7 Dec 41 - Part One
I've completed part of my first big turn. Started at Hawaii, did the South Pacific, New Zealand, New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines, Borneo, Java, and Sumatra. China was done on my small first turn, as I was allowed to move ground units there on the first non-historical turn. Tomorrow I'll do Singapore and Malaysia, Burma, and India, then Canada and the US.
Let's go over what I can so far. First, here's the combat summary for December 7th, a day that won't live in quite so much infamy. There was no Pearl Harbor attack.
Zeros swept Singapore. Nates swept Alor Star. Bettys with Zeros hit Clark Field hard. Nells with Zeros hit Manila's airfield, moderately.
KB appeared east of Singapore. 27 Kates, 36 Vals, and 36 Zeros attacked the port and the airfield. Planes damaged on the ground, little damage to the airfield, and a few ships hit:
DD Encounter, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AMC Manoora, Bomb hits 1
CM Kung Wo, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Mauritius, Bomb hits 2
xAK Silverbeech, Bomb hits 1, on fire
Sallys and Lilys with Oscars hit Alor Star's airfield, doing much damage.
In the morning, 13 Kates with 18 Zeros went after Force Z at range 7.
Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 4 destroyed by flak
BB Prince of Wales
BC Repulse, Torpedo hits 1
In the afternoon, the big strike hit Force Z. 66 Kates with 18 Zeros:
Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 26 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
BB Prince of Wales, Torpedo hits 4
To my surprise, Prince of Wales' damage is only SYS 12/FLOT 15/ENG 2/FIRE 0. Repulse's damage is SYS 15/FLOT 12/ENG 0/FIRE 0. The TF can make 12 hexes at full speed, and with KB so close (and smelling blood), I decide to run them full speed towards Soerabaja. This was the highlight of the day: seeing Force Z in such good shape.
In the afternoon, 63 Nells and 27 Bettys with 18 Zeros hit Singapore's airfield and port. Minor airfield damage, but a bunch of ships were hit:
AG Vyner Brooke, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
AMC Kanimlba, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAKL Kuala, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DM Stronghold, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Mauritius, Bomb hits 3
PG Herald, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AMC Manoora, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Jupiter, Bomb hits 1
TK Spirilla, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Dominion Monarch, Bomb hits 1, on fire
18 Vals with 18 Zeros then hit CL Danae with 3 bombs, the only ship in a task force at Singapore.
As I haven't done Singapore yet, I can't say what has sunk so far there.
In the afternoon, 9 Nells with 27 Zeros hit Manila's port, hitting sub Seadragon once. Nothing else in Manila's port was hit today. Seadragon only needs a few days of undisturbed repair there.
12 Kates from a CVL south of Mindanao hit Davao's port:
AVD William B. Preston, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage (sunk)
xAKL Mauban, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
4 Hudsons on Borneo went after BB Kongo to the north, but missed.
Ida's and Sonia's target the Hong Kong Fortress. In at least most of my games, bombing this unit results in no damage. This happened again this game.
Legaspi was the only base on Luzon invaded today. Nothing seen at Mindanao yet. From the map, it looks like Mersing is about to get invaded, and probably a base or two on the northern coast of Borneo.
I'll make another update tomorrow, after I finish the areas not done so far.