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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/9/2012 2:50:38 PM   
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How many mistakes can the Allied Land Commanders make in one operation, let me count the ways...




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/9/2012 2:57:31 PM   
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Operation Wounded Kangaroo Phase 2 AND Disaster at Mangaia

KB: The KB is making a major raid in the SOPAC area. All convoys and ship are fleeing away from the projected (guessed) course of the 600-lb gorilla. While they are in the area various small islands are being invaded - with an eye toward cutting of Pago Pago and Fiji from reinforcements and supply.

A CVL/CVE raider sneaks near PH and makes a total surprise attack on 10/17 that takes out four YP in a ASW TF 200 miles Lahaina.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lahaina at 188,106

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
D3A1 Val x 12

Allied Ships
YP Pine, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
YP-73, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
YP-92, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
YP-74, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

US CVs: TF38 is headed toward Tahiti, as the KB moves toward Tahiti the carriers will swing toward Auckland.

AIR WAR: The Japanese raiders in the EastPac have the CV Indomitable and CVE Long Is. bearing down on them. We hope to bring the raiding CVE/CVL to combat. A scout finds the allied TF first. The rest of the raiders flee.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Lahaina at 197,89

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 12
TBF-1 Avenger x 11

Japanese Ships
AMC Hokoku Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 10/15 IJN SS I-171 torpedoes another fleeing xAK near Pago Pago. SS I-10 nails an ASW DD off PH.

On 10/21 IJN SS I-157 sinks a ASW TF HDML near Diamond Harbour.

MALAYA:

BURMA: Operation Wounded Kangaroo units are getting a beating from the air as the allied CAP evaporates.

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: Operation Dunkirk on Efate running like a top.
13 x C-33 transporting 21st Infantry Regiment from Efate
8 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 9th Marine Regiment from Efate
10 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 34th NZ Battalion from Efate

Manihiki falls 10/18. Aitutaki and Rarotonga fall 10/20.

Disaster at Mangaia A convoy at Mangaia (near Tahiti) got the word to run but not the word TO STOP UNLOADING!!!
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Mangaia at 159,180

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 89
A6M3a Zero x 22
B5N2 Kate x 32
D3A1 Val x 64

Allied Ships
DM Sicard
DMS Dorsey
xAK Clan Macneil, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Forafric, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
AVD Williamson
DM Pruitt
xAK Varela, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DM Tracy
DMS Elliot
xAK Steel Engineer, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Hovey, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Jaladuta, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Zannis Cambanis, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Mangaia at 159,180

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 7

Allied Ships
DM Sicard
xAK Clan Macneil, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mangaia at 159,180

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 79
A6M2-N Rufe x 8
A6M3a Zero x 22
B5N2 Kate x 128
D3A1 Val x 176

Allied Ships
DMS Elliot
DM Sicard, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
DM Pruitt
AVD Williamson, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Hovey, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DM Tracy, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
xAK Varela, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Orfor, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Forafric, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Dorsey, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Empire Curlew, Bomb hits 3, on fire
xAK Derrymore, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mangaia at 159,180

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
B5N2 Kate x 8

Allied Ships
xAK Derrymore, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Forafric, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mangaia at 159,180

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
B5N2 Kate x 18
D3A1 Val x 18

Allied Ships
DMS Dorsey, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DMS Elliot
xAK Orfor, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk

AUSTRALIA: We mange to sneak in some port attacks on 10/19 and 10/20.
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Morning Air attack on Albany , at 51,153

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12

Japanese Ships
AV Sagara Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

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Morning Air attack on Esperance , at 56,153

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 11

Japanese Ships
xAKL Koyu Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk

PH and points east:

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 4:00:40 AM   
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Operation Run Real Hard

KB: Supporting operations in the Cook Is. The Mini-KB turns up near Colombo on 10/26 supporting an invasion. It's pretty much a complete surprise. The next day bombers have transferred to Colombo. The Hosho gets a bit wet... but no hits.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Colombo at 25,49

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 5
D3A1 Val x 12

Allied Ships
DD Whipple, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage (she will sink)
DD Edsall
DD Bulmer
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Koggala at 28,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M2-N Rufe x 4

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVE Hosho
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Koggala at 28,61

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVE Hosho


US CVs: US Carriers are in Auckland - however I did not check to make sure that upgrade was off and one of CVs is grabbed by the yard dogs and nothing will get it out of hock!

AIR WAR: Cats on the prowl on 10/24.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Aitutaki at 159,174

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
PBY-5 Catalina x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5 Catalina: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Sydney Maru
xAP Teiritsu Maru, Bomb hits 1

SURFACE WAR: The KB flushed a powerful SCTF that was protecting Fiji. After the KB passed east the SCTF bolted toward PH, taking a little live fire exercise at Baker Is on the way.
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Night Naval bombardment of Baker Island at 149,136

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 7 damaged
Ki-46-II Dinah: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
BB South Dakota
BB Washington
BB North Carolina
CA Quincy
CA Chicago
CA Northampton
CA Indianapolis
CA Portland

SUB WAR:

On 10/22 IJN SS I-166 nails a xAKL near Cuttack. Calcutta was seeming to risky, would have made better sense to have stayed in position.

On 10/23 IJN SS I-8 attacks a heavily escorted convoy with accompanying ASW TF. SS I-8, hits 10, and is sunk ==> Sub slips beneath the waves. I'll count this one as a kill.

On 10/24 IJN SS I-9 gets a mild beating near Dunedin.

MALAYA:

BURMA: The Japanese reinforcements (5th ID and five Arty units) have shown up at Lashio and they take the measurement of the defenders on 10/26 achieving a 2:1 (1994:853 adjusted, 1703:616 raw, 916:2452 casualties). On 10/27 there is another attack achieving a 1:1 (1344:1063 adjusted, 1552:485 raw, 1012:1342 casualties).

Operation Wounded Kangaroo is in full retreat as the allied air-forces prove incapable of protecting the AUS 7 ID. This is the cool part - the following units arrive at Magwe! When the destination of the unit to be followed changes it didn't change the destination of the following units. The OpFor graciously allowed me to move the units out of the hex before pounding them.

INDIA: North Male falls 10/27. Every bomber in the CBI with the range shifts south.

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: Operation Dunkirk over Efate.

6 x R4D-1 Skytrain transporting 21st Infantry Regiment from Efate
13 x C-33 transporting 21st Infantry Regiment from Efate
8 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 9th Marine Regiment from Efate
9 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 34th NZ Battalion from Efate

On 10/24 the Japanese invade Eua (near Fiji) which is defended by the 101st USN Base Force. The KB works the place over and so do some CA. From the number of Japanese casualties the preparation level must not be very high. The Japanese also grab Niue and Tongatapu.

Defensive fire on 10/25.
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Invasion Support action off Eua (138,169)

12 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAP Shanghai Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
BB Hiei
CA Kumano
xAP Buenos Aires Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAP Teibi Maru
DD Kawakaze
DD Mochizuki

AUSTRALIA: The Japanese check out the air defenses at Bowen on 10/25.
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Morning Air attack on Bowen , at 93,147

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 21
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 54
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 30

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 25
P-40E Warhawk x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed
B-25C Mitchell: 1 destroyed on ground
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 23

PH and points east:




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 4:35:07 AM   
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Operation Give Me Back My Carrier & Lashio Falls

KB: Prowling around the Southern Ocean between New Zealand and Tahiti.

US CVs: Yorktown is in refit in Auckland and the KB is in spitting distance. Every fighter that can get there is headed to Auckland (almost 200 fighters). The other carriers are laying low at Hobart in Tasmania. Fuel is a significant consideration.

