From: USA now in Brasil
December 14, 1945 Off Of Japan's Coast
14912 men are based at Matsuyama.
10th Tank Regiment is located at Mutanchiang.
7th Division is located at Wakkanai.
Iki Fortress is located at Ikitsuki.
6th Mongolian Cavalry Division is located at Jehol.
Chichijima Fortress is located at Niigata.
41st Heavy AA Battalion is located at Mutanchiang.
3rd Heavy AA Battalion is located at Changchun.
32nd Special Base Force is planning for an attack on Malang.
117th Division is located at Jehol.
231st Division is located at Matsue.
58th Construction Battalion is located at Takamatsu.
3rd AA Regiment is located at Tokyo.
PBM Mariner takes recon photos of Canton 14 LCUs 8460/102/82
F-5C Lightning takes recon photos of Hue vacant
Mosquito PR.IX takes recon photos of Camranh Bay 1 X SS, 1 X CA, 2 bombers, 1 aux, 3 LCUs 12500/82/0
OS2U-3 Kingfisher takes recon photos of Kadina 24 LCUs
132 miles NW of Sasebo the IJN managed to elude the 2 USN fast BB TFs and find the CV TFs.
BB Mutsu 1 shell hit
BB Yamato 3 shell hits
DD Ume 1 shell hit, on fire
DD Momi 2 shell hits, on fire
DD Nashi 27 shell hits, sunk
DD Kaba 4 shell hits, on fire
DD Hatsuume 8 shell hits, sunk
CV Hancock 1 shell hit
CVL San Jacinto
DD Richard Leary
Somehow the USN dodged a bullet this time and the lone hit scored by the IJN was a small sized shell that did no harm to the Hancock. Other than scratching some paint.
149 miles W of Sasebo the IJN found the big boys.
DD Inazuma 14 shell hits, sunk
DD Nagatsuki 21 shell hits, sunk
DD Tsuga 1 shell hit, sunk
DD Wakatake 32 shell hits, sunk
BB New Jersey
CL St. Louis
A naval bombardment of Kadina caused negligible damage to the ravaged airfield, moderate port damage, many secondary explosions were reported and casualties were very heavy. The IJA 47th Division was attacked by aircraft 2 times and absorbed heavy troop losses. The IJA 53rd Ind. Mixed Brigade had moderate casualties from an air strike. The IJA 49th Ind. Mixed Brigade was bombed for very light losses.
15 miles S of Chihfeng the 39th Army absorbed moderate losses from an air attack made by the Japanese.
Toyama was struck by 122 X B-24D and 65 X P-38J for moderate damage to the heavy industry.
Changchun had a CAP of 15 X Frank and 8 X Tony up when 78 X Tu-2S appeared. The Soviets tried to fend off the Japanese fighters shooting down a Frank (6 damaged) and a Tony (3 damaged). The AA chipped in and 6 Russian bombers went down and 16 were damaged. The airfield took moderate damage, there were many secondary explosions claimed, 4 X Frances, 1 X Babs and 2 X Tabby were burning wrecks and casualties were heavy. Later on 14 X Frank and 7 X Tony were on CAP when 177 X B-29 showed up. 2 Franks were shot down (7 damaged) and 2 Tonys were damaged. The flak then blazed away and 5 Superforts were lost and 14 damaged. The airfield sustained horrendous damage, there were many secondary explosions seen, 1 X Babs, 8 X Frances and 1 X Nick were trashed and personnel losses were heavy.
Tokyo was swept by 102 X P-51D who swooped in on a gaggle of 1 X Reppu, 8 X Shinden and 98 X Frank. 5 Shindens and 87 Franks were blasted out of the sky and 18 Mustangs went down and 7 took damage.
Nagoya was struck by 273 X B-29 (5 damaged) and 69 X P-51D for absolutely devastating damage to the heavy industry.
Mutanchiang had 12 Tonys up to face an inbound raid of 29 X B-24J and 75 X P-51D. All of the Tonys were splashed at the cost of a destroyed Mustang and the ground fire damaged 11 of the Liberators. The airfield was moderately damaged, there were many secondary explosions claimed and casualties were heavy.
