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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:11:30 PM   
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Shortly after midnight, Somerville is pacing up and down his bridge. His TF is almost at Triconmalee harbor. Where is the enemy? Outside, a thunderstorm is raging, leading to poor visibility in spite of 82% moonlight. All of a sudden, just 2000 yards ahead ships appear... 10...20...30... mostly transports, some escorting vessels. His TF opens at short range, but the escorts to a good job protecting the transports, especially AMC Asaka Maru, which sacrifices itself to protect the transports. The Japanese manage to escape after a short battle.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 31,47, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-8
DMS W-19
PB Eiko Maru, Shell hits 4, on fire
PB Kiso Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire
PB Tatsumiya Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
CM Katsuriki
CM Natsushima
CM Sarushima
CM Kyosai
CM Hirashima
SC Ch 10
SC Ch 13
SC Ch 14
SC Ch 18
AV Kamikawa Maru
AV Kunikawa Maru
xAK Arima Maru
AMC Asaka Maru, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Azumasan Maru
xAK Arizona Maru
xAK Azuma Maru
xAK Kansai Maru
xAK Kashii Maru
xAK Katuragi Maru
xAK Nankai Maru
xAK Asosan Maru
xAK Arimasan Maru
xAK Asakasan Maru
xAK Kenyo Maru
xAK Tatutaki Maru
xAK Teiyo Maru
xAK Shinryu Maru
xAK Sinsei Maru
xAK Kimishima Maru
xAK Koto Maru
xAK Mikasa Maru
xAK Gosei Maru
xAK Hokuriku Maru
xAK Nihonka Maru

Allied Ships
CL Capetown
CL Colombo
DD Decoy

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 21 (13 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Poor visibility due to Thunderstorms with 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms and 82% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 2,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Kiso Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Eiko Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages xAK Kansai Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Kiso Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Decoy engages PB Eiko Maru at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 3,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PB Kiso Maru at 3,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...







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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:14:22 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: modrow

Shortly after midnight, Somerville is pacing up and down his bridge. His TF is almost at Triconmalee harbor. Where is the enemy? Outside, a thunderstorm is raging, leading to poor visibility in spite of 82% moonlight. All of a sudden, just 2000 yards ahead ships appear... 10...20...30... mostly transports, some escorting vessels. His TF opens at short range, but the escorts to a good job protecting the transports, especially AMC Asaka Maru, which sacrifices itself to protect the transports. The Japanese manage to escape after a short battle.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 31,47, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-8
DMS W-19
PB Eiko Maru, Shell hits 4, on fire
PB Kiso Maru, Shell hits 6, on fire
PB Tatsumiya Maru, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
CM Katsuriki
CM Natsushima
CM Sarushima
CM Kyosai
CM Hirashima
SC Ch 10
SC Ch 13
SC Ch 14
SC Ch 18
AV Kamikawa Maru
AV Kunikawa Maru
xAK Arima Maru
AMC Asaka Maru, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Azumasan Maru
xAK Arizona Maru
xAK Azuma Maru
xAK Kansai Maru
xAK Kashii Maru
xAK Katuragi Maru
xAK Nankai Maru
xAK Asosan Maru
xAK Arimasan Maru
xAK Asakasan Maru
xAK Kenyo Maru
xAK Tatutaki Maru
xAK Teiyo Maru
xAK Shinryu Maru
xAK Sinsei Maru
xAK Kimishima Maru
xAK Koto Maru
xAK Mikasa Maru
xAK Gosei Maru
xAK Hokuriku Maru
xAK Nihonka Maru

Allied Ships
CL Capetown
CL Colombo
DD Decoy

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 21 (13 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Poor visibility due to Thunderstorms with 82% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms and 82% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 2,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Kiso Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Eiko Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages xAK Kansai Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Kiso Maru at 2,000 yards
AMC Asaka Maru engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages AMC Asaka Maru at 2,000 yards
DD Decoy engages PB Eiko Maru at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CL Capetown engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 3,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PB Kiso Maru at 3,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...








Is Admiral Somerville disappointed in what appears to be a lost opportunity to sink some transports?

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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:20:10 PM   
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It is immediately clear to Somerville that he has to push on, or else it will be Cape Spartivento all over again. So he goes on, looking for more enemy shipping - and meets what was the original invasion fleet, continuing to unload.

But this means that he also faces superior warships, two IJ CAs, embedded into the enemy TF. They manage to draw most of the fire and deal some damage, especially to CL Capetown. But they, too receive hits, some of them penetrating. All in all, once more the enemy manages to protect the transports successfully.

