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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 12:03:07 AM   
Mundy


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13 January 1943 (probably Friday...)

Not a good day.

The turn starts off with two INJ BBs with two DDs reaching Marcus. Seemed rather rash to me at the time.

quote:

Night Time Surface Combat, near Marcus Island at 123,85, Range 9,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei, Shell hits 2
BB Kirishima, Shell hits 15, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Makinami, Shell hits 2
DD Takanami

Allied Ships
BB New Mexico
BB Mississippi, Shell hits 2
BB Washington, Shell hits 7
BB Indiana, Shell hits 12, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
BB Revenge~, Shell hits 1
CA Astoria
CA Minneapolis
CA San Francisco
CA Quincy
DD Kalk
DD Anderson
DD McCall
DD Dunlap
DD Cummings
DD Drayton
AP Wharton
AP Harris~
AP Zeilin
AP Henry T Allen~
AP J Franklin Bell
AP Leonard Wood, Shell hits 3
AP Hunter Liggett
AP American Legion
AP Henderson~+
AP President Polk
AP Arthur Middleton
AK Crater
AK Cassiopeia
AK Prince Georges
AK Libra
AK Algorab
AK Adhara
AK Alcyone
AK Oberon
AK Arcturus
AK Castor"
AP President Coolidge
AP Matsonia
AP Mariposa
AP Santa Elena
AP Santa Paula
AP Santa Inez
AP Republic~
AP President Fillmore~
AP Mount McKinley
AK Ara


Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 35% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Allied ships attempt to get underway
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 9,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 9,000 yards
BB Hiei engages BB Indiana at 9,000 yards
BB Indiana engages DD Takanami at 9,000 yards
BB Indiana engages DD Makinami at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
BB Indiana engages BB Kirishima at 5,000 yards
BB Hiei engages BB Prince of Wales at 5,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Indiana at 5,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Washington at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Indiana at 4,000 yards
BB Indiana engages BB Hiei at 4,000 yards
DD Takanami engages BB Indiana at 4,000 yards
BB Indiana sunk by DD Makinami at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Washington at 2,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Prince of Wales at 2,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Washington at 2,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Revenge~ at 2,000 yards
BB Prince of Wales engages BB Kirishima at 2,000 yards
BB Washington engages DD Takanami at 2,000 yards
BB Mississippi engages BB Kirishima at 2,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages AP Leonard Wood at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Washington at 4,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Prince of Wales at 4,000 yards
BB Washington engages DD Makinami at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Revenge~ at 7,000 yards
BB Washington engages BB Hiei at 7,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Washington at 7,000 yards
BB Mississippi engages BB Kirishima at 7,000 yards
CA Minneapolis engages DD Makinami at 7,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages AP Matsonia at 7,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages AK Libra at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
BB Revenge~ engages BB Kirishima at 11,000 yards
BB Hiei engages BB Washington at 11,000 yards
BB Washington engages DD Takanami at 11,000 yards
BB Kirishima engages BB Mississippi at 11,000 yards
DD Makinami engages DD McCall at 11,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Marcus Island at 123,85, Range 9,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Tone, Shell hits 2
CA Chikuma, Shell hits 1
DD Yamakaze
DD Kawakaze, Shell hits 1, on fire