AIR WAR: We find a AV at Raoul Is on 11/2. On 11/3 we'll put another bomb into her.
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Morning Air attack on Raoul Island , at 128,177

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 9
F1M2 Pete x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 25
No Japanese losses
Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 4 damaged
Japanese Ships
AV Akitsushima, Bomb hits 1, on fire

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 10/31 IJN SS I-174 nails a xAK near Tu'a.

On 11/1 we have a little sub on sub action.
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Sub vs Sub: SS Nautilus attacking SS I-5 at 119,165 - near Mare'
Japanese Ships
SS I-5, heavy damage
Allied Ships
SS Nautilus
SS Nautilus launches 2 torpedoes at 1,000 yards

On 11/2 SS S-47 puts a Mk10 into a DD near Isle of Pines.

On 11/3 IJN SS I-9 returns the favor on a DD near Dunedin.

MALAYA:

BURMA: Lashio falls to a 3rd assault achieving a 4:1 (2313:559 adjusted, 1520:392 raw, 420: 6082 casualties). Japanese attempts to isolate Lashio had been avoided by having battalions in each surrounding hex.

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: Operation Dunkirk Over Efate.

7 x R4D-1 Skytrain transporting 21st Infantry Regiment from Efate
13 x C-33 transporting 21st Infantry Regiment from Efate
5 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 9th Marine Regiment from Efate
9 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 7th Marine Regiment from Efate

Eua falls to a 4:1 vs. the 10st USN Base Force. The Japanese paid plenty for this real estate, wish I had a Marine Def Batt there. Vava'u falls 10/30.

AUSTRALIA: Kaimana and Truscott fall 10/30.

On 11/4 the P-38G makes her maiden combat mission, flying sweep at 31k over Cooktown. Looks like a 5:2 ratio flying against Oscars, Nicks and Tojos.
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 20
Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 2
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 7
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 4

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 3
Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed
[No Allied losses


PH and points east:

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 1:05:15 PM   
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Enterprise eats a torpedo for breakfast & Invasion of Efate

KB: Prowling around the Southern Ocean between New Zealand and Tahiti.

US CVs: Yorktown is in refit in Auckland and the KB is in spitting distance. Every fighter that can get there is headed to Auckland (about 225 fighters). The other carriers swinging back to south New Zealand to pick up the Yorktown and maybe escort about 5 convoys across the New Zealand-Tahiti gap.

And then... The ASW TF supporting the carriers had been sent to support the "dog pile" tactics I am using on Japanese subs. However I forget to take the CARRIERS OFF FOLLOW!
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Sub attack near Palmerston North at 115,192

Japanese Ships
SS I-155, hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 1
CA Dorsetshire
CA Canberra
CA Australia
CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Diego
DD Porter
DD Buchanan
DD Aaron Ward
DD Clark
DD Balch
DD Phelps

AIR WAR: 2nd day of P-38G sweeps over Cooktown is not worthwhile. Looking at the maintenance issues this doesn't look sustainable. These guy needs to be flying against less opposition, where to go, where to go...
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown, at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 13
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 3 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Cooktown, at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 1
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 11/6 IJN SS I-22 tangles with a ASW TF near Wellington: SS I-22, hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage ==> I think shes a gonner.

On 11/7 IJN SS I-176 gets a mild beating from a ASW TF near Mangaia. Then SS I-16 takes severe beating from a ASW TF off Anna: SS I-16, hits 10, and is sunk - Sub slips beneath the waves. We'll paint this one on the conning tower.

On 11/8 IJN SS I-15 gets 15 hits from a ASW TF off PH. "Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface!" I'm not sure if I should count this one or not.

On 11/9 SS S-42 puts a torpedo into the AV that was bombed at Raoul Is. Just heavy damage.

On 11/11 SS S-41 shells a xAKL near Phuket. IJN SS I-156 gets beatup near Portland (not Oregon).

MALAYA:

BURMA:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: Operation Dunkirk over Efate reaches it's final phase.

12 x R4D-1 Skytrain transporting 9th Marine Regiment from Efate
7 x R4D-1 Skytrain transporting 115th USAAF Base Force from Efate
11 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 7th Marine Regiment from Efate
13 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 7th Marine Regiment from Efate
12 x C-33 transporting 9th Marine Regiment from Efate
5 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 9th Marine Regiment from Efate
8 x C-47 Skytrain transporting 7th Marine Regiment from Efate
5 x C-47 Skytrain transporting D Det USN Port Svc from Efate

Efate is invaded on 11/9.

On 11/6 the Japanese set up a CAP Trap at Raoul Is and 40 B-25Ds fly into it. Counting the ones that don't make it back there is a 20% attrition rate.
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Morning Air attack on 4th Indpt SNLF Coy , at 128,177 (Raoul Island)

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 28
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 13

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 40

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
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Morning Air attack on 4th Indpt SNLF Coy , at 128,177 (Raoul Island)

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 24
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 10

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 1:12:12 PM   
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Hi Folks,

Do you think that this air bridge from Nadi to Efate in the face of Japanese air superiority is to gamey? If the OpFor had known what I was doing he could have shut it down. In the real world the OpFor would have known that 60+ transports were flying into Efate every day.

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 3:19:26 PM   
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Fall of Efate

KB: Prowling around the Southern Ocean between New Zealand and Tahiti?

US CVs: Yorktown is in refit in Auckland and the KB is in spitting distance. Every fighter that can get there is headed to Auckland (about 225 fighters). The other carriers swinging back to south New Zealand to pick up the Yorktown and maybe escort about 5 convoys across the New Zealand-Tahiti gap.

The Saratoga (operating near Penrhyn Is after a refit) swings south to pop a CL near Aitutaki. I'm disappointed in the results, I think a Japanese CV would have smoked the CL and the DD.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Aitutaki at 158,171

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 21
SBD-3 Dauntless x 9
TBF-1 Avenger x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Tenryu, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Shinonome


AIR WAR: On 11/17 Nells and Zeroes come to visit Fiji. We don't lose much but it does say that the IJN can come to town whenever they wish.
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Morning Air attack on Suva , at 132,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 45
G3M2 Nell x 45

Allied aircraft
P-36A Mohawk x 4
P-39D Airacobra x 17
P-400 Airacobra x 13
P-40B Warhawk x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 10 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 14 destroyed, 10 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AMc Gale, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMc Currell, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AMc Cosgrove, Bomb hits 1, on fire

On 11/18 we attempt to return the favor.
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 27 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 9
A6M2-N Rufe x 1

Allied aircraft
B-26B Marauder x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-26B Marauder: 2 destroyed, 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Abukuma, Bomb hits 1


SURFACE WAR: We send a single unescorted xAK from Invercargill NZ to Tahiti to see that forces might be hiding out there. Turns out there were dragons.
AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 18, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Mangaia at 149,200, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma

Allied Ships
xAK African Prince, Shell hits 16, and is sunk


SUB WAR:

On 11/12 the AV that was bombed at Raoul Is and torpedoed last week takes another 3 torpedoes from SS S-47.

And then a shot on goal!
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Sub attack near Geraldton at 43,137

Japanese Ships
CVE Chuyo
BB Haruna
CA Ashigara
CA Nachi
CL Naka
CS Mizuho
DD Fubuki
DD Nagatsuki
DD Sazanami
DD Shikinami

Allied Ships
SS Stingray

SS Stingray launches 4 torpedoes at CVE Chuyo

On 11/13 IJN SS RO-103 kills a AVP near Taeuni Is.

On 11/14 IJN SS I-1 takes a few hits from an ASW TF off Lahaina.

On 11/15 IJN SS I-25 take a few hits off Hilo. There are 10 ASW TF operating in this immediate area.

On 11/17 IJN SS I-175 takes severe damage from a ASW TF off Portland AUS. SS I-175, hits 11, on fire, heavy damage.

