This is a tough crowd.
5th-7th Mar 42
CPT Haughton guides his bombardment TF to Pegu on the nights of the 5,6,and 7th. In route to Pegu on the night of the 7th they run across the German sub U-112 the big gun cruiser and put 3 depth charge hits on it, one penetrates the hull. In all they leave a mess of Japanese bodies behind. Reports say they killed 380 soldiers of the 55th and 33rd Divisions. Gen farewell request fighter support for the Bf 109's that have been sweeping the hex. American P 39s with British Hurricanes fly CAP over the Allied soldiers. Everyone watches the giant furball erupt, 17 or so Bf 109's are shot down(I forgot to write down how many was lost) vs 2 P 39s and 1 Hurri's.
Wainwright watches as the 4,000 tons (of British pounds) are offloaded during the night of the 4th. The next morning they are attacked by Ju 87 DB's, all bombs miss the ships. On the 6th Betty's arrive and hit 4 of the ships with torpedos. The other two try and sneak away due south of Guam. One is sunk by a Jap sub, they other runs into the old BC Ibuki and 4 DDs. The surviving crew members will be given a rifle and taught how to use it. Supply is over 38k, morale is high on the island.
Three squadrons of P40Es sweep Djambi on the 7th. Flight leaders call out all kinds of bogey's. Three different sweeps happen all with great results for the Allies. Lt Mahoney does it again as he downs his 19th Kill. One more and he will be rotated home for a war bonds tour. At the end of the day 7 P 40's are lost for 16 Zero's, 4 Me 110's, 4 Oscars, 4 Hawk III and 2 50's. Three units are reported at Djambi with a little under 19k men. It is believed from intel that all the fighters were on LRCAP mission from Padang. (Wolf says that the P 39 and P 40 are to strong. I agree with him on the P 39, I never touched the P 40, it is being flown by my best pilots that survived Guam. They should chew up the G 50 and Me 110's to a point. The Oscar and Zero should give the P 40 a run fo its money, well the Zero should eat it for lunch. I'm not for sure whats going on with the P 40.)
On the 5th MacArthur hears the Japanese artillery barrage at Clark Field. Scouts report that the Japanese have 3 Inf Div, 2 Eng units, 1 tank rgt, and abunch of artillery and AA units. Gen MacArthur touts a great victory at Cabanatuan, his 2 PI Divisons route a Jap SNLF coy unit. The Divisions start moving on Lingayen. The next day Japanese units are seen moving back towards Lingayen. Mac tells reporters that the Japanese are withdrawing from his superior PI soldiers.
I don't know whats going on with the P 40. Anyone got any idea's. I don't know the pilot exp/fatigue or even if they are LRCAPing. I don't want this mod an AFB dream. Hell it may be and I can't see it.