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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/20/2016 7:14:10 PM   
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Darwin, Australia

Allied forces attempt to recapture Darwin. SS I-123 launches 2 torpedoes at DD Helm escorting a SCTF near Bathurst Island which includes BB Prince of Wales.

SS I-29 is sighted by escort near Darwin and takes 14 ASW hits.

Night Naval bombardment of Darwin by a TF centred around BC Revenge causes casualties to planes and ground troops.

DE Electra, Mine hits 1, on fire, heavy damage. Sinking sounds heard later.

Then a good result against the Allied bombardment TF:
quote:

Sub attack near Darwin at 76,124

Japanese Ships
SS I-27

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Torpedo hits 3, heavy damage


Ground combat at Darwin:
quote:


Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4150 troops, 50 guns, 25 vehicles, Assault Value = 343

Defending force 13396 troops, 241 guns, 107 vehicles, Assault Value = 649

Japanese ground losses:
16 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
46 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
16th Recon Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
14th Garrison Unit
45th Field AA Battalion
3rd Construction Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
17th JNAF AF Unit
21st Port Unit
9th RF Gun Battalion
3rd Naval Construction Battalion
40th Field AA Battalion
30th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
18th British Div /2
41st Infantry Div /2
5th RAAF Construction Battalion
98th Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps /1


Meanwhile, Terapo on New Guinea falls to the latest deliberate attack.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/20/2016 7:26:55 PM   
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Map situation

Japanese naval assets will rally north of Lautern on April 2, presenting the opportunity to interdict Allied landings at Darwin tomorrow. Strong SCTFs, supported by carrier air groups, will attack the Allied TFs located north of Bathurst island using full speed and 9 hex range. LRCAP will be provided from Koepang.




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 10:01:08 AM   
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The Battle for Darwin

With the CAP now grounded, Allied bombers return to pound Darwin's defenders while fresh troops continue to unload. Today's deliberate attack is pretty effective...

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Ground combat at Darwin (76,124)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 14129 troops, 351 guns, 166 vehicles, Assault Value = 705

Defending force 15564 troops, 175 guns, 178 vehicles, Assault Value = 331

Allied adjusted assault: 625

Japanese adjusted defense: 336

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
621 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 26 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 48 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Vehicles lost 75 (19 destroyed, 56 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
472 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Assaulting units:
41st Infantry Division
18th British Division
98th Field Artillery Battalion
XIV US Corps
5th RAAF Construction Battalion

Defending units:
4th Tank Regiment
16th Recon Regiment
9th Infantry Regiment
14th Garrison Unit
45th Field AA Battalion
9th RF Gun Battalion
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
17th JNAF AF Unit
40th Field AA Battalion
3rd Naval Construction Battalion
21st Port Unit
3rd Construction Battalion
30th JNAF AF Unit



KB committed!

Yamamoto decides to commit the fleet in an attempt to relieve the pressure on the Army and Naval ground units holed up in Darwin. Together with supporting surface battle groups, all available carriers will rendezvous in the Timor Sea, six hexes NW of Darwin, ordered to attack the invasion shipping in the harbour. This will put the carriers out of range of the Allied carriers which are currently sitting three hexes further to the east. The risk is that the Allied carriers move closer overnight, in which case we will have a carrier battle. If there is no carrier battle, our surface forces will mount a naval bombardment at Darwin and then retire at full speed.


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 10:32:58 AM   
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Carrier Ops in the Timor Sea

The Allied carriers did move, and our forces must have passed quite close to each other during the night, but neither side spots the other until after daybreak.

The Japanese move goes more or less according to plan, as the navy bomber pilots have a field day attacking the undefended Allied transports at anchor, plus the added bonus of finding the heavily-damaged Revenge at anchor...

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 64
A6M3a Zero x 37
B5N2 Kate x 67
D3A1 Val x 46

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, heavy damage
AK Carina, Bomb hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Deimos, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Arided, Bomb hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Crater, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AK Aludra, Bomb hits 3, on fire
AM Finch, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AK Cassiopeia, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Morning Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 11
B5N2 Kate x 13
D4Y1 Judy x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
AK Carina, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AK Deimos, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

AK Crater, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AK Arided, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AM Finch, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
AK Aludra, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Darwin at 76,124

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 53
B5N2 Kate x 9
D3A1 Val x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AK Crater, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk


Regrettably, most of the Allied LSIs have already unloaded and departed last night or the tally could have been higher. Search has them already beyond Gove which is a pity as I would like to sink more of these specialist craft.

Meanwhile Allied carriers, backed up by long range bombers, attack Boela which has a number of small tankers and transports disbanded in the port. Most of the losses are 2-vp tankers which hurts slightly but I'm happy with the trade today.

Less good however is the news of Darwin's early fall, leaving my shattered forces there trapped in the hinterland unless they can retreat overland to another exit port.

quote:

Ground combat at Darwin (76,124)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 13774 troops, 351 guns, 166 vehicles, Assault Value = 657

Defending force 15024 troops, 175 guns, 167 vehicles, Assault Value = 274

Allied adjusted assault: 537

Japanese adjusted defense: 99

Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Darwin !!!

