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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/7/2012 1:31:46 PM   
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Moderate success against the 50th Tank Brigade, which has now reached the jungle. While the 44th Cav is now at Toungoo.

I will stand down for a day then demolish Toungoo airfield when he has taken it.

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Morning Air attack on 50th Tank Brigade, at 58,48 , near Magwe

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 214

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 17 damaged

Allied ground losses:
194 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 46 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 69 (8 destroyed, 61 disabled)



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/7/2012 2:24:41 PM   
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I wouldn't count on the nicks v DD's thing. The only air attack that has any success against light and mobile ships is dive bombing. Throwing away a bunch of Vals et al is a cheap exchange for a Fletcher or equivalent.
By the way have you encountered any Fletcher DD's yet? They are horrible machines that will tear up the IJN, the only real success I have had is with IJN CA's fighting it out in the daytime.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/7/2012 2:47:19 PM   
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We have had only one surface battle in this game, where 4 IJN DDs sank a US DD and damaged CL Honolulu.

In Downfall however, the USN DDs (of whatever class) have sunk about 5 gazillion ships with nary a scratch in return. This is the basis of my efforts.

I reckon enough Oscars and Nicks bombing at 100ft might do the trick, then let the IJN sort out the bigger fish with torps. That is assuming my opponent very kindly splits his destroyers from the rest of his ships


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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/10/2012 11:45:31 PM   
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Extreme Swarming

I was thinking about this yesterday.

Basically, you would only produce aircraft with a service rating of 1, then every single airgroup would train up on LowG and LowN as well as their primary function, with all the service rating 2+ planes which you get at game start dedicated to training (after the initial essential conquests).

You would lose any long-range naval search but ought be able to create something of a kill zone within a 8-12 hex radius at sea and 6-8 hexes on land.

The main idea behind the aerial Swarm is to be able to replace plane and pilots losses immediately and to continue doing so for an extended period. So, however strong the opposing force is you can simply overwhelm it with numbers, eventually.

I won't be experimenting in this game though. Just musing ...

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/11/2012 1:15:57 AM   
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Toungoo airfield duly demolished, 1 Oscar and 0 pilots lost ...

Some ships have been discovered unloading at Ramree Island, so let's see how the Swarm does on Naval Attack. Tojos will Sweep first since I think it's likely he will be doing LRCAP from Akyab. The ships are alleged to be DDs and APs.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/11/2012 9:11:27 PM   
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Ouchie. Complacency bites me in the bum ...

The RN sneaked into Rangoon and demolished an oil convoy. Only a single damaged E escaped, all the TKs went down. Thankfully they were only the 1,250t capacity ones but definitely a resounding defeat for the Hive.

On the plus side, the Oscars did well against the transports at Ramree, evading the small CAP with some ease.



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Night Time Surface Combat, near Rangoon at 54,53, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E Chidori
E Manazuru
E Hatsukari, Shell hits 3, on fire
E Tomozuru
TK Arima Maru #4
TK Azuma Maru #2
TK Fujisan Maru, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
TK Kanze Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
TK Kyoko Maru
TK Matsumoto Maru, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
TK Mirii Maru
TK Mitu Maru
TK Nichiei Maru, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
TK Nikkoku Maru, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
TK Shoyo Maru, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
TK Terukawa Maru, Shell hits 13, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Dauntless, Shell hits 1
CL Ceres, Shell hits 1
DD Electra
DD Encounter
DD Fortune
DD Foxhound

