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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/8/2013 1:59:16 AM   
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How do other players use both the SBD-5 and Helldivers on their CVs?? I start to get both in April '43. I see the drawback of the Helldiver is the SR of 3, but she has greater speed, range, and those two extra 250 lb bombs vs the SBD-5.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/8/2013 2:52:49 AM   
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My 2 cents on the DBs........I go with the Helldiver. The extra bombs are nice, and the SR rating doesn't matter as much on CVs. The reason is that I rarely use CV-based DBs in any sustained way; it's usually a one-shot at a time. In that case, SR rating doesn't matter as much. Land-based DBs, on the other hand, need the good SR rating.

Also, the SBD-5 has longer range with drop tanks. This is also more useful from land, since on the CVs you will outrange your TBFs anyway, reducing effectiveness. Land-based can use the extra range.

That's just my 2 cents......

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/8/2013 10:20:33 AM   
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I just did my turn and thought I would post this here before I forgot again. I had a transport TF coming back from Melbourne to Cape Town with not enough fuel. Once it got into the off map holding box that you see to the north of Cape Town, it showed over 75 days to get to port. To say I was upset was an understatement. I know I have plenty of xAKs to haul supplies, it was just an oversight on my part that got me upset. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised a few turns ago when another TF entered that holding box from India on its way back to Cape Town and my 'stuck' TF was able to magically refuel. It will now arrive in less than 20 days. Thanks MichaelM!!

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/8/2013 11:20:25 AM   
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How do other players use both the SBD-5 and Helldivers on their CVs?? I start to get both in April '43. I see the drawback of the Helldiver is the SR of 3, but she has greater speed, range, and those two extra 250 lb bombs vs the SBD-5.



I use the Helldiver exclusively, the service rating has never made any difference for me. Of course, there aren't enough Helldivers available in the first month but by the end of 43, my CV are usually fully equipped with them.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/9/2013 4:18:41 PM   
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April 10, 11, 12:
Fletchers at Full Speed.
Air war over Horn Island begins.

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
Blackfish sinks a SC 6 hexes due west of Truk.
Trout sinks a TK near Milne Bay.
Gudgeon sinks a damaged xAK leaving Horn Island on 12th.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne.

India/Burma:
Shwebo - More of the same. Sweeps by 42 & 42 Tojos followed by over 100 Oscars with over 120 Helens to hit AF and/or troops in multiple waves. Supplies are still not flowing here....yet. Casualties are going up as I have no flak to disrupt his bombers.

China:
North -
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 85 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

South

Australia:
Horn Island - Even though this island may not be in physical contact with mainland Australia, I will include it for now. Weather stops any attacks to go in on 10th, but they go in on 11th. There is a CAP of 42 Tojo up as my P-38Gs come in. I am disappointed as they come in as three groups of 16 planes vs a full group on 25 or at least 22. I lose 18 vs 15 Tojo for the day. The B-24s (96 total) hit the AF and the B-17s (35 total) hit the port in multiple waves. I lose 3 B-24s while the B-17s hit the 2 xAKs and E in port. I think all are sunk. The P-38s and B-17s are stood down on 12th. Only the B-24s go in. The first wave is big as 71 fly in together to face 3 Nick & 55 Tojo. Most of his fighters don't get into position to hit my bombers as he loses 3 in air and ground while I lose 8 from A2A(3), flak(2), and op(3) losses. They are stood down and take in some replacement.

Coen - The base falls to a TK and TD unit on 12th (116:1) as his BF fragment is still alive. It retreats out of the base. Multiple BFs and construction engineers units are about 10 to 12 days away.

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:
Tulagi is targeted on 10th by 70 B-17/24. They get through the CAP of 9 Nicks & 31 A6M5 Zeros, but lose 11 of their numbers and get only a bomb or two hits on the AS, AGP, and AD in port. Not enough to sink any of them and the cost is too high with my limited replacement rate.

Port Moresby - I had sent my 6 Fletcher DD TF at full speed for his ships at Terapo on 10th. On the 11th, after not finding any ships, the TF ended up 2 hexes NW of PM (2 due south Terapo) and without any LRCAP at daybreak. 27 Oscars with 16 Judys from Buna try to attack them without success. It looks like I had a collision at sea as the TF now has broken into a 2 ship Escort TF with the original 4 ship TF in the same hex. The Escort TF had moved only 2 hexes to be 3 hexes slightly south of due west of PM on the 12th. I had a group of P-38s LRCAP from Cooktown. 9 P-38s face 18 Oscars and 16 Judy. I slow him down, but DD Nicholas gets 2 bomb hits. Both my DDs are damaged and 'may' reach safety in a few days. I now assign ALL my available P-38s (70) to LRCAP duty at 60% for the 13th.

Transports leave Wellington from Melbourne to get to Pago Pago to pick up the 1st Marine Division.

