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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/1/2018 11:33:41 PM   
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xAK Ethel Edwards, already badly damaged, has been holed up at Kudat on Borneo. It's pretty hopeless for Ethel, but the crew isn't prepared to give up yet. With the enemy landing at Kudat, they raise anchor and head to Balabac, 2 hexes away. Arriving there, they run into CVL Ryujo with 4 destroyers. Ryujo shows smoke from the Dutch torpedo yesterday. Both task forces decline combat, and the cargo ship disbands there. Not safe, but safe for today. There's no hope for escape, moving 2 hexes a day. The front is moving further away.

Dutch CL De Ruyter and destoyers are returning to Soerabaja. I-153 fires 6 torpedoes at the light cruiser, but misses.

Near Manado, sub Perch fires 4 torpedoes at destroyer Asakaze, but misses.

Bettys bomb a small Philippine unit at Atimonan. The unit is withdrawing to the north. Fighters at Manila will LRCAP today. The Bettys had no escorts today.

Nells from Babeldaop find the 3 remaining AMs fleeing Mindanao to the southeast. Tanager, Quail and Finch are lost.

24 Anns bomb Chinese troops at Kanhsien, in southern China. 5 Chinese fighters are moved in today and will attempt to intercept.

I-26 is still sitting just off the coast of San Francisco. Several task forces are hunting it. No hits so far.

Surigao, east of Cagayan on Mindanao, is invaded.

An enemy shock attack at Tarakan does not take the base, but casualties are higher for the Dutch, and the base is about to fall. Despite 2 attacks so far, none of the oil is damaged. No Dutch engineers here may have something to do with that. I don't know if the relationship between engineers and damage to facilites when losing a base is folklore or fact.

Ternate is lost, as is Kudat.

SigInt says that the enemy 4th Division is loaded on xAPs and headed for Truk.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/2/2018 11:35:31 PM   
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Enemy unloading continues at Cotabato, Tarakan, and Manado. Kuantan is invaded. Enemy bombing here and there in China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Surigao on Mindanao is lost.

An enemy attack near Nanyang, China has big losses for both sides, although it's destroyed squads for the Chinese and disabled ones for the Japanese. Still, any losses is something.

Ground combat at 86,46 (near Nanyang)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 24386 troops, 204 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 730

Defending force 18154 troops, 114 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 529

Japanese adjusted assault: 552

Allied adjusted defense: 154

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
2071 casualties reported
Squads: 8 destroyed, 129 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled

Allied ground losses:
3600 casualties reported
Squads: 296 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 193 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 5 disabled
Guns lost 9 (5 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
6th Division
40th Division

Defending units:
7th Chinese Corps
48th Chinese Corps
84th Chinese Corps

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/3/2018 10:01:08 PM   
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Landings continue at Kuantan and Tarakan.

I-9 attacks PC Ariadne with 2 torpedoes near San Francisco but misses. No depth charge hits. The best ASW defense this early is just having the enemy use up their torpedoes so far from base.

Enemy bombers hit Manado and Kuantan troops hard, but do little damage. Some bombing in China.

MTBs from Hong Kong are now at Jolo refueling. Kates from a CVL task force bomb the boats, but miss, in both the morning and in the afternoon.

KB (at least part of it) is spotted between Malaysia and Borneo.

Tarakan is lost to the enemy, as is Cotabato. Manado holds with a 1 to 1 attack, but Dutch losses are twice the Japanese, and the base is about to fall.

Prince of Wales and Repulse are now at Sydney. Prince of Wales can repair completely there. Repulse has 6 FLOT damage, so it cannot. I decide to repair its other damage and leave it there. It's a long way to Pearl Harbor. Prince of Wales will escort carriers when repaired; Repulse will not.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/4/2018 8:19:21 PM   
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Sub Perch takes a shot at TB Hayabusa near Manado, but misses with 4 torpedoes. S-40 misses xAK Nanrei Maru with 2 torpedoes near Tawi Tawi. The enemy task force here is the Tarakan invasion task force, now retiring, probably to Cam Ranh Bay.

The usual bombing here and there in China and Malaysia. I do have 8 A-29s bombing enemy ground troops occasionally. They are based at Changsha, and the base got enemy recon for the first time today. I moved in a small Chinese fighter unit.