Allied Ships
DD O'Brien, Shell hits 11, and is sunk
DD Walke, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
xAP Clan Macnaughton
xAP Clan Macneil, Shell hits 1, on fire
xAP Clan Macquarrie
xAP Empire Star
xAP Dunedin Star
xAP Bloemfontein
xAP Marpessa
xAP Talisse, Shell hits 3
xAP Tawali
xAP Limerick
xAP Echunga
xAP Ellaroo
xAP Iron Crown
xAP Iron Knob
xAP Macedon
xAP Illisos
xAP Agwimonte
xAP Alcoa Prospector
xAP Exchange
xAP Alcoa Pennant
xAK T A Johnson
xAP Exhibitor
xAP Examiner
xAK William S Colley
xAK Boreas*
xAK Benjamin Franklin
xAK Edwin Markham
xAK George Read
xAK George Ross, Shell hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Henry Villard
xAK James Gordon Bennett
xAK John B Floyd
xAK Nathaniel Bowditch
xAK Stephen M White
xAK Thomas A Edison
xAK William E Channing, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK William L Garrison
xAK Pamir
xAK Astoria
xAK Karsik
xAK Straat Malakka
xAK Sea Witch
xAK Exceller
xAK Jonathan Harrington
xAK Delvalle
xAK West Cressy
xAP William L Thompson
xAP Nellore, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAP Ville d'Amiens, Shell hits 19, and is sunk
xAP Torrens, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
862 casualties reported
Squads: 20 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 22 destroyed, 25 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 56 (37 destroyed, 19 disabled)
Vehicles lost 16 (10 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 35% moonlight: 10,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 9,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 9,000 yards
DD Walke engages DD Kawakaze at 9,000 yards
CA Tone engages DD O'Brien at 9,000 yards
xAP Torrens sunk by DD Kawakaze at 9,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD O'Brien at 9,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages xAK William E Channing at 9,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAK George Ross at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages CA Chikuma at 8,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages CA Tone at 8,000 yards
DD O'Brien engages DD Kawakaze at 8,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Walke at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD O'Brien at 7,000 yards
CA Tone engages DD O'Brien at 7,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Walke at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD O'Brien at 5,000 yards
CA Tone engages DD O'Brien at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD O'Brien at 4,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAP Ville d'Amiens at 4,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAP Ville d'Amiens at 4,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Walke at 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages xAP Talisse at 4,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages xAP Clan Macneil at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages DD Walke at 2,000 yards
CA Tone engages DD O'Brien at 2,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages xAP Ville d'Amiens at 2,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAK Jonathan Harrington at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
xAP Iron Knob collides with xAP Clan Macneil at 123 , 85
xAK William S Colley collides with xAP Clan Macquarrie at 123 , 85
xAK George Ross sunk by CA Chikuma at 4,000 yards
DD O'Brien sunk by CA Tone at 4,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages DD Walke at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Walke at 5,000 yards
CA Tone engages xAP Nellore at 5,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages DD Walke at 5,000 yards
DD Yamakaze engages DD Walke at 5,000 yards
DD Kawakaze engages xAK William L Garrison at 5,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages DD Walke at 6,000 yards
Allied Task Force Manages to Escape
Task forces break off...


Unfortunately, his guided torpedoes killed Indiana and my other battleships got hit by a relentless barrage of shells while I seemed to get few shots off.

Then the carriers arrive.

quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 125,86

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 77 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 33 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 49
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh x 6
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 37
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 43

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh: 1 damaged
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 10 damaged
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 8 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB Washington, Bomb hits 3, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
BB New Mexico, Bomb hits 6, Torpedo hits 5, on fire, heavy damage
BB Mississippi, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
BB Revenge~, Bomb hits 8, Torpedo hits 1
AK Arcturus
BB Prince of Wales, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 6, and is sunk
CA Minneapolis

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
11 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
2 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
3 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 125,86

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 29 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 10
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 5 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
BB Revenge~, Bomb hits 4, on fire
BB Washington, Bomb hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CA Astoria, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 125,86

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 57
A6M5 Zero-Reisen x 23
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh x 11
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 63
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 86

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 2 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 6 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 1 destroyed
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Quincy, Bomb hits 3, on fire
BB Revenge~, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
CA San Francisco
CA Minneapolis, Bomb hits 4, on fire
AP Santa Paula
AK Libra, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
BB Mississippi, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
AP President Fillmore~
BB New Mexico, Bomb hits 9, and is sunk
AK Crater
BB Washington, Torpedo hits 5, and is sunk
DD Drayton, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Astoria, Bomb hits 3
AK Castor", Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
AP Mariposa, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DD McCall

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
14 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
10 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
14 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
15 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
17 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Drayton


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 125,86

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 27 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 19
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Drayton, Bomb hits 8, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
16 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Drayton


quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 125,87

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 8
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Walke, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Alcoa Pennant, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Jonathan Harrington, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires

Allied ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (6 destroyed, 5 disabled)
Vehicles lost 23 (14 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb


quote:

Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 123,87

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero-Reisen x 23
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAP Nellore, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Iron Knob, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
xAP Clan Macquarrie, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
xAP Clan Macneil, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
972 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 39 destroyed, 35 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 49 (12 destroyed, 37 disabled)
Vehicles lost 32 (26 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp


At this point, I'm forgetting about (un)loading anything and getting everything out. My carriers should get there next turn, so this may be the decisive battle. Not sure how many BBs I'll lose in the end. I'm more concerned about getting transports out safely to use them in the future.