Central Pacific:
Marshalls - The "B" part of the 2 Marine Division is loaded and headed to Tabiteuea to join the "A" there. Meanwhile, I have the transport at this base divided and send up to Wotje to pick up "C" component. Getting this division over to Melbourne and upgraded will be the last piece of the western Australian plans.

North Pacific:

Engineering: Ocean Island F4; Brisbane P6; Normanton AF1; Cooktown AF4;

Recon/Intel:

Notes:
Horn Island - The first few days go alright, but the losses are not easily absorbed by the Allies due to my replacement rates. So, for now the Allies will build up the bases (Cooktown and the just captured Coen) to get the shorter legged fighters and 2e bombers into the mix. E-mail exchanges get me pushing how much I'm willing to fight it this area. I hope my psych ops works.





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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/9/2013 5:19:20 PM   
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Port Moresby - I had sent my 6 Fletcher DD TF at full speed for his ships at Terapo on 10th. On the 11th, after not finding any ships, the TF ended up 2 hexes NW of PM (2 due south Terapo) and without any LRCAP at daybreak. 27 Oscars with 16 Judys from Buna try to attack them without success. It looks like I had a collision at sea as the TF now has broken into a 2 ship Escort TF with the original 4 ship TF in the same hex. The Escort TF had moved only 2 hexes to be 3 hexes slightly south of due west of PM on the 12th.

If those ships collided before they got to Terapo, the question of Fletcher range is still unanswered. We don't know if the undamaged ones visited Terapo and came back of if they were delayed by the collision and never got there.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/9/2013 6:17:19 PM   
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True! I will try again to determine if the 11 hex movement is for real or not. Next time it will be just a 2 DD TF to minimize the possibility of collision.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/9/2013 6:55:21 PM   
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Interesting about the Helldivers. I used them initially but found that I often had 10-20% of the total DB strength repairing in various stages. Some up to 4-5 days. And I only had them on 10% search. So I switched to the SBDs instead. Better to have 50+ extra SDB taking off then have 50+ Helldivers repairing on deck?

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/10/2013 11:04:05 PM   
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April 13, 14, 15:
The lull before the mid-May storm.
Shwebo, Lanchow, and the Allies moving further north in NE Australia.

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
S-34 sinks an xAK off Horn Island.
RO-68 is unable to finish off the damaged DD to the NE of Cooktown. She has two attack phases to sink this DD doing only 9 knots. I kind of have fun with Nick over it.
O24 sinks an xAKL off Victoria Point.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne. 4 CVs have their fighters begin the upgrade to F6F Hellcats. It will take until early May before it is finished.

India/Burma:
Shwebo - More of the same. Sweeping 2 groups of 42 Tojos followed by over 100 Oscars with over 120 Helens to hit AF and/or troops in multiple waves. Supplies are still not flowing here....yet. Casualties are going up as I have no flak to disrupt his bombers.

Lashio - 42 Tojos now sweep this base.

China:
North -
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 9 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 85 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions. On the 14th, an LCU tries to cross over....ouch!
quote:

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 1308 troops, 20 guns, 50 vehicles, Assault Value = 1185

Defending force 45723 troops, 303 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1231

Japanese adjusted assault: 0

Allied adjusted defense: 3649

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 99 (fort level 5)

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

Japanese ground losses:
986 casualties reported
Squads: 51 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 16 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (9 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)


Assaulting units:
1st Cavalry Brigade
15th Tank Regiment
1st Tank/B Division
5th Guards Division
2nd Tank/A Division
1st Tank/C Division
1st Tank/A Division
2nd Tank/B Division
2nd Tank/C Division
North China Area Army
15th AA Regiment

Defending units:
34th Separate Brigade
3rd Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
71st Chinese Corps
9th Separate Brigade
12th Construction Regiment
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment
8th War Area
10th Construction Regiment
57th AT Gun Regiment
19th Chinese Base Force
1st War Area
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
56th AT Gun Regiment
21st Chinese Base Force


South

Australia:
Horn Island -

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:

Central Pacific:

North Pacific:

Engineering: Alice Springs AF5; Cairns P4; Oodnedatta AF4; Cooktown AF5; Townsville P7 (can now load torpedoes);

Recon/Intel:
Esperance - 8 LCUs - 7620/113/81 - 30 fighters, 4 bombers, 6 aux
Perth - Tomorrow (16th) the big B-24 recon type will visit here from Ceduna.

