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Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 4:47:31 PM   
Chickenboy


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In my long-running PBEM, now in late May 1943, a major carrier exchange just took place NE of Darwin near the islands of Taberfane and Aru.

Here's the relevant excerpts from the Combat Report:

Nearby minor combatant craft are sent in to dry to disrupt movement, sow chaos. This trip doesn't last long

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Kai Island at 82,115, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
E Hatsukari, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Maryland
BB West Virginia
BB Arizona
BB Pennsylvania
CL Phoenix
DD Bagley
DD Blue
DD Helm
DD Mugford
DD Ralph Talbot
DD Henley





Allied troops continue their second day of landings on Aru and Taberfane islands (NE of Darwin, Australia). The Japanese-flagged islands are undefended.

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Amphibious Assault at Aru Island

TF 479 troops unloading over beach at Aru Island, 83,117


I had moved some naval bombers into Lautem (E. Timor) earlier to add their weight to the strikes, or at least draw off CAP. Darwin LBA attempt to disrupt the airfields at Lautem in response. Japanese CAP holds its own.

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Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 28,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36



Allied aircraft
P-38F Lightning x 15


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
P-38F Lightning: 3 destroyed



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Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 30



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 8


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed


Four Japanese air combat TFs (twelve carriers) arrive undetected in a deepwater hex just north of New Guinea, 5 hexes range from Aru, 6 from Taberfane. Allied carriers are engaged at range 7.

First major strike was well-coordinated with torpedo-equipped IJNAF strike aircraft. Escorting IJNAF fighters suffer grievous losses, but get the strike through mostly intact.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 81,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 160 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 68 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 61
A6M5 Zero x 13
B5N2 Kate x 95
B6N1 Jill x 18
D4Y1 Judy x 13



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 35
F6F-3 Hellcat x 56


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 12 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 7 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 15 destroyed, 43 damaged
B6N1 Jill: 5 destroyed, 5 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Hornet, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
BB Washington, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 1
CLAA San Juan
CV Lexington, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, on fire
BB South Dakota, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1
CVE Suwannee, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
CV Wasp, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
CLAA Juneau
BB North Carolina, Torpedo hits 2
BB Massachusetts, Torpedo hits 2
CVE Chenango, Torpedo hits 6, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
12 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
17 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
5 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
6 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
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
4 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:

Allied fighters consist of some VRF components. My opponent has indicated that these have worked well for him in the past at providing CAP. Do others share this opinion?

VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 8 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CV Lexington


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 81,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 51 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 33
B5N2 Kate x 13
D4Y1 Judy x 9



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1
F4F-4 Wildcat x 19
F6F-3 Hellcat x 26


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 7 destroyed, 2 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 5 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Hornet, on fire
BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 1
CV Enterprise, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
2 x B5N2 Kate 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
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 65 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers




Initial Allied responding attack at range 7 (no carrier reaction). Allied a/c carrying bombs, out or torpedo range from TBFs. Japanese carrier fighters score heavily on incoming strike aircraft, breaking through escort and raising havoc amongst the DBs especially.

Still, Allied strike aircraft break through and deliver a few bombs on target. BB Mutsu and Nagato's damage is negligible. The bomb hit to Zuikaku did not penetrate. Damage to Ryuho and Zuiho is modest.

The next morning finds them with 24/29 sys and no fires. They will need to visit the yards for repair, but will survive.



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Biak at 86,112

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 47 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 100
A6M5 Zero x 14



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 20
F6F-3 Hellcat x 64
SBD-3 Dauntless x 83
TBF-1 Avenger x 42


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 14 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 25 destroyed, 33 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 6 destroyed, 10 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CVL Ryuho, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
CVL Zuiho, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CV Soryu
CV Zuikaku, Bomb hits 1
CV Hiryu
CV Shokaku
CLAA Tenryu
DD Onami
BB Nagato, Bomb hits 5, on fire



Aircraft Attacking:
11 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
11 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
14 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 5000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
9 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/C with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Taiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVL Ryuho

Next Allied strike comes in underescorted. Both escort fighters and strike aircraft are rudely dealt with.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Biak at 86,112

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 57 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 78
A6M5 Zero x 10



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 10
TBF-1 Avenger x 14


No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 2 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 10 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/C with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 48 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 53 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Taiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 61 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers


Hellcat sweep on E. Timor is repulsed.