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-46-II Dinah: 5 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 8 destroyed
Ki-43-IIb Oscar: 3 destroyed

Combat modifiers
Defender: forts(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
5020 casualties reported
Squads: 79 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 241 destroyed, 33 disabled
Engineers: 45 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 111 (87 destroyed, 24 disabled)
Vehicles lost 156 (156 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 12

Allied ground losses:
922 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 114 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 6 (1 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Assaulting units:
41st Infantry Division
18th British Division
XIV US Corps
98th Field Artillery Battalion
5th RAAF Construction Battalion

Defending units:
9th Infantry Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
16th Recon Regiment
14th Garrison Unit
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
45th Field AA Battalion
17th JNAF AF Unit
21st Port Unit
9th RF Gun Battalion
3rd Construction Battalion
40th Field AA Battalion
3rd Naval Construction Battalion
30th JNAF AF Unit






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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 1:51:52 PM   
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Very interesting now. The Allies know pretty well the exact strength of your carriers, based on the raid at Darwin, and I assume you know theirs based on their raid at Boela. So ... will there be a carrier battle, or will one or both sides blink?

Darwin fell alarmingly quickly. But your strike was timed perfectly before he could use Darwin's facilities to save his ships.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 1:55:30 PM   
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Congratulations.

Amazing there wasn't a carrier clash...a reaction would have done it I think.

What will you do now and why?




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 3:04:27 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jwolf

Very interesting now. The Allies know pretty well the exact strength of your carriers, based on the raid at Darwin, and I assume you know theirs based on their raid at Boela. So ... will there be a carrier battle, or will one or both sides blink?

A carrier battle is always possible, depending on where we send our ships next. I'm not sure its worth the risk however as I already have three carriers in the yard and it could neuter the KB as a future deterrent if it goes badly. Even a draw in terms of ships sunk would in effect be a victory for Apbarog in the long term.

Darwin fell alarmingly quickly. But your strike was timed perfectly before he could use Darwin's facilities to save his ships.

Yes, I didn't know where Revenge ended up after the sub hit her so sinking her there was a bonus. However losing Darwin sucks. I knew it would happen but was hoping it would hold out longer.




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 3:14:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe

Congratulations.

Amazing there wasn't a carrier clash...a reaction would have done it I think.

What will you do now and why?







Thanks!

I have been toying with the idea of sending a reinforced fast battleship / cruiser SCTF to try and get in among his carriers but the risk is that if they don't connect they will be left sitting ducks during the daytime. Also my carrier forces are not at full strength so I don't have any particular numerical advantage that makes a carrier stand-off worthwhile. See intel below...

So, although I'd like to do something more aggressive I think preserving KB is the better strategy for now, especially as the DEI looks like being the next major focus in the campaign.





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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 4:25:28 PM   
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I am not sure what your runways look like at Taberfane and area, but I am coming to the opinion you should fight the Allied carriers by setting up destroyer traps.

Always give the Deathstar some targets sitting in a port (TF) under a very heavy land based CAP. Bleed the carrier planes at every chance. Even give him multiple targets at different bases.

The Deathstar won't launch a huge strike, but several smaller strikes.

Lay some traps, and feel free to send some destroyer squadrons into him. Also, you can hide some ships forward at a a dot base and have them appear behind his lines so to speak.

One other trap, is to launch a high altitude attack on the deathstar escorted by your best fighters. Think Betties/Nells making a 25 to 30K attack. Your escorts will do well trading off against the Allied CAP, and given the altitude you might actually get thru for some torpedo runs. Or simply use a squadron of Helens (you won't hit, but you will cause the Deathstar to fire ammo, use up sorties, and hopefully down some of his fighters.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/21/2016 5:59:53 PM   
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Thanks, that's great advice.

My best bases are at Makassar, Koepang, Ambon, Sorong. Taberfane is only a size 2 with 24 air support. Still I should be able to run in and out of these islands pretty well. I suspect that Apbarog may pause for a few days to build up his LBA at Darwin but he may decide to advance again. He also landed a para unit on Babar yesterday so may plan to bypass Taberfane entirely.

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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 3/22/2016 8:35:49 PM   
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Timor Sea

Sorry folks, no carrier operations to report today. In fact the Allied Death Star seems to have been using warp drive as it has disappeared entirely from my extensive search arcs. Unless it has disbanded at an Allied dot base somewhere in the Timor Sea, I can only assume that it went south at flank speed.

The Japanese carriers are standing off the Oz coast to the west of Darwin and don't seem to have been spotted. Next turn I could bombard Darwin to delay its development a little. I also need to extract one of my divisions off Taberfane while I still can and will need air support to support this operation.


