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RE: 7 August 1942 - 2/9/2013 1:55:27 AM   
Arnhem


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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

Nice job on that landing - you nailed most of his AMCs! Too bad your surface force wasn't able to get torpedo hits.
Grayback's score was the largest single vessel yet sunk by your subs. Nice way to get on the scoreboard!

Wondering how much he managed to land and how disrupted they are. Hope your troops can hold out - it looks like the IJA will not get much supply with their additional troops!




I didn't get any of the transports though, too many ships screening the squishys. With that many number of ships unloading at the same time he's got to have quite a bit of supply to supply the warm bodies he's put ashore. I have no doubt Ndeni will fall, now it's just a question of making him pay dearly for it.

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RE: 7 August 1942 - 2/9/2013 6:14:10 AM   
Arnhem


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After sleeping on it for the night I've decided to concentrate my efforts where I could get the most return. A mid-ocean intercept is not a given and I don't want to be within range of KB's airgroups came daybreak.

Accordingly I've detached 4 New Orleans CAs together with 2 Brooklyns and accompanying DDs to raid Ndeni before withdrawing to Efate. The 2 Yorktowns withdraw to Suva as planned to replace airgroup losses. In view of the presence of KB the Brits will come up to Noumea to top up their bunkers and see what the next turn brings. Wasp also comes out of the Sydney yards the next turn and will depart for the battle area immediately with her accompanying escorts. I've also stripped PH of cruisers and destroyers and sent them to Suva, these will replace the current screen of the Yorktowns which would allow me to get stand down some of the more worn out ships for repairs.

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8 August 1942 - 2/12/2013 12:21:47 AM   
Arnhem


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8 August 1942

China
We trade punches at Tienshui, will sit there and take the hits from here on.

Ground combat at Tienshui (81,38)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 29966 troops, 298 guns, 88 vehicles, Assault Value = 905
Defending force 19246 troops, 89 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 423
Japanese adjusted assault: 333
Allied adjusted defense: 319
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
3071 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 342 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Guns lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
835 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 43 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 13 (3 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Assaulting units:
13th Tank Regiment
10th Division
24th Division
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
3rd Chinese Corps
57th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
7th Group Army
34th Group Army

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Ground combat at Tienshui (81,38)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 15705 troops, 85 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 354
Defending force 27502 troops, 297 guns, 158 vehicles, Assault Value = 631
Allied adjusted assault: 40
Japanese adjusted defense: 1609
Allied assault odds: 1 to 40

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
131 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
244 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
57th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
7th Group Army
34th Group Army

Defending units:
13th Tank Regiment
10th Division
24th Division
11th Field Artillery Regiment


SOPAC
The USN STF runs into Ndeni in the dead of night, surprises and lays waste to a mining TF before annoying the main invasion TF and bugging out south for safer waters.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,144, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E7K2 Alf: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CM Tokiwa, Shell hits 19, and is sunk
CM Tsugaru, Shell hits 9, on fire, heavy damage
CM Okinoshima, Shell hits 25, and is sunk
CM Kyosai, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
CM Ukishima, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
CM Takashima, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
CM Wakataka, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
CA Northampton
CA New Orleans
CA Minneapolis
CA Vincennes
CL Honolulu
CL Phoenix
DD Buchanan
DD Helm
DD Gridley, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Maury
DD Cushing
DD Perkins

Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 10% moonlight: 10,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 10,000 yards

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Hiei
BB Kirishima, Shell hits 1
BB Nagato
BB Yamato, Shell hits 3
BB Fuso, Shell hits 2
BB Yamashiro
BB Ise, Shell hits 1
BB Hyuga
AV Akitsushima
CA Haguro
CA Nachi
CA Ashigara
CA Aoba
CA Furutaka, Shell hits 2
CA Kako, Shell hits 1
CL Kashima
APD Nadakaze
APD Tade
E Chidori
E Hatsukari
E Tomozuru
DMS W-13
DMS W-14
SC Ch 7
SC Ch 9
AK Hirokawa Maru
AV Kamikawa Maru
AV Kimikawa Maru
AV Kiyokawa Maru, heavy damage
AK Sado Maru
AV Sagara Maru
AV Sanuki Maru
AK Sasako Maru
AK Kinka Maru
AK Kyushu Maru
AK Tosan Maru, heavy damage
AK Arima Maru
AMC Awata Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
AK Awazisan Maru, Shell hits 1
AK Yamasimo Maru
AMC Kiyosumi Maru
xAP Brazil Maru
xAP Argentina Maru
xAP Hakone Maru
xAP Hakozaki Maru
xAP Hakusan Maru
xAP Kashima Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CA Northampton
CA New Orleans
CA Minneapolis, Shell hits 1
CA Vincennes
CL Honolulu, Shell hits 1
CL Phoenix
DD Buchanan
DD Helm
DD Gridley, on fire
DD Maury
DD Cushing
DD Perkins

Japanese ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 10% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 10% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 12,000 yards


In the end though despite my hopes that Ndeni would hold out for a turn or two it fell...

Ground combat at Ndeni (120,143)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 26290 troops, 266 guns, 76 vehicles, Assault Value = 801
Defending force 10198 troops, 237 guns, 238 vehicles, Assault Value = 162
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2
Japanese adjusted assault: 936
Allied adjusted defense: 97
Japanese assault odds: 9 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Ndeni !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 9 destroyed
Vildebeest IV: 2 destroyed
F4F-3A Wildcat: 4 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
565 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 48 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 16 (1 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
9043 casualties reported
Squads: 146 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 520 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 116 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 319 (319 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 311 (311 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 10

Assaulting units:
19th Division
23rd Division

Defending units:
102nd(Sep) Infantry Regiment
193rd Tank Battalion
43rd Construction Regiment
802nd Aviation Engineer Battalion
3rd Base Group
97th Field Artillery Battalion
1st Marine Defense Battalion
64th Coast AA Regiment
208th Coast AA Regiment
11th MAG




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9 August 1942 - 2/12/2013 12:39:53 AM   
Arnhem


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9 August 1942

China
I have to bring engineers in from elsewhere in China or from India, either way, the Japanese are here to stay at Tsuyung.

Ground combat at Tsuyung (68,46)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 23982 troops, 191 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 721
Defending force 7737 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 231
Allied adjusted assault: 290
Japanese adjusted defense: 700
Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
204 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Allied ground losses:
827 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 124 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Assaulting units:
54th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps

Defending units:
1st Raiding Regiment
56th Engineer Regiment
2nd Raiding Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
15th JAAF AF Bn

Sub War
I have half a dozen subs in the waters in and around Ndeni, they do sterling work picking up TFs that run over them but can't get into position to take shots at the invasion transports, that doesn't mean they don't make their presence felt though.

Whale sinks DMS W-9 while Sealion claims DD Akigumo

Allied Sub killboard
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Kano Maru (5,935t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Greyback - xAP Kachidochi Maru (8,410t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truant - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
K X - xAK Azuma Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Trigger - TK Nissan Maru (1,120t)
Sealion - TK Moji Maru (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)
Whale - DMS W-9 (750t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
DD Akigumo (torp hit 1, fire/hvy dmg, 09/08/42-near Truk 112,104 - Sealion

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10 August 1942 - 2/12/2013 12:46:41 AM   
Arnhem


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10 August 1942

China
Tienshui soaks up another attack and a nasty surprise as a mega stack materialises at Tuyun behind the Changsha-Nanning line. Well, not really a surprise I guess, I should have kept my lines unbroken as a trip wire. It's most probably the stack at struck near Nanning and disappeared, guess it went north instead of south.

Ground combat at Tienshui (81,38)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 27638 troops, 298 guns, 159 vehicles, Assault V1alue = 640
Defending force 18402 troops, 85 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 335
Japanese adjusted assault: 298
Allied adjusted defense: 265
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1066 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 109 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled

Allied ground losses:
735 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Assaulting units:
13th Tank Regiment
10th Division
24th Division
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
57th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
18th Group Army
3rd Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
34th Group Army

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Ground combat at Tuyun (74,51)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 2577 troops, 169 guns, 81 vehicles, Assault Value = 607
Defending force 5347 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 111

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

Assaulting units:
104th Division
56th Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Brigade
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
52nd Infantry Brigade
15th Division
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
23rd Army
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
13th Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps


SOPAC
My 4Es have been detailed to bomb Ndeni airfield in a bid to close it but they haven't been flying for 2 days straight now due to weather conditions, it's frustrating because mouseover shows well over 100 fighters and 50 odd bombers on the airfield now and while it's showing some service damage it's operational.

A good thing then that CTG doesn't have an air HQ on the island yet. Thing is Ndeni is further from Lunga than it is from Luganville, I intend to bleed CTG in the process of his trying to keep Ndeni operational.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 97 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3 Zero x 3
G3M2 Nell x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 23
P-40E Warhawk x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
A6M3 Zero: 1 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
BC Repulse
CA Cornwall
BB Prince of Wales

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
8th FG/36th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
58th FG/68th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
8th FG/80th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

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11-12 August 1942 - 2/16/2013 7:09:26 PM   
Arnhem


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11-12 August 1942

China
Tuyun falls to a shock attack, it's a nasty looking stack but he's behind enemy lines and dependent on resupply by air, I'm not stripping any units from the Nanning-Changsha line just yet but I am moving reserves to the area to see what his next move will be.

