John 3rd -> Dec 13-15, 1941 (12/9/2012 7:15:21 AM)
December 13-15, 1941
My opponent is a wily, cagey fighter. He dug his heels in at Singkawang and Singapore for a couple of days, got beat-up pretty good in the air, and then pulled his STF out of harm's way after taking just a few good, strong hits.
CarDiv1 arrives SW of Dutch Harbor on the 14th and begins a short patrol pattern looking for shipping and making sure the occupation of the Aleutians from Umnak to Attu occurs without interference.
The first FTF of 5 DD drops troops off at Adak on the 15th.
Other FTF and regular TF are moving into the area.
After taking Wake easily, the TF and Escorts there immediately load the SNLF Assault Brigade and head for Midway. Figure I have 2-3 days before he figures out that CarDiv5 is no longer in the area. We grab Midway then the Central Pacific is complete. This will probably surprise him but the effort for this war does not lay in an Easterly direction.
SS are active here but I shall slowly pull them out to redeploy and--more importantly--replace commanders. Gave Dan a bit of a start when 3 Midgets attempted to penetrate San Fran and Los Angeles. No success but I hope it got his attention.
In an interesting move, both Lexington and Enterprise are operating at Rabaul or NE of Lunga. I've lost a few small AKLs but it is quite nice to KNOW where they are. Given 2 days, CarDiv 5 will unite with the 2 CVLs and we shall seek an engagement. Like the idea of fielding 90 Zero, 54 Val, and 78 Kate vs. a single CV...
This area (Coral Sea) started with just 3 Ro-SS operating in it but now has 3 more Ro- and 3 I-Boats hunting for targets.
Luzon: Pretty much an Army Air Show now. Three ID fully ashore with two more landing tomorrow. Manila first and then Clark--Bataan. Looks like he is immediately falling back to Bataan. Have pretty much smacked down most of his P-40s so command of the air is pretty solid.
Mindanao: 56th ID lands at Cagayan tomorrow. This, coupled with the 8th armored TK Reg, should occupy the island FAST.
STF continue to sink Allied shipping as it tries to flee the area. Over the three days, the Allies lose: 3 AKL, 2 AK, 2 AP, and AS Holland.
I did not move in this area for the first week of operations but now this changes. Use FTF to land at Ternate on the 15th. Another landing takes place tomorrow at Sorong.
The 90th Inf Reg and a BF are loaded and headed for Ambon covered by 4 BB.
A TF was spotted at Manokwari on the 14th. I shuffle in a Betty Daitai to add to the two Nell Chutai and SCORE on the 15th. The TF spotted was the Cruiser TF that my Rabaul Escorts fought 5 days ago. Strikes are flown in the morning as well as the afternoon. CA Louisville is SUNK with a pair of TTs and CL Achilles takes single one as well. Two DUDS his CA Australia: CRAP! Sick of duds right now. The CVEs are fairly close so I send them in for a strike as well as reload TTs at my Air Flotilla in Babeldoap. Nice little gift...
Kuching falls on the 14th.
Singakawang will be invaded on the 16th by two Naval Guard. Doubt if this is enough but one can always hope. Two Brigades of Infantry are loading at Cam Rahn Bay and should depart for here tomorrow. If they are not needed then they shall slingshot to take Merak on the western tip of Java.
I had sent the CA TF and BB TF down towards Ketapang looking for action and the CAs find it on the 14th when they encounter 5 Dutch DDs. All five are hit with two being seriously damaged (4+ hits) and DD Banckert is sunk.
The Palembang IF makes it to Miri on the 14th and then departs it for the area near Singkawang on the 15th. My two BB TF protects this important convoy. Order the 4 Mogami's to race home to CRB to refuel and provision before mixing into the IF for CD suppression.
KB-2 reaches CRB on the 14th and picks up pilots, new planes, fuel, and ammo. It immediately departs so it can protect the Pal IF.
Attack Singapore every day with as much Fighter and Bomber power as I can muster. Dan loses a bunch of planes in the air and on the ground. I would imagine that the 2 Squadrons of AVG as well as the Hurricane Squadron has been pretty well gutted. A bunch of useless Buffalos goes down too...nearly 20 planes are destroyed on the ground including AVG, Hurricanes, and (nicely) B-17s.
The 5th, 18th, and Imperial Guards are now fully on the peninsula and moving to action.
Kota Bharu falls on the 14th.
Temoluh falls on the 15th cutting the central portion of the peninsula off.
Inf Reg and TK Reg moiving out from northern Thailand.
Am trying a southern strategy this time. Transfer 5 ID to the town west of Shanghai and they are moving west to take all objectives in that direction. Moving on the Central Plains towns as well and have 3 ID advancing on Changsha. Nothing surprising here yet.
MISSES and DUDs: I feel like my SS are the ones firing bad TTs! Miss or hit and get a dud result over these three days on: CL Honolulu, CL Helena, and CA New Orleans. The war turns on small things and these TTs SHOULD make a difference but are not. We'll have to watch and see...
12-13 I-157 SINKS AK Federlock near Koggala
12-13 I-154 SINKS AG Canopus at Denpasar
12-15 I-164 hits AK Havildar near Rangoon
12-15 I-17 SINKS AV Curtiss at Palmyra
Dan's strong stand at Singkawang has bought him about 5 days longer then I wanted to get some sort of defense at Palembang ready. With the amount of firepower I am bringing I plan to take the base on the first attack, however, it does make me nervous that he is getting time to do things.