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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/11/2021 5:33:30 AM)

9 Jan 42

Clark was bombed but little damage to the airfield again. Thunderstorms. We continue to try. 2 fresh divisions and some armor from Manila start to move into already over-stacked Clark. Only brute force is going to take it.

Zeros on LRCAP caught the B-17Ds trying to bomb Japanese troops near Malacca. 5 Fortresses were shot down.

I underestimated how long it would take to reload troops at Wake to go to Midway. The armor unit has been loading and its taking forever. No naval support combined with a size 1 port equals very slow loading. The infantry unit will start to load tomorrow. I will probably go without most of the motorized support.

Invasion shipping will approach Luganville. They'll probably come up a hex short. Carriers are covering. 2 of the task forces got minor D/L, maybe from SigInt. OPilot probably knows we're coming with something, and not subs.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/11/2021 7:42:59 PM)

10 Jan 42

Sturgeon spotted xAKs passing Milne Bay, heading to Rabaul. Nearby, an empty Rossel Island was invaded.

In Malaya, Japanese bombers hit enemy troops in clear terrain at Port Dickson. Similarly, enemy bombers hit Japanese troops in clear terrain at Port Swettenham. I had the area covered with LRCAP yesterday, and it worked. OPilot tried a different target today. I expected no bombing after yesterday. LRCAP ordered again.

Japanese carrier aircraft sank AVP Avocet and AVP Swan at Efate. Setting up seaplane bases for search, no doubt.

Having little luck with my many subs east of Hawaii. They are in a long line about a dozen hexes east and northeast. They've spotted some cargo task forces, but hit nothing so far. Today I-19 fired 2 torpedoes at xAK Eldorado. The enemy task force was headed east. I'm using the subs as a wolfpack, concentrating in the projected path of a convoy when it is spotted. It worked today, except that the torpedoes missed. Subs are ordered back to the line.

On Luzon, some enemy troops have pulled out of Clark and moved into Bataan. Clark now has 14 units with 41420 men, 290 guns and 127 vehicles. Clark's stacking limit is 40000. Bataan now has 26 units with 50060 men, 420 guns and 80 vehicles. Bataan's stacking limit is 45000. The 2 reinforcing Japanese divisions are moving into Clark and will should get there today. Winning the fight at Clark will force all of the enemy back into Bataan, which will become severely over-stacked. Then the question will be whether to go to Bataan to dig them out, to make Manila's port available, or pin the enemy at Bataan with minimal forces and move out the rest of the troops elsewhere. I don't know what I'll do yet.

Tsiaotso is a dot base near Chengchow, China. I believe it is rough terrain. The enemy has pulled out of the nearby bases for the most part, headed north to safety. They could attack here. I don't know if the 110th Division can hold. It has level 2 forts. The enemy holds the dot base. I'm sending bombers to hit the enemy troops.

Ground combat at Tsiaotso (88,42)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 36630 troops, 206 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1223

Defending force 12723 troops, 102 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 399

Allied ground losses:
25 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
61st Chinese Corps
40th Chinese Corps
8th New Chinese Corps
15th Chinese Corps
3rd Construction Regiment
96th Chinese Corps
27th Chinese Corps
93rd Chinese Corps
5th New Chinese Corps
7th Construction Regiment
24th Group Army
4th Chinese Base Force
Jingcha War Area
15th Group Army
10th Chinese Base Force

Defending units:
110th Division


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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/12/2021 2:43:21 AM)

11 Jan 42

Luganville is invaded. It was empty. Multiple Japanese task forces were seen passing by Allied dot bases to the southeast of Luganville, and the ships were seen during the day. It sure looks like they are headed to Suva. They are not. They turn for Noumea today.

Got an uncharacteristically bad bombardment at Clark. There may be a couple enemy artillery units there that just moved from Bataan. Not sure.

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 30170 troops, 501 guns, 318 vehicles, Assault Value = 1643

Defending force 25493 troops, 288 guns, 108 vehicles, Assault Value = 666

Japanese ground losses:
246 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 10 (4 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 7 (6 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
89 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Everything that we are going to have to throw at Clark is now at Clark. Time for a deliberate attack.

An empty Rossel Island is invaded and captured.

A Japanese armor unit was at Malacca, having moved in from the north in an attempt to cut off enemy troops to the northwest. The armor didn't get there in time for that. Now the armor got kicked back north by the enemy stack heading for Singapore.

