From: The Coastal Elite
August 16-19 1942
Sorry for the lack of postings but I've been a bit jaded with the game as John appears to be in the South pacific in force. First, a CV force with ~250 fighters and ~200 bombers appears near Ndeni and more seem to be on their way as a turn ago one of my plane-carrying French subs spotted another CV force north of Tabiteuea and heading south. John's other CVs moved south after and managed to sink two of my DDs. Miraculously (so far), two of my Australian DDs remain afloat if somewhat badly damaged and out of fuel. If they survive the next few turns, they'll be repaired and head to Sydney/Brisbane for repairs.
I get some recompense in that I saw last turn that John had something sitting in port at Ndeni (remember we had damaged a destroyer there) and, furthermore, he seemed to have removed the majority of his CAP in favor of stations a large number of bombers there. My 4Es launch a raid on Ndeni from Noumea and manage to destroy a small number of planes on the ground while also finishing off what appears to be the DD Minazuki. Would have liked to have sunk more and some of his CLs (Kitakami was at Ndeni during my carrier raid!). Intelligence estimates this was the DD Akizuki, but I think I'll believe the combat report. Those intelligence boys are always getting my hopes up.
Morning Air attack on Ndeni , at 120,143
Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes
A6M2 Zero x 2
LB-30 Liberator x 16
B-24D Liberator x 5
Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed on ground
G3M2 Kai Nell: 1 destroyed on ground
D3A2 Val: 3 destroyed on ground
Allied aircraft losses
LB-30 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
DD Minazuki, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 19
Port hits 3
John's carriers seem to be heading back towards either Tabiteuea or Kwajalein and because I had earlier plans to station subs around here for my intended landings at Canton and Baker, they are in position to perhaps get a strike. Unfortunately, a number have some DL on them. SS Cuttlefish does apparently sink the xAK Kenan Maru though. We'll see if we can get something bigger. I suspect John's northern carriers I saw earlier are now at Tabiteuea or some other port or dot hex nearby. John also has 1-3 surface task forces around the area including CAs, CBs, BCs, and DDs. Fun stuff!
I have a feeling John is going to be here for awhile and it slows down my operations which have been building for the South Pacific. I need to draw his carriers away and while there are many porous areas in the Indian theater, it will take some time to get forces there. I do have troops at or near 100% preppred for Wake Island, Tulagi, Lunda, Ndeni, as well as various smaller islands around these where I can build air bases. My plan is to draw John north with what appears to be a serious attempt on Wake (well, it is as I plan to take it) and while he is up there, swoop in and land troops at Guadalcanal and Ndeni. I'll do some landings up in the Aleutians too, putting Battleships, etc. up there to do continuous bombardments to make it appear I'm softening up the area.
Meanwhile, in India, Ceylon is woefully undefended and I am prepping a few US Army regiments, a US Army division, and a British division for landings. Moreover, John seems to have left the road to Calcutta open through Howrah, so I am positions ~1500 AV through non-base hexes to sneak up on Howrah without DL. We will take it and quickly move down. Meanwhile small AFV units are moving south to cut the rail from Cocanada/Viza to Calcutta. John seems to be moving troops back from Bezwada, so we will mount on effort on Sambalpur to see if we can draw some of his troops to there. The offensive should begin in the next month. Fighters are being massed at Jamshedpur/Asanol/Ranchi, bombers at Patna and Benares. All have level 5 airfields or higher, except Jamshedpur which is quickly catching up. I have ~50 4Es in India at the moment with more on the way.
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