New Guinea

One of my SCTFs based at Rabaul manages to surprise Allied shipping unloading at Lae in a nice 'tip and run' raid. Apbarog seems to be getting a little complacent over here as he could easily have escorted these units with some of the combat ships he has sitting at Milne Bay. I guess he will look to close this opportunity down now that I have shown its possible.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Lae at 99,126, Range 12,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Tone
CA Atago
CL Agano
DD Onami
DD Amatsukaze
DD Nagatsuki
DD Sawakaze
DD Hishu
DD Kiku

Allied Ships
APD John D. Ford, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Fox, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
APD Stewart, Shell hits 3, on fire
APD Paul Jones
APD Humphreys
APD Lawrence, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
307 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 16 destroyed, 9 disabled

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 0% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Lawrence at 12,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Lawrence at 12,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Paul Jones at 12,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Stewart at 12,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages APD Paul Jones at 12,000 yards
DD Onami engages APD Paul Jones at 12,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Lawrence at 12,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Humphreys at 12,000 yards
CL Agano engages APD Fox at 12,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Stewart at 12,000 yards
DD Hishu engages APD Stewart at 12,000 yards
CL Agano engages APD John D. Ford at 12,000 yards
DD Amatsukaze engages APD Fox at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Paul Jones at 9,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Humphreys at 9,000 yards
CL Agano engages APD John D. Ford at 9,000 yards
DD Kiku engages APD Stewart at 9,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Fox at 9,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages APD Lawrence at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Lawrence at 7,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Stewart at 7,000 yards
CL Agano engages APD Paul Jones at 7,000 yards
DD Kiku engages APD Paul Jones at 7,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Fox at 7,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages APD Stewart at 7,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Lawrence at 7,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Humphreys at 7,000 yards
APD John D. Ford sunk by CL Agano at 7,000 yards
CA Tone engages APD Fox at 7,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Lawrence at 7,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Humphreys at 7,000 yards
CL Agano engages APD Paul Jones at 7,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Stewart at 7,000 yards
DD Hishu engages APD Lawrence at 7,000 yards
APD Lawrence sunk by CA Atago at 7,000 yards
CA Atago engages APD Humphreys at 7,000 yards
DD Kiku engages APD Fox at 7,000 yards
DD Hishu engages APD Fox at 7,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Lae at 99,126, Range 11,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Tone
CA Atago
CL Agano
DD Onami
DD Amatsukaze
DD Nagatsuki
DD Sawakaze
DD Hishu
DD Kiku

Allied Ships
KV Chilliwack, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
xAKL Lorinna, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
xAKL Sibolga, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
xAKL Iowan, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAKL Mexican, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAKL Tennessean, Shell hits 10, and is sunk
xAKL Atlantic, Shell hits 10, and is sunk


Allied ground losses:
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 134 (63 destroyed, 71 disabled)

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 0% moonlight: 12,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 11,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 11,000 yards
CA Tone engages KV Chilliwack at 11,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAKL Atlantic at 11,000 yards
CL Agano engages xAKL Atlantic at 11,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Mexican at 11,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Atlantic at 11,000 yards
CA Atago engages xAKL Mexican at 11,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Atlantic at 11,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Mexican at 11,000 yards
DD Hishu engages xAKL Mexican at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
CL Agano engages KV Chilliwack at 8,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAKL Tennessean at 8,000 yards
CL Agano engages xAKL Tennessean at 8,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Mexican at 8,000 yards
DD Hishu engages xAKL Atlantic at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Atago engages KV Chilliwack at 6,000 yards
CL Agano engages xAKL Mexican at 6,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Tennessean at 6,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages xAKL Atlantic at 6,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Lorinna at 6,000 yards
DD Hishu engages xAKL Atlantic at 6,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages xAKL Tennessean at 6,000 yards
DD Hishu engages xAKL Mexican at 6,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Lorinna at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
xAKL Tennessean sunk by CA Atago at 5,000 yards
CA Tone engages KV Chilliwack at 5,000 yards
CL Agano engages xAKL Atlantic at 5,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Mexican at 5,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Iowan at 5,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Sibolga at 5,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages KV Chilliwack at 5,000 yards
KV Chilliwack sunk by CA Atago at 5,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Mexican at 5,000 yards
DD Kiku engages xAKL Mexican at 5,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages xAKL Lorinna at 5,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Iowan at 5,000 yards
DD Onami engages xAKL Iowan at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Atago engages xAKL Atlantic at 4,000 yards
xAKL Atlantic sunk by CA Tone at 4,000 yards
xAKL Lorinna sunk by CL Agano at 4,000 yards
DD Sawakaze engages xAKL Iowan at 4,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Iowan at 4,000 yards
DD Hishu engages xAKL Iowan at 4,000 yards
DD Onami engages xAKL Sibolga at 4,000 yards
xAKL Iowan sunk by CA Atago at 4,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAKL Sibolga at 4,000 yards
DD Nagatsuki engages xAKL Sibolga at 4,000 yards
xAKL Sibolga sunk by CA Atago at 4,000 yards
xAKL Sibolga sunk by CA Atago at 4,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...


