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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 10/27/2012 8:24:21 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Captain Cruft

Again :-)

CAP engaged:
VMF-124 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VMF-214 with F4U-1 Corsair (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes


Time to fly a lower CAP, maybe?

How are your pilots on these missions? Well trained in TT, or just your usually 60 exp search pilots having some fun?

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"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 10/27/2012 5:12:22 PM   
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I'm hoping he doesn't twig about lowering the CAP ...

NavT is in the the 70s and 80s.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 10/28/2012 1:37:22 AM   
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Kates out of Maloelap bounce some bombs off a BB and CA. In both cases the CAP totally failed to engage the low-flying bombers.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Makin at 136,125

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 8

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 41

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N1 Kate: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
BB New Mexico, Bomb hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-113 with F4U-1 Corsair (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 23000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 75 minutes
VMF-214 with F4U-1 Corsair (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters between 26000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VMF-124 with F4U-1 Corsair (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 25000 and 27000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Makin at 136,125

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 10

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 5 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
CA Chester, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 1000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-113 with F4U-1 Corsair (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 23000
Raid is overhead
VMF-124 with F4U-1 Corsair (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VMF-214 with F4U-1 Corsair (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 10/28/2012 7:48:23 PM   
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Supply: 3.927m
HI: 1.449m
Fuel: 6.525m
Ready aircraft: 4,342 (532 of which are Nicks)
Ship losses: 1 x DD, 9 x E, 7 x APD, 5 x SS

Emilies find another target, albeit not a high value one :-)

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Makin at 136,125

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
H8K2 Emily x 6

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 32

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
SC-638, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
SC-636

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x H8K2 Emily launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VMF-113 with F4U-1 Corsair (7 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 23000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VMF-124 with F4U-1 Corsair (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 36800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VMF-214 with F4U-1 Corsair (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 11/4/2012 2:41:03 AM   
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A good day for bomber eradication.

The B-24s were shot down over Boela by the house Zeroes, while the Wellingtons fell over Pegu to Tojos flying out of Chiang Mai.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 11/5/2012 1:21:54 AM   
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CVs approaching Mili!

If he is landing this will be the first contested invasion he has attempted.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 11/7/2012 10:43:16 PM   
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Mili falls at the first attempt. There was virtually no AV left after constant Ground Attacks from the air and Naval Bombardments.

We did manage to ding a couple of CVs, a BB and a DD in response though. The hits on the CVs all went through the flight deck.



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Pre-Invasion action off Mili (136,121)

6 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
BB Colorado
CA Pensacola
CA Northampton
CA Indianapolis
CA Portland
CL De Ruyter
CL Sumatra
CL Java
DD Humphreys
DD Shaw
LST-26
LST-23
LST-22
DD Dale
DD Gilmer

Japanese ground losses:
247 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

BB Idaho firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
BB Colorado firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CA Pensacola firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CA Northampton firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CA Indianapolis firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CA Portland firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CL De Ruyter firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CL Sumatra firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
CL Java firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
DD Humphreys firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
DD Shaw firing at 61st Naval Guard Unit
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Mili (136,121)

TF 193 troops unloading over beach at Mili, 136,121

Allied ground losses:
58 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (0 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Motorized Support lost overboard during unload of 41st Infantry Div

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ASW attack near Mili at 137,122

Japanese Ships
SS I-168

Allied Ships
DD Phelps, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
DD Balch

SS I-168 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Phelps
I-168 diving deep ....
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch attacking submerged sub ....
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Balch fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Sub attack near Mili at 137,122

Japanese Ships
SS I-172, hits 7, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Sims
DD McCall

SS I-172 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Sims
I-172 diving deep ....
DD McCall attacking submerged sub ....
DD McCall fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD McCall attacking submerged sub ....
DD McCall is out of ASW ammo
DD McCall is out of ASW ammo
DD McCall is out of ASW ammo
DD McCall is out of ASW ammo
DD McCall is out of ASW ammo
DD McCall is out of ASW ammo
DD McCall fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD McCall fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Mili at 136,121

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 13
A6M5 Zero x 15
G4M1 Betty x 51

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 35
F4U-1 Corsair x 26
F6F-3 Hellcat x 88

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 5 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 20 destroyed, 18 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 4 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL De Ruyter
CA Pensacola
BB Colorado, Torpedo hits 1
CA Portland
BB Idaho
CA Indianapolis
CA Northampton

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(18 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (18 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(18 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
18 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 24000
Raid is overhead
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F6F-3 Hellcat (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(17 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 23000
Raid is overhead
VMF-113 with F4U-1 Corsair (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Raid is overhead
VMF-124 with F4U-1 Corsair (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VMF-214 with F4U-1 Corsair (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 7000
Raid is overhead
9 planes vectored on to bombers

