From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
2/5/46 to 2/7/46
Hobbling towards Victory: A big air battle on the 6th turned out badly for the Allies and gave Japan a much-needed points infusion. As of the 7th, the Allies are about 2800 points from AV.
48 Hours over Tokyo: On the 6th, the Allies went all-in from Sapporo to attack Tokyo, the first major daylight raid of that great city. B-17Gs targeted airfield; B-25-25s Light Industry; some Thunderbolts swept and some escorted; a bunch of P-51Hs had split duty; Twin Mustangs on escort; and some Lightnings on escort and a few Corsairs to sweep. On the day, I think the Allies scored about 100 strat points and destroyed 96 enemy aircraft on the ground. The Allies lost 175 4EB (that's 350 points) and another 275 aircraft of all kinds. The Japanese lost something like 350 aircraft. So, on the day, the Allies didn't manage 1:1 over Tokyo. It aint worth it, so I won't try that again. The P-51Hs performed exceedingly well, everything else fizzled.
On the 7th, the P-51Hs returned at 21k and the Shooting Stars at 45k. Both models did terrifically, downing enemy aircraft at 10:1 and better ratios. Until ops losses are counted. Overall, the Japanese lost 150 points over Tokyo, the Allies 50.
So the Allies will keep sweeping, looking for ratios that enhance, rather than detract from, victory.
Elsewhere: There were some big points infusions as the enemy army at Sapporo evaporated; and two big and battered enemy stacks in China got caught and beat up further. There are still some decent points remaining in China.
Hokkaido is clear now, except for Hakodate. Allied armor should arrive there in about three days. Enemy garrison is about 25k, and it's doubtful Erik will reinforce defeat. The Allies have 10k AV to call on.
Forward elements of Allied army on Okinawa arrived at Nago on the 7th. Reinforcing amphibious assault to commence tomorrow, as much to draw self-destructive enemy battery fire as anything.
Nago, Hakodate and Tusuyun may fall inside a week and likely will be sufficient to trigger victory. Kunming and Hong Kong will take longer, but are available if needed.
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