Cap Mandrake -> RE: At dawn we slept.....in the cab on the way back from Olongapo (1/9/2015 10:37:58 PM)
Rabaul: Lark Bn holds another day. The carriers lay off the SE end of New and Improved Ireland
(not really saying much[;)]) to say out of zero-escort range from Truk. The cobbler-kicking is somewhat disappointing.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Feni Islands at 108,125, Range 1,000 Yards
xAKL Katsuragisan Maru, Shell hits 4, and is sunk
Well..there goes the IJN.[:)]
JJ brings 4 CA's to bombard Rabaul. They slip right by the Allied cruisers which are parked there waiting.
Night Naval bombardment of Rabaul at 106,125
Allied ground losses:
71 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 38
Port hits 24
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 3
Now they run into the Allied cruisers on the egress. Good fight. Might well have gone badly for us.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Rabaul at 106,125, Range 2,000 Yards
CA Kinugasa, Shell hits 3
CA Kako, Shell hits 2
CL Leander, Shell hits 1
DD Le Triomphant
Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 0% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 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
Kilgore D. crosses the 'T'
CL Leander engages DD Yuzuki at 2,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Kako at 2,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Kinugasa at 2,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Kinugasa at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CA Kako engages CL Leander at 5,000 yards
CL Achilles engages CA Kako at 5,000 yards
CL Leander engages CA Aoba at 5,000 yards
CA Aoba engages DD Le Triomphant at 5,000 yards
DD Yuzuki engages DD Le Triomphant at 5,000 yards
DD Uzuki engages DD Le Triomphant at 5,000 yards
Task forces break off...