From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
Battle of Sumatra: Japanese deliberate attack comes off at 3:1 and drops forts to 2. Casualties are relatively heavy, with the Allies losing 100+ squads (a variety, mainly non-combat) and the Japanese suffering 400+ disabled. If John's troops can attack tomorrow, Sabang will fall. If he has to rest them a couple of days then 1st Marine Div. will arrive and the garrison might hold until month's end. Supply is down to 11.5k, though, so we're at the end now. Seven BBs and several Sisters bombard. So the immense Japanese commitment here is still paying some dividends, but that's all about to come to an end.
Operation Circus: A CB and Three Sisters (Maya, Chikuma and Tone) bombard Adak Island, messing up the field and damaging a bunch of aircraft. Patrols report the "Half KB" at Attu Island, this time generating the "Spotted Enemy Carriers" message that had been missing the past few days. But the most important item of information is the cruisers. Adding the two that were torpedoed up here a few days back plus the CAs involved in yesterday's bombardment of Sabang (I'll double-check later to see how many they were - either two or three) means that many of John's CAs are accounted for: nine sunk, five confirmed in the Aleuts in recent days, and two or three in Sumatra. That doesn't leave a lot for John to use in his carrier TFs. It isn't essential to use CAs as escorts, I suppose, but John is also very short on BBs. So if there is a Half KB or Three-Quarters KB out there ready to pounce, it's going to be relying mostly on CLs and DDs for escorts. Meanwhile, the Allies have resumed moving troops forward to various staging points in preparation for the next round of invasions (in about 45 days, if things go properly in CenPac).
Operation Roller Coaster: The lead Allied TFs are only 20 hexes from the first beaches now. No signs of detection or any enemy presence. No TFs even show the 1/0 detection level that I think indicate a TF generated a "radio signals" SigInt report. Every player who has orchestrated a major operation moving into Indian Country with the exact whereabouts of KB unknown can imagine how nerve-wracking these turns are now. John may have sniffed this out. A substantial carrier TF and LBA may be waiting. But I don't see any signs of it. And, as noted above, nearly all BBs and most CAs are accounted for far away, not to mention the "Half KB" at Attu. I doubt John would move against Death Star with so much of his ships committed elsewhere. In a few days, Death Star will be joined by a CV TF comprised of Formidable and CVL Independence. CVL Brandywine is on map and moving to join, but will only arrive in time to cover the second half of the operation.