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durnedwolf


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So I started off with a primary attack of Pearl Harbor just to keep things simple and straight-forward. The midget subs started things off with a torpedo hit on both the California and the Maryland. None of my midgets made it out of the harbor and safely back to the mother sub.

KB drove down from the NW and launched with total surprise. There were no allied flights - totally uncontested. KB consists of 5 CV and 1 CVL in this mod. All of my fighter groups were split into thirds with a third on escort, a third on CAP, and a third on Sweep. The dive bombers were assigned to strike the airfields of PH with the hope of doing enough damage to enable a day-2 strike of the port. And the TB were assigned the port strike. What I failed to do was put some of my FP on Recon to get better intel of the strike results. As you can see, the reports of damaged/destroyed AC are way out of kilter.

Morning Air attack on Pearl Harbor , at 180,107

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 105 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 199
A6M2-N Rufe x 6
B5N2 Kate x 180
D3A1 Val x 142

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 11 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 5 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-18A Bolo: 35 damaged
B-18A Bolo: 4 destroyed on ground
P-40B Warhawk: 57 damaged
P-40B Warhawk: 9 destroyed on ground
SBD-1 Dauntless: 63 damaged
SBD-1 Dauntless: 6 destroyed on ground
O-47A: 8 damaged
O-47A: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17D Fortress: 32 damaged
B-17D Fortress: 2 destroyed on ground
PBY-5 Catalina: 109 damaged
PBY-5 Catalina: 9 destroyed on ground
C-33: 2 damaged
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 62 damaged
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 10 destroyed on ground
P-36A Mohawk: 28 damaged
P-36A Mohawk: 3 destroyed on ground
F2A-3 Buffalo: 31 damaged
F2A-3 Buffalo: 1 destroyed on ground
B-17E Fortress: 23 damaged
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed on ground
TBD-1 Devastator: 15 damaged
TBD-1 Devastator: 1 destroyed on ground
R3D-2: 2 damaged
F4F-3 Wildcat: 7 damaged

Allied Ships
BB West Virginia, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
BB California, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA New Orleans, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Helena, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SS Manatee, Bomb hits 1
DM Montgomery, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB Nevada, Bomb hits 6, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 9, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Maryland, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
BB Tennessee, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA San Francisco, Torpedo hits 1
DD Mugford, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
CL Anchorage, Bomb hits 1
BB Arizona, Bomb hits 2, on fire
AO Ramapo, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Phoenix, Bomb hits 1
CL Raleigh, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
DM Preble, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage
AM Bobolink, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AE Pyro, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AV Tangier, Bomb hits 1
DD Henley, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 1

Allied ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 31
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 82
Port hits 8
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
17 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
23 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
27 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb


I also went after the port of Manila in the PI. Everything went off without a hitch, fighter Sweeps followed mostly by bombers with fighter escort. Again this was complete surprise as there were no allied flights. This was not a strike to write home about as I saved most of my air strikes in the region to strike at the French in Kwangchowan, China.

Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 70 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 24
G3M2 Nell x 36
G4M1 Betty x 81

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 62 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed on ground
PBY-4 Catalina: 44 damaged
PBY-4 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground
SOC-1 Seagull: 4 damaged
SOC-1 Seagull: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
xAP Neptuna, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AV Langley, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
SS Seal, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
SS Sailfish, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
AM Bittern, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
PT-41, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AO Trinity, Bomb hits 1, on fire
ARD YFD-1 Dewey, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AM Finch, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
SS Sealion, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk
SS Snapper, Bomb hits 2, heavy damage
SS S-41, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AS Canopus, Bomb hits 1, on fire
TK Gertrude Kellogg, Bomb hits 1
SS S-37, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
SS Sculpin, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
38 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Repair Shipyard hits 4
Airbase hits 11
Airbase supply hits 6
Runway hits 41
Port hits 2
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
27 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
13 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
City Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
27 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
27 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
9 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
14 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 2 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
AS Otus, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
SS Sailfish, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
AV Langley, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PG Tulsa, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AO Trinity, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
SS Snapper, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Port hits 2
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb


Kwangchowan received a lot of attention as the base starts out loaded with enemy fighters. I really don't want to have that base flapping at my back door so I went heavy for Sweeps plus well-escorted bombing runs to shut down the airfields. Again the Sweeps went in first followed by the bombing runs. The Kwangchowan CAP is around 10k while my sweeps are coming in at 15k. My bombing runs came in at 8k and 6k.

