US Naval pilots being chronic liars.  This is especially true of DB pilots....who claim they never miss.  Near misses are direct directs, bad misses are direct hits and misses somewhere in the Pacific are near misses.  12 hits is really most likely 6.

BB Fan Boy's estimates on how many 1000 pound bombs it takes to sink a BB is a little high in my experience, but not far off.  I have gotten them with as few as 12-15 hits, but it generally takes more to sink a BB like Yamashiro.  Yamato, of course,  just shruggs them off.  But, that said, I think she is history now.

Whatever, you won a sterling victory and should have IJN licking its numerous wounds for the next 3-6 months.  Hopefully, Kaga's wounds were fatal, but it looks like Wa will be able to save her.  Torpedo plane pilots are lesser liars, but often mistake prematures as hits.

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 4:16:36 AM   
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This is the hurt we put on Yamashiro in the last three turns:
011762 1943-01-28 118,137         118,137 Stewart Island       BB   Yamashiro          Bomb hits 2                                                Morning Air attack        
011791 1943-01-28 119,139         119,139 Stewart Island       BB   Yamashiro          No Damage Noted                                            Afternoon Air attack      
011793 1943-01-28 119,139         119,139 Stewart Island       BB   Yamashiro          Torpedo hits 2,  heavy damage                              Afternoon Air attack      
011842 1943-01-29 119,139         119,139 Stewart Island       BB   Yamashiro          Bomb hits 12,  on fire,  heavy damage                      Afternoon Air attack      
011862 1943-01-30 119,138         119,138 Stewart Island       BB   Yamashiro          Bomb hits 7,  heavy damage                                 Morning Air attack        
011863 1943-01-30 119,138         119,138 Stewart Island       BB   Yamashiro          Bomb hits 11,  heavy fires,  heavy damage                  Morning Air attack 

I assume that the two torpedo hits were real and what slowed her down. Being SAP bombs I suppose they were way less likely to penetrate than AP.

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 6:26:14 AM   
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I monitor the text during the combat animation and I have NEVER seen any bomb penetrate BB deck armor. Playing the sandbox game to see what the effects were, it was System Damage and Fires only, until the fire had been burning long enough to start causing engineering damage. Basically, with every Japanese BB sunk by bombs [at least 10 over several scenarios played] when system damage got in the 70 range and heavy fires were present, it burned out. There was never significant engineering or flotation damage.
One unusual occurance - out of hundreds of hits on only one occasion did I get a message saying something like "Secondary Ammunition Explosion", and that was from a bomb that did not penetrate. That explosion did not put the BB in danger of sinking, but did pump up the Sys and Eng damage and Fires.

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 1:32:13 PM   
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Yamashiro is toast, in my opinion.  Did you ever get a sunk message or hear sinking sounds taht you thought were from Yamashiro?  Maybe, if it is still adrift and smoldering, a sub will kill it off.

BB Fanboy, I agree with and appreciate your observations.  Very interesting.  Like you, I seldom get penetrations on real BBs from 1000 bombs, but I guess I am a little luckier in that I did once get a magazine explosion on Mutsu and it sank,,,that was the one which went down with 12-15 claimed hits.  Also have had that secondary explosion you observed on other BBs that did not sink.

Thanks for the info on your observations and experiences.  I have often wondered (as I play only PBM games, never as IJ) what was actually happening to those IJN BBs that got whacked by 1000 bombs.

Admiral witpqs, keep up the excellent work.  Admiral Wa is probably mourning the loss of numerous electron ships this day.

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 3:07:13 PM   
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Congratulation witpqs! Well done!

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 4:19:30 PM   
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I play with sounds off, as I find them annoying rather than inspiring. The sinking sounds are just a FOW leak anyway, IMO. As for the combat animations, I just press the escape key and let the messages run by at full speed 99.9% of the time. I know, I know...

What BB describes might be pretty realistic for bombs versus battleships. So basically I think that's fine. I haven't look up her stats, but IIRC Yamashiro was a tough old bird. It's lucky that we got a couple of torpedoes into her. BTW, on both follow-up days, Saratoga's torpedo squadron did not make any attacks. They had small fatigue (not zero), so I presume they couldn't find the target in the dicey weather. They would have put her down quickly in her vulnerable state.

