From: Hessen, Germany - now living in France
Tokyo and Nagoya city suffered fire bombing attacks, killing 13.000 civilians – our interceptors downed 25 bombers for 28 own losses. At Kagoshima the enemy bombed supply depots and a G4M factory without opposition, and a raid from Okinawa by 126 fighters escorting 54 bombers against airfields around Osaka managed to destroy 115 of our stockpiled Kamikaze planes.
Our remaining surface units launched a daring raid against enemy installations at Attu to put an end to the annoying bombing and bombardment sorties from that direction against the Kurile Islands. Vice-Admiral Nishimura took BBs Ise and Hyuga, CA Atago, CL Oyodo and 15 DDs close to shore to confuse enemy radar and managed to surprise the enemy bombardment task force as it sortied from Attu harbour. In a close-range night battle, one British ‘R’ class battleship, a Cleveland class CL, two Gearing class DDs and one Sumner class DD were left behind in sinking condition in return for some scratched paint on our ships. The remaining ten enemy DDs fled and our force continued to bombard the airbase at Attu and destroyed 16 planes. The parallel sortie of our carrier force – mighty Shinano, veteran Kaga and brand-new Kasagi – failed to make contact with the fleeing enemy and retired together with Nishimura’s victorious surface task force.
Organized resistance on Luzon ended with the destruction of our last forces on the Bataan peninsula. At Leyte, an enemy ground attack supported by LBA, carrier aircrraft and naval bombardment by 3 BBs, 2 BCs, 6 CAs and 4 CLs led to heavy losses among our troops. The enemy directed other air attacks and naval bombardments against Mindoro, Cagyayan, Cebu&Bohol and Samar. The latter was invaded by enemy troops in Corps strength, and our garrison (36th, 37th and 49th Independent Brigades plus the 26th SBF) had to yield control of the small base facilities and retreated into the interior of the island.
Enemy air attacks have hit Palembang, Miri, Balikpapan, Singapore and Phnom Penh. Enemy ground forces advanced in the direction of Phnom Penh, where LtGen Matsuyama is preparing defensive positions with the remnants of the 15th Division and the 11th SBF. At Bangkok, the 55th and 56th Divisions are still defending the approaches of the city despite a naval bombardment by 5 BBs, 1 CA and 4 CLs. Singapore has been hit by air strikes from three different carrier task forces. The local garrison (1st INA Division, 62nd Division, 21st and 22nd Independent Brigades, 25th Army Engineers and a detachment of the 11th SBF) is bracing for the expected ground attack.
Air losses this week total 146 of our planes against 97 enemy planes downed. Routine convoys suffered no losses.
Emperor LST sends a ‘well done’ and beer to Vice-Admiral Nishimura.
Tokyo, Nagoya and Nagasaki suffered fire bombing attacks, 46.000 civilians died. Over Nagoya, night-fighters and AAA downed 42 enemy bombers, 33 interceptors have been lost in return. Kagoshima, Tokushima and Osaka airfields have been raided repeatedly by LBA and 200 stockpiled Kamikaze planes have been destroyed.
Enemy ground operations at Cebu&Bohol, Leyte and Cagayan continued with heavy LBA, carrier and naval support. Samar and Mindoro have been bombed by LBA.
Bangkok has been visited by carrier aircraft and a naval bombardment force, our supply depots suffered moderate damage. Singapore was subjected to heavy LBA and carrier aircraft attacks, the losses among men and materiel are heavy.
This week we lost 283 planes to all causes, the enemy lost 156. Two tankers fell victim to enemy submarines.
Emperor LST ordered more surface actions against Attu.
Day and Night fire bombing raids against Tokyo, Nagoya and Nagasaki have cost the lives of 52.000 innocent civilians. Raids against airfields in Osaka, Kagoshima and Tokushima provinces have destroyed about 250 planes inn the air and on the ground. Our night-fighters and AAA defending Nagoya managed to destroy 98 enemy heavy bombers for 65 fighters lost.
Ground combat continued on Cebu&Bohol, Leyte and Cagayan, with our last defenders at Bohol being crushed by sheer numbers. Palawan has been invaded and captured by the 6th Marine Division, 32st US Division and 5th Australian Division. Likewise, Mindoro was lost when invaded by 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions plus 11th Airborne Division under cover of no less than nine BBs and six cruisers. The defending 10th SBF retreated into the jungle, but has been mauled severely.