Ground combat at Tuyun (74,51)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 31664 troops, 463 guns, 133 vehicles, Assault Value = 607
Defending force 5333 troops, 18 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 110
Japanese adjusted assault: 1555
Allied adjusted defense: 61
Japanese assault odds: 25 to 1 (fort level 2)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Tuyun !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
513 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2024 casualties reported
Squads: 35 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 49 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 9 (4 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
58th Infantry Brigade
104th Division
52nd Infantry Brigade
56th Infantry Brigade
15th Division
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
23rd Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps


SOPAC
The SAG centred on Prince of Wales and Repulse pulled into Luganville on the 11th, it was promptly attacked by an I-boat but luckily no hits were sustained and the I-boat got smacked around by the screen for its trouble. My own search planes picked out KB at Ndeni along with at least 1 other TF. PoW and friend were sent on a night run into Ndeni to see what trouble they could find.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu
CV Shokaku, Shell hits 3, on fire
CVL Shoho, Shell hits 1
CVL Zuiho, Shell hits 1
CVL Ryuho
CVE Hosho, Shell hits 1
CVE Unyo
CA Chikuma
CL Yura
CL Tama
CL Kiso
DD Kazegumo
DD Oshio
DD Michishio
DD Arashio
DD Shiratsuyu
DD Murasame
DD Harusame, Shell hits 1
DD Yudachi
DD Samidare
DD Hatsuyuki

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 1
BC Repulse
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 2
CA Exeter, Shell hits 2
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Stronghold, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Decoy
DD Encounter
DD Inconstant

Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
Japanese TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 9,000 yards


I think this was an unnecessary risk of KB with opposing major surface combatants so close, especially since he knew I was around the neigbourhood and well within striking range. Shokaku was hit by at least 1 main gun round from PoW and I think another main gun round from one of the CAs. Tracker is reporting her sunk but that's a little too optimistic methinks.

The Brits then engage a covering force of cruisers before withdrawing for Luganville before sun up.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Atago
CA Mogami
CA Suzuya
CA Kumano, Shell hits 1
CL Nagara, Shell hits 4, on fire
CL Isuzu, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Kisaragi
DD Yayoi
DD Uzuki
DD Mochizuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Asakaze
DD Hokaze

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 1
BC Repulse, Shell hits 1
CA Cornwall, on fire
CA Exeter, Shell hits 3
DD Isaac Sweers
DD Stronghold, on fire
DD Decoy
DD Encounter, Shell hits 1
DD Inconstant

Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards


Netties pay the TF a visit in the morning but CAP does it's job.


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Severe storms
Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 43
A6M3 Zero x 3
G3M2 Nell x 28
G4M1 Betty x 9
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 20
P-40E Warhawk x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 12 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 8 destroyed, 8 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 7 destroyed by flak
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BC Repulse
BB Prince of Wales

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
2 x A6M3 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet
7 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
3 x Ki-45 KAIa Nick sweeping at 8000 feet
1 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 5000 feet
7 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 12000 feet

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-40E Warhawk (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 29000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
8th FG/36th FS with P-39D Airacobra (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 32100.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
58th FG/68th FS with P-40E Warhawk (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
8th FG/80th FS with P-39D Airacobra (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Luganville at 120,150
Weather in hex: Severe storms
Raid detected at 30 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
G4M1 Betty x 6

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 8
P-40E Warhawk x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed

CAP engaged:
49th FG/8th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
8th FG/36th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
58th FG/68th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 95 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
8th FG/80th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers


My heavies finally pay Ndeni a visit but they go in fragmented. I lose 7 12 B-17s in total so I can't keep this up for long, hopefully I manage to close the airfield before I gut my BGs.

Air losses for the day for the Empire of Japan are brutal although I probably didn't catch that many planes on the ground, figure a third of the total claimed works for me.

Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
A6M3 Zero x 4
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Chitose Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Genzan Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Tainan Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
2nd Ku S-1 with A6M3 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
6th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
Kamikawa Maru-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 17
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3 Zero x 1
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 6

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 3 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Runway hits 10

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Genzan Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Shokaku-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
Kamikawa Maru-1 with A6M2-N Rufe (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 6000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
2nd Ku S-1 with A6M3 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
6th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 3

Allied aircraft
B-17D Fortress x 13
B-17E Fortress x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 6 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 3 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 destroyed on ground
H6K4 Mavis: 2 destroyed on ground
G3M2 Nell: 5 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17D Fortress: 2 destroyed, 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 48

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
6th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 1

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000
Raid is overhead
5th Sentai with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000
Raid is overhead
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
6th Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8
LB-30 Liberator x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 damaged
A6M2 Zero: 8 destroyed on ground
G3M2 Nell: 7 destroyed on ground
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 2 destroyed on ground
A6M3 Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
10 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 12
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x LB-30 Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes





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RE: 11-12 August 1942 - 2/16/2013 7:51:11 PM   
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Well! That episode should make him gun-shy for a while! He might even demand an assault weapons ban!

And the big success - killing off 55 Netties!
I note he is using the G4M1 version of the Betty - perhaps you have drained his pools of the M2 version? I think it started production in Dec 41/ Jan 42.

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RE: 11-12 August 1942 - 2/19/2013 9:26:17 PM   
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Draining the pool of aircraft of the Japanese player should never be your objective. Shooting down that many trained pilots, now that IS interesting..

Good job!

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RE: 11-12 August 1942 - 2/21/2013 8:08:22 AM   
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Work is burying CTG and I'm getting the shakes from not getting a turn in the inbox for nearly a week so to mitigate that I'll do an update.

@CF yeah that's quite a few times already he's been CAP trapped over Luganville. For me it was more a case of defending my assets rather than an out and out CAP trap but if he wants to walk into that particular door I'm fine with that. Given the distances between Lunga, Ndeni and Luganville I think it's going to be far more difficult for him to keep Luganville closed, nonetheless I am taking steps to ensure that Luganville isn't as easy a target as Ndeni was.

@BB I think the M2 version comes on a quite a fair bit later in the war, haven't seen any yet.

Situation
The war is currently concentrated on China and SOPAC, CENPAC was the scene of some action a couple of months back but it has quietened down.

In China I am having to deal with a a slowly tightening vice closing around Chungking, to the north the road to Lanchow has been cut but the IJA forces there have yet to close in battle with the northern elements of the Chinese hordes. I am getting pressed east of Kienko by a field army but so far the defenders and the terrain have managed to hold the line. Along the Nanning-Changsha line, Changsha itself has visitors and will probably be attacked pretty soon and I have had another army slip past my lines and take Tuyun. I am concerned about what direction that army will take, it's a straight shot down to Chungking or he'll try to use it to take Changsha and it's environs from behind, however, he's going to have to do it at the tail end of an airbridge and it's going to take some doing by the IJAAF to keep that many mouths fed. The Burma Road has been cut by paratroopers taking Tsuyung and I probably don't have the strength to eject the now fortified garrison without some major external help.

The situation in China is grim but I believe I still have enough strength to make China a tar baby for CTG, assuming I don't do anything stupid I believe I can hold him off from overrunning China and perhaps with the invervention of the Indian Army at the beginning of '43 prevent him from ever doing so.

In SOPAC where the action has been the past couple of weeks it is very much a standoff, I initially noted that CTG either didn't have the will or firepower to push forward any more but his taking of Ndeni put paid to that train of thought. I hope to bleed him here as the Japanese forces bled here historically trying to take Guadalcanal back while keeping my options open as to whether to take this particular path on the road to Japan.

Intentions
Broadly speaking, the most direct way to knock Japan out of the war would be to deny it the raw materials it needs.So with that in mind I am looking at having a foothold on the DEI by the end of '42. However, I still am open to taking the CENPAC route or island hopping up the Solomons and PNG.

So that means places like Ndeni, Lunga, PM, Tabi and Tarawa are still in play in my book. There are quite a few places which CTG has neglected to pay attention to and while I will focus on retaking the DEI if opportunity presents itself I intend to make some dents on the Empire of Japan's outer perimeter.

Carrier fanboy corner
The Allied CVs are in good shape with only the loss of Enterprise and Saratoga thus far. It is their airgroups that are the problem. A couple of unescorted raids and the destruction of Marine SBD squadrons at Ndeni has seen my prime shipkillers crippled through attrition and the slow trickle of replacement airframes. Hornet and Yorktown will enter port soon for repairs and the former will stand down for at least 2 months till I can get her decimated SBDs squadrons back up to full strength. Of the other 3 USN CVs, only Yorktown's airgroup needs replacements but even then it will take about half a month to get her airgroups up to full strength. So while I have the upper hand in terms of decks compared to the IJN I'm not really there in terms of offensive capability just yet.