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends loading operations and begins to get underway
Low visibility due to Rain with 32% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 32% moonlight: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 4,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 4,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages TK Shoyo Maru at 4,000 yards
E Chidori engages CL Dauntless at 4,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Terukawa Maru at 4,000 yards
TK Shoyo Maru sunk by DD Foxhound at 4,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Nikkoku Maru at 4,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Kanze Maru at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
E Tomozuru engages CL Dauntless at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 6,000 yards
E Manazuru engages CL Dauntless at 6,000 yards
E Chidori engages DD Foxhound at 6,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Kanze Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Electra engages TK Terukawa Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Mitu Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Tomozuru at 3,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 3,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Terukawa Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Terukawa Maru at 3,000 yards
TK Nikkoku Maru sunk by DD Electra at 3,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Matsumoto Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Kanze Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Fujisan Maru at 3,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Terukawa Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 2,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Terukawa Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 2,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Terukawa Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Nichiei Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Mirii Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Matsumoto Maru at 2,000 yards
TK Fujisan Maru sunk by CL Dauntless at 2,000 yards
TK Terukawa Maru sunk by CL Ceres at 2,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 2,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Nichiei Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Kanze Maru at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Nichiei Maru at 3,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Rangoon at 54,54, Range 14,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E Chidori, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
E Manazuru, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
E Hatsukari, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
E Tomozuru, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
TK Arima Maru #4, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
TK Azuma Maru #2, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
TK Kyoko Maru, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TK Mirii Maru, Shell hits 23, and is sunk
TK Mitu Maru, Shell hits 13, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Dauntless, Shell hits 4
CL Ceres, Shell hits 3
DD Electra
DD Encounter
DD Fortune, Shell hits 1
DD Foxhound

Low visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 13,000 yards
Japanese TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Hatsukari at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Hatsukari at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Manazuru at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Chidori at 15,000 yards
DD Electra engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 15,000 yards
DD Electra engages TK Kyoko Maru at 15,000 yards
DD Electra engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 15,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 15,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages E Hatsukari at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Manazuru at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Chidori at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Mirii Maru at 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Kyoko Maru at 15,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 13,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages TK Kyoko Maru at 13,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages E Manazuru at 13,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 13,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 13,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Mirii Maru at 13,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Kyoko Maru at 13,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 13,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Tomozuru at 10,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Hatsukari at 10,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Manazuru at 10,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Chidori at 10,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Mitu Maru at 10,000 yards
DD Electra engages TK Mitu Maru at 10,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Kyoko Maru at 10,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Azuma Maru #2 at 10,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
TK Azuma Maru #2 sunk by CL Ceres at 8,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages TK Mirii Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Kyoko Maru at 8,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Chidori at 8,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Mitu Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Mirii Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Kyoko Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Electra engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 8,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Mitu Maru at 8,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 8,000 yards
E Manazuru engages CL Dauntless at 8,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Kyoko Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Mitu Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Mirii Maru at 8,000 yards
TK Kyoko Maru sunk by CL Dauntless at 8,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Arima Maru #4 at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 7,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Chidori at 7,000 yards
DD Encounter engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
E Tomozuru engages CL Dauntless at 7,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 7,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
Massive explosion on TK Mitu Maru
DD Foxhound engages TK Mitu Maru at 7,000 yards
DD Fortune engages TK Mirii Maru at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CL Ceres engages TK Mirii Maru at 8,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 8,000 yards
TK Mitu Maru sunk by DD Foxhound at 8,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Tomozuru at 10,000 yards
TK Mirii Maru sunk by CL Dauntless at 10,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages E Chidori at 10,000 yards
DD Fortune engages E Hatsukari at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Tomozuru at 7,000 yards
E Manazuru engages CL Dauntless at 7,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Manazuru at 7,000 yards
DD Fortune engages E Tomozuru at 7,000 yards
DD Encounter engages E Tomozuru at 7,000 yards
DD Electra engages E Manazuru at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Tomozuru at 5,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Manazuru at 5,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Manazuru at 5,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 5,000 yards
DD Encounter engages E Manazuru at 5,000 yards
DD Electra engages E Chidori at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Tomozuru at 4,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Hatsukari at 4,000 yards
DD Foxhound engages E Chidori at 4,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 4,000 yards
DD Encounter engages E Hatsukari at 4,000 yards
E Hatsukari sunk by DD Electra at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Tomozuru at 5,000 yards
DD Fortune engages E Manazuru at 5,000 yards
DD Encounter engages E Manazuru at 5,000 yards
DD Electra engages E Manazuru at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
E Tomozuru sunk by CL Ceres at 7,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 7,000 yards
DD Fortune engages E Manazuru at 7,000 yards
DD Encounter engages E Chidori at 7,000 yards
DD Electra engages E Manazuru at 7,000 yards
Hewitt, J.G. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Manazuru at 6,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Manazuru at 6,000 yards
DD Electra engages E Manazuru at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CL Ceres engages E Chidori at 13,000 yards
DD Fortune engages E Chidori at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 20,000 yards
CL Dauntless engages E Chidori at 20,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 54,48