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 2
CA Atago, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1
DD Yudachi
DD Fumizuki
DD Minekaze
DD Akikaze
DMS W-1, Shell hits 1, on fire
DMS W-2
DMS W-3
DMS W-13
SC Ch 23
AK Hirokawa Maru
AK Kinka Maru
AK Kyushu Maru
AK Tosan Maru
xAK Atutasan Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kinugawa Maru
xAK Yamaura Maru
xAK Zenyo Maru
AMC Bankok Maru
xAK Ryoyo Maru
xAK Zinzan Maru
xAK Nanko Maru
xAK Hakodate Maru
xAK Awajisan Maru
LSD Shinshu Maru
xAP Tatsuta Maru
xAP Brazil Maru
xAP Argentina Maru
xAP Hikawa Maru
xAP Katori Maru
xAP Miike Maru
xAP Kokuryu Maru
xAP Kongo Maru
xAP Kobe Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAP Naminoue Maru

Allied Ships
CL Capetown, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
CL Colombo, Shell hits 1
DD Decoy

Japanese ground losses:
203 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Low visibility due to Thunderstorms with 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms and 89% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 2,000 yards
Japanese ships attempt to get underway
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Capetown at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages CA Takao at 2,000 yards
DD Akikaze engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages SC Ch 23 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
AK Kinka Maru collides with xAP Kobe Maru at 31 , 47
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 3,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Capetown at 3,000 yards
DD Akikaze engages DD Decoy at 3,000 yards
CL Capetown engages DMS W-1 at 3,000 yards
CL Capetown engages xAK Kinugawa Maru at 3,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Capetown at 3,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Capetown at 3,000 yards
DD Akikaze engages DD Decoy at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Capetown at 2,000 yards
DD Akikaze engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CL Capetown engages xAP Kobe Maru at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CL Colombo engages CA Atago at 5,000 yards
CA Takao engages CL Capetown at 5,000 yards
DD Akikaze engages DD Decoy at 5,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 5,000 yards
CL Capetown engages CA Takao at 5,000 yards
CL Capetown engages DMS W-1 at 5,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...






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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:27:20 PM   
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Somerville curses and decides to try to pursue in spite of dawn and, accordingly, risk of IJ air strikes if he does not retreat. Maybe he can still pick up some stragglers?

The sun has just risen when a burning ship is sighted - but unfortunately, it is just a damaged PB that was left behind. It is quickly dispatched, but the hunt must go on.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 32,48, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Tatsumiya Maru, Shell hits 9, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Capetown
CL Colombo
DD Decoy

Reduced visibility due to Thunderstorms
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 4,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 4,000 yards
Somerville, James F crosses the 'T'
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 5,000 yards
DD Decoy engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 6,000 yards
DD Decoy engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 7,000 yards
CL Colombo engages PB Tatsumiya Maru at 7,000 yards
Combat ends with last Japanese ship sunk...







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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:36:09 PM   
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Somerville is desperate now. If he returns with this result, Churchill will go after him again and his career is over. So he sets course to Triconmalee again - where he runs into the TF from the second encounter once more, with quite similar results. Again, the IJ combat ships manage to protect the transports and deal damage to the inferior light cruisers - but these score hits on the IJ CAs that include hits destroying main turrets of both CAs. Atago looks like a burning hulk when Somerville last sees it - before a direct hit smashes into Colombo's bridge and he is thrown into the water, losing consciousness.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 31,47, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Takao, Shell hits 5, on fire
CA Atago, Shell hits 28, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Yudachi
DD Fumizuki, Shell hits 2
DD Minekaze, Shell hits 2
DD Akikaze, Shell hits 2
DMS W-1, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
DMS W-2
DMS W-3
DMS W-13
SC Ch 23
AK Hirokawa Maru
AK Kinka Maru
AK Kyushu Maru
AK Tosan Maru
xAK Kinugawa Maru
xAK Yamaura Maru
xAK Zenyo Maru
AMC Bankok Maru
xAK Ryoyo Maru
xAK Zinzan Maru
xAK Nanko Maru
xAK Hakodate Maru
xAK Awajisan Maru
LSD Shinshu Maru
xAP Tatsuta Maru
xAP Brazil Maru
xAP Argentina Maru
xAP Hikawa Maru
xAP Katori Maru
xAP Miike Maru
xAP Kokuryu Maru
xAP Kongo Maru
xAP Kobe Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Naminoue Maru

Allied Ships
CL Capetown, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Colombo, Shell hits 14, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
DD Decoy, Shell hits 2

