4 Mar 43
20 APDs, in 2 task forces, were to go from Darwin to Babar. 10 would drop off engineers, and the other 10 carried supply. When they arrived at Babar, an enemy cruiser force was arriving.
First, the 4 enemy cruisers and 4 destroyers engaged the task force with engineers. The combat started at 25,000 yards, at night, but with thunderstorms and only 3% moonlight, visibility was very poor. The range counted down, all the way to 3,000 yards, when Allied radar detected the enemy. The US ships then attempted to evade combat, and were successful, as the range counted all the way up. These 10 APDs, with engineers still loaded, went back to Darwin.
The second task force wasn't so lucky.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Babar at 76,117, Range 2,000 Yards
CA Chokai, Shell hits 1
CA Myoko, Shell hits 1
DD Hayashio, Shell hits 1
APD John D. Ford, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
APD Fox, Shell hits 1
APD Whipple, Shell hits 1
APD Peary, Shell hits 19, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Pillsbury, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
APD King, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
APD Kane, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
John D. Ford sank after the fight. Pillsbury is badly damaged (SYS 49/FLOT 81-59/ENG 15-11/FIRE 0) but will try to limp back to Darwin. Which brings to mind the fate of destroyer Mugford, which had FLOT damage in the high 90's and way trying to make it back to Kusaie Island. The ship made it! Now SYS 45/FLOT 89-67/ENG 34-26/FIRE 0. It took 4 days, but it's in port at Kusaie and patching up what it can.
Back to Babar. The enemy cruisers bombarded the base. 214 casualties and light base damage. I decide to send the APDs right back into Babar.
6 British cruisers bombarded Tavoy. 657 casualties and moderate base damage. It's a meaningless bombardment, really. I did it on the way back to Colombo. With Port Blair taken, it's time to repair the British cruisers.
Troops continued to land at Wyndham. Attack today.
Allied fighters swept Chiang Mai, and bombers did moderate base damage. No CAP.
US troops attack on Kusaie Island, continuing to clean up the remaining enemy. Same for the stack near Prome in Burma. Surprisingly, though, the enemy retreated to the south, somehow tracing a supply line to Mandalay! No matter, they can't go anywhere fast from where they are, and US troops will hunt them down.
Chinese troops attack at Lashio. The enemy now shows retreat from the hex.
Ground combat at Lashio (62,46)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 15266 troops, 81 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 456
Defending force 4509 troops, 34 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 123
Allied adjusted assault: 391
Japanese adjusted defense: 358
Allied assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 3)
Allied Assault reduces fortifications to 2
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
60 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 13 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Allied ground losses:
249 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 38 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
1st New Chinese Corps
143rd Infantry Regiment
50th JAAF AF Bn
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