January 26, 1942
Christmas Eve, 2012
Title just to document how addicted I am.
Presents all wrapped, ham in the oven, guests coming in three hours. We had a nice little dusting this morning to freshen up the postcard, and perhaps zero temps overnight. A clear, cold Christmas Eve.
One of our guests this year is a lifelong Georgia resident. Two days ago we took him out walking on a frozen lake. The deep water line was very clear through the ice and we razzed him that he was now over his head. This lake is a block from the house and big enough for float planes to land on, so it's pretty big. As he was thinking of coming back over "shallow" frozen water two kids on hockey skates, with sticks and a dog for mascot, came across the lake, tiny crackling sounds coming up from their blades. He got back over shallow water REAL fast. It was funny. He is also considering moving here now, as he's seen what four seasons looks like.
Oh, yeah, the turn. (No, no drinking. Yet.)
1) Blah, blah, blah, ASW. Next.
2) Yadda, yadda, yadda, Chinese bombing. Next.
3) 50+ mines cleared at Balikpapan. He wants him some oil. Five subs in the strait waiting for tankers.
4) Typical raid at Palembang.
A6M2 Zero x 14
G3M2 Nell x 21
Hurricane IIb Trop x 6
B-339D x 5
Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 2 destroyed, 5 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak
Allied aircraft losses
B-339D: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
Albacore I: 1 destroyed on ground
I'm really unsure how to handle CAP in these tough times. Never had this sort of sustained effort by the AI. On the one hand having a scrap keeps him honest, and two engines and an airframe per loss ain't nothing HI-wise. OTOH, scraps prevent me consolidating CAP and actually susrprising and doing some rare decent damage. Over P. I can rationalize that I'm buying fort-building peace, or at least more peace than otherwise, but there are so few Brit fighters to go around.
The combat report said a fighter-bomber was lost on the ground. It's possible he doesn't know P. is fat with HQed torpedoes now. I hope he comes near soon.
5) In Burma, the Refugee Chinese heavy bombers do good work, hitting the far-forward tank regiment south of Magwe three times. Given it's only tanks I bring them in at 3000 and 4000 feet, and they destroy two and disable over 30 AFVs on the road. My feeling is disabled tanks may fix slowly out in the open with trail-drawn supplies only and no HQ. Could be wrong.
6) 51 Japanese planes fly, gain fatigue, maybe ops losses, to cause 5 casualties in the tiny base force walking around north of Victoria Point. They're my new Rodneys. Out of disrespect I won't dub them Rodneys II. They're the Other Rodneys.
7) Big battle at Lingayan. Three Allied LCUs there to soak up the attack, buy time and disruption, eat some enemy supplies, and die, do almost all of that. Major Allied losses, units retreat to Clark. Still can't feed them. Clark has 7 supply this turn. Seven. All engineers back to Bataan, 2 of 3 HQs, all tanks, half the infantry. The stand will be there, not Clark. Manila still Allied, with one LCU. Pumping 100 supply per, will stand and die.
Moved small P-40E unit from Cebu up to Bataan. Cebu's organic supply generation can't fly them and also build, and Bataan can. A few more Bettys bagged would be nice. I wasted PPs to change the fighters' HQ to unrestricted on the off-chance anywhere Allied was still in range, but alas, no. They're red disband, so they fly until they die. Six planes, six pilots.
Midway forts to 3. Calcutta AF to 7! I finally have an Asian mainland AF where I can upgrade squadrons. All three AVG fighter gorups are there waiting for P-40s to build.
Float plane scouts Batavia; probably Glen. IJN subs seen off SF, Seattle, and Palembang. Last Dutch CL trying to sneak by while heavily damaged. Flushed from Singers, headed for Cocos for gas, then CT for float repairs. I think she got past. Singers has one harbor defense launch, no planes of any kind. Battened down. Forts 4 at about 65%. Supplies dwindling. 30+ LCUs seen at JB across causeway.
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