Notes:
Nothing exciting to report as I just move and micro-manage my logistical efforts.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/12/2013 1:45:32 PM   
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Fletcher's at Full Speed - The test was completed on my last turn, 19th, as they left Cooktown at full speed (38 knots & 11 hexes). Destination was Milne Bay (11 hexes away). At night, they ran into 5 PBs and a RO sub on the return. Damage is seen in screenshot. There is one or two points worth of major engine damage that I hope I can repair at Townsville (note to self - send up an AD or two). Safely back at Cooktown in one day.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Milne Bay at 101,133, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Edo Maru, Shell hits 4, on fire
PB Eiko Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
PB Kohuku Maru, Shell hits 1
PB Tonon Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire
PB Teimei Maru, Shell hits 34, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Cony
DD Strong
DD Taylor

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 100% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Allies open fire on surprised Japanese ships at 8,000 yards
DD Taylor fires at PB Teimei Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Taylor fires at PB Tonon Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Cony fires at PB Teimei Maru at 8,000 yards
DD Cony fires at PB Edo Maru at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Teimei Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Tonon Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Eiko Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Edo Maru at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
DD Cony engages PB Teimei Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Strong engages PB Teimei Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Cony engages PB Teimei Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Eiko Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Edo Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Teimei Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Strong engages PB Tonon Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Cony engages PB Teimei Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Strong engages PB Eiko Maru at 3,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Edo Maru at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Teimei Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Strong engages PB Teimei Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Taylor engages PB Kohuku Maru at 2,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...

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ASW attack near Milne Bay at 101,134

Japanese Ships
SS RO-63

Allied Ships
DD Taylor

SS RO-63 launches 4 torpedoes at DD Taylor
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Taylor fails to find sub, continues to search...
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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/12/2013 3:11:21 PM   
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April 16, 17, 18:

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
KXVI is hit once by DCs off Tavoy and will head back to Colombo for repairs.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne. His are?!?

India/Burma:
Shwebo - More of the same. Sweeping 2 groups of 42 Tojos followed by over 100 Oscars with over 120 Helens to hit AF and/or troops in multiple waves. Supplies are still not flowing here....yet. Casualties are going up as I have no flak to disrupt his bombers.

Lashio - 42 Tojos now sweep this base.

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Ground combat at 55,47 (near Akyab)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 16171 troops, 267 guns, 546 vehicles, Assault Value = 602

Defending force 8862 troops, 72 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 249

Allied adjusted assault: 495

Japanese adjusted defense: 544

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
603 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 61 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
446 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 17 (2 destroyed, 15 disabled)

Assaulting units:
50th Tank Brigade
I Aus Corps Engineer Battalion
25th Indian Division
2/9th Field Regiment
14th Indian Light AA Regiment
1st Indian Light AA Regiment
2/11th Field Regiment
85th British AT Gun Regiment
2/1st Med Regiment
2nd Indian AA Bde

Defending units:
21st Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment

I try another attack on 17th as I see more enemy troops moving into the area.


China:
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 9 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 85 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

Australia:
Portland Roads - My two tank LCUs shock attack on 18th and capture base. The stubborn BF fragment finally dies!!
quote:

Ground combat at Portland Roads (91,132)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1260 troops, 6 guns, 209 vehicles, Assault Value = 118

Defending force 216 troops, 0 guns, 18 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 103

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 103 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Portland Roads !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 17 (14 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
194th Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Defending units:
43rd JNAF AF Unit /3
14th Tank Rgt /9

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Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Portland Roads by attrition!!!


South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:

Central Pacific:

North Pacific:

Engineering: Normanton AF3; Lord Howe Island P2 & F2; Koggala AF7; Bhamo AF5; Cooktown P4; Port Augusta P4;

Recon/Intel:
Perth - 18 LCUs - 28480/303/244; 130 Fighters, 230 Bombers, 50 Aux; 20 ships; Nice force here.

Notes:
Nick writes that he feels that there is something big going to happen. I deflect by stating that he ran north too quickly along the eastern coast of Australia, so I need time to re-prep my troops.

BFs and construction engineers closing in on Coen to start building. It will allow a move into Portland Roads afterwards.




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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/12/2013 4:38:10 PM   
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ORIGINAL: ny59giants

Australia:
Portland Roads - My two tank LCUs shock attack on 18th and capture base. The stubborn BF fragment finally dies!!
quote:

Ground combat at Portland Roads (91,132)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 1260 troops, 6 guns, 209 vehicles, Assault Value = 118

Defending force 216 troops, 0 guns, 18 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Allied adjusted assault: 103

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 103 to 1 (fort level 0)

Allied forces CAPTURE Portland Roads !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 17 (14 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
194th Tank Battalion
640th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Defending units:
43rd JNAF AF Unit /3
14th Tank Rgt /9

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Japanese Unit(s) Wiped Out at Portland Roads by attrition!!!



Looks like the 14th Tank Rgt mostly got loaded on 8 ships and made their escape, leaving the cooks with the trucks!

Did you ever get an answer about that BF fragment? I observed that phenomenon in my sandbox game where on several occasions a BF was destroyed [0 troops, 0 guns] except for a "Static Device" [a sound gathering funnel for hearing aircraft before they are visible?]. The item was attacked over and over by aerial bombing, ground assault and sea bombardment and it kept squirting away like an oily eel. One of them was left in the jungle several months with 0 supply, and still wouldn't die. A couple of them eventually died when I had units converge from at least three sides of the enemy hex [but never all six sides] and I got the unit surrounded message. Frustrating, as the attackers would not normally know what was in the fragment and would not want to leave it to rebuild.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/12/2013 5:13:27 PM   
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Did you ever get an answer about that BF fragment? I observed that phenomenon in my sandbox game where on several occasions a BF was destroyed [0 troops, 0 guns] except for a "Static Device" [a sound gathering funnel for hearing aircraft before they are visible?]. The item was attacked over and over by aerial bombing, ground assault and sea bombardment and it kept squirting away like an oily eel. One of them was left in the jungle several months with 0 supply, and still wouldn't die. A couple of them eventually died when I had units converge from at least three sides of the enemy hex [but never all six sides] and I got the unit surrounded message. Frustrating, as the attackers would not normally know what was in the fragment and would not want to leave it to rebuild.