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 25

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIb Trop x 2
Kittyhawk III x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
xAP Largs Bay, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Moreton Bay, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Arawa, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 plane(s) with no ordnance
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.111 Sqn RCAF with Kittyhawk III (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Raid is overhead
No.136 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 17000
Raid is overhead

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/12/2012 8:32:50 PM   
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A great day, the first Ki-43 IIb Oscar has rolled off the production lines at Gifu.

Otherwise not much happening.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/14/2012 6:17:47 PM   
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Busy busy ... I've finally worked out that the way to drain Resources out of a place is to use lots of small TFs not a few big ones



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/14/2012 6:36:34 PM   
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I almost ran out of resources at Shikuka and in all of Hokkaido in June and had to take one TF for each offline using lots of small ones like this.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/14/2012 7:43:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Saros
By the way have you encountered any Fletcher DD's yet? They are horrible machines that will tear up the IJN, the only real success I have had is with IJN CA's fighting it out in the daytime.


Fletchers are flippin' awesome, probably my favourite Allied unit of all.

38 knot speed and tooled to bear.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/14/2012 8:19:39 PM   
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Regarding anti DD measures, I have now converted 6 LB airgroups over to Nicks which are all training up in LowN then Staf. A total of 171 planes.

Should be ready to go in about 6 months.


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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/15/2012 3:20:30 PM   
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Banzai!

I decided to stage a little disuasion raid at Hollandia, just to take the edge of his enthusiasm for advancing.

The 4 fast CVs of the KB sortied from Ulithi and did the business, with a bit of help from long-range Nells at Ambon ...

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 93,116

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M3 Nell x 24

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
APD Manley, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Little
xAP John Adams, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Kota Agoeng
xAP John C. Fremont, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
APD McKean

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

CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 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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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Hollandia at 93,116

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 110 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 68
B5N2 Kate x 68
D3A1 Val x 80

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
YMS-114, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP John C. Fremont, Bomb hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Kota Agoeng, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
APD Little, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD McKean, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Colhoun, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Lamson, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
YMS-113, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Gregory, Bomb hits 7, and is sunk
DD Drayton, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP John Adams, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAP Kota Baroe, Bomb hits 9, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
YMS-133, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet
17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
7 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet
13 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
3 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 22000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Gregory
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP John Adams
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Little
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Kota Baroe
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Drayton
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Lamson

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/15/2012 4:06:26 PM   
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I was particularly pleased with how effective the 60kg bombs were, since this is the same weapon that the Zero deploys on naval attack.

Meanwhile, over in the fantasy world of the Japanese economy, as of today there are over 1 million HI points in the pool. Enough for some 27,000 single engine fighters.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/15/2012 10:14:16 PM   
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Preview of next turn ...

There is a whole bunch of shipping at Akyab, "DDs" and "APs" again. This is also where the P-38s live. So, as an experiment I have put the entire Swarm on naval attack at 100ft with a 8 hex range. Assuming the weather plays ball, let's see what up to 500 x 30kg bombs can do to this agglomeration of shipping. The airfields involved are Rangoon, Pegu & Chiang Mai, which are all 8 hexes from Akyab.