I think I've learned my lesson about attacking two dispersed targets at once. Oh well... the only way to learn these things, I guess.

< Message edited by Mundy -- 3/27/2019 12:06:13 AM >


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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 4:45:11 AM   
Anachro


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Another lesson should be putting so many surface ships (and battleships) in the same force as your slow transports. That's another reason they were torpedo magnets. Rough losses, but at least not of strategic importance.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 8:11:42 AM   
Sardaukar


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More useful is having Surface Combat TF following Transport TF. That way capital ships have freedom of movement (relatively). Of course you also want to have combat ships in Transport TF, but not capital ships.

Neither is "foolproof", though.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 12:04:16 PM   
HansBolter


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I never embed battleships in invasion TFs.

I bombard separately with battleships.

I look to embed PGs and PCs with decent sized and big guns in invasion TFs. Ships types like Soerabaja with its 11" gun.

The Brits get one with a pair of 15" guns, the Erebus, but if you are not playing with withdrawals off it leaves very early.
In late '45 the Brits get a duplicate craft named Roberts.

By '44 the Americans can rely on the plethora of landing craft gun boats for invasion fire support.


The real lesson here is starting two invasions in separate locations that both needed carrier air cover and shuttling the carriers between the two while not knowing where the KB was located. One invasion should have been completed entirely, all forces unloaded, LBA cover established and all shipping removed from the site before embarking on the second invasion.

< Message edited by HansBolter -- 3/27/2019 12:05:42 PM >


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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 6:39:44 PM   
Mundy


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To each their own, I guess. To me they do more damage embedded. Nearly 1,000 died at Marcus.

I've never noted the big gun gunboats before, apart from maybe Charleston.

Anxious about next turn. Twice, our carriers have met and both times, his forces never got a hit on mine. Mine did little to him both times, though overall, he's lost 2-3 carriers from KB. I'm hoping his new carriers can't make the difference up.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 6:51:18 PM   
Anachro


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Not saying you shouldn't embed surface combat vessels in an amphibious TF. CA's and CL's work well in that role, but BB's and other capital ships are very vulnerable when in such a TF. The extra damage really isn't worth the vulnerability unless you are supremely confident in your mastery of the oceans. That said, if you decide to do it, it makes more sens to me to embed the slow battlewagons in such a TF because they are...well...slow.

I would never put my fast battleships in such a TF as it cancels out their supreme advantage: speed.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 10:12:39 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Anachro

Not saying you shouldn't embed surface combat vessels in an amphibious TF. CA's and CL's work well in that role, but BB's and other capital ships are very vulnerable when in such a TF. The extra damage really isn't worth the vulnerability unless you are supremely confident in your mastery of the oceans. That said, if you decide to do it, it makes more sens to me to embed the slow battlewagons in such a TF because they are...well...slow.

I would never put my fast battleships in such a TF as it cancels out their supreme advantage: speed.

I do embed BBs in amphib TFs, but only on the landing turn, not during transit. I remove them after one turn because they will have used most of their main gun ammo. Usually CAs take their place for day two unloading.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/27/2019 11:35:03 PM   
Mundy


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14 January 1943

IJN DDs decide to bombard Marcus. With so many troops there, it's hard to miss, I guess.

quote:

Night Naval bombardment of Marcus Island at 123,85

Japanese Ships
DD Kawakaze
DD Shigure

Allied ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (3 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

DD Kawakaze firing at 43rd Infantry Division
DD Shigure firing at 43rd Infantry Division


Come daylight, I find surface forces there and one of my carrier groups hits them.

quote:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 125,86

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 17
SBD-4 Dauntless x 18
SBD-3 Dauntless x 25

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-4 Dauntless: 1 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CA Mikuma, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Naganami
DD Hatsuharu, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-4 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-4 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
10 x SBD-4 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Mikuma
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Kumano


His carriers are parked 3 hexes NW of Marcus, apparently headed west. My undamaged transports I'm moving north to be directly east of Marcus to make a run in. I want to get all the troops exchanged yet. and now I'll have air cover for it. I'll probably move the jeep carriers at Wake over also. Fuel is an issue for my CVs so I'm bringing the AO over, too.

I think he's content with harassment, but doesn't want to tangle with my ships.

My plane carriers are enroute to Eniwetok and from there all the naval aircraft can reach Wake or Marcus.

My beat up battleships are moving east at 2 kts. He has subs everywhere around here.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/29/2019 3:02:15 AM   
Mundy


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15 January 1943

Things have calmed down a bit.