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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 27

Allied aircraft
Morane MS410 x 9
Dewoitine HD-780 x 20
Breguet Br697 x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Morane MS410: 3 destroyed
Dewoitine HD-780: 5 destroyed
Breguet Br697: 3 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet *

CAP engaged:
Indochina GC II/1 with Breguet Br697 (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 13 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 69 minutes
Indochina GC II/2 with Morane MS410 (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 71 minutes
GC Gauchet with Dewoitine HD-780 (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 20 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 94 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18

Allied aircraft
Morane MS410 x 4
Dewoitine HD-780 x 8
Breguet Br697 x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Morane MS410: 2 destroyed
Dewoitine HD-780: 1 destroyed
Breguet Br697: 3 destroyed

CAP engaged:
Indochina GC II/1 with Breguet Br697 (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
9 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
Indochina GC II/2 with Morane MS410 (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
GC Gauchet with Dewoitine HD-780 (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes

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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
G4M1 Betty x 54
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 36
Ki-27b Nate x 10
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 36
Ki-44 Tojo x 9
Ki-51 Sonia x 19

Allied aircraft
Dewoitine HD-780 x 5
Breguet Br697 x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Dewoitine HD-780: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
Breguet Br697: 3 damaged
Breguet Br697: 1 destroyed on ground
Glen 167F: 3 destroyed on ground
Morane MS410: 5 destroyed on ground
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 7 destroyed on ground
Latecoere 298: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 43
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 78


Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb
18 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
36 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
36 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
9 x Ki-44 Tojo sweeping at 8000 feet *
4 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 8000 feet
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 8000 feet
4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 8000 feet

CAP engaged:
GC Gauchet with Dewoitine HD-780 (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
Indochina GC II/1 with Breguet Br697 (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 32 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 17 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
D3A1 Val x 18

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Latecoere 298: 3 damaged
Latecoere 298: 1 destroyed on ground
Morane MS410: 1 destroyed on ground
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 2 damaged
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 1


Aircraft Attacking:
18 x D3A1 Val bombing from 5000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 3,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 18

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 9 damaged
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Glen 167F: 4 damaged
Morane MS410: 3 damaged
Morane MS410: 1 destroyed on ground
Latecoere 298: 5 damaged
Latecoere 298: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 3


Aircraft Attacking:
16 x D3A1 Val bombing from 1000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb



My amphibious assaults plus a lot of support action from air and sea were focused on Kota Bharu, Miri, and Batan Island. Batan fell on the first turn. And in China there's the whole first few turns to clear the railways and push the Chinese troops back thing going on.

Amphibious TF 85 offshore of Kota Bharu
Amphibious TF 90 offshore of Batan Island
Amphibious TF 96 offshore of Batan Island
Amphibious TF 105 offshore of Miri
89th Chinese Corps RETREATING towards Kweiteh
Japanese forces CAPTURE Batan Island !!!
SS I-121 lays minefield at Singapore ( 50 , 84) and sets course for Takao
SS I-122 lays minefield at Singapore ( 50 , 84) and sets course for Cam Ranh Bay
SS I-124 lays minefield at Bataan ( 78 , 77) and sets course for Cam Ranh Bay
PO2 Fujimatsu E. of 18th Ku S-1 is credited with kill number 2
PO2 Matsuyama A. of 18th Ku S-1 is credited with kill number 2
LT Kawazoe, T. of 3rd Ku S-1 is credited with kill number 2
DD Mugford is reported to have been sunk near Pearl Harbor on Dec 07, 1941
DD Henley is reported to have been sunk near Pearl Harbor on Dec 07, 1941
AM Bobolink is reported to have been sunk near Pearl Harbor on Dec 07, 1941
SS Snapper is reported to have been sunk near Manila on Dec 07, 1941
SS Sailfish is reported to have been sunk near Manila on Dec 07, 1941
SS Sealion is reported to have been sunk near Manila on Dec 07, 1941
SS S-41 is reported to have been sunk near Manila on Dec 07, 1941



Guam was also hit with attention to shutting down the airfields.

New toys arrived at the end of the turn - 15 LCI at Tokyo, Japan. I like new toys. :-)




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Bye for now,

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RE: Focus Pacific: Through the lens of Japan (No BillBr... - 8/20/2019 12:23:28 AM   
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Good luck and you are off to a good start.

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RE: Focus Pacific: Through the lens of Japan (No BillBr... - 8/20/2019 4:30:03 AM   
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Thanks for the good wishes Bif1961.

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And on the 8th of December i had nothing better to do s... - 8/20/2019 4:36:33 AM   
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So I continue to bombard Kota Bharu while landing troops.

At Pearl Harbor I do get in that second day of attacks but there really wasn't much meat on the bone. And Bill's sub, the Plunger, plunged a torpedo into my AO Nippon Maru. In the end, I don't think I came out much ahead at PH.

I wonder why some TB fly with 800kg SAP and others with 250kg SAPs? It wasn't a range thing…


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Morning Air attack on Pearl Harbor , at 180,107

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 49 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 117
B5N2 Kate x 140
D3A1 Val x 141

Allied aircraft
P-36A Mohawk x 25
P-40B Warhawk x 38
F2A-3 Buffalo x 8
F4F-3 Wildcat x 57

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 9 destroyed, 14 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 3 destroyed, 21 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-36A Mohawk: 1 destroyed
P-40B Warhawk: 3 damaged
P-40B Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground
F2A-3 Buffalo: 1 damaged
F2A-3 Buffalo: 1 destroyed on ground
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged
SBD-1 Dauntless: 2 destroyed on ground
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 3 destroyed on ground
PBY-5 Catalina: 3 destroyed on ground

