16 Jun 43
The small cargo task force that was seemingly on a suicide run, was.
Night Time Surface Combat, near Namlea at 76,108, Range 9,000 Yards
YMS-287, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
APc-40, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
APc-47, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
APc-101, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
A small fragment of the unit on Namlea was aboard, with a small amount of supply. I wonder if the battleships are patrolling just north of Namlea. They ran into Namlea and made this intercept, then moved just a few hexes northeast. Not enough movement for a regular destination move and return to some base.
South of Namlea, sub Pollack fired 2 torpedoes at I-19. One hit but was a dud.
Just southeast of Eniwetok, RO-67 fired 4 torpedoes at LST-19. One hit. The ship was reported to be carrying fuel and was sunk. I'm going to go back a turn and look to see if there was fuel aboard. I'm pretty sure it had only supply on board. If it had no fuel, then there's another level of fog of war about your own ships in the replay. Regardless, LST-19 is the first LST sunk in the war. It was carrying supply to Eniwetok, and was going to load the armor unit there to return to Tabiteuea. An additional cargo ship is dispatched from Kusaie Island to finish loading the armor.
Hellcats from Lautem swept Ambon. This was a mistake. I forgot to change the orders from yesterday. 27 Hellcats found about 20 Zeros on CAP. Ambon's airfield is heavily damaged, and I have to think that this affected the Zero's effectiveness. Unless these planes came from a nearby but unseen KB. 18 Zeros were shot down for the cost of just one Hellcat. I wish all mistakes were so forgiving! 44 Liberators from Australia then hit Ambon's airfield, destroying an A6M3a Zero on the ground and doing light damage to the airfield.
Broome is reconquered, securing all of Australia. Enemy units remain at Broome but are doomed. Enemy mines appeared at Broome. That task force to the northwest could have been a bunch of subs. Minesweepers will move to Broome and Chicago's task force will retire to Darwin.
Ground combat at Broome (62,127)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 10510 troops, 130 guns, 307 vehicles, Assault Value = 316
Defending force 5007 troops, 59 guns, 6 vehicles, Assault Value = 94
Allied adjusted assault: 146
Japanese adjusted defense: 27
Allied assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 1)
Allied forces CAPTURE Broome !!!
Defender: disruption(-), experience(-), supply(-)
Japanese ground losses:
1234 casualties reported
Squads: 53 destroyed, 10 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 33 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 30 (30 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 6 (6 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Allied ground losses:
213 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 18 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)
19th Australian Brigade
2/6th Armoured Regiment
2/9th Armoured Regiment
2/7th Armoured Regiment
28th Australian Brigade
Sasebo 3rd SNLF
Yokosuka 2nd SNLF
Yokosuka 4th SNLF
33rd Field Const Co
4th JNAF Coy
43rd Const Co
30th Field AA Machinecannon Company
Kure 2nd SNLF
The Australians will rest a day before continuing to clean up the enemy at Broome.
Here's some damaged ship updates:
At Pearl Harbor:
Wasp is SYS 36/FLOT 7/ENG 10/FIRE 0 and will require 22 days of repairs.
Chenango is SYS 17/FLOT 55/ENG 12/FIRE 0 and will require 53 days of repairs.
Enterprise is SYS 6/FLOT 0/ENG 1/FIRE 0 and will require 9 days of repairs.
Hornet is SYS 19/FLOT 3/ENG 2/FIRE 0 and will require 23 days of repairs.
Battleships Pennsylvania and Arizona are in refit for 5 more days. They'll move towards the Marshalls for the Truk operation.
[EDIT: The sunk LST did indeed have fuel loaded, as well as supply. I'm not sure how that happened. I didn't intentionally load fuel on it. I think that the LST came to Tabiteuea from the West Coast, and unloaded somewhat there. Then it was retasked to go to Eniwetok to get the armor unit, while it still had some supply to unload. And, somehow, fuel. LSTs don't have a separate storage area for fuel, so loading was somehow mixed with both supply and fuel being loaded.]
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