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RE: 1943 January 30 - 1/1/2013 6:22:29 PM   
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I agree that those last 18 bombs would have sunk Yamashiro. With flotation damage already suffered, the fires would have overwhelmed the damage control efforts. Japanese ships seem to have trouble dealing with both at the same time. Must be the "limited number of crew trained to do damage control" thing.

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1943 January 31 - 1/1/2013 7:12:56 PM   
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1943 January 31

The Empire captured:


The Allies captured:


There were Imperial amphibious operations at:


There were Allied amphibious operations at:


A couple of those odd combats in China, one just trivial.
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Ground combat at 80,47 (near Patung)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 210 troops, 17 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 922

Defending force 35887 troops, 203 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 662

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

Assaulting units:
15th/C Division
17th/B Division
110th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th/C Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
18th Chinese Corps
2nd Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
13th Group Army


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Ground combat at 78,48 (near Chihkiang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 384 troops, 0 guns, 70 vehicles, Assault Value = 810

Defending force 39363 troops, 242 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 992

Japanese adjusted assault: 28

Allied adjusted defense: 791

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 28

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

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

Assaulting units:
39th Division
15th Tank Regiment
37th Division

Defending units:
28th Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
53rd Chinese Corps
38th New Chinese Division
29th Group Army
23rd Group Army
30th Group Army
20th Group Army
7th Artillery Regiment
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment


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Ground combat at 73,49 (near Kweiyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 1152 troops, 0 guns, 210 vehicles, Assault Value = 361

Defending force 34609 troops, 225 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 972

Japanese adjusted assault: 78

Allied adjusted defense: 651

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 8

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

Allied ground losses:
655 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
66th Infantry Regiment
10th Tank Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
78th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
74th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps
56th Chinese Corps
79th Chinese/B Corps

An Imperial sub was reported hit by an aircraft bomb near Christmas Island. The IJA troops near Imphal were bombed as planned. Enterprise is estimated back on line in 10 days. Troops are unloading at Adak. The aim is to have the base in full swing by winter's end and then keep moving westward through the Aleutians chain. After that depends upon events. Resources are being only scarcely provided to this theater.

The air attacks on shipping at Nauru went splendidly. Tracker claims five ships sunk.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nauru Island at 127,128

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 38
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18
TBF-1 Avenger x 6

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Tensyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Yosida Maru #1, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kohoku Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kunitu Maru
xAK Yosida Maru #3, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tensyo Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yosida Maru #1
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Kohoku Maru
Massive explosion on xAK Yosida Maru #3
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yosida Maru #3

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nauru Island at 127,128

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 7
SBD-3 Dauntless x 26
TBF-1 Avenger x 22

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Tatuharu Maru, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tensyo Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Kohoku Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Kunitu Maru, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Yosida Maru #3, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
PB Kaikei Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Yosida Maru #1, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
12 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Kohoku Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yosida Maru #3
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Yosida Maru #1
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tatuharu Maru

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nauru Island at 127,128

Weather in hex: Light cloud

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

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 4

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Tatuharu Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Tatuharu Maru

The invasion of Arorae should go right in tomorrow. The heavy cruisers will stand 40nm SW to provide some cover against surface attackers, while the escort carriers and slow battleships stand 40nm SW of them. The fleet carriers are beginning the journey back to Suva to replenish, swinging near to Nanumea in case they need to react. The escort carriers and heavy cruisers will not remain near Arorae for more than the one day. Sightings of our subs indicate that maybe there are carriers near Rabaul, perhaps to the south.

Tomorrow 4 x 4EB groups will hit Tulagi, accompanied by a P-38 sweep. The following day 4 different 4EB groups will hit the base. A group each of B-25C and B-26 will be available at Ndeni to join in on either the second or third day. There are believed 47 fighters based at Tulagi. This is a departure from the earlier plan; instead of ambushing the fighters as they try to intervene in para landings, Tulagi will be closed by main force. The para drops in the southern Solomons will still be made a short time before the main Gilberts operation.

