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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/12/2013 7:26:43 PM   
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It looks like Talaud-eilanden is next on his shopping list. Either by paras or FT I would guess. There is no garrison.

No airfield suppression on Mindanao as yet, and no further Sweeps.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/13/2013 6:21:52 PM   
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A turn of nothingness.

I have 5,404 ready aircraft. Only 36 are Nates.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/13/2013 6:26:48 PM   
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Hmm... Nate, natal. It truly is "baby's first plane." :)

It'll be interesting to see your opponent's reaction when he actually bumps up against "the hive." Even relatively thin opposition seems to have slowed his pace even further.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/13/2013 11:52:00 PM   
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He has not really slowed down much. There is lots of hoovering up of by-passed bases going on while be builds Manado up.

Meanwhile I am getting a bit concerned about the Great IJAAF Fighter Airgroup Resize of March 1944 which is only a few weeks away now. This will totally clear out my Reserve pilot pool, and apart from the Oscar units I don't really have the planes to fill out the units either.

One obvious answer to this would be to convert some Fighter airgroups to Kamikaze, but I am really loath to do this. The IJAAF is my primary air superiority weapon. I guess I will just have to withdraw a few groups to rear areas for training.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/14/2013 3:05:21 PM   
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But you will be able to train more once you have the bigger sized groups also.

You should be getting some later planes coming online soon, right? What IJAAF planes are arriving soon that will give your air production a boost when the RnD factories convert?

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/14/2013 3:18:24 PM   
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The only plane of importance which is imminent is the Ki-44-IIc Tojo. All the sexy stuff is way off.

Next turn might be fun, if the weather co-operates. 13th Feb was another day of not much happening.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/14/2013 5:51:39 PM   
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Fortress Kiungshan

Today Kiungshan reached size 7 forts, and also hosts over 600 planes for the first time (all Oscars).




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/14/2013 5:55:19 PM   
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IJAAF Kami units training up at Clark Field.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/15/2013 8:08:41 PM   
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Two Kamikaze and one conventional Naval Attack on shipping at Manado. Reasonable results, but the weather in the afternoon was bad. I lost over 130 planes. The Nicks on escort were particularly badly hit.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Manado at 75,99

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 133 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 82
B6N1 Jill x 12
P1Y1 Frances x 21

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 7
P-38H Lightning x 10
F4U-1 Corsair x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 8 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 13 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Radford
DD Spence, Kamikaze hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Flusser
DD Baldwin, Kamikaze hits 1
DD Walke, Kamikaze hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Harding
DD Strong
DD Thatcher
DD Taylor

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x P1Y1 Frances flying as kamikaze
Kamikaze: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x B6N1 Jill flying as kamikaze *
Kamikaze: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Manado at 75,99

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 12
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 76

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 6
P-38H Lightning x 10
F4U-1 Corsair x 14
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 6 destroyed
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 7 destroyed
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 11 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CA Quincy
CL Mobile, Kamikaze hits 2
DD Selfridge
CA Exeter
DD Stevens
DD Sigourney

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-21-IIa Sally flying as kamikaze
Kamikaze: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x Ki-21-Ic Sally flying as kamikaze
Kamikaze: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Manado at 75,99

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 112 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 36
Ki-48-IIc Lily x 27

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 2
P-38H Lightning x 7
F4U-1 Corsair x 9
F6F-3 Hellcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 3 destroyed
Ki-48-IIc Lily: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
DD Baldwin, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Radford
DD Harding

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

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/16/2013 12:41:03 AM   
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Note to the above ...

Stripping his destroyers away from other more important ships is probably my number one tactical goal, so despite the expense I am quite pleased with the results.

We are going in again tomorrow, and then the day after we will send in the Fubukis for another go.

Still no airfield suppression on Mindanao, which makes it all possible.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/16/2013 5:54:08 AM   
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There are never enough DDs in any Navy. Sounds like a good place to attack.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/16/2013 7:14:14 AM   
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quote:

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Note to the above ...

Stripping his destroyers away from other more important ships is probably my number one tactical goal, so despite the expense I am quite pleased with the results.

We are going in again tomorrow, and then the day after we will send in the Fubukis for another go.

Still no airfield suppression on Mindanao, which makes it all possible.


Looks good. Like the kamis getting hits on DDs. Well done. The Mobile is hurting as well I'm sure.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/16/2013 10:35:37 PM   
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Nothing flew today. He still has ships at Manado but my search/recon did not spot them until well into the latter stages of the PM Air Phase.

4 destroyer TFs are going in overnight, each with 5 ships.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/17/2013 1:28:21 PM   
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Saigon falls. I managed to evacuate and the 3rd Air Division and 1st JAAF Base Force by sea just in the nick of time.





