apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (11/14/2021 7:28:34 PM)
28 Sep 42
The snooping enemy ships in the Gilberts turned out to be French destroyer Le Triomphant. The destroyer is an excellent ship and makes an excellent raider. Having spotted the ship, it disappeared today. KB was not spotted and remains in place.
Sonias bombed light industry at Lanchow and damaged about 16 refineries.
In the Aleutians, CM Tsugaru dropped mines at Adak Island, and was spotted by Silversides. 2 torpedoes hit but both were duds. OPilot can be pretty sure that I have mines at Adak now. Many more mines were dropped yesterday by a large group of tiny minelaying ships. Those small minelayers and Japanese destroyers were targeted at Ulak Island by a US carrier force that appeared to the southwest, at a range of 6 hexes.
Morning Air attack on TF, near Ulak Island at 160,53
Weather in hex: Heavy rain
Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes
A6M2 Zero x 21
F4F-4 Wildcat x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 36
TBF-1 Avenger x 15
No Japanese losses
Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 destroyed, 5 damaged
CMc Enoshima, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
DMS W-2, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CMc Ma 2, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
CMc Ma 3, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
An afternoon strike of 17 SBD-3s with 16 Wildcats missed hitting destroyers. Weather was severe storms in the afternoon. More SBDs were shot down.
The Zeros performed very well, considering that the pilots are only average quality. CMc Enoshima was scuttled, so 3 tiny minelaying ships were sunk and the destroyers were missed. I can't complain about that for a surprise raid. Total air losses were 29 SBD-3s, 8 TBF-1s and 6 F4F-4s, for the loss of 3 Zeros. I've noted that an "S" sub was at Ulak also. OPilot seems to use subs at enemy bases where he orders air strikes, possibly to help rescue downed pilots. If the sub is there ahead of time, it could tip me off to a raid coming. Difficult to notice though, as he puts US subs on lots of Japanese bases.
Japanese attack at Sian goes ok but with infantry division losses. Forts come down. Chinese reinforcements are still racing to Sian. One of the Chinese corps there today was fresh. I may or may not take the city. The 2nd Tank Division is taking few losses in the fighting so far, so that's a good sign. The 2 infantry divisions, however, are over 50% disabled now. We have supply and will attack again immediately. Bombers continue to support and also slow the Chinese approaching the city.
Ground combat at Sian (83,41)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 31927 troops, 350 guns, 420 vehicles, Assault Value = 838
Defending force 30713 troops, 115 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 568
Japanese adjusted assault: 1440
Allied adjusted defense: 739
Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)
Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2
Defender: forts(+), leaders(+), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
1042 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 143 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Allied ground losses:
793 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 100 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
2nd Tank Division
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Chinese Corps
9th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
29th Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
31st Group Army
15th Group Army
37th Group Army
2nd Group Army
38th Group Army