Ground combat at Malacca (49,81)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 13206 troops, 162 guns, 39 vehicles, Assault Value = 321

Defending force 384 troops, 0 guns, 71 vehicles, Assault Value = 40

Allied adjusted assault: 60

Japanese adjusted defense: 2

Allied assault odds: 30 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), leaders(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 79 (24 destroyed, 55 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Allied ground losses:
435 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 37 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
1st Mysore Battalion
1st Malay Battalion
22nd Indian Brigade
22nd Australian Brigade
3rd SSVF Battalion
11th Indian Division
12th Indian Brigade
112th RAF Adv Base Force
5th Field Regiment

Defending units:
6th Tank Regiment




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/12/2021 7:02:12 PM)

12 Jan 42

I-171 spotted battleship Warspite and 2 destroyers northeast of Pearl Harbor. 4 torpedoes were fired at the battleship, and one hit.

First attack at Clark. Odds were good. Forts were reduced. Casualties were terrible. Japanese had over 75000 men in a hex with a stacking limit of 40000. The Allies had just over 42000 men. One division was hurt worse than the others, and will move to Manila to recover and help the over-stacking situation. The second reinforcing division just moved into Clark and didn't participate in this attack. Artillery will fire for a day or two while the infantry recovers from high disruption.

An undefended Luganville is captured. Search float planes are sent there. Noumea will be invaded today.

Ships will leave Wake, headed for Midway.

An evacuated Wenchow is captured on the Chinese coast.

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/13/2021 5:07:12 AM)

13 Jan 42

Interesting day.

I-171 was spotted by 2 US destroyers in the area that Warspite was torpedoed yesterday. Later I-171 fired 2 torpedoes at one of the destroyers, Kane, but missed. I-170 then spotted 3 destroyers in that area, and missed destroyer Hatfield with 4 torpedoes. I-169 then spotted Warspite and 3 destroyers, but also battleship New Mexico. 4 torpedoes were fired at New Mexico, and 2 hit. New Mexico was seen on fire. Warspite was showing no damage from yesterday's torpedo hit.

Battleships Mutsu and Yamashiro moved into Noumea to protect the landing. They ran into AM Chevreuil and Chevreuil was sunk.

2 US APDs were spotted south of Noumea. 18 Vals attacked in moderate rain. APD Waters was hit with a bomb.

Noumea was invaded. The 4th Marine Defense Battalion fired on the landing ships, doing minor damage to xAK Sumatra Maru (SYS 15/FLOT 4/ENG 0/FIRE 0) and moderate damage to xAK Victoria Maru (SYS 37/FLOT 18/ENG 4/FIRE 29). Victoria Maru may burn up. All troops were unloaded. The remaining ships have lots of supply to unload. I have battleships there, but I didn't bombard, as I didn't know if there was anything worth bombarding. The BBs are ordered to do so today, and the troops will attack.

I find the situation at Noumea very interesting. Smaller units on both sides. Battleships will bombard, and carrier bombers will hit the troops if there are no naval attack missions. I think the Japanese will prevail, but I can't be sure. Here's the order of battle:

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 954 troops, 42 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 102

Defending force 6691 troops, 71 guns, 22 vehicles, Assault Value = 153

Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd Marine Air Wing
4th Marine Defense Battalion
2nd Pioneer Battalion
6th Port Maint Engineer Battalion
Noumea Base Force

Defending units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF
Sasebo 8th SNLF
32nd Special Base Force
40th Field AA Battalion
7th Port Unit


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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/13/2021 5:08:13 AM)

13 Jan 42 - Hawaii

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Evoken -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/13/2021 6:22:21 AM)

Nice catch , hope you can finish them off. Good hunting skippers




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/13/2021 9:59:10 PM)

14 Jan 42

I should have included a cruiser with the xAKs still unloading supply at Noumea. Yamashiro and Mutsu bombarded Noumea, but mainly fired at the enemy base force, not the Marine Defense Battalion. The Marines got many hits on the Japanese xAKs. 2 sank outright. Another will burn up soon. 2 others are damaged. Some supply was unloaded though.

Japanese carrier bombers hit Allied troops on Noumea, doing very little damage in heavy rain.

The first attack at Noumea didn't go well. There's a possibility that I didn't order one of the SNLF units to attack, as it had 0 disruption afterwards, while the others had a usual amount from the attack.

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4621 troops, 34 guns, 5 vehicles, Assault Value = 153

Defending force 4780 troops, 60 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Japanese adjusted assault: 35

Allied adjusted defense: 118

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 3 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
360 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 6 disabled

Allied ground losses:
142 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Assaulting units:
Sasebo 3rd SNLF
Sasebo 8th SNLF
40th Field AA Battalion
32nd Special Base Force
7th Port Unit

Defending units:
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
2nd Pioneer Battalion
4th Marine Defense Battalion
2nd Marine Air Wing
6th Port Maint Engineer Battalion
Noumea Base Force


I order all to attack today. A cruiser force will bombard. Koumac will be invaded. Shipping will move north closer to Koumac, where the xAKs will unload the rest of their supply. Assuming that we capture Koumac. No idea what, if anything, is there.