Japanese ground losses:
39 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF suspends unloading operations and begins to get underway
Low visibility due to Thunderstorms
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms: 7,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 7,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 7,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Capetown at 4,000 yards
CL Capetown sunk by CA Atago at 4,000 yards
DD Decoy engages DD Akikaze at 4,000 yards
CL Colombo engages CA Atago at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 3,000 yards
CA Takao engages CL Colombo at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages xAP Hikawa Maru at 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CA Takao engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CA Takao engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
DD Akikaze engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
DD Decoy engages DD Akikaze at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Fumizuki
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CA Takao engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages xAP Kongo Maru at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru , xAP Tatsuta Maru ,
xAK Awajisan Maru , xAK Hakodate Maru , xAK Nanko Maru ,
xAK Zinzan Maru , xAK Ryoyo Maru , xAK Zenyo Maru ,
xAK Yamaura Maru , xAK Kinugawa Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Minekaze , DD Fumizuki ,
DD Yudachi
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages CA Takao at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages DMS W-1 at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru , xAP Tatsuta Maru ,
xAK Awajisan Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Fumizuki
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
DMS W-1 sunk by DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
DD Decoy engages DD Minekaze at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages xAK Zenyo Maru at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Minekaze
CL Colombo engages CA Atago at 2,000 yards
CL Colombo engages CA Takao at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru , xAP Tatsuta Maru ,
xAK Awajisan Maru , xAK Hakodate Maru , xAK Nanko Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Minekaze , DD Yudachi
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru screened from combat
CL Colombo engages CA Atago at 2,000 yards
CA Takao engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru , xAP Tatsuta Maru ,
xAK Awajisan Maru , xAK Hakodate Maru , xAK Nanko Maru ,
xAK Zinzan Maru , xAK Ryoyo Maru , xAK Zenyo Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Minekaze , DD Yudachi
CA Takao engages CL Colombo at 2,000 yards
DD Fumizuki engages DD Decoy at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Fumizuki
CA Atago engages CL Colombo at 8,000 yards
DD Decoy engages DD Minekaze at 8,000 yards
CL Colombo engages xAK Hakodate Maru at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru , xAP Tatsuta Maru ,
xAK Awajisan Maru , xAK Hakodate Maru , xAK Nanko Maru ,
xAK Zinzan Maru , xAK Ryoyo Maru , xAK Zenyo Maru ,
xAK Yamaura Maru , xAK Kinugawa Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Minekaze , DD Fumizuki ,
DD Yudachi
CA Atago engages DD Decoy at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru ,
xAP Argentina Maru , xAP Brazil Maru , xAP Tatsuta Maru ,
xAK Awajisan Maru , xAK Hakodate Maru , xAK Nanko Maru ,
xAK Zinzan Maru , xAK Ryoyo Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Minekaze , DD Fumizuki
CA Takao engages CL Colombo at 14,000 yards
CL Colombo engages DMS W-3 at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru screened from combat
Range increases to 20,000 yards
LSD Shinshu Maru , AK Tosan Maru , AK Kyushu Maru ,
AK Kinka Maru , AK Hirokawa Maru , xAP Naminoue Maru ,
xAP Kobe Maru , xAP Kongo Maru , xAP Kokuryu Maru ,
xAP Miike Maru , xAP Katori Maru , xAP Hikawa Maru screened from combat
- escorted by DD Akikaze , DD Fumizuki
DD Yudachi engages DD Decoy at 20,000 yards
Task forces break off...







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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:41:10 PM   
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Strong hands pull Somerville onto a raft. When he opens his eyes, he sees some of his crew. CL Colombo is a burning hulk now as well, Decoy fleeing. But after all, the raft makes it to the shore and they avoid capture...

Somerville, James F reassigned

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RE: Some action... - 8/19/2018 9:56:40 PM   
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FYI, the current score.






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RE: Some action... - 8/20/2018 12:15:34 AM   
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It looks like a larger form of the HMS Glowworm against the German Heavy Cruiser Hipper. Stiff upper lip and all that sort or rot.

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RE: Some action... - 8/20/2018 4:54:42 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: dave sindel
Is Admiral Somerville disappointed in what appears to be a lost opportunity to sink some transports?


Well... perhaps he should also be happy to have reached the transports at all. He could have run into the big SCTF like the two DDs I sent in last turn, so the whole operation is of the "stiff upper lip and all" type Bif1961 referred to.

Of course, wreaking havoc in that first TF would have been great. The hits scored on combat vessels are not bad either, but probably will just take the ships out for some time - especially as this happened in the hex of a lvl6 port in IJ hands and transfer to a shipyard will be a short trip only once Colombo is taken by IJ, which will not take long. For this reason, even Atago has a decent chance to survive, but hopefully it will take a while to patch it up.

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Some more action - 8/21/2018 9:50:12 PM   
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Gentlemen,

the following day the action continues.

First, IJ uses its SCTF to eliminate the remaining forces of Somerville after his reassignment. I felt the need to scuttle the remaining CL. So they meet a lone DD, which is eliminated by a direct hit from Hyuga in her very first salvo. Master gunnery !