I sent a turn to MichaelM a few weeks ago, but never got a response from him, which is not normal for him. That BF fragment, the Observation device, was attacked at Cairns all the way up to Portland Roads and never died until now.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/12/2013 6:43:33 PM   
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Supplies are still not flowing here


How are supplies flowing from the West coast of India to Imphal and Kaylemyo? These should be overstocked by now ...

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/12/2013 7:32:19 PM   
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How are supplies flowing from the West coast of India to Imphal and Kaylemyo? These should be overstocked by now ...


I don't nomarlly use Tracker as Allies, but i might load it for this game so I can monitor it more closely.

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RE: Australia Invaded!! NY59Giants (A) vs Olorin (J) - 4/13/2013 3:19:03 PM   
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April 19, 20, 21:
Better recon done.

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
Multiple TT launched, but no hits. Multiple DCs dropped, but none of my subs are hit.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne. His are?!? (Foreshadowing - Looking ahead to the 23rd, I "think" I know where!!)

India/Burma:
Shwebo - Sweeps by two groups of 42 Tojo followed by about 60 Oscars with over 100 Helens to hit my AF and troops. Very limited flak seen.

Lashio - 42 Tojos sweep this base.

China:
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 85 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

Australia:
Coen - First 2 BFs arrive on 21st. Engineers to arrive in less than 3 days.

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:
Milne Bay - See prior posting about my 3 Fletcher DDs making Full Speed run here on 19th.

Central Pacific:
2nd Marine Division loaded at Tabiteuea for trip to Melbourne.

North Pacific:

Engineering: Roi-Namur F4; Normanton AF4; Invercargill AF6; Penrhyn Island AF2; Coff's Harbor AF9; Buldir F5; wotje F4; Akyab F6; Rockhampton P5; Tonwsville AF8;

Recon/Intel:
Luganville - 17 LCUs; 26780/161/49; 56 fighters; 4 ships (still on target list after invasion of western Australia)
Tulagi - 9 LCUs; 19820/139/66; 32 fighters, 24 bombers, 27 aux; 2 TF (looks like warships)
Shortland - 8 LCUs; 5260/29/150; 54 fighters
Rabaul - 19 LCUs; 2002/241/107; 48 fighters, 68 bombers, 52 aux; 51 ships
Truk - 12 LCUs; 14200/208/18; 14 fighters, 61 bombers, 37 aux; 33 ships

Notes:
I did some calculations and getting troops to Melbourne will be another few weeks, at least. The Marines just loading in Gilberts may miss the invasion of Esperance. I will say I didn't plan well enough in getting troops moved to Melbourne faster from places outside of Australia. While I did well in getting troops to start prepping, moving enough transports to various bases to pick them up was a detail I will get better at.


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Can you put up a grand strategic map screenshot (Ctrl-A) and maybe highlight some points of strength on both sides? I'm curious too how strong he is in the south pacific east of Australia

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Here is an overall map.

Burma - I'm trying to build up bases along the India/Burma border just inside Burma to allow better supply flow. I have a huge army at Shwebo, but cannot get supplies to flow here. Following advice, I have lots of construction engineers almost to Warazup to speed up AF expansion. I tried doing some LRCAP, but bases are too far away to get me significant numbers to contest the skies. IMO, the Allies need near 1.5:1 ratio to fight a war of attrition in the air. This theater is a stalemate till then. However, I have Lashio - Mandalay road and will try to move the division just east of Mandalay SW to try to force a retreat. Meanwhile, he has reinforced the hex 2 SE of Akyab. I did not take it quick enough, but have troops arriving that may move into the clear to try a big pincer movement in the Irrawaddy Plains. Another issue is PP are in short supply, everywhere.

China - He moved two tank divisions plus three of the guards divisions to the north and has tried to take Lanchow. This has failed to date and this knowledge allowed me to move forward more quickly from southern Australia. this theater is a big stalemate, IMO.