Midway invasion shipping is a few days of the west of the island.

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/14/2021 8:37:30 PM)

15 Jan 42

No sign of the enemy battleships nearing Hawaii. They made it to safety. 2 Japanese subs took moderate damage patrolling very near Pearl Harbor.

Japanese cruiser force bombarded Noumea, causing 217 casualties and hit AMc Samuel Benbow with a shell in port. It probably sank. Carrier bombers hit enemy troops, causing only 14 casualties.

Dolphin sank xAK Tokyo Maru at Tulagi. It was unloading fuel unescorted, as the escort had to leave the task force in order to the cargo ship to dock at the size 1 port. Subs are still able to roam fairly freely, with no Japanese air units trained enough in ASW yet. I'm working on that.

I-164 sank AMc Lawoe just southwest of Oosthaven. The sub is looking for tankers that may be pulling oil out of Oosthaven, with Palembang unavailable due to risk.

The enemy evacuated Nanyang without a fight, moving north into the woods. I'm fine with that.

Clark is taken. I'm more than fine with that.

Ground combat at Clark Field (79,76)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 52205 troops, 648 guns, 620 vehicles, Assault Value = 1601

Defending force 25158 troops, 286 guns, 98 vehicles, Assault Value = 575

Japanese adjusted assault: 1325

Allied adjusted defense: 481

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Clark Field !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3149 casualties reported
Squads: 32 destroyed, 142 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 50 disabled
Engineers: 32 destroyed, 18 disabled
Guns lost 12 (2 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 30 (13 destroyed, 17 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
18201 casualties reported
Squads: 708 destroyed, 35 disabled
Non Combat: 761 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 46 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 211 (201 destroyed, 10 disabled)
Vehicles lost 81 (81 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 12
Units destroyed 2

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
21st Division
20th Ind Engineer Regiment
19th Ind Engineer Regiment
16th Recon Regiment
3rd Ind Engineer Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
48th Division
20th Infantry Regiment
56th Division
7th Tank Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
14th Army
6th RF Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
5th RF Gun Battalion
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
2nd RF Gun Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
2nd Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
91st PA Infantry Division
11th PA Infantry Division
192nd Tank Battalion
194th Tank Battalion
31st PA Infantry Division
21st PA Infantry Division
1st PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
4th Marine Regiment
71st PA Infantry Division
1st Constabulary Regiment
200th & 515th Coast AA Regiment
86th PS Field Artillery Battalion
301st PA Field Artillery Regiment


The enemy evacuated Moulmein as Japanese forces entered.

Another Japanese attack at Noumea got better results. 1 to 2 odds, forts still at 1. 78 Japanese casualties and 108 Allied. Noumea will either be taken with current forces, or taken after reinforcements come down the road from the north. Koumac will be taken today and La Foa will be invaded today.

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/14/2021 8:38:24 PM)

15 Jan 42 - Clark

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/14/2021 8:38:57 PM)

15 Jan 42 - Midway

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/15/2021 8:40:12 PM)

16 Jan 42

British task force spotted east of Oosthaven, between Batavia and Palembang. Could be headed to Singapore to cause trouble. OPilot has maintained some air control over Singapore with just Buffaloes, due to ineffective bombing of the airfield, and that he rarely flies the Buffalos on CAP. He's using them mostly as escorts for Blens, or just sitting them on the ground. He could move a surface group in to help protect Singapore, if he thinks he can keep my bombers away. I move the big Zero group from Luzon back to Malaya for sweeping Singapore. Bettys are moved to Malaya, and paired with a smaller Zero escort set to range 14. I'll risk flying to Singapore or Palembang. There were other task forces seen near the British TF.

Troops unloading at Koumac and Koumac was captured, and La Foa was invaded. It was undefended also.

Midway invasion shipping moved to within 3 hexes of Midway. A big task force of small ships was spotted fleeing Midway to the east.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Midway Island at 162,91

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
B5N2 Kate x 31
D3A1 Val x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
PC Pulaski, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
PC Ariadne, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAKL Kahuku, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
YO-32
xAKL Nebraskan, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Mauna Ala, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
YO-8, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
YO-53, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
PC Hermes, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAKL Hirondelle, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
YO-9, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk


The AOs spotted at Midway yesterday turned out to be YOs. Not concerned about enemy carriers now being north or northwest of Midway with just YOs there. But a task force was spotted during the night near French Frigate Shoals. Composition unknown.

An evacuated Nanyang was captured by the Japanese. The Chinese have retreated into the woods north of Nanyang, blocking the route to Sian. To the east, we attack at Loyang.