Allied Ships
BB Oklahoma, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
BB Arizona, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 1
CL Honolulu, Bomb hits 1
DMS Zane, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
BB Maryland, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage
CA San Francisco, Bomb hits 1, on fire
BB California, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
BB Nevada, Bomb hits 3, heavy damage
CA Minneapolis, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SS Dolphin, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage
BB Tennessee, Bomb hits 2, heavy damage
BB Pennsylvania, Bomb hits 1, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 9
Runway hits 12
Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
16 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
16 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
26 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
25 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
26 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
23 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet
21 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 800 kg AP Bomb
24 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
26 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Port Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
23 x D3A1 Val bombing from 9000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
8 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet

CAP engaged:
VRF-106 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 7 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
VRF-107 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 6 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
VRF-101 with F4F-3 Wildcat (4 airborne, 14 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 17 minutes
VMF-211 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
18th PG/6th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 5 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 14000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
18th PG/19th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 25 minutes
18th PG/44th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes
15th PG/45th PS with P-36A Mohawk (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 15000 , scrambling fighters between 3000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 13 minutes
15th PG/46th PS with P-36A Mohawk (3 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 7000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
15th PG/47th PS with P-40B 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 15000 , scrambling fighters between 6000 and 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
18th PG/73rd PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
18th PG/78th PS with P-40B Warhawk (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
VMF-1002 with F2A-3 Buffalo (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes


I kept hammering Kwangchowan's AF. I'm not letting bill fly from there. What was nice to see was both Sweeps go before the bombing runs. Bill had no CAP this turn but it was still nice to see Sweeps go before my bombing attacks - you know - like they are supposed to. ;-)

Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 45
G3M2 Nell x 18
G4M1 Betty x 24

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Morane MS410: 2 damaged
Morane MS410: 2 destroyed on ground
Breguet Br697: 9 damaged
Breguet Br697: 1 destroyed on ground
Glen 167F: 8 damaged
Glen 167F: 1 destroyed on ground
Latecoere 298: 13 damaged
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 7 damaged

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 18

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
11 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
7 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
3 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 21

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Glen 167F: 3 damaged
Breguet Br697: 1 damaged
Breguet Br697: 1 destroyed on ground
Morane MS410: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 18

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 6 damaged
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 1 destroyed on ground
Morane MS410: 6 damaged
Morane MS410: 1 destroyed on ground
Glen 167F: 1 damaged
Breguet Br697: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb



Over Manila I got lucky; I had a couple of medium bomber groups attack the AF w/o fighter escort. I received very light losses. His fighters were all around 15k and my bombers came in at 6k. I'll take that kind of luck any day. It looks like Bill is not in to a layered CAP. That's a nice advantage if it lasts…

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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 8 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 25

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 14 damaged
P-40E Warhawk: 2 destroyed on ground
PBY-4 Catalina: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 14
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 33

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th PG/17th PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (1 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes


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Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 54 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 8

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Port hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 6000 feet *
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
24th PG/17th PS with P-40E Warhawk (6 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
6 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
35th PG/21st PS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 7000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 8 minutes


So there were other tidbits - I'm attaching the CRs for those that like to read them.

I had this really sad day time surface engagement - my two CL VS two allied DD near Cam Ranh Bay (ships fleeing Hong Kong). There was a lot of shooting. There were lots of torpedoes launched. There were a lot of misses. End result: each of my CL took two light hits that did little damage and I got in one light hit on one of the Bill's DDs. It was sad.


So for my ground troops:
-- I captured Makin!
-- I reduced forts from 3 to 1 at Miri.
-- And I reduced forts to 1 at Kota Bharu.

And in other news:
Itbayat Island is occupied by the Japanese
PT-41 is reported to have been sunk near Manila on Dec 07, 1941


I'm underwhelmed - lol.

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RE: And on the 8th of December i had nothing better to ... - 8/20/2019 5:21:46 PM   
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quote:

I had this really sad day time surface engagement - my two CL VS two allied DD near Cam Ranh Bay (ships fleeing Hong Kong). There was a lot of shooting. There were lots of torpedoes launched. There were a lot of misses. End result: each of my CL took two light hits that did little damage and I got in one light hit on one of the Bill's DDs. It was sad.


It could have been worse, your CLs could have taken two torpedoes each! Check their leaders and see if they need replacing.

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RE: And on the 8th of December i had nothing better to ... - 8/21/2019 12:24:10 AM   
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I will wager a guess that there was a limited supply 800KG bombs on the carriers as they were specially designed for the PH attack.

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I had this really sad day time surface engagement - my two CL VS two allied DD near Cam Ranh Bay (ships fleeing Hong Kong). There was a lot of shooting. There were lots of torpedoes launched. There were a lot of misses. End result: each of my CL took two light hits that did little damage and I got in one light hit on one of the Bill's DDs. It was sad.


It could have been worse, your CLs could have taken two torpedoes each! Check their leaders and see if they need replacing.


Yup - the CL TF was already in play but I've got it headed to Cam Ranh Bay. Maybe a day or two in the shop, add a few DD and a CA plus go through the leaders. Then out to look for trouble. :-)

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I will wager a guess that there was a limited supply 800KG bombs on the carriers as they were specially designed for the PH attack.