Australia - He pushed me south to the "Line of Death" that did trigger the emergency reinforcements, but he did not know he had gone across. He had thought he needed to capture a base south of Brisbane line. We did a HR that has those troops off map, but I got the extra supplies and airframes. I took an empty Bourke on Jan 22nd and have been chasing the fast retreating Japanese up the eastern part of Australia since for three months. I was expecting a fight. I kept changing my large formations (mostly divisions and some regiments/brigades), but the base was empty by the time my tanks got there, let alone the marching infantry. I'm now up to Portland Roads and Coen. I want Nick (Olorin) to think my focus is on the heavily defended Horn Island. Meanwhile, my fleet is at Melbourne with the troops now close to 100% prep to re-capture the western part of Australia. I plan on invading Esperance in mid-May. I weighted the decision months ago to wait for the F6F Hellcats that came out this month or push for the then invasion of South Pacific (Ndeni down to Luganville) with my CVs still having only F4F Wildcats. Recon flights show that western Australia is not as well defended as I thought. At least I hope not. I want this area back to give me another area to apply pressure from.

South Pacific - He has built up Noumea and Luganville along with Tulagi in the southern Solomons. I think I can invade the Ndeni to Luganville area (4 bases targeted and prepped for) successfully after western Australia is self sufficient. I need to capture Kalgoorlie to free up the restricted troops. Once the 'left hook' is done, my fleet will swing over to this area. I think this area has been left less developed by Nick. I think he has KB hidden (location in next three day posting) over here.

Central Pacific - I landing in Gilberts back in August '42 and now have them plus the Marshalls. He has built up to stop my progress, but I did force it after I got past LRCAP range of my fighters. I'm strong here now.

North Pacific - I took back the western part of the Aleutians months ago and the garrison is just digging in.

Japan is strong right now at Horn Island and Port Moresby right now. I see from Intel reports that he has troops assigned to multiple bases behind the front lines in the SRA. Burma will turn into a World War One battle with large numbers of troops engaged. We are playing with stacking limits, so no ground "Death Stars." The game is in a lull while I get troops prepped and Hellcats get my heavy CVs ready for battle. We have not had some serious one-on-one slugfest outside of China yet, so it is hard to judge. I have to go by intel and recon information to date. The rest is just an educated guess.

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Thanks, this is a great review. Easier to follow an AAR with one of these every few game months.

Is your opponent weak in the central Pacific as well as western Australia? He's certainly covered a lot of ground, but how much of it he can dig in and delay you is another question. The Japanese Empire looks vulnerable to island hopping, but I'm guessing the victory point value for Noumea, Luganville, PM is quite high. I've built up Luganville to 350 victory points very quick in as the Japanese in a PBEM game. Going to be some epic amphibious campaigns...

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April 22, 23, 24:
Gotta love Allied Intel reports

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
Thresher finds an xAKL at Kendari. She surfaces at night and gets a TT hit and 8 shell hits to sink her.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne. His are?!?
quote:

SIG INT REPORT FOR Apr 23, 43

2nd JAAF AF Coy is located at Canton(77,59).
Heavy Volume of Radio transmissions detected at Osaka/Kyoto (109,59).
15th Naval Guard Unit is located at Enggano(44,94).
3rd Garrison Unit is located at Fusan(103,55).
Radio transmissions detected at Yenan (88,37).
25th Division is located at Harbin(109,39).
BB Kirishima is located at Kavieng (106,122).

The base has Port 3, so there is a good chance that KB is docked here. No recon flights will be sent here to confirm.


India/Burma:
Shwebo - Sweeps by Tojo cease. I now get just 36 Oscars with about 55 Helens to hit my AF and troops. Very limited flak seen.

2 hexes SW from Lashio - His air force has shifted to my Chinese Corp here. 42 Tojo sweep with up to 66 Oscars and about 100 Helens. Then, ground bb attacks daily.
quote:

Ground combat at 60,47 (near Mandalay)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 585 troops, 49 guns, 10 vehicles, Assault Value = 391

Defending force 24748 troops, 107 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 881

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

Assaulting units:
33rd Division
2nd Mortar Battalion
32nd Field AA Battalion
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
3rd New Chinese Corps

Nick did not known that the Chinese Corp could have so much raw AV.


China:
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 85 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

Australia: Just expanding bases and moving forces around, for now.

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:
Port Moresby - On the 22nd...
quote:

Night Naval bombardment of Port Moresby at 98,130

Allied Ships
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
DD Norman
DD Nizam
DD Nestor
DD Perkins
DD Dunlap
DD McCall
DD Craven

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

OS2U-3 Kingfisher acting as spotter for CL Helena
CL Helena firing at 18th Division
CL St. Louis firing at 18th Division
DD Norman firing at 18th Division
DD Nizam firing at 18th Division
DD Nestor firing at Port Moresby
DD Perkins firing at 18th Division
DD Dunlap firing at 18th Division
DD McCall firing at 18th Division
DD Craven firing at 18th Division

Very poor results and I decide to send 2 "R" Class BBs, 2 CLs, and 4 DDs from Melbourne to add to the warships already in the Cooktown area. They should arrive in a few days.


Luganville - Two BG worth of B-17/24 hit the AF and port at night on 24th. Very few get there and miss their targets. Back to daylight bombing.

Wellington - Transports with 1st Marine Division aboard arrives here, refuel, and are now headed for Melbourne as of 24th.