Ground combat at Loyang (87,43)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 66905 troops, 511 guns, 175 vehicles, Assault Value = 2059

Defending force 40791 troops, 134 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1118

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 1485

Allied adjusted defense: 471

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 2)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), leaders(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1084 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 50 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Vehicles lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
3155 casualties reported
Squads: 86 destroyed, 345 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 62 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 18 (2 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Assaulting units:
15th Tank Regiment
41st Division
35th Division
8th Ind Engineer Regiment
6th Division
63rd Division
26th Division
12th Army
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment

Defending units:
9th Chinese Corps
47th Chinese Corps
80th Chinese Corps
90th Chinese Corps
14th Group Army
1st War Area
36th Group Army


Enemy forces are leaving Loyang but not in movement mode. We attack again today.

Another Japanese attack at Noumea. Tough going. Reinforcements start to move south from Koumac, and the small unit taking La Foa will head south also after La Foa is captured.

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3557 troops, 38 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 117

Defending force 4452 troops, 60 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 70

Japanese adjusted assault: 37

Allied adjusted defense: 64

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
154 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
215 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled


OPilot commented that he hadn't seen such an early move on Noumea before. I hope that is is wondering what will come next. With a simultaneous move on Midway, he can't be sure where my main push will be.

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/16/2021 6:52:16 AM)

17 Jan 42

S-39 moved into Port Moresby. I've had a big xAP task force there for days, loading the infantry division there. S-39 fired 4 torpedoes at huge transport xAP Kashima Maru and one hit. The transport is SYS 11/FLOT 40-23/ENG 1/FIRE 0. The task force will now leave and head to Rabaul to unload. It has about half of the division loaded. Need to move out and come back later for the rest.

Bettys from Davao bombed Cebu's port. I knew there were MTBs there. I finally ordered the bombers in. 5 MTBs were sunk. No CAP there.

La Foa was captured. No escape for the enemy at Noumea now.

The enemy evacuated Loyang in China just as the Japanese attacked. Forces are ordered to move towards Sian and to Nanyang to threaten Sian from the south. The enemy dot base just northeast of Loyang is now very over-stacked, with about 120,000 men. The stacking limit is far less. May be 60,000. Not sure. Regardless, the Chinese will burn some extra supply while they walk out to the north without a road to use. Sallys will bomb these troops to slow them down and maximize the supply burn.

Cruisers Aoba and Kiso and 3 destroyers bombarded Midway. A few Catalinas were damaged and 50 casualties caused. Midway was then invaded. In the landing, xAK Arabia Maru was hit several times by shells fired by the 6th Marine Defense Battalion. The ship will probably be lost, with SYS 73 and FIRE 46. All troops and tanks were unloaded.

Japanese carrier bombers hit Midway's airfield and troops. 36 casualties, minor airbase damage, and a B-17D destroyed. B-17 at Midway? That was not expected.

Then another surprise. SBDs with F4Fs attacked invasion shipping at Midway, flying from Midway. My carriers were to the southeast, in a forward defense, not covering the transports. I almost always cover the transports. OPilot knows this. It never crossed my mind that he'd bring in bombers with an imminent invasion. He did. It was either daring or foolish. Maybe both. 2 xAPs were hit by a bomb each. One is on fire and may burn up.

2 SBDs then flew from Midway to attack the Japanese carriers to the southeast. 22 Zeros were on CAP, and both bombers were shot down.

The Japanese then shock attacked with the landing at Midway.

Ground combat at Midway Island (158,91)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 4730 troops, 21 guns, 65 vehicles, Assault Value = 170

Defending force 3311 troops, 54 guns, 27 vehicles, Assault Value = 36

Japanese adjusted assault: 95

Allied adjusted defense: 12

Japanese assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 3)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Midway Island !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 4 destroyed
SBD-1 Dauntless: 11 destroyed
PBY-5 Catalina: 7 destroyed
B-17D Fortress: 4 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
95 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2901 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 245 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 26 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 73 (73 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 31 (31 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3

Assaulting units:
Guards Mixed Brigade
8th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
116th Base Group
6th Marine Defense Battalion
21st MAG


The price was paid for having planes at Midway. Besides the 2 SBDs that were shot down, another 20 were lost on the ground, as were 12 F4F-3s, 8 PBY-5s and 7 B-17Ds. Maybe OPilot didn't realize that a landing would cause a shock attack that could take the base immediately. Maybe he didn't see the transports coming. I'm not sure. Maybe he just rolled the dice and wanted to defend with everything he could. I don't know why there were B-17s there though. These 7 were captured and will be used for some long range strategic bombing. I wish! I remember reading that the Japanese did capture a B-17 in the war. Don't know what they used it for.

The Guards Mixed Brigade immediately starts to reload onto the transports. A base support unit is a few days out to the west. It will pick up the tanks after unloading. A smaller infantry unit will move to Midway in a bit.