I was thinking some kind of random dice roll\check had to be made per air unit. The same with torpedoes. I've still got a couple of CV with their full load after the 2nd strike. I'm wondering if it's a task force leadership check or if it's per ship captain? I guess it's another reason to put my nose in the manual - right?

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I wonder why some TB fly with 800kg SAP and others with 250kg SAPs? It wasn't a range thing…

There's a check made based upon DL of the target, possibly Leadership of air group, and other factors never disclosed to determine what load out is used, and what alternative(s) are used.

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John Heim the designer of the recent board game from Legacy called Air Raid Pearl harbor had this to say about the weapons used during the PH attack and how that guided his design for that aspect of the game:

The Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu between them carried 100 modified Type 91 torpedoes and used 40 in the first strike. The number of Type 99 Mark 5 800 kg armor-piercing bombs is indeterminate but they were said to be in very short supply (probably 50 were used). Thus, I allow the third strike to carry another round of torpedoes by the torpedo bomber specialists surviving the first attack but the level-bombing Kates use the Type 99 Ordinary 250 kg bomb in lieu of armor piercing ordnance.


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I wonder why some TB fly with 800kg SAP and others with 250kg SAPs? It wasn't a range thing…

There's a check made based upon DL of the target, possibly Leadership of air group, and other factors never disclosed to determine what load out is used, and what alternative(s) are used.


mmm - the DL part makes sense; everything seems to be tied to that somehow. And I forgot to use any air groups set to recon PH on the December 7 attack.

Often I forget simple settings that I know and want to use. Rushing about the map to input orders is an easy way to have something bite me in my butt.


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John Heim the designer of the recent board game from Legacy called Air Raid Pearl harbor had this to say about the weapons used during the PH attack and how that guided his design for that aspect of the game:

The Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu between them carried 100 modified Type 91 torpedoes and used 40 in the first strike. The number of Type 99 Mark 5 800 kg armor-piercing bombs is indeterminate but they were said to be in very short supply (probably 50 were used). Thus, I allow the third strike to carry another round of torpedoes by the torpedo bomber specialists surviving the first attack but the level-bombing Kates use the Type 99 Ordinary 250 kg bomb in lieu of armor piercing ordnance.




I like the historical references tied into Mr. Heim's design process. I think this game is a little more abstract though - with so many variables tied in to the logic process in order to bake in a random factor. There are parts of this game that frustrate me with the random factor - like coordination of flight groups from the same base.

In the ordnance assignment for that 2nd PH strike I was just thinking that with all of those BB there, the flight crews would have packed on torpedoes first, followed by those 800 Kg SAPs if torpedoes ran out. And only 250 Kg ombs if there was nothing else. You know - in my version of "real life". But this is a game and I take it for what it is. It's still loads of fun for me to play.

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You dont need recon PH prior the strike. The best results I've seen on PH strike were with historical 1st turn ON and there is no group set to recon. However all Vals are set to 10% search. Personality I think most of the poor results are when people put all planes on strike and none to search.

For the 800kg, average unit experience must be 70+ I think to use it.

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From the Pearl harbor Aviation Museum website:

In the second wave, the Vals and Kates switched roles. The Vals went after ships in the harbor, while the Kates went after air bases.

With all of the smoke in the harbor, the Japanese needed the pin-point accuracy of dive bombing to attack the remaining ships. To attack ships, the Vals used a penetrating bomb, the Type 99 “ordinary” bomb. Here, “ordinary” means that the bomb was designed for the role that carrier dive bombers were created to carry out—destroying ships.

Vals with Type 99 ordinary bombs were able to hit ships in dry dock, including the battleship Pennsylvania. However, a large fraction of the Vals went after the Nevada, which had managed to get underway. Overall, the Val attacks of the second wave did far less ship damage than the Kates of the first wave.

This left the Kates free to attack the airfields. Dropping bombs from high altitudes would not give high accuracy, but Kates could carry much heavier bomb loads than Vals. Many of the Kates in the second wave carried two of the 250 kg (551 pound) Type 98 land bombs that Vals dropped singly in the first wave. Others carried another type of bomb, the smaller 60 kg (132 pound) Type 97 land bomb, usually along with one or two Type 98s.

Vals could carry also two Type 97 bombs–one under each wing. However, there is no evidence that they did so in either wave of the Pearl Harbor attack. Pictures of “stuff” under Val wings during the attack only showed the Val’s unique dive brakes

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You dont need recon PH prior the strike. The best results I've seen on PH strike were with historical 1st turn ON and there is no group set to recon. However all Vals are set to 10% search. Personality I think most of the poor results are when people put all planes on strike and none to search.

For the 800kg, average unit experience must be 70+ I think to use it.


I agree that the historical T1 seems one of the better on average. I was hoping to get the AF damaged enough on attacking the AF @ PH on DEC 7 and that worked. I think if I'd have got recon in on turn 1 I might have had better load-outs for my TBs when I hit PH on DEC 8th. The nice thing about being so aggressive on the AF is that I did a pretty good job whittling down on his search aircraft already on the board.

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From the Pearl harbor Aviation Museum website:

In the second wave, the Vals and Kates switched roles. The Vals went after ships in the harbor, while the Kates went after air bases.