The Fubukis did quite well at Manado. None were sunk and light damage was inflicted on a good number of enemy destroyers.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Usugumo, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Akebono
DD Kikuzuki
DD Myojinami
DD Tadeyame, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Trathen
DD Case
DD Shaw
DD Cushing
DD Perkins, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Smith

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 46% moonlight: 12,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 1
DD Inazuma
DD Ayanami, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Yugiri
DD Oboro

Allied Ships
DD Radford
DD Strong
DD Taylor
DD Thatcher
DD Satterlee, Shell hits 1
DD Harding, Shell hits 1
DD Morris
DD Patterson
DD Flusser
DD Edsall

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 46% moonlight: 12,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki
DD Shirayuki
DD Murakumo
DD Yayoi
DD Uzuki

Allied Ships
DD Trathen
DD Case, Shell hits 1
DD Shaw
DD Cushing
DD Perkins, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Smith

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 46% moonlight: 12,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Minazuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Suresushio
DD Suruyame
DD Yamanagiri, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Radford
DD Strong
DD Taylor, Shell hits 1
DD Thatcher, Shell hits 1
DD Satterlee
DD Harding
DD Morris
DD Patterson
DD Flusser
DD Edsall, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 46% moonlight: 12,000 yards

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/18/2013 8:53:07 PM   
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There have been more surface battles at Manado. I have lost two DDs to one of his with several damaged on both sides.

Next turn I am going to try for a combined night naval bombardment and daytime Kamikaze operation. Let's see how much hurt I can put on a base using what are essentially just skirmishing forces.

Japan now has 5,816 aircraft on the map.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/19/2013 3:32:02 PM   
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Not a bad result. We sank one DD, two SCs and two PTs in exchange for one DD which hit a mine. The bombardment damaged a lot of planes and a single kamikaze hit was achieved on CL Richmond. Most of the kami planes didn't fly for some reason. Over-stacked airfields perhaps? Once again losses among the escorting fighters were high. That is just the price you have to pay though.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Shirayuki
DD Murakumo, Shell hits 1
DD Yugiri
DD Yayoi, Shell hits 1
DD Uzuki

Allied Ships
CL Richmond, Shell hits 2
DD Fullam, Shell hits 16, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Heermann
DD Hoel, Shell hits 2
DD McKee

Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 10% moonlight: 2,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Shirayuki
DD Murakumo, on fire
DD Yugiri
DD Yayoi
DD Uzuki

Allied Ships
SC-639, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
SC-641
SC-645, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
SC-646, Shell hits 2, on fire

Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 10% moonlight: 7,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Ikazuchi
DD Inazuma
DD Isonami
DD Oboro
DD Akebono

Allied Ships
PT-186
PT-187, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PT-188
PT-189
PT-190
PT-191, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 10% moonlight: 2,000 yards

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TF 117 encounters mine field at Manado (75,99)

Japanese Ships
DD Kikuzuki, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

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Night Naval bombardment of Manado at 75,99 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 11 damaged
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed on ground
P-38H Lightning: 13 damaged
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground
F4U-1 Corsair: 7 damaged
F4U-1 Corsair: 1 destroyed on ground
F-5A Lightning: 11 damaged
SBD-5 Dauntless: 1 damaged

9 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DD Suruyame
DD Suresushio
DD Nagatsuki

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 27

DD Suruyame firing at Manado
54th Coastal Artillery Regiment firing at DD Suresushio
DD Suresushio firing at 54th Coastal Artillery Regiment
DD Nagatsuki firing at 54th Coastal Artillery Regiment
54th Coastal Artillery Regiment firing at DD Nagatsuki

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Manado at 75,99

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 123 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 122

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IV x 4
P-38H Lightning x 5
F4U-1 Corsair x 18
F6F-3 Hellcat x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 6 destroyed
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CL Richmond, Kamikaze hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar flying as kamikaze
Kamikaze: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/19/2013 3:37:04 PM   
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Damaged Allied Ships

One thing to bear in mind is that all the Allied ships with non-trivial damage have to trek back to the Australian shipyards to get repaired. That is a long trip ...

Therefore he really needs to take Soerabaja ASAP. I have a single quality division there with size 6 forts. This is nothing more than a road block but will require him to deploy serious assets to take it, which are thereby diverted away from the central thrust into the Philippines.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/19/2013 4:56:19 PM   
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Damaged Allied Ships

One thing to bear in mind is that all the Allied ships with non-trivial damage have to trek back to the Australian shipyards to get repaired. That is a long trip ...

Therefore he really needs to take Soerabaja ASAP. I have a single quality division there with size 6 forts. This is nothing more than a road block but will require him to deploy serious assets to take it, which are thereby diverted away from the central thrust into the Philippines.