This is definitely a high risk operation. I am possibly slightly gung ho after last turn's very successful attack at Hollandia, but at the very least it ought to prove a couple of negatives :-)



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/18/2012 1:23:56 AM   
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Two days later and the blooming weather has prevented any attacks at all in Burma. Arse ...

Otherwise not much happening except Rangoon and Truk have received some ineffective night airfield attacks by 4Es.

Upon perusing the Ground Reinforcement list I see that I soon start to receive some militia units in Malaya, Luzon and Java. This means that I can free up a few real ground units for Mindanao and the vicinity, which I increasingly believe is where the first Decisive Battle will be fought. This is due to both the shape of the battlefield and my opponent's actions and occasional comments. A whole bunch of IJAAF Bns will also arrive over the next month or so, which is very necessary.

Luzon is already reasonably well-garrisoned, with a full division at Manila (Port 7+, AF 5, Forts 6+) and the 65th Brigade at Clark Field (AF 8, Forts 5+), plus base forces, arty, eng, flak etc. This provides a reasonable backstop for a substantial naval commitment, the missing bit is the av support and combat LCUs on Mindanao itself. I cannot Swarm there, yet.

In about two month's time I should be able to deploy around 200 ship-killing Nicks, and if necessary I will augment this with currently idle Oscar swarmers from northern China. They can be in the Philippines in two days.


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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/21/2012 10:55:38 PM   
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We are currently in stasis mode i.e. not much happening.

Here is the Nick Swarm training up at Clark Field.



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Stasis continues. Perhaps the Allies are doing Christmas or something ...

Looking at the production stats, I feel it is ungentlemanly to keep more than 1m HI points in the pool, so I have decided to increase Naval Shipyards a bit in order to consume some of the excess. Contrary to what I said earlier the Yamatos might even get built, but purely as a vanity project and only to be used in the Home Islands during the end-game. They are not being constructed yet though, the current priorities are the Akitsuki and Shimakaze class DDs, which are on accel.

Ki-43 IIb Oscar production is now going full tilt. I received 12 today, which was nice. This aircraft really is the most important thing in the arsenal, at least until it becomes superceded by the Ki-43 IIIa, but that is a long way off.

The A6M3a Zero is also ramping up too now, albeit at a slower pace. This is also a superb plane, since it can combine drop tanks with ordnance and as a result is able to deliver 2 x 60kg bombs out to 12 hexes. The only problem is the paltry number of IJN airgroups that you get in comparison to the IJAAF.


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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/25/2012 1:14:15 AM   
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Happy Christmas to all!

Now, an aside about small bombs ...

There is no such thing as a small bomb - 60kg is 134lbs and 30kg is 62lbs. Try hefting that sort of weight around for a few hours and see how you feel.

This game is all about targeting, or perhaps a better word is "delivery". Every single weapons system can be effective in the right circumstances.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 4/29/2012 1:23:10 AM   
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Stasis continues.

I have noticed that Port Hedland is being built up, so some Glen-equipped subs have been despatched to take a look. This area is my weak spot so I must be careful.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/2/2012 1:56:13 AM   
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Happy New Year!

I have just started using Tracker again. It informs me that the Home Islands industry has stockpiles as follows:-

Resources - 99 days
Oil - 262 days
Fuel - 264 days

This is quite surprising, since I have been rather lax at shipping Fuel and Oil back but neurotic when it comes to Resources. Indeed more fuel has gone to the Pacific islands than to Japan.

A bit of an Achilles heel perhaps? His subs have sunk several Resource-carrying xAKs since I stopped escorting them, and as of next turn their torpedoes will start working much better.


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It's 1943. My opponent and I have agreed that this year is likely to see more action, the only question is where. China and Burma certainly, elsewhere who knows ...

There are loads of DDs and Es to upgrade. Some of these are stuck out in the Pacific at various places, so I have sent them to Manila to do the business. It's probably not as close as Yokohama or Nagoya but I don't need to set waypoints and it also means I can re-direct them to the DEI or Singapore if necessary.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/4/2012 11:01:34 PM   
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A nice day. Two old British CLs and a DD turned up at Rangoon, presumably to bombard.

