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This post is about USN ship AA in October 1943, as it's happened in my PBM with cap_and_gown. I've seen the posts on the shipboard AA topic and the developers' replies to the effect that everything is working correctly, people are not upgrading their ships to get more effective AA weapons, etc. I decided to wait and see for myself, and certainly to be diligent about ship upgrades. The game is in October 1943, and there are only (AFAIK) October 1943 upgrades pending that are relevant to any AA suites or radars. The turn saw massive attacks with all the carnage that one would expect, with the glaring exception of attacking planes lost to flak. Attacks took place in the morning and afternoon. Knowing that each plane can only attack once during each phase, I counted the planes in the morning attacks. there 361 fighters and 441 attack planes (dive bombers and torpedo bombers). Large numbers of planes were shot down in AirtoAir combat, but you will see by the number of hits achieved on USN ships that clearly large numbers of attack planes made attack runs/dives onto their targets. For the entire day  NOT just the morning  a total of 37 planes were shot down by flak. Ops losses of attacking plane types amounted to another 14, which might be due to either flak or other causes, such as AirtoAir daamge, fatigue, and so on. In the afternoon, a simliar count shows that 441 fighters and 523 attack planes made strikes. So, out of 964 attack plane sorties, 37 were shot down by flak, possibly a few more as flakcaused ops losses. While I can not see all the internals, it looks as though flak performance was at Pearl Harbor surprise levels. It does not look at all as though shopboard flak is working at a 'Realistic Capability'. To head off spurious criticism, I am NOT looking for historical outcomes. I look for historical capabilities, and players do with it what they will. It is my understanding that the USN was very good at shooting down attack planes during their attack runs with the weapons (and in the numbers) that the ships in this battle possesed. A secondary issue is the level of AA ammunition that ships carried. It seems to be exhausted far more quickly than realistic. Perhaps this is part of the problem? Is this already being addressed in the upcoming OOB update? As I mentioned above, I can not see the game internals. So, I am providing a save game in the hope that the developers can look at this and identify any improvements warranted. In this post is a screen shot of aircraft losses for the day, and the combat report (with extraneous material edited out) is pasted at the bottom of this post. The next two posts have attached the turn replay and the save game from just before turn resolution, repsectively.  Morning Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Heavy rain Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 41 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M3a Zero x 47 A6M5 Zero x 189 A6M5b Zero x 21 A6M5c Zero x 9 B6N1 Jill x 22 B6N2 Jill x 87 D4Y1 Judy x 188 D4Y3 Judy x 12 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 8 FM1 Wildcat x 21 F6F3 Hellcat x 388 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged B6N2 Jill: 7 destroyed, 21 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 19 destroyed, 9 damaged D4Y3 Judy: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged Allied aircraft losses FM1 Wildcat: 2 destroyed F6F3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed Allied Ships CVL Cowpens, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 3 BB South Dakota, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage CV Enterprise, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk CV Hornet, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage CL St. Louis, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage DD Braine CV Essex BB Massachusetts CV Bunker Hill CVL Independence, Bomb hits 2, on fire CL Santa Fe DD Chevalier DD Boyd DD Conway DD Converse, Bomb hits 1, on fire DD Bradford DD Claxton, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage DD Brownson DD Daly, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage Aircraft Attacking: 20 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 10000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 8 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 14 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 8 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 12 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 5 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 7 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 7 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 8 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 5 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 10 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 11 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 5 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 8 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 7 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 3 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VF42 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VF6 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VF8 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 14 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 10 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 10 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes VF25 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 11 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Hornet Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Yorktown Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB South Dakota Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Enterprise  Morning Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Heavy rain Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 53 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 60 A6M5c Zero x 9 B6N1 Jill x 15 B6N2 Jill x 35 D4Y1 Judy x 44 D4Y3 Judy x 11 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 4 FM1 Wildcat x 14 F6F3 Hellcat x 364 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 10 destroyed A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 10 destroyed B6N2 Jill: 18 destroyed, 2 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 20 destroyed, 4 damaged D4Y3 Judy: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed Allied Ships CVL Independence, on fire CV Yorktown, heavy fires, heavy damage CV Hornet, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires DD Converse, on fire BB South Dakota, on fire, heavy damage Aircraft Attacking: 3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 2 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes 17 planes vectored on to bombers VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 23 planes vectored on to bombers VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes 33 planes vectored on to bombers VF42 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 17 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 25 planes vectored on to bombers VF8 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 18 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes 24 planes vectored on to bombers VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 6 on standby, 18 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 32 planes vectored