From: La Salle, Colorado
December 12-13, 1941
The CV are now operating in two TFs with the Kido Butai between Hawaii and the West Coast while the reinforced CARDIV2 (now Hiryu-Soryu--Ryujo--Rhujo--Shoho--Zuiho and 2 CAVs) sweep along Java looking for trouble.
The two TFs refuel from the AOs leaving the tankers with about 30,000 fuel. They separate and move tangentially towards the WC looking for convoys.
As detailed earlier in the AAR, BC Renown, CA HOuston, CLs DeRuyter and Denae, and 4 DD intercept the Carrier TF. I, looking for a cat to quickly sacrifice, try to think positive as a night fight brezaks out. The Japanese, through the replay, quickly interpose 2 CA--3 DDs--2 CAVs to block an attack upon the vulnerable flattops. Two shells do CVL Shoho and do 36 SYS Damage and NOTHING else. Thank Goodness. The two CA really pump the shells out and hit Renown 12 times with 8" hits. Additionally, they hit the CA and two CLs. NICE work! The CAVs actually prove their worth as they land 6-8 8" hits as well. Near the end of the fight LBC Chichibu enters the fray and lands two 16" hits on Renown.
Renown retires heavily damaged (2 16", 12 8", and 5 other hits) with Houston, DeRuyter, and Danae each taking 2-3 hits. Every Allied DD is hit and two are heavily damaged. The Japanese suffer the damage to Shoho (disengaged and sent back to CamRahn Bay), a single hit to Zuiho, minor damage to both CAs, and moderate damage to Jap tin can.
Could have been FAR WORSE! Weather is terrible and no strikes fly from the Japanese CVs.
The CTF moves due east to a position five hexes east of Soerabaja and go to work. Two Sweeps fly in the morning CRUSHING Dutch Fighter resistance: 13 Zeros encounter 42 Fighters and lose 1 for 8 and 21 Zero blast through 12 Fighters losing 0 for 6. NICE! Strikes then follow:
37 Zero, 12 Val, and 12 Kate hit 2 AP an AK, and an AKL in Soerabaja
13 Zero, 48 Val, and 18 Kate fight through 19 Fighters sinking two AG and damaging 2 AK and an AP in Soerabaja
26 Zero and 46 FP hit a PG, AG, and Sink a TK near Denpasar
24 Kate sink an AG, 2 AGP, and 2 AVP SE of Java
11 Zero and 12 Kate sink two big, lovely Dutch ARDs. NICE!
24 TB sink 3 AG and an AVP
The Carriers are ordered to pierce the Malay Barrier and continue pounding a host of TFs moving towards Australia. To Cover the Kendari Landing the 2 CAV, 1 CL, and 5 DD move due east to provide protection.