With all of the smoke in the harbor, the Japanese needed the pin-point accuracy of dive bombing to attack the remaining ships. To attack ships, the Vals used a penetrating bomb, the Type 99 “ordinary” bomb. Here, “ordinary” means that the bomb was designed for the role that carrier dive bombers were created to carry out—destroying ships.

Vals with Type 99 ordinary bombs were able to hit ships in dry dock, including the battleship Pennsylvania. However, a large fraction of the Vals went after the Nevada, which had managed to get underway. Overall, the Val attacks of the second wave did far less ship damage than the Kates of the first wave.

This left the Kates free to attack the airfields. Dropping bombs from high altitudes would not give high accuracy, but Kates could carry much heavier bomb loads than Vals. Many of the Kates in the second wave carried two of the 250 kg (551 pound) Type 98 land bombs that Vals dropped singly in the first wave. Others carried another type of bomb, the smaller 60 kg (132 pound) Type 97 land bomb, usually along with one or two Type 98s.

Vals could carry also two Type 97 bombs–one under each wing. However, there is no evidence that they did so in either wave of the Pearl Harbor attack. Pictures of “stuff” under Val wings during the attack only showed the Val’s unique dive brakes


Thanks for sharing this - I went to the museum site and saved the link. I'm gunna enjoy the reading/learning from there.

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There was a lot of action on 9DEC41, but this is normal. In this mod everything seems a little exaggerated due to all of the additional units on both sides of the board.

I've a lot of subs pushing out into the normal routes the allies use when fleeing Hong Kong and the Philippines. Those subs are seeing good action.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 09, 41
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Sub attack near Puerto Princesa at 74,85

Japanese Ships
SS I-60

Allied Ships
xAP Neptuna, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

SS I-60 launches 2 torpedoes
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Submarine attack near Puerto Princesa at 75,84

Japanese Ships
SS I-59

Allied Ships
xAK Si Kiang, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Si Kiang is sighted by SS I-59
SS I-59 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Si Kiang
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Those two CL that fought that battle against the two DD last turn? They apparently can take on merchant shipping w/o too much trouble.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Hong Kong at 74,68, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CL Kashii
CL Chogei

Allied Ships
xAKL Chengtu, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
xAKL Joan Moller, Shell hits 8, and is sunk
xAKL Kanchow, Shell hits 12, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 67% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 8,000 yards
CL Chogei fires at xAKL Kanchow at 8,000 yards
CL Chogei fires at xAKL Joan Moller at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CL Chogei engages xAKL Kanchow at 6,000 yards
Massive explosion on xAKL Joan Moller
CL Kashii engages xAKL Joan Moller at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Kanchow at 4,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Joan Moller at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
Massive explosion on xAKL Joan Moller
CL Chogei engages xAKL Joan Moller at 2,000 yards
Massive explosion on xAKL Chengtu
xAKL Chengtu sunk by CL Chogei at 2,000 yards
CL Chogei engages xAKL Kanchow at 2,000 yards
xAKL Joan Moller sunk by CL Kashii at 2,000 yards
Ugawa, Y. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 4,000 yards
CL Kashii engages xAKL Kanchow at 4,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...
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So Bill is stacking naval TFs in the ports of the PI that I would normally be trying to get into for an amphibious assault. No worries here on my part tho. I've held back my amphibious TFs and am plying the coast of the PI with subs and TFs of my own.

Night Time Surface Combat, near Laoag at 81,72, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Sumire
DD Soragumo
DD Yukigumo

Allied Ships
MTB 7
MTB 8
MTB 9, Shell hits 1
MTB 10
MTB 11
MTB 12
MTB 26
MTB 27, Shell hits 1, on fire

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 67% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
Kumagaya P. crosses the 'T'
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 27 at 10,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages MTB 27 at 10,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages MTB 12 at 10,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 9 at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 27 at 7,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages MTB 27 at 7,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 12 at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
Massive explosion on MTB 27
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 27 at 8,000 yards
DD Sumire engages MTB 27 at 8,000 yards
DD Sumire engages MTB 10 at 8,000 yards
DD Sumire engages MTB 9 at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Sumire engages MTB 27 at 10,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 12 at 10,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages MTB 10 at 10,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages MTB 9 at 10,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages MTB 8 at 10,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Vigan at 80,73, Range 10,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Sumire, Shell hits 1
DD Soragumo
DD Yukigumo

Allied Ships
DD Scout
DD Thanet
DD Thracian, Shell hits 1

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions and 67% moonlight: 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 10,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 10,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thracian at 10,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Yukigumo at 10,000 yards
DD Sumire engages DD Thanet at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Sumire at 8,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Soragumo at 8,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages DD Scout at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Sumire engages DD Thracian at 7,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thanet at 7,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages DD Thanet at 7,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Sumire at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Yukigumo at 11,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages DD Thanet at 11,000 yards
DD Sumire engages DD Scout at 11,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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ASW attack near Vigan at 80,73

Japanese Ships
DD Yukigumo

Allied Ships
SS S-36

SS S-36 is sighted by escort
S-36 bottoming out ....
DD Yukigumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yukigumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yukigumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yukigumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Yukigumo fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Laoag at 80,72, Range 20,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Yugakaze