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Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 27,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 26



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 19


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F6F-3 Hellcat: 4 destroyed



CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
20 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 22000 and 31300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes




Eventually, Allied air breaks through Lautem CAP and destroys some planes on the ground. The airfield is still open for business.
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Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 10



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 21
F4F-4 Wildcat x 19


Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 destroyed on ground




Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 19

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 22000 and 28300.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 91 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2



Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 6


Japanese aircraft losses
No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 damaged



Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 12000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
77th Sentai with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead



Lautem-based G4M1 attack aircraft are repulsed from the carriers with heavy losses. "Can't make an omelet without scrambling some eggs."
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 82,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 42 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 11
G4M1 Betty x 20



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1
F4F-4 Wildcat x 20
F6F-3 Hellcat x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 10 destroyed, 7 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Leander
xAP Maori



Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-8 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-35 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-215 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(10 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes


Vals attack landing forces at Taberfane. Luckily, Allied fighter cover is sparse, lest these DBs be slaughtered.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 82,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 45
D3A2 Val x 4



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 4


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 5 destroyed, 13 damaged
D3A2 Val: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged


Allied Ships
CA Salt Lake City
CA Australia
DMS Hamilton
AKA Virgo, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Lamberton
APD Crosby, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
3 x D3A1 Val bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A2 Val releasing from 3000' *
Naval Attack: 2 x 60 kg GP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
VF-35 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VMF-215 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
VF-2 with F4F-4 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 20000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 25000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Crosby
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring AKA Virgo


Aru island is a hex away from Taberfane. There is no allied fighter cover here.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Aru Island at 83,117

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 44



Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
APD Waters, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
xAP Van Neck, Bomb hits 5, and is sunk
DMS Hovey, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DMS Trevor, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Illisos, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage


Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 9 (7 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring APD Waters
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Van Neck
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Illisos
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Hovey


Afternoon strikes commence. Weakly escorted strike on Allied CVs is savaged. Still, enough TBs penetrate to score critical hits.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 81,117

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 51 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 5
B5N2 Kate x 48
D4Y1 Judy x 24



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
F4F-4 Wildcat x 27
F6F-3 Hellcat x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 22 destroyed, 17 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 10 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 5 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Long Island, Torpedo hits 1
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
DD Phelps
CA Louisville, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
CL Helena
DD Radford



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 11 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 8 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers


Afternoon Allied strike is weak. They are slaughtered before they can attack.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Biak at 86,112

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 47 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 68
A6M5 Zero x 7



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 8
F6F-3 Hellcat x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 14
TBF-1 Avenger x 14


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F6F-3 Hellcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 9 destroyed



CAP engaged:
Tainan Ku S-1/C with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Hiryu-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
Shokaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M3a Zero (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
Junyo-1 with A6M3a Zero (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M3a Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Taiho-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers


Additional Val strikes on amphibious forces off of Taberfane. The escort helps Vals penetrate effectively this time.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 82,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 19
D3A1 Val x 41



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 5
F6F-3 Hellcat x 1


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 7 damaged


Allied Ships
DMS Lamberton, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Nizam
DMS Hamilton, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
APD Dent
CL Leander, Bomb hits 3, on fire
LST-461, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F6F-3 Hellcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead
VMF-215 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Lamberton
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Hamilton


Another lightly escorted strike is savaged by remaining Allied CAP.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 81,117

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 51 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 7
B5N2 Kate x 20
B6N1 Jill x 8



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 21
F6F-3 Hellcat x 8


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 15 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 6 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB North Carolina



CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers


More damage to Aru's amphibious TFs:

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Aru Island at 83,117

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 43 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 6
D3A1 Val x 37



Allied aircraft
F6F-3 Hellcat x 2


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed
D3A1 Val: 5 damaged


Allied Ships
DMS Hovey, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
xAP Siberg, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk
DMS Trevor, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
16 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-71 with F6F-3 Hellcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 25000
Raid is overhead

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DMS Hovey
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Siberg


Allied CAP scores again on underescorted TF

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 81,117

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 51 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 2
B5N2 Kate x 18



Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
F6F-3 Hellcat x 7


Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 12 destroyed, 1 damaged


Allied Ships
CL Helena
DD Porter



Aircraft Attacking:
1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 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 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 51 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers


Afternoon Val attack on Taberfane causes more damage to amphibious TFs

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 82,117

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 7
D3A1 Val x 19



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 13


Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed, 5 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Bailey
LST-461, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Dent
LST-463, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
VMF-215 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring LST-461


Japanese carrier escort has been mauled and is unable to contribute further protection. Unescorted B5N2s are savaged.
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Taberfane at 81,117

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 51 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 7



Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 2
F6F-3 Hellcat x 3


Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged


Allied Ships
CL Helena



Aircraft Attacking:
4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-6 with F6F-3 Hellcat (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 25000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes


Summary:

Both sides suffer heavy losses of aircraft. Japanese losses are identified as approximately 300 on the day. Allies 340. Allied Dauntless DBs suffer grievous losses, as do IJNAF B5N2s. Fighter units on both sides are badly depleted. Both sides withdraw the following morning.

Lexington is showing up on the ships sunk list, but we all know what that means. Still, the recipient of 3 torpedo and 2 bomb hits has to be in extremis. Same with North Carolina and Louisville.

Still, for approximately equal losses of aircraft, the Allies lose two CVs (a probable third en route), two CVEs, a battleship with heavy (fatal?) damage to several more. Allies will lose a number of 'minor' craft as well. This in exchange for modest damage to two Japanese CVLs makes this a suitable exchange IMO.