on to bombers VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 14 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes 25 planes vectored on to bombers VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 10 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes 24 planes vectored on to bombers VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 10 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 8000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 14 planes vectored on to bombers VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 10 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes 20 planes vectored on to bombers VF25 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 11 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes 9 planes vectored on to bombers VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 9000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 3 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes 5 planes vectored on to bombers VF6 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes 29 planes vectored on to bombers VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 18 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 34 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers Heavy smoke from fires obscuring an Allied CV Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Hornet  Morning Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Heavy rain Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 40 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 10 A6M5c Zero x 16 B6N2 Jill x 16 D4Y1 Judy x 11 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 2 FM1 Wildcat x 9 F6F3 Hellcat x 318 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed A6M5c Zero: 7 destroyed B6N2 Jill: 11 destroyed D4Y1 Judy: 6 destroyed Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes 11 planes vectored on to bombers VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 18 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 18000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes 12 planes vectored on to bombers VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 12 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 16 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 25 planes vectored on to bombers VF42 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 13 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 17 planes vectored on to bombers VF8 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 20 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 38800. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes 23 planes vectored on to bombers VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 12 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 11 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes 21 planes vectored on to bombers VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 15 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes 13 planes vectored on to bombers VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 12 planes vectored on to bombers VF25 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 8000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VF6 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 16 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 25 planes vectored on to bombers VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes 18 planes vectored on to bombers VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 23 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes 17 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers  Morning Air attack on TF, near Truk at 116,110 Weather in hex: Heavy cloud Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 14 minutes Allied aircraft F6F3 Hellcat x 17 SBD5 Dauntless x 36 Allied aircraft losses SBD5 Dauntless: 1 damaged Japanese Ships xAKL Uga Maru, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk xAKL Hakuyo Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk SC CHa23, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk SC CHa12, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk SC CHa13, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk SC CHa17, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk SC CHa20, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk SC CHa24, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk Aircraft Attacking: 13 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 4000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 11 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb 12 x SBD5 Dauntless releasing from 10000' Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Hakuyo Maru Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Uga Maru  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Partial cloud Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 41 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M3a Zero x 36 A6M5 Zero x 127 A6M5b Zero x 21 A6M5c Zero x 37 B6N1 Jill x 60 B6N2 Jill x 96 D4Y1 Judy x 141 D4Y3 Judy x 23 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 7 FM1 Wildcat x 18 F6F3 Hellcat x 260 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed A6M5 Zero: 5 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 7 destroyed, 5 damaged B6N2 Jill: 13 destroyed, 26 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 7 destroyed, 6 damaged Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 4 destroyed Allied Ships CV Essex, Bomb hits 2, on fire CVL Cowpens, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage CV Saratoga, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage CV Wasp, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire CV Lexington, Bomb hits 3, on fire CL Mobile CV Pago Pago BB Washington BB Massachusetts, Bomb hits 1 BB Alabama, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire CL Helena, Bomb hits 1, on fire DD Bache DD Ammen CV Bunker Hill, Bomb hits 3, on fire DD Beale DD Anthony CVL Independence, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage DD Abbot DD Bennett, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage CVL Belleau Wood, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage DD Fletcher BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 2, on fire Aircraft Attacking: 7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 20 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 19 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 7 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 9 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 5 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 8 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 9 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 10 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 5 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 12 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 9 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 14 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 8 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 5 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 6000 feet Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x B6N2 Jill bombing from 4000 feet Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 9 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 14 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg GP Bomb 7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 