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October 29, 1945 Formosa
1436 men are based at Kratie.
7th Construction Battalion is located at Sining.
15th Aviation Rgt is located at Batavia.
35986 men are based at Tori Shima.
62nd Ind. Mixed Brigade is located at Nanking.
54th Division is located at Kitakyushu.
1st Reserve Tank Regiment is located at Kitakyushu.
51st Division is located at Swatow.
14886 men are based at Matsuyama.
Pe-2R takes recon photos of Harbin 13 LCUs 178560/1965/219
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Tientsin 7 LCUs 20660/221/0
Near Niigata the SS Cachalot attacked an AK and 2 MSWs, hitting the AK with 2 torpedoes that did heavy damage to the ship and triggered fires. This makes the crew a happy lot to have gotten rid of their load of mines and having made a successful attack too.
Takamatsu was attacked by 172 X B-29 and the flak damaged 7 of the big birds as they inflicted very heavy damage on the heavy industry.
Nagasaki had 16 X Frank intercept an inbound raid of 23 X B-29 who had no escorts. 3 Franks were damaged and 8 Superforts were damaged by the fighters and ground fire. The heavy industry took moderate damage.
Hiroshima/Kure was raided by 126 X B-29 (5 damaged) for very heavy damage to the heavy industry.
Mutanchiang was hit by 25 X Tu-2S (11 damaged) for extremely light airfield damage, a couple of secondary explosions were claimed and casualties were heavy. The IJA 19th Division was pounced on by 7 X Tu-2S (3 damaged) for moderate losses.
Palembang was struck by Allied planes and the AA fire damaged a Mosquito FB.VI. The port was lightly damaged.
Naha had it's airfield pounded for very heavy damage, there were lots of secondary explosions seen and casualties were heavy.
At Harbin the IJA 28th Division was attacked by 43 X Tu-2S (4 damaged) for heavy losses. The IJA 11th Division took heavy casualties from 3 air raids, 3 Tu-2Ss, 9 P-62A (2 downed and 3 P-39Q were damaged. Japanese artillery barrages inflicted moderate losses on the Soviet troops. The Red Army's big guns heaped extremely heavy casualties on the Japanese.
At Gili Gili the IJA 21st Division had moderate losses from and air attack.
At Naha the IJA 47th Division damaged 3 Mitchells and had moderate casualties. The IJA 53rd Ind. Mixed Brigade damaged an Invader and had light losses from an air attack. The IJA 68th Ind. Mixed Brigade had heavy casualties and 2 B-25Js were damaged in a pair air attacks.
At Linhsi the 18th Guards Rifle Corps was struck by 11 X Sally (9 damaged) and 10 X Randy (1 downed, 8 damaged). The unit absorbed moderate losses.
The 6th Chinese Cavalry Corps, about 158 miles SE of Chungking, was hit by 26 X Judy for moderate casualties.
The 7th Armoured Tank Brigade, 77 miles NW of Teloekbetoeng, was jumped on by 35 X Frances and 6 X Frank. 5 Thunderbolt IIs intercepted the Japanese planes, but neither side had any losses. The LCU sustained heavy casualties. The Allied assault on the Japanese positions resulted in both sides having heavy casualties and no ground changed hands.
24 miles E of Tokyo 24 X SBD, 18 X TBF and 15 X TBM attacked the Japanese ships causing mayhem.
TK Toei Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire
AO Shiriya 2 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AO Naruto 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AO Sunosaki 1 torpedo hit, sunk
AO Ondo 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AO Hayamoto 6 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, sunk
AO Sata 3 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AO Tsurumi 1 torpedo hit, on fire
TK Shinkoku Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
Then another strike of 56 X SB2C and 18 X TBF arrived and added their muscle to the Japanese misery.
AO Hayamoto 2 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
TK Shinkoku Maru 4 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AO Takasaki 3 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AO Notoro 8 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AO Ondo 4 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AO Sata 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
Another attack was made by 18 X TBM in the early afternoon.
AO Notoro 2 torpedo hits, sunk
AO Tsurumi 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AO Shiriya 1 torpedo hit, sunk
TK Shinkoku Maru 1 torpedo hit, sunk
In the late afternoon 15 TBF attacked the helpless Japanese ships.
AO Takasaki 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AO Ondo 1 torpedo hit, sunk
The Japanese had 2 PCs 36 miles SE of Aomori and they were attacked by 21 X B-25J, 9 X A-26B and 60 X P-38J for the following results.
PC Oki 1 bomb hit, on fire
PC Amakusa 6 bomb hits, sunk
In Tokyo Bay 78 X TBF were moving in for the kill on a lone DD when they were suddenly jumped by 1 X Reppu, 14 X Shinden, 142 X Frank and 22 X Tony. Lacking their promised fighter cover the torpedo bombers suffered a massacre and only 1 plane managed to escape the slaughter. 3 Franks suffered damage in the lopsided fight. The CAP over the bay was 20 X Shinden, 127 X Frank and 18 Tony in the afternoon when 249 X F6F (95 downed, 15 damaged) and 50 X F4U-1D (3 downed, 4 damaged) arrived. This might have been the single bloodiest air battle of the war. The Japanese suffered the loss of all of their fighters and the 2 DDs caught hell.
