Dec 7, 1941 GAME RESTART -- NEED A FIX
ACTF 1 & 2 (somewhere off Hawaiian Is) - but within visual sight of each other.
Flight Decks are buzzing with activity, the last of the Strike force aircraft, lift lazily into the air. There is the smell of aviation fuel and grease in the air. Dawn is just about to break.
Meanwhile, elsewhere across the vast span of ocean, aboard 10 different Transport TF's, men sit squatting, polishing their rifles and checking their gear. The men are quietly buoyant, and joke nervously. The smell of fresh rice, sweat and trepidation fill the senses and make a few of the men have to shuffle out of the cabins to empty their helmets into the green dark ocean.
The flights are slowly, but efficiently formed up and head for Oahu...
Japanese scouts halt a short distance from Hong Kong, they send back word to their commander, all is quiet.
Everything is in place, they wait for the assigned hour.
The sun climbs steadily, as the first group of Daitai break through the clouds, and seamlessly float past the mountain range that forms the spine of the Island. In the distance is Pearl Harbour and Battleship row. Some groups start to break off, they head toward their assigned airfield.
Whistles blow, the 38th Division starts its attack on the outskirts of Hong Kong.
On each of the 10 TTF's men single file out of their assigned cabins and climb down the ropes to the landing craft waiting below, the horizon is still dark here looking out at the dark silhouette of landfall. Only the men at Wake, can see the stars be slowly replaced by a blue-whitish hue.
The silence of Sunday morning is broken abruptly by the first of 21, 250 Kg bombs hitting the West Virginia's Deck ... pandemonium breaks out, men are abruptly returned from their party induced slumber, to a state of razor edge alert... Shrapnel and fire fill their world. The screams of young men, drown out the secondary explosions.
The attack seems to go on forever, acrid black smoke fills the air and fires blaze everywhere you look. Floating on the water is a white navy hat, it is the only sign of the unknown seaman ... This correspondent will refrain from commenting further on the sights, brave men, caught unaware, died needlessly today.
In turn. The World slowly spins and troops start landing at Wake, Rabaul, Kavieng ,Cagayan, Tacloban, Aparri/Tuguegarao, Laoag, Legaspi & Kota Bharu. Only Baatan and Wake are taken by the end of the day.
A morse code telex has wings its way to Pennsylvania Av.
Large number of Japanese aircraft attack Hawaiian base of Oahu.
Meanwhile at US CentPac command the following report is being compiled and filed.
BB Arizona, Bomb hits 14, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Tennessee, Bomb hits 11, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 10, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Nevada, Bomb hits 17, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AV Tangier, Bomb hits 2, on fire
DD Aylwin, Bomb hits 1, on fire
BB Maryland, Bomb hits 16, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB West Virginia, Bomb hits 20, on fire, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 19, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DM Preble, Bomb hits 1
BB California, Bomb hits 19, on fire, heavy damage
CL Detroit, Bomb hits 1
SS Tautog, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Raleigh, Bomb hits 1
PT -23, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
AK Aroostook, Bomb hits 1
DD Dewey, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Farragut, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 1
SS Cachalot, Bomb hits 1
CA New Orleans, Bomb hits 1
DD Cassin, Bomb hits 1, on fire
Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zeke: 11 destroyed, 4 damaged
D3A2 Val: 18 destroyed, 11 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 23 destroyed, 7 damaged
Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 13 destroyed
P-36A Mohawk: 7 destroyed
P-40B Tomahawk: 19 destroyed
B-19A: 4 destroyed
PBY-5 Catalina: 10 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed
B-18A Bolo: 6 destroyed
R4D-5 Skytrain: 2 destroyed
A-20B Boston: 6 destroyed
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 1 destroyed
B-17D Fortress: 1 destroyed
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