Sorry for the long delay, people, exchange rate went low in the recent weeks as one of my daughters was ill and I had lots of difficulty concentrating on anything, game or work. Which ouf course meant less time for the game when she was back home and I needed to catch up with the work. The game has reached the end of October, now, so here is some catch up information.
October 21st 1942
My Helen squadrons are reporting a few hits every day. Today, SS Amberjack, patrolling off the coast of Japan, and attacked yesterday by sub chasers, was hit and is reported as sunk. It might be so, or not, but it is nice anyway.
In Ontong Java, an enemy submarine, S-41, sank an unloading cargo, but got a couple of hits in return. Near Milne Bay, I-41 was attacked by three destroyers, and failed to torpedo them.
Eleven to seven today, more of the same. We shot down a couple British planes over Burma, Wellingtons, mostly, and lost more zeroes over Rabaul.
The Judy 1 advanced research to December. I am moving the factories to the next model, and will have 500 engines in the bank in a few days.
Next month should be interesting, as the Tony, A6M5 and Oscar IIb are entering production. I have lots of repaired factory reading to begin production. Then in December, we get the Judy, Sally IIb and TojoIIb, and in January the Nick Ic (Ib is a non event with PDU off) and Lilly IIb.
October 22nd 1942
The Hiryu is beginning upgrade in Tokyo. This is the last summer 42 upgrade for KB. I have not been very serious about upgrading my navy, and should work on that in the upcoming turns.
In Trinkat, SS Truant sank a light cargo, but got sunk in return. Like S-41 yesterday, I suspect my opponent gave him a much too aggressive commander, who tried to finish off my merchant ship in the face of two enemy destroyers.
In Kirakira, an unloading light cargo was sunk by Dauntlesses from Ndeni. We’ll have a CAP trap someday…
Air losses were four to five, today.
Finally, my opponent attacked on the road to Akyab. He has 880 AV, but my reinforced division, now under level two field forts, and with tanks, held.
Ground combat at 55,46 (near Akyab)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 22734 troops, 456 guns, 443 vehicles, Assault Value = 887
Defending force 15070 troops, 159 guns, 239 vehicles, Assault Value = 525
Allied adjusted assault: 275
Japanese adjusted defense: 623
Allied assault odds: 1 to 2
Japanese ground losses:
227 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 53 (4 destroyed, 49 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
1651 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 215 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 30 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 37 disabled
Guns lost 44 (5 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (1 destroyed, 13 disabled)
My tanks are a few hexes away, and this is probably the last enemy attempt to take this hex. Initiative is shifting, in Burma.
October 23rd 1942
KB tried a sneak raid on Rossel island, where an enemy build-up is taking place. Unfortunately, only two Val squadrons managed to fly, part because of bad settings, part because of the weather, and we barely managed to hit CA Australia a couple of times. She’s probably damaged, but not very much, unfortunately.
I will try another attack tomorrow, but I suspect those ships will escape, and the bad weather will probably not help.
A bad day today. Sweeps over Lae destroyed a dozen Zeroes, and Warhawks 40-K were quite effective over Akyab, for a change. I lost 38 planes, mostly fighters, to six enemies, on no really large engagement, just a bad day, as I said.
My plane pools are quite fine, but I’m getting low on pilots. I need to reorganize my training
October 24th 1942
Not much to report today. I lost six planes to one enemy, Lae was bombed, but I had no planes there, and with troops under cover and behind forts, the enemy is mostly wasting his bombs.
Today, with 27 B17 and as many B24 and B25, only one non combat squad was disabled, and two B17 were damaged. Maybe I should just let him bomb, after all…
As expected, the Australian navy managed to escape KB, and nothing was found around Rossel Island.
October 25th 1942
More of the same… A dutch sub was damaged in Dili, and cargo sunk by bombers from Darwin. Enemy bombers tried to attack Rangoon, but I had CAP there, and of a squadron of 11 Hudsons, no plane returned to base. I lost 8 planes to 15 enemies, overall.
October 26th 1942
I lost four planes to eight enemy, not hardly as bloody as I’d like, but still a decent ratio. Very little is happening. My opponents loses a few planes over Burma, my Chinese troops are marching in, the Allies are bombing New Guinea, for little effect, and KB has retired safely from the sub infested waters near the Solomons.
October 27th 1942
Today was our weekly raid on Rabaul. P-38F 32k feet sweeps managed to shoot down quite a few Zeroes, I need to fly higher, but we did shoot a good number of them, and a handful of B17 and B24. I now have a squadron of Nicks, which seem to make a difference.
This final tally was 29 japanese to 17 allies, still not excellent but better than what I used to have. I doubt there will be a follow up strike tomorrow, as fatigue is probably high already.
Near Akyab, the British bombarded my troops, with little effect, but this might suggest an attack is due soon. My tank reinforcements are two days away, if my opponent waits one more day, he is in for a bad surprise. Bombers in Rangoon are in alert, as enemy battleships might decide to bombard the hex.
Near the Home Islands, a US submarine was sunk by Helens. The ASW war is going well, with two reported sinking per week.
October 28th 1942
Akyab was calm today. No bombardment task force sailed in, the british didn’t attack, and my troops will be reinforced.
Near Dili, four destroyers sailing to intercept an enemy submarine near Babar were found by Dauntlesses from Darwin. I had forgotten to LRCAP them from Dili, which is silly, and a destroyer was sunk. The rest will probably escape. I am trying to set up a CAP trap tomorrow, but I doubt my opponent will fall for it.
Plane losses were five to six. I’m not complaining.