On the flip side, I don't really have to worry much about KB. The Battle of Tabi was decisive in crippling the offensive capability of the IJN. For now, Hiryu and Shokaku are the only CVs, as far as I can tell they are joined by 3 CVLs and 3 CVEs.

As I see it 4 American CVs isn't big enough of a force to go actively go hunting for trouble but with the addition of a half dozen CVEs by the end of '42 I'm confident of holding covering any landings on targets which aren't well supported by a network of airbases, it is with this in mind that I will not actively put my remaining CVs into harm's way unless the potential rewards are worth it.

Sub War
Added S-28's probable on CVE Taiyo and removed a probable claimed in Dec '41 due to being over the 6 month window for confirmed kills.

Allied Sub killboard
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Kano Maru (5,935t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Greyback - xAP Kachidochi Maru (8,410t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truant - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
K X - xAK Azuma Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Trigger - TK Nissan Maru (1,120t)
Sealion - TK Moji Maru (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)
Whale - DMS W-9 (750t)

Probable
DD Akigumo (torp hit 1, fire/hvy dmg, 09/08/42) - near Truk 112,104 - Sealion
CVE Taiyo (torp hit 1, on fire, 30/07/42) - near Mussau Island 104,120 - S-28

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13 August 1942 - 2/21/2013 6:35:17 PM   
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0615013.M3
If you are the last man standing, you are not fighting hard enough.

SOPAC
The mighty Flying Fortresses out of Base Koumac are mauled over the course of the day as they attempt to shut down the tainted field at Ndeni. The enemy befouled the air with his many Zeroes, as many as 60 were observed hailing from 11 different enemy chapters. The valiant Fortresses fought hard to get through to deliver their loads but it has been a grim day, with 13 lost to enemy action and 10 write offs. The Tech Priests have much to work on these next few days. In the meantime, we will stand down and think of another way to purge the alien.

A tip of the hat to the dark yet slightly goofy OTTness that is WH40K, just cos I could do it. We'll revisit this theme again when a turn gives me more to work with.

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14 August 1942 - 2/25/2013 4:50:38 PM   
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14 August 1942

China
The Japanese capture Tienshui.

Ground combat at Tienshui (81,38)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 26524 troops, 298 guns, 159 vehicles, Assault Value = 540
Defending force 16894 troops, 79 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 236
Japanese adjusted assault: 392
Allied adjusted defense: 196
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Tienshui !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
243 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
6285 casualties reported
Squads: 197 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 174 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 13 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 14 (14 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 6

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
13th Tank Regiment
10th Division
24th Division
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
57th Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
18th Group Army
34th Group Army


There is an attempt to break through at Patung but terrain and a bad die roll gives the IJA a bloody nose.

Ground combat at Patung (81,46)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 35685 troops, 304 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 884
Defending force 41476 troops, 154 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1205
Japanese adjusted assault: 761
Allied adjusted defense: 3010
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
2803 casualties reported
Squads: 143 destroyed, 355 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 46 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
408 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
13th Division
110th Division
32nd Division
54th JAAF AF Bn
56th JAAF AF Bn

Defending units:
53rd Chinese Corps
18th Chinese Corps
87th Chinese Corps


SOPAC
Ndeni is busy but I'm standing down what's left of my 4Es, the last 2 turns cut my inventory in half. Not going to use my carrier air to go after him here either, not with over 100 Zeroes CAPping the target, I lost too many SBDs going after targets which were marginal in the big picture, will have to pick my fights carefully for the next couple of months. It will up to the surface forces of the USN and RN to chip away at the IJN on this front for the next couple of months.

Sub War
S-28, continues her lucky streak of going after juicy targets by putting 2 into the side of Chokai, no secondaries though.

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15-17 August 1942 - 2/27/2013 5:56:16 PM   
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15-17 August 1942

China
Nothing much here the first 2 days except for the daily sweeps and bombing of Chungking.

On the 17th however, the IJA 13th Army, which took Tuyun on 12th August, moves out of Tuyun hex headed north for what I assume to be an attempt to take Kweiyang. Because of a river crossing, it executes a shock attack on the battered Chinese corps (joined just in time by a fresh cavalry corps from Chikiang) that was ejected from Tuyun.

I have a strong area army coming down from Chungking to reinforce Kweiyang and that should have enough AV to make life difficult for the 13th Army, what I'm concerned about now is CTG might turn east towards Chikiang, which is lightly held by an understrength corps. I'm stripping a corps each from Hengyang and Changteh to cover Chikiang. I have a substantial part of the Chinese army in the Changteh-Changsha-Hengyang area and don't want to get pinned by a move on my rear while having to deal with an ongoing attempt to take Changsha.

More curiously a comparison of the combat reports from when Tuyun fell and the most recent one on the 17th indicates all of the major combat formations have moved out of Tuyun, either leaving it undefended or held by another combat unit I haven't managed to pick up. I'm sending a corps into Tuyun to see what's what. The 13th Army is in the middle of hostile territory and I don't see any discernable line back to supply sources, I'm assuming he's got to be hurting for supplies at some point but he figures either he's got enough raw combat power to see off all but the most serious attempts to destroy the army or he thinks there's nothing I can put together to threaten it even in it's current weakened state. I'll post up a screenshot in the next turn and you guys tell me if my hunch that it's out on a limb is correct.

Recon by fire by units of the IJA 1st Army east of Kienko give clues as to where in China CTG is looking at next.

Ground combat at 75,50 (near Kweiyang)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 31894 troops, 462 guns, 133 vehicles, Assault Value = 616
Defending force 10236 troops, 58 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 256
Japanese adjusted assault: 477
Allied adjusted defense: 334
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
946 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 65 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled

Allied ground losses:
622 casualties reported
Squads: 26 destroyed, 67 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 12 (3 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Assaulting units:
15th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
104th Division
58th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
56th Infantry Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
4th Mortar Battalion
13th Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
23rd Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps


SOPAC
Following action occurs on the night pulse of the 15th/day pulse of the 16th.

I had a Brit SAG of 3 old BBs covering Luganville but ordered it back to the rear to reconfig with PoW's SAG and send the damaged ships to Sydney for repairs. I kinda forgot about the resupply convoy that was still unloading and CTG sent a DD TF in and basically massacred the lot. I can well afford the losses but that was a pretty stupid gimme from me right there. As a consolation Hokaze hit a mine on the way out and sustains heavy damage, slowing down the entire group. The DDs are stranded in no man's land 3 hexes from Luganville come daybreak but I have nothing to throw at them. Zeroes sweep Luganville on the same day but the P-39s and -40s give as good as they get.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Luganville at 120,150, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Yayoi
DD Uzuki
DD Mochizuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Asakaze
DD Harukaze
DD Matsukaze
DD Asanagi
DD Sawakaze
DD Hokaze

Allied Ships
AM Launceton, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage
AM Punjab, Shell hits 12, on fire, heavy damage
AM Gale, Shell hits 11, on fire
TK Sunchaser, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Moonta, Shell hits 18, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Mundalla, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Period, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Time, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Ulooloo, Shell hits 21, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Reduced sighting due to 21% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 21% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards

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18 August 1942 - 3/8/2013 10:47:03 PM   
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This AAR has fallen behind by about a week's worth of game time so bear with me as I catch up.

18 August 1942
Nothing much happens except the IJN visits Luganville again, this time the port is empty and some payback is dispensed.

TF 47 encounters mine field at Luganville (120,150)

Japanese Ships
DD Hakaze, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Matsukaze, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage




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19 August 1942 - 3/8/2013 10:54:39 PM   
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China
Here's a look at what I have to deal with at Changhsha. I don't know if CTG is bringing more or if he's relying on quality over quantity or if even if he's just trying to pin the garrison down so I don't reinforce other parts of the country.

Ground combat at Changsha (82,52)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 34619 troops, 408 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 1041
Defending force 99217 troops, 656 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2532

Japanese ground losses:
256 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Assaulting units:
40th Division
6th Division
55th Infantry Brigade
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
138th Infantry Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
11th Army
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion

Defending units:
9th Prov Chinese Corps
37th Chinese Corps
49th Chinese Corps
78th Chinese Corps
20th Chinese Corps
58th Chinese Corps
72nd Chinese Corps
28th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
73rd Chinese Corps
99th Chinese Corps
14th Construction Regiment
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
29th Group Army
41st AA Regiment
9th War Area
30th Group Army
19th Group Army
1st Artillery Regiment
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
27th Group Army
49th AA Regiment
7th Artillery Regiment
5th Construction Regiment
18th Artillery Regiment
17th Chinese Base Force


CTG tries to open up the direct route to Chungking from the east.

Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 33357 troops, 364 guns, 54 vehicles, Assault Value = 742
Defending force 23046 troops, 106 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 623
Japanese adjusted assault: 412
Allied adjusted defense: 1105
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3869 casualties reported
Squads: 42 destroyed, 205 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 36 disabled
Guns lost 31 (2 destroyed, 29 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
509 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 71 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
116th Division
35th Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
37th Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
33rd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps


SOPAC
Zeroes sweep Luganville throughout the day but no bombers come in behind them. I didn't record exact numbers but I think I'm on the losing end of a slightly better than 1:1 ratio, still, fighting over friendly ground means I get to save more pilots than he does.