MALAYA:

BURMA:

INDIA: We retake North Male on 11/16.

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: Efate falls to a 16:1 (745:45 adjusted, 724:44 raw, 302:2557 casualties). Since most of the ground forces have been withdrawn the casualties are mainly support and arty.

AUSTRALIA: Green Island falls 11/17.

PH and points east:

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 3:23:18 PM   
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I don't think it is gamey - it is up to your opponent to recon your bases and note the numbers of troops seen there.

Re: the carriers stuck in refit, or repairing damage at Aukland - don't forget to put their air groups ashore so they can help defend and will not be wiped out if the KB comes for a port attack. After seeing Enterprise torpedoed near Palmerston North he will likely gather his carriers and head that way.

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I have not yet begun to fight! OTOH I have not yet begun to flee. Hmmmmm - choices, choices -always with the choices.

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 7:19:18 PM   
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Nov 19 - Nov 25, 1942

All quiet on the Pacific Front

KB: Pulling back inside the 1st barrier.

US CVs: Yorktown is out of refit. The Enterprise is going into port at Auckland to repair the non-major damage from the torpedo. Every fighter that can get there is at Auckland (about 225 fighters). The other carriers swing back to south New Zealand to pick up the Yorktown and escort about 5 convoys across the New Zealand-Tahiti gap.

AIR WAR: So we move the P-38s to Nadi and see how they do there.
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses
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Morning Air attack on Tanna , at 120,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Then I have the fine idea to target Tongatapu instead.
AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 21, 42
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Morning Air attack on Tongatapu , at 138,168

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 4 destroyed

No Allied losses
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Morning Air attack on Tongatapu , at 138,168

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 1
A6M2-N Rufe x 3

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter Ic x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Then the OpFor does an experiment of putting his cap at 35k. We're fumbling toward a house rule on CAP altitudes.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 24, 42
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Morning Air attack on Tongatapu , at 138,168

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 10

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Tongatapu , at 138,168

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

SURFACE WAR: All these P-38 sweeps draw the IJN to Nadi on 11/23. These bombardments will cause us to halt air operations at Nadi.
AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 23, 42
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Night Naval bombardment of Nadi at 131,160

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter Ic: 7 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 1 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed on ground
P-400 Airacobra: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Kuma
DD Yayoi

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Night Naval bombardment of Nadi at 131,160

Allied aircraft losses
P-36A Mohawk: 5 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 17 damaged
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed on ground
P-400 Airacobra: 17 damaged
P-400 Airacobra: 1 destroyed on ground
B-26B Marauder: 4 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 11 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 1 destroyed on ground
Beaufighter Ic: 12 damaged
Beaufighter Ic: 1 destroyed on ground

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima
CA Maya
CA Takao

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Night Naval bombardment of Nadi at 131,160

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 6 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 3 damaged
B-26B Marauder: 2 damaged
P-400 Airacobra: 3 damaged
Beaufighter Ic: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Fuso

SUB WAR:

On 11/25 IJN SS I-10 takes 4 hits from a convoy near Christmas Is.

MALAYA:

BURMA:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC:

AUSTRALIA: We try to shutdown Cooktowmn by sweeping with 125 fighters. The first day doesn't look to bad. Interesting that the P-39s at 15k did better than the P-40s at 20k.
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 4 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 3 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 6 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 19
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 27

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 11
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 11

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 9

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses
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Morning Air attack on Cooktown , at 92,137

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

PH and points east:




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/10/2012 8:00:14 PM   
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Cherry Poppin Torpedoes goes live! I am caught up with this AAR, so you can now watch the allied commanders screw up in real time.

KB: Pulled back inside the 1st barrier.

US CVs: The Enterprise is at Auckland to repair the non-major damage from the torpedo. Every fighter that can get there is at Auckland (about 225 fighters). The other carriers are escorting about 5 convoys across the New Zealand-Tahiti gap.

Japanese raiders trying to shoot the gap between PI and Palmyra are spotted by the CVE Long Is. 3 out 8 aint bad I guess.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Palmyra at 176,122

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
AMC Akagi Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk


AIR WAR: The Japanese assume with all the fighters at Cairns then Townsville must be undefended (11/26). Of course the strike arrives before the sweep. Overall it could have gone better for the Japanese.
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Morning Air attack on Townsville , at 92,144

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 27
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 20

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 27
Spitfire Vc Trop x 24
Kittyhawk III x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 9 destroyed, 4 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 7 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire Vc Trop: 1 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Townsville , at 92,144

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 24
Spitfire Vc Trop x 15
Kittyhawk III x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk IA: 2 destroyed
Spitfire Vc Trop: 3 destroyed
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Afternoon Air attack on Townsville , at 92,144

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 27
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 7

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 12
Spitfire Vc Trop x 12
Kittyhawk III x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 3 destroyed

No Allied losses

SURFACE WAR: The IJN looks at running bombardment missions into Suva and finds a minefield on 11/27.
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TF 24 encounters mine field at Suva (132,160)

Japanese Ships
DD Hagikaze, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

A couple of TF flail at each other in the night. These PT boats are headed for Suva.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Nov 30, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Niuafo'ou at 141,160, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kiso
DD Yudachi

Allied Ships
PT-38
PT-39
PT-68
PT-73
PT-74
PT-75

SUB WAR:

On 11/27 IJN SS I-36 takes 6 hits from a convoy near Hilo.

On 11/29 SS KXVI put two torps into an xAK near Carnarvon.

On 11/30 SS Sawfish is shook up by a large escort force near Mare'. Time to head into port.

On 12/1 SS S-31 puts a fish into the DD that hit a mine at Suva.

MALAYA:

BURMA:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC:

AUSTRALIA: The operation to shutdown Cooktown is cancelled after two days due the high aircraft loses. (The 4E joined in the 2nd day.) Maybe I should press on but the land forces to take advantage of the situation are a month out of position.

Norfolk Is falls to the Japanese a 2nd time. We took it back but did not garrison it.

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/17/2012 8:28:20 PM   
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Cherry Poppin Torpedoes goes live! As would be expected the war enters a lull as soon as I get the AAR caught up.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa.

US CVs: The Enterprise completes repairs that could be done at Auckland and is headed to PH via Tahiti. TF38 is operating between Tahiti and Line Is. Saratoga is out of the shop and headed down toward Starbuck Is. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF.

On 12/9 the Big 'E' finds a AV prowling around between New Zealand Tahiti.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Eua at 144,182

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 14
SBD-3 Dauntless x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
AV Kiyokawa Maru, Bomb hits 7, and is sunk
E Ishigaki, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage


AIR WAR: The very depleted B-17 force in North Aus changes it's mission from closing down airfields to plinking at AKs in port. These missions will be flown at 10K since that seems to be the consensus for 4E attacks.

First mission will be to Horn Is.
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Morning Air attack on Horn Island , at 91,128

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 13

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Koryu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Nihonka Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires


On 12/4 they shift to Port Moresby with excellent results! According to the OpFor the Oi will sink while trying to round the cape at Milne Bay.
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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Oi, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
SC Ch 32, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Seian Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Nishimi Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Akagane Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
ACM Okuyo Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Asahisan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Tyuwa Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Durban Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire


CAP engaged:
24th Sentai/A with Ki-43-IIa Oscar (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes

On 12/9 the B-17 swing around to Koumac.
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Morning Air attack on Koumac , at 113,156

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 28

No Japanese losses

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Belgium Maru, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
PB Hakkaisan Maru, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
xAK Atago Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Borneo Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
ACM Shofuku Maru #2, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AMc Fumi Maru #2, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

CAP engaged:
13th Sentai/B with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes


SURFACE WAR: ON 12/3 a small SCTF goes down to check out what sort of ships are visiting Aitutaki.
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Aitutaki at 159,174, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Kaiun Maru, Shell hits 27, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Capetown
DD Grayson
DD Meade
DD Morris

SUB WAR: Allied subs hit nothing this week, I think that a (negative) record.

