PT boat skipper
18 May 1942
SOUTHERN ARMY (Burma-Java-Ambon)
More than 150 enemy fighters and bombers seem to have relocated away from eastern India(!). No enemy air attacks against 16th Army.
ALERT seven enemy ground units located two hexes NE of Dacca in open terrain.
Combined Fleet: fleet assets cover area SW Chittagong and SW Rangoon. Two british DDs sunk near Ramree Island:
DD Mikazuki, Shell hits 1
DD Pakenham, Shell hits 1
DD Paladin, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Shirayuki, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Pakenham, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
16th ARMY: in forward defensive positions with secure LOC to Chittangong.
Mobile units (1st and 2nd Tank Divisions) are located E and NE of Dacca.
2nd Division (-) is to capture Akyab. The third shock attack:
Attacking force 5579 troops, 67 guns, 90 vehicles, Assault Value = 198, Japanese adjusted assault: 174, shock(+)
Defending force 2642 troops, 18 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 77, Allied adjusted defense: 101, terrain(+), disruption(-), experience(-)
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese ground losses:
130 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Allied ground losses:
161 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
2nd Engineer Regiment
24th Infantry Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
2nd Field Artillery Regiment
46th Indian Brigade
23rd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
RAF 221 Group Wing /1
15th Army is to invest and then capture Katka IOT establish a forward major airfield (5th Air Division).
5th Air Division: NIL.
3rd Air Division and 21st Air Flotilla is protecting Chittagong (AAA regiment will disembark during next 24H).
TORA SAKUSEN-2: 25th ARMY is at Djambi for the final battle on Sumatra. Attack will be launched in 24H with massive bomber support.
PERTH RAID: KB1 and KB3.
KB1 launched another port strike on Perth.
xAK Aldinga, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Aroona, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Momba, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Moonta, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AGP Tydeman, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Autolycus, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Risaldar, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
Day Time Surface Combat, near Albany at 49,152, Range 20,000 Yards:
Japanese Ship: DD Murasame attacked:
xAK Bhima, Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Nurmahal, Shell hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Lowana, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
B5N2 Kate x 20
xAK Mangola, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAP Demosthenes, Bomb hits 9, and is sunk
ASW and CONVOY COMMAND: No submarine activity reported in area Singapore-Tokyo. Submarines are concentrated W and SW off Rangoon and east of Palmyra island (central Pacific).
25th ARMY operation II: INMON SAKUSEN (support 16th ARMY).
17th ARMY operation I: INMON SAKUSEN (support 16th ARMY).
16th ARMY operation II: Landing at Port Blair (postponed)
25th ARMY operation III: SANGOKUICHI SAKUSEN.
CHINA EXPEDITIONARY ARMY
North China Army (incl 1st, Mongol and 12th Armies): Mongol and 12th Armies will replace remaining 1st Army units in frontline positions.
China Exp Army (incl 11th and 13th Armies): NIL.
25th Air Flotilla: Changsha airfield was bombed. During next 24h, fighter sweeps will be conducted.
SANGOKUICHI SAKUSEN: the total conquest of China.
4th FLEET (Central Pacific)
ALERT many submarines east of Palmyra island.
14th ARMY operation III (HAWAII): all units will arrive Xmas island in 24H.
new: Withdrawal of KB2 to Kure for TR3 (training, rest, repair and refit) in June-July.
SOUTHEAST AREA FLEET (New Guinea - South Pacific)
Port Moresby: 40 fighters, 25 000 troops.
Horn island, 20 fighters, 20 bombers, about 5 000 troops.
Two ground units spotted at Milne Bay (SE Port Moresby).
Buildup of air (lvl 4) and naval bases at: Madang and Tulagi.
17th ARMY operation II (New Caledonia)(postponed)
14th ARMY operation IV (Port Moresby)(postponed)
5th FLEET (North Pacific)
Convoy movements: Karafuto-Hokkaido-Honshu.