I know the Nicks have high durability which I assume is why you're using them as escorts, but this seems a high price to pay (two engines) when the same number of Oscars might do as well. The Nicks might get through better as kamis themselves, I would imagine, with that durability, also.

Very interested as I could be making similar decisions soon if my game gets going again.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/19/2013 5:34:57 PM   
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It's an airgroup thing. As I am keeping the 20 odd groups of the 1st Air Army together as a big stick to only be used in particular places this leaves the front line a bit short of fighter groups.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/20/2013 12:31:37 AM   
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Two more turns of not much happening. Except that today I lost 11 (count 'em) naval search planes to CAP, all in the DEI. That is not sustainable. Not really sure what to do about it though. Without eyes I am toast.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/20/2013 7:07:38 AM   
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22 Feb 1944

Two more turns of not much happening. Except that today I lost 11 (count 'em) naval search planes to CAP, all in the DEI. That is not sustainable. Not really sure what to do about it though. Without eyes I am toast.


Pretty normal to lose those numbers of search planes at this stage. In Jan 44 i'm losing from 4 to 10 search planes every single day due to CAP. Nells, Emilies, Mavis, Jakes... they are all dead meat. Too slow... but,. as you say, you cannot efford not to have eyes on the enemy, so i think it's a price you have to accept

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/20/2013 7:19:39 AM   
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Use more night search with only a smaller day search, maybe. I don't know, as I lose a lot regardless. The flip side is that he does as well once he gets close to any big base. In the Marianas he must have lost 15 one day just to DB/TB flying into CAP, and those are not search plane pilots, they are trained strike pilots.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/20/2013 4:33:59 PM   
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I think what I will have to do is reduce the ranges a bit so as to only run search over the actual threat zones rather than as much ocean as possible.

Or a radical solution would be to turn it off completely, in front line areas. After all, when he lands I always get to see it.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/21/2013 10:54:29 PM   
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He has landed a sizable force on Java, unopposed.

Overnight skirmishing at Manado exchanges 3 Japanese DDs for CL Nashville, which succumbed to a Long Lance. Main engagement below.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 2,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
SOC-1 Seagull: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
DD Nagatsuki
DD Suresushio
DD Myojinami, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Suruyame
DD Tadeyame, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CL Nashville, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Biloxi, Shell hits 3
DD Benham, Shell hits 1
DD Lang, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Stack, Shell hits 1
DD Sterett
DD Cassin, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
DD Clark, Shell hits 1, on fire

Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 2,000 yards




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/22/2013 12:43:02 AM   
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Notes

I now have 5,916 aircraft on the map.

He will shortly be in convenient 4E range of Manila, from Indochina. Therefore it occurred to me that I ought to perhaps have some fighters on Luzon. That could have been an oops, there is oodles of shipping at Manila ...

Four high-grade Frank groups have been moved over from Takao. Since he cannot Sweep I do not fear for their safety. In fact I would relish a visit by the bomber beasties.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/23/2013 12:23:45 AM   
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A Tonan whaler goes down on its way back from Ulithi to Hong Kong. SS Grampus delivers 3 fish and escapes with moderate damage.

It's a good job I am not going to be moving fuel around for much longer. This is the fourth or fifth TK or AO I have lost this month to subs.

Otherwise quiet. He has landed a huge amount of stuff on Java, which is nice ;-)

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/23/2013 10:52:33 PM   
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I have deployed my few Ki-67a Peggy bombers to Mindanao, where they delivered 12 aerial mines overnight at Ternate. Perhaps we can sink a PT boat or something. Production of these lovely planes has had to be stopped due to the lack of Nakajima Ha-45 engines, which problem is only slowly resolving itself.

It surprises me that he has not used aerial mines himself. There are numerous important ports within 4E range now, and little risk to the bombers if they fly at night. I have lots of AMCs deployed in Local Minesweeping TFs but there are some gaps in the coverage.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/24/2013 3:08:40 PM   
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Not a good day for the Fubuki Squadron. Five DDs lost for a single American one. I suspect an overly aggressive commander was to blame, plus a few Dauntless dive bombers at Manado who tagged the only ship which escaped the surface battles.

Nevertheless we are going in again tomorrow.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/24/2013 4:23:48 PM   
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Recent Ship Losses

I am definitely losing this battle in terms of numbers. However I believe the side benefits outweigh this.

The Mobile and Fletcher sinkings are doubtful, but the rest are certain.




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RE: The Hive - Cruft PBEM - 8/24/2013 4:27:03 PM   
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Malaya Sitrep

Georgetown will fall next turn.

The only place which will hold him up is Singapore.

No sign of any Allied shipping in the area, yet.




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