I've moved an extra PBY squadron to Marcus. Between them and the PB4Y squadrons, I can now cover the entire west half of the circle. The Liberators can easily reach to Japan itself, so that my help my sub efforts there.

My carriers are 2 hexes from the AOs, so they'll be refueled next turn. After that I can complete the unloading and loading and get everyone clear. Once everyone's in. combat aircraft from Eniwetok will move in for cover and other work.

Messy, but I know how to do it next time. At least the Marianas are all in one small area. If/when my battleships reach Pearl, they'll probably be sent to the States so as not to hog the drydocks there.

My F4U squadron at Pearl now has 12/18 of their planes. They, and probably a second squadron will most likely be living in the Marianas when the time comes.

I'll be able to store more troops in those islands, so my Luzon invasion will most likely launch from there. I'm hoping I can get that off by September-ish. My carrier situation will start go get on the overwhelming side by then.

A minisub showed up at Eniwetok and I promptly sunk her. They seem easy to hit.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/29/2019 3:34:14 AM   
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Mini subs cannot dive deep so they are easier to find and hit. At least one IJ player commented that using them gives more VPs to the Allies than they do in damage to Allied ships.

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Nearly every hit was a "soft" hit. The one real hit I got probably did the job.

Playing the Japanese once, I did have fun with them.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/29/2019 10:22:39 PM   
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Somehow my carriers missed their oilers, so I'm trying to straighten that out.

His carriers are parked one hex east of Marcus. Search planes working well, I guess. Maybe not next turn but we'll probably fight for sure the turn after if he doesn't run.

Two VMFs and one VSB are departing San Francisco for Pearl. My land based naval air is in good shape.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/30/2019 3:34:26 PM   
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My carriers are tanked up. My jeep carriers rendezvoused with the main groups and they're headed to Marcus together. His carrier are still parked off Marcus. I'm surprised no long range raids have already flown. The jeeps will add a ton of air cover to my regular forces. The fight should happen next turn. I'm looking forward to getting it over with.

Both my plane carrying groups will reach Eniwetok next turn. Need to get planes offloaded and them sent back.

Mississippi ate three sub torps and went down. I'm rushing two DDs I had clearing Eniwetok to them. Revenge can only make 1 kt while Price of Wales can make 6. Not sure of their survival.

Taking stock of my carrier situation. I'll have 3 Essex ships and 3 Independence CVLs arrive by July while Victorious will arrive in a month. If I lose badly, my next invasion will wait until then. I'm hoping I at least break even, though I feel good about stopping his attacks right now. The bonus with sticking a BB with each carrier group is that the Japanese can't resist taking shots at them either, sparing the carriers.

The 9th Australian Division has arrived in Karachi. Sending them south. I'm doing my best to invasion-proof the coast of India, though I think that moment has probably passed. Another base force is enroute form Aden to Colombo. I've done nothing to firm up that island yet, and now I'm getting enough base forces to do it. Troop transports are very sketchy in India right now, like Australia. I'm pretty much stuck to only one operation at a time with them.

Hornet is now only 2 days away from Pearl, so she's good.

Lots of LCIs and LSTs continue to show up. Plenty of good combat transport will be available for the next invasion.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mundy
17 January 1942
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I see, those losses bring back memories from a year before

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oops...

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/31/2019 1:20:56 PM   
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Hornet reaches Pearl. 53 days in drydock, so that's not too bad.

Wasp eats a sub torpedo. Damage is on a similar level to Hornet's. Strange she didn't separate from the task force. I thought I was threading the gap in his subs, but I must have missed. My carriers are headed just west of Marcus where his subs probably aren't. I'm dog-legging Wasp to the SW before heading to Pearl, so she'll probably be safe.

Prince of Wales also eats a death torpedo, leaving the infinitely slow Revenge to try and make it back. Two more destroyers are moving to help escort.

KB has vanished. I noticed my searches from Marcus left a gap around 270 degrees, so hopefully they're that ways. I'm not searching east of the island, so I'm hoping he didn't go that way. He's not within Dauntless range, anyway. I'm down to four carriers plus the CVEs. Transports are headed to Marcus to finish their job.

Planes are unloading finally at Eniwetok. Bettys tried to bomb them from afar, but I have CAP up now.

This game is nuts...

