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September 21, 1945 Near Java
15th AA Regiment is located at Sapporo.
Sanya Base Force is located at Taan.
Hunchun Garrison Regiment is located at Changkufeng.
4th Aviation Rgt is located at Nanning.
61st Division is located at Tokyo.
8879 men are based at Mukden.
3rd Reserve AA Regiment is located at Matsue.
3rd Cavarly Brigade is planning for an attack on Mishan.
12th Aviation Rgt is located at Singapore.
42nd Division is located at Sendai.
8299 men are based at Matsue.
7th Aviation Rgt is located at Medan.
109th Division is located at Alor Star.
Elements of the 5th Mongolian Cavalry Division are located at Homan.
Mongol Army is located at Sasebo.
4th Reserve AA Regiment is located at Kagoshima.
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Matsuyama 2 LCUs 2920/44/0
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Pisanuloke 2 LCUs 5860/17/0
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Nagoya 2 X AP, 8 X AK, 7 LCUs 1140/16/0
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Kiungahan 1 LCU 1240/4/0
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Soerabaja 11 X AP, 11 LCUs 25260/104/0
A PBM spotted an AK near Niigata and claimed a hit. Later 6 X PB4Y and 30 X P-38J went after an AP. There were 5 X Nick and 9 X Frank protecting the ship and a furball resulted with the Japanese having 3 Nicks and 3 Franks splashed. A Lightning was shot down and the bombers missed their target.
At 2:10 AM Padang was disrupted by the bombing of the jungle by 7 Helens who were futilely sought after by 9 Mosquito FB.VIs.
Allied troops unloading over beach at Babo took moderate casualties.
A mine field was discovered at Teloekbetoeng.
The SS Bumper attacked a lone AK 143 miles N of Matsue just before dawn. The deck gun scored 5 hits and 3 torpedoes impacted on the hapless target, sinking it.
Naha was raided by 15 X B-24D and 46 X B-24J (1 downed, 4 damaged) for moderate airfield damage, some secondary explosions were seen and personnel losses were moderate.
11 miles W of the crossroads a Dinah was snooping on the 168th Chinese Division when 26 X P-40N arrived and chased it away. Later in the day another Dinah arrived in the area and it too was sent running for the clouds by the Warhawks on patrol.
Near Brunei 56 X SB2C (1 damaged), 18 X TBF (1 damaged), 18 X TBM (2 damaged) and 41 X F6F attacked the Japanese shipping for the following results.
PG Uji 3 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, sunk
PG Yachiyo Maru 4 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AP Kurohime Maru 7 bomb hit, 3 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Biyo Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
PG Takunan Maru #10 2 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
PC Shonon Maru #11 2 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
PG Kyo Maru #10 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
Many Japanese soldiers were seen jumping into the water to escape the carnage.
Then 7 X PB4Y arrived and they too scored.
PG Kyo Maru #10 3 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Anzan Maru 1 bomb hit, on fire, heavy damage
The Japanese were seen diving into the water to get away from the flames. Later, in the early afternoon, 39 X SB2C (2 damaged), 24 X TBF and 13 X TBM arrived and they went to work.
AP Biyo Maru 1 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
PG Yachiyo Maru 2 bomb hits, 2 torpedo hits , sunk
AP Anzan Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
PG Takunan Maru #10 2 torpedo hits, sunk
PG Kyo Maru #10 6 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
Japanese personnel jumped from the burning ships. Not to much time went by before 6 X PB4Y arrived, but they failed to hit anything.
Georgetown was struck by 64 X Mosquito FB.VI and 20 X Spitfire VIII who chased away a Rufe and then moderately damaged the airstrip, triggered some secondary explosions and there were extremely light casualties.
24 miles N of Miri 12 X SB2C (1 damaged) and 39 X F6F attacked a pair of PCs.
PC Kyo Maru #6 1 bomb hit, on fire, heavy damage
PC Kyo Maru #7 2 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
The Japanese ships 139 miles E of Batavia were attacked by 12 X Barracuda (1 downed, 10 damaged), 16 X Avenger II (2 downed, 8 damaged), 15 X Thunderbolt II and 4 X P-47D and a CL thought to have been the Nagara was struck by 3 torpedoes that left it a wreck that was burning. 2 other CLs and a DD escaped harm. Then in broad daylight a surface engagement erupted.
CL Nagara 2 shell hits, sunk
CL Yubari 7 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
DD Natsushio 2 shell hits, on fire
DD Hamakaze 1 shell hit, on fire
DD Tomozuru 3 shell hits, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kasasagi 1 shell hit, on fire
BB Nelson 2 shell hits
BB Valiant 1 shell hit
BB Queen Elizabeth
CA London 2 shell hits
CL Swiftsure 1 shell hit
The SS Trespasser found 3 PGs and a PC 75 miles SE of Singapore and though she tried the sub never managed to launch an attack on the unsuspecting Japanese vessels.
The SS Cobia found, tracked and attacked an unescorted AP 81 miles SE of Hungnam, hitting it with the deck gun once and with 3 fish sending it to the bottom.
At Kweiyang artillery exchanges raged throughout the day with the Chinese escaping harm and the Japanese having very heavy losses.
At Kendari another Allied attack inflicted heavy casualties on the Japanese and the Allies had negligible losses.
The PM is pleased that the RN did well in it's engagement, but Admirals are unhappy that a heavy surface combat TF couldn't deal a death blow to some CLs and DDs.
Harry Truman is still at odds with himself over the use of the A bomb or to proceed with Operations Thunder and Lightning.
Stalin hasn't yet entered the conference room and his generals are talking in hushed tones. They are against his wanting a winter offensive. The fact that the Japanese hold interior lines, have strong fortifications, and presumed large stock of supplies will work against the Soviet Army. Stalin enters the room and there is a sudden hush. The silence is broken by Stalin wanting to know how things are progressing with the upcoming attack on the Japanese.
Gene reads over the report and mutters that this approach just might hold promise. He notifies his secretary that he's not to be disturbed and to hold all of his calls until after this afternoon's meeting. Later, after the meeting has adjourned, Gene leaves for home wondering if this concept could lead to the breakthrough in welding techniques that he's been charged with finding. His staff has mixed opinions, which is healthy, but they are all on board about chasing down elusive answers.
Victory Points Allied 105772 (20438 Strategic) Japanese 46281