Japanese accelerated production will see three new CVLs and three fleet CVs becoming available in the next 6 months. With 18 flight decks available then, Japanese naval striking superiority (or at least parity) will continue well into 1944.


Ship: Torpedoes: Bombs: Sunk?:
CV Hornet 1 2
CV Enterprise 4 0 Yes
CV Lexington 3 2
CV Wasp 4 Yes
CVE Suwanee 4 Yes
CVE Chenago 6 Yes
CVE Long Island 1
BB South Dak. 1 2
BB Washington 5 3 Yes
BB North Carolina 3
BB Massachusetts 2
CA Louisville 3 (6*) Yes*

* sunk by I-159 May 20

Bomb hits only listed below:

CL Leander 3
DMS Hovey 7 Yes
DMS Trevor 5 Yes
DMS Lamberton 4
DMS Hamilton 1
APD Crosby 2
APD Waters 5 Yes
AKA Virgo 4
xAP Van Neck 5 Yes
xAP Ilios 3
xAP Siberg 4
LST 461 3
LST 463 4

I was fortunate that the Japanese nasty, dirty, tricksy mode of fighting carried the day. I also brought more to the party. I estimated beforehand approximately 475 allied naval aircraft on the various TFs. I brought north of 600 into play.

Lastly, thanks are due to my trusty opponent USS Henrico. He's rock solid and a good player. I'm fortunate to be his PBEM partner. In this case, I came out ahead. He's given my carrier forces a black eye in the past with negligible losses to his forces. This exchange took place about 8 game months ago near the Santa Cruz islands. This was the Emperor's turn bask in victory, but I know that USS Henrico will return the favor (with interest) soon...


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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 5:09:50 PM   
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A very good trade!

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 5:37:20 PM   
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As an Allied player, just the sight of such a combat report is sickening.

Despite the nauseua I would feel as the Allied player, congrats are due PoultryLad. Is there anything more enjoyable than being on the smiling side of such a major carrier engagement?

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 5:59:19 PM   
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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 6:42:45 PM   
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Yep, overwhelming force well applied. The seven hex range helped as it negated any Allied torpedoes. Once again anemic Allied flak is a big issue as well. Although the argument can be made that Allied flak was not that great in May 43 anyways. They were still sorting things out. Well done Roosterman..

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 7:00:38 PM   
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Nice to see someone else's Allied CV's being picked on for a change.  

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 8:20:10 PM   
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Based upon the number of fighters still rising from the Allies, at least one CV and maybe two were still able to conduct flight op's.  Suspicious on some FOW with respect to a couple of hit.  I'd guess Hornet and maybe the Lex may not be as badly hit as it appears ...

Still, one heck of a mid-war victory.  As you say, this is a trade I would make any day as IJN.

Banzai!!



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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 9:08:08 PM   
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On May 20, 1943, I-159 found CA Louisville SW of Taberfane, limping slowly SW. The heavy cruiser was dispatched with three Type 53 torpedo hits amidships.

Her name will be added to the ships sunk list above as a result of the battle.

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 9:59:45 PM   
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Uggh...I couldn't even bear to read the whole thing.

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/29/2011 10:04:52 PM   
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I am interested how the engagement happened? What were the scouting conditions? Were PBY's & Mavis PA's involved or just the FP's aboard the BB's and CA's? It seems that looking for trouble NE of Darwin allows for superior IJN scouting and a totally disadvantagious position from the start ..

This is indeed discouraging because I was hoping by 1943 and Essex class carriers that I would be rolling over the IJN .. it looks like that is not the case ...

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/31/2011 1:14:47 AM   
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Without giving too much away, I was aware of the Allied carrier presence for several days, both by their own actions (covering another landing to the South, just North of Horn island) and scouting/ 'other' indications.

Just because you (Allies) get some neat toys in 1943 means dink. If the Japanese don't cooperate by giving your numerical superiority or decide to bring force mass to bear, your marginally better fighter airframes won't make that much difference. Japanese carrier air must be dealt with.

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 10/31/2011 2:49:08 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

Without giving too much away, I was aware of the Allied carrier presence for several days, both by their own actions (covering another landing to the South, just North of Horn island) and scouting/ 'other' indications.

Just because you (Allies) get some neat toys in 1943 means dink. If the Japanese don't cooperate by giving your numerical superiority or decide to bring force mass to bear, your marginally better fighter airframes won't make that much difference. Japanese carrier air must be dealt with.


I am getting a feel that engaging the IJN .. even in 1943 on the IJNAF terms is a bad idea. In this case you had a scouting advantage ...always bad ..

I have had a success as a AFB engaging a mini-KB but on my terms in 1942 but that was out of Mavis range and in range of my PBY's .. I got first strike ..

Thus my iinquiry

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RE: Major carrier battle May 19, 1943 - 5/14/2012 2:02:09 AM   
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Bump reference for those of you picking up my midwar AAR.

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