Night Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 31,47, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
CA Furutaka
CL Sendai
CL Jintsu
CL Isuzu
CL Natori
CL Kinu
CL Kuma
CL Kitakami
CL Oi
DD Nagatsuki
DD Asakaze
DD Matsukaze
DD Shiokaze
DD Namikaze
DD Numakaze
DD Wakatake
DD Kuretake
DD Asagao
DD Fuyo
DD Karukaya

Allied Ships
DD Decoy, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Low visibility due to Rain with 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 89% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
Ishizaki, Noburu crosses the 'T'
DD Decoy sunk by BB Hyuga at 6,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...









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RE: Some more action - 8/21/2018 9:52:26 PM   
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Then, CM Abdiel, which I sent in in an attempt to drop some mines at Triconmalee encounters that TF. Using its superior speed, it evades, but does not deliver the mines

Night Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 31,47, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga
CA Furutaka
CL Sendai
CL Jintsu
CL Isuzu
CL Natori
CL Kinu
CL Kuma
CL Kitakami
CL Oi
DD Nagatsuki
DD Asakaze
DD Matsukaze
DD Shiokaze
DD Namikaze
DD Numakaze
DD Wakatake
DD Kuretake
DD Asagao
DD Fuyo
DD Karukaya

Allied Ships
CM Abdiel

Poor visibility due to Rain with 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 89% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 13,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
Ishizaki, Noburu crosses the 'T'
BB Hyuga engages CM Abdiel at 6,000 yards
DD Fuyo engages CM Abdiel at 6,000 yards
DD Numakaze engages CM Abdiel at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
DD Numakaze engages CM Abdiel at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 9,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CM Abdiel at 9,000 yards
CL Oi engages CM Abdiel at 9,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages CM Abdiel at 9,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CM Abdiel at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...







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RE: Some more action - 8/21/2018 9:55:40 PM   
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But now, surely, something good will happen, right ? I successfully intercept a previously encountered TF or part thereof...

No, once more it is not to be. Escorts draw the fire of my ships and the TF manages quickly to escape.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 32,48, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DMS W-8
DMS W-19
PB Eiko Maru
PB Kiso Maru, Shell hits 2, on fire
CM Katsuriki, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
CM Natsushima
CM Sarushima
CM Kyosai
CM Hirashima
SC Ch 10
SC Ch 13
SC Ch 14, Shell hits 1, on fire
SC Ch 18, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
AV Kamikawa Maru
AV Kunikawa Maru
xAK Arima Maru
xAK Azumasan Maru
xAK Arizona Maru
xAK Azuma Maru
xAK Kansai Maru
xAK Kashii Maru
xAK Katuragi Maru
xAK Nankai Maru
xAK Asosan Maru
xAK Arimasan Maru
xAK Asakasan Maru
xAK Kenyo Maru
xAK Tatutaki Maru
xAK Teiyo Maru
xAK Shinryu Maru
xAK Sinsei Maru
xAK Kimishima Maru
xAK Koto Maru
xAK Mikasa Maru
xAK Gosei Maru
xAK Hokuriku Maru, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Nihonka Maru

Allied Ships
CL Ceres
CL Caledon
DD Arrow

Japanese ground losses:
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (4 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Poor visibility due to Rain with 89% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 89% moonlight: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 6,000 yards
Willis, A.N. crosses the 'T'
SC Ch 18 sunk by CL Caledon at 6,000 yards
CL Caledon engages xAK Hokuriku Maru at 6,000 yards
CL Caledon engages xAK Hokuriku Maru at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CM Katsuriki at 5,000 yards
CL Ceres engages CM Katsuriki at 5,000 yards
CL Ceres engages CM Kyosai at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CL Ceres engages PB Kiso Maru at 3,000 yards
CL Ceres engages CM Katsuriki at 3,000 yards
CL Caledon engages SC Ch 14 at 3,000 yards
CM Katsuriki sunk by CL Caledon at 3,000 yards
CL Ceres engages SC Ch 14 at 3,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CM Kyosai at 3,000 yards
Japanese Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...







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RE: Some more action - 8/21/2018 10:00:16 PM   
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And finally, my SCTF runs into the big SCTF. Adm. Willis prudently attempts to disengage three times, but does not manage to do so. Hits on IJ heavy combatans are superstructural damage only, with the sole exception of one hit on a main gun of Hyuga. If this weapons damage is real, at least the BB will require yard time in a bigger yard.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Trincomalee at 31,47, Range 13,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hyuga, Shell hits 11, on fire
CA Furutaka, Shell hits 2, on fire
CL Sendai
CL Jintsu
CL Isuzu
CL Natori
CL Kinu, Shell hits 2
CL Kuma
CL Kitakami
CL Oi, Shell hits 1
DD Nagatsuki
DD Asakaze
DD Matsukaze
DD Shiokaze
DD Namikaze, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Numakaze
DD Wakatake, Shell hits 1
DD Kuretake
DD Asagao, Shell hits 1, heavy fires
DD Fuyo
DD Karukaya