Dutch 139WH-3s from Batavia made repeated attempts to hit invasion shipping at Palembang. The only enemy CAP was Petes, even though KB is close. A few Petes were shot down by the bombers, and only one bomber was an ops loss. But no bombs hit, and there are some juicy big xAPs here.

The Palembang invasion force had minesweepers, but they didn't find the mines just outside of Palembang. Nor did they hit any of them. Maybe they will on the way home, or maybe KB will get a little closer to Palembang and find a few mines.

Another enemy deliberate attack at Hong Kong fails, getting just 1 to 1 odds. 680 enemy losses with 465 Allies ones. About as good as an Allied player can expect.

Kuantan is lost, as is Manus, northwest of Rabaul.

Manado holds for another day, with a 1 to 1 attack, but Dutch losses are again twice the enemy's, so the base will fall soon.

2 US carriers approach Brisbane for fuel. Then on to Sydney for repairs, then to Auckland to sit and do nothing for awhile, other than training pilots.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/4/2018 10:43:42 PM   
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When you play as Japan, there are always coast watcher reports of ships at Pakhoi.

Does the supply loss from Luzon hurt?

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/4/2018 11:20:48 PM   
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I don't know about the coastwatchers. It appears to me that my ships haven't been spotted, and OPilot hasn't taken any actions to make me think they have been.

The supply loss could hurt Luzon. Instead of 45k at Bataan, I have about 30k now. Depends what OPilot does. If he doesn't push further anytime soon, and wants to clean up Luzon later, it would hurt. If he finishes Luzon off quickly, then it won't matter much.

I decided to try and push the supply into China. If I lose Luzon, well, I was always going to lose Luzon. If I can make a difference in China, then I'll try it. It's a bit of an experiment. It may not matter much there either. All depends on what OPilot does.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/4/2018 11:35:29 PM   
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Looks like the supply should get back to the roads/rail line pretty well.

Be interesting to see how it turns out.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/5/2018 4:30:34 AM   
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Landings continue at Palembang. Nothing found my mines near there again today. Palembang was then lost.

Near Tarakan, the 8 British MTBs were inbound to the adjacent and still Allied base, but ran into a big convoy of 2 PBs, 2 xAKs, 6 xAKLs, and an xAP. Unfortunately, both sides decided to withdraw during this daylight encounter.

Bettys bombed Singapore's port again, but again hit nothing from 17000 feet. Importantly, Singapore's forts went to level 3.

Manado was lost today also. Enemy paratroopers dropped on Djambi, near Palembang, but found a fairly equal sized defense. Minimal casualties on both sides: 21 for the enemy, 9 for the Dutch. The Dutch Djambi Cdo will counterattack tomorrow.

The saga of the supply ships going to China continues. All cargo ships are now at Pakhoi and unloading, still not spotted. Supply at the Chinese capital now exceeds 50,000. I've combined this strategy along with unloading about 25,000 supply at Rangoon and trying to get it to seep into China.

2 US carriers made it to Brisbane and refueled. Now it's on to Sydney for some minor repairs.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/6/2018 10:59:04 PM   
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Had a very nice PT boat encounter. The PT boats are from Luzon, and traveled south to Mindanao hoping to get out of the Philippines. The xAPs here are very big ones.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Surigao at 81,88, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu
BB Yamashiro
DD Asagao
DD Fuyo
DD Karukaya
AK Sakito Maru
xAP Hie Maru, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Katori Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Suwa Maru
xAP Buenos Aires Maru
xAP Huzi Maru

Allied Ships
PT-31
PT-32
PT-33
PT-34
PT-35
PT-41, Shell hits 2, heavy fires


[edit: Another PT torpedo missed Yamashiro]

There were 2 sinking ship audio clips later in the turn.

Kuching was invaded. Tavoy was lost. Evacuated Chuhsien in southern China was lost. The Dutch counterattacked enemy paras at Djambi but failed.

2 US carriers will arrive at Sydney today.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/7/2018 8:21:25 PM   
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Landings continue at Kuching. xAK Azuma Maru is hit by 3 six inch coastal gun shells and left burning.

Sub Seadragon fires 2 torpedos at xAK Atago Maru near Manado. One torpedo hits but it is a dud. 8 or 10 US subs from the Philippines are now basing out of Darwin, and deployed from Borneo to Babeldaop.

Dutch sub KXI makes three separate attacks on destroyers near Balikpapan, but all torpedoes miss.

