28th-31st January -44
Suddenly the map erupts with activity!
On the 31st Erik decides to try and smack my DD TF sitting at Finnschafen. There are some up and down moments in this. A big CA/CL TF smashes in to my 7DD Fletcher TF that fight back ferociously! Very happy with the battle itself!
Day Time Surface Combat, near Finschhafen at 100,126, Range 24,000 Yards
CA Myoko, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA Haguro, Shell hits 5
CL Agano, Shell hits 2
CL Yahagi, Shell hits 1
DD Hamanami, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Isokaze, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
DD Shiranui, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Urakaze, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Tanikaze, Shell hits 1
DD Bush, Shell hits 2
DD Harrison, Shell hits 9, on fire
DD Hutchins, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Murray, Shell hits 1
DD Pringle, Shell hits 16, and is sunk
Some things I´m not quite happy with is the fact that my TF retreats to Umboi after the battle and I loose 2 DDs to airstrikes. I will probably loose the rest tomorrow. Some automated things in this game really bothers me. This was one of them.
Eriks TF lingers in Finnschafen after probably spending all OPS points and the air force strikes! Not happy with the result...
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Finschhafen at 100,126
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud
Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-40K Warhawk x 24
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 16
F4U-1A Corsair x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 101
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 96
SBD-5 Dauntless x 62
TBF-1 Avenger x 68
No Japanese losses
Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 3 damaged
CA Haguro, Bomb hits 1
DD Isokaze, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CA Myoko, and is sunk
DD Shiranui, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
CL Agano, Bomb hits 1, on fire
200 AC getting 11 hits... All pilots are highly trained. I´ll blame the weather on this one.
I´m in a bit of a pickle right now. I have no combat worthy ships in range. I´ve sent a Cleveland TF towards Finnschafen and another 8 Fletcher TF. His ships will no doubt get away. I do have several subs in the area though. Would have been really nice getting Haguro!
Another thing I´m not very happy with is the inactivity of my PT boats. I had almost 50 of them in 4 different TFs all with highly aggressive leaders. Yet they did not engage. Whats up with that? And need I mention none of the 120 mines hit anything!
Mixed feelings about the events. At least I can make up the 7 DDs about to be lost in about 3 days as the DDs repairing after the last battle are fixed up and moving back towards the area. Did I win or loose or was this a draw? To be honest I feel Erik got away pretty cheap again. Risking 2CA/2CLs to knock out a few DDs under massive LBA... Very aggressive!
Major developments here. Erik try to intercept my bombing run on his troops east of the death star. My sweeper deal a big blow but do suffer some. I attached a screen of the losses. This led me to sweep Rangoon. That went well over expectations! But the airfield is not closed and I have to go in again. The Spit VIIs will have to do the brunt of the work as the Corsairs are exhausted with 30+ fatigue. "Luckily" the P38s didn´t take off last time so they are fresh and will give it another go. Eriks pilots must be really wrecked now with low moral and high fatigue!
Over two days the Japanese Empire loose 383 fighters. I do suffer 38 P47s lost which stings a lot. I do have 90 in the pools and 50 in SOPAC I can change to P38s instead. In about 16 days all the Corsairs I sent from the States should arrive. That will really help relive some pressure on the P47s in Burma.
Should be a critical turn coming in next. If I can´t close Rangoon next turn I only have P40s left to sweep with...Not a prospect I would look forward too!
< Message edited by JocMeister -- 2/8/2013 3:31:59 PM >