The important thing though, is that VF-71 joins in the defence of Luganville so that gives a bit of freebie intel to CTG. At this point Wasp, together with Illustrious was about 5 hexes south of Luganville, lying in wait for an opportunity to attack targets of opportunity.

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20 August 1942 - 3/8/2013 11:36:57 PM   
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SOPAC
The turn starts with PoW's TF visiting Ndeni in the dead of night, they come up against a defending CA force but have the drop on them. Things start well for the Allies as PoW makes short work of Ashigara, destroying her within minutes of the opening of the engagement. However, as the course of the battle progresses, the other IJN CAs get into the fight and proceed to pound PoW and Repulse, the latter goes down under a hail of torpedoes and gunfire while Repulse manages to survive the fight only to succumb to her wounds before the sun rises. The 3 older R class BBs are not spared and the TF breaks into smaller components as the more damaged ships slow down in their bid to escape to safer waters. This will doom some of them later in the turn.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Ndeni at 120,143, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Atago, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
CA Haguro, Shell hits 8
CA Nachi, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Ashigara, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA Mogami
CA Kumano
CA Aoba
CA Furutaka
CA Kako, Shell hits 1
DD Kisaragi, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
DD Yayoi
DD Uzuki
DD Mochizuki
DD Yuzuki
DD Asakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Harukaze, Shell hits 1
DD Okikaze, Shell hits 1
DD Numakaze, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 64, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk
BB Revenge
BB Ramillies, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
BB Resolution, Shell hits 3
BC Repulse, Shell hits 25, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Nizam, Shell hits 1
DD Decoy, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Inconstant, Shell hits 5, on fire

Poor visibility due to Rain with 64% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 64% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 6,000 yards


The morning brings with it a concerted effort by the IJN's land based component to hunt down my ships, exactly which ships he was after I do not know as the Netties didn't fly the previous turn and there were targets well within their range envelope. Which is why I think CTG was probably gunning for Wasp after spotting her the last turn but PoW's raid and the subsequent breaking up of the TF in its aftermath probably did more to dilute the intensity of the effort to sink the USN CV than anything else.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Santa Maria at 120,149
Weather in hex: Severe storms
Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27
G4M1 Betty x 12

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 8 USAAF fighters flying out of Luganville
P-40E Warhawk x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 4 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Revenge
BB Resolution, Torpedo hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet *

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Torres Islands at 120,146
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 3

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Ramillies, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Efate at 120,154
Weather in hex: Clear sky
Raid detected at 117 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 58
A6M3 Zero x 3
G3M2 Nell x 28
G4M1 Betty x 12

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 24
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 11 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Chicago
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
(very lucky she didn't go down, she's at Sys/Flt/Eng 49/77(26)/64(34) and disbanded in port till I can get her stable before I move her to better repair facilities, she's out of the fight for a significant amount of time though, no 2 ways about that)

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
VF-71 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 6 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 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 27 minutes
No.881 Sqn FAA with Martlet II (2 airborne, 8 on standby, 14 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes

Ammo storage explosion on CV Wasp
Ammo storage explosion on CV Wasp

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Torres Islands at 120,146
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Ramillies, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
DD Inconstant
DD Decoy

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Santa Maria at 120,149
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
G4M1 Betty x 12

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Revenge
BB Resolution

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
5 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

So I end the day with Prince of Wales, Repulse, Ramilies sunk, Wasp heavily damaged and only 1 CA and 1 DD to show for. Not a very good day for the Allies.

China
I'm beginning to get a little worried about holding this stack north of Tuyun, the combat rolls make it look like I won't be able to hold off the IJA for very long.

Ground combat at 75,50 (near Kweiyang)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 31537 troops, 462 guns, 133 vehicles, Assault Value = 586
Defending force 21503 troops, 92 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 575
Japanese adjusted assault: 443
Allied adjusted defense: 1288
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1482 casualties reported
Squads: 51 destroyed, 47 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 24 (6 destroyed, 18 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
938 casualties reported
Squads: 30 destroyed, 69 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 8 (3 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Assaulting units:
56th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Brigade
15th Division
104th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
23rd Army
2nd Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
60th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps

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SOPAC
The IJN continues it's efforts to hunt down and sink Allied capital ships, this turn the focus is on the Brits. In the course of the day CL Hobart sustains heavy damage after being hit by 2 torpedoes and Illustrious herself takes 1 although it seems to do little damage.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tanna at 120,157
Weather in hex: Heavy rain
Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 43
G3M2 Nell x 16
G4M1 Betty x 3

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Illustrious
CL Hobart, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CL Dauntless

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
3 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
No.881 Sqn FAA with Martlet II (1 airborne, 6 on standby, 8 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tanna at 120,157
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 113 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 48
G3M2 Nell x 28
G4M1 Betty x 11

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 17 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak
G4M1 Betty: 5 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Illustrious, Torpedo hits 1
CL Nashville
BB Revenge, Torpedo hits 1
BB Resolution, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *
8 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
10 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *
8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *
8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet *

CAP engaged:
No.881 Sqn FAA with Martlet II (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 4 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes


China
Another attack on the stack east of Kienko.

Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 30863 troops, 362 guns, 54 vehicles, Assault Value = 521
Defending force 22749 troops, 106 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 577
Japanese adjusted assault: 361
Allied adjusted defense: 1243
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1500 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 177 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled

Allied ground losses:
399 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
35th Division
37th Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
33rd Chinese Corps
1st Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps





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22 August 1942 - 3/9/2013 12:48:21 AM   
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Some pretty ballsy moves here by CTG, a little too ballsy imo, we'll see how things pan out in the next turn or two.

SOPAC
Unescorted Betties range as far south as Noumea, this man is on a mission. Illustrious is now moderately damaged with this second more devastating torpedo attack. Haven't decided whether to use her as bait to draw more Betties in or send her scrambling for the relative safety of Sydney. This move shocked me a little to be honest, didn't expect him to send his stuff in like this to be slaughtered. And if I thought I had seen everything more was to come in the later part of the turn.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid detected at 112 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 25

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed, 15 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CV Illustrious, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CA Louisville
CA Chicago
CA Devonshire
CA Astoria

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
No.881 Sqn FAA with Martlet II (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes

Ammo storage explosion on CV Illustrious


This one took the cake, sending his flattops that deep into Indian country when most of his fleet CVs are at the bottom of the ocean made me do a double take on the combat replay. The remains of Wasp's air group and a substantial number of Army fighters are on hand, together with Wasp's screen, which I think he didn't figure on hanging around. Am considering how best to get at this opportunity to cripple the remnants of the Kido Butai, next turn ought to be interesting, although that depends on KB sticking around.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Tanna at 118,157
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
E13A1 Jake x 3

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 2
Swordfish I x 9

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 5 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
Hiryu-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiyo-1 with A6M2 Zero (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 11000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Raid is overhead
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Yura-1 with E13A1 Jake (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Raid is overhead
Tama-1 with E13A1 Jake (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Kiso-1 with E13A1 Jake (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes


It's a busy day for KB as its planes spread out to hit targets of opportunity and targets are not confined to sea too. Airfield attacks on Noumea and Luganville and a port strike on Tanna are thrown in for good measure.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Efate at 119,155
Weather in hex: Heavy rain
Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 19
B5N2 Kate x 29

Allied Ships
xAP Tjisadane, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
DE Talbot
AM Benalla
xAP Maori, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
AM Junee, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Merkur

Allied ground losses:
3467 casualties reported Lost a base force here, no biggie
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 200 destroyed, 67 disabled
Engineers: 54 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 19 (18 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 36 (36 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
29 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ouv'ea at 116,157
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
D3A1 Val x 15

Allied Ships
AM Bombay, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
TK Juno, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
TK Paula, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
TK Talang Akar, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
7 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
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Efate at 119,155
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid spotted at 45 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9

Allied Ships
AM Benalla
xAP Poelau Telo, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
2323 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 118 destroyed, 115 disabled
Engineers: 14 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 25 (25 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp


All in I've lost 3 xAPs (2 of them large ones), 3 small TKS, 2 AMs and a base force to KB's flyers. Could have been worse.

China
Reduction of Lanchow pocket in the north begins with the IJA crossing the riverside hex and initiating a shock attack. Some of my infantry corps were at rest which explains the op mode(-).

