From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
14 Nov 43
An Ansyu PB was taken out by the Bluefish just off Balikpapan. I have 2 ASW TFs in that area and am sending another to drive off the subs that are being irritating in that area.
An Aden xAK was sunk by the O23 a hex off Soerabaja. They’re getting pretty bold there too. I have several ASW TFs in the area, but none that close to that port. Gotta move them around to cover more ground.
My garrison at Adak is composed of 2x divisions and a garrison unit. The garrison unit goes away tomorrow. I’m still debating whether or not to pull one of the divisions for a garrison somewhere else or us it to attack Umnak. I have transports there and a bombardment TF (4 BB) supported by MKB1 about a day out of range. Not sure what to do. We’ll see…
The Sallies caused a little more damage to the airfield and damaged a handful of transports today.
All quiet today.
4Es against Hollandia and 2Es against Aitape again.
The US carriers are still sitting at Manus. Some Betties launched a night torpedo attack against the US carriers. 17 of them (of a 45 plane daitai) attacked doing no damage and losing 3 to flak. I did find out there are 4 CVs in the TF: Engerprise, Hornet, Wolverine and Gettysburg. More than I thought. I have 4 CVs available to counter them with a 5th (Kaga) available to add to them. I’m sending subs into the hex to try and whittle down the numbers a bit. It’s definitely worth the risk.
Saumlaki is the target of the month in this region. There were 35x 4E sorties, all focusing on the port. I’m sure he sees my reinforcements heading there. The airfield is moderately damaged but repairing since he’s focusing on the port right now. Also note that the garrison unit there disappears tomorrow but most of the 65 Bde is there with the rest headed there by air and sea.
Chittagong was the target of the Helens today, causing moderate damage to the airfield.
I think I figured out what the supply issue was. There is a rail line that goes from Rangoon north then west through Burma. The last couple of bases on that rail line were not getting supply because some of the bases in the center of the line had bumped up supply goals. Once I removed that, supply started flowing to those last few bases. I have a Frank sentai tasked with sweeping Ledo. They finally got the supply to do it today and flew! Initially, only 7 Franks flew and met 5x P-51As and 27x P-40N5s over Ledo, shooting down 1 and 3 for the loss of a single Frank. In the afternoon, 30 Franks flew, meeting 3 Mustangs and 17 Warhawks, shooting down 2 and 10 for no loss! I’m really surprised at how poorly the Mustangs are doing.
My next attack is scheduled for about 3 days from now. The assault divisions are flowing back to Chungking. About half of the bombers decided to hit other targets rather than Chungking today. Not sure why that happened. Anyway, only 5 squads were killed at Chungking. I reset all the bombers to hit Chungking again tomorrow.
301 Ku S-1, 13 Air Flotilla, 27 fighters, training
301 Ku S-2, 13 Air Flotilla, 27 fighters, training
341 Ku S-1, 13 Air Flotilla, 27 fighters, training
34 Independent Mixed Brigade, Southern Army, Cocos Island
30 Independent Mixed Brigade, 14 Army, part of 100 Division, Luzon
31 Independent Mixed Brigade, 14 Army, part of 102 Division, Luzon
32 Independent Mixed Brigade, 14 Army, part of 103 Division, Luzon
33 Independent Mixed Brigade, 14 Army, part of 105 Division, Luzon
24 Independent Mixed Brigade, Burma Area Army, Tavoy
29 Independent Mixed Brigade, Burma Area Army, Moulmein
12 Mortar Battalion, 16 Army, part of 27 Independent Mixed Brigade, Java
14 Mortar Battalion, 16 Army, part of 28 Independent Mixed Brigade, Java
3 Amphibious Brigade, NE Area Fleet, Wakkani
11 Mortar Battalion, 25 Army, part of 25 Independent Mixed Brigade, Singapore
2 Amphibious Brigade, 2 Army, Christmas Island, IO
1 Amphibious Tank Battalion, 4 Fleet, Etorofu
2 Medium Mortar Battalion, Southern Army, Saumlaki (if they make it before the invasion I expect to happen)
3 Medium Mortar Battalion, Southern Army, Koepang
The garrison locations are subject to change. I’m thinking of moving one of the brigades from Luzon to Mindinao.
This is the first major infantry reinforcement of the war. My armament pool dropped 5300 and my vehicle pool dropped 1200. They’re both still higher than they were at the beginning of the month. I’m pleasantly surprised at the cost. A few of the infantry units are at full strength and the rest are 82-96%, so they’ll use more from the pool, but it shouldn’t be too tough on the pool. Currently, the armament pool sits at 161,572 and the vehicle pool is 26,380.
I’m really happy about getting 3 more IJNAF fighter units that I can use to train with. They all got a pilot from TRACOM and a good commander. They’re filled out with planes and 36 recruits. Training starts in a couple of days when the morale rises.
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