Hong Kong is deliberately attacked by the enemy, and again the attack comes up short with 1 to 1 odds. Both sides take about 500 casualties, but the Allies have far more destroyed losses. Just a matter of time. The defense here has been good.

Nearby at Pakhoi, one of my cargo task forces is finally spotted unloading supply. Unless there is bad weather, the ships will undoubtedly be lost tomorrow. I decide to continue to unload as much supply as I can as long as I can. There's over 20,000 supply at Pakhoi today. With just a small Chinese unit there, 95% of that will be redistributed to the interior. Getting between 20k and 30k of supply into China is worth losing the ships eventually. They will try to escape around the northern tip of Luzon if they make it that far.

Other ships have successfully made that trip. PG Isabel and xAP Neptuna just arrived at Prince Rupert, Canada from Luzon. The following ships are at or near Dutch Harbor, having made the same trip: xAK James Lykes, TK Manatawny, xAK Ravnaas, xAK Governor Wright, xAK Ming Sang, and xAK Hai Lee. I wish that I had sent the valuable AS ships and Langley that way.

Alor Star is lost to the Imperial Guard Division. Butuan on Mindanao is lost. The enemy begins to move to Cagayan.

US carriers begin minor repairs at Sydney. It'll take about 7 to 10 days to repair everything completely. Fresh Buffaloes are loaded up to fill out the fighter squadrons. All squadrons begin to train. I've shown and used the carriers aggressively. Now it's time to disappear for awhile and train.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/7/2018 11:35:33 PM   
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The Allied Sub War

I'm keeping track of which Allied subs got torpedo hits on what targets for the war. So far, I've had 9 successful sub torpedo attacks. 8 of the 9 have been Dutch subs. I'm not tracking dud hits, as that information can only be collected from the replays, and I'm not going back to rewatch all of those. Ok, I might go back and watch them, but that will take some time to do. I would like to know that information also.

Targets hit include CVL Ryujo (not sunk), AO Hayamote (probably sunk), an xAP, 3 xAKs, and AK, an AMc, and a PB.

The Dutch have done well. I'll recheck, but I don't think I've lost a single sub yet.

[edit: The only non-Dutch sub hit was from S-37. The fleet subs that start at Manila ran transport missions to Pakhoi, so they weren't engaged immediately. Since then, some went to Darwin and rebased. Others are headed to eastern Australia. But I have had a number of dud hits already. And now I'm curious and will have to watch the replays...]

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/8/2018 11:22:33 PM   
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The 8 British MTBs from Hong Kong engage cruisers Myoko, Haguro, and Nachi, and 4 destroyers at Balikpapan. The fight goes from 11,000 yards to 2,000 yards, where ships are spotted, but neither side can hit anything. 2 MTBs fire torpdoes, missing a cruiser and a destroyer. The MTBs later run into 2 TBs escorting an AO, but neither side engages.

Cruiser Myoko is then reported to have hit a mine at Balikpapan.

6 Allied Tms then engage 2 cruisers and 4 destroyers at Kendari. One TM is lost. A destroyer is missed with a torpedo. In a followup fight in the daylight, another TM is lost.

Enemy bombing in China, Malaysia, and Burma.

12 Dutch bombers with 10 Dutch escorts fly from Kendari, and target ships there. The fighters sacrifice themselves against 11 Zeros, and all bombers drop bombs on targets CVE Hosho, BB Hyuga, and 2 destroyers. All bombs miss. There were more Dutch bombers at Kendari that didn't fly. I swap in a new fighter squadron and will try again tomorrow, since there was no invasion there today.

xAP Takatiho Maru is reported to have hit a mine at Balikpapan, where the enemy lands.

Nanyang is lost, and Hong Kong finally falls. Fragments of several Hong Kong units were extracted by seaplane. Kuching on Borneo is lost, as is Jesselton.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/9/2018 8:05:00 PM   
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Enemy troops continue to unload at Balikpapan. The 8 British MTBs from Hong Kong engage task forces at and near Balikpapan several times today. Some MTBs had torpedoes left, and some did not. The weather was bad, and maximum visibility was just 2,000 yards. This resulted in some engagements starting and then ending with no fighting, as the task forces started farther apart and didn't close the range.