The defenders of Bangkok have been raided by carrier aircraft and were subjected to bombardment by five BBs, five cruisers and DDs. Ground forces at Phnom Penh suffered heavy air attacks by 180+ fighter-bombers. Depots and installations at Palembang and Balikpapan also suffered air attacks. Enemy carriers and a surface force consisting of three BBs, two BCs, six CAs, four CLs have pounded the defenders of Tarakan. Finally, Singapore suffered heavy air attacks with over 500 sorties by LBA plus attacks by two carrier task forces cruising off shore. Our ground forces and defences suffered heavily.
Air losses totalled 331:168. Enemy submarines found no victims.
Emperor LST confers with his war council in order to find the best means for a last-ditch defence.
Home Islands: bombs, bombs, bombs and more bombs – 25.000 civilians and a couple of POWs killed, 160 aircraft destroyed on the ground.
Philippine Islands: Ground combat (with heavy air and naval support on the Allies' side and none on our) continued on Samar, Leyte and Mindoro, resistance ended on Cagayan, and Jolo has been captured unopposed by enemy forces.
SRA: LBA and/or carrier raids against Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Singapore (37 individual raids ranging from 12 to 140 planes each), Balikpapan, Miri and HongKong continued attrition of our forces.
Air losses 168:66, three MCS sunk by enemy subs.
The war council has no suggestions to make and Emperor LST decides to confer with his beer instead.
Home Islands: Only weak raids against Osaka, and Nagasaki this week, 6.000 civilians killed and 49 aircraft destroyed on the ground.
China: enemy aircraft attacked resupply convoy at Tsingtao harbour and sank 15 AP, 19 MCS and one DE.
Philippine Islands: Our last defenders on Leyte and Mindoro have been eliminated, fighting continued on Samar.
SRA: Air raids on remaining strongpoints continued. A massive ground attack at Bangkok by 11th, 20th, 25th, 26th Indian Divisions, 2nd, 18th and 70th British Divisions, 11th East African Division and 50th Tank Brigade smashed through the front of the IJA 55th and 56th Divisions and captured key facilities of the city. Isolated groups of Imperial Infantry still cling to some positions.
Air losses 50:72. Four MCS sunk by enemy subs.
Emperor LST is amazed to find that while conferring with his beer, his beer actually talks back!
LBA attacks have killed 25.000 civilians and destroyed about 80 planes on the ground. Then four large carrier task forces appeared within sighting distance off Osaka and commenced pounding air bases around Osaka, Nagoya and Nagasaki. Surprised, no fighters rose to defend the bases and numerous planes stockpiled for the expected invasion of the Home Islands have been destroyed on the ground. Furthermore, a surface force of five BBs, five cruisers and numerous DDs bombarded Kagoshima, destroying about 40 more planes and damaging ground installations.
China: ground forces clashed at Nanchang, causing light casualties on both sides.
PI / SRA: Ground combat on Samar continued. Morotai has been occupied unopposed by enemy forces. The shellshocked defenders of Singapore were unable to offer effective resistance and Commonwealth forces have occupied this once-important base.
Air losses this week 361:132. Nine MCS and one tanker sunk by subs.
Emperor LST discusses strategy with his beer and realises that he should have listened to it instead of his war council advisors.
Enemy LBA and carrier air again concentrated on air bases in the Home Islands. While the heavies bombed factories and killed 17.000 civilians, no less than six different carrier task forces have been counted cruising off Osaka and Nagoya. This time our interceptors were ready and waiting, as was the Kamikaze Corps. But in numerous vicious air battles we suffered heavy fighter losses trying to deflect enemy strikes and heavy fighter and bomber losses when trying to hit back against enemy carriers and battleships. Even our bravest, most experienced pilots in our most modern Hayate, Shiden and Shinden fighters had no chance, the ill-trained Kamikaze Corps in their outdated planes even less. Numerous futile attacks against enemy carriers were intercepted and slaughtered by Hellcat and Corsair fighters. Only when a Kamikaze strike happened to chance upon a group of British escort carriers we got some favourable results – three Attacker class CVE have been sunk, another one heavily damaged and a CVL damaged as well. Our air groups are seriously disrupted and understrength, and replacement aircraft are even rarer than good beer.
Our submarine force, deployed to protect the Home Islands, never got a chance to attack because aggressive ASW patrols kept them away from targets. One submarine reported being attacked by a PBY before contact broke off.
PI / SRA: Air attacks have hit Samar, Miri, Palembang, Singapore, Phnom Penh, a surface bombardment has hit Menando.
Air losses from all causes this week 1464 planes for 447 enemies shot down. Six MCS and one tanker sunk by enemy subs.
Emperor LST suddenly feels a chilling breeze – and it is not coming from the Imperial beer fridge – the cold breath of doom.
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