obvert
Posts: 11909
Joined: 1/17/2011 From: PDX (and now) London, UK Status: offline

May 31, 1944 Up here things are getting serious. Today search outlined the edges and depth of the allied move much more clearly. It's going to cost some search planes, but that's fine. I set one group of D4Y1 to strike at 15 hexes in the hope of finding the DS and it's fighter strength and composition. That worked. The USN was all too obliging, and shot down every last one, but this gives valuable info on how he sets up the CAP, how much is there, and if it's mostly in one hex, which it appears for now at least to be. Now I have an idea of how much I'l be dealing with, and how he puts them together, a bit. There is a lot of spread to the Allied fleets, but I bet that is intentional too. Enticing.  AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 31, 1944  Morning Air attack on TF, near Shimushirijima at 135,56 Weather in hex: Moderate rain Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 31 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M3a Zero x 12 D4Y1 Judy x 18 Allied aircraft Corsair II x 37 F4U1A Corsair x 226 F6F3 Hellcat x 609 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed D4Y1 Judy: 8 destroyed Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: VF33 with F6F3 Hellcat (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 16000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 15 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF33 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes VF38 with F4U1A Corsair (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes VF40 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 17 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes VF6 with F4U1A Corsair (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes VF8 with F4U1A Corsair (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes VF10 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes VF11 with F4U1A Corsair (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF13 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes VF14 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes VF23 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes VF30 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes VF32 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes VF50 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes 
Attachment (1)
_____________________________
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."  Winston Churchill