Taking Midway could set the alarm bells ringing at Pearl Harbor. I have no intention to move towards Pearl, but the threat is there. I hope that more men and material ends up defending Hawaii instead of everything being sent to the South Pacific. My plan is just to threaten and delay here.




AlbertN -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/16/2021 8:23:38 AM)

The game encompasses capturing of enemy planes and the possibility to use them? (I am a newb so forgive me if I am asking heretical things!)




Evoken -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/16/2021 9:25:02 AM)

Sadly there is no capture mechanic, would have been nice though




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/16/2021 4:13:25 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Cohen_slith

The game encompasses capturing of enemy planes and the possibility to use them? (I am a newb so forgive me if I am asking heretical things!)


Sorry, no, you cannot capture enemy planes to use them. I was making a joke that was obvious to an experienced player but not so to a newer player. My apologies.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/16/2021 5:54:15 PM)

Japanese B-17s

Japanese B-17s




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/16/2021 8:53:09 PM)

18 Jan 42

Sorong was invaded. A Japanese cruiser force was escorting and sank an AVP at Sorong. Sorong is not defended.

Pesky Chinese A-29s have been flying out of the Chinese capital, hitting Japanese troops in clear terrain near Nanyang. I moved the small Tojo unit to the area. They intercepted but did not get to the bombers. The Tojos were based 3 hexes south of Nanyang and couldn't get there in time. I move the Tojos to Nanyang itself, and order a base support unit to march north to Nanyang.

The British cruiser force, spotted near Oosthaven, bombarded Malacca. It's clear terrain. Clear terrain always draws OPilot's attention. 775 casualties as a division takes a pounding. The British task force retired towards Palembang, stopping just short of the base. My Bettys didn't fly though. The Brits were in severe weather, which probably prevented a strike. Maybe next time.

A brutal day in the sub war, as the US "S" subs wreak havoc. S-41 fired 4 torpedoes at destroyer Hatsushima near Port Moresby but missed. Hatsushima is escorting big xAPs. S-40 fired 4 torpedoes at light cruiser Kashima, getting one hit.

S-18 hit xAP Takatiho Maru with a torpedo at Midway. The ship was loading part of the infantry unit that just took Midway. Takatiho Maru will now split off and start unloading the fragment already on the ship.

Near Milne Bay, S-39 hit big transport xAP Kachidoki Maru with torpedo. Some men are lost. Then S-40 hit xAP Kashima Maru in the same area.

Too much success for the "S" boats. The ASW capabilities of the Japanese right now are next to nothing. In the next month, I will have trained air ASW units, but not yet. Every non-mined port is a sub free-for-all. And "S" boat torpedoes work. OPilot deserves credit for their use so far.

xAP Takatiho Maru is SYS 49/FLOT 51-36/ENG 11-2/FIRE 45.
xAP Kachidoki Maru is SYS 30/FLOT 52-39/ENG 3-0/FIRE 35.
CL Kashima is SYS 36/FLOT 51-37/ENG 25-19/FIRE 1.
xAP Kashima Maru is SYS 29/FLOT 84-57/ENG 4-0/FIRE 8.


Ships near Milne Bay will try to move to the base and unload men.

Another Japanese attack at Noumea marks the end of the attacks until reinforcements arrive.

Ground combat at Noumea (115,160)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4342 troops, 42 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 110

Defending force 4508 troops, 60 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 73

Japanese adjusted assault: 22

Allied adjusted defense: 145

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 6 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
418 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
208 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/17/2021 6:30:29 PM)

19 Jan 42

Yamashiro and Mutsu bombarded Noumea. 408 casualties and minor base damage.

Zeros swept Palembang at long range. Hurricanes were defending. 14 Hurricane IIb Trop's were shot down, without loss to the Japanese. Was hoping to see the British cruisers at Palembang and get a shot at them with some Bettys after the Zero sweep, but nothing seen there.

42 Sallys bombed enemy troops at very over-stacked Tsiaotso. 3 H81s were defending, on LRCAP from far away Sian. Despite the range and only having 5 minutes to get to the bombers, the Flying Tigers did get there, and shot down 5 Sallys. 196 casualties done by the bombers, and more importantly, they are continuing to slow the enemy retreat from the very over-stacked hex. Lack of supply is a real worry for the Chinese once the Burma Road is cut.

xAP Takatiho Maru sank at Midway. OPilot admitted that he did not see my transports headed to Midway, and thought my carriers were just raiding. My mistake of not resetting my Kates from their ground attack at Wake may have inadvertently helped OPilot think I was just raiding, as I bombed from long range and with just Kates, a different method of operation from my usual.