Central Pacific:

North Pacific:

Engineering: Ailinglaplap F5; Cox's Bazar P3 (base is maxed out); Adak AF7; Bundaberg AF8 (may be used later to bomb Koumac); Cooktown AF7 ; Normanton P2; Amchitka F4; Warazup AF3; Ceduna AF7; Coen AF1 (fighters move in just in case Nick tries to bomb AF)

Recon/Intel:
Mandalay - AF5(7); 135 fighters; 12 LCUs 42860/339/240
Meiktila - AF2(7); 38 fighters; 9 LCUs 17480/143/574
Magwe - AF4(7); 123 fighters; 9 LCUs 22200/179/88

Notes:
Shwebo - I order the troops prepped for Mandalay to head to clear terrain to west to cross over river with AA units to protect them. Looking at recon info I see I will need this AF to expand before I can contest the skies.




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uggh.. that intel report just game me chills as a Japanese PBEM player. wow.

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Very interesting review Micheal. Think his situation in Burma is really bad. Once the supplies start to flow to Swhebo, he won't be able to hold that river crossing...not in the plains....

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April 25, 26, 27:
Brief activity over skies of Coen.

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
S-44 sinks a CM at Port Moresby. A second CM is in the TF, so I can now assume there are mines here.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne. Japan's 'maybe' at Kavieng.

India/Burma:
Shwebo - Sweeps by Tojo cease. I now get just 36 Oscars with about 110 Helens to hit my AF and troops. Very limited flak is seen. Most come in at 10k to get above the ceiling of my 40mm Bofors.

2 hexes SW from Lashio - 42 Tojo sweep. Each day there is a ground bb attack (391:881)

Lashio - 9 Helens from China now bomb the AF daily.

China:
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 25 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

Australia:
Coen - The skies are busy here on the 25th as the AF had just gone to level one the turn before. 37 Tojo sweep the base and find 25 P-40s & 31 Spitfires on CAP. Each side loses two planes each. Then, 35 Oscars with 54 Helens come in from Buna. I shoot down 15 planes for no losses. With the AF going up to level 2 on 25th, I add more fighters for possible action on 26th. 5 Nicks, 14 Oscars, and 27 Helens come in alone (no Tojo sweeps). 18 P-40, 18 Spitfires, 7 Kitthawks, and 16 P-38s (LRCAP) shoot down 16 more with no losses. Nick ceases operations on 27th.

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:

Central Pacific:

North Pacific:

Engineering: Coen AF2 &3; Kwajalein P5 & f2; Christchurch F6; Attu F4; Ocean Island P3; Cairns AF7; Charters Towers AF5;

Recon/Intel:

Notes:
Western Australia invasion - 1st Marine Division and a Combat Engineer are two days out of Melbourne. They will unload, rest, and upgrade. Loading for actual invasion will begin May 1st....finally!! 18 subs leave Melbourne & Adelaide for the western coast of Australia. Another 18 leave the Gilberts & Marshalls for the northern tip of western New Guinea and above Rabual. If KB leaves, I hope to spot and get a shot or two off.

Portland Roads - A construction regiment and a battalion are three days away on trail from Coen. Barges are leaving cairns for Cooktown with more supplies and then to load an air HQ and another SeaBee unit. 4 modern American CLs with 16 DDs and 12 PT boats will cover plus bombarded Horn Island.

Normanton - This base is close to level 3 Port. The 48 C-47s will para drop an Aussie commando bn on Mornington Island just three hexes off the coast. Barges will then shuttle construction engineers over.

To all my faithful readers, May will not be as boring as April has been.




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quote:

Then, 35 Oscars with 54 Helens come in from Buna. I shoot down 15 planes for no losses.


That must be satisfying!

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Comsulot,

To answer your PM about organization of LCUs in Burma, I have three separate corps with two Command HQs. You can use your PP to assign your brigades and divisions to various corps HQ, but when it comes to actual combat, it makes no difference.

I've declined A2A combat at times in both Burma and Australia as I cannot get the numbers of fighters I need as Allies at this point. If you cannot get close to 1.5:1 odds or have lots of fighter available, you will lose the attrition war.

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Thanks, just went back and did a complete review of command bonuses and HQ's.

Part is also getting the Burma operation out of the restricted HQ, mainly by paying pp's. Tough to get rolling while also buying some American Divisions. Political points definitely act as a brake to Allied efforts to move in multiple theaters at one time.

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April 28, 29, 30:
The month ends calmly, but May will begin with action around Horn Island.

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
Balao sinks two xAKLs off of northern Hokkaido over three days.
I-19 is hit twice by DCs north of Wellington.
KXIV sinks a PB off Tavoy.
Sawfish finds an unescorted xAKL south of Nagasaki to sink with 1 TT hit and 3" shells hits.

CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne.

India/Burma:
Shwebo - I see one group of 42 Tojo to sweep. They are followed by 36 Oscars with up to over 110 Helens. A couple of FA units are targeted and I lose over half their guns.

