From: St. Louis
Vision check time!
Test game against AI. Tarawa falls, but there is another TF heding for Makin which has only one Nv Gsn unit defending.
Enemy TF lacking CV protection (enemy CV's now south of Tarawa, heading SE). KB in the area testing new formations against enemy subs with 13 flight decks (4 light, 2 Hiyo class and 7 full sized) and sprints to position north of Makin, intending to sink the amphibs before landing.
Strike, perfectly co-ordinated, goes in with 200 fighters escorting 400 strike planes.;
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Makin at 136,125
Weather in hex: Overcast
Raid detected at 110 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes
A6M2 Zero x 11
A6M3a Zero x 118
A6M5 Zero x 95
B5N1 Kate x 16
B5N2 Kate x 154
D4Y1 Judy x 233
Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 3 damaged
CL Leander, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
LSD Carter Hall, Bomb hits 1, on fire
29 x D4Y1 Judy bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
Yeah... I did check. Twice. Pressed "All Carrier Dive Bombers In Hex"- button and then confirmed from another TF's Judy squardon that altitude was set to 13'000 feet. So three checks and still managed to launch worst carrier strike ever and Makin falls.
Sen Toku, you don't seriously think you can contend with a lame performance like this? To win the highest award, the "Bonehead Award First Class" you must do much better than that. You're describing indescribably bad luck. You clearly don't have the stuff to compete for the high accolades in boneheadedness. I declare you unseeded in this tournament.
My own entry here is when I sent a minelaying TF with about 300 mines going to one of my newly aquired bases, but due to a enemy surface threat, I diverted them to a hex elsewhere to wait for the threat to go away. I forgot to turn off "lay mines" so they dumped them all in the middle of the Pacific. Sea turtles (you know how long they live) are still telling that story and laughing their tails off. I fear that this alone will not bring me the Bonehead Award, but I will re-double my efforts!