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mili at 137,121

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 27
A6M3a Zero x 24
B5N1 Kate x 8
B5N2 Kate x 12

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 143

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 7 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged
B5N1 Kate: 2 destroyed by flak
B5N2 Kate: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 1
CV Wasp, Bomb hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 24000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 12 on standby, 16 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes

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Invasion Support action off Mili (136,121)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

4 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
LST-24
LST-23
LST-22

LST-24 fired at enemy troops
LST-23 fired at enemy troops
LST-22 fired at enemy troops

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Ground combat at Mili (136,121)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 10795 troops, 193 guns, 286 vehicles, Assault Value = 382

Defending force 591 troops, 20 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 301

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 301 to 1 (fort level 5)

Allied forces CAPTURE Mili !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
821 casualties reported
Squads: 72 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 53 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 25 (25 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
41st Infantry Division

Defending units:
61st Naval Guard Unit
Mili Naval Fortress

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Mili Naval Fortress Wiped Out at Mili by attrition!!!

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 11/10/2012 3:41:56 PM   
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More action in the Marshalls, and we see the modern USN BBs for the first time. Maloelap is out of action for the time being.

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Submarine attack near Mili at 137,120

Japanese Ships
SS I-173, hits 14, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Phoenix, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Gridley
DD Craven
DD Jarvis

SS I-173 launches 4 torpedoes at CL Phoenix
DD Gridley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Craven attacking submerged sub ....
DD Jarvis attacking submerged sub ....
DD Gridley fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Craven attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-173 forced to surface!
DD Craven firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Jarvis firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gridley firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Jarvis firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Gridley firing on surfaced sub ....
DD Craven firing on surfaced sub ....
Sub slips beneath the waves

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Night Naval bombardment of Maloelap at 136,117 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 6 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged

202 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota, Shell hits 18
BB Washington, Shell hits 6
BB North Carolina, Shell hits 1
CA Canberra
CA Australia, Shell hits 5
CA Wichita

Japanese ground losses:
243 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 17
Port hits 1
Port fuel hits 2

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for BB South Dakota
Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at BB South Dakota
BB South Dakota firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at BB Washington
BB Washington firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
BB North Carolina firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at BB North Carolina
CA Canberra firing at Maloelap
CA Australia firing at Maloelap Naval Fortress
Maloelap Naval Fortress firing at CA Australia
CA Wichita firing at Maloelap

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Sub attack near Mili at 137,120

Japanese Ships
SS I-170, hits 2

Allied Ships
CVE Barnes, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CL Phoenix
DD Gridley
DD Craven
DD Jarvis

SS I-170 launches 4 torpedoes at CVE Barnes
DD Gridley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Gridley cannot reach attack position over SS I-170
DD Craven fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Jarvis fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Gridley fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Craven fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Gridley fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Craven fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Craven fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Craven attacking submerged sub ....
DD Craven loses contact with SS I-170
Escort abandons search for sub

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mili at 137,120

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3 Zero x 26
B5N1 Kate x 6
B5N2 Kate x 5

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 64
F6F-3 Hellcat x 130

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3 Zero: 5 destroyed
B5N1 Kate: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
24 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 24000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 24000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 18000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-9 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 11 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/5/2012 12:06:21 AM   
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Been a while ...

Nothing has happened since the last update except that Maloelap has been turned into a smoking ruin by constant naval and air bombardment (unopposed). In fact the fortress unit was completely wiped out by attrition some time ago.

Well now it looks like he intends to land there.

Our sub skirmishers did quite well, and ended up in the same hex as the invasion armada. Two subs went down but it was worth the price.



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Sub attack near Maloelap at 137,118

Japanese Ships
SS I-26, hits 3

Allied Ships
CV Essex, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CA Chicago
CL Santa Fe
CLAA Oakland
CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Diego
DD Philip
DD Taylor
DD Strong
DD Stanly
DD Saufley

Fuel storage explosion on CV Essex
SS I-26 launches 6 torpedoes at CV Essex
I-26 diving deep ....
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Strong fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Stanly fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Saufley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Saufley fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Saufley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Saufley loses contact with SS I-26
DD Saufley cannot reach attack position over SS I-26
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Saufley fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Taylor fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Saufley fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Saufley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Saufley attacking submerged sub ....
DD Saufley loses contact with SS I-26
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Maloelap at 137,118

Japanese Ships
SS I-32, hits 3

Allied Ships
DD Fletcher, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
CA Minneapolis
CL Boise
CLAA Juneau
CLAA Atlanta
DD Eaton
DD DeHaven
DD Chevalier

SS I-32 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Fletcher
DD Eaton attacking submerged sub ....
DD DeHaven fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Chevalier fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/5/2012 8:20:31 PM   
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Maloelap falls.