On 12/5 IJN SS RO-62 sinks AM Warrnambool (in a ASW TF) off Auckland.

On 12/6 IJN SS I-6 sinks DD McCall near PH. McCall was in a ASW TF looking for the sub. In addition SS I-18 shells a xAKL near Dunedin. The xAKL was hauling a load of fuel for some other xAKLs stranded at Invercargill.

MALAYA:

BURMA: On 12/4 we see a typical attack on the battered remains of the Lashio defenders. On 12/7 we will repay the favor by bombarding his forces there with about 100 B-25 and Wellingtons.
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Morning Air attack on 107th RAF Base Force, at 63,44 (Bhamo)

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 81
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 34

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 21 damaged

Allied ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

On 12/9 The Japanese try to shutdown the aerial bombardment at it's source. Could have worked better. The Intel screen claims 24 Sallys destroyed.
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Morning Air attack on Imphal , at 60,40

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 53 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 81
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 29

Allied aircraft
P-43A-1 Lancer x 2
P-66 Vanguard x 2
Hurricane IIc Trop x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 5 destroyed, 26 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

The Japanese have a strong division at Bhamo and try to push the defenders out on 12/5.
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Ground combat at Bhamo (63,44)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13951 troops, 124 guns, 69 vehicles, Assault Value = 480

Defending force 11000 troops, 156 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 357

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 95

Allied adjusted defense: 313

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), preparation(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(-)

Japanese ground losses:
168 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
474 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 39 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 17 (2 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Assaulting units:
38th Division

Defending units:
5th Chinese/A Corps
5th Chinese/B Corps
Upper Burma BAF Battalion
5th Chinese/C Corps
BFF Brigade
107th RAF Base Force

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: On 12/6 the Japanese invaded Wallis Is again. On 12/7 they invade Hoorn Is. On 12/9 it is the turn of Taveuni Is. Apparently the OpFor intends to isolate Fiji using the Anaconda method. I think that implies that the KB will be tied to this area for weeks while the airfields are built up.

AUSTRALIA: On 12/3 we have a typical attack on the forces at Raoul Is. Are 51 casualties worth a B-24?
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Morning Air attack on 5th JNAF Coy , at 128,177 (Raoul Island)

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
F1M2 Pete x 1

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 26

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
51 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

PH and points east:

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/17/2012 8:38:35 PM   
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The situation around Fiji in mid-December





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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/17/2012 8:42:21 PM   
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Hummm....

Maybe I'll let him spend the supply to build up a base and then jump on it hard and fast. Start prepping a DIV and HQ now. (Looks around for divisions and they're all out of position.)

Cheers,
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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/17/2012 10:48:07 PM   
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Hi Folks,

This is what passes for entertainment in the late days of 1942.

Cheers,
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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/17/2012 11:22:08 PM   
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Wow - your B-17s are getting excellent results on NavB from over 10K feet. Well done.

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/18/2012 1:50:58 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

Wow - your B-17s are getting excellent results on NavB from over 10K feet. Well done.


Hi BBfanboy,

The OpFor remarked that he had his CAP percentage pretty low to cut down on fatigue and morale loss. These are 'surprise' results that won't be achieved again I'm afraid. However when the PB4Y-1 shows up I might get another bite at the apple.

Cheers,
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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/18/2012 1:56:53 PM   
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A strange thing happened on the way to Imphal today. For some reason (bad weather) none of my ~100 medium bombers flew - but that didn't stop the Japanese bombers from coming by. There were 26 hits on the runway but no damaged planes. OpFor was irritated.




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/18/2012 2:18:21 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: guytipton41

A strange thing happened on the way to Imphal today. For some reason (bad weather) none of my ~100 medium bombers flew - but that didn't stop the Japanese bombers from coming by. There were 26 hits on the runway but no damaged planes. OpFor was irritated.



Maybe they were trying to impress some of the local girls by taking them on a sightseeing flight around the area.

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/19/2012 11:33:52 PM   
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Dec 10 - Dec 13, 1942 Short week as my opponent goes on vacation to a barbarous land where they only have dial-up!!!

Cherry Poppin Torpedoes goes live! As would be expected the war enters a lull as soon as I get the AAR caught up.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa.

US CVs: Four CVs around Tahiti and the Big 'E' headed to drydock in PH. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF.

AIR WAR: On 12/10 a small TF escorting a mine layer to PH is attacked by Jakes in the middle of the SF-PH gap. Three Air Combat TFs react to the raid - we'll see how this turns out.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Eureka at 202,81

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
SC-632

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

On 12/13 the Japanese run into something a bit larger.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near San Francisco at 210,84

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 14
SBD-3 Dauntless x 22

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
AV Kimikawa Maru, Bomb hits 8, and is sunk


SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 12/10 after a real long dry spell SS Whale shells a xAKL to pieces near Eua.

On 12/12 SS O19 puts a fish into a DMS near Port Blair. In reply IJN SS I-157 torpedoes a HDML off Diamond Harbour.

MALAYA:

BURMA: One of the good days defensively at Bhamo (they're not all good). This is 12/10.
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Morning Air attack on 5th Chinese Corps, at 63,44 (Bhamo)

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 27
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 39
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6


Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 8 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 1 destroyed

On 12/13 we see a typical day on the attack side.
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Morning Air attack on 38th Division, at 63,44 (Bhamo)

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 22
Wellington Ic x 30
B-25C Mitchell x 45

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 3 destroyed
Wellington Ic: 2 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 4 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
128 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled


DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: The 'lost convoy' with the Dutch patrol demi-squadrons finally makes it to Tahiti after being caught in the inter-dimensional space warp of changing destinations when in an offmap box. These 12 a/c won't change the war but are a welcome addition to resources in the Society Is.

AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 11/19/2012 11:44:11 PM   
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It's almost 1943 - Can I go on the offense yet mommy?

I have lost one USN CV to a sub attack and one RN CV to stupidity (sigh). The KB is intact and I think the OpFor is has it organized in two fleet operating within long support (2-3 days) of each other. We are playing quiet China and OpFor has said that he will not attack Russia as he has bought too many units out of Manchuria.

Burma seems possible unless more IJA divisions show up. Fiji and Samoa are strongly held but takeable if the Japanese want to pay the cost. What to do... what to plan for. Is it late enough to discount additional offenses in AUS/NZ and Indian invasions?





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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 14 - Dec 16, 1942 I complained about how quiet it is and the Japanese decide to invade Fiji. Initial forces are an infantry division, brigade and regiment supported by 3 engineer units and 3 artillery units. Defense is a brigade, 3 regiments, 2 combat engineers and 2 coastal AA units. Forces in Fiji have about 45k supply and a level 7 airfield. Five DB and TB units transfer in after the invasion and the patrol units transfer out.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa.

US CVs: Four CVs near Starbuck Is. and the Big 'E' headed to drydock in PH. The main CV TFs head toward Pukapuka. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Balboa, after a shakedown cruise they will start convoying between PH and Tahiti. Maybe even Auckland.

AIR WAR: Nice sweep over Eua on 12/15.
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 26

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 9

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR: Most US subs are headed back to port to get their 12/42 upgrades.

On 12/14 IJN SS I-26 turns the tables on a ASW TF and sinks the AM Igonish off Hilo.

On 12/15 SS Barb puts a fish into an AMC in the North Pacific. We'll head a CVE TF that direction and see if we can catch it.

On 12/16 IJN SS I-20 has five encounters with the eight ASW TF that are tag teaming her. Only takes 6 hits.

