March 8, 9, 10 1944
After the battle of the 7th, QBall got aggressive and move all his CVs next to Bima (South of Makassar), clearly looking for my CVs...
Thanks God my platforms moved away towards Batavia (also avoiding all those pesky subs !), out of range.
The Allies launched a strike against my shippings at makassar, finding a small CAP of 40 N1K2s and Tojos.
We downed 56 among Hellcats and SDBs, losing just 10 Georges, but 10 xAPs, 2 AOs and some PBs got sunk....
At the same time the allied APAs retired from Roti... and one of my midjet subs got a field day, placing 2 torps into an LSI
Roti got conquered the very same day by the allied invasion force (no time to send there anything Pax, and we do not do night bombing so my Nells are now used ONLY for Naval search duties)
Pantar was conquered the following day after a huge bombardment
Now the allied CVs got back to Darwin, while mine reached Singapore to rest a bit and reload torps, planes and fuel.
My Last CV arrived at Kobe, while all my damaged ships reached the assigned shipyards for repairs.
So we've lost 4 CVEs, 4 CVLs and 2 CVs in the last month...heavy losses but my fighting force is still able to compete.
Timor is now completely lost and circled, but we're succesfully extracting also the 38th Div from Lautem... which is real good! Only 1 Division will be left back at Koepang... the rest has been succesfully evacuated Now the second line is ready.