kaleun -> RE: Wake invaded (1/7/2016 2:25:57 PM)
Hermes finds 4 enemy carriers, Ryujo, Shoho, Zuiho, and Hosho. The plucky carrier launches her obsolete, unescorted biplanes, but they are savaged by the enemy CAP. Hermes escapes the counterattack because the carrier aircraft are busy attacking the transports carrying the 6th Division. One of the transports, xAP Van Rees takes four torpedo hits and sinks, leaving 273 men to be rescued by the remaining ships of the task force.
B26 and Hudson bombers from Suva tangle with the invasion task force but all the bombers miss their targets.
At Carnavon, the gamble pays off. The transports unload their cargo of men and materiel. The enemy airplanes target mostly the escorts that suffer disproportionate losses, but most of the transports unload safely.
CL De Ruyter, Bomb hits 4 scuttled.
CA Cornwall, BH 1
CL Emerald, BH 2
xAP Stajen BH 1
xAP Koolama BH 4
The 17th Indian Division is ordered to attack at Katha, occupied by Yokosuka 3rd SNLF.
An enemy cruiser force attacks the allied amphibious force at Carnavon.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Carnarvon at 49,133, Range 8,000 Yards
Allied aircraft losses
Walrus II: 2 destroyed
CA Myoko, Shell hits 2
CL Naka, Shell hits 1
DD Harusame, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Yudachi, Shell hits 1
CA Cornwall, Shell hits 40, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CL Enterprise, Shell hits 8, on fire
CL Emerald, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD Paul Jones
DD Encounter, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Jupiter, Shell hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Ipoh, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
xAP Kota Radja, Shell hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Siberg, heavy damage
xAP Koolama, heavy fires, heavy damage
Following this, enemy carrier air attacked the task force, CL Emerald received 7 bomb hits and xAP KotaRadja three.
The enemy carrier forces were busy. DD Dunlap sinks from 4 hits near Kandau Island (KB II) Also sunk were AVP Teal and AVP Pelican.
The 17th Indian Division retook Katha.
The 25th Infantry division will disembark at Pago Pago instead of Suva.
The Hermes task force will proceed to Melbourne.
KB II is presumed to include Kaga, Hiryu, Shokaku, and Soryu.