From: La Salle, Colorado
April 22-25, 1943
Indian Ocean and Ceylon
Busy set of turns over the last two days. We'll divide this between Ceylon and Kido Butai:
Bombardments go in each night hitting the AF and catching some shipping.
STF of 3 CL and 2 DD catch and sink 3 YMS and an AKL.
Bombardment TF of BC Kongo and 5 DD do 274 Casualties and damage 18 aircraft.
STF of BC Kongo, a CL, and 4 DD sink two large AKs and then bombard the AF. Better results show 1 Plane destroyed, 11 Planes damaged, 41 Cas, 2 AB HIts, and the Run is hit 6 times.
STF of 3 old BBs (Yamashiro, Fuso, and Ise) and 6 DDs blast the AF doing 8 Planes Destroyed, 53 Damaged, 342 Cas, 21 Guns, 5 Vehicles, AB HIts 5, Run 29.
The Japanese Infantry arrives and the Allies attack. A 1-2 result occurs with the combat showing Japan 2152 Cas, 32 Guns, and 7 Vehicles while the Allies lose 1951 Cas, 14 Guns, and 84 Vehicles.
Liz Night Raids the Port and hits CL Belfast with two bombs.
The enemy suddenly remembers that he has 4EB and other Bombers that might actually work. Seriously...haven't seen either for nearly 7-9 days of action around Ceylon. Trincomalee is plastered by 67 4EB and 30 2EB. They are met by 119 Fighters so some serious aerial action occurs but, after five Fighters Sweeps, only 55 Fighters get into the bombers. Things are good with planes shot down or damaged but not enough!
The 3 BBs come back for a 2nd Night and destroy 6 Planes, damage 52, hit a DD in Port, 359 Cas, 18 Guns, 10 Vehicles, AB Hits 5, Base Supply 5, and Runway 16.
Jaffna gets the enemy's attention this day. 57 Fighters deal with five sweeps and then 38 4EB and 44 2EB hit the AF causing serious but OK damage.
He has two IDs present (27th and 43rd US), two LLRP, and a Canadian Brigade. AV is near 1200 but he hasn't been able to do serious Fort construction yet.
Japan has two full strength ID, an SNLF Assault Brigade, and an Army Infantry Group (280 AV). WE are about even in strength. I have two more full strength ID and 3 Heavy Art units on the way.
As stated Fuel state is critical for the Carriers of this TF. They are ordered back to Addu to meet three AOs coming up. problem is that fuel is so low, we can only move about 4-5 hexes.
The enemy lunges at the TF with all sorts of Surface TFs. Five DDs attack the Carrier TF. The carriers get a solid scare but no serious damage. DD Maikaze interposes and is sunk but takes the DDs's attention for nearly 3 gunnery rounds. The French DDs LaCasque and Lafayette are sunk with the other three seriously damaged.
Dawn comes and finds the seas swarming for Allied Forces. The carrier GO TO WORK! CA Frobisher is sunk by 1 Bomb and 6 TT. DD's Norman, Paladin, Nepal, and Pakenham are also sunk.
Soryu runs OUT of Fuel at the end of this day. The fight leads everyone to maneuver. Ummmmm...OK...we're screwed I think.
The enemy blinks and pulls back his STF's. Thank Gawd. SS are a major issue and all DB-TB shift to 40% ASW. They score 5 hits this day.
My 3 AOs arrive at Addu. Though there are SS everywhere, I order them out to fuel ships.
Got to do something. In desperation, I separate the CTF into three TFs. The most fueled ships go to Addu, the middle move about five hexes, and Soryu moves ONE.
Two of three TF get enough fuel to be able to move. Surprisingly, enemy SS don't get a single shot off. BC Kongo and 4 DDs join the hapless Soryu and fuel is transferred around. Not much but, hopefully, enough.
ASW hits Allied SS 7 times.
Allies CA Frobisher, 6 DD, 2 AK, 1 AKL, and 3 YMS.
Japanese DD Maikaze
The TF's will join back up and make towards Ceylon leaving the scene with some SYS Damage but not much else. This could have been FAR WORSE! My stupidity to make the Full Speed jump, fight the enemy CVs, and then push my luck for two more days. STUPID Grand Admiral!
< Message edited by John 3rd -- 7/13/2019 11:11:39 PM >