From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
9 Nov 43
Nothing to report.
The Sallies bombed Umnak again. A couple of C-47s were damaged. Transports there?
I caught Ted with his pants down at Mili. At Roi-Namur, I have some Emilies, Nells, Franks and Zeros. I launched a day raid on shipping sitting at Mili. Here's the result:
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mili at 136,121
Weather in hex: Moderate rain
Raid detected at 62 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes
A6M5c Zero x 17
G3M3 Nell x 21
Japanese aircraft losses
G3M3 Nell: 7 damaged
APA Wayne, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
APA Harry Lee, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
APA President Hayes
APA La Salle
AKA Alchiba, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
Allied ground losses:
1092 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 48 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 25 (23 destroyed, 2 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
21 x G3M3 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
Was he dropping off or picking up troops? I think picking up, but I'm not sure. Anyway, some unit(s) is/are out of action for awhile.
I have subs to the east so hopefully I'll catch some of the damaged ships.
His supporting carriers have vanished, probably to the east. Interesting that they fled leaving the juicy transports with no air cover. There aren't any fighters stationed at the base either. Interesting. Anyway, easy victory. I don't expect it to last, but I'll try again tomorrow.
Same 'ole bombing of Hollandia and Aitape, but no Allied ship movement.
I sent a CA and 2 DD to bombard Darwin:
Night Naval bombardment of Darwin at 76,124 - Coastal Guns Fire Back!
Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 2 damaged
Beaufort VIII: 1 destroyed on ground
Allied ground losses:
61 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 17
E15K1 Norm acting as spotter for CA Atago
CA Atago firing at 2nd RAN Base Force
2nd RAN Base Force firing at CA Atago
DD Asagumo firing at Darwin
DD Minegumo firing at Darwin
Just a nuisance raid.
I posted a chutai each of Tojos and Rexs at Saumlaki to see if they could do anything irritating. Yep, they did! . A total of 8 Rex and 11 Tojos caught 15 Beaufort VIIIs and shot them all down. Then, 6 more showed up and all of them were shot down too. Not a war winner by any means, but maybe it'll get him to react to me instead of the other way around.
My Helens blasted Cox's Bazaar's airfield. Akyab's airfield is still down and no Allied fighters will fly against my sweeps.
My bombers toasted 22 squads.
Still preparing for the next assault.
Soryu left Ulithi to head to Kobe for final repairs. It'll take 5 days. Her current damage is 7-28(28)-0-0. Zuikaku, at Ulithi, is still ~14 days from heading out. Her damage is 21-51(51)-21(9)-0. I may pull her out early.
Akagi is still at Truk and will leave in about 15 days. The Chitose, Chiyoda, Taiyo and Chuyo are either at Soerabaja or Singapore and in various state of disrepair. They will start coming back to service over the next couple weeks (or longer).
The Ha-43 engine R&D advanced to 12/44 (will become operational 5/44).
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