Lashio - 9 Helens from China now bomb the AF daily.

China:
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 25 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

Australia:
No direct action here. But, we have ships moving around to get the next month off to a good start, I hope.

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:

Central Pacific:

North Pacific:

Engineering: Coen AF4; Seward F4;

Recon/Intel:

Notes:
Aden - 5th Indian Division arrives. She begins prepping for Toungoo right away.


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It seems he has a lot of aircraft in Burma to compensate for the bad strategic position. The IJ will have to make decisions on measured force between Burma and Horn Island. This will be interesting to watch how the IJ will react. This is where shoting down platforms has a linking constrict toward victory in my opinion. The IJ can replace Aircraft endlessly, but at what rate? So as airgroups take losses they have to be pulled into reserve and rested. My gut feel is that many airgroups are overcomitted between Oz, Burma and the rest of the world. It will take time to attrite, but I suspect a point will be reached where one of those theaters will draw resources from somewhere, leaving the IJ very vulnerable.

I do not beleive the IJ can maintain an aimless air campaign that does not meet some strategic goal over time. Simply flying aircraft and hitting things does get a body count like your AAR documents, but to what end? Delay you advance for how long? I am not seeing a strategic plan but reaction to your moves. Eventually this will fulmenate ...

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May 1, 2, 3:
Battle around Horn Island.
Multiple Amphib TFs loading at Melbourne all three days.

Key: TT = Torpedo; bb = ground bombardment; c = casualties; b = base hits; s = supply hits; r = runway hits; p = port hits; f = fuel hits; AV = Assault Value; DC = Depth Charged; (*) = destroyed aircraft; If odds are underlined, they are the Allies; BG = Bomber Group of 48 planes (4 x 12 bomber squadrons)

Subs:
Truant is hit by 1 DC off Mergui (lower Burma). She will limp back to Colombo for repairs.
quote:

Sub attack near Merauke at 89,124 on 3rd

Japanese Ships
E W-24
E W-13
E Uji
E Ishigaki
E Shimushu
xAP Teiritsu Maru
xAP Teibi Maru
xAP Teison Maru
xAP Kowa Maru
xAP Teikyo Maru
xAP Huzi Maru
xAP Miike Maru
E Shirataka
E W-21

Allied Ships
SS Tautog

SS Tautog launches 2 torpedoes at E W-24
E Shirataka fails to find sub and abandons search
E W-24 fails to find sub and abandons search
E W-21 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

What are they doing?? Loading or unloading??


CVs:
Mine are at Melbourne.

India/Burma:
Shwebo - I see one group of 42 Tojo to sweep. They are followed by 36 Oscars with up to over 110 Helens. A couple of FA units are targeted and I lose over half their guns. An example of what happened on 1st follows...
quote:

Morning Air attack on Shwebo , at 59,45

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 116 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIb Oscar x 36
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 12
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 121 (Can I get my B-24s to fly like this?? )

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 20 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied ground losses:
173 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 18 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 14


Lashio - Up to 9 Helens from China now bomb the AF daily.

China:
Sian - AF is attacked by up to 12 Sonia daily.

Lanchow - Up to 25 Oscars with around 110 Sally/Helen attack AF along with the troops daily. The Oscars are now assigned strafing missions.

Australia:
Horn Island - I has set the BB TF to come in at Full Speed on 1st, I thought. It seems that I had left it at Mission Speed. Thankfully, he had NO DBs or TBs set to attack. But, DD Nizam finds the minefield on the way in (damaged, but will survive).

quote:

Naval bombardment of Horn Island at 91,128

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 53 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 10 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIc Nick: 19 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Helena
CL St. Louis
DD Norman
DD Nestor
DD Perkins
DD Dunlap
DD McCall
DD Craven

Japanese ground losses:
377 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 7 (2 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Airbase hits 29
Airbase supply hits 11
Runway hits 96

CL Helena firing at Horn Island
CL St. Louis firing at 56th Division
DD Norman firing at Horn Island
DD Nestor firing at Horn Island
DD Perkins firing at 56th Division
DD Dunlap firing at 56th Division
DD McCall firing at Horn Island
DD Craven firing at Horn Island

This result was a lot better than what I got over at Port Moresby.


With only 3% moonlight on the 2nd,

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Horn Island at 91,128, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Tanikaze
DD Hatsuharu
DD Yugure
DD Kisaragi

Allied Ships
PT-80, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT-81
PT-82, Shell hits 2, on fire
PT-83
PT-84, Shell hits 1, on fire


Then, the 'big boys' come in...

