1 Jan 44
Destroyer Fullam hit a mine at Pescadores. SYS 12/FLOT 30-28/ENG 1-0/FIRE 0. 5 YMS swept mines there. All mines were cleared, but 3 of the YMS were sunk by the Peng Hu Fortress. Allied cruisers then bombarded the base, causing moderate damage. CA Australia was hit by a shell, causing SYS 28/FLOT 8-8/ENG 6-4/FIRE 0. I didn't see the shell size but it had to be a big one.
Just north of Saipan, submarine Hake hit xAK Hakonesan Maru with a torpedo.
Allied cruisers bombarded Swatow, damaging some planes and destroying a few. Minor base damage done. It is noted that the 102nd Infantry Regiment is there. US destroyers bombarded Amoy, causing light damage. Other destroyers bombarded Taihoku, causing moderate damage. The AKEs at Takao are getting a lot of business.
Allied fighters swept Ayuthia. I noticed about 50 enemy fighters there, more manageable than the 100+ regularly seen at Bangkok. Thunderbolts and Mustangs swept, doing good work. I sent the B-24s to Bangkok on a city raid. Unfortunately, Franks were there. I should have sent my sweepers to where my bombers were going, regardless of not seeing any planes there yesterday. That was yesterday. Total air losses were 20 Oscars and 17 Tojos for the cost of 6 B-24s, 3 P-51As, 3 P-47s and 2 A-36s.
The Mersing armada moved towards northwestern Borneo, and torpedo bombers launched against small targets at Singkawang. No enemy CAP.
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Singkawang at 56,88
Weather in hex: Severe storms
Raid detected at 36 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes
F6F-3 Hellcat x 33
TBF-1 Avenger x 27
No Allied losses
xAKL Raizan Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
AMc Kembu Maru, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
AMc Yusen Maru #10, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
PB Fuji Maru #3, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
All bases on Formosa are now in US hands. Cleanup still needed at Taihoku.
Ground combat at Taihoku (87,63)
Allied Deliberate attack
Attacking force 40697 troops, 632 guns, 680 vehicles, Assault Value = 1316
Defending force 9706 troops, 130 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 267
Allied engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Allied adjusted assault: 1110
Japanese adjusted defense: 46
Allied assault odds: 24 to 1 (fort level 1)
Allied forces CAPTURE Taihoku !!!
Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-43-IIIa Oscar: 1 destroyed
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-)
Japanese ground losses:
1863 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 59 disabled
Non Combat: 20 destroyed, 67 disabled
Engineers: 14 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 38 (31 destroyed, 7 disabled)
Vehicles lost 14 (14 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 1
Allied ground losses:
671 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 83 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
7th Infantry Division
3rd Marine Division
1st USMC Tank Battalion
1st Marine Division
766th Tank Battalion
627th Tank Destroyer Battalion
XI US Corps
34th Ind.Mixed Brigade
33rd Ind.Mixed Bde /1
66th Const Bn /1
33rd Field Const Co /1
13th JAAF AF Coy
51st Air Defense AA Battalion
25th Air Flotilla /1
55th JAAF AF Bn
5th Air Div /2
My goal was to be on Luzon by January 1944. That was achieved, and most of Luzon was cleared. I didn't imagine being on Formosa that quickly, and clearing it on the first of the year. It was a good idea to move to Formosa without waiting for Luzon to be finished. It would have been reinforced more, no doubt. Since the troops prepping for Formosa were not the ones on Luzon, it worked out.
The next big show is on Malaya. Lots of paras dropping today.