Allied Ships
CL Ceres, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Caledon, Shell hits 24, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Arrow, Shell hits 2, on fire

Reduced visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 13,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 13,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 13,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages CL Ceres at 13,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages DD Arrow at 13,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Isuzu at 13,000 yards
Willis, A.N. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 8,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 8,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CA Furutaka at 8,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 8,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Kinu at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 7,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages CL Caledon at 7,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 7,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Kinu at 7,000 yards
Willis, A.N. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 8,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 8,000 yards
CL Ceres engages BB Hyuga at 8,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Arrow at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 10,000 yards
CL Ceres engages CA Furutaka at 10,000 yards
DD Asagao engages DD Arrow at 10,000 yards
DD Asagao engages DD Arrow at 10,000 yards
CL Caledon engages DD Asakaze at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 9,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 9,000 yards
CL Oi engages DD Arrow at 9,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Sendai at 9,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Asagao at 9,000 yards
Willis, A.N. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 11,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages CL Caledon at 11,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Oi at 11,000 yards
CL Natori engages CL Caledon at 11,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Asagao at 11,000 yards
DD Wakatake engages DD Arrow at 11,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages DD Arrow at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 14,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 14,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages CL Caledon at 14,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 14,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Kuma at 14,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages CL Caledon at 14,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Fuyo at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 17,000 yards
CL Kinu engages CL Ceres at 17,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Fuyo at 17,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Numakaze at 17,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 17,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 17,000 yards
CL Oi engages DD Arrow at 17,000 yards
DD Karukaya engages DD Arrow at 17,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Namikaze at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 18,000 yards
CL Isuzu engages CL Caledon at 18,000 yards
CL Jintsu engages CL Caledon at 18,000 yards
CL Caledon engages DD Asagao at 18,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 18,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages DD Arrow at 18,000 yards
CL Isuzu engages CL Caledon at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 17,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 17,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 17,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Sendai at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 15,000 yards
CA Furutaka engages CL Caledon at 15,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 15,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Kitakami at 15,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Kuma at 15,000 yards
DD Matsukaze engages DD Arrow at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 11,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 11,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Oi at 11,000 yards
DD Wakatake engages DD Arrow at 11,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages DD Arrow at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 9,000 yards
CL Kitakami engages CL Ceres at 9,000 yards
DD Namikaze engages DD Arrow at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 6,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 6,000 yards
CL Oi engages CL Caledon at 6,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Matsukaze at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Caledon at 10,000 yards
DD Wakatake engages DD Arrow at 10,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Fuyo at 10,000 yards
DD Arrow engages DD Asagao at 10,000 yards
DD Shiokaze engages DD Arrow at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
CL Ceres engages CA Furutaka at 15,000 yards
DD Numakaze engages DD Arrow at 15,000 yards
CL Isuzu engages CL Caledon at 15,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages DD Arrow at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
BB Hyuga engages CL Ceres at 18,000 yards
CL Oi engages DD Arrow at 18,000 yards
CL Kinu engages CL Caledon at 18,000 yards
CL Caledon engages CL Natori at 18,000 yards
DD Wakatake engages DD Arrow at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 23,000 yards
Range increases to 29,000 yards
Task forces break off...








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RE: Some more action - 8/21/2018 10:09:46 PM   
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Also, during the air phase my evil plans don't work. A CAP trap for mini KB planes fails, because the enemy air combat TF begins to swing round towards Colombo so that the target is no longer in range. And both my sweeps of Triconmalee and my naval attack with torpedo bombers aimed at shipping present in Triconmalee hex by range limitation simply don't fly. Some LRCAP does fly and is diverted to intercept a strike by mini KB against the retreating former garrison of Triconmalee (which is slowed down but hopefully will still make it to Colombo, where I will have about 300-350 raw AV behind level 3 forts against 4 IJ divisions), but it does not get through the escort, so here, too, no joy.

Enemy has installed fighter planes (60ish according to mouseover) at Triconmalee now, which means I will not continue to make a stand- especially as I do not have any additional naval assets available any more and Colombo is not save against potential bombardment form the see. One of my damaged CLs sinks during the turn, the other one will try to run to safety, but it is not sure that it makes it.



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The TF that shall not be harmed - 8/23/2018 10:39:01 AM   
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Another turn with only few events, but some amusing tidbits (combat report date 420428). One of them, yet another intercept of the TF that shall not be harmed (even though this time not too much was to be expected anyway):






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Guesswork (I) - 8/23/2018 10:44:49 AM   
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One of the things I tried this turn was a night bombing port attack on Triconmalee which scored 4 hits on Hyuga - 2 bounces, one hit on a main gun and one destroyed AAA gun being reported as a result.

