December 15, 1941
The SCTF headed up by Java and DeRuyter engaged both his fleeing (empty) invasion TF and its escort - including the CA Chokai. The results were mixed. I'm pretty sure I did most of his merchants in, but we were pretty ineffective against his cruisers. It felt like a lot of BOOM BOOM and gunsmoke but not a lot to show for it when the sun set. Both cruisers and several of the DDs were roughed up, so they are headed back to 'Baja to spend a few weeks in the yard.
However, now that I know Chokai is up there, I'm thinking about sending Force Z up to the Ternate area where he hasn't had time to get the lvl 4 airfield he needs to extend his LBA range.
KB2 continued its slow crawl out of the Java Sea. He is obviously trying to cover his invasion fleets, and SigInt today reported 2 units of his 4th Div bound for Palembang. No real surprise there, but I sure wish his carriers weren't around so I could unleash the Vildebeesties from Singers.
When Pensacola finally gets to Brisbane for her refueling, she will be joined by Indianapolis and possibly another CA which is currently overseeing the unloading of troops at Luganville. Hopefully, these three CAs can fend off his second attempt at Rabaul which certainly will be coming sooner rather than later.
KB1 vanished. The only possible hint that I have is that there was radio traffic between Midway and Wake. However, in order to get to that location, he would have had to run them at full speed. I have no clue why he would have done that, so I am working on the assumption that he is still in the Johnston Island area. In any case, Enterprise decided to stop and spend the day in sunny Pearl Harbor instead of filling up the tanks and hitting the road like I instructed it to. They will leave during the night...and with a new commander, if I get my way.
This means that within a week or so, all my carriers will be off map. Lexington sailed over the horizon yesterday afternoon. I'm already considering the possibility of using them in the IO to retake Port Blair. His aircraft stationed there are going to cause all sorts of problems for supplying Rangoon.
The TF has arrived, and the troops should begin unloading at Adak first thing in the morning. As it happens, I received intel that he has troops bound for Attu Island in the western Aleutians. I'm also trying to airlift an ENG unit to Adak from Dutch Harbor since the port in Adak is only level 1.
John is pretty talkative in his emails. Sometimes his attempts to lead me on are obvious. Other times he is clearly trying to be more subtle. Thus far, I've played the "talkative new guy" role that he evidently is expecting, and I hope to be able to use that to my advantage in the future. Currently, he is fishing for a comment on my "fighting style." If he has done his homework (ie., talked to TexasD), then he should know that my fighting style is something like if you crossbred Sir Robin with an especially terrified gazelle. However, I've simply not responded to those comments. I must keep him looking over his shoulder for now.