From: Upstate New York
Jan 21st 1942
The 6th Tank Rgt caught up with the former Padang garrison one hex to the NE. It will perform a deliberate attack tomorrow.
Change of plans with the paratroopers that took Padang. They are being airlifted back to Georgetown and Alor Star. From there, they will move by rail to Singapore and will move by sea to Singkawang. From there, they will be paradropped onto Banjermasin, and from there, they will be used to support operations in Java. The 2nd Raiding Rgt is loaded onto ships at Nagasaki and will be moved to Rangoon to participate in my advance into central Burma.
The battalions of the 124th Rgt continue plodding to Medan and Sibolga.
A cargo TF off Tandjoengbalai bumped into another MMS. Both sides evaded combat.
The I/81st NG detachment is on its way to Pakhoi from Kudat.
The Oil and Refineries at Miri continue repairing. More cargo TFs are on the way to ensure a constant inflow of supply.
The fall of Tandjoengselor (right next to Tarakan) last turn has me seriously considering taking the bases in E Borneo. Supply there must be really bad if the row boat corps captured a location next to a major allied base with three LCUs present. Elements of the 16th and 48th Divisions are recuperating in Manila. I’ll move them to Batangas and load them onto transports once they’ve recovered.
Still located two hexes W of Sampit – waiting for the amphibious TF carrying the 14th Division. There are a couple allied TFs at Soerabaja and Tjilatjap. Maybe I’ll set some of the Kates to Naval Attack and see what they can find. I don’t want to use the Vals as that will give away KBs position (the Kates could have been from the CVLs and/or CVEs for all Bill knows).
The 55th Eng has one more day until it is completely airlifted from Rahaeng to Pegu. The 55th Cav Rgt is all there already.
No Oscar sweeps out of Moulmein. It’s clear Bill is doing the ultimate Sir Robin. All of the bases in central Burma look unoccupied. All I can think of is he is pulling back to Lashio and is looking to make a stand where the terrain is to his advantage, or he is going to head all the way back to India.
The minesweepers at Rangoon continued their work
All troops from Johore Bharu are heading to the newly liberated city of Singapore. From there, they will be shipped out to support the capture of Java. From there, I’m thinking N Oz.
One of the 30-plane Zero squadrons based at Kalidjati swept Soerabaja but only found two H81-A3s. No aircraft were shot down, but both allied fighters aborted due to damage. After the sweep, 59 Nells escorted by 29 Zeros hit the airfield for 56 hits. The supply dump was also damaged, taking 9 hits. Aircraft hit on the ground included B-17Ds (6 damaged), CW-22 Falcons (1 destroyed, 2 damaged), CW-21Bs (1 destroyed, 1 damaged) and 139WH-3s (1 destroyed, 3 damaged). I’ll repeat tomorrow.
The 121st Mixed Bde and the 91st NG performed another deliberate attack at Bandoeng. This time, I got 5:1 odds and sent the ABDA HQ and the Andir ML Base Force retreating toward Tjilatjap. I’ll send the 121st Mixed Bde in pursuit and leave the 91st NG there for garrison duty until I can get some JAAF Bns there to do double duty – garrison and aviation support for some Anns and Sonias I no longer need in Malaya.
Again, the Tanaka and Kano detachments and the 48th Recon Rgt did not attack the 41st PA Division at Subic Bay. They are set to deliberate attack and have adequate supply. I don’t understand why they are not attacking.
The 1st Sasebo SNLF Coy performed another deliberate attack against the former Zamboanga garrison. The 6:1 odds resulted in 18 allied casualties.
The Nells at Cagayan didn’t fly again today due to weather. I’m getting lots of groundings due to weather and the trend seems to be more and more each turn. Is this the dreaded “advanced weather” bug?
Bettys from Takao and Sallys, Anns and Sonias hit the airfield at Bataan for 60 hits on the field and 5 to the supply dump. Recon shows 100% damage. More importantly, the AA intensity is getting very weak. I dropped the altitude down to 8k. Next turn, I’ll drop it down to 7k and see what happens.
Siquitjor fell to a paradrop by a detachment from the 3rd Yokosuka SNLF.
Five PBs ran into a PT TF off Lubang. For some reason, the PTs didn’t launch any torpedoes. Instead, they just sat there and let the PB gun crews get some free target practice. Two of the little bastards were “obliterated” by the PBs’ deck guns. I love that message in the combat replay that says PT so-and-so obliterated by direct hit from blah blah blah. Does anyone else find that message to be particularly gratifying?
The two amphibious TFs carrying the detachments from the 8th JAAF Coy merged at Alor and moved to Roti. There, they unloaded without incident.
The Netties at Makassar didn’t fly due to bad weather. Hopefully, they’ll fly tomorrow.
Wewak fell to the 2nd Independent SNLF Coy, Russell Islands and Malang to detachments of the 84th NG, Maiana and Kuria to detacments of the 51st NG and Hollandia to the 4th Independent SNLF Coy.
The 61st NG, which recently took Naru Island, is a couple days’ sail from Efate. The 52nd NG, which took Ocean Island, should land at Luganville at about the same time the 61st lands at Efate. Neither of these TFs are escorted. I’m more interested in giving Bill the appearance of recklessness here. If they land without incident, fine. If they get hit by Bill’s carriers or a SCTF, I’ll obviously be bummed by the loss of troops, but it will give something for Bill to think about in the future. I view myself as somewhat cautious, so if I can give the impression that I’ll take risks, it might keep him guessing a bit. So, I look at this mini operation as a win-win, regardless of how it turns out.
SS I-165 put a couple torpedoes into YO-41 off Tjilatjap. I heard the “sinking beneath the waves” sound effect, so I’m pretty sure she’s done for.
A Dutch sub fired some torpedoes at DD Yugumo, which was escorting a cargo TF unloading off Kalidjati. The torpedoes missed, but so did the escorts’ depth charges.
Three B-17s showed up over Koepang again and scored a single hit on the airfield.