But something else seems to have happened as well . Have a look at this pleasing screen




Probably, everyone will see at once why I am pleased anyway. Still, any takers for the trivia why I think it is worth reporting?

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Guesswork (II) - 8/23/2018 10:58:48 AM   
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As a matter of fact, one of the reasons for the last post was that I wanted to provide you with an easy warm-up question before I ask something more difficult.

The TF depicted in the screenshot shown below was detected in the activated hex last turn. I know from an (ineffective) naval attack by Dutch Mitchell II that it comprises Fuso and Yamashiro. Any guesses where they are heading ?

As a matter of fact, this is part of the puzzle where IJ is going to go. Apart from the Ceylon invasion (be it prelude or raid), I have Intel of one of the regiments used for finishing off the PI preparing for a Koepang invasion. Maskirovka?




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RE: Guesswork (II) - 8/23/2018 12:40:43 PM   
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quote:

The TF depicted in the screenshot shown below was detected in the activated hex last turn. I know from an (ineffective) naval attack by Dutch Mitchell II that it comprises Fuso and Yamashiro. Any guesses where they are heading ?



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RE: Guesswork (II) - 8/23/2018 12:46:45 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

The TF depicted in the screenshot shown below was detected in the activated hex last turn. I know from an (ineffective) naval attack by Dutch Mitchell II that it comprises Fuso and Yamashiro. Any guesses where they are heading ?



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If so, why not 1 turn earlier from the activated hex (white frame in picture)? Range is 10 hex from both places, and IJ knows I have eyes on the Ceram sea...

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RE: Guesswork (II) - 8/23/2018 1:14:12 PM   
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Ambon is my guess too. I hate that base...take Namlea next to it first.

Pete and Jakes destroyed on the ground as to the plane losses.

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RE: Guesswork (II) - 8/23/2018 2:39:28 PM   
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Ambon is my guess too. I hate that base...take Namlea next to it first.

Pete and Jakes destroyed on the ground as to the plane losses.


Re. plane losses - exactly . This corresponds to Ashagira's plane complement at the start of the game.

Re. Ambon - same question as to Michael's guess. It moved from the ativated hex (white rim) to the position of the TF symbol, i.e. 8 hex SE to get from one position 10 hex away to another position 10 hex away? If you want to be sneaky, why not move to 80,103 ("Mol" of Moluccas) or 80,104 (SW thereof) to be in position for a night time bombardment run immediately?

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RE: Guesswork (II) - 8/23/2018 2:51:32 PM   
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Re. Ambon - same question as to Michael's guess. It moved from the ativated hex (white rim) to the position of the TF symbol, i.e. 8 hex SE to get from one position 10 hex away to another position 10 hex away? If you want to be sneaky, why not move to 80,103 ("Mol" of Moluccas) or 80,104 (SW thereof) to be in position for a night time bombardment run immediately?

Hartwig


Often times as Japan you pause an invasion to arrange for LRCAP or other reinforcemetns or meet another tf, especially if it gets spotted. Plus, most times you move a bit to confuse subs.

I suspect the above surface fights has Japan a little nervous.


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2-day update - 8/25/2018 7:53:49 AM   
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Gentlemen,

an update covering 2 days of not much to report. Game date of the turn to be processed is now May 1st,42.

- Near Ceylon, mini-KB went into raiding mode hunting for ships fleeing from Colombo. As there were very few ships at Colombo to start with, success is limited to 3x 4VP xAP, which still annoys me, because they were carrying navy brass that had arranged for a trip they thought would lead them to safety (parts of eastern fleet naval HQ which is located at Colombo). My opponent hunts with a very limited strike package, thus keeping most planes over the TF, so attacking the TF with naval strike is something I won't try right now, but I'll try to arrange a CAP trap.

- In the Ceram sea, nothing really happens - apart from a FT invasion of Sorong last turn. I had installed a scouting force for supporting a few FP on naval search there, which will now be moved. The mystery TF is still milling around, apart from the FT TF a third one has appeared, but so far nothing that looks like a major, coordinated push. Could be Lowpe's take is right, but I do not rule out the possibility that this is something I am being shown deliberately to draw my attention and take away my focus from other areas.

- One of my subs hits and reportedly sinks an xAP in Makassar street which is part of a convoy with 13 merchants and 8 escorts. No troop losses are reported; I think it is moving towards Manila to provide lift capacity for distributing the troops that conquered the PI.

- Last not least, another little success to boost Allied morale

Thanks for your interest

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TFs gone... - 8/26/2018 5:22:51 PM   
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Gentlemen,

another day of not much to report.