17 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 8 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 11 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 5 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 10 x D4Y3 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) (7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 15 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 16 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 15 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 13 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 9 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Wasp Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Lexington Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVL Cowpens  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Partial cloud Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 41 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 55 A6M5c Zero x 6 B6N1 Jill x 15 B6N2 Jill x 6 D4Y1 Judy x 73 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 6 FM1 Wildcat x 17 F6F3 Hellcat x 236 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed A6M5c Zero: 1 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 8 destroyed, 2 damaged B6N2 Jill: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged D4Y1 Judy: 23 destroyed, 5 damaged Allied aircraft losses F4F4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed FM1 Wildcat: 1 destroyed F6F3 Hellcat: 3 destroyed Allied Ships BB Alabama, on fire CV Wasp, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage BB North Carolina, on fire CV Bunker Hill, on fire CV Lexington, on fire DD Abbot BB Massachusetts CL Mobile Aircraft Attacking: 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 2 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 3 x B6N1 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 14 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 2 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 2 on standby, 16 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes 24 planes vectored on to bombers VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 1 on standby, 11 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes 27 planes vectored on to bombers VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 17 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes 28 planes vectored on to bombers VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 16 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 26 planes vectored on to bombers VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 2 on standby, 17 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 21 planes vectored on to bombers VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 13 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 25 planes vectored on to bombers VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 5 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 16000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes 10 planes vectored on to bombers VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 9 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 13 planes vectored on to bombers VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes 5 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes 7 planes vectored on to bombers VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 15 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes 19 planes vectored on to bombers Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Lexington  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Partial cloud Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 41 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 17 B6N1 Jill x 7 D4Y1 Judy x 17 D4Y3 Judy x 23 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 3 FM1 Wildcat x 10 F6F3 Hellcat x 192 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed B6N1 Jill: 5 destroyed D4Y1 Judy: 11 destroyed D4Y3 Judy: 13 destroyed Allied aircraft losses F6F3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed Allied Ships CV Lexington, on fire Aircraft Attacking: 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 14 planes vectored on to bombers VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 10 planes vectored on to bombers VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 14 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 23 planes vectored on to bombers VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 12 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 11 planes vectored on to bombers VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes 6 planes vectored on to bombers VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 6 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 10 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes 6 planes vectored on to bombers VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 7 planes vectored on to bombers VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes 11 planes vectored on to bombers VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes 2 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers  Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ponape at 119,114 Weather in hex: Partial cloud Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 40 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 42 B6N2 Jill x 22 D4Y1 Judy x 23 Allied aircraft F4F4 Wildcat x 2 FM1 Wildcat x 7 F6F3 Hellcat x 147 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 6 destroyed B6N2 Jill: 14 destroyed D4Y1 Judy: 12 destroyed, 3 damaged Allied aircraft losses F4F4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed Allied Ships BB Alabama, on fire CV Lexington, heavy fires, heavy damage Aircraft Attacking: 1 x B6N2 Jill launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VF1 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 11 planes vectored on to bombers VF2 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers VF71 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 19 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes 21 planes vectored on to bombers VF22 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes 6 planes vectored on to bombers VF24 with F6F3 Hellcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes 5 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)33 with FM1 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 4 planes vectored on to bombers VF3 with F6F3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 13 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes 14 planes vectored on to bombers VF9 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 16 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes 19 planes vectored on to bombers VF16 with F6F3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 13000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes 8 planes vectored on to bombers VF18 with F6F3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 9 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 12 planes vectored on to bombers VF26 with F4F4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes VC(F)41 with FM1 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 10000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes 1 planes vectored on to bombers VC(F)63 with FM1 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Lexington
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