Meanwhile, my ground troops from Buna which were forced to retreat to Kokoda finally reach the sea and engage the advanced Allied echelons heading north up the coast...
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Ground combat at 99,128 (near Buna)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 10989 troops, 79 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 304

Defending force 2342 troops, 0 guns, 150 vehicles, Assault Value = 94

Japanese adjusted assault: 223

Allied adjusted defense: 403

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
210 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 19 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
173 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Vehicles lost 38 (4 destroyed, 34 disabled)

Assaulting units:
9th Division
Kure 5th SNLF
Sasebo 6th SNLF
58th Construction Battalion
2nd Area Army /1

Defending units:
1st Tank Battalion
2/8th Armoured Regiment


And Apbarog drops paras to capture Dobadura, the dot base below Kokoda from two 0 AV construction units that were trapped there. Finally, he bombards at Lae, mainly to see what AV is still there, I guess.

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It's the Easter break, and the war has slowed right down as the family spends a week in a cottage near Falmouth in Cornwall, guardian of the Western Approaches.


Apr 5-6, 1943

Sporadic activity continues as the Allied carriers fail to respond to my show of force near Darwin. Allied medium and heavy bombers hit my airfields at Daly Waters, Katherine and Fenton, south of Darwin repeatedly. I won't be basing any planes here, but I'm using the bases to airlift some of the stranded units out to Taberfane and Koepang. The rest will have to take their chances.


On the 6th, two of my SCTFs mount a naval bombardment of Darwin, causing over 1,000 casualties and damaging the base further. In response. Beaufighters strafe my cruisers and several are shot down by carrier planes on CAP.

Meanwhile, my forces escaping north of Buna fight themselves to a standstill against the Allied armour in the jungle. It looks like I will lose ultimately a division or two in New Guinea as a result of Apbarog's successful envelopment of Port Moresby and Buna.

The previously-damaged destroyer, Samidare is sighted by SS Herring north of Truk as it heads for the repair yards. Although the torpedoes miss, Samidare sinks next day as its pumps fail. This is annoying as the vessel was set to cruise speed and left Truk with less than 50 float damage.

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The IJN command plots a route for the KB and its ancillary TFs to withdraw from Darwin through sub-infested waters towards Koepang. A contact is soon reported: SS O19, hits 11, heavy damage. Underwater explosion, debris and oil appear on surface. But as we have seen in this game already Allied subs have an uncanny knack of penetrating my escort screens unseen and hitting my carriers. Sure enough...

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Sub attack near Sawoe-eilanden at 65,116

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku, Torpedo hits 1
BB Musashi
BB Kirishima
CA Kako
CA Furutaka
CS Chitose
DD Akigumo
DD Wakazuki
DD Mochizuki
DD Sazanami
DD Ayanami
DD Wakaba

Allied Ships
SS Grenadier, hits 2

SS Grenadier launches 6 torpedoes at CV Zuikaku
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Sazanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Ayanami attacking submerged sub ....
DD Wakaba fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Sazanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Ayanami fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Mochizuki fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Damage to Zuikaku is modest, but she will need to join two other carriers currently undergoing yard repairs as a result of sub attacks. In the meantime, her air groups will redeploy to land bases to continue the defence of the SRA.

In the short term, KB is going to have to go back into deterrent hibernation mode I reckon, and I will rely more on tip and run raids involving CA and DD TFs to interdict Allied LOCs.

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Carrier update

The damaged carrier Zuikaku makes port and will proceed to a larger shipyard for repairs. The majority of Japanese carriers await their 4/43 upgrades so I will have to decide when is the best time to do this. After being out of sight for days Allied carriers are spotted on April 11 NW of Horn Island. A variety of merchant shipping and other TFs are also sighted near Gove, perhaps reinforcements waiting to be escorted to Darwin?

More Allied moves afoot?

On Apr 10, my picket subs encounter two Allied TFs steaming near Carnarvon, NW Australia. CLAA Van Heemskerck, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage courtesy of I-20. Next day the TFs are gone, retreating south I guess.

On the same day, more shipping heading towards the Allied base at Arorae. Either reinforcements or a new attempt to capture Tabiteuea perhaps. Next day, Allied SCs again show their formidable ASW capabilities...

quote:

Submarine attack near Arorae at 138,137

Japanese Ships
SS I-30, hits 18, heavy damage

Allied Ships
SC-634
SC-633
SC-632

SS I-30 is located by SC-634
SC-634 fails to find sub and abandons search
SC-633 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC-633 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC-633 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC-633 fails to find sub, continues to search...
SC-633 attacking submerged sub ....
SS I-30 forced to surface!
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-634 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-634 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-634 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-634 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-634 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-633 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-634 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-633 firing on surfaced sub ....
SC-632 firing on surfaced sub ....
Contact with submarine is lost.


Soon I receive a message that I-30's deck is awash and the crew are preparing to abandon ship. Moments later the sub sinks...