At Milne Bay, a size 0 port, I have 2 xAPs trying to unload troops before the ships sink. Both are in escort mode, and can only be changed to transport mode, which I don't want. One, despite having the unload troops option grayed out, is showing that it is starting to unload troops there. The other ship, in a separate task force, did not start to unload troops. Both ships have critical damage. I don't know why one has started to unload and the other hasn't. Neither can make it to another port before sinking. I'll wait and see what happens to them today, hoping to get a fragment of troops unloaded from each.

Subic Bay was cleared of the enemy, leaving only Bataan with enemy troops on Luzon. Speaking of Bataan, had an odd event there today. I have a big stack of units moving from Clark to Bataan. They are moving in movement mode. A few artillery units got a bit ahead of the others and advanced into Bataan. Most of those immediately fled back to Clark, losing a few devices and taking disruption. The 2nd Ind. Art Mortar Battalion, however, was "wiped out by attrition". I've never seen this before. The closest thing that I have seen before was an artillery unit mistakenly making a river crossing into an enemy hex, and having it flee back, without loss. I've never seen a unit destroyed by movement only, not in combat. There's no river crossing into Bataan.

The lesson is to use the follow order. Infantry and armor, and the rest of the artillery, will move to Bataan today. And hopefully stay there.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/18/2021 3:34:12 AM)

20 Jan 42

Sturgeon hit xAK Naples Maru with 2 torpedoes at Tulagi. One was a dud. The ship sank, loaded with part of an naval guard unit for Noumea. Near Shanghai, Seal hit xAK Maebasi Maru with a torpedo. The ship is just one hex from Shanghai, and moderately damaged, so it should make it to port. Shanghai has 300 mines so Seal probably won't go there. So, 2 out of 3 flawed torpedoes worked. OPilot is having great luck with his subs this week.

In the woods, near Hankow, 2 Chinese corps and a HQ are completely isolated. I've closed off all but one hex side, and that will be closed shortly. The attack today didn't go great, but showed that the enemy is out of supply, and now it's less of an offensive force. I will leave 2 regiments for now to pin the enemy, while the rest move out for other uses. The Chinese here will become a bomber training target.

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 21499 troops, 138 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 702

Defending force 13780 troops, 70 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 350

Japanese adjusted assault: 474

Allied adjusted defense: 436

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
1273 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 126 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
664 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 36 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)

Assaulting units:
58th Infantry Regiment
20th Ind.Mixed Brigade
18th RGC Temp. Division
14th RGC Temp. Division
138th Infantry Regiment
13th/B Division
11th Army

Defending units:
7th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps
21st Group Army


Japanese troops cross out of Moulmein to the north towards Pegu. OPilot defended forward here. This victory wasn't cheap, but it will speed up the capture of Rangoon.

Ground combat at 56,54 (near Moulmein)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 22893 troops, 213 guns, 14 vehicles, Assault Value = 704

Defending force 11197 troops, 94 guns, 48 vehicles, Assault Value = 421

Japanese adjusted assault: 603

Allied adjusted defense: 189

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
2541 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 120 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 20 disabled
Engineers: 27 destroyed, 13 disabled
Guns lost 9 (4 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
4562 casualties reported
Squads: 131 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 221 destroyed, 52 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 10 (5 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 31 (15 destroyed, 16 disabled)
Units retreated 2
Units destroyed 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
55th Engineer Regiment
112th Infantry Regiment
33rd Division
7th RTA Division
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
6th Burma Rifles Battalion
45th Indian Brigade
17th Indian Division




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/18/2021 9:51:11 PM)

21 Jan 42

Bettys flew to Singapore and sank a tiny MMS and a tiny AMc. One was hit by flak. Some bombing in China, nothing major. The attack at Noumea is waiting for reinforcements on the way from Tulagi. The best news is that enemy subs didn't sink anything today. They are still patrolling Japanese ports though.

Loading at Midway continues. When complete, the covering carriers will move to the Marshalls to cover minor landings there. Then on to join the other carriers near Noumea. Then we step up the hunt for the US carriers. I want that fight to occur as soon as possible.

Aichi HA-60 engine was accelerated to 9/42. First technological advancement of the war.





apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/19/2021 5:55:33 AM)

22 Jan 42

Japanese troops at Noumea are surprised to be bombarded by Allied cruisers.

Night Naval bombardment of Noumea at 115,160

Allied Ships
CA Canberra
CA Australia
CA Pensacola
CL Perth
CL Achilles
CL Leander
DD Le Triomphant
DD Vendetta
DD Stuart

Japanese ground losses:
77 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled


These ships are a mix of ships that all start in the South Pacific. No indications of where the US carriers have been.