The first engagement was against cruisers Haguro and Nachi and 3 destroyers. One MTB was sunk. The second engagement was against the huge invasion task force at Balikpapan. The ships were caught unloading. Huge xAP Haruna Maru was spotted smoking at the beginning of the combat, no doubt from hitting a mine yesterday. 2 MTBs targeted the big transport and hit it with 2 torpedoes, probably sinking it. 4 MTBs were sunk in the brave fight. The transport had apparently already unloaded all of its troops. Later, Kates from KB went after the MTBs as they retired towards Soerabaja, but all torpedoes missed.

Over at Kendari, 4 TMs also engaged several times, first against cruisers Maya and Natori and 4 destroyers. One TM was sunk. In a second fight against the same ships, during the day, all of the remaining 3 TMs were sunk. There's no sign of invasion shipping here today. I have the feeling that there was an invasion planned and some task force orders got messed up. Carriers and combat ships arrived, but then nothing. It happens to all of us in the game.

Loyang in China was lost. Djambi on Sumatra was lost, where armor from Palembang came to join the enemy paratroopers. Balikpapan was lost. All oil facilities remained intact.

CVL Hermes will arrive at Perth tomorrow. I sent it from the Indian Ocean. It will eventually be used in the South Pacific, mainly as a decoy carrier task force. I'll show it when I want my carriers to appear to be where they are not. Torpedo bombers on Hermes will train for ASW to help with lighting up enemy subs.

Yorktown will arrive at San Diego tomorrow.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/9/2018 9:36:10 PM   
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very sneaky with Hermes.......

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/9/2018 10:01:56 PM   
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Another sneaky operation is in the works. French destroyer Le Triomphant started in the South Pacific. I'm sending it out, alone. It was at Tulagi, guarding the Lark Force landing there. The destroyer is now headed to Wake Island. It will pass between Kwajalein and Truk. Wake Island has fuel, so Le Triomphant will top off the tanks and then head west. The goal will be to intercept ships between Japan and Truk. It's likely that any such task force will not be heavily guarded. And it may make OPilot start to guard future task forces behind the lines.

Le Triomphant has become a favorite of mine. Good ship, good crew, great speed.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/9/2018 10:04:18 PM   
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Another sneaky operation is in the works. French destroyer Le Triomphant started in the South Pacific. I'm sending it out, alone. It was at Tulagi, guarding the Lark Force landing there. The destroyer is now headed to Wake Island. It will pass between Kwajalein and Truk. Wake Island has fuel, so Le Triomphant will top off the tanks and then head west. The goal will be to intercept ships between Japan and Truk. It's likely that any such task force will not be heavily guarded. And it may make OPilot start to guard future task forces behind the lines.

Le Triomphant has become a favorite of mine. Good ship, good crew, great speed.

+1, and the ship's guns seem to deal much more damage than the 5"/38 guns, and their torpedoes work!

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/9/2018 10:37:10 PM   
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quote:

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Another sneaky operation is in the works. French destroyer Le Triomphant started in the South Pacific. I'm sending it out, alone. It was at Tulagi, guarding the Lark Force landing there. The destroyer is now headed to Wake Island. It will pass between Kwajalein and Truk. Wake Island has fuel, so Le Triomphant will top off the tanks and then head west. The goal will be to intercept ships between Japan and Truk. It's likely that any such task force will not be heavily guarded. And it may make OPilot start to guard future task forces behind the lines.

Le Triomphant has become a favorite of mine. Good ship, good crew, great speed.


I have sent Boise on that mission...and she has performed great.

LeTriomphant is my favorite Allied ship.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/10/2018 8:04:46 PM   
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Near Kendari, sub Snapper fires 2 torpedoes at DD Sanae but misses. CS Chiyoda is spotted there also.

Madang, New Guinea is invaded by fast transport. Showing an Allied cruiser at Rabaul earlier has preempted any enemy move to Kavieng and Rabaul. So far.

KB launches strikes on Kendari's airfield, doing moderate damage. There were about 40 Dutch aircraft here, but most just left when they didn't fly and were spotted.

Chengchow, in NE China, is lost. Digos, southwest of Davao on Mindanao, is lost.

Yorktown has arrived at San Diego. It will leave immediately for Pearl Harbor.

9 Sonia's bomb Pakhoi's port. My xAKLs and xAKs unloading supply here were spotted yesterday and the day before. I could have hidden them in port, but did not.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/11/2018 12:07:54 AM   
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DD Le Triomphant and CM Abdiel

Two of my favorite ships. Both can sprint 11 hexes a phase. Abdiel can be used to mine locations very dangerous locations, places that a ship wouldn't normally go. Abdiel can sit 11 hexes from the location, sprint in at night, drop mines, and sprint out. Even with enemy air dominance in the area, it can go right to the enemy base and have a good chance at not being spotted before or after.