In other news...

Bombing of Fenton continues, although its pleasing to note that I have managed to airlift quite a few troops out.





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Tabiteuea invasion

It was an invasion force. I had hedged my bets and swept Arorae which was showing 23 fighters but downed nothing as the fighters were all absent on LRCAP over the shipping. A unit of Nells based at Kwaj failed to fly but Betties were in action, although they wasted some impact by targeting SCs part of the time.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Tabiteuea at 137,134

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 105 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M5 Zero x 13
G4M1 Betty x 19

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CL Perth
SC-750
SC-708
LCI-21
xAP Demosthenes
xAP Illisos, Torpedo hits 1

Allied ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp


The Allied ground attack was conclusive...
quote:

Ground combat at Tabiteuea (137,134)

Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 3256 troops, 44 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 187

Defending force 373 troops, 3 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 9

Allied adjusted assault: 75

Japanese adjusted defense: 1

Allied assault odds: 75 to 1 (fort level 3)

Allied forces CAPTURE Tabiteuea !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender:
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
473 casualties reported
Squads: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 18 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
1st USMC Tank Battalion
87th Mountain Rgt /7
3rd Base Maint Engr Bn /1
10th Air Advn Base Force /1
23rd Port Maint Engr Bn /1
7th USN Special Const Bn /1
7th Marine Def Bn /1
214th Cst AA Rgt /1

Defending units:
I/84th Naval Guard Unit


I have a small TF with 1 CA and 3 DDs just arrived at Tarawa, plus quite a few fighters and Netties based at Makin and Tarawa. Tabiteuea is lost, but perhaps we can make the Allies pay a bit more for it...

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Allied carriers incoming!

The other interesting development today: note the position of the Allied carriers. I can't tell if this is the full Death Star, plus no transports have been spotted so it could be a raid, although I won't rule out a landing somewhere close by, or a resupply mission to Timoeka perhaps?

Taberfane and Dobo each have a division + in place, but the other bases close by are fairly weakly defended at the moment so vulnerable. Sizeable air assets at Koepang, Ambon, Boela and Sorong , with the KB currently in port at least a day and a half's sail away. I'd love an opportunity to use my LBA effectively against Apbarog's carrier air, but will he be incautious enough to allow it?





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DEI

Not a very auspicious day for the Empire as faulty dispositions lead to some air and naval losses.

The day starts off well enough with SS Swordfish taking ASW hits near Namlea and then an Oscar sweep over Timoeka bags a good 8+ Sea Hurricanes on CAP.

Allied air ripostes with a strong P-38 sweep of Taberfane, followed by a big B-17 raid and 1/2 dozen Zeroes are lost.

Range-capped Betties find Allied carriers near Saumlaki and manage to put a torpedo into Hornet despite heavy losses.

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Saumlaki at 79,117

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 29
G4M1 Betty x 22

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 108
F6F-3 Hellcat x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 8 destroyed
G4M1 Betty: 10 destroyed, 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Hornet, Torpedo hits 1
CA Salt Lake City

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp


So I guessed the Death Star direction wrong and that makes for quite a big mistake: expecting the Allied carriers to cleave closer to Timoeka to support shipping that seemed to be heading that way, I had sent a SCTF to Saumlaki which is only 1 hex away from the Allied carriers current position. The idea was for the TF to auto-disband and ambush the Allies next turn. The Allied carriers failed to attack in the morning but made up for this in the afternoon:

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Saumlaki at 78,117

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 18
F4F-4 Wildcat x 36
SBD-3 Dauntless x 108
TBF-1 Avenger x 36

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
CL Kuma, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Natori, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
CA Kinugasa, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Shiranui
CL Nagara, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CL Tama, Bomb hits 3, on fire
DD Hatsukaze, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Makigumo
DD Arashi


This is what comes of trying to get too cute with SCTFs lacking proper air support. When I sent the turn yesterday I was so convinced that Apbarog would stick to his usual MO of hugging the transport shipping tight with his carriers, but lo and behold, there are good targets now sitting at Timoeka that I could have sent my cruisers against rather than 'playing it safer' as I thought and heading to Saumlaki.

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This looks similar to what it is like for the Allies in the early war period: one wrong guess and you lose a fleet. I'm actually surprised that your Betties were able to get off any shots against that CAP. Also with that many SBD, unopposed, it's surprising your fleet wasn't blasted to bits -- to say nothing of all the Avengers apparently missing?

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quote:

ORIGINAL: jwolf

This looks similar to what it is like for the Allies in the early war period: one wrong guess and you lose a fleet. I'm actually surprised that your Betties were able to get off any shots against that CAP. Also with that many SBD, unopposed, it's surprising your fleet wasn't blasted to bits -- to say nothing of all the Avengers apparently missing?


Yes, some of the results could have been a lot worse (for me). All told, I lost about 70 planes today versus 36 Allied (all causes including ops).