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 17291 troops, 102 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 546
Defending force 44814 troops, 259 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1379
Japanese adjusted assault: 88
Allied adjusted defense: 1989
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 22 (fort level 4)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), op mode(-), leaders(+)
preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
7007 casualties reported
Squads: 297 destroyed, 299 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 145 disabled
Engineers: 14 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 51 (30 destroyed, 21 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
117 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
15th Ind.Mixed Brigade
61st Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
North China Area Army
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
43rd Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
6th Group Army
8th War Area
8th Group Army


Crazy Dutchmen

Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 50276 troops, 596 guns, 319 vehicles, Assault Value = 1277
Defending force 25427 troops, 307 guns, 77 vehicles, Assault Value = 523
Japanese adjusted assault: 1414
Allied adjusted defense: 2164
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
8709 casualties reported
Squads: 175 destroyed, 407 disabled
Non Combat: 35 destroyed, 60 disabled
Engineers: 40 destroyed, 48 disabled
Guns lost 67 (32 destroyed, 35 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (5 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
798 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 75 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Assaulting units:
5th Division
2nd Division
146th Infantry Regiment
38th Division
18th Division
1st Ind Engineer Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
16th Army
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
4th KNIL Regiment
Marinier Battalion
2nd KNIL Regiment
Barisan KNIL Regiment
1st KNIL Regiment
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
6th KNIL Regiment
6th Avn Sup Afd
7th Avn Sup Afd
Andir ML Base Force
1st KNIL AA Battalion
NI-MLD
KNI Leger
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
24th NZ Pioneer Coy

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23 August 1942 - 3/10/2013 8:47:13 PM   
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China
Another deliberate attack to the east of Kienko but China seems a little quiet at the moment, red icons have sprung up next to Lashio and look to be heading into the hex.

Ground combat at 80,40 (near Kienko)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 29732 troops, 362 guns, 54 vehicles, Assault Value = 413
Defending force 22276 troops, 105 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 521
Japanese adjusted assault: 147
Allied adjusted defense: 877
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 5

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1675 casualties reported
Squads: 64 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
433 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 58 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
116th Division
35th Division
37th Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
1st Chinese Corps
33rd Chinese Corps
34th Chinese Corps


SOPAC
I had 2 STFs at Noumea which I set for a night run NE of KB's position in the previous turn in an attempt to intercept it as what I was thinking would be it's retreat after its foray into enemy waters. Turns out instead of running for home, KB continues east till just past Tanna.

Daylight brings with it sweeps of Luganville airfield by Ndeni/Lunga based Zeroes. Unescorted Netties continue to try and bomb my TFs anchored at Noumea but none of the 2E attacks get through CAP. Won't bore you with the details of the combat reports.

KB's air groups spread out to hit targets of opportunity. I'm mainly defending apart from Wasp's airgroup which does decently for a single CV's worth of aiframes.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Tanna at 122,158
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
B5N2 Kate x 29
D3A1 Val x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Bomb hits 13
BB Resolution, Bomb hits 11, on fire, heavy damage

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160
Weather in hex: Severe storm
Raid detected at 96 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 40 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
B5N2 Kate x 25

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 6
P-39D Airacobra x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed, 6 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Astoria, Bomb hits 1
CA Quincy
CLAA Atlanta
CA Chester
CA Chicago
CLAA San Juan
CA Houston

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 122,159
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15
E13A1 Jake x 2

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 12
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18
TBF-1 Avenger x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CVE Hosho, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
CV Hiyo, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 122,159
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 7

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 7 destroyed, 2 damaged 1 SBD squadron rendered combat ineffective
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho, on fire
CVE Hosho, heavy damage

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 122,159
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 13

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CVL Ryuho
CV Hiryu
CVL Shoho, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 122,159
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 10

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Maya
CV Hiryu, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CVE Hosho, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160
Weather in hex: Severe storms
Raid detected at 117 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 49 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
B5N2 Kate x 53

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 4
P-39D Airacobra x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 8 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Danae
TK Angelina, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Louisville
DD Arunta
CL Durban
CL Dauntless
CL Nashville
DD Conyngham
CA Devonshire
PC Swan
CA Houston
CLAA San Juan

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 6000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb


Hosho is listed as sunk but I'm more interested in the state of Hiryu and Soryu. No Allied ships were sunk in this turn but I'm concerned about the R class BBs and how much more of a beating they can take.




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24 August 1942 - 3/11/2013 3:10:37 AM   
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Email came with the comment "A very bloody day" today and indeed it was, I'm still not sure which side came out ahead.

China
We start with an attack on Tienshui that is surprisingly inconclusive, he's got the armor, I've got the terrain.

Ground combat at 80,39 (near Tienshui)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 14549 troops, 162 guns, 115 vehicles, Assault Value = 367
Defending force 5140 troops, 23 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 85
Japanese adjusted assault: 203
Allied adjusted defense: 289
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
179 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
13th Tank Regiment
10th Division
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
42nd Chinese Corps


Next an attack at Patung, this front hasn't seen much activity for weeks now, I take it as a good sign that CTG is getting frustrated with progress on other parts of the Chinese front and is probing for signs of weakness.

Ground combat at 80,45 (near Patung)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 14656 troops, 122 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 411
Defending force 11145 troops, 78 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 211
Japanese adjusted assault: 184
Allied adjusted defense: 427
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
183 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
167 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
3rd Division

Defending units:
35th Chinese Corps


And lastly, an attack at Kweiyang, I'm particularly happy about this one, especially if results keep rolling this way, I would like to hold this stack in check and in supply limbo for as long as I can.

Ground combat at 75,50 (near Kweiyang)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 28796 troops, 433 guns, 133 vehicles, Assault Value = 520
Defending force 20788 troops, 89 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 515
Japanese adjusted assault: 201
Allied adjusted defense: 850
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
765 casualties reported
Squads: 38 destroyed, 96 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
507 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Assaulting units:
52nd Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Brigade
15th Division
56th Infantry Brigade
104th Division
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
23rd Army
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
21st Mortar Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
92nd Chinese Corps
60th Chinese Corps
5th Chinese Cavalry Corps


SOPAC
The previous turn's failure of the RN and USN STFs to intercept KB prompted another attempt. This time the RN TF was supposed to move at full speed NE to a couple of hexes above where KB's previous starting position was and cut due east towards Suva. The USN TF had it's CAs detached and reaction range set to 6 and moved to Efate in a bid to put itself in a position to do a reaction interception should the RN TF fail. The CAs were removed from the TF so as to allow the more nimble CLs/CLAAs/DDs a higher chance of surviving any air attack.

As expected but not hoped for, no interception of the IJN flattops occurred, instead a heretofore undetected CA force engaged the RN TF in broad daylight, with devastating results.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Tanna at 122,157, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Haguro, Shell hits 15, heavy fires
CA Mogami
CA Kumano, Shell hits 2
CA Aoba
CA Furutaka
CA Kako
DD Hatsuharu, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Nenohi, Shell hits 1
DD Yayoi, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Uzuki
DD Mochizuki, Shell hits 1
DD Yuzuki
DD Asakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Harukaze

Allied Ships
CA Devonshire, Shell hits 8, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Danae, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
CL Durban, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Dauntless, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
CL Concord, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
DD Arunta, Shell hits 22, and is sunk
DD Nizam, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage (later sinks)
DE Gilmer, Shell hits 1
DE Starling, Shell hits 10, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards


The Wasp's air group continue their sterling service by further harassing KB as it moves north towards safer waters. The A-24s of the understrength 8 Bombing Squadron/3 Bomb Group do extremely well this round, punching well above their weight.

As for KB's flyers, an attempt is made on the USN TF anchored at Efate but what gets through CAP doesn't hit anything, although Kates do put another torpedo into Revenge's side.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambrym at 123,151
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 13
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14
F4F-4 Wildcat x 16
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
CV Hiryu
CV Hiyo
CVL Ryuho, Bomb hits 2, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambrym at 123,151
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 5

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Hiyo, Torpedo hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Ambrym at 123,151
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 11

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ambrym at 123,151
Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 8

Allied aircraft losses
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CV Hiyo, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x A-24 Banshee releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bom


Well coordinated raid on Luganville, CTG has good sensing of just when to unleash his bombers after multiple sweeps. The same can't be said of unescorted Nell raids on Efate though, the Nells get slaughtered before reaching within sight of their targets.

Afternoon Air attack on Luganville , at 120,150
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid detected at 101 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 35 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 40
G4M1 Betty x 48

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 1
P-40E Warhawk x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 7 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 16
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 56

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
12 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb


Here's a tally of losses suffered by the Allies in the process of inflicting damage on KB over the past 2 days. Tracker's pretty good at tracking own side losses but sometimes I do wish Tracker could store enemy airframe kill claims on a turn basis, as it is short of copying down the numbers every turn I don't have a way to compare losses on a turn basis.

Losses
Wasp Air Group
32 of 36 SBDs (does not include 8BS/3BG, which loses 6 of 13 A-24s in the same period)
8 of 15 TBDs
15 of 36 F4Fs

Cumulative damage inflicted (all bomb hits 1k pounders)
CV Hiryu, Bomb hits 1 (last noted as on fire)
CV Hiyo, Torpedo hits 1, Bomb hits 1 (fuel storage explosion noted, last noted as heavily damaged and on fire)
CVL Ryuho, Bomb hits 2 (last noted as on fire)
CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 6 (last noted as heavily damaged and on fire)
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 4 (last noted as heavily damaged and on fire)
CVE Hosho, Torpedo hits 1, Bomb hits 2 (last noted as heavily damaged and on fire)

Looks like a good deal from the Allied POV but if you take into the losses suffered since PoW went down 4 days ago game time the loss table for the Allies looks like this.