- mini KB raids on, killing another small xAP with navy brass, but avoiding my CAP trap by not pursuing the more juicy looking bait I had set.

- TFs have disappeared from the Ceram sea now. I wanted to help with that by killing the FT TF at Sorong, but all I got was this

Night Time Surface Combat, near Sorong at 82,107, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Naka, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
DD Yukikaze

Allied Ships
CL Helena, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Bagley
DD Jarvis

Improved night sighting under 100% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 100% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
CL Naka engages CL Helena at 8,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CL Helena engages CL Naka at 3,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CL Helena engages CL Naka at 6,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages DD Yukikaze at 6,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CL Naka engages CL Helena at 5,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Jarvis at 5,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
CL Naka engages CL Helena at 8,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 8,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CL Naka engages CL Helena at 10,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages DD Yukikaze at 10,000 yards
DD Bagley engages DD Yukikaze at 10,000 yards
Tawara, Yoshioki orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CL Helena engages CL Naka at 11,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Jarvis at 11,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
CL Naka engages CL Helena at 13,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages DD Yukikaze at 13,000 yards
DD Yukikaze engages DD Bagley at 13,000 yards
CL Helena engages CL Naka at 13,000 yards
DD Jarvis engages DD Yukikaze at 13,000 yards
Task forces break off...


Naka is reported as sunk, which may or may not be the case. My CL has very light damage only (no penetrating hits), but this may be an opportunity to do the 4/42 upgrade which is still missing.

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RE: TFs gone... - 8/26/2018 5:25:45 PM   
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Lady Luck - 8/27/2018 8:21:59 PM   
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Gentlemen,

another two day update, including one eventless day. I will reproduce the combat complete report for that one, so you get what I mean...

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 02, 42
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ASW attack near Trincomalee at 32,48

Japanese Ships
PB Kiso Maru, heavy damage
CM Natsushima
DMS W-13, heavy damage
xAK Kashii Maru
SC Ch 23
SC Ch 13

Allied Ships
SS Truant

SS Truant is sighted by escort
Truant diving deep ....
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 13 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 13 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC Ch 23 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Sub attack near Clark Field at 78,76

Japanese Ships
SC CHa-34
SC CHa-27

Allied Ships
SS O20

SS O20 launches 2 torpedoes at SC CHa-34
O20 diving deep ....
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-27 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC CHa-34 fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Morning Air attack on Lanchow , at 81,34

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 8

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 3000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 31 NM, estimated altitude 40,500 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 3

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 38500 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Kukong , at 79,57

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 33,940 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 11

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-27b Nate sweeping at 32940 feet *



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Morning Air attack on Kukong , at 79,57

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 13

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 19

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 4000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 12th Chinese/A Corps, at 85,48 , near Sinyang

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 28

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
49 casualties reported
Squads: 5 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
28 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on 12th Chinese/A Corps, at 85,48 , near Sinyang

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 20

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
26 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kendari , at 70,106

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Lanchow , at 81,34

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 2000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Lanchow , at 81,34

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 9

No Japanese losses

Runway hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 2000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Yenan , at 88,37

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 13

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 3
Runway hits 7

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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ASW attack near Banjoewangi at 57,107

Japanese Ships
DD Yugao
DD Hasu

Allied Ships
SS S-41, hits 6

SS S-41 is located by DD Yugao
S-41 bottoming out ....
DD Hasu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hasu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hasu fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Hasu attacking submerged sub ....
DD Hasu fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


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Ground combat at 84,42 (near Sian)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1910 troops, 180 guns, 68 vehicles, Assault Value = 3046

Defending force 66796 troops, 412 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1878

Allied ground losses:
15 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
27th/C Division
12th Tank Regiment
27th/B Division
110th/C Division
5th Tank Regiment
10th/A Division
10th/B Division
116th/B Division
13th Tank Regiment
116th/C Division
29th/A Division
12th/A Division
68th/B Division
68th/C Division
110th/A Division
68th/A Division
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Ind.Mixed Brigade
61st Infantry Brigade
12th/C Division
110th/B Division
3rd Tank Regiment
3rd Ind.Mixed Brigade
27th/A Division
116th/A Division
12th/B Division
29th/B Division
15th Tank Regiment
29th/C Division
10th/C Division
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
51st Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
2nd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
52nd Ind.Mtn.Gun Battalion
China Expeditionary Army
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment
7th Ind. Engineer Regiment
1st Mortar Battalion
5th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
9th Chinese Corps
7th Chinese Corps
35th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
17th Chinese Corps
8th Route Army
27th Chinese Corps
42nd Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
4th Chinese Cavalry Corps
14th Group Army
57th AT Gun Regiment
12th Chinese Base Force
3rd Heavy Mortar Regiment
Red Chinese Army
2nd Group Army
15th Group Army
4th Heavy Mortar Regiment