Allied Ships
MTB 7
MTB 8
MTB 9
MTB 10
MTB 11, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MTB 12
MTB 26
MTB 27

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Okura V. crosses the 'T'
Range closes to 19,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 19,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 11 at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
MTB 11 sunk by DD Yugakaze at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 14,000 yards
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 9,000 yards
Jamison H. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 17,000 yards
Jamison H. orders Allied TF to disengage
Task forces break off...
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Laoag at 81,72, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Sumire, Shell hits 1
DD Soragumo, Shell hits 1
DD Yukigumo, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Scout, Shell hits 1
DD Thanet
DD Thracian, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 21,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 21,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Kumagaya P. crosses the 'T'
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thracian at 15,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thanet at 15,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Scout at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thanet at 8,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thanet at 8,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thracian at 7,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Soragumo at 7,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Sumire at 7,000 yards
Kumagaya P. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 10,000 yards
DD Thracian engages DD Yukigumo at 10,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages DD Thanet at 10,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages DD Scout at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thanet at 13,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Yukigumo at 13,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Soragumo at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
DD Yukigumo engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
DD Soragumo engages DD Scout at 16,000 yards
DD Sumire engages DD Thracian at 16,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD Thanet engages DD Soragumo at 18,000 yards
DD Scout engages DD Sumire at 18,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Laoag at 81,72, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Yugakaze

Allied Ships
MTB 7
MTB 8
MTB 9
MTB 10
MTB 12, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
MTB 26
MTB 27, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 15,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 10 at 15,000 yards
Jamison H. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 11,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 11,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 9 at 11,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 8 at 11,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 7,000 yards
MTB 12 sunk by DD Yugakaze at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 8,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 8 at 8,000 yards
Jamison H. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 11,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 27 at 11,000 yards
Range increases to 13,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 10 at 13,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 9 at 13,000 yards
Range increases to 16,000 yards
MTB 27 sunk by DD Yugakaze at 16,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 10 at 16,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 9 at 16,000 yards
Okura V. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 18,000 yards
Jamison H. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range increases to 20,000 yards
DD Yugakaze engages MTB 8 at 20,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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So in the China Sea there are a lot of 1-3 ship TFs fleeing Hong Kong. The three allied xAK get the short end of the stick.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Cam Ranh Bay at 71,73, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chokai
DD Sagiri
DD Hayakaze

Allied Ships
xAK Nanning, Shell hits 9, and is sunk
xAK Haraldsvang, Shell hits 15, and is sunk
xAK Hai Lee, Shell hits 16, and is sunk

Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 23,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 19,000 yards
Japanese launch Long Lance torpedoes at 19,000 yards before allies detect Japanese presence
CA Chokai launches Long Lance Torpedoes at xAK Hai Lee at 19,000 yards
DD Hayakaze launches Long Lance Torpedoes at xAK Hai Lee at 19,000 yards
DD Sagiri launches Long Lance Torpedoes at xAK Hai Lee at 19,000 yards
Range closes to 17,000 yards
DD Hayakaze engages xAK Hai Lee at 17,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Hai Lee at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 15,000 yards
CA Chokai engages xAK Hai Lee at 15,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Hai Lee at 12,000 yards
DD Hayakaze engages xAK Haraldsvang at 12,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Hai Lee at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CA Chokai engages xAK Haraldsvang at 10,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Haraldsvang at 10,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Haraldsvang at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 7,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Hai Lee at 7,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Haraldsvang at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Chokai engages xAK Hai Lee at 6,000 yards
DD Hayakaze engages xAK Hai Lee at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Chokai engages xAK Nanning at 4,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Haraldsvang at 4,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Haraldsvang at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CA Chokai engages xAK Nanning at 3,000 yards
DD Hayakaze engages xAK Hai Lee at 3,000 yards
DD Sagiri engages xAK Hai Lee at 3,000 yards
Massive explosion on xAK Nanning
xAK Nanning sunk by CA Chokai at 3,000 yards
Combat ends with last Allied ship sunk...
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This was pretty cool on Bill's part. He interrupted my assault of Tarawa.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Tarawa at 136,128, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Santos Maru
xAKL Toyotsu Maru
xAK Aratama Maru
AKL Katsura Maru, Shell hits 12, and is sunk
xAKL Kaito Maru, Shell hits 1, on fire
AKL Tenposan Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
TB Ninaru, Shell hits 2, on fire
TB Omakatu
APD -106, Shell hits 2