MALAYA:

CBI: On 12/14 there was a good strike on the IJA 38th ID. It was about this point the CBI commanders realized that their Hurri force was degrading at an unsustainable rate and canceled the 2E bombing raids. Three additional Hurricanes would be written off after the battle.
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Morning Air attack on 38th Division, at 63,44 (Bhamo)

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 8

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 12
Wellington Ic x 29
B-25C Mitchell x 54

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 destroyed
Wellington Ic: 5 damaged
B-25C Mitchell: 11 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
106 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

On 12/16 the IJA 38th ID takes a swing at the Bhamo, defended by the Chinese 5th Corp. They achieve a 1:2 (154:238 adjusted, 608:310 raw, 901:188 casualties) but do not reduce the fort.

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: On 12/16 some Japanese ships turn up at Nadi. Possibly a mistake in reading their charts?
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Pre-Invasion action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

521 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.


Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
BB Ise
BB Fuso
BB Yamato
CA Kako
CL Kiso
DD Shiokaze
DD Yunagi
DD Asakaze
DD Yudachi
APD Fuji
DD Arare
xAP Palau Maru

Japanese ground losses:
367 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 73 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
57 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Looks like the ships brought tourists!
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Amphibious Assault at Nadi (131,160)

TF 190 troops unloading over beach at Nadi, 131,160

Japanese ground losses:
868 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 152 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 55 (1 destroyed, 54 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (0 destroyed, 20 disabled)
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

567 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
BB Ise
BB Fuso
BB Yamato
CA Kako
CL Kiso
DD Sanae
DD Shiokaze
DD Yunagi
DD Yudachi
APD Fuji
AK Tosan Maru
DD Arare

Japanese ground losses:
342 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 29 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

298 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji
DD Arare
DD Shiokaze

Japanese ground losses:
178 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 29 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Oops! The so called tourists brought guns in clear contravention of Commonwealth regulations. A strongly worked diplomatic note will be sent.
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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 9658 troops, 213 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 599

Defending force 13760 troops, 173 guns, 64 vehicles, Assault Value = 420

Japanese ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled


Allied ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Assaulting units:
7th Marine Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
9th Marine Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
Fiji Brigade
Nandi Base Force
1st RNZAF Base Force
205th Coast AA Regiment
251st Coast AA Regiment
II US Fighter Cmnd

Defending units:
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
4th Div /4
65th Brigade
77th Infantry Rgt /2
2nd Engr Rgt /1
19th Ind. Engr Rgt /1
1st Medium FA Rgt /2
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Bn /2

AUSTRALIA: Biak falls on 12/16.

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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 17, 1942 I complained about how quiet it is and the Japanese decide to invade Fiji. Initial forces are an infantry division, brigade and regiment supported by 3 engineer units and 3 artillery units. Defense is a brigade, 3 regiments, 2 combat engineers and 2 coastal AA units.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Only the Akagi of the 'Big Six' have been spotted so a pretty big hammer is held back.

US CVs: Four CVs moving toward Canton Is. from Starbuck Is. and the Big 'E' headed to drydock in PH. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Balboa, after a shakedown cruise they will start convoying between PH and Tahiti. Maybe even Auckland.

AIR WAR: I start up with about 80 fighters and 30 bombers in Suva and lose a few. I have 100 more fighters ready to rotate in but only about 70 bombers. I'll start staging the P-40Ks and SDB-3s from AUS to NZ where they can make the jump into Suva. More fighter and bombers will stage in thru Pago Pago and Canton Is. The big TBs can fly directly from AUS to Suva. The 64$ question is will I run out fighters before the Japanese do?

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

MALAYA:

CBI:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: 1st strike on 12/17 gives me heart, but the rest of the strikes are less heartening... Japanese air units noted include Genzan Ku, 251 Ku, 202 Ku, Akagi, Junyo and Hiyo.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3a Zero x 21
F1M2 Pete x 3

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 9
P-400 Airacobra x 12
P-40B Warhawk x 8
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15
TBF-1 Avenger x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
F1M2 Pete: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-400 Airacobra: 3 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Tango Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Yayoi
xAP Palau Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Takao
CL Yubari, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Ushio
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3a Zero x 21
F1M2 Pete x 3

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 6
P-400 Airacobra x 8
P-40B Warhawk x 5
TBF-1 Avenger x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-400 Airacobra: 3 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 2 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 destroyed, 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Palau Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Takao, Bomb hits 1

BB Hyuga
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 9
F1M2 Pete x 2

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Maya

On the first day of the invasion I felt compelled to try a shock attack to try to throw the Japanese off the beach. Achieved a 1:2 (213:589 adjusted, 605:540 raw, 2737:537 casualties) so it might not have been total stupidity. The 9th Marine winds up pretty well wrecked.

AUSTRALIA: Every ARM unit in Australia (~12 battalions, regiments and brigades) heads for Cloncurry with ~5 ART units and ~4 AA units, some combat engineers and the AUS II Corp HQ. In about a month I'll try another swing at Normanton.

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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 18, 1942 I complained about how quiet it is and the Japanese decide to invade Fiji. Initial forces are an infantry division, brigade and regiment supported by 3 engineer units and 3 artillery units. Defense is a brigade, 3 regiments, 2 combat engineers and 2 coastal AA units.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Only the Akagi of the 'Big Six' have been spotted so a pretty big hammer is held back.

US CVs: Four CVs moving toward Canton Is. from Starbuck Is. and the Big 'E' headed to drydock in PH. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Balboa, after a shakedown cruise they will start convoying between PH and Tahiti. Maybe even Auckland.

AIR WAR: On 10/18 a Japanese raider gets close to the Karachi-Abadan line and those 60kg bombs do a number on a loaded tanker. The tanker sinks later that day. We are reacting air and sea forces but the largest ship in the area is a CL.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Karachi at 38,6

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
E13A1 Jake x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
CL Tromp
TK British Chemist, Bomb hits 2, on fire

US 4E operating out of Pago Pago try to shut down the small airfield at Eua.
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 8
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 7

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 28
B-17F Fortress x 5
B-24D Liberator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 20

SURFACE WAR: A Japanese mine sweeping TF tries to open the door at Suva. 1st they run into some coastal guns and then a some PT boats. The last time the IJA tried a DD sweep one of the DDs hit a mine, so they're being cautious.
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TF 236 encounters mine field at Suva (132,160) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

14 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
DMS W-12, Shell hits 5
DMS W-8, Shell hits 1
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Suva at 132,160, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kisaragi
DMS W-8, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DMS W-12, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk


Allied Ships
PT-26
PT-48
PT-59
PT-60
PT-61
PT-66
PT-67, Shell hits 1

SUB WAR:

MALAYA:

CBI: The Japanese bomb the Chinese Corp at Bhamo.

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: Note that I do not have a HQ with torpedoes at Suva. This is a major screw-up. At the end of this strike I will swap out the P-40E unit and the most beat up P-39D for a fresher F4F-4 and P-39D unit from Pago Pago. One SBD and TBF unit will swap out with units from NJ.

The morning strike doesn't fly (weather) and the first afternoon strike is expensive but gets some results.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M3a Zero x 23
F1M2 Pete x 1

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 12
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-400 Airacobra x 6
P-40B Warhawk x 4
SBD-3 Dauntless x 13
TBF-1 Avenger x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 3 destroyed
P-400 Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Fuso, Bomb hits 5
BB Ise, Bomb hits 1

BB Mutsu
xAK Kano Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

This one was a heart breaker to watch, poor SBD pilots. The Zero's made one pass with the escorts and got amongst the chickens.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M3a Zero x 16

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 13
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 10 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Yoshino Maru
xAP Kokuryu Maru
BB Fuso
xAP Hie Maru

Kandavu Is falls 12/18.