Camranh Bay was devastated by 134 X B-29 (5 damaged) taking extremely heavy airfield damage, a couple of secondary explosions were reported, 1 Irving, 2 Dinahs, 1 Frances, 1 Betty, 1 Thora and 1 Sally were destroyed and troop losses were moderate. Another strike was made by 141 X B-29 (10 damaged) and the battered airfield was again subjected to extremely heavy damage, there were a few secondary explosions observed and casualties were moderate.
Palembang was hit for negligible damage to the airstrip and a Tabby was toasted in an air raid. Another attack did very light airfield damage, caused a secondary explosion and destroyed a Betty.
At Kweiyang the IJA 36th Division took moderate losses from Chinese Mitchells. The IJA 65th Division was pounced on by Chinese bombers for heavy casualties. The Chinese artillery accounted for heavy Japanese losses.
At Harbin the IJA 11th Division was pounded twice for very heavy casualties. 1 Pe-2, 1 Tu-2S, 5 P-63As and a P-39Q were damaged in the strikes. The IJA 23rd Division was struck for heavy losses and a Tu-2S took some damage. The IJA 123rd Division took moderate casualties and 9 P-63As were damaged.
At Gili Gili the IJA 21st Division had light casualties from Allied aircraft.
At Djokjakarta the IJA 44th Heavy AA Battalion took moderate losses and it damaged 2 Corsairs. The IJA 27th Ind. Mixed Brigade had very heavy casualties from a pair air raids made on it.
At Malang the IJA 5th Division was struck twice by Allied planes for moderate casualties. An Allied attack inflicted extremely heavy losses on the Japanese while the attackers had very heavy casualties.
Near Sasebo 4 X Frank were swept aside by a strike package consisting of 52 X SBD (1 downed, 6 damaged), 51 X SB2C (1 downed, 3 damaged), 110 X TBF (2 downed, 17 damaged), 40 X TBM (2 downed, 5 damaged), 290 X F6F and 77 X F4U-1D and then the IJN BBs were engaged.
BB Mutsu 7 bomb hits, 4 torpedo hits, sunk
BB Yamato 17 bomb hits, 3 torpedo hits, on fire
Another attack was made within minutes of the first finishing. This time 24 X SBD (1downed, 1 damaged), 15 X TBF and and 15 X TBM struck the ships.
DD Ume 6 bomb hits, 1 torpedo hit, sunk
DD Momi 3 torpedo hits, sunk
DD Kaba 3 bomb hits, 2 torpedo hits, sunk
In the afternoon 19 X SBD, 207 X F6F and 49 X F4U-1D arrived, but failed to hit anything.
Near Nagasaki a CAP of 5 X Tony and 23 X Frank were tasked with stopping 93 X SBD (15 downed, 11 damaged), 68 X SB2C (10 downed, 7 damaged), 99 X TBF (11 downed, 8 damaged) and 42 X TBM (5 downed, 7 damaged). The Allied fighters never joined the dive bombers and torpedo planes. 7 Franks were damaged and then the ships caught hell.
DD Yaezakura 1 bomb hit, 3 torpedo hits, sunk
DD Yayoi 6 bomb hits, sunk
DD Kikuzuki 1 bomb hit, 2 torpedo hits, sunk
DD Yadake 10 bomb hits, sunk
DD Tochi 12 bomb hits, sunk
The guys were amazed at how easy their bomb run on Nagoya was. It's a far cry from the first raids on the Japanese cities. Knowing that they are now attacking a nearly helpless foe only frustrates the men of the Lucky 11. “If they're beaten why can't they stop fighting and admit defeat before everybody gets killed for nothing?” asks Donny.
Chris had a front row seat as the planes attacked the Japanese ships. He couldn't believe how big the one BB looked and how it managed to get away despite being hit so often. He wonders how the Japanese can throw away their ships without even giving them any air cover. Then he thinks that even if Japanese fighters were on hand they would've been brushed aside with ease as the pilot quality is awful and just flying in formation seems beyond the Japanese capabilities now.
There is still no response from the Japanese and the President is taking this as a positive sign. General Marshall cautions him about the cadre within the IJA that will resist any form of surrender.
SS personnel convicted of atrocities at Belsen and other concentration camps were hanged.
Victory Points Allies 130106 (34900 Strategic) Japanese 49233