2 BB - Prince of Wales, Ramillies
1 BC - Repulse
1 CA - Devonshire
4 CLs, 2 DDs, 1 DE

In addition to the sinking of Ashigara and 1 DD, Tracker reports Shoho and Hosho has having gone down. At this point, considering my losses and potential for a couple more Allied ships to join the race to the bottom of the ocean I wouldn't even begin to call it an even exchange until Hiyo and Zuiho were added to that list.




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Nothing much happened on the 25th so lumping it in with the 26th.

China
Attacks near Tienshui and Kienko but again status quo remains.

SOPAC
2 I-boats stumble into the minefield at Noumea taking 1 mine hit each.

Something went very wrong for CTG this turn, unescorted (with the exception of 1 raid) Netties came in on Efate throughout the day in a bid to close the airfield and the resident fighters chalked up some serious numbers. 6 pilots became aces today. Tracker reports upwards of 70 Netties downed with the majority being Betties, accounting for FoW I reckon 50 is a number I'd be happy to take to the bank. Allied air losses were very light.

The Army A-24s and TBMs of VT-71 saw action, in the case of the former they went after a CA TF that was hanging around the waters south of Tanna but didn't hit anything. The Avengers on the other hand found the heretofore thought sunk Hosho and put a fish into her side, finishing the job once and for all. It struck me that the CAs were a little too far out on a limb, I've scoured the training squadrons at Noumea for anything that can carry and lob a bomb and they're scheduled to go up the next turn looking for ships to sink. They'll be on a short leash though, don't want to risk my bombers being caught by LRCAP if the enemy ships decide to book it north.

With the sinking of Hosho this turn I've more or less given up trying to discern what's sunk and what's still afloat. In addition to Hosho something else has definitely gone down judging from the ground losses for Vals and Kates but there's too much FoW to be certain of anything so I'll just wait for the dust to settle before giving an update, probably a couple of months game time from now.

Crazy Dutchmen
Now taking bets on whether they'll hold long enough to be relieved.

Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 45401 troops, 578 guns, 317 vehicles, Assault Value = 931
Defending force 25221 troops, 306 guns, 77 vehicles, Assault Value = 499
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2
Japanese adjusted assault: 1130
Allied adjusted defense: 1852
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 2)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3819 casualties reported
Squads: 84 destroyed, 90 disabled
Non Combat: 34 destroyed, 59 disabled
Engineers: 31 destroyed, 17 disabled
Guns lost 31 (23 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (13 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
350 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 42 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled





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SOPAC
The minefield at Noumea claims hits on 5 separate subs, hope a couple of them sink on the way home.

And then there's this.

Night Naval bombardment of Efate at 120,154

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 17 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 28 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground
A-24 Banshee: 11 damaged
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40E Warhawk: 28 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed on ground
TBF-1 Avenger: 7 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed on ground
F4F-3A Wildcat: 19 damaged
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CA Aoba
CA Kumano
CA Mogami

Allied Ships
CV Wasp, Shell hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
583 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 55 disabled
Engineers: 5 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (2 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 61
Port hits 1

CA Kako firing at Efate
CA Furutaka firing at Efate
CA Aoba firing at Efate
CA Kumano firing at Efate
CA Mogami firing at Efate


Wasp sinks later in the turn, 1 hit would you believe it. Arrgh.

China
A tank regiment initiates a shock attack on Lanchow by itself and suffers for it.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 660 troops, 0 guns, 111 vehicles, Assault Value = 174
Defending force 44832 troops, 259 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1385
Japanese adjusted assault: 2
Allied adjusted defense: 4609
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2304 (fort level 4)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 58 (35 destroyed, 23 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
61st Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Regiment
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
North China Area Army
15th Ind.Mixed Brigade

Defending units:
43rd Chinese Corps
23rd Chinese Corps
81st Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
19th Chinese Corps
61st Chinese Corps
82nd Chinese Corps
98th Chinese Corps
6th Group Army
8th War Area
8th Group Army


I might be in trouble in central China as the IJA makes some inroads towards Chungking

Ground combat at 80,45 (near Patung)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 14642 troops, 122 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 410
Defending force 10919 troops, 78 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 185
Japanese adjusted assault: 366
Allied adjusted defense: 166
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
4532 casualties reported
Squads: 55 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 127 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 6 (4 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
3rd Division

Defending units:
35th Chinese Corps


And lastly, my single corps enters Tuyun and finds it not as lightly defended as I thought.


Ground combat at Tuyun (74,51)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 17371 troops, 310 guns, 99 vehicles, Assault Value = 275
Defending force 10615 troops, 61 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 324
Japanese adjusted assault: 120
Allied adjusted defense: 328
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
915 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 15 (8 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
253 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
104th Division
52nd Infantry Brigade
56th Infantry Brigade
58th Infantry Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Army
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Mortar Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
4th Mortar Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
23rd Army
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
52nd Chinese Corps

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Ground combat at Tuyun (74,51)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 10427 troops, 61 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 304
Defending force 23083 troops, 326 guns, 207 vehicles, Assault Value = 224
Allied adjusted assault: 54
Japanese adjusted defense: 436

Allied assault odds: 1 to 8 (fort level 0)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker: supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
296 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
280 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
52nd Chinese Corps

Defending units:
104th Division
58th Infantry Brigade
2nd Ind.Mixed Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
2nd Mortar Battalion
23rd Army
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
13th Army
21st Mortar Battalion
56th Infantry Brigade
52nd Infantry Brigade
4th Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion



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RE: 27 August 1942 - 3/17/2013 10:42:23 AM   
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28-29 August 1942

SOPAC
The first night bombings of this war have occured, Betties visiting Efate.

Efate has also been invaded, fast transports of mostly DDs have unloaded 9k+ troops although no attacks have been made. Combat reports show quite a disabled squads as the Japanese came over the beaches. The defenders are the 3 battalions each of Marine paratroopers and raiders. No forts were built here so I'm on very shaky ground, I suspect CTG didn't count on such heavy disruption on landing and that's bought me a few turns, have started digging in, hope it's not too late. As to why Efate was invaded in the first place I can only guess, depending on how you look at the map, either Luganville or Efate is truked. I don't know what he's prepared to invest to keep it or if it's just a speed bump but I'm going to try and attrit the IJN as much as I can. I see lots of cruisers and destroyers committed to this effort and killing them now means it's easier for me when it's my turn to move forward.

The 2 Yorktowns come out from the yards in 2 days but I can only muster about 75% of my attacking strength due to the horrendous losses suffered by my SBDs throughout the USN and USMC squadrons. Once they get on station though I expect to shut down Efate if it hasn't fallen yet. Almost the entire surface inventory of the USN is in SWPAC/SOPAC waters so I have plenty of ships throw into the fray while protecting the mother hens. Lexington also comes out of the yards at Pearl in 2 days and will make her way down with her battlegroup.

In addition, the air forces of SOPAC are contributing although given what I have to work with it's not much, am rushing down some of the training squadrons of SBDs from Pearl.

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30 August 1942 - 3/18/2013 1:04:58 PM   
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30 August 1942

SOPAC
2nd wave of landings at Efate. Here's a look at the ORBAT on both sides.

Ground combat at Efate (120,154)
Japanese Bombardment attack
Attacking force 6533 troops, 62 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 250
Defending force 9525 troops, 20 guns, 40 vehicles, Assault Value = 230

Allied ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
19th Naval Guard Unit
15th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 5th SNLF
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
16th Naval Guard Unit

Defending units:
1st USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
1st Marine Raider Battalion
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
3rd USMC Parachute Battalion
4th Air Advn Base Force
1st Marine Air Wing
8th Port Maint Engineer Battalion
22nd Base Group


The Allied air forces ding a couple of DDs with solitary bomb hits but nothing serious enough to sink anything. On the other hand, an I-boat catches the crippled Hobart and puts 2 fish into her side, sending her to the bottom of the ocean.


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31 August 1942 - 3/18/2013 5:03:10 PM   
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31 August 1942

SOPAC
The last day of August and it looks like CTG is all-in on Efate. In addition to units already there, elements of the 23rd Division are spotted unloading this turn.