Le Triomphant is west of Kwajalein now, northbound to Wake Island. Abdiel is in the Indian Ocean, going from India to Australia.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/11/2018 1:19:47 AM   
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Note that Abdiel can also do commando raids ...

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/11/2018 1:46:57 AM   
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Strangely enough , I also used to drive a roller coaster. One of the many jobs I did to work my way through college.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/11/2018 2:06:23 AM   
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I never drove a roller coaster, but Jim Gordon said that he did.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/11/2018 9:58:52 PM   
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With Hong Kong captured, lots of enemy minesweeping going on there now.

Bombing in China. 2 squadrons of the Flying Tigers move back into China. One unit sets up an ambush in the south, where 2 Sonias units were bombing unescorted yesterday. It's a range 3 LRCAP for the P-40s, so there's no guarantee of an intercept.

SB-IIIs bomb an enemy brigade near Nanchang. A nuisance bombing.

KB moves near Balikpapan. An enemy task force is passing through Tawi Tawi, east of Tarakan, but none of the ships hit any of my mines.

Lahat, near Palembang, is lost. An unoccupied Pucheng is lost in China. And the enemy doesn't appear to have landed enough men at Kendari to take it.

There have been some small victories for the Allies. I've spoken of the ships that escaped to the Aleutians by passing between Iwo Jima and Japan. They are now grouped up at Dutch Harbor and are heading to Canada.

Lots of enemy ships from Java escaped. Really, all of them. All 5 ARDs made it out. They have repair capacities of 20k, 8k, and three of them have 3k. All are near Perth now. I really like the many smaller Dutch xAPs, with 300-400 troop carrying capacity. They are more expendable than the bigger and better US xAPs, but can still unload sizable units just with numbers. Many of these ships went to India carrying fragments from Malaya. They will head south back to Australia to augment the South Pacific forces.

AVP Heron just left Aparri and headed east from Luzon, and is unseen. It is destined for the Iwo Jima passage. 3 xAKs, the ones that supplied Pakhoi, are about to arrive at Aparri and will do the same after refueling. They are unseen.

[edit: And xAKL Dai Lee, which is now north of Ulithi, and will pass just to the east of the island heading south. It will have to pass by the several enemy bases on the New Guinea coast. Others have done so successfully in the past.]

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/12/2018 2:11:07 AM   
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Japanese Ship Losses - 1941

Note that Ryujo is almost certainly not sunk, with just a mine hit and observed moving quickly from the area. Also, Myoko is probably not sunk.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/12/2018 2:14:29 AM   
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Allied Ship Losses - 1941

Most of the losses were ships fleeing from the Philippines. The only sizable combat ship lost was CL Danae, which was left at Singapore in a task force intentionally on December 7th to draw Bettys to Singapore. However, KB appeared immediately near Singapore. Danae did escape initially, with damage, but was finished off running north in the Malacca Straits.




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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/12/2018 12:16:15 PM   
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Nothing on Luzon so far? Interesting. One day I'm going to try and do something about this new bypass thingy. I would try and get some supply to Bataan. Why not?
A couple of merchants hugging the coast line maybe? No big loss if they are caught and a return trip would only be a bonus.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/12/2018 5:04:29 PM   
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OPilot did land at Legaspi, but that invasion has been limited. He pushed toward Manila a bit, taking Naga and the next base, but has stopped. He's landing many more troops on Mindanao.

As for supplying Luzon with ships, OPilot has done a very good job at cutting off shipping towards Borneo and the Celebes. Nothing could have gotten through that way. I know, because I've tried sneaking ships out that way, hiding in ports, but he has patrolled with combat ships and used a CVL task force there, so no luck. I've had limited luck moving ships out to the east of Luzon, and the most luck moving around the north of Luzon and to the east. That escape route has yet to be discovered. But it's only good for very long-ranged ships that can make it all the way to the Aleutians.

But yes, Luzon has partially been ignored. It did allow me to ship supply from Manila to Pakhoi.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/12/2018 8:21:01 PM   
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A new year. At least December is over. It's still another year until the US sub torpedoes start to work a little better. Plenty of pain for the Allies to come. It's early.