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 3/31/2019 4:53:00 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Mundy
13 January 1943 (probably Friday...)
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BB Prince of Wales, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 6, and is sunk
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BB Revenge~, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
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BB Mississippi, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

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ORIGINAL: Mundy
17 January 1943
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Mississippi ate three sub torps and went down. I'm rushing two DDs I had clearing Eniwetok to them. Revenge can only make 1 kt while Price of Wales can make 6. Not sure of their survival.


Ah, there's the thing I PM'ed you about ;)

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/4/2019 9:06:18 PM   
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Been fairly quiet, hence the less frequent updates. Stuff's unloading at Marcus, Wake and Eniwetok. All the planes are ashore at Eniwetok. I've sent one F4F and one SBD to Marcus.

Wasp and her two destroyers encountered three IJN DDs near Wake. Everyone withdrew and no shots were fired. I don't know why my bombers there didn't pounce on them, being within range.

There's about 6 subs lurking at Marcus, so I've been keeping my carriers moving around. The Air ASW does a good job of spotting them, but I think they aren't historically good at attacking them.

I make a point to remind my opponent that I have heavy bombers. Two different strikes went out today.

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Morning Air attack on Moulmein , at 55,55

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
Liberator II x 6
B-24D Liberator x 27

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
MTB RTN CMB-9, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
CM Tatsuharu Maru, Bomb hits 1

Port hits 1
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Liberator II bombing from 10000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Moulmein , at 55,55

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
CM Tatsuharu Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Moulmein , at 55,55

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 8

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
E Manazuru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Tokihime Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires

Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-24D Liberator bombing from 10000 feet *
Port Attack: 5 x 500 lb GP Bomb


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Morning Air attack on Los Negros I. , at 101,119

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 35 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 56

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero-Reisen: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Maya, Bomb hits 10, on fire, heavy damage
AS Yasukuni Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AV +Hikawa Maru, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CA Atago, Bomb hits 10, on fire
AD Shintoku Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
PB Ogashima, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Tarushima Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 1
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
8 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kanoya Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
77th Sentai Det B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (3 airborne, 7 on standby, 2 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 32560.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes

Massive explosion on PB Ogashima


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Morning Air attack on Los Negros I. , at 101,119

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 2 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
AKE Hide Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AV +Hikawa Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Atago, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Maya, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

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

Port hits 2
Port supply hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kanoya Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 57 minutes
77th Sentai Det B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Los Negros I. , at 101,119

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 2,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 3
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Atago, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 1000 feet
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Kanoya Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
77th Sentai Det B with Ki-44-IIa Tojo (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes


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Pretty steep naval losses for some rather useless specks of coral.

Folks at home won't be happy and public opinion may demand the head of the Admiral in charge - hope you have a designated scapegoat!



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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/5/2019 4:38:47 PM   
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Useless is such a relative term...

22 Jan 1943

The Battle of Marcus Island.

Our carriers finally clashed. Unfortunately, not the decisive battle I was looking for. His planes mostly went after the CVEs, which suited me fine. All but two of them died. One may get away, but the last one is probably toast. If Hornet and Wasp had been present, I probably could have done better. As it is, both of us have taken fairly heavy aircraft losses I'm pulling back and I'm hoping Steve's thinking the same thing. Yorktown did eat a torpedo, but she's carrying less damage than Wasp or Hornet. That bomb hit on Lexington just bounced off the belt armor. I did get one torpedo home on one of his lesser carriers. Losing North Carolina hurt, with her magazine going up from the torpedo. Wish I could get hits like that. Most of the CVEs' air groups went to Marcus, so I now have plenty of air cover there to cover the transports. Ground air support is a bit short, but should improve. Lots of my planes went in unescorted. I wish they would have gone in as one group, but I know about the coordination issues with the USN.

Betties from Truk tried to hit my ships at Eniwetok and got nailed.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,82

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 11
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 76
A6M5 Zero-Reisen x 23
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh x 11
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 74
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 70

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 18
F4F-3 Wildcat x 18
F4F-4 Wildcat x 173

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero-Reisen: 7 destroyed
A6M5 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 19 destroyed, 8 damaged
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 2 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 21 destroyed, 12 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Allied Ships
CVE Altamaha*, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
CVE Suwannee, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVE Copahee*, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CVE Nassau*, Bomb hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVE Prince William*, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CV Yorktown
CV Lexington, Bomb hits 1
DD Gwin
BB North Carolina
DD Nicholas
CVE Chenango, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
5 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
5 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
1 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
7 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 7 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-1F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 11 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 12 on standby, 11 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 11 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 12 on standby, 11 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 21000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Altamaha*
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Altamaha*
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Prince William*
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Prince William*
Fuel storage explosion on CVE Suwannee
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Chenango