AUSTRALIA:

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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 12/4/2012 3:18:28 AM   
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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 19 - Dec 23, 1942 I complained about how quiet it is and the Japanese decide to invade Fiji. Initial forces are an infantry division, brigade and regiment supported by 3 engineer units and 3 artillery units and follow-up forces are pushing the AV up toward 2000. It looks like a big enough hammer has been brought. Defense is a brigade, 3 regiments, 2 combat engineers and 2 coastal AA units.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted. The mini-KB is operating between Tahiti and New Zealand to ensure the blockade is tight. On 12/19 the mKB decides to sink an ASW TF right outside of Auckland.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Auckland at 118,184

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6
B5N2 Kate x 4

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
AM Deloraine


US CVs: The Big 'E' headed to drydock in PH followed by Lex and Wasp who haven't done their late '42 refits yet. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Pearl and head down toward Christmas Is. with no particular assignments. This might be good time to send a big reinforcement convoy to Auckland.

AIR WAR: The big bombers are at Pago Pago and will try to shut down Eua and Hoorn Is to force the KB to support the invasions without LBA support. The P-38s at Suva will sweep Hoorn Is to soften them up. It starts on 12/19.
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 17
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 6

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-17F Fortress x 4
B-24D Liberator x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 13

And again on 12/20. The B-17F unit is down to 4 flying aircraft and get pulled from the starting rotation.
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 14
B-24D Liberator x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged
H8K1 Emily: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 3 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 17

On 12/21 the weather turns foul and the 4Es don't fly. On 12/22 we have another decent strike.
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 21
B-24D Liberator x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 23

On 12/23 the Japanese don't fly and we have another good strike. Eua looks pretty shut down to me, time for Hoorn Is. We have something a little special planed for that base as three fast battleship have just left Pago Pago for live fire training.
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Afternoon Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 26
B-24D Liberator x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K1 Emily: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 33


SURFACE WAR: On 12/20 the raider that sunk the tanker on the Abadan-Karichi two days a ran into a Dutch lead SCTF as she fled west.
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Socotra at 18,17, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 5 destroyed

Japanese Ships
AV Sanyo Maru, Shell hits 43, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CLAA Van Heemskerck
DD Bulmer
DD Edsall
DD Peary
DD Scout
DD Stronghold
DD Tenedos
DD Thanet

SUB WAR:

On 12/20 a returning Transport TF beats up IJN SS I-19 off Hilo. They claim 5 hits.

On 12/21 SS Plunger puts a fish into CM Niizaki near Tanna.

MALAYA:

CBI: Bhamo gets bombed every other day but the effect in the jungle is manageable. On 12/20 the IJA makes another attack and gets a 1:1 reducing the fort level to 1. (466:451 adjusted, 652:294 raw, 484:419 casualties). The next day they hit the Chinese 5th corp again but seem to be a bit disrupted only getting a 1:2 but reducing the fort to zero. (216:451 adjusted, 626:276 raw, 804:248 casualties).

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: The TBFs and P-39s bomb the invaders with little affect - I can hope for some disruption at best.

AUSTRALIA: The Aussie command decides to send every armor unit on the island to Normanton to try to kick the Japanese out. They will be supported with combat engineers, artillery and anti-aircraft units - all that we have that are field deployable.

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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 24, 1942 I complained about how quiet it is and the Japanese decide to invade Fiji. Initial forces are an infantry division, brigade and regiment supported by 3 engineer units and 3 artillery units and follow-up forces are pushing the AV up toward 2000. It looks like a big enough hammer has been brought. Defense is a brigade, 3 regiments, 2 combat engineers and 2 coastal AA units.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted. The mini-KB is operating between Tahiti and New Zealand to ensure the blockade is tight.

US CVs: The Big 'E' headed to drydock in PH followed by Lex and Wasp who haven't done their late '42 refits yet. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Pearl and head down toward Christmas Is. with no particular assignments.

AIR WAR: The IJA caught the defenses at Townsville with their guard down and shellac the airfield after a very successful sweep by the Tojos.
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Morning Air attack on Townsville , at 92,144

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 100 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 54
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 31
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 8
Spitfire Vc Trop x 4
P-39D Airacobra x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 damaged
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hudson III (LR): 2 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 31
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 70 (Ouch!)


SURFACE WAR: On Christmas eve the Japanese at Hoorn Is receive a special present. Note that the Japanese ships put up a heck of a fight. A Ki-45 unit showed up the day (night) of the bombardment - sweet.
AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 24, 42
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Hoorn Islands at 138,157, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CM Tsugaru, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
DD Natsushio

Allied Ships
BB North Carolina
BB Washington, Shell hits 1
BB Indiana, Shell hits 2
DD Fletcher, Shell hits 1
DD Chevalier
DD Nicholas
DD Barton, Shell hits 2
DD Frazier
DD Conyngham, Shell hits 1
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Night Naval bombardment of Hoorn Islands at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 19 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 4 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 4 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Indiana
BB Washington
BB North Carolina

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 17
Port hits 11
Port supply hits 1

And then the sweep comes in just as planned.
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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 15
A6M3a Zero x 3
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 20

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 2 destroyed
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-38G Lightning: 2 destroyed

Followed by the heavy strike - just like clockwork. (doesn't happen often!)
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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 8
A6M3a Zero x 2
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 13

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 27
B-24D Liberator x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 4 damaged
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 12 damaged
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 3 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 24

We try to hit the invading forces at Nadi and Genzan Ku, Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Ryujo, Junyo, Hiyo, Zuiho and Shoho aircraft markings are noticed in the savage aerial fighting.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M3a Zero x 46
F1M2 Pete x 1

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 8
P-400 Airacobra x 12
P-40B Warhawk x 5
P-40K Warhawk x 12
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
SBD-3 Dauntless x 33
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-400 Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 2 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 6 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga, Bomb hits 1
DD Asakaze
xAP Teison Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Huzikawa Maru
CL Abukuma
xAP Manzyu Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Huso Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
LSD Akitsu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Mizuho Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Maya, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Kamo Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

The 2nd strike is not as well coordinated.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M3a Zero x 46
F1M2 Pete x 1

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 5
P-400 Airacobra x 9
P-40B Warhawk x 3
P-40K Warhawk x 7
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6
SBD-3 Dauntless x 23
TBF-1 Avenger x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed by flak
P-400 Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 3 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 8 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
AK Arima Maru, Bomb hits 4, on fire
BB Ise, Bomb hits 2
CL Abukuma
AK Sagami Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Tatumiya Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Ushio
BB Mutsu, Bomb hits 2
CA Maya

Are these aircraft loses sustainable??? Currently there are replacement fighter and bomber units queued up at Auckland and Pago Pago. I'm planning to strip the aircraft off my carriers if needed.

SUB WAR:

MALAYA:

CBI: On 12/24 the Japanese make another effort to push the Chinese 5th corp out of Bhamo, achieving a 1:1 and reducing the fort level to zero (again) (462:452 adjusted, 631:258 raw, 679:248 casualties).

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: The Japanese navy and army come back to Nadi for another round.
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Pre-Invasion action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

366 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
BB Yamato
CA Kako
...

Japanese ground losses:
360 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 66 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

More tourists!
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Amphibious Assault at Nadi (131,160)

TF 204 troops unloading over beach at Nadi, 131,160

Japanese ground losses:
1629 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 248 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 119 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 90 (0 destroyed, 90 disabled)
Vehicles lost 11 (0 destroyed, 11 disabled)
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

217 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
BB Yamato
CA Kako
...

Japanese ground losses:
217 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
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Pre-Invasion action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

359 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
BB Mutsu
....

Japanese ground losses:
416 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 41 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
57 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
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Amphibious Assault at Nadi (131,160)

TF 99 troops unloading over beach at Nadi, 131,160

Japanese ground losses:
292 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (0 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 7 (0 destroyed, 7 disabled)

At the end of the day the correlation of forces doesn't look good.