Kinugasa and Natori both sank and I have 3 x CLs and 4 x DDs (some damaged) a massive 1 hex away from the Allied Death Star. I'm going to try and run them out under a big CAP umbrella tomorrow and hope to take out some carrier planes, but it will be touch and go whether I can extricate them. A lot will depend on which way Apbarog sends his ships tomorrow...

There were 36 Avengers in the attack but torpedo bombers tend to perform less well then dive bombers against smaller naval targets. He may also be using some on ASW duty I guess.

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Yeah it's not clear just how daring Apbarog would be willing to be with regard to his carriers. I can see a sort of aggressive position between the lines but to go into or behind the lines in that area doesn't seem sensible. But I'm just a fan and I really don't have much experience myself.

Any idea how badly the Hornet was damaged?

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Hard to say exactly but Zuikaku took a single torpedo a few days ago and was still able to make 27 kts to safety. I'm pinning a lot of hope on my subs to get a few more attacks in tomorrow - if they can evade the ASW.

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Today marks a slightly more promising day for the Empire as one top secret plan comes to fruition - more to follow but first...

DEI

Allied carriers move SW during the night taking up a position equidistant between Saumlaki and Darwin, out of escort range for all of my naval bombers for now. This allows the remaining Japanese ships to escape unhindered by air or naval attacks, although CL Kuma sinks in port with 97% fire damage.

Also during the night Japanese subs mount no less than 5 attacks on Allied TFs withdrawing south; BBs Massachusetts and Prince of Wales are spotted but no sign of the Hornet. All the torpedoes fired are wasted against escorts and no hits are scored.

Allied fighters sweep Taberfane again but no one's home. Taberfane and my two occupied Australian bases are then bombed.


Tabiteuea

...is bombarded by CA Maya plus three destroyers. Good results as usual on an atoll - 168 casualties, plus base damage.


Attu Island

...is bombed by B-18 Bolos and B-24 Liberators. Several Allied TFs are incoming. Small stuff - DDs, APDs but I guess they will be enough to take the island which is defended by a naval guard as well as an air support unit. I have some subs in the vicinity but no surface assets and won't be able to send anything in time to make a difference. At least the Kuriles are now pretty well built up.


Carrier operations near Geraldton

Saving the best till last. Several turns back, an Allied TF was intercepted by a sub near Carnarvon, western Australia, escorting what appeared to be transports. Using a combination of sub-based Glens, plus Mavis's based in northern Australia, I managed to keep tabs on the TFs as they retreated towards Geraldton. At the same time I had detached my two fastest carriers, plus support elements, and these headed south in stealth mode until yesterday they were a day's sail from Geraldton, still unspotted. At this point I wasn't sure if the Allied force was still at Geraldton or if it had withdrawn further south towards Perth. Anyway, I ordered the raiding group to haul close to Geraldton and the results were pretty good.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Geraldton at 49,141

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
B5N2 Kate x 16
D3A1 Val x 13
D4Y1 Judy x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
D4Y1 Judy: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Hobart, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DE Decoy
AMc Enggano, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
DD Warramunga, Bomb hits 1
xAK Nightingale
xAP Allara, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Am. Packer, Torpedo hits 1


Aircraft Attacking:
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
7 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Hobart
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Geraldton at 49,141

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 118 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
B5N2 Kate x 33
D3A1 Val x 27
D4Y1 Judy x 23

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Warramunga
CL Hobart, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Subadar, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
xAP Allara, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
LSI(L) Westralia, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
xAP Tawali, Bomb hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Am. Packer
xAP Iron Knob
DE Decoy, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
LSI(L) Kanimlba, Bomb hits 3, on fire
APD Parrott
xAP Turing Mary, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 12000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
15 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Allara
Massive explosion on xAP Subadar
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Subadar
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Turing Mary


No report of troop casualties so the ships may already have unloaded. Tomorrow a SCTF will go in to hit any survivors. I'm guessing that there will be a strong CAP presence over Geraldton tomorrow so my bombers may be held back as a precaution.

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The game has been on hold while the in-laws were visiting.

Apr 15, 1943

Attu invaded

Preceded by naval and air bombardments Attu Island, my only outpost in the Aleutians, is invaded.

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Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 1764 troops, 12 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 60

Defending force 4539 troops, 50 guns, 101 vehicles, Assault Value = 156

Assaulting units:
43rd Naval Guard Unit
13th Naval Construction Battalion
45th JNAF AF Unit

Defending units:
201st(Sep) Infantry Regiment
766th Tank Bn /1
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
15th USN Naval Const Rgt /1


I imagine the island will fall after a couple of attacks. There is nothing available within hundreds of miles to contest this attack as all Japanese capital ships are committed to operations in the DEI and S Pacific right now. It was mildly interesting to see Canadian Bolingbroke IVs in action during the air phase.

Elsewhere...

- B-17s bomb Tarawa destroying one Betty on the ground, which leads me to plan a reprisal raid for tomorrow on Nauru Island, the potential source of this incursion.

