Captain Cruft
Posts: 3652
Joined: 3/17/2004 From: England Status: offline

23 Dec 1943 Well the vast fleet did indeed end up one hex away from Kendari, though there has been no landing yet. All my air launched. No Lilies made it through the CAP but a fair number of lowflying Nicks did. However at this point the flak defeated them. A single hit on a CLAA was the only success. There are still a fair few Nicks in good shape so we will try again tomorrow.  Morning Air attack on TF, near Kendari at 70,107 Weather in hex: Severe storms Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 33 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki45 KAIa Nick x 104 Ki48IIc Lily x 27 Allied aircraft F6F3 Hellcat x 425 Japanese aircraft losses Ki45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed Ki48IIc Lily: 19 destroyed Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes 24 planes vectored on to bombers VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 20 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 21 planes vectored on to bombers VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 22 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 22000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes 25 planes vectored on to bombers VF42 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 15 on standby, 14 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes 17 planes vectored on to bombers VF6 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes 18 planes vectored on to bombers VF8 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 30 planes vectored on to bombers VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 28 planes vectored on to bombers VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters to 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VF23 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 to 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 13000 , scrambling fighters to 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes VF25 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VF30 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 5 planes vectored on to bombers VF26 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 8 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes 16 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)33 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes 10 planes vectored on to bombers VF35 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 8 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes 5 planes vectored on to bombers VF37 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 8 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)41 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 19000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers VF60 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers VRF6F with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers  Morning Air attack on TF, near Kendari at 70,107 Weather in hex: Severe storms Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 11 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki45 KAIa Nick x 36 Allied aircraft F6F3 Hellcat x 400 Japanese aircraft losses Ki45 KAIa Nick: 10 destroyed, 5 damaged Ki45 KAIa Nick: 3 destroyed by flak No Allied losses Allied Ships CV Enterprise CVL Monterey CVL Cowpens CV Bunker Hill Aircraft Attacking: 2 x Ki45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet Naval Attack: 2 plane(s) with no ordnance 4 x Ki45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 6 x Ki45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (23 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling) 23 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (24 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 24 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (25 airborne, 5 on standby, 6 scrambling) 25 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes VF42 with F6F3 Hellcat (16 airborne, 15 on standby, 4 scrambling) 16 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VF6 with F6F3 Hellcat (18 airborne, 4 on standby, 12 scrambling) 18 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes VF8 with F6F3 Hellcat (26 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling) 26 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (23 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 23 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 12000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters to 8000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes VF23 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 3000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 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 to 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes VF25 with F6F3 Hellcat (6 airborne, 1 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes VF30 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 9000 Raid is overhead VF26 with F6F3 Hellcat (16 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 16 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes VC(F)33 with F6F3 Hellcat (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes VF35 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 8 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes VF37 with F6F3 Hellcat (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 12 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes VC(F)41 with F6F3 Hellcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 10 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 19000 Raid is overhead VF60 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes VRF6F with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes VRF7F with F6F3 Hellcat (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kendari at 70,107 Weather in hex: Moderate rain Raid detected at 119 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 35 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki45 KAIa Nick x 126 Allied aircraft F6F3 Hellcat x 347 Japanese aircraft losses Ki45 KAIa Nick: 8 destroyed, 20 damaged Ki45 KAIa Nick: 6 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed Allied Ships CLAA San Diego, Bomb hits 1 CV Enterprise DD Braine DD Bradford, Shell hits 2 DD Burns DD Bullard BB North Carolina CV Yorktown Aircraft Attacking: 19 x Ki45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 1 x Ki45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance 5 x Ki45 KAIa Nick bombing from 100 feet Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 16 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 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 36 minutes VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 19 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 17000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes VF42 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 15 on standby, 14 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 19000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes VF6 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF8 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 17000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 7000 , scrambling fighters to 4000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes VF23 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 3000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 13000 , scrambling fighters to 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF25 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF30 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 9000 , scrambling fighters to 3000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes VF26 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VC(F)33 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 6 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes VF35 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 8 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes VF37 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 12000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 6000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes VC(F)41 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 19000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes VF60 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 13000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes VRF6F with F6F3 Hellcat (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 17000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
Attachment (1)