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Nassau*
Ammo storage explosion on CVE Copahee*


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,82

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 12
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 66
A6M5 Zero-Reisen x 22
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 38
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 22

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 23
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
F4F-4 Wildcat x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M3a Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed
A6M5 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 4 destroyed, 12 damaged
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 3 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 2 destroyed, 11 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Wichita
CV Lexington
CV Yorktown, Torpedo hits 1
BB North Carolina, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
5 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
1 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
4 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 11 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
Magazine explodes on BB North Carolina


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 66 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 168
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 30

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 17
F4F-3 Wildcat x 18
F4F-4 Wildcat x 25
SBD-3 Dauntless x 39
TBF-1 Avenger x 39

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 3 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 6 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 19 destroyed, 6 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 13 destroyed, 5 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku
CV Junyo
CV Akagi
CVE Unyo, Torpedo hits 1
CVE Hosho
CVL Ryujo
CV Hiryu
CV Shokaku
CVL Shoho

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
8 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
2 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 21 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 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 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 20 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
18 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 32 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 144
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 27

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 18
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 10 destroyed

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
26 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
20 planes vectored on to bombers
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
14 planes vectored on to bombers
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
11 planes vectored on to bombers
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 7035.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
27 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 70 minutes
27 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
20 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 128
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 27

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 8
TBF-1 Avenger x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CVE Hosho

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (15 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
15 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Raid is overhead
2 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (19 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 7035.
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 17 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 122
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 27

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 5 destroyed

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (20 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
20 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (23 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
23 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Raid is overhead
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 48 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 117
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 27

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (18 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
18 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 42 minutes
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Raid is overhead
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (6 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Raid is overhead
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (19 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
19 plane(s) intercepting now.
8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Raid is overhead



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 112
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 27

Allied aircraft
SBD-4 Dauntless x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-4 Dauntless: 5 destroyed

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (13 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
13 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Raid is overhead
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Raid is overhead
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (27 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
27 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Raid is overhead
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (12 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
12 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 41 minutes
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters to 12000.
Raid is overhead
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 4000.
Raid is overhead
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters to 29070.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 120,76

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 57 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 164
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 28

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 11
F4F-4 Wildcat x 13
SBD-3 Dauntless x 3
TBF-1 Avenger x 5

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 5 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed
TBF-1 Avenger: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
24 planes vectored on to bombers
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 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 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
9 planes vectored on to bombers
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
19 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
13 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 4000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Eniwetok at 127,108

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 129 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty-Rikko x 17

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty-Rikko: 5 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-122 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
8th FG/36th FS with P-39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
12 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
70th FS' with AT-6 Texan (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
18 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 1 minutes

Training flight from 8th FG/36th FS has been caught up in attack
Training flight from 70th FS' has been caught up in attack


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Eniwetok at 127,108

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 113 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty-Rikko x 6

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty-Rikko: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VMF-122 with F4F-4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes


Final tally: 12 Zekes, 31 Kates and 29 Vals versus 29 Wildcats, 37 SBDs and 33 TBFs. 99 of mine die to his 72, which isn't too lopsided. This isn't counting all the damaged planes which may or may not be ready next turn. I see that the A6M5 has showed up at his end. Next carrier battle, he'll probably be dealing with Hellcats.

< Message edited by Mundy -- 4/5/2019 7:20:35 PM >


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I must say, you're taking these losses with admirable equanimity!

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Probably because in most games, I lose all my carriers by January 1942.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/6/2019 3:03:52 PM   
Mundy


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23 January 1943

Things are heading down for me now.

Steve decided to pursue and wound up getting hits on Yorktown and Lexington. CAP did their part, but flak seemed to die this time around. It was good seeing him launch unescorted bombers this time.