- An AKL is torpedoed by a sub while on a supply mission south of Eniwetok.

- My TFs arrive at Geraldton but fail to intercept any additional Allied shipping. The cruisers will bombard in the morning. Perhaps some ships are disbanded in the harbour.

- In the Timor Sea, Allied carriers move close to Babar which appears to be receiving reinforcements. I have planned an escorted high altitude raid for tomorrow to see if my Oscars can get the bounce on the Allied carrier-based CAP.

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Geraldton

...is bombarded. No ships are discovered as the cruisers simply bombard the 26th Australian Brigade which is rather a waste of ammunition.

Attu Island

...hold outs despite air and naval bombardments but will fall soon.

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Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 5126 troops, 50 guns, 165 vehicles, Assault Value = 176

Defending force 3795 troops, 25 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 60

Allied adjusted assault: 54

Japanese adjusted defense: 157

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 4)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(-), disruption(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
464 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 21 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Allied ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled

Assaulting units:
201st(Sep) Infantry Regiment
766th Tank Bn /1
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
15th USN Naval Const Rgt /1

Defending units:
43rd Naval Guard Unit
13th Naval Construction Battalion
45th JNAF AF Unit



Air combat over Babar

quote:

Morning Air attack on Babar , at 76,117

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 42 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 28

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 6 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 20000 feet *

CAP engaged:
VMF-121 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 13 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 12000.
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on Babar , at 76,117

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 21 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 36

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
36 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet *

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..
Damn - if they had flown that would have been handy


Lillies escorted by Oscars launch two missions against the shipping at Babar; the one in the morning is unopposed by carrier support, but by the afternoon they have got their act together...
quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Moa at 74,117

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 76 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-43-IIa Oscar x 27
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 91
F6F-3 Hellcat x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIa Oscar: 5 destroyed
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed


Allied carrier aircraft then strike shipping at Koepang losing a number of fighters.
quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Koepang at 68,116

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero x 11
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 5

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 31
SBD-3 Dauntless x 36

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 7 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAKL Nichizui Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk
PB Ichiyu Maru, Bomb hits 3, and is sunk


All told, 31 Wildcats are reported lost today for 10 Oscars and 9 Lillies. It could have been even better if my Tojos had met some opposition. Not quite the bloody nose I'd hoped for but at least that might give Apbarog something to think about.

Here is the current position in the Timor Sea...Apbarog has transports with escorts either heading towards or withdrawing from Darwin, Babar and Timoeka so I guess the purpose of the carrier op was to support protect these. Mission accomplished I guess, although I will try to harry him further as he goes.




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Jungle warfare north of Buna

The 3rd Marine Division has reinforced the two tank units chasing my forces up the coast from Buna. The first Allied attack is hardly conclusive as our forces dig in while making use of the difficult terrain.

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Ground combat at 99,128 (near Buna)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15523 troops, 208 guns, 274 vehicles, Assault Value = 490

Defending force 17776 troops, 106 guns, 20 vehicles, Assault Value = 364

Allied adjusted assault: 333

Japanese adjusted defense: 1291

Allied assault odds: 1 to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
559 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 19 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
217 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 32 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 26 (2 destroyed, 24 disabled)

Assaulting units:
1st Tank Battalion
3rd Marine Division
2/8th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
Kure 5th SNLF
Sasebo 6th SNLF
9th Division
87th Naval Guard Unit
2nd Area Army /1
47th JNAF AF Unit
14th Naval Construction Battalion
58th Construction Battalion
19th Army
43rd JNAF AF Unit /1
5th Air Div /1




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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 4/20/2016 6:51:32 PM   
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Timor Sea

As Allied TFs start heading south from Babar, finally , a Japanese sub finds a US carrier in its sights...

quote:

Sub attack near Moa at 74,117

Japanese Ships
SS RO-62

Allied Ships
CV Lexington, Torpedo hits 1
CA Vincennes
CA Minneapolis
CA New Orleans
CLAA San Juan
CLAA San Diego
DD Cassin
DD Downes

SS RO-62 launches 6 torpedoes at CV Lexington
RO-62 diving deep ....
DD Cassin fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Downes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Downes fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Downes fails to find sub, continues to search...


SS I-157 also manages to put a torp into AMC Chitral, sailing empty as there are no reported troop losses. Rashly, SS I-172 then attacks some heavily escorted Allied cruisers, takes 24 hits, and is sunk.

During the day it is clear that the Allied carriers are still retiring south towards Gove with an oddly small BB TF reported NW of Darwin, apparently heading for port. I wonder if this is Lexington plus escorts which has detached from the main body due to damage. I have subs heading in that direction to investigate but am unlikely to be able to intercept.

With the Allied carriers now farther south, I bring all available bombers forward to hit Babar tomorrow.