My "massed" air strike out of Roi-Namur managed to put one torpedo into an xAK and nothing else.



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Maloelap at 136,117

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 16
A6M5 Zero x 36
B5N2 Kate x 9
G4M1 Betty x 34

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 49
F4U-1 Corsair x 7
F6F-3 Hellcat x 64

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 7 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 3 destroyed, 11 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Idaho
DD Tenedos
DMS Hovey
AM Rail
CA San Francisco
xAK Eldorado, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Humphreys
CL Tromp
DD Thanet

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
18 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-9 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Raid is overhead
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Raid is overhead
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
16 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Raid is overhead
16 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-111 with F4U-1 Corsair (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40K Warhawk (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Raid is overhead

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/8/2012 12:52:43 AM   
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Today was a great day for the IJNAF, the only problem is I'm feeling like a right gamey so and so.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Wotje at 136,115

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 39
B5N2 Kate x 9
G4M1 Betty x 37

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 100
F6F-3 Hellcat x 157

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed by flak
G4M1 Betty: 12 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 7 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CV Essex, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 3, on fire
BB Massachusetts, Torpedo hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-3 with F6F-3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 12 on standby, 16 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-9 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-37 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (6 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 34000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers

Fuel storage explosion on CV Wasp
Fuel storage explosion on CV Enterprise
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The Essex certainly went down, and the other two CVS are not looking healthy at all.

Why I am feeling gamey? Well, the attack (from Roi-Namur) went in at 1,000ft, and at this altitude the CAP is basically rendered useless. Which means that 40 torpedo bombers can sink half the USN CV fleet. Now you could say that he didn't help himself by not suppressing Roi-Namur airfield before moving in, but I do feel that without some action this is potentially a game-ending moment. So I have proposed a HR discussion.

The trade I have in mind is to stop Naval Attacks at low-level by anything other than F/FB types in exchange for a ban on Ground Attacks by anything other than F/FB/DB and low-level Attack Bombers. He has used 2E bombers on Ground Attack at medium altitude to basically totally erase the garrisons of Mili and Maloelap before landing and there was nothing I could do about it.

We'll have to see what ensues ...

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/8/2012 5:46:58 PM   
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Well my opponent was rendered speechless but he has sent the file back, phew.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/8/2012 10:38:39 PM   
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Ii have a simple rule for CV CAP.......... 1/3 at 5000ft, 1/3 at 10000ft and 1/3 at 15000ft. That said, even if all his CAP was at 20000ft they should have done better than that.....

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/8/2012 11:24:26 PM   
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I think I got very lucky with the die rolls. Never have I seen so many torpedo hits from that number of planes. The pilots had NavT skill of 60-70.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/9/2012 4:41:24 PM   
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1 July 1943

Supply: 4.025m
HI: 1.405m (16,000 factories)
Fuel: 6.813m
Aircraft: 4,629 (4,306 ready)
Ship losses: 1 x DD, 10 x E, 7 x APD, 12 x SS

It's half-way through 1943, and the IJN has still only lost a single DD ...

Score: Japan 20k, Allies 17k (draw)

My opponent is still thinking about my HR proposals. The sinking of the Essex has really shaken him up, but he is annoyed with the game engine not me, so that's good.

In the meantime I will desist from low-level Naval Attacks regardless.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/9/2012 6:56:12 PM   
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Aircraft notes

I now have my first P1Y1 Frances and N1K1 Rex units, and I have also just created an embryonic J2M2 Jack unit with 5 planes. My mind changed on that one since Zeros are just useless against the newer Allied fighters. However the ugly George will still not be produced.

The KB is now fully equipped with the D4Y1 Judy and B6N1 Jill.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/9/2012 7:00:47 PM   
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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/10/2012 3:39:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Captain Cruft

Aircraft notes

I now have my first P1Y1 Frances and N1K1 Rex units, and I have also just created an embryonic J2M2 Jack unit with 5 planes. My mind changed on that one since Zeros are just useless against the newer Allied fighters. However the ugly George will still not be produced.

The KB is now fully equipped with the D4Y1 Judy and B6N1 Jill.


Bear in mind the George 2 has a 2 service rating and is better all round than the Jack.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/10/2012 6:27:22 PM   
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The George is ugly.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/10/2012 6:32:39 PM   
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The George is ugly.


If only war was beauty contest

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/10/2012 6:43:19 PM   
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Well if it was then Japan might have done quite well. I really like the look of the old BBs with their ridiculous pagodas.