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Horn Island at 91,128, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Tanikaze, Shell hits 31, and is sunk
DD Hatsuharu
DD Yugure, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
DD Kisaragi

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland, Shell hits 1
CL Columbia
DD Chevalier
DD Cony
DD DeHaven, Shell hits 2
DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 2
DD Radford
DD Strong, Shell hits 13, and is sunk
DD Taylor, Shell hits 2, on fire

Reduced sighting due to 3% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 3% moonlight: 1,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 1,000 yards...
Burke, Arleigh A. crosses the 'T'
DD Strong engages DD Kisaragi at 1,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages CL Cleveland at 1,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD Strong at 1,000 yards
DD Strong engages DD Tanikaze at 1,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD DeHaven at 1,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Chevalier at 1,000 yards
Range increases to 2,000 yards
DD Strong collides with DD Radford at 91 , 128
CL Columbia engages DD Kisaragi at 2,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Yugure at 2,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Taylor at 2,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Strong at 2,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Chevalier at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD DeHaven engages DD Kisaragi at 3,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Tanikaze at 3,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD DeHaven at 3,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD Strong at 3,000 yards
DD Tanikaze engages DD O'Bannon at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Strong at 4,000 yards
DD Yugure engages CL Cleveland at 4,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD Strong at 4,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD Chevalier at 4,000 yards
DD Strong engages DD Kisaragi at 4,000 yards
CL Cleveland engages DD Yugure at 4,000 yards
DD Taylor engages DD Yugure at 4,000 yards
DD O'Bannon engages DD Yugure at 4,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD DeHaven at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CL Columbia engages DD Yugure at 2,000 yards
DD Strong sunk by DD Yugure at 2,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD Taylor at 2,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD O'Bannon at 2,000 yards
DD Hatsuharu engages DD DeHaven at 2,000 yards
DD Yugure engages DD Chevalier at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
DD Kisaragi engages DD Taylor at 3,000 yards
DD DeHaven engages DD Yugure at 3,000 yards
DD Yugure engages DD Taylor at 3,000 yards
DD Radford engages DD Hatsuharu at 3,000 yards
Task forces break off...

I lose my 2nd Fletcher DD to date.


Again, I would have sworn that this BB TF had been sent at Full Speed. Looks like it was still a SC TF and spends the day here under LRCAP and encounters nothing from the air, but adds to the sunk list.

quote:

Day Time Surface Combat, near Horn Island at 91,128, Range 23,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Hatsuharu, Shell hits 9, on fire, heavy damage
DD Yugure, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
DD Kisaragi, Shell hits 9, heavy fires

Allied Ships
CL Cleveland, Shell hits 1
CL Columbia, Shell hits 2
DD Chevalier
DD Cony
DD DeHaven, Shell hits 1
DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 1
DD Radford
DD Taylor


We finally get the bombers to come in on the 2nd. 44 B-24s & 18 B-17s are the first strike and see part of the CAP of 7 Nick & 27 Tojo. More come in as a total of 12 B-17s & 60 B-24s arrive in smaller strikes.

On the 3rd, the Japanese resistance in the air almost totally disappears. Only 1 Nick is on CAP and multiple Tojo are destroyed on the ground. 31 B-17s & 79 B-24s hit the AF.

Mornington Island - Barges land troops on 2nd and base changes hands on 3rd (off Normanton).

South Pacific, Solomons, & New Guinea:

Central Pacific:

North Pacific:

Engineering: Mili P4; Ahmedabad AF3; Canberra AF8; Buldir AF6; Coen AF5; Canton Island F5; Normanton P3; Portland Roads (both are 64% towards level 1)

Recon/Intel:
Intel reports that BB Yamashiro is at Truk.
Esperance - 7 LCUs - 9380/12/22 - 46 fighters, 10 bombers, 14 aux (looks good for Allies!!)

Notes:
Western Australia - Loading of multiple Amphib TFs done all three days. Some have moved towards Portland on the coast to the west. I should leave in mass in the next day or two.

Portland Roads - I've just started getting LCUs and the base should reach level 1 in a few more days. Nick writes that he cannot keep Horn Island's AF open if I want to close it. Recon shows the AF now holds only 2 fighters. Where is he going to stand and fight??





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Western Australia OOB: Troops loaded and leaving Melbourne.

Esperance:
SW Pac Command HQ, II Aus Corp HQ, 1 Marine Div, Americal Div, 147 Sep Inf Rgt, 2x Cmbt Eng, 3x Tank Rgt, 4x FA, 1x Boat & Shore (helps unloading), 3x BF (72 Aviation Support each), Amph Trac Eng, SeaBee Rgt, 2x MAG Air HQ, 4x SeaBee Bn, 2x RAN BF.

All 6 American CVs (4 of 6 now have F6F Hellcats), CVL Hermes, 6 CVE, 6 old BB, 4 Fast BB, 29 CA/CLAA/CLs, 58 DDs, SC, MSW, & ASW TF. 396 fighters, 212 DBs, 117 TBs.

At Adelaide, is the follow up prepped for Kalgoorlie and in Strat Mode are:
32 ID, 6 Aus ID, 2x AA, 4x Tank Rgt, 3x FA, Cmbt Eng, 2x BF, Constr Eng, MAG Air HQ. All need transports.

Expected landing around May 12th. Stay tuned!!

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