This is what happened ...

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Rangoon at 54,53

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 90

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 5 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Capetown, Shell hits 3, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Caradoc, Shell hits 3, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Inconstant, Shell hits 5, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
41 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
36 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
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Both cruisers went down.

The LowN skill of the pilots is around 20-30 and the exp is 60-70.

This basically means that without a CAP any ship which isn't a battleship can be sunk or disabled by the Swarm. So, very good news.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/5/2012 3:43:41 PM   
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Things are hotting up ...

In Burma, a large armour-heavy stack is moving out from Toungoo. I would guess that Pegu is the destination, being a clear hex. Therefore I am moving in some AT guns from Moulmein and Rangoon to bolster the defence.

Let's see how the Swarm deals with these cheeky intruders in the meantime.



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There is also a Chinese offensive in the North. Both Loyang and Nanyang are infested with hordes, which I am bombing. A DA at Nanyang failed with 1-2 odds.



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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/6/2012 4:49:50 PM   
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Ouchie. The Swarm loses 54 planes and 45 pilots for essentially no result.

While painful, this has not dented the Swarm in a meaningful way. There are now 540 fighters in the Burma/Thailand area, all with trained pilots. I will just wait until the Britishers venture into an unfortified clear hex before pulling the trigger again.

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Afternoon Air attack on 50th Tank Brigade, at 57,50 (Toungoo)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 78
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 36
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 47 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 9 destroyed by flak
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 9 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 11 destroyed by flak

Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
36 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
28 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
30 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 50th Tank Brigade ...
Also attacking 24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment ...



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The Swarm in 1945

I ran some tests using Downfall with Oscars on low-level Naval Attack against some Essex class CVs.

OK so there is no CAP, but even so I think this is quite encouraging. You don't need to throw away entire airgroups by converting them to Kamikaze, just let the individual pilots decide if and when they want to die for the Emperor.

Over the subsequent two days the entire CV task force was sunk, with about a 60% loss rate to the Oscar airgroups.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 04, 45
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Amami Oshima at 98,64

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 98

Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 3 destroyed, 36 damaged
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 33 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
     DD Crane, Shell hits 3, Kamikaze hits 1,  on fire
     DD Kane, Bomb hits 1,  on fire
     CV Essex, Bomb hits 6, Kamikaze hits 2,  heavy fires
     CV Franklin
     DD Humphreys, Shell hits 1, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
     DD Hatfield
     CV Bunker Hill, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 2,  on fire
     CV Intrepid, Kamikaze hits 2,  on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
     37 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
     37 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..
Hida R. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming DD Crane
Banzai! - Hida D. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Banzai! - Hidaka O. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Hidaka O. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Essex
Banzai! - Kaguyama P. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Banzai! - Miyauchi G. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Banzai! - Kabase E. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Hyakutake C. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Intrepid

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/6/2012 5:11:02 PM   
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Ouchie. The Swarm loses 54 planes and 45 pilots for essentially no result.

While painful, this has not dented the Swarm in a meaningful way. There are now 540 fighters in the Burma/Thailand area, all with trained pilots. I will just wait until the Britishers venture into an unfortified clear hex before pulling the trigger again.

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Afternoon Air attack on 50th Tank Brigade, at 57,50 (Toungoo)

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 78
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 36
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 47 damaged
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 9 destroyed by flak
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 9 damaged
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 11 destroyed by flak

Allied ground losses:
29 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
36 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
28 x Ki-43-IIb Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
30 x Ki-43-IIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 50th Tank Brigade ...
Also attacking 24th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment ...




Did you set the fighters to 100ft or did they voluntarily drop down? 1000ft would still give you good bombing results but maybe fewer losses if they stay at that height.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/6/2012 5:15:22 PM   
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I always manually set them to 100ft. You may have a point though.

