From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Celebes: I'm not positive, but I think the bulk of John's Celebes army is moving on Palapo. This is important, but not necessarily vital. I don't know where John will deploy this army, but even if he chooses the "right" places, it'll be a race now.
John's fighters didn't contest transports retrieving troops from Palapo. I'll have cadres of all those units also.
SigInt that an enemy regiment is inbound to Kudat on Borneo's north coast. This base is vacant. John's working pretty hard now. Lots of his ships are moving all over, lots of his troops are on the move, and he sees Death Star and the Herd moving his way.
Fun House: Two IJN subs sunk today by ASW ships, and a third heavily damaged. That's helpful. Two prongs of Death Star have united, with the third to catch up day after tomorrow (it'll be close tomorrow).
CVE Manila Bay's damaged dropped just a bit, but she made just a single hex. She's two hexes from Cooktown and an enemy subs lies in wait. There's a chance that high detection will spoil the sub's aim. I'll send an ASW squadron sprinting in from Horn Island to try to clear a path. The ARD at Cooktown is plenty big to handle Manila Bay.
John stationed strike aircraft in New Guinea in hopes of getting a shot at Manila Bay, but they instead picked on the trailing carrier TF. I think 30 enemy planes were downed.
The Herd isn't entirely together yet, but she's 90% of the way there. I didn't dare speak of how spread out the ships were, but they were. I figured John wouldn't want to send his strike aircraft against DS CAP. There's still some space between the various TFs, but they're drawing close and will all combine day after tomorrow. The LST TFs are still in the vanguard, so they still haven't "slowed down" the fleet that's closing from the rear.
The Hawaiian Herd is likewise well on the way to it's first beachhead - 1/3rd of the way there.
Burma: No significant progress today. 4EB aren't having much affect against 33rd Division in the wooded terrain at Toungoo. More units are moving down the various pikes, some trying to turn the enemy flanks. In the north, I'm still working to round up the isolated Japanese units. 59th Div. has about run out of room to run. 12th Div. is mired down in deep jungle.