Runnersan
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2. CAP does not defend ships. CAP defends the hex, primarily the airfield. The enemy sweeps targeted the hex, hence the CAP met them. The enemy CV planes were on a different type of mission, specifically Naval Attack which does not target a hex. By having only CAP up you were relying upon bleed from the CAP to protect the Task Forces. It wasn't the effect of the enemy sweeps which reduced your fighters to only 20, it was that those were all the fighters who bled over from the CAP. I didn't know that. But it explains why CAP planes were slowly joining air battle. From my side I can only add few numbers quote:
Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 41,500 feet. Estimated time to target is 6 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 13 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 6 P39D Airacobra x 15 P40K Warhawk x 39 F4F4 Wildcat x 18 Japanese aircraft losses A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed Allied aircraft losses F4F4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 12 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 32100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 13 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes  Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 12 NM, estimated altitude 37,750 feet. Estimated time to target is 2 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki43IIa Oscar x 21 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 6 P39D Airacobra x 13 P40K Warhawk x 37 F4F4 Wildcat x 13 Japanese aircraft losses Ki43IIa Oscar: 5 destroyed Allied aircraft losses P39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed P40K Warhawk: 2 destroyed CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 , scrambling fighters between 34000 and 38100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 , scrambling fighters between 38100 and 39000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 44 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 29000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 7 plane(s) intercepting now. 7 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 35100 and 39100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 , scrambling fighters between 35100 and 36100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes So we have two squadrons attack, Zeros and Oscars. Around 78 CAP defending base. Next we had standard follow up Sweep from squadrons fighting early. quote:
 Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 43,500 feet. Estimated time to target is 24 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M5 Zero x 2 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 6 P39D Airacobra x 10 P40K Warhawk x 22 F4F4 Wildcat x 8 No Japanese losses No Allied losses CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 8 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 38100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 29000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 , scrambling fighters between 34000 and 39000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 35000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 10 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 32100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 41,750 feet. Estimated time to target is 17 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki43IIa Oscar x 3 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 4 P39D Airacobra x 10 P40K Warhawk x 22 F4F4 Wildcat x 8 Japanese aircraft losses Ki43IIa Oscar: 1 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 38100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling) Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 27 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 39000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 15000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 38500. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 4 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes  Strangly follow up sweep came earlier then main sweep. This time Tojos. Rest of the squadron attacked later. After that came remains of small Nick squadron. quote:
Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 69 NM, estimated altitude 42,740 feet. Estimated time to target is 19 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki44IIa Tojo x 3 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 2 P39D Airacobra x 8 P40K Warhawk x 19 F4F4 Wildcat x 6 No Japanese losses Allied aircraft losses P39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed F4F4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 4 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 38100. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling) Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 39000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 37750 and 38750. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 29000 and 39750. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 3 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 , scrambling fighters to 31000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes  Morning Air attack on Lautem , at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 38,200 feet. Estimated time to target is 20 minutes Japanese aircraft Ki45 KAIa Nick x 3 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 2 P39D Airacobra x 5 P40K Warhawk x 18 F4F4 Wildcat x 4 Japanese aircraft losses Ki45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed No Allied losses CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 33000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 scrambling) Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters to 29000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 39000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 29000 and 38750. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) 2 plane(s) intercepting now. 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 29000 and 39750. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes And here we have main course. CV planes attacking fleet. quote:
 Morning Air attack on TF, near Lautem at 72,115 Weather in hex: Light rain Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 29 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M3a Zero x 17 A6M5 Zero x 64 B5N2 Kate x 35 D3A2 Val x 38 D4Y1 Judy x 8 Allied aircraft P38G Lightning x 2 P39D Airacobra x 5 P40K Warhawk x 17 F4F4 Wildcat x 4 Japanese aircraft losses A6M3a Zero: 2 destroyed A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed B5N2 Kate: 6 damaged B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak D3A2 Val: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged D3A2 Val: 1 destroyed by flak Allied aircraft losses P40K Warhawk: 1 destroyed Allied Ships CA Portland CLAA San Juan xAP Titan DD Allen, heavy damage xAP Arawa, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage xAK Clan Macneil, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage xAK City of Pretoria, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage xAK Orfor, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk xAK Ganges, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage CLAA Atlanta xAK City of Adelaide, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage CL Concord xAP Glenorchy SC741 xAP President Madison, Bomb hits 1, on fire xAP Kota Gede xAK Nova Scotia, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage CA New Orleans Allied ground losses: 45 casualties reported Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 7 disabled Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Guns lost 3 (2 destroyed, 1 disabled) Aircraft Attacking: 1 x D3A2 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 1 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 7 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 5 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 13 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 2 x D3A2 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 8 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo 4 x D3A2 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 7 x D3A2 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 7 x D3A2 Val releasing from 1000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A2 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D4Y1 Judy releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A2 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A2 Val releasing from 2000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb 4 x D3A2 Val releasing from 3000' Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb CAP engaged: VRF5F with F4F4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling) (1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.) 2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 34000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 32000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 43 minutes 343rd FG/11th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 8000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 34000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 36 minutes 35th FG/40th FS with P38G Lightning (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 39000 , scrambling fighters between 31650 and 39000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes 347th FG/67th FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling) 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 11000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes 318th FG/333rd FS with P40K Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling) 3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 12000 , scrambling fighters between 32000 and 39750. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes 12th FS with P39D Airacobra (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. 0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact. Group patrol altitude is 32100 , scrambling fighters to 12000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP President Madison Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK City of Adelaide Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Ganges Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK City of Pretoria  As You can see four squadrons (1 Zero, 1 Oscar, 1 Nick and part of Tojo) reduced 78 plane CAP to 28 planes. Later came rest of Tojo squadron (they met only 12 planes).At afternoon when I attacked once again CAP over Lautem there was 42 planes. So morning losses was around 36 planes destroyed or damaged.
