BBfanboy: You are right. I have already got cadres out of what I want to keep and rebuild. I am glad I flew out my planes. It was hard to do that with a perfectly operating runway and facilities. I am thinking Singapore will fall on the next attack
The date is really the 16th of Feb 42
Chiang Kai Shek received in his daily briefing that the Japs bombed several bases with minimal loses, the worrisome report is that several Jap units have showed up at Kunming. No intel or sighting of these units have been noted. Reinforcments will move to this base ASAP.
Several ASW forces attacks subs around the Pacific. Most notably the French KVs near Sydney land 3 hits on I-8.
Gen Shilling commanding officer of Java, is alerted that the 1st Para Division had dropped on Djambi and captured it. He immediately orders all bombers to attack the oil fields. He is also told that all the survivors of Padang have been killed. Intel officers are telling him that Italian and ACEH forces are moving on Palembang.
Gen Farwell watched as the cruisers opened fire on the Japanese positions. He was told that spotters counted around a 124 KIA's. He was shaving when the air raid siren started to go off. As he was entering the bunker he saw P39s, and Hurricane fighters scream into the air. Lt Hague and Landry flying P39s sighted Nate fighters approaching, they jump on the Nates. Hague downs one on his first pass, but Landry was able to get 2 with is first pass. Both pilots will eventually shoot down 4 planes each giving them both double aces. Lt Farmer also claims 4 kills on the day giving him a tally of 12 kills. AM Stevenson is told that the Japanese loses were 23 Sallys lost to A2A and 4 flak, 12 BF 109's, 11 Ann's, 5 Nate's, 3 Ro 57's, to only 4 Hurricanes, but several Hurri's and P39s are damaged.
CPT Bufton's TFs bombarded the Japanese positions on Singapore Island. Observers from the Allied side conted around 350 casualities. Buftons forces reloaded before they headed south for the day, he vowed he'd be back again during the night.
Lieutenant Adnan Saidi, the commanding officer of the adhoc Indian, Malaysian force, tasked with holding Bukit Chandu, was checking on his men when the second attack on Singapore started. His make shift battalion was attacked by the 3 Thai inf div, and the 2nd Thai inf rgt. Saidi ran from position to position issuing order and calming his men down. Several hours later Adnan stopped and took a look around him as the battle had ended. His battalion was ruined, but they held the line, infront of them lay the decimated 2nd Thai rgt, the 3 Thai divison is shattered with a little more than a battalion worth of infantry soldiers left to fight. A wounded Saidi sent a runner back to HQ for replacements, he watched as a few cooks and clerks marched to his positions. Spotters see the 1st Tank division and the 4th tank rgt moving towards the AF, the two small AFV units move to intercept it with the 2nd Loyal Bn. The 9th Indian Div was moved in to stop the advancement of the 1st Tank division after it destroyed the 2 Indian AFV units. Gen Moore surveyed the leveled city in front him. He was saddened by the number of Daimlers and Marmon Herrington's smoking, the one good thing he can take away from this battle is that the 4th tank rgt is done for a long time and the 1st tank division is hurting. Percival listens to the casualty reports carefully. The 2 Indian divisons and French BDE are in decent shape, but the other combat units are pretty much done for. Intercepted Japanese cables report that the 50th divison is down to 50 combat squands, the Imperial Guards is down to 126 combat squads, a several other divisions are almost as bad as the Imperial Guards division.
Percivial watched as Imperieus was struck by 3 more bombs, he thinks 2 more days and she will be able to sail south to safety. He knows atleast one Jap subs is patrolling south of Singapore. ASW TFs have encountered I-166 several times in the past few days.