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Ground combat at 87,41 (near Tsiaotso)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 21216 troops, 165 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 746

Defending force 30766 troops, 148 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 911

Japanese ground losses:
22 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
7th Ind.Mixed Brigade
6th Ind.Mixed Brigade
69th Division
1st Army
6th Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
16th Chinese Corps
36th Chinese Corps
59th Chinese Corps
7th Group Army
8th Group Army
39th Group Army


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Ground combat at 85,43 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 290 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 937

Defending force 17078 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 649

Assaulting units:
36th Division
32nd Division
12th Army
11th Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
47th Chinese Corps
76th Chinese Corps
1st War Area
4th Group Army



But the following day is a bit more interesting.

First, recon of Lunga showed numerous ships disbanded in port and fighters only present at Tulagi... and Luganville has a Lvl 5 airfield... so...

Morning Air attack on Tulagi , at 114,137

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6
B-24D Liberator x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Akasisan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAK Shinwa Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Toyohasi Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Tasmania Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Toko Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Venice Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
3rd Ku S-1 with A6M2 Zero (14 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(14 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
14 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead


No ships are reported as sunk, but actually I would currently prefer an additional damaged ship at that location over a sunk ship to slow down my opponent's next operations.

Next, a CAP trap at Lanchow is successful (see picture below). My opponent is lucky that he drives his air force in China as hard as he does, bad morale made major part of his attacking squadrons turn back. And this CAP trap turns out to be lucky timing, because of this...

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5851 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 697

Defending force 20625 troops, 149 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 696

Japanese adjusted assault: 168

Allied adjusted defense: 765

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1190 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 119 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
3rd Ching An Tui Brigade
11th Tank Regiment
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
Mongol Garrison Army

Defending units:
34th Separate Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force
8th Chinese Base Force




This is excellent, with a bit of luck this means I may be open to reopen the road to Lanchow - which would hopefully allow getting some more fuel to Chungking to keep HI there operative a bit longer. Every bit of supply helps in China !






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RE: Lady Luck - 8/27/2018 8:32:15 PM   
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I love using the heavy bombers for such purposes, especially in the SoPac or DEI. A lot of players (myself included) seem to scrimp on CAP defense so they can devote more to forward defense/offense. This keeps them honest about their defenses and sometimes forces them to devote more to CAP defense.

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Nibbling on... - 8/29/2018 3:28:35 PM   
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Gentlemen,

more of the same old same. Smallish success, but nothing essential for the big picture.

Here's an example what happens when going toe to toe on a selective basis (excerpt from May 5,42 aoperationsreport)

WO Snowdon V. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 5
WO Snowdon V. of No.17 Sqn RAF attains ace status!!
WO Peter, G.A. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 6
FO Warburton, D.K. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 5
FO Warburton, D.K. of No.17 Sqn RAF attains ace status!!
...
WO Cheshire M. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 2
FO Warburton, D.K. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 6
WO Peter, G.A. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 7
FO Warburton, D.K. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 7
WO Peter, G.A. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 8
PO Trayhorn U. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 3
WO Peter, G.A. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 9
WO Cheshire M. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 3
WO Cheshire M. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 4
WO Peter, G.A. of No.17 Sqn RAF is credited with kill number 10


Average experience of No17 Sqn RAF is now 71.

My opponent feels he needs to reinforce his Sorong invasion and pays the price. I felt save letting the Vindicators fly without escort, because closest potentially usable airbase is currently Manado which did not seem to hold planes according to recon results.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Sorong at 82,107

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
SB2U-3 Vindicator x 17

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
APD Aoi, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
APD Hagi, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
APD Nadakaze, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
APD Shimakaze, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Nadakaze
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Aoi


Also, enemy tried again at Lanchow - to no avail.

Ground combat at Lanchow (81,34)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 17810 troops, 139 guns, 190 vehicles, Assault Value = 664

Defending force 20578 troops, 149 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 688

Japanese adjusted assault: 102

Allied adjusted defense: 731

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 7 (fort level 3)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), supply(-)

Japanese ground losses:
1113 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 254 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
828 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 88 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Assaulting units:
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
2nd Ind.Mixed Brigade
4th Cavalry Brigade
12th Indpt Infantry Regiment
1st Cavalry Brigade
3rd Ching An Tui Brigade
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
Mongol Garrison Army

Defending units:
34th Separate Brigade
82nd Chinese Corps
3rd Chinese Cavalry Corps
8th War Area
5th Chinese Base Force
8th Chinese Base Force


That's all for this update.

Hartwig

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The good ole wind-indicators can hit a target.

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ORIGINAL: Bif1961

The good ole wind-indicators can hit a target.


Aye, and their range is good. Of course, this helps most in situations when you have reason to assume no CAP will be present.

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