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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/23/2013 11:58:53 PM   
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Industry Stockpiles

The screen below shows that I have 5.6m tonnes of fuel in total. Most is in the Home Islands. Is that enough to last the rest of the war? I have no idea.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/24/2013 8:29:18 PM   
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Lautem falls automatically and he has also landed at Babo by Fast Transport.

Kendari airfield gets trashed by 4Es. I was using it for search and recon. The air icon at Dili comprises 9 Jakes on Naval Search.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/24/2013 9:40:43 PM   
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Where will be your defense line in the DEI, Captain ?
Or will you just defend the HIVE Core and nothing else ?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/24/2013 10:26:55 PM   
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I am trying to form a line which goes Soerabaja -> Makassar -> Manado, but this will probably not hold for very long. Beyond this the only oil production bases I will try and keep (for a while) are Palembang and Brunei/Miri. Obviously I will not give up Singapore easily either.

He is certainly getting more aggressive with his moves. Most of what I do in this area will be reactive, just trying to slow him down and/or attrit his key assets at a cost which is not too high.

The only combat forces I will commit at this stage are aircraft, submarines and possibly a few destroyers.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/24/2013 10:57:19 PM   
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Palembang

In a way nothing would please me more than not having to manage this place. I have been unable to come up with an easy way to deal with shipping out the vast cornucopia of stuff it produces, and therefore have to arse about with it every turn.

Basically the port is not big enough, and oil doesn't load quick enough.

Anyway, here is what it looks like. The garrison is comprised of an SNLF and a local militia unit and the IJAAF provides a single fighter Sentai for protection. I built the airfield to size 5 purely to mitigate the malaria effect.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/24/2013 11:14:16 PM   
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Singapore

I ship the fuel, oil and resources from Palembang to Singapore, from where the goodies are shipped by faster and larger vessels to points east. However, as you can see from the amount of fuel at the port this is not really happening quickly enough.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 12:15:21 AM   
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You can ship it all out. I've got every port in the DEI at essentially 20k or less through extensive regular convoy systems. Get those Tonan Whalers and 18 knot tankers and put em in big escorted convoy with an AV for air support.

I had Singers at 1.5 million at one point and got it to almost zero in about 4-5 months.

Your fuel in the HI for the remainder looks pretty good. You'll need a bit more I think, but of course that depends on how long you plan to fight. How much HI are you piling up per day?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 12:39:51 PM   
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I'm assuming you have naval support at Singapore, can you spare any additional for Palembang? Given the Hive mentality, I'd probably have nearly all my naval support outside the hive concentrated at those two ports. Naval support is surprisingly useful to load tankers faster in my experience, and I'm not sure it caps anywhere near as quickly as av support.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 12:42:27 PM   
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obvert,

The 18kt AOs and Tonan whalers are already on the case. The issue is that I'm not sure how long I will have access to Singapore.

HI wise I don't really know but it goes up every turn. Being scientific about the production system is not something I want to do.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 12:44:10 PM   
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Schlemiel,

Naval Support does not help with loading oil. I don't have a problem with fuel at Palembang, just oil.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 2:54:17 PM   
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Nothing of note happened this turn.

Reinforcements are coming in quite fast now. I am sending various infantry brigades and flak to islands in the Ryukyus that are not Okinawa, which is already garrisoned to a reasonable extent.

Another place I am very keen on making a hardpoint is Daito Shoto. This is an atoll, and I would really like to force him to land there. Being a size 6 IJN torpedo bomber airbase will hopefully make that happen.

The latest addition to the defence here will be 32 x 27cm mortars out of China. Then more aviation support, flak and infantry as they become available.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 3:06:17 PM   
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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 3:07:22 PM   
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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/25/2013 3:29:05 PM   
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Takao

I really want to get this up to 500 av supp and 1,000 eng in order to properly support the 1st Air Army. This assumes the installation of the Beta at some point, probably when it goes official.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/28/2013 1:57:36 PM   
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He has landed messily at Boela. Frances' out of Ternate managed to only put a a single torpedo into an xAK despite launching in both phases.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 19
P1Y1 Frances x 13

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 13 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Montpelier
CL Columbia

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-17 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 12
P1Y1 Frances x 9

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 9 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CA San Francisco
xAK Hauraki, Torpedo hits 1
CA Quincy

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 4 (4 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-17 with F4U-1 Corsair (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead

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Amphibious Assault at Boela (80,110)

TF 284 troops unloading over beach at Boela, 80,110

Allied ground losses:
819 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 235 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 107 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 124 (0 destroyed, 124 disabled)
Vehicles lost 45 (0 destroyed, 45 disabled)

13 troops of a USA Rifle Squad 43 accidentally lost during unload of Americal Infantry Div /12




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/29/2013 5:53:28 PM   
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Boela falls. The Americal Division takes possession of the abandoned searchlight and radar which was all that was there.

