From: Boston, Mass.
Well Operation Kopi Luwak had results that could have come out of a civet's rear...
The night of the 18th started with 6 PT boats engaging a transport TF. Shells are put into 4 transports and one APD on escort but no major damage. Another 3 PT boats then runs into what I've now dubbed the Destroyer Division of Doom. Remarkably they are unscathed and do manage to deplete a little of the IJN ammo.
And then Force Z encounters those destroyers. I'm thinking if this is all that's covering the transports then I'm golden! However the engagement starts with a long lance slamming into Repulse. And another long lance. And another... Repulse ate 6 torps in all. Glug! DD Scout was also hit by a torpedo and sank. DD Thanet was hit by 5 shells and left burning heavily. The 4 IJN DDs each took one small shell hit apiece.
With the IJN screen out of position mauling Force Z the Houston TF does manage to get through to some transports. First a small TF (1 PB & 3xAK) is encountered and after multiple shell hits two xAKs are left heavily on fire. 445 dead troops were reported floating in the water. The USN then encounters 3 IJN DMS and promptly sinks all 3. Another small transport TF is encountered the 1 PB is sunk and the one xAK is lit on fire (38 casualties). A third larger transport TF is briefly engaged. Of 3 escorts & 13 transports there is only one shell hit on one xAK.
As dawn breaks the Destroyer Division of Doom finally catches up with the Houston & company:
Day Time Surface Combat, near Banjoewangi at 57,107, Range 14,000 Yards
DD Hagikaze, Shell hits 1
DD Edsall, Shell hits 11, heavy fires, heavy damage SINKS
DD John D. Edwards, Shell hits 17, heavy fires, heavy damage SINKS
DD Parrott, Shell hits 6
DD Whipple, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage SINKS
Those !@#^%$*@ destroyers weren't done yet. They caught one Force Z's cripples & her escort:
Day Time Surface Combat, near Pamekasan at 58,106, Range 14,000 Yards
DD Umikaze, Shell hits 2
DD Thanet, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage SINKS
DD Express, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage SINKS
Bunch of sub/ASW attacks in the area too but nothing conclusive.
Known ships sunk from the battle:
1 BC (Repulse)
3 RN DDs
3 USN DDs (4-stackers)
That didn't exactly go as planned but I still had hopes for the ABDA air force. 94 bombers (including DBs & TBs) with 33 fighters escorting were distributed among two bases. Quixote had (per recon) 55 fighters nearby at Denpassar but needed to cover a lot of hexes with those. I had hoped to have 3 squadrons of P-40s on hand as well for additional escorts & maybe some CAP duty. They had just taken on some replacements in Australia. A few turns ago I was dropping off some drop tanks at Broome when this happened. http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3217742
Only one small raid is launched in the morning:
Morning Air attack on TF, near Banjoewangi at 57,107
Weather in hex: Heavy rain
Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes
A6M2 Zero x 16
139WH-3 x 3
B-339D x 5
No Japanese losses
Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 2 destroyed
B-339D: 3 destroyed
Early in the afternoon Madioen was pummelled. That just happened to be where 60% of my attack forces were. (Note: the 4Es were resting after an AF attack against Denpasar and weren't part of the numbers mentioned above.)
Afternoon Air attack on Madioen , at 54,104
Weather in hex: Light rain
Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes
G4M1 Betty x 26
No Japanese losses
Allied aircraft losses
L-212: 7 damaged
B-339D: 6 damaged
B-339D: 1 destroyed on ground
139WH-3: 6 damaged
139WH-3: 2 destroyed on ground
B-17D Fortress: 2 damaged
A-24 Banshee: 8 damaged
A-24 Banshee: 1 destroyed on ground
CW-22 Falcon: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged
ABDA forces manage to launch one unescorted raid in the afternoon & 7 Dutch bombers were destroyed with nothing accomplished. None of the A-24s or Vildebeests flew at all.
There was some air action elsewhere but overall losses for the turn were 52 allied planes destroyed vs 12 Japanese. 25 A2A losses, 21 ground losses.
< Message edited by ctangus -- 11/23/2012 8:59:36 PM >