The other post is much more significant BTW :-)

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quote:

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The Swarm in 1945

I ran some tests using Downfall with Oscars on low-level Naval Attack against some Essex class CVs.

OK so there is no CAP, but even so I think this is quite encouraging. You don't need to throw away entire airgroups by converting them to Kamikaze, just let the individual pilots decide if and when they want to die for the Emperor.

Over the subsequent two days the entire CV task force was sunk, with about a 60% loss rate to the Oscar airgroups.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 04, 45
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Amami Oshima at 98,64

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 20 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 98

Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 3 destroyed, 36 damaged
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 33 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
     DD Crane, Shell hits 3, Kamikaze hits 1,  on fire
     DD Kane, Bomb hits 1,  on fire
     CV Essex, Bomb hits 6, Kamikaze hits 2,  heavy fires
     CV Franklin
     DD Humphreys, Shell hits 1, Bomb hits 2,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
     DD Hatfield
     CV Bunker Hill, Shell hits 2, Bomb hits 2,  on fire
     CV Intrepid, Kamikaze hits 2,  on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
     37 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
     37 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 100 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..
Hida R. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming DD Crane
Banzai! - Hida D. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Banzai! - Hidaka O. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Hidaka O. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Essex
Banzai! - Kaguyama P. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Banzai! - Miyauchi G. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Banzai! - Kabase E. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Hyakutake C. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Intrepid



It's great to see they'll hit the CVs and other ships WITHOUT being set to kami as groups. I wonder how many Oscars you'll build (and lose) for the war? Quite a few I'm thinking!

I'd be interested to se this test at 1,000ft as well. I'm not sure but it seems like you might get fewer flak losses and maybe just as many or more hits as a result. But I am just guessing, so it would be great to see actual tests. And then with CAP as well. I know Nemo in his late war AAR had some good results with Oscars as dedicated kami groups.

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RE: The Hive - Cruft Scen 2 PBEM (Japan) - 5/6/2012 6:32:51 PM   
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Here you go. A test at 1,000ft ...

I doubled the number of Oscars but reduced their exp/skill from around 80 to between 60 and 75. The CVs also got some proper CLAA and Fletcher class DDs as escorts in a full 15 ship TF.

The results are interesting. Three CVs down for 70 planes lost. Not a bad trade at all.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Sep 02, 45
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Amami Oshima at 98,64

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar x 189

Japanese aircraft losses
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 9 destroyed, 31 damaged
     Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 27 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
     CV Essex, Bomb hits 8, Kamikaze hits 1,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
     CV Intrepid, Bomb hits 12,  heavy fires
     CV Franklin, Bomb hits 7, Kamikaze hits 5,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
     CV Bunker Hill, Bomb hits 4,  on fire
     CLAA San Juan, Bomb hits 2,  on fire
     DD Black
     CLAA Oakland, Bomb hits 5,  heavy fires,  heavy damage
     CLAA San Diego, Bomb hits 1
     DD Bennion, Bomb hits 1,  heavy fires
     DD Beale

Aircraft Attacking:
     39 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 1000 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
     36 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 1000 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
     41 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 1000 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
     44 x Ki-43-IIIa Oscar bombing from 1000 feet
              Naval Attack:  2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..
Ammo storage explosion on CV Franklin
Gushi K. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Franklin
Massive explosion on CV Franklin
Hidaka F. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Franklin
Ammo storage explosion on CV Franklin
Ammo storage explosion on CV Bunker Hill
Banzai! - Shibayama A. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Shibayama A. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Essex
Ryuzaki F. gives his life for the Emperor by ramming CV Franklin
Banzai! - Ginowa H. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Intrepid
Fuel storage explosion on CV Essex
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Indomitable class CV
Ammo storage explosion on CV Essex
Banzai! - Ban S. in a Ki-43-IIIa Oscar is willing to die for the Emperor

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