From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
Zorch, you crack me up.
8 Dec 43
The I-32, who sank that big, loaded TK off Karachi was caught by an ASW TF and hit twice. She'll probably make it to Singapore for repairs, but that little area is most likely closed off to any more Japanese incursions for awhile.
Nothing to report. Resting for another attack a week or more down the road when the BBs return.
Nothing to report.
Hollandia received 26x 4E sorties and Rabaul received 61x 2E sorties, all to no effect.
There are now over 300 bombers at Kavieng. I have 300+ fighters at Truk rested and ready to slaughter them.
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report. Weather shut this theater down today.
Aerial bombardment killed 4 squads (1 infantry) and disabled another 119 squads. Artillery killed 13 squads (11 infantry) and disabled another 20.
This month, 122 Chinese infantry squads have been destroyed.
9 Air Division HQ, 3 Air Army, Headed to Burma. I really can use the 72 AS with this HQ in this AO.
87 JAAF AF Bn, Southern Army
89 JAAF AF Bn, Southern Army
1 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
2 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
3 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
4 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
5 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
6 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
7 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
9 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
12 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
13 Independent Infantry Brigade, China
43 Naval Guard, rebuilt
I didn't realize that about half of those infantry brigades are components of divisions (with the remainder coming in July 44. I've decided to change my plans a bit. I'm sending in all the brigades that are NOT part of a division to Chungking to take part in the fun happening there. They'll gain experience and I'll buy them out for use in more important areas (thanks, MM).
The B7A2 Grace R&D advanced to 9/44 (will become operational in 3/44). There are 4x30 R&D factories. 3 are fully repaired and the 4th is still at 24(6). I'm switching that last one to a late war fighter now. If it had fully repaired this month (unlikely), it wouldn't affect the acceleration of the Grace beyond what it is now. Just thought it out a bit and decided to add it to the Sam R&D, making 12 factories for that model now, my goal for that model.
< Message edited by Mike Solli -- 1/14/2019 1:30:54 PM >
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