But it's not all good news for the Empire of Japan, a USN SAG that was on its way to Sydney for repairs was turned around and wades into the fight this turn. It first engages a covering force of DDs headed by CL Abukuma before it tears into a convoy full of troopships. The USN ships are smacked around a bit and most are moderately damaged at worst with none so badly damaged as to be potentially mortal.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Efate at 120,154, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma, Shell hits 9, on fire
DD Fubuki, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Usugumo
DD Isonami
DD Sagiri, Shell hits 1
DD Oboro
DD Satsuki, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Minazuki
DD Fumizuki, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Nagatsuki
DD Asanagi
DD Yunagi
DD Okikaze
DD Yukaze
DD Numakaze
DD Wakatake, Shell hits 1
DD Kuretake, Shell hits 1
TB Hato

Allied Ships
CA Houston, Shell hits 2
CA Chester
CA Louisville
CA Chicago, Shell hits 1
CA Quincy
CLAA Atlanta
CLAA San Juan
CL St. Louis
CL Nashville, Shell hits 3
DD Gwin
DD Grayson
DD Morris
DD Conyngham
DD Phelps, Shell hits 1
DD Balch
DD Clark

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Lee, Willis "Ching" crosses the 'T'

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Efate at 120,154, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CS Chiyoda, Shell hits 3, on fire
CA Takao, Shell hits 18, and is sunk
DD Naganami, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Arashi, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Tanikaze, Shell hits 1
DD Oshio
DD Michishio, Shell hits 1
DD Arashio, Shell hits 5, on fire
DD Shiratsuyu, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
DD Hibiki
DD Ikazuchi, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Inazuma, Shell hits 1
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 2
DD Yugiri, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Amagiri, Shell hits 4, on fire
TB Otori
TB Kasasagi, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
TB Hiyodori
TB Hayabusa
TB Kiji
TB Kamo, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
DMS W-3
AK Sagami Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
LSD Shinshu Maru
LSD Akitsu Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Teiko Maru
xAP Teia Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire (Avengers finish her off later in the turn)
xAP Hikawa Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
xAP Terukuni Maru, Shell hits 7, heavy fires
xAP Haruna Maru, Shell hits 5, on fire
xAP Horai Maru
xAP Takatiho Maru, Shell hits 1
xAP Yoshino Maru, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
xAP Kanzyu Maru
xAP Montevideo Maru, Shell hits 3
xAP Huso Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
xAP Kobe Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAP Teikyo Maru
xAP Dairen Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Hoten Maru
xAP Tsingtao Maru
xAP Baikal Maru
xAP Teifu Maru
xAP Teika Maru
xAP Teiritsu Maru, Shell hits 2

Allied Ships
CA Houston, on fire
CA Chester, Shell hits 3
CA Louisville, Shell hits 1
CA Chicago, Shell hits 2
CA Quincy, Shell hits 5
CLAA Atlanta, Shell hits 3, on fire
CLAA San Juan, Shell hits 2
CL St. Louis
CL Nashville, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Gwin, Shell hits 1
DD Grayson, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
DD Morris
DD Conyngham, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Phelps, Shell hits 2
DD Balch, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Clark, Shell hits 3

Japanese ground losses:
1576 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 39 destroyed, 84 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 20,000 yards


Running out of superlatives to describe them

Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 45390 troops, 581 guns, 313 vehicles, Assault Value = 1004
Defending force 25405 troops, 306 guns, 77 vehicles, Assault Value = 521
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 652
Allied adjusted defense: 796
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
5308 casualties reported
Squads: 108 destroyed, 190 disabled
Non Combat: 38 destroyed, 64 disabled
Engineers: 14 destroyed, 44 disabled
Guns lost 39 (13 destroyed, 26 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (11 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
437 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 45 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled




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1 September 1942 - 3/24/2013 4:20:30 PM   
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SOPAC
Landings continue apace on Efate this turn, looks like it's mostly supplies now. Netties come in over Efate and work over the defenders too for good measure. B-25s and Beauforts out of Noumea try to take shots at the invasion fleet but LRCAP by IJN flyers exact a heavy toll, a Beaufort squadron is rendered combat ineffective in the course of a day. On the other hand, the A-24s out of Tanna put 2 1k pounders each into an xAP and a DD while SBDs start fires with a single bomb hit on Chikuma. To wrap things up, a trio of Avengers sink the AK Sagami Maru with 2 hits out of 3 fish launched.

And here's a look at the ground ORBAT. This attack has cost CTG dear but it has also severely weakened my own forces, they weren't prepped for Efate hence the preparation(-). It looks like we're in a stalemate for the next couple of turns until one side can muster enough strength to push the other off the island.

Ground combat at Efate (120,154)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 13312 troops, 102 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 565
Defending force 8708 troops, 19 guns, 39 vehicles, Assault Value = 220
Japanese adjusted assault: 153
Allied adjusted defense: 113
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
5659 casualties reported
Squads: 146 destroyed, 221 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 53 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 46 (12 destroyed, 34 disabled)
Vehicles lost 5 (4 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
513 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 53 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled

Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
Yokosuka 5th SNLF
23rd Div /6
62nd Naval Guard Unit
15th Naval Guard Unit
19th Naval Guard Unit
16th Naval Guard Unit
14th Naval Guard Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
82nd Nav Gd /2
24th Special Base Force /1
23rd Special Base Force
22nd Air Flotilla /1

Defending units:
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
1st USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
1st Marine Raider Battalion
3rd USMC Parachute Battalion
1st Marine Air Wing
4th Air Advn Base Force
8th Port Maint Engineer Battalion
22nd Base Group


Sub War
S-37 puts a fish into DD Satsuki but no reports of a sinking.

Allied Sub killboard
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Kano Maru (5,935t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
Greyback - xAP Kachidochi Maru (8,410t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truant - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
K X - xAK Azuma Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Trigger - TK Nissan Maru (1,120t)
Sealion - TK Moji Maru (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)
Whale - DMS W-9 (750t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
DD Akigumo (torp hit 1, fire/hvy dmg, 09/08/42-near Truk 112,104 - Sealion
DD Satsuki (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 01/09/42-near Aoba Island 123,150) - S-37

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3 September 1942 - 3/24/2013 5:00:46 PM   
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SOPAC
A dozen PT boats from Luganville pay a visit to Efate in the dead of night and run into a large troop convoy, a third of the boats are sunk but they cause enough mayhem in exchange, they put 2 fish into CA Kako, setting her ablaze and a TB is sunk by gunfire after colliding with 2 DDs from it's own side. Other than that, the Allied air forces score single hits on a handful of ships but nothing life threatening from what I can see.

3 September 1942

SOPAC
North Carolina and consorts pay a visit to Efate but for some reason manages to not encounter any of the enemy TFs in the hex and retreats to safer waters in the course of the day but not before its escorts hammer and sink an I-boat that got too close. B-25s are splattered by IJN LRCAP as they attempt to go after enemy shipping in the seas around Efate, I'm running out of airframes and/or skilled pilots to man them.

The Yorktowns are about just in place to cover Efate, with the North Carolina SAG and another consisting of a mixed USN/UK CA group within striking distance of Efate and with looks like 4 IJN BBs sighted in a TF bearing down on Efate from Ndeni the next couple of turns will continue to see SOPAC being very much the focus of this game. However, with the current focus on the New Hebrides area I am also putting plans into motion to move large quantities of men and material into Oz in preparation for a strike into the DEI using Darwin as a base of operations with secondary objectives in the SOPAC AO should the opportunity arise.

Sub War
S-37, stationed a couple hexes north of Efate is DCed by an the escorts of the large troop convoy encountered previously at Efate, she's damaged on the first run but manages to shrug it off and put a fish into the side of CA Aoba in the second attack run. She's moderately damaaged and making for Noumea for emergency repairs.

Then it's S-36's turn, 3 out of 4 torpedoes launched against CA Kako connect, already heavily damaged by PT boats the previous day she's pretty much a goner and glugglugglug sounds would seem to confirm this. And to top it off, S-36 manages to latch on to the convoy again and puts a fourth fish into CS Chiyoda, the cruiser is listed as heavily damaged and Tracker is reporting her as sunk but I'll put the latter as a maybe till I know for sure.

Interestingly, the real life Kako was sunk by S-44 on 10 August 1942 while returning to Kavieng the day after the Battle of Savo Island, part of a 4-ship CA group that was travelling unescorted, she was the last ship in the group and 3 of 4 fish launched connected, she sinks so fast and suddenly that from first torpedo strike to her sinking takes only 8 minutes. Amazingly, only 34 of her crew are killed with her captain and the rest of her crew rescued by the 3 surviving CAs.

Allied Sub killboard
S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Kano Maru (5,935t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
S-36 - CA Kako (10,341t)
Greyback - xAP Kachidochi Maru (8,410t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truant - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
K X - xAK Azuma Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Trigger - TK Nissan Maru (1,120t)
Sealion - TK Moji Maru (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Tarpon - TB Manazuru (775t)
Whale - DMS W-9 (750t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
DD Akigumo (torp hit 1, fire/hvy dmg, 09/08/42-near Truk 112,104 - Sealion
DD Satsuki (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 01/09/42-near Aoba Island 123,150) - S-37
CS Chiyoda (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 03/09/42-near Efate 119,153) - S-36

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4 September 1942 - 3/26/2013 6:45:27 PM   
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A tale of 2 bases

Ground combat at Efate (120,154)
Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 20297 troops, 255 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 471
Defending force 8141 troops, 19 guns, 39 vehicles, Assault Value = 163
Japanese adjusted assault: 279
Allied adjusted defense: 123
Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Efate !!!
Yeah, that.