Perth

The presence of an Allied AMc triggers a carrier strike. Sometimes these small actions can be a welcome diversion, although I'd have preferred to have more to show for such a large attrition of fuel.

quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Perth at 49,147

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 102 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30
D4Y1 Judy x 23

Allied aircraft
B-339-23 x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-339-23: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
AMc Beryl, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb
22 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 10000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.85 Sqn RAAF with B-339-23 (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes



Burma/Thailand

The long-standing silence is broken as B-24s fly long range to hit the port at Mergui sinking an ACM. Guess I should only keep ships where I have CAP cover.


Tabiteuea

I send in a small CA/DD TF to bombard, causing moderate damage and casualties. A bit of a sideshow going on this side of the map at the moment.

Attu

Allied troops continue unloading as disrupting bombing continues.



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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 4/20/2016 7:01:44 PM   
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Timor Sea

A night Naval bombardment of Babar by 4 IJN DDs finds the 3rd Indian Coastal Artillery Regiment in residence. Fortunately no DDs are hit as 23 coastal gun shots are fired in defence.

The bombing raid in bad weather is a non-event - 100 bombers scoring only a few port hits. I need to suppress Babar to avoid the airbase being built too quickly.

The Allied carriers are now SW of Gove and still steaming away. I have subs heading west to meet them, although I'm more than likely to lose one or two. Plenty of Allied ships still at Darwin under a CAP umbrella.


Tabiteuea and Nauru Island

I sweep both of these but lose more Zeroes than the defending fighters so may have to curtail this attrition of precious Navy pilots for now.



Aleutians

The fall of Attu Island draws closer...

quote:

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6103 troops, 50 guns, 197 vehicles, Assault Value = 170

Defending force 3558 troops, 25 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 43

Allied adjusted assault: 44

Japanese adjusted defense: 35

Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 4)

Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 3

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(+), leaders(-), disruption(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
430 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Guns lost 15 (1 destroyed, 14 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
121 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
201st(Sep) Infantry Regiment
766th Tank Battalion
3rd AmphTrac Engineer Battalion
15th USN Naval Construction Regiment

Defending units:
43rd Naval Guard Unit
13th Naval Construction Battalion
45th JNAF AF Unit



Jungle war on New Guinea

An interesting result as my cornered forces improve their odds despite being bombed around the clock...


quote:

Ground combat at 99,128 (near Buna)

Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 15279 troops, 208 guns, 274 vehicles, Assault Value = 466

Defending force 17589 troops, 103 guns, 19 vehicles, Assault Value = 360

Allied adjusted assault: 288

Japanese adjusted defense: 1729

Allied assault odds: 1 to 6

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
347 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled

Allied ground losses:
559 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 62 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 3 disabled
Vehicles lost 46 (3 destroyed, 43 disabled)

Assaulting units:
3rd Marine Division
1st Tank Battalion
2/8th Armoured Regiment

Defending units:
9th Division
Sasebo 6th SNLF
87th Naval Guard Unit
19th Army
14th Naval Construction Battalion
58th Construction Battalion
47th JNAF AF Unit
43rd JNAF AF Unit /1
2nd Area Army /1
Kure 5th SNLF
5th Air Div /1


< Message edited by Walker84 -- 4/20/2016 7:03:55 PM >


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 4/24/2016 7:10:49 PM   
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Some quick updates ...

Apr 19, 1943

W Oz

No sign of any more Allied shipping apart from some units that were spotted withdrawing around the southern tip of W Australia. It's possible that some transports might have sank or been scuttled later due to damage sustained from being hit by the 500lb bombs carried by Judys. In any case I need to head north again as my carrier escorts are running low on fuel.


DEI

The Allies bomb Taberfane airfield and have mined Dili, where a PB hits a mine and sinks.


Attu Island

...is recaptured by an Allied shock attack.


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RE: Great Tides that Ebb and Flow: Apbarog (A) vs Walke... - 4/24/2016 7:19:53 PM   
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DEI & Darwin

Night Naval bombardment of Taberfane. Allied Ships: BC Repulse, CA Cornwall,CA Northampton + DDs. Japanese ground losses: 39 casualties reported. Quite a relief as I had moved 60+ fighters in to defend the base overnight.

Interesting search reports from Darwin: multiple Allied TFs present including 2 CVs. I'm betting one of these must be the damaged Lexington. I have multiple SCTFs that could reach Darwin in 2 days sailing, and I'm planning to go in with all guns blazing. There doesn't appear to be much in the way of Allied capital ships to guard the base and the Allied carriers were last spotted south of Horn Island. Darwin LBA will be a problem, but with luck I can approach the base so as to be able to do a high speed run in at night time.




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Apr 20 (cont)

In the sub war, I lose SS RO-33 to a nasty nest of SCs near Horn Island. RO-33 plus other subs have been picketing the area in the hope of running into Lexington. I may lose some more subs in the shallow waters around Horn Island.

Elsewhere, Allied subs sink an AKL and an AMc while a Japanese sub sinks an AM. Several larger targets escape to fight another day.

Lastly, Allied bombers hit Port Moresby hard today. I guess a new offensive will be in the offing there soon.

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