In the afternoon, Japanese carrier aircraft strike the Allied cruiser task force.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Isle of Pines at 115,165

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 17
B5N2 Kate x 54
D3A1 Val x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 10 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 3 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
CA Australia, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1
CA Canberra, Torpedo hits 1
CL Leander
CA Pensacola
CL Achilles
CL Perth, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Stuart


and

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Isle of Pines at 115,165

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 14 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
DD Vendetta
CA Australia
CA Canberra
CA Pensacola, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CL Leander


and

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Isle of Pines at 115,165

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 8 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Leander
CA Australia
CA Pensacola, on fire
CL Achilles
CA Canberra


I found this very disappointing. This could have been so much more decisive. The only explanation for all of the missed bombs and torpedoes, and some planes not dropping at all, is weather. Severe storms. The pilots are the best of the best. No enemy CAP. Only the weather prevented the destruction of these ships.

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apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/19/2021 8:59:16 PM)

22 Jan 42

18 carrier Zeros swept Suva, finding 18 P-36As and 18 F2A-3s. It wasn't a fair fight, with 12 Mohawks and 6 Buffaloes shot down, for the loss of one Zero. No shipping was spotted in the area, so no naval bombers flew. The damaged enemy cruiser force did not move towards Suva, but it wasn't expected to.

Zamboanga is invaded but not attacked yet. Once more supply is unloaded, we'll attack. It will be the Sasebo 1st SNLF and III/81st Naval Guard against the II/43rd PS Inf Battalion.

Carriers, battleships and cruisers will retire from the Suva area and move northwest near Efate. All ships are in need of fuel. The carriers are in need of sorties. There are AKEs at Koumac, Luganville, Tulagi and Rabaul. Only Rabaul is bigger than a size 1 port. The carriers may need to go all the way back to Truk for sorties.

The Japanese carriers will leave the Midway area and head to Truk.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/20/2021 6:26:59 PM)

A small Japanese unit landed at undefended Hollandia on New Guinea.

Japanese artillery attack at Bataan. Lots of casualties. Due to over-stacking? Seems like losses are increased in combat when over-stacked. I know that supply use goes up when over-stacked. It's just my observation that combat losses may also.

Ground combat at Bataan (78,77)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 3045 troops, 244 guns, 224 vehicles, Assault Value = 653

Defending force 47877 troops, 553 guns, 194 vehicles, Assault Value = 1045

Japanese ground losses:
Vehicles lost 19 (6 destroyed, 13 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
672 casualties reported
Squads: 15 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Guns lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)


Zamboanga will be attacked.

Japanese carriers are headed to Truk from both the Midway and Noumea areas.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/21/2021 6:36:23 PM)

25 Jan 42

I had moved a couple of subs to the west side of Java, hoping to find tankers pulling oil from Oosthaven and Tjilatjap. The sub near Oosthaven was spotted immediately and had to move back to deeper water, and hasn't spotted any tankers. I-162 spotted tanker Aldegonda near Tjilatjap today and hit it with 2 torpedoes. One was a dud. The tanker was not loaded but may have sank after combat.

S-23 is at Midway. Destroyer Yugiri hit it with a depth charge in the shallow water. S-23 won't sink, but this will run it back to Pearl Harbor.

Nells bombed enemy troops east of Pegu. Japanese troops cross the river and win the fight.

Ground combat at 56,53 (near Pegu)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 8405 troops, 60 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 268

Defending force 3428 troops, 6 guns, 44 vehicles, Assault Value = 132

Japanese adjusted assault: 226

Allied adjusted defense: 43

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), morale(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
539 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 63 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1351 casualties reported
Squads: 67 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 10 (6 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 2

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
143rd Infantry Regiment
4th RTA Division

Defending units:
4th Burma Rifles Battalion
46th Indian Brigade


Japanese troops moved north out of Nanyang and attacked the strong defense in the woods on the way to Sian. Doesn't look like these troops are going to break through.

Ground combat at 85,44 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 36083 troops, 319 guns, 97 vehicles, Assault Value = 1118

Defending force 41522 troops, 205 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1175

Japanese adjusted assault: 678

Allied adjusted defense: 1819

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
3420 casualties reported
Squads: 25 destroyed, 330 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 22 disabled
Guns lost 21 (2 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
940 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 110 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 22 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Ind.Mixed Brigade
63rd Division
26th Division
15th Ind.Medium Field Artillery Regiment
14th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment

Defending units:
41st Chinese Corps
77th Chinese Corps
55th Chinese Corps
92nd Chinese Corps
38th Chinese Corps
4th Construction Regiment
2nd Group Army
22nd Group Army


Another good bombardment at Bataan. This will continue until Bataan runs out of supply. Japanese bombers are hitting daily to test the flak and stop fort building.