Northeast of Balikpapan, Dutch sub KIX fires 4 torpedoes at DMS W-13, but missed. Minesweepers are moving to newly captured Balikpapan to sweep the minefield. KB remained nearby Balikpapan.

North of Jolo, S-40 fired 2 torpedoes at xAK Unkai Maru #6, but missed.

Similar bombing in China. My CAP trap near Chaochow worked. P-40Es intercept Sonias bombing retreating Chinese troops. 22 Sonias are downed for the loss of 3 Warhawks, to ops losses.

Enterprise and Lexington are still at Sydney, finishing up minor repairs with their escorts. They should be done in 4 or 5 days. Some destroyers go into upgrade there today. Saratoga is at Auckland. Yorktown has left the West Coast and is headed to Auckland. I've already started a bunch of destroyers converting to APDs. I really like the APD upgrades. I could have waited for upgrades to DEs, but I find the troop carrying ability very useful. High speed runs into danger areas on fast transport missions can and have saved bases for me in the past.

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RE: Did You Know I Used to Drive a Rollercoaster?: Apba... - 5/14/2018 12:16:51 AM   
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xAKL Dai Lee headed east from the Philippines recently, one of the last ships to leave. It passed north of Babeldaop unseen, went southeast to near Ulithi, still unseen, and headed south toward safety. Today near Woleai, west of Truk, it ran into a cargo TF, with 4 xAKs and a PB escort. Both sides evaded combat. But Dai Lee has been spotted where it shouldn't be. It's a slow ship, moving just 4 hexes a day, and it isn't hard to guess which direction it is going. Since fuel is tight for it to make it to the Milne Bay area, it can't go off in some unexpected direction, so I can expect an intercept in a couple of days.

Oscars from the Legaspi area swept Manila for the first time. 20 P-35A were on CAP, but they did very poorly. 12 P-35s were lost, with just 1 Oscar downed. The planes are garbage, but the pilots are US and relatively good, so I disband the unit. The unit did have a nice bomber intercept earlier in the fight.

Also for the first time, Bettys escorted by Zeros bomb Malaybalay on Mindanao. Malaybalay is the inland mountain base. P-26As are based there, but they have been assigned to low level naval strike (even though they haven't been flying). Several are destroyed on the ground. This is a Philippine unit, and will be used until it doesn't exist.

Unescorted Sonias have continued to bomb Pakhoi, so I moved fighters nearby and will LRCAP it tomorrow.

Samarinda, next to Palembang, is lost. Mergui is also lost.

SigInt says that the 15th Army is planning for Rangoon, and that the Southern Army HQ is at Saigon.

Allied activity centers around getting troops, supply, and fuel to Pago Pago, Suva, Noumea, Auckland, and Australia. Troop reinforcements are just trickling in, so most of the transport is supply and fuel. It will be awhile until the troops start rolling in.

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Sub Seawolf fired 4 torpedoes at BB Hyuga near Kendari, but missed. More enemy land at Kendari, including Yokosuka 3rd SNLF, a paratroop unit, landing by sea.

Fewer enemy air attacks in China. One that did occur was where I set up a squadron of the Flying Tigers for a CAP trap. Sonias try to bomb Pakhoi, but find H81s. 23 Sonias are shot down, with no loss of H81s.

Hudsons from Rabaul bomb the port at Manus, doing very little, but showing strength coming from Rabaul. In reality, little is left there. Lark Force was moved to Tulagi.

Sallys bombed Aparri's port. This is where my 3 fleeing xAKs were spotted yesterday. They moved east, but did react away from a surface group. Both the xAKs and the enemy were not spotted during the day.

Destroyer Le Triomphant has set up a patrol south of Iwo Jima, and is not spotted. AVP Huron is nearby, passing north of the Iwo Jima headed east to the Aleutians. Also not spotted.

Temuloh is lost.

In northeast China, the enemy fails with an attack in the mountains:

Ground combat at 92,38 (near Chengting)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 3882 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 712

Defending force 14226 troops, 77 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 266

Japanese adjusted assault: 72

Allied adjusted defense: 301

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 4

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

Japanese ground losses:
978 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 44 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
109 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 16 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
110th Division
26th Engineer Regiment
13th Indpt Infantry Regiment
11th Indpt Infantry Regiment
26th Recon Regiment

Defending units:
35th Chinese Corps
83rd Chinese Corps
13th Group Army


I'll take that result every day please.




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