Left unmolested, my beaten carriers probably get back. That's the trick, though. They've got a ways to go. Enterprise and Saratoga are headed east at full speed and should clear the area. At worst, I'll lose two fleet carriers and this will push the Marianas adventure off until mid-year. Still way ahead of schedule, historically. He seems to have far more carriers than I anticipated. He seems to have a glut of fighters over his forces.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 12
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 60
A6M5 Zero-Reisen x 21
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh x 37
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 8
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 66

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 17
F4F-3 Wildcat x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 45

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero-Reisen: 2 destroyed
A6M5 Zero-Reisen: 2 destroyed
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh: 2 destroyed by flak
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 8 destroyed, 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3A Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
CV Lexington, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CV Saratoga
CA Chester
CLAA San Juan
CV Enterprise

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
4 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
6 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
9 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
10 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
2 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
20 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
2 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
1 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
3 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 7 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 12 on standby, 11 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes
Fuel storage explosion on CV Yorktown
Fuel storage explosion on CV Lexington




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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 2

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 14
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 33

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(8 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 20630.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 60 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Raid is overhead
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 58 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
17 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 47 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 5

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 14
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 30

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 4 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Raid is overhead
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 17 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 54 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 25 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 8

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 14
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 27

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 6 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (10 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Raid is overhead
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 38 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 41 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 2

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 11
F4F-3 Wildcat x 3
F4F-4 Wildcat x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 55 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,87

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 46 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 2

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 10
F4F-3 Wildcat x 2
F4F-4 Wildcat x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

CAP engaged:
VF-6 with F4F-3A Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 18000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 50 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 15 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 49 minutes
VF-3 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes


Another carrier went after my transports at Marcus with so-so results.

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 123,85

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 30 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 8
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 52
A6M5 Zero-Reisen x 8
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh x 19
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh x 4
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku x 40

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 9
F4F-4 Wildcat x 57

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed
A6M3a Zero-Reisen: 4 destroyed
A6M5 Zero-Reisen: 2 destroyed
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed
B5N1 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed by flak
B5N2 Kate-Kankoh: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged
D3A1 Val-Kanbaku: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed

Allied Ships
AP Santa Paula
xAP Clan Macneil, Torpedo hits 1
DD Drayton
DD Walke
CA Astoria
CA Quincy
AK Cassiopeia
BB Washington, Bomb hits 1
xAP Dunedin Star, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
6 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
9 x B5N1 Kate-Kankoh bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
8 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
9 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val-Kanbaku bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x B5N2 Kate-Kankoh bombing from 18000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-35 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
VF-60 with F4F-4 Wildcat (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
VRF-2F with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
VRF-3F with F4F-4 Wildcat (5 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
5 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 8 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
VRF-5F with F4F-4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 9 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
VF-2 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
VF-42 with F4F-4 Wildcat (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
VMF-121 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(9 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes


My anemic reaction.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Marcus Island at 119,82

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero-Reisen x 162
A6M2-N Rufe-iSuisen x 9
A6M3a Zero-Reisen x 30

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
SBD-3 Dauntless x 18
TBD-1 Devastator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero-Reisen: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 11 destroyed, 1 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 11 destroyed

Japanese Ships
CV Zuikaku

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
201 Ku S-1'~ with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (9 airborne, 19 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
8 planes vectored on to bombers
253 Ku S-1' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (6 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
15 planes vectored on to bombers
452 Ku S-1~ with A6M2-N Rufe-iSuisen (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Yokosuka Ku S-1/C with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
Shoho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
251 Ku S-1 Det A' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
251 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 2000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
202 Ku S-1 Det B' with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Akagi-1 with A6M3a Zero-Reisen (10 airborne, 20 on standby, 0 scrambling)
10 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
12 planes vectored on to bombers
Soryu-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (7 airborne, 16 on standby, 0 scrambling)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
Zuikaku-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 9 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 12000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (4 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Hosho-1 with A6M2 Zero-Reisen (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 2000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
6 planes vectored on to bombers


Elsewhere, a big Chinese corps shows up in Ranchi, India. I can probably grow them into a monster. When the time comes, I can probably push overland through the jungle to reclaim Burma.

Supplies in Cape Town have been low, though I notice a big glut of resources sitting there, so I'm shipping some of that to India, to see if that sparks more supply production.

Transports are leaving Pearl to pick up one of the two divisions I've got on Guadalcanal. It doesn't appear he's headed through the Solomons, and I can use them for when I eventually hit the Philippines. I'll still have 3 independent regiments on the island -- two at Lunga and one at Tassafaronga. I may take Kusaie and Ponape with them to extend my search radius.

My Wake invaders will land at Pearl next turn.

