Arnhem
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30 May 1942 Heading off to work so I'll just post the combat reports, will go through in details later on in the day. Upshot of it seems that for the outright loss of Saratoga and probably Enterprise I've hurt CTG bad, hopefully I've taken at least an equal number of decks. Mouseover shows at least 6 CV type ships. To add to that, Tabi now comes into play, it's a level 3 AF and I bet my last dollar every serviceable KB plane is now flying off it. Both sides are a long way from home, there are lots of hurt ships out there, I've lost at least a third of my airgroups, I'm low on gas, don't smoke, it's dark and I'm wearing sunglasses. Attacks are in sequence.  Morning Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 135,134 Weather in hex: Light cloud Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 30 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 93 B5N2 Kate x 55 D3A1 Val x 40 Allied aircraft F4F3 Wildcat x 40 F4F4 Wildcat x 28 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed B5N2 Kate: 10 damaged B5N2 Kate: 4 destroyed by flak D3A1 Val: 7 damaged D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses F4F3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed F4F4 Wildcat: 4 destroyed Allied Ships BB Mississippi, Bomb hits 1 BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage BB Colorado, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage BB Idaho, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk DD Woodworth BB New Mexico, Torpedo hits 2 Aircraft Attacking: 8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 24 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 9 x D3A1 Val bombing from 16000 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF2 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 14 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes VF3 with F4F3 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes VF42 with F4F4 Wildcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 10 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes VF6 with F4F3 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes VF8 with F4F3 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes  Morning Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 135,134 Weather in hex: Light cloud Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 13 minutes Japanese aircraft B5N2 Kate x 9 Allied aircraft F4F3 Wildcat x 26 F4F4 Wildcat x 16 Japanese aircraft losses B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VF2 with F4F4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 62 minutes VF3 with F4F3 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10300 and 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 93 minutes VF42 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7620 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VF6 with F4F3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes VF8 with F4F3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10180 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 135,135 Weather in hex: Moderate rain Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 30 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 78 B5N1 Kate x 32 B5N2 Kate x 119 D3A1 Val x 136 Allied aircraft F4F3A Wildcat x 36 F4F3 Wildcat x 68 F4F4 Wildcat x 38 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2 Zero: 7 destroyed B5N1 Kate: 5 damaged B5N1 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak B5N2 Kate: 4 destroyed, 23 damaged B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed by flak D3A1 Val: 8 destroyed, 13 damaged D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses F4F3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed F4F4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed Allied Ships CA Minneapolis, Bomb hits 2 CV Enterprise, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage DD Walke CV Saratoga, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk CLAA Atlanta, Bomb hits 1, on fire CL St. Louis CA Chester, Torpedo hits 2, on fire DD Dunlap CA Pensacola, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires CA Astoria, Bomb hits 1, on fire CA San Francisco CL Phoenix DD Sims DD Hughes DD Anderson, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage Aircraft Attacking: 7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 20 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 10 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 21 x D3A1 Val bombing from 16000 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 17 x D3A1 Val bombing from 16000 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 21 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 11 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 21 x D3A1 Val bombing from 16000 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 22 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 5 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 14 x D3A1 Val bombing from 16000 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 14 x B5N1 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 16 x B5N1 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp 5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF2 with F4F4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes VF3 with F4F3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VF42 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes VF6 with F4F3 Wildcat (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 20000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes VF8 with F4F3 Wildcat (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes VMF111 with F4F3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VMF121 with F4F3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes VMF211 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes VMF212 with F4F3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes VMF221 with F4F3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 7 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Enterprise Fuel storage explosion on CV Saratoga  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Arorae at 138,138 Weather in hex: Partial cloud Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 15 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 67 Allied aircraft F4F3 Wildcat x 30 F4F4 Wildcat x 19 SBD3 Dauntless x 168 TBD1 Devastator x 60 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses F4F3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed F4F4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed SBD3 Dauntless: 5 destroyed, 7 damaged SBD3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak TBD1 Devastator: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged TBD1 Devastator: 1 destroyed by flak Japanese Ships CA Takao, Bomb hits 2, on fire CV Kaga, Bomb hits 8, on fire BB Haruna, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk CV Akagi, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage CV Shokaku CA Myoko, Bomb hits 2, on fire CV Junyo, Bomb hits 7, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage CV Zuikaku, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage BB Fuso, Bomb hits 8, on fire CV Soryu, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage CV Hiryu, Bomb hits 3 CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires CL Yubari, Bomb hits 2 CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 1, on fire BB Hiei, Bomb hits 1 CA Haguro BB Yamashiro DD Maikaze DD Kazegumo Aircraft Attacking: 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 9 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 10 x TBD1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp. 5 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 8 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 11 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 15 x TBD1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp. 6 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 10 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 15 x TBD1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp. 11 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb 14 x TBD1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp. 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 8 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 10 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 10 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 8 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 8 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 9 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 6 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 4 x SBD3 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb CAP engaged: Chitose Ku S1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 16000 Raid is overhead Akagi1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes Kaga1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes Soryu1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes Hiryu1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes 3 planes vectored on to bombers Shokaku1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes 3 planes vectored on to bombers Zuikaku1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes Junyo1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes Zuiho1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 19000 and 22000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes Fuel storage explosion on CV Junyo Fuel storage explosion on CV Soryu Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Kaga Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Soryu Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVL Shoho Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Akagi Ammo storage explosion on CV Zuikaku Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Zuikaku Magazine explodes on BB Haruna Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Hiryu class CV  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Arorae at 138,138 Weather in hex: Partial cloud Raid detected at 23 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 12 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 47 Allied aircraft TBD1 Devastator x 15 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses TBD1 Devastator: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged Japanese Ships CV Akagi, heavy fires, heavy damage Aircraft Attacking: 3 x TBD1 Devastator launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp. CAP engaged: Chitose Ku S1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters to 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes Akagi1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes Kaga1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 24000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes Soryu1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes Hiryu1 with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 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 12000 and 21000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 71 minutes Shokaku1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes Zuikaku1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 19000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes Junyo1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 20000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes Zuiho1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 21000 and 23000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
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