Speaking of which (sort of), I have now started building the Yamatos since Naval Shipyards are at 2,400 and the Unryus and Taihos have all been accelerated to arrive before the end of August 1944.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/12/2012 10:01:41 PM   
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We have agreed new HRs as follows:-

1) No Naval Attacks below 6,000ft except for Fighters, Fighter-Bombers and Allied Attack Bombers.
2) No Ground Attacks by 4E bombers (I couldn't shift him on the 2Es)
3) Strategic Bombing is now allowed anywhere and can target anything in the daytime but only Manpower at night. Previously the DEI and Burma were off-limits and it was Manpower only across the board.

So hopefully he will make some moves into the eastern DEI now so as to try and bomb the Oil. This would enable my Nick Swarm to have a go at his 4Es.

Meanwhile, the Judy and Kill debuted quite successfully at Maloelap. Getting rid of a DMS or two is always nice.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Maloelap at 136,117

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
H8K1 Emily x 8

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K1 Emily: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAP Chief Washakie, Bomb hits 1
DMS Elliot

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x H8K1 Emily bombing from 7000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 13000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Maloelap at 136,117

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 35

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
PT-125
DMS Elliot
PT-127
PT-126, Shell hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x A6M5 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
8 x A6M5 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x A6M5 Zero bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 plane(s) with no ordnance
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 8 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Maloelap at 136,117

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 147 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 48 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 14
B6N1 Jill x 18
D4Y1 Judy x 20

Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
D4Y1 Judy: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DMS Elliot, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Chief Washakie, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Wasmuth, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
70 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 9 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Chief Washakie
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Elliot

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/12/2012 11:00:15 PM   
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Large Aircraft Guns

I have a theory that all those stupendously inaccurate 37mm, 40mm and even 57mm guns that some of the IJAAF fighters are equipped with can actually be effective if the pilots are good enough. So I have started building a few Ki-44-IIb Tojos, Ki-45 KAIc Nicks and even some Ki-46-IIIb Dinahs.

The first unit into action with their big cannons will be the 64th Sentai, currently based at Bangkok and piloted entirely by TRACOM Golden Boys. I think he will move on Rangoon soon, after which Bangkok will probably get bombed, but there should be plenty of time to fit the group out with 40mm toting Tojos.

If it doesn't work I have lost nothing, the fighters and factories can be swapped out and the spare aircraft used for Naval Attack.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/16/2012 5:11:33 PM   
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Unsurprisingly it has all gone a bit quiet after the Maloelap debacle.

One small news item - the IJA has taken over administrative control of the Bonin Islands.

Here are the aircraft pools ...



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/16/2012 5:32:49 PM   
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I have fooling around with bombs against BBs. Quite surprising results really. You can sink the blighters without a single penetration if you can get enough hits to generate fires which overcome the intra-turn damage control.

500kg bombs do it easily, 250kg'ers have to work somewhat harder and with 100kg it's a struggle but still achievable. The great thing is that the bombs also take out the flak devices on the ships so you get to a point where the ship essentially becomes a sitting duck.

As a result of this testing I have increased my focus on dive bombers including even the Lily.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/16/2012 8:38:20 PM   
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Update ...

I just tried the same test with the Beta and the flak changes have made an enormous difference. 1,000 DBs can now only sink a couple of CAs and put a couple of BBs out of action, rather than completely annihilating whole TFs, and this at a loss rate approximately 4 x that from before.

Interesting, and I approve. Let's see if my opponent agrees that we install the Beta immediately.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/16/2012 8:44:06 PM   
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There is so much good stuff there. I would really like to update as well.

Beware though that it will change the air model considerably for massed attack coordination, (which you may have already learned in these tests or through the several threads recently about it). Your opponent will most likely not like the immediate results with massed 4Es and 2Es. He may have to change a lot of HQ settings to get it close to the coordination in the official patch, spending a lot of PPs. Unlesss of course he has already aligned all of the groups to their HQs, put in quality leaders, etc.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/18/2012 1:02:25 AM   
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The Ebadon Emilies strike again, going in at 7,000ft.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Mili at 136,121

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
H8K2 Emily x 3

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K2 Emily: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
SC-750, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TK Manzanillo, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x H8K2 Emily launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
343rd FG/11th FS with P-40K Warhawk (5 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
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I am encouraging my opponent to embrace the Beta patch so that his ship-based flak starts working and we can avoid another potentially game-ending Maloelap debacle.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/29/2012 8:43:14 PM   
Captain Cruft


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Nothing much happening.

According to the ships sunk list the CV Enterprise and BB Massachusetts recently went down near Johnson Island. Whether this is true or not it does indicate that he has no forward naval bases near the Marshall Islands, which is a bit odd. Tarawa and Tabituea are now both size 4 ports, and with a Naval HQ and an AR or two they ought to be serviceable places to get the float and sys
damage down before heading back to Pearl.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 12/31/2012 1:34:36 AM   
Captain Cruft


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Still not much happening.

Here is the top list of Allied ships sunk (allegedly). Remember this is against a single DD on my side.




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