DD Azura 7 bomb hits, sunk
DD Kuzu 2 bomb hits, on fire
Then 60 X SBD, 100 X SB2C (3 damaged), 82 X TBF (3 damaged) and 82 X TBM (4 damaged) arrived and they swept in on the Japanese destroyers present.
DD Mochizuki 2 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
DD Hasu 6 bomb hits, sunk
DD Katsura 2 torpedo hits, sunk
DD Sanae 4 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, sunk
DD Kuretake 4 bomb hits, sunk
DD Fumizuki 4 bomb hits, sunk
29 miles SE of Sendai 30 X TBF (1 downed, 2 damaged) and 15 X TBM (3 damaged) struck the Japanese ships.
AP Anyo Maru 3 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Katsuura Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
Later 52 X SB2C, 36 X TBF (3 damaged) and 25 X F6F showed up to finish the job.
AP Otake Maru 6 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Nakagawa Maru 5 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, sunk
AP Mogamigawa Maru 1 bomb hit, 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AP Ikomasan Maru 10 bomb hits, sunk
AP Anyo Maru 1 torpedo hit, sunk
AP Ryoyu Maru #21 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
AP Katsuura Maru 2 torpedo hits, sunk
The USN then sent in another strike of 76 X SBD, 18 X TBF, 33 X TBM, 276 X F6F and 59 X F4U-1D that clobbered the battered Japanese ships.
AK Hisagawa Maru 14 bomb hits, sunk
AK Taigyo Maru 2 bomb hits, on fire
AK Yoshu Maru 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Kishu Maru 1 bomb hit, on fire
AK Yulin Maru 4 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Yamanami Maru 1 bomb hit, on fire
AK Houlee 2 torpedo hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Nichinan Maru 5 bomb hits, on fire, heavy damage
AK Kimigayo Maru 2 torpedo hits, sunk
Incredibly the USN still wasn't done with these ships as 26 X SBD, 18 X TBM and 17 X F6F rolled in on them.
AK Kimigayo Maru 5 bomb hits, sunk
AK Houlee 7 bomb hits, sunk
AK Okinoyama Maru 4 bomb hits, on fire
AK Yoshu Maru 1 torpedo hit, on fire, heavy damage
17 X TBM struck in the late afternoon getting a plane damaged and failing to hit anything. At almost the same time 23 X SBD arrived and they too failed to do any harm.
Near Padang 8 X Betty, 8 X Peggy and 23 X Frank attacked the unloading Allied ships. 7 X Thunderbolt II and 7 X Spitfire VIII engage the Japanese planes. 3 Bettys were damaged, 7 Peggys went down and 7 Franks were splashed while a Spit was lost and a Jug was damaged. The AK Empire Clive had a Peggy dive into it and the result was heavy damage and fires. Later in the afternoon 6 X Betty, 15 X Peggy and 45 X Frank arrived and 10 X Thunderbolt II and 3 X Spitfire VII gave battle. 2 Bettys were splashed (2 damaged), 15 Peggys were destroyed and 16 Franks were lost. A Jug and a Spit went down in the fight. Then the ships caught it.
AK Empire Gambia 2 Kamikaze hits, on fire, heavy damage
TK Empire Onyx 1 Kamikaze hit, on fire, heavy damage
The AK Empire Clive has moderate systems damage, heavy flooding and moderate fires, the Empire Gambia has heavy systems damage, very heavy flooding and light fires and the Empire Onyx is suffering from heavy systems damage, heavy flooding and moderate fires. The picture for these ships is gloomy and as much of their loads will be unloaded as possible before they are lost.
Sapporo was raided by 56 X B-25J (9 damaged), 14 X A-26B (1 damaged) and 74 X P-38J for moderate airfield damage, a secondary explosion was reported, 3 Graces and a Frances were destroyed and casualties were very light.
Pontianak underwent an air raid that triggered a secondary explosion.
Balikpapan's defenses damaged 3 PB4Ys during a raid that caused moderate damage to the airstrip, some secondary explosions were seen, an Ida was destroyed and personnel losses were moderate.
Malang was hit by Allied planes for light damage to the port, a few secondary explosions were claimed and casualties were moderate. A TBM was downed and 5 more took damage in the attack. Japanese artillery made lots of noise and did no harm. The Allied artillery inflicted moderate losses on the Japanese. Japanese transports were intercepted by Allied fighters.
At Kweiyang the Chinese artillery caused moderate Japanese losses.
Chris wearily got out of his cockpit for the third time today. He now has bagged 14 Japanese planes, but all he wants is some food, a shower and sleep. He heard lots of chatter over the radio and wonders how he could do in his Hellcat against those new, hot Japanese fighters that were seen in limited numbers today. The Corsairs did OK, but the Hellcats seemed to have troubles with them. He also heard about a raid that was bounced by the Japanese and no fighters were there to protect them.
Due to the extremely heavy air losses the USN has ordered it fleet to withdraw so that they may replenish and join in Operation Thunder, which will be getting started shortly.
As Operation Thunder enters a new phase Ed's Old Gals set sail to bombard Naha.
Victory Points Allied 113204 (24454 Strategic) Japanese 47810
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