A more successful attack out of Ternate sinks an empty APA and damages CA San Francisco.

Meanwhile, over in the Bay of Bengal a sub puts a torp into CA Frobisher, which had previously been damaged by Nicks at Rangoon.

I have a small surface detachment going into Boela overnight. Moonlight is at 3%, let's see how they do.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 20
A6M5 Zero x 19
P1Y1 Frances x 22

Allied aircraft
F4U-1 Corsair x 6
F4U-1A Corsair x 6
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4U-1A Corsair: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Barton
CL Marblehead
LSD Ashland
APA McCawley, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CA San Francisco, Torpedo hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 12000 feet
8 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet *

CAP engaged:
VF-17 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
VF-33 with F6F-3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
VMF-217 with F4U-1A Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Sub attack near Bassein at 48,51

Japanese Ships
SS RO-36

Allied Ships
CA Frobisher, Torpedo hits 1
DD Rotherham

SS RO-36 launches 4 torpedoes at CA Frobisher
DD Rotherham fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Rotherham fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Rotherham fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Rotherham fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Rotherham fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/30/2013 1:33:20 PM   
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My little squadron did not find any worthy combatants at Boela. However they did manage to completely annihilate what was there.

He has done this before - withdrawn the escorts and left the transports exposed. I think he just basically hates losing warships.

Meanwhile, at Dili a very small detachment of marines manages to fight off an entire US army division. I would have wished for more casualties inflicted though.

There also looks to be a landing heading for Koepang.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Boela at 80,110, Range 5,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Jintsu
DD Akatsuki
DD Ikazuchi
DD Inazuma
DD Sagiri

Allied Ships
xAK Sidney Hauptmann, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK West Notus, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Meigs, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Zachary Taylor, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Peshawur, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Tantalus, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK City of Yokohama, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Reduced visibility due to Rain with 3% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 3% moonlight: 5,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 5,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 5,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages xAK City of Yokohama at 5,000 yards
xAK City of Yokohama sunk by DD Sagiri at 5,000 yards
xAK Tantalus sunk by DD Inazuma at 5,000 yards
Massive explosion on xAK Peshawur
xAK Peshawur sunk by DD Ikazuchi at 5,000 yards
xAK Meigs sunk by DD Ikazuchi at 5,000 yards
xAK Sidney Hauptmann sunk by DD Sagiri at 5,000 yards
xAK West Notus sunk by DD Inazuma at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
DD Ikazuchi engages xAP Zachary Taylor at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
xAP Zachary Taylor sunk by CL Jintsu at 2,000 yards
xAP Zachary Taylor sunk by CL Jintsu at 2,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...

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Ground combat at Dili (71,115)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5989 troops, 189 guns, 75 vehicles, Assault Value = 226

Defending force 810 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 25

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Allied adjusted assault: 95

Japanese adjusted defense: 59

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 2)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
97 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
40th Infantry Division

Defending units:
1st Sasebo SNLF Coy
3rd JNAF Coy




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/30/2013 11:45:02 PM   
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All of Timor is now in Allied hands. Koepang saw the first attack by the dive-bombing Ki-48-IIc Lily, which delivered 4 bombs into CL Denver. One of these took out a 5in gun mount.

Manokwari also falls to USMC paratroops.