Allied Ships
CA Louisville, Shell hits 2

Japanese ground losses:
549 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 21 destroyed, 34 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 8 (3 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Maximum visibility in Clear Conditions: 30,000 yards
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 22,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
CA Louisville engages APD -106 at 16,000 yards
CA Louisville engages PB Santos Maru at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 12,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 12,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Ninaru at 12,000 yards
CA Louisville engages APD -106 at 12,000 yards
Range closes to 10,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 10,000 yards
CA Louisville engages AKL Katsura Maru at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 9,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Ninaru at 9,000 yards
Range closes to 8,000 yards
TB Omakatu engages CA Louisville at 8,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Ninaru at 8,000 yards
CA Louisville engages AKL Tenposan Maru at 8,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 10,000 yards
CA Louisville engages AKL Katsura Maru at 10,000 yards
Range closes to 9,000 yards
Range increases to 11,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 11,000 yards
CA Louisville engages AKL Tenposan Maru at 11,000 yards
CA Louisville engages AKL Katsura Maru at 11,000 yards
Sampson E. orders Allied TF to disengage
Range closes to 7,000 yards
AKL Katsura Maru sunk by CA Louisville at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
APD -106 screened from combat
- escorted by PB Santos Maru
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 12,000 yards
CA Louisville engages TB Ninaru at 12,000 yards
CA Louisville engages xAKL Kaito Maru at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
APD -106 , AKL Tenposan Maru screened from combat
- escorted by TB Ninaru
CA Louisville engages TB Omakatu at 17,000 yards
Range increases to 21,000 yards
CA Louisville engages APD -106 at 21,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards
APD -106 , AKL Tenposan Maru screened from combat
- escorted by TB Omakatu
CA Louisville engages TB Ninaru at 25,000 yards
Range increases to 28,000 yards
APD -106 screened from combat
- escorted by TB Omakatu
CA Louisville engages xAKL Kaito Maru at 28,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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ASW attack near Cam Ranh Bay at 70,74

Japanese Ships
DD Fuji
AKL Ryoyu Maru #21

Allied Ships
SS Pike

SS Pike launches 4 torpedoes at DD Fuji
DD Fuji fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fuji fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fuji fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fuji fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Fuji attacking submerged sub ....
Escort abandons search for sub
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Submarine attack near Jolo at 73,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-73

Allied Ships
xAKL Kanlaon II

xAKL Kanlaon II is sighted by SS I-73
SS I-73 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Kanlaon II
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Submarine attack near Donggala at 70,96

Japanese Ships
SS I-71

Allied Ships
xAKL Lepus, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

xAKL Lepus is sighted by SS I-71
SS I-71 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Lepus
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ASW attack near Tawi Tawi at 71,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-73

Allied Ships
PG Asheville, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

SS I-73 launches 2 torpedoes at PG Asheville
I-73 diving deep ....
Escort abandons search for sub
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Submarine attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
SS I-71

Allied Ships
AS Holland, Shell hits 1, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

AS Holland is sighted by SS I-71
SS I-71 attacking on the surface
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So I'm bombing the crap outta China units close to Formosa while I clear out the ports along the northern end of the PI.

Morning Air attack on 62nd Prov Chinese Corps, at 77,58 , near Canton

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
200 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 62nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 62nd Prov Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 62nd Chinese Corps ...
Also attacking 62nd Prov Chinese Corps ...
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Morning Air attack on 88th Chinese Corps, at 90,56 , near Hangchow

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5M1 Mabel x 61

Allied aircraft
H81-A3 x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
B5M1 Mabel: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Allied ground losses:
66 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
60 x B5M1 Mabel bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
11th FG/48th FS CAF with H81-A3 (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
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I've got a few CV TFs in this area as I push in this area to take a few airfields and put a kink in plans to flee down in this area.

Morning Air attack on Davao , at 79,91

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 40
B5N1 Kate x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 1 damaged

Port hits 3
Port fuel hits 2
Port supply hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet
Port Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 30th Chinese Corps, at 85,48 , near Sinyang

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 21
Ki-30 Ann x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-30 Ann bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Hong Kong Fortress, at 77,61 (Hong Kong)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 39 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 12
Ki-36 Ida x 5
Ki-44 Tojo x 9
Ki-51 Sonia x 22

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-36 Ida: 1 damaged
Ki-51 Sonia: 3 damaged
Ki-51 Sonia: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
21 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-36 Ida bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 30 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 102nd RN Base Force, at 77,61 (Hong Kong)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 20 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-36 Ida x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-36 Ida: 4 damaged
Ki-36 Ida: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x Ki-36 Ida bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 30 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Kowloon Brigade, at 77,61 (Hong Kong)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 61 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 7 damaged
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 destroyed by flak

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 21st Chinese Corps, at 85,55 , near Nanchang

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 41 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 8
Ki-51 Sonia x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
79 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 50 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 23rd Group Army ...
Also attacking 21st Chinese Corps ...
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Bill lost a lot of aircraft around Kota Bharu…

Morning Air attack on TF, near Kota Bharu at 51,75

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
A6M2-N Rufe x 1
Ki-27b Nate x 25
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 19

Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 18
Swordfish I x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-27b Nate: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 3 destroyed
Buffalo I: 1 destroyed by flak
Swordfish I: 11 destroyed, 2 damaged
Swordfish I: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
CA Mogami
BB Haruna

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Swordfish I launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
1st Sentai/A with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 5000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
1st Sentai/B with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
11th Sentai/C with Ki-27b Nate (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
64th Sentai Det with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
77th Sentai Det A with Ki-27b Nate (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(5 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
790 Ku-K 38 with A6M2-N Rufe (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(1 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 6000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
Yamada Det S-1 with A6M2 Zero (4 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
4 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 5 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
1st Sentai/C with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (7 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
7 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 15000.
Raid is overhead
11th Sentai/A with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 3000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
11th Sentai/B with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Kota Bharu at 51,75