Japanese ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)
Vehicles lost 4 (2 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
479 casualties reported
Squads: 14 destroyed, 27 disabled
Non Combat: 5 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 8 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled)


Hollandia and Zamboanga were captured.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/22/2021 8:08:00 PM)

26 Jan 42

OPilot continues to have good luck in the sub war. S-36 hit xAK Yahiko Maru at Port Moresby, sinking the ship after combat. The ship was unloading supply. Tarpon hit AO Ondo at Luganville, sinking the ship after combat. Ondo had some fuel loaded. It had refueled carriers near Koumac and had moved to Luganville to finish unloading. Tarpon also had a dud hit. I estimate that the US dud rate has been between 50% and 67%, far lower than what is expected.

Some revenge at Koumac, and a close call. S-37 was spotted there by the Yamashiro and Mutsu task force. The sub was spotted on the surface, and a gunfight began. The battleships hit the sub several times with the big guns. I was very worried, as a surfaced sub can fire off many torpedoes in the surface battle. Fortunately, S-37 fired no torpedoes. It may have been out of them. The sub was definitely sunk, becoming the first confirmed Allied sub lost. OPilot has been winning the sub war.

Japanese battleships bombarded Noumea. 269 casualties and minor base damage. The ground attack will resume when a reinforcing unit finishes the walk south from Koumac.

A Japanese cargo task force ran into ACM Colonel Harrison west of Bataan. The ACM is fleeing from Bataan. An xAK hit ACM with a shell.




Lowpe -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/22/2021 8:21:59 PM)

Missing the oilers at Midway was a shame. I have done it more than once.[:)]

Having oilers there means he could simply have been setting up a sub base too...figure Allies are very familiar with IJN shipping routes.[;)] Or perhaps pondering an early strike on Hokkaido.

Speaking of shipping, how is draining of Hokkaido and Sakhalin going? Are they accumulating resources and oil daily still?





apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/22/2021 8:31:40 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe

Missing the oilers at Midway was a shame. I have done it more than once.[:)]

Having oilers there means he could simply have been setting up a sub base too...figure Allies are very familiar with IJN shipping routes.[;)] Or perhaps pondering an early strike on Hokkaido.

Speaking of shipping, how is draining of Hokkaido and Sakhalin going? Are they accumulating resources and oil daily still?




The oilers at Midway turned out to be YOs, not AOs, and some were sunk when my carriers approached. He definitely had tried to set up a sub base at Midway. I sank an AS there very early on.

I have a very efficient operation going on at Hokkaido and Sakhalin. OPilot had luck here too, early on, with subs, sinking some xAKs carrying resources. I'm now taking a very unexpected routing back to Ominato and other ports, while having a patrol boat ASW task force on the expected route south of Sakhalin. OPilot hasn't found my new routing so far.

My first air ASW units are moving to needed bases now.




apbarog -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/23/2021 5:25:51 AM)

27 Jan 42

5 Japanese cruisers bombarded Noumea, doing light damage. Catalinas are spotting my task forces north of Koumac. The Cats could be at Noumea or at some other base in the Efate area.

OPilot has gone after an AV in Kuantan's port before, getting a bomb hit that did very minor damage. He went back again today, getting 2 bomb hits, and now AV Sagara Maru may burn up. Recon float planes were bases at Kuantan. My fighters are in great demand and I didn't prioritize Kuantan.

OPilot went after another target of opportunity, Koumac. LB-30s flew from somewhere in Australia to bomb the port. A bomb hit destroyer Shiokaze, causing heavy damage. No fighter cover here yet, with no airfield, and the carriers have retired towards Truk. OPilot was probably going after the AKEs that he knows are there.

S-36 sank AMc Kyokei Maru at Port Moresby. There's getting to be a graveyard of ships there from the S-boat scourge. O20 hit medium tanker Meizan Maru at Miri. The tanker was heavily damaged and had FIRE 99. With fuel still loaded, there's no chance of survival at Miri, a size 2 port. The tanker is scuttled. Meizan Maru had just returned from taking fuel from Miri to Babeldaob, around the north of Luzon for safety.

In a month and a half of war, the displayed ships have been sunk by Allied subs. Note the number of ships sunk by subs with "defective" torpedoes. A good number of those ships sunk were carrying troops too. It's felt brutal. I don't know if he's over-achieving or if I am just being too sensitive to the losses. I feel, as the Japanese, that my early game needs to be flawless, and every loss hurts. I expect to lose everything later in the war, but not now.

[EDIT: Forgot to mention that damaged xAP Kashima Maru made it to Rabaul and was unloading troops when it sank there. It had made it to safety, and would have survived if it could have disbanded into port, but it needed to unload troops first. The ship had been torpedoed at or near Port Moresby.]

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adarbrauner -> RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) (2/23/2021 5:33:44 AM)

Was the tanker escorted?
Are you running your supply shipping in escorted convoys?




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