Over in Thailand the single Thai division at Uttaradit fell at the first attempt to the Allied forces as they crossed the river. Having a morale of 14 probably did not help the locals. This low value was caused by malaria and I could not work out a way to increase it. This is one of the main reasons I am not really fighting in the jungle.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Koepang at 68,116

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 25
Ki-48-IIc Lily x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 11 damaged
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Santa Fe
CL Denver, Bomb hits 4
DD Mustin
DD Anderson

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb
10 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb
8 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb

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Ground combat at Uttaradit (59,56)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 21416 troops, 216 guns, 644 vehicles, Assault Value = 965

Defending force 4619 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 236

Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 4

Allied adjusted assault: 1080

Japanese adjusted defense: 73

Allied assault odds: 14 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied forces CAPTURE Uttaradit !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
968 casualties reported
Squads: 71 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 50 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (6 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
285 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 85 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 27 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 39 (1 destroyed, 38 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
44th Cavalry Regiment
150th RAC Regiment
3rd Carabiniers Regiment
19th Indian Division
20th Indian Division
3rd Cavalry Regiment

Defending units:
1st RTA Division




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 12:19:32 AM   
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Here is Burma and Thailand.

He has yet to deploy any air beyond Moulmein. I am bombing Tavoy and Mergui daily with Anns, Marys and Sonias out of Bangkok and Ayuthia.

I dropped some airborne mines at Rangoon, which have now been cleared. I have no idea how effective they were but I was surprised to see that 106 Type 3 mines have gone out of the pool as a result. I only used a single understrength Helen unit at Bangkok to do this over about 4 nights. It must be one mine per plane per attack.

Bangkok has 1,133 AV behind 6.30 forts. The AV grows daily as the 21st and 55th Divisions recover from their earlier travails. They are both at 76% percent of ToE now. Two Thai divisions (with 98 morale and Japanese commanders) flesh things out.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 2:11:00 AM   
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I just caught up with your AAR. As a new player looking into Japan, you're providing some very interesting late-war strategies and equipment options. I have one big-picture question (which I didn't see addressed): if you're so un-enamored with the Scenario 2 Japanese economy, which did you play Scen 2? I can't imagine an Allied player begging to get bludgeoned with the Scenario 2 Japanese OOB.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 2:47:24 AM   
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Game-wise I'm not averse to the Scen 2 economy. However I do feel the need to always point out that it is a fantasy.

To be honest, I can't even remember the dialogue we had when setting up the game. It was a long time ago.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 2:40:31 PM   
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A good day for the bad guys.

For some reason there is no air cover at Koepang. The Lilies had a better day and were joined in their efforts by Nells out of Soerabaja. I couldn't have wished for better targeting, most ordnance was delivered into the attack transports.

CA New Orleans also has one less 20mm AA gun mount than before. This attrition of hard to repair AA mountings is very important.

Even more pleasingly, a sub puts a fish into a DD and gets away with only minor damage.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Koepang at 68,116

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 31
Ki-48-IIc Lily x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 16 damaged
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
APA J. Franklin Bell, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA New Orleans, Bomb hits 3
APA Sumter

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb
8 x Ki-48-IIc Lily releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 kg SAP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Koepang at 68,116

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 6 damaged
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
AKA Virgo, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
APA Wayne, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AK Sterope, Torpedo hits 1
DD Fanning
CA New Orleans

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x G3M3 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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ASW attack near Taberfane at 82,120

Japanese Ships
SS I-175, hits 2

Allied Ships
DD Kimberly, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Murray

SS I-175 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Kimberly
DD Murray attacking submerged sub ....
DD Murray cannot reach attack position over SS I-175
DD Murray fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Murray fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Murray attacking submerged sub ....
DD Murray cannot establish contact with SS I-175
DD Murray fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 6:20:43 PM   
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Formosa

I recently received the 20th Sentai. This unit is compatible with the 1st Air Army entry requirements and so has been stationed at Takao to train up along with the rest of the groups. There are 21 Sentais now, which currently comprises 763 fighters, but this will increase to 1029 planes in March 1944. This is only 3 months away now, just about enough time to train the pilots up in Air and LowN.

The Ki-43-IIIa Oscar will become available for production in 3 days time. This aircraft with its 8 hex 2 x 250kg bomb delivery capability will form the offensive component of the Swarm. I will not be producing the Ki-43-IV at all.

Takao now has 407+22 eng/veh installed with several more units on the way.

I am moving all the mobile heavy flak from Tokyo and Yokohama to Pescadores, which is the IJNAF backstop for the IJAAF's Takao. Eng and av support will follow. There is already a fleet HQ present.

Special Base Forces with 8cm DP Guns are being despatched to Hengchun and Orchid Island.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 6:58:43 PM   
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Fort Building

I already mentioned the over-building of forts out in the Pacific. Here is what is going on in other places ...