The Imperial carriers in the Indian Ocean are well and truly cloaked. Perhaps by weather, perhaps they moved into a search-dead zone near the edge of the map that is more or less opposite Goa. One of the aircraft equipped task forces will move through that area. Other forces will continue on as before, then most will make for Colombo to refuel. That will put them in a good position to intercept. Some will be held back in case of a suicide mission aimed back at the shipping lanes.

Here you can see some of the goings on in China. In two places we have movements underway to deny supply to enemy salients.





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RE: 1943 January 31 - 1/1/2013 7:46:17 PM   
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Hmmm - I wonder if the sinking of those AOs in the IO left the CVE out of fuel and you are searching too far south?
OTOH, the last map you posted of the area appears to show it making post-haste south of your forces and I would guess a curve toward the DEI or Strait of Malacca. Nearest fuel centre would be Madang on NE Sumatra.

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Hmmm - I wonder if the sinking of those AOs in the IO left the CVE out of fuel and you are searching too far south?
OTOH, the last map you posted of the area appears to show it making post-haste south of your forces and I would guess a curve toward the DEI or Strait of Malacca. Nearest fuel centre would be Madang on NE Sumatra.

That's the reason for the assignment of a CA group to go search the dead zone with float planes. As far as moving really fast, I don't think they could have gotten by my aerial search before it was reconfigured. They are CVE, so hopefully not that fast. If I do miss them and have TFs refuel at Colombo, I might be able to catch them turning the corner.

One thing - the last turn that I saw them the scouting report said they had 2 x AO with them. I discounted it as a false sighting. But just maybe the Karachi area was the real target and there were two separate AO groups to refuel them at different points. Then they stumbled across the Bombay convoy lane when it was pretty full. The problem with that narrative is that Walter already knew about the Bombay convoy lane because his subs hit it several times. So, I really don't know.

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That's why this game is like an action movie - the good guys are chasing the bad guys but you don't know if they will escape or try to ambush the good guys when they get around a corner.

The whole gambit to risk a CVE out there seems a bit much. Supply convoys are not critical to you, and his small Val squadron could not hope to sink enough of them to make a difference. He has already lost at least half of those Vals to flak. Only hitting a convoy full of reinforcements would be worth the risk.
Two sets of AOs also seems a bit much for a single CVE TF, and the lack of a credible SCTF in support is puzzling. D'ya think the CVE could be bait for a trap? Mini KB off NW Sumatra maybe?

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That's why this game is like an action movie - the good guys are chasing the bad guys but you don't know if they will escape or try to ambush the good guys when they get around a corner.

The whole gambit to risk a CVE out there seems a bit much. Supply convoys are not critical to you, and his small Val squadron could not hope to sink enough of them to make a difference. He has already lost at least half of those Vals to flak. Only hitting a convoy full of reinforcements would be worth the risk.
Two sets of AOs also seems a bit much for a single CVE TF, and the lack of a credible SCTF in support is puzzling. D'ya think the CVE could be bait for a trap? Mini KB off NW Sumatra maybe?

I paid some mind to that possibility at first, but after 7 carriers were positively identified in the Solomons - how many carriers has he got in January '43? Our guys already sank 3 or 4 (4 IIRC) of the CVL/CVE varieties. So, no, I don't think this is a trap. I think it was a raid in its own right. Although, I wonder if that "AP" sighting was one of the AO deliberately put for multiple turns where it could be seen, was in fact bait for the CVE to spring the trap? He might not have known that the TF was sighted out there, in which case it just served as advance alarm.

Here is Intel Monkey on IJN carriers in the combat reports.
(See Attachment)
The sort is Ship Type + Ship Name + Date, so you see each individual ship from first combat report to last.
Sunk (by my estmation)
Zuiho
Shoho
Ryujo
Hosho
Hiyo

Note: The 'code' segment to display all that Intel Monkey combat report data must have been too long, because it totally messed up the display of the post for me. Instead, see the attachment. If you download the file make certain that you re-size your text editor window wide enough that a record needs only one line.

Another note: Click on the attachment, then click on the file name in the box that comes up. This will give you a small pop-up window with the text displayed. Then, click on the little box next to the X in the upper right-hand corner of the window to maximize the window, and it will display much better. Most likely each record will be one line (unless you have a small PC screen).

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