From: Punta Gorda FL
Dec 8th 1941; Day two, another day in paradise for the Allies?
The followup attack on Pearl occurs... I put everything around Pearl Harbor that would fly on CAP and it helps...somewhat. The first sortie is 15 Zeroes vs a gaggle of P-36A Mohawks (39), P-40B Warhawk(52), F4F-3 Wildcats(7) and oh yeah -the ace of the skies-a P-26A! Surprisingly a good showing, 3 Zeroes downed for a P-36 & a P-40! Plus 1 so far!
The followup isnt so pretty - Down comes the Hammer! Sixty Four Zeroes, Twenty four Kates and Twenty one Vals come a callin on Monday morning. My staunch opposition is now 32 P-36A's, 40 P-40B's, 7 F4F-3's, AND my plucky P-26A! will it be enough? Hmmm
Jap air losses - 2 Zeroes destroyed, 4 Kates destroyed - 5 damaged, 2 Vals destroyed 13 damaged.
US air losses - 3 P-36A destroyed 1 damaged, 4 P-40B destroyed, 1 F4F-3 destroyed 6 damaged.
I'll take that, but what about the surface vessels? 5 torps hit - 1 each into 4 BB's and an AD. Sadly BB Tennessee, who took 6 bomb hits and 5 torpedoes yesterday, cannot take one more torp and sinks to the bottom of the harbor...
Overall I'm happy with the exchange, the Tennessee wasn't going to be seaworthy for over a year, and the Allies put a sizeable dent into KB's aircraft stocks.
Across the Pacific - Clark Field is a relative bright spot with two attacks by Zeroes, Bettys and Nells, with the P-40 Warhawks trading 5 Zeroes destroyed, 5 Bettys destroyed + 8 damaged for just 4 P-40's (2B's & 2E's). Elsewhere things are pretty much as expected, I sent all the P.I. and Hong Kong shipping running for cover, most will be easy target practice but otherwise they go down when the cities fall anyway.
I've figured out how to add the Combat Report, so theres one bit of progress... coming soon December 9th,1941 to a screen near you!