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 3 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
3795 casualties reported
Squads: 69 destroyed, 89 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 49 (13 destroyed, 36 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
9980 casualties reported
Squads: 199 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 604 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 97 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 19 (19 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 55 (55 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 9

Assaulting units:
83rd Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
62nd Naval Guard Unit
23rd Division
19th Naval Guard Unit
14th Naval Guard Unit
15th Naval Guard Unit
Yokosuka 5th SNLF
82nd Naval Guard Unit
16th Naval Guard Unit
22nd Air Flotilla
23rd Special Base Force
24th Special Base Force

Defending units:
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
1st Marine Raider Battalion
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
1st USMC Parachute Battalion
3rd USMC Parachute Battalion
4th Air Advn Base Force
8th Port Maint Engineer Battalion
22nd Base Group

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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 42429 troops, 578 guns, 307 vehicles, Assault Value = 819
Defending force 25358 troops, 306 guns, 77 vehicles, Assault Value = 521
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 1010
Allied adjusted defense: 1249
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3663 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 185 disabled
Non Combat: 13 destroyed, 61 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 53 (14 destroyed, 39 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (3 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
254 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Division
38th Division
146th Infantry Regiment
18th Division
5th Division
1st Ind Engineer Regiment
16th Army
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
4th KNIL Regiment
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
2nd KNIL Regiment
Barisan KNIL Regiment
1st KNIL Regiment
Marinier Battalion
6th KNIL Regiment
7th Avn Sup Afd
1st KNIL AA Battalion
NI-MLD
6th Avn Sup Afd
KNI Leger
Andir ML Base Force
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
24th NZ Pioneer Coy

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5 September 1942 - 3/26/2013 7:08:34 PM   
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5 Sept 1942
A black day for the Allies today, I lose a CV and in a stupid way too.

SOPAC
The night starts off well enough, the previous turn had seen Efate fall and I sent 2 Allied SAGs into Efate to see if they could do a bombardment of the airfield in a bid to close it down. North Carolina's battlegroup starts things off and does pretty well. The other Allied SAG consisting of CAs and CLs spends it's ops points refueling and thus doesn't go anywhere during the turn.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Efate at 120,154, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed
E8N2 Dave: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
DD Maikaze, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 1
DD Amatsukaze
DD Tanikaze, Shell hits 3
DD Shigure, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Wakaba, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
DD Shikinami
DD Ayanami
DD Asagiri
DD Mochizuki
DD Yuzuki

Allied Ships
BB North Carolina
CA Portland
CA Indianapolis, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage (moderate to heavy damage but she should make port)
CA New Orleans
CA Minneapolis, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Mugford, Shell hits 1
DD Patterson, Shell hits 1
DD Benham, Shell hits 1
DD Wilson, Shell hits 2
DD Lang
DD Cushing
DD Perkins, Shell hits 1
DD Downes, Shell hits 2, on fire

Reduced sighting due to 25% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 25% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 8,000 yards


And then disaster strikes.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 120,161
Weather in hex: Light rain
Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
G3M3 Nell x 9
G4M1 Betty x 13
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 5 destroyed
G3M3 Nell: 3 damaged
G3M3 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak
G4M1 Betty: 6 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, Torpedo hits 2, on fire
CL Phoenix

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x G3M3 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
13 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
VF-8 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(18 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes

Fuel storage explosion on CV Yorktown

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 120,161
Weather in hex: Light rain
Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
B5N2 Kate x 52

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 11 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Phoenix
CV Yorktown, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CA Northampton
CA Vincennes, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Henley
DD Meredith
DD Helm

Aircraft Attacking:
24 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
27 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp

CAP engaged:
VF-8 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes


The 2 Yorktowns had been holding position due south of Tanna in what I thought was out of bomber range but CTG had taken the trouble to land an air HQ as well as aviation support with his troops at Efate and he brought in his torpedo bombers at the start of the turn which resulted in this debacle. I don't mind losing CVs but losing one like this really stings. In the first place you'll note dear reader that VF-42 didn't fly. I can't be sure but I probably didn't take Yorktown's airgroup off training which compounds the stupidity magnitude by a factor of 10 and I should have paid closer attention to CTG's force composition on Efate and moved the precious CVs out of harm's way, now that everything within a 18 hex radius of Efate is fair game I've had to move some course tracks further south in order to keep my ships safe.

Efate has 30k odd troops, an air HQ and 2 base forces so it's going to take a while to push these guys out, his control of the seaspace around New Hebrides complicates things a little but doesn't hamper me in any significant way so I'm probably going to stick to my plan to let him go through the trouble of keeping Efate supplied and open for business while I pick at him and prep for the counter attack further north.

B-17s bomb Efate this turn but I don't know if I can close it.

Allied Sub killboard
Tarpon bags the damaged Teika Maru limping away from Efate.

S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Kano Maru (5,935t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
S-36 - CA Kako (10,341t)
Greyback - xAP Kachidochi Maru (8,410t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truant - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
K X - xAK Azuma Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
Tarpon - xAP Teika Maru (3,280t), TB Manazuru (775t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Trigger - TK Nissan Maru (1,120t)
Sealion - TK Moji Maru (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Whale - DMS W-9 (750t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
DD Akigumo (torp hit 1, fire/hvy dmg, 09/08/42-near Truk 112,104 - Sealion
DD Satsuki (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 01/09/42-near Aoba Island 123,150) - S-37
CS Chiyoda (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 03/09/42-near Efate 119,153) - S-36

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RE: 5 September 1942 - 3/26/2013 7:22:06 PM   
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It has been a bloody month for both sides, here's a snapshot of naval losses on both sides since the invasion of Ndeni on 7 August 1942. It's like our little own Guadalcanal, only further south.

Allies
CV - Yorktown, Wasp
BB - Prince of Wales, Resolution, Ramillies
BC - Repulse
CA - Devonshire
CL - Hobart, Danae, Durban, Dauntless, Concord, Detroit
DD - 6

IJN
CV - Hiryu(?), Shokaku(?)
CVE - Hosho
CA - Kumano, Kako (misidentified as Chikuma), TAkao, Ashigara (prior 7th August only 1 CA had been claimed as sunk by the Allies)
CL - Isuzu
DD - 12


(?)- can't be sure of sinking

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6 September 1942 - 3/31/2013 7:35:30 PM   
Arnhem


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6 Sept 1942
Some crossed lines of communication have resulted in slow turnover this week. Hopefully we're back on track.

SOPAC
B-17s bomb Efate unopposed, think I've got an even dozen airframes destroyed on the ground, count might be more. Airfield is heavily damaged, now to mix in a run at the port.

Also, a BB force seems to be on an approach to Koumac, probably going to bombard the airfield there. I've emptied it in anticipation and did consider sending up the substantial inventory of USN CAs and DDs anchored off Noumea but figured I have more to lose at this point for relatively little gain.

Allied Sub killboard
Grampus stalks and sinks TK Akatuki Maru north of the Solomons. And I lose the damaged Cachalot as she moves into Singapore while transiting home for repairs, should have paid closer attention to her pathing.

S-38 - xAK Tamon Maru (6,400t), xAK Kano Maru (5,935t), xAK Gyoun Maru (1,900t), xAK Kikuryu Maru (1,900t)
Seadragon - xAP Rakuyo Maru (7,470t), xAKL Kanjo Maru (1,650t), xAKL Tamaki Maru (1,650t)
S-36 - CA Kako (10,341t)
Greyback - xAP Kachidochi Maru (8,410t)
O 20 - xAP Taizan Maru (3,380t), PB Hirota Maru (2,780t), PB Teshio Maru (830t), PB Tatsumi Maru (830t)
K XIV - AK Sakura Maru (6,840t)
Truant - AS Nagoya Maru (6,400t)
K XI - xAK Kinugasa Maru (5,935t)
K X - xAK Azuma Maru (5,935t)
O 23 - xAP Manzyu Maru (5,830t)
Tarpon - xAP Teika Maru (3,280t), TB Manazuru (775t)
S-34 - xAKL Kanaiyama Maru (1,650t), xAK Kotobuki Maru #5 (2,375t)
K XV - xAK Nojima Maru (3,425t)
Sargo - xAK Gosei Maru (3,425t)
Swordfish - xAKL Yamatsuru Maru (1,650t), xAKL Muko Maru (1,650t)
Snapper - DD Hatsuyuki (2,090t), APD Hagi (935t)
O 21 - DD Urakaze (2,553t)
K XVII - CM Itsukushima (2,400t)
S-35 - xAK Daifuku Maru (2,375t)
Perch - DD Sazanami (2,090t)
Grampus - TK Akatuki Maru (1,120t)
Shark - TK Arima Maru #4 (1,120t)
Trigger - TK Nissan Maru (1,120t)
Sealion - TK Moji Maru (1,120t)
Drum - PB Ichiyo Maru (830t)
Whale - DMS W-9 (750t)

Probable
xAK Kogyo Maru (torp hits 2, hvy fires/dmg, 07/12/41-Kota Bahru 53,74) - K XI
DD Akigumo (torp hit 1, fire/hvy dmg, 09/08/42-near Truk 112,104 - Sealion
DD Satsuki (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 01/09/42-near Aoba Island 123,150) - S-37
CS Chiyoda (torp hit 1, hvy dmg, 03/09/42-near Efate 119,153) - S-36

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