Mar 31 1943
100 4Es, escorted by 50 P-38s, smashed Roti AF.
3 hexes north of Port Hedland the spotted TFs (they appear to be 2 fat transport TFs and 1 strong SAG TF with at least 2 BBs in it) didn't move this turn... a long range CAP trap? Is he targetting Roti?? don't think so... without his CVs he cannot hope to land anywhere on my guarded left flank. I have several big and well supported AFs from Sosarbaja to Koepang... he needs first to achieve a total air superiority. Moreover i have several BBs and cruisers at Kendari and Sosarbaja... i think this is another feint, but i'll keep an eye on it!
We decided to move back to Truk our KB... don't like the idea to remain sitting at Kusiae Island waiting for a landing that never arrives. Brad has clearly set up a sub-trap for my KB... as soon as i moved, some 12 subs popped up around my KB...he's giving me my own medicine. No attacks this turn, but i bet i'm gonna get attacked on my way to Truk. I now need to start sending my CV/CVLs back to Tokyo. 2 new CVs will be online in 2 days, so we'll be able to keep the numbers stable.
Nothing new in Burma, but he started reconning Mandalay...this is the first recon mission over my Burma territory in months! This, packed with the arriving of 350+ fighters in Assam and 300+ bombers tells me i have to get ready for a huge air offensive.
Just delivered another regiment at Little Adaman.
Another artillery BN arrived at Sebang and an arty unit (with 300mm howitzers) will be sent at Siberoet in few days.
The 750k fuel convoy is finally leaving Singapore....feels good!
75k supplies are unloading to Ambon and Kendari.
Sorong reached AF lvl 5. Menado is getting 50k supplies, 2 brand new base forces and several construction BNs.
Guam is getting a naval base force (it already has 2 more base forces, one with Radar Type 2 and one with Radar Taichi-7 model). The 1943 perimeter is slowly building up. I can't wait to have the needed divisions to Kusiae and Ponape...wanna have those bases really safe
The first 5 tank regiments are finally leaving China. They are being sent to Benkoleng, Kendari, Lautem, Marcus and Sebang.
2 small AA units are being dropped at Paramushiro Jiima and Onnekotan Jiima.
had to withdraw a fat 18 a/c Emily group... that hurts a lot
2 Mavis have been shot down over Ndeni in the last 3 days. Lots of ships are gathering there and the CAP is becoming very very strong there. Nothing is spotted at Lungaville (where he should base his 4Es) so i think this is one of his usual feints.
I'm starting to send fuel convoys to Manila and to Saipan. Already moved there ASs, ADs, AKEs and ARs... wanna have those backwaters bases full operational when the perimeter will shrink.
The second verison of the Jill is coming online in 2 days. Already stopped producing the Ha-44 engine and changed those engine factories to Ha-32 and Ha-33. We'll be producing 120 Jills (second version) monthly.
The Frances will start its production tomorrow (April 1), while the J2M3 has been advanced to Feb 1944 (good!)
The N1K1 didn't have his baptism of fire yet. I have them operating at Rabaul, Burma, and Palembang, but i can bet those in Burma will be the first to have a fire test.
In China we gained controll of another hex south of Chungking. The overall plann seems to be working