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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 17722 troops, 328 guns, 124 vehicles, Assault Value = 1212

Defending force 15416 troops, 391 guns, 120 vehicles, Assault Value = 417

Japanese ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
73 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 12/4/2012 4:20:45 AM   
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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 25, 1942 Invasion of Fiji. Initial forces are an infantry division, brigade and regiment supported by 3 engineer units and 3 artillery units and follow-up forces are pushing the AV up toward 1500. It looks like a big enough hammer has been brought. Defense is a brigade, 3 regiments, 2 combat engineers and 2 coastal AA units.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted. The mini-KB is operating between Tahiti and New Zealand to ensure the blockade is tight.

US CVs: Not getting near the fight!

AIR WAR: I realize why my TBFs are not using torpedoes... I forgot to tell them to do so. Sigh. The P-400, a F4F-4 and P-40K unit are pretty well ruined after two days of combat and new units are rotated in after these attacks.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M3a Zero x 51
F1M2 Pete x 5

Allied aircraft
P-400 Airacobra x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 11
P-40K Warhawk x 25
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
SBD-3 Dauntless x 21
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-400 Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 4 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Montevideo Maru
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 2
CL Sendai
BB Mutsu, Bomb hits 2
xAP Hakone Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAP Teifu Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
APD Fuji, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk


The afternoon strike is not nearly as good.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M3a Zero x 51
F1M2 Pete x 3

Allied aircraft
P-400 Airacobra x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 8
P-40K Warhawk x 15
F4F-4 Wildcat x 4
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15
TBF-1 Avenger x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 2 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-400 Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 4 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Arizona Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Ise
CL Sendai
xAP Haruna Maru
BB Mutsu
CL Abukuma

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 12/25 the SS S-42 puts a fish into the ACM Daido Maru and we'll claim a sinking.

MALAYA:

CBI:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: More tourists with their cameras clicking...

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 25, 42
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

219 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji
DD Inazuma
DD Hatsuyuki
xAP Haruna Maru

Japanese ground losses:
306 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

208 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji
DD Inazuma
DD Hatsuyuki
xAK Asakasan Maru

Japanese ground losses:
281 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

222 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji
DD Inazuma
DD Hatsuyuki
xAK Nagara Maru

Japanese ground losses:
399 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
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Invasion Support action off Nadi (131,160)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

208 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
AK Sakura Maru
DD Inazuma
DD Hatsuyuki

Japanese ground losses:
279 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 28 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Not liking the build up at all!

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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 17960 troops, 336 guns, 129 vehicles, Assault Value = 1385

Defending force 15498 troops, 391 guns, 120 vehicles, Assault Value = 423

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disable

Allied ground losses:
27 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:

Here are the aircraft losses for Christmas Day. Not really looking that good to me. Only upside is most Japanese loses must be Naval Aviators.






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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 12/9/2012 2:12:18 PM   
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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 26, 1942 The Japanese Empire seems determined to capture Fiji. Looks like the allies needed one more division here.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted. The mini-KB is operating between Tahiti and New Zealand to ensure the blockade of Australia is tight.

US CVs: The Big 'E', Lex and Wasp are doing their late '42 refits. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three CVEs show up at Pearl and head down toward Christmas Is. with no particular assignments.

AIR WAR: Trying to shutdown the axillary fields near Suva. This is taking more effort that I had anticipated.
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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 16

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 19
B-24D Liberator x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Runway hits 10


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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 1

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8
B-24D Liberator x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 1
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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 12/26 SS Sturgeon puts a fish into a PB near Anatom.

MALAYA:

CBI:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: I am seeing carrier based fighter sweeps over Suva. On 12/26 some Zeros come a calling.
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Morning Air attack on Suva , at 132,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 25

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-400 Airacobra x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-400 Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
10 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet

Attacking the invading ships off Nadi on 12/26.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
A6M3a Zero x 50
F1M2 Pete x 3

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 7
SBD-3 Dauntless x 7
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 7 destroyed, 4 damaged


Japanese Ships
xAK Tatuharu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
BB Hyuga
BB Yamato
xAK Yamaura Maru
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Suva at 131,161

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 10
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Sendai
DD Kikuzuki
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
A6M3a Zero x 37
F1M2 Pete x 2

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-400 Airacobra x 5
SBD-3 Dauntless x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 2 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Johore Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 5
A6M3a Zero x 50
F1M2 Pete x 2

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 6
P-40K Warhawk x 6
SBD-3 Dauntless x 2
TBF-1 Avenger x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
F1M2 Pete: 1 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed, 3 damaged


Japanese Ships
BB Yamato
BB Hyuga, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Zenyo Maru
BB Ise, Torpedo hits 2
xAP Mizuho Maru
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M3a Zero x 48

Allied aircraft
P-400 Airacobra x 3
P-40E Warhawk x 1
SBD-3 Dauntless x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 5 destroyed


AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:




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Post #: 87
RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 12/9/2012 2:34:36 PM   
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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 27 - Dev 29, 1942 The Japanese Empire seems determined to capture Fiji. Looks like the allies needed one more division here.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted. The mini-KB is operating between Tahiti and New Zealand to ensure the blockade is tight.

US CVs: The Big 'E', Lex and Wasp are doing their late '42 refits. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Pearl and head down toward Christmas Is. with no particular assignments.

AIR WAR: Trying to shutdown one little airfield (12/27).
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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 13

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 20
B-24D Liberator x 41

Japanese aircraft losses
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 2 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Airbase hits 6
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9

The attack on 12/28 is a little better.
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Morning Air attack on Hoorn Islands , at 138,157

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 12

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 22
B-24D Liberator x 45

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 7
Runway hits 15


SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 12/27 an ASW TF out near Portsea claims 9 hits on IJN SS I-5. SS Sealion then misses on AO Tsurumi and then, and then... SS Flying Fish gets a shot on the Shokaku and misses.

On 12/29 IJN SS I-11 sinks the Pansy near Makatea. She is part of a bringing reinforcements to Tahiti.

MALAYA:

CBI:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: More troops and supply are unload at Nadi in spite of the best efforts of of the USAAF and USN.

On 12/27 we hit some AKs.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
A6M3a Zero x 25
F1M2 Pete x 2

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 15
P-40E Warhawk x 15
SBD-3 Dauntless x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed

SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Sydney Maru, Bomb hits 1
CL Sendai
BB Mutsu, Bomb hits 1
CL Abukuma
xAK Yamaura Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire

On 12/28 we something we had not seen before - Ground strikes by Emilys!

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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 29
H8K1 Emily x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
H8K1 Emily: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 5

The Japanese make an attack and come just a tad short. Nadi won't hold for long.

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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 50590 troops, 608 guns, 206 vehicles, Assault Value = 1555

Defending force 15935 troops, 399 guns, 131 vehicles, Assault Value = 438

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 1671

Allied adjusted defense: 575

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2


Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
4634 casualties reported
Squads: 12 destroyed, 143 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 35 destroyed, 77 disabled
Guns lost 22 (5 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1263 casualties reported
Squads: 21 destroyed, 73 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 67 disabled
Guns lost 86 (4 destroyed, 82 disabled)

Assaulting units:
20th Engineer Regiment
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
144th Infantry Regiment
77th Infantry Regiment
1st Division
65th Brigade
79th Infantry Regiment
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
17th Infantry Regiment
8th Engineer Regiment
Guards Mixed Brigade
4th Division
28th Engineer Regiment
2nd Engineer Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
34th Const Co
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
26th Air Defense AA Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
25th Army
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
9th Marine Regiment
7th Marine Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
21st Infantry Regiment
Fiji Brigade
205th Coast AA Regiment
1st RNZAF Base Force
251st Coast AA Regiment
Nandi Base Force

On 12/29 the ships pull back and we start bombing the attacking troops. The Japanese make another ground attack but something is not right. OpFor says "Hope I brought enough guys with what happened this turn. Might be a bug so watch out. I set all guys in fiji to Bombard but for some reason all the engineer units decided to attack on their own! Not good!!! I'll be sure and check from now on that all units go along with the "set all" command."

AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:




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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 12/13/2012 1:32:49 PM   
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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Dec 30, 1942 - Jan, 1, 1943 Nadi falls. The Japanese Empire seems determined to capture Fiji.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted. The mini-KB is operating between Tahiti and New Zealand to ensure the blockade is tight.

US CVs: The Big 'E', Lex and Wasp are doing their late '42 refits. Three CVE are escorting big convoys between PH and SF. Three more CVEs show up at Pearl and head down toward Christmas Is. with no particular assignments.

AIR WAR: Recon says there is a ship in port at Eua and we go check it out (12/30).
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Morning Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 16
B-24D Liberator x 30

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
ACM Tama Maru, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Then we decide to smack the airfield around on 12/31.
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Afternoon Air attack on Eua , at 138,169

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 17
B-24D Liberator x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 damaged
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed on ground
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed on ground


Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 14



SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 12/31 SS Tambor pops a PB near Tanna.

On 1/1 SS Flying Fish pops a PB off Anatom.

MALAYA:

CBI:

DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: On 12/20 there were more sweeps from those pesky carriers. This sweep kinda rings my new-years chimes. I had insufficient CAP fighters at 31k.
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Morning Air attack on Suva , at 132,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 138

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk I x 8
P-38G Lightning x 10
P-400 Airacobra x 12
P-40K Warhawk x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk I: 2 destroyed
P-38G Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-400 Airacobra: 2 destroyed
P-40K Warhawk: 8 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
12 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet
...
19 x A6M3a Zero sweeping at 31000 feet

Then a ground strike comes in to almost no opposition.
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Morning Air attack on Suva , at 132,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 30
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27

Allied aircraft
P-38G Lightning x 1
P-400 Airacobra x 3
P-40K Warhawk x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged


Allied aircraft losses
PBY-5A Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 5

On 12/31 a fast transport stays tied up a little to long and the SDBs slip in under the CAP.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M3a Zero x 36

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk I x 6
P-38G Lightning x 1
F4F-3 Wildcat x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk I: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
APD Shimakaze, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Yura, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Ikazuchi, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 3
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
A6M3a Zero x 32

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk I x 2
F4F-3 Wildcat x 2
SBD-3 Dauntless x 2
TBF-1 Avenger x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
APD Nadakaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
APD Shimakaze, heavy fires, heavy damage


On 1/1 we try to duplicate the good results of the previous day and lose a lot of bombers.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
A6M3a Zero x 30

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk I x 5
F4F-3 Wildcat x 6
TBF-1 Avenger x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk I: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 4 destroyed


Japanese Ships
xAK Sinko Maru
BB Fuso
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2-N Rufe x 3
A6M3a Zero x 24

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 17
SBD-3 Dauntless x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2-N Rufe: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed


Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 destroyed, 2 damaged


Japanese Ships
CL Tama

And then the IJA assaults throwing the allies back to Suva. Would you look at all those ENG and ART units!!

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Ground combat at Nadi (131,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 47703 troops, 602 guns, 208 vehicles, Assault Value = 1370

Defending force 12701 troops, 313 guns, 135 vehicles, Assault Value = 307

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 1434

Allied adjusted defense: 433

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Nadi !!!


Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 1 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3635 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 252 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 12 destroyed, 75 disabled
Guns lost 20 (4 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
4266 casualties reported
Squads: 112 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 240 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 90 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 182 (165 destroyed, 17 disabled)
Vehicles lost 138 (136 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Units retreated 9

Assaulting units:
144th Infantry Regiment
79th Infantry Regiment
65th Brigade
77th Infantry Regiment
17th Infantry Regiment
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
20th Infantry Regiment
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Division
8th Engineer Regiment
28th Engineer Regiment
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st Division
Guards Mixed Brigade
2nd Engineer Regiment
14th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
20th Engineer Regiment
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
53rd JNAF AF Unit
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
18th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
4th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
1st RF Gun Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
25th Army
34th Const Co
26th Air Defense AA Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
56th Fld AA Bn /1

Defending units:
21st Infantry Regiment
2nd USMC Engineer Regiment
34th Combat Engineer Regiment
7th Marine Regiment
Fiji Brigade
251st Coast AA Regiment
205th Coast AA Regiment
1st RNZAF Base Force
Nandi Base Force

AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:





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RE: Cherry Poppin' Torpedoes, Scenario 1 - Allied POV - 12/15/2012 7:03:27 PM   
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Typhoon hits Fiji!

Jan 2, 1943 The Japanese Empire seems determined to capture Fiji.

KB: Operating in support invasions in Fiji and Samoa. Just about all the Japanese CVs have been spotted.

US CVs: The Lex and Wasp are doing their late '42 refits. The other CV/CVE are tailing their coats north and south of Suva - more than one day range of the KB of course.

AIR WAR:

SURFACE WAR:

SUB WAR:

On 1/2 SS Plunger puts a fish into a xAK off Anatom.

MALAYA:

CBI: Looked into the air defenses at Magwe on 1/2. If they look breakable the refineries will be targeted. Not bad on the 1st day.
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 78

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 12
B-17F Fortress x 11
B-24D Liberator x 7
P-40K Warhawk x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
Liberator II: 5 damaged
B-17F Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
P-40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 10

As all to usual the sweep comes in 2nd.
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Morning Air attack on Magwe , at 57,47

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 73

Allied aircraft
P-40K Warhawk x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 8 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40K Warhawk: 4 destroyed


DEI:

PHILIPPINES:

SOPAC and SWPAC: The 2nd of Jan starts out with an air attack from Tanna. Could have gone better for the IJA.
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Morning Air attack on Suva , at 132,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 18
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 21
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 27

Allied aircraft
P-38F Lightning x 9
P-38G Lightning x 9
P-39D Airacobra x 11
F4F-3 Wildcat x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 6 destroyed
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 9 destroyed, 7 damaged


No Allied losses

The it's the allies turn as Avengers fall like leaves.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 23
A6M2-N Rufe x 4
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 12

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 5
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 13 destroyed


Japanese Ships
xAK Seia Maru
CL Tama
xAK Sinko Maru
xAK Naruto Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Then Dauntless' go through the grinder.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
A6M2-N Rufe x 2
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 11

Allied aircraft
P-39D Airacobra x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 4
SBD-3 Dauntless x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 7 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Husimi Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Haruna Maru
CA Kako
xAP Kokuryu Maru


The the B-25s go in with good escort. Do Army fighters prefer to escort Army bombers?
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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 7

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 15
P-38F Lightning x 8
P-38G Lightning x 8
P-39D Airacobra x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-25C Mitchell: 1 damaged
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed

Airbase hits 5
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 10


Then some Vals off a CV north of Suva come down to the clear out the PT boats.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Suva at 132,160

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
D3A1 Val x 8

Allied aircraft
P-38F Lightning x 5
P-38G Lightning x 7
P-39D Airacobra x 6
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 6 destroyed

No Allied losses

Then the B-17s from Pago Pago come to take a look at the Japanese shipping at Nadi. WOW! a hit.
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese aircraft
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 2

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 25

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 3 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
xAK Zenyo Maru
AK Sado Maru
xAK Naruto Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Arimasan Maru
xAK Atlas Maru
xAK Huzikawa Maru
xAK Kamogawa Maru


AUSTRALIA:

PH and points east:




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