Death count this turn:

IJN: 12 Zekes, 20 Kates, 11 Vals
USN: 6 Wildcats, 11 SBDs 11 TBDs

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/7/2019 3:14:44 PM   
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My damaged carriers got finished off. Yorktown fell to Betties, while his carriers took care of Lex.

He's got a small cruiser force roaming around now, which caught my tanker group, sinking 3 of the 4. My other two carriers are clear. I haven't checked on Wasp, but she should be most of the way back by now also. My last CVE also fell to said cruiser force.

My ships at Marcus are pulling out for now. His carriers are 7 hexes WSW of Marcus and I'm moving my ships directly to the NE, so hopefully I can clear the area. My main landing force somehow converted to a "Cargo" TF and isn't unloading any supplies, which is disturbing. Once all the dust settles, I can get the rest of the base units in and withdraw the infantry there.

I've moved another F4F squadron from Eniwetok to Marcus, to beef the CAP, though I'm heavily overstacked there now. When things settle, I'll probably pull planes out of Marcus. I've three P-38 squadrons at Eniwetok, and they'll probably be part of my core air group at Marcus when everything settles.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/8/2019 2:34:01 AM   
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I see that only two answered my question posted 10 days ago so that is far from conclusive. I will refrain from making any comments in regard to tactics, operations or strategies so I can not be blamed for the outcome of any battles, like the one that just occurred in this contest. However by my count it was 1-1 to my question.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/8/2019 2:55:42 AM   
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@Bif1961 I don't think you've had any issues with opsec.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/8/2019 12:53:36 PM   
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As they say perception is reality and some perceive things differently.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/9/2019 9:10:52 PM   
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Looking in the states, I have the 5th Armored Division sitting there. The thought of dropping them on the Japanese makes me weak in the knees, but they're withdrawing in 58 days. I also need an outrageous amount of PPs to free them up.

Wasp is about 5.5 days out from Pearl. Likewise with the Wake invaders.

My ships departing Marcus are slowly moving. His carriers are sitting right on Marcus, putting them in air search range. A DD group is rushing there to interfere, and SBDs at Marcus may hopefully attack next turn. I don't want to take big transport hits.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/12/2019 4:50:38 PM   
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I think the chase after my ships has ended.

A few days back, his carriers savaged one transport group, but this had the more "commercial" transports, with the "X" in front of their designations. Further north, a light carrier was chasing Washington, escorting my more militarized transports. The battleships and cruisers ate many bombs (mostly 60 kg types), but were able to pull away and now his carriers appear to be headed homewards. Maybe a fuel issue.

Thanks to losing two carriers, I'm probably looking at the start of August to kick off my Marianas invasion. A wait for me, but historically, well ahead of schedule. Wasp, Enterprise and Saratoga should reach Pearl within the next 3 days. Hornet's already back, repairing. I need to get them back anyway, as their scout squadrons are due to withdraw in a month or so, their bomber squadrons doubling in size to 36. I think in April, the F6Fs come online at a rate of 130 per month, so I'll be filling out the carrier groups quickly. Before I kicked off this last invasion, there were two VT squadrons I forgot to flip to TBFs, so I'll take care of that, too. Lots of Avengers in the Pool right now. I probably have about 35 dash-3 Dauntlesses in the pool and over 140 dash-4 types.

Aboard two 20 knot transports, I'm sending my first Corsair squadron and a super long range dash-7 Recon Wildcat squadron to Kwajalein. I'll be able to move them to Wake or Marcus as needed. Regarding Marcus, I'll still have to get my infantry divisions out and support forces in. Once everything settles down I should be able to quietly do this. I'll probably bring carriers along, just in case. The Wake invaders are 3-4 days from Pearl. That part moved slickly, anyway. Marcus is overstacked with aircraft right now, so I'll eventually be pulling some of them out.

I had to keep up with ship withdrawals, which I let slide. I'm mostly caught up, but have to get a gunboat I have at Colombo up to Karachi to remove her. A base force and a supply force are unloading there, so maybe I can get that island built up into a base again.

I can't remember, but doesn't USN shipboard flak get a bonus later in some way? I remember against KenchiSulla, in 1945, it tended to shred anything that came near.

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RE: Getting Bottlenecked: SierraJuliet (J) vs Mundy (A) - 4/12/2019 5:06:16 PM   
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I think there is a boost to the flak "accuracy" values when the VT fuse becomes available, but I don't know when that is. This should be built into the game engine, like the boosts to US torpedo effectiveness through 1943.

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