Home Islands:-

Osaka 7.95
Kobe 6.63
Hiroshima 6.12
Tsushima 8.31

Manchukuo:-

Harbin 6.41
Mukden 6.43
Yenki 7.0

China:-

Shanghai 6.49
Hankow 7.50
Wuchang 6.22
Changsha 6.60
Canton 6.18
Hong Kong 6.02

Hainan, Formosa and Ryukyus:-

Kiungchan 6.17
Pescadores 6.25
Takao 6.93
Naha 6.05

Philippines:-

Manila 7.81
Clark Field 6.66
Cagayan 6.26

Malaya, DEI:-

Singapore 8.01
Brunei 7.29
Batavia 7.31

There are several more places I would like to go beyond size 6 but these are still currently grinding their way to that level.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 7:57:20 PM   
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I like it!

I have nearly every decent base in China at or over level 6!

The HI are getting there, and Formosa and the DEI are getting closer for important bases. Not sure how many I'll take over level 6 though. The supply drain is huge!

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 5/31/2013 8:08:42 PM   
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Yes well I haven't blown my stash trying to invade anywhere inappropriate :-)

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Captain Cruft

Yes well I haven't blown my stash trying to invade anywhere inappropriate :-)


Ha! Come on, I left Fiji alone!

You're right though. Your fuel and stores are looking great. You should even catch up on points a bit when he has to bang against the wall you're building now.

Even in my game with it's extravagances of inexperience, I have a good amount of supply. I'd just rather use it on changing up airframe and engine factories. Too many unknowns there for my first time through. Level 6 most places is plenty high. There are a few surprises though where I dared go higher.

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Remember that Allied troops (except Chinese) are worth twice the points. More fort levels = more points, simples.

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29 Nov 1943

I sent in another surface detachment to Boela. However this time the opposition was a bit stiffer. Two battleships no less, accompanied by the dreaded Boise.

One Japanese DD was sunk in return for little damage caused, and I feel I was lucky to not get annihilated. The ships which escaped should be OK though the two damaged ones will need a repair yard.

In the day phase the attack out of Ternate got quite badly mauled by his newly installed CAP at Boela. However we did deliver fish into a transport and CL Columbia.

I also lost two subs in the Banda Sea today (not shown). His destroyer ASW is getting horrible now.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Boela at 80,110, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Nagara
CL Natori, Shell hits 20, on fire
DD Hatakaze, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Oite
DD Hayate
DD Yunagi, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Massachusetts, Shell hits 2
BB Alabama, Shell hits 8
CL Boise
CL Cleveland
DD Hazelwood
DD Hutchins
DD Jenkins, Shell hits 1
DD Pringle
DD Renshaw
DD Ringgold
DD Saufley
DD Stanly, Shell hits 1

Reduced sighting due to 7% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 7% moonlight: 1,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 1,000 yards...
CL Natori engages BB Alabama at 1,000 yards
BB Massachusetts engages CL Natori at 1,000 yards
DD Yunagi engages BB Alabama at 1,000 yards
DD Yunagi sunk by DD Stanly at 1,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Stanly at 1,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Ringgold at 1,000 yards
DD Jenkins engages DD Hatakaze at 1,000 yards
Range increases to 2,000 yards
CL Natori engages BB Alabama at 2,000 yards
BB Massachusetts engages CL Natori at 2,000 yards
BB Alabama engages DD Hayate at 2,000 yards
CL Boise engages CL Natori at 2,000 yards
DD Ringgold engages DD Hatakaze at 2,000 yards
DD Hayate engages DD Saufley at 2,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Pringle at 2,000 yards
DD Hatakaze engages DD Hutchins at 2,000 yards
DD Hayate engages DD Hazelwood at 2,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Boela at 80,110

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 25
P1Y1 Frances x 42

Allied aircraft
P-38H Lightning x 8
F4U-1 Corsair x 11
F6F-3 Hellcat x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 8 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 14 destroyed, 19 damaged
P1Y1 Frances: 2 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Mobile
CL Montpelier
xAP Nathaniel Bowditch, Torpedo hits 1
DD Russell
CL Columbia, Torpedo hits 1

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
13 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-17 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
VF-33 with F6F-3 Hellcat (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
VF-38 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
VMF-111 with F4U-1 Corsair (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 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
348th FG/341st FS with P-38H Lightning (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 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes




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The survivors of the clash at Boela. Considering the Natori got hit by a 16in shell she's not looking too bad.




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