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 11
Ki-27b Nate x 23
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21

Allied aircraft
Buffalo I x 15
Vildebeest III x 30

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Buffalo I: 4 destroyed
Vildebeest III: 11 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
AK Sakura Maru
xAK Ayatosan Maru
AK Sasako Maru, Torpedo hits 1, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
Yamada Det S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(7 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 10 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
1st Sentai/C with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 31 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
11th Sentai/A with Ki-27b Nate (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 3000 , scrambling fighters to 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
11th Sentai/B with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 149 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
1st Sentai/A with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 23 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
1st Sentai/B with Ki-43-Ic Oscar (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(4 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 6 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 64 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
11th Sentai/C with Ki-27b Nate (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
3 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
3 planes vectored on to bombers
64th Sentai Det with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
77th Sentai Det A with Ki-27b Nate (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 37 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
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Guam allied AF is closed down with 100% damage.

Morning Air attack on Guam , at 106,95

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 26
G4M1 Betty x 30

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 16 damaged
F2A-3 Buffalo: 2 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 8
Airbase supply hits 10
Runway hits 19

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
9 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
8 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Guam , at 106,95

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 15

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Guam , at 106,95

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
G4M1 Betty x 11

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 6
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Laoag at 81,72

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D4Y1 Judy x 32

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Thracian, on fire, heavy damage
DD Thanet

Aircraft Attacking:
32 x D4Y1 Judy bombing from 6000 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 500 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Thracian
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Morning Air attack on Hong Kong Fortress, at 77,61 (Hong Kong)

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Cam Ranh Bay at 70,73

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 34 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Bennevis, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Cam Ranh Bay at 71,72

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 42 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Tai Seun Hong, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
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Morning Air attack on Sorong , at 82,107

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 46 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
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Afternoon Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 30

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
30 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet *
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Afternoon Air attack on Guam , at 106,95

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12

No Japanese losses

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
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This was a surprise. I was not expecting Bill to push near the Marshall Islands.

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ailuk at 139,112

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 16

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 11
F4F-3 Wildcat x 4

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 4 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CV Lexington

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 5000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
VF-2 with F2A-3 Buffalo (3 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
VMF-211 Det with F4F-3 Wildcat (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 100 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Cam Ranh Bay at 70,73

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Hanyang, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Fatshan, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

Massive explosion on xAK Hanyang
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Afternoon Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 45
G3M2 Nell x 22
G4M1 Betty x 15

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
G3M2 Nell: 3 damaged
G4M1 Betty: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Morane MS410: 1 damaged
Glen 167F: 1 destroyed on ground
Breguet Br697: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 16

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
18 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
4 x G3M2 Nell bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 33 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 15

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Breguet 514 Bizerte: 3 damaged
Morane MS410: 7 damaged
Morane MS410: 1 destroyed on ground
Glen 167F: 2 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 3
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 6000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Balabac at 68,78

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 2 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 0 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G3M2 Nell x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAK Munlock, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Laoag at 81,72

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
DD Thracian, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 100 kg SAP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-27b Nate x 12
Ki-51 Sonia x 6

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-51 Sonia: 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Glen 167F: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-51 Sonia bombing from 8000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 50 kg GP Bomb
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Bill brought the Lex over near the Marshalls to attack Wotje? Probably not. My WAG is that he was after invasion forces for Wake and the AF was a secondary target.

Afternoon Air attack on Wotje , at 135,115

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 9 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 11
A6M2 Zero x 3

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 10
SBD-3 Dauntless x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
A5M4 Claude: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 4 damaged

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 1000 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Chitose Ku S-1 Det with A5M4 Claude (11 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(11 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
11 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
13th Ku S-1 Det B with A6M2 Zero (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(3 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Raid is overhead
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Satawal at 107,109

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 18
G4M1 Betty x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
AM Penguin

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
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Afternoon Air attack on Hong Kong , at 77,61

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 65 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 32
G4M1 Betty x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 3 damaged

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
15 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 29 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
D3A1 Val x 14
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Hong Kong , at 77,61

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 15
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 damaged
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 1 destroyed by flak

Airbase hits 1
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 8000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Kwangchowan , at 73,60

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 3 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Runway hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x D3A1 Val bombing from 1000 feet
Airfield Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ternate at 77,102

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 12
B5N1 Kate x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
xAKL Mauban, Bomb hits 4, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 9000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAKL Mauban
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Laoag at 81,72

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 3 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Thanet

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
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Submarine attack near Tawi Tawi at 71,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-73

Allied Ships
xAKL Luzon, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAKL Luzon is sighted by SS I-73
SS I-73 launches 2 torpedoes at xAKL Luzon
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Submarine attack near Tawi Tawi at 71,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-73

Allied Ships
xAKL Magallanes, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAKL Magallanes is sighted by SS I-73
SS I-73 attacking on the surface
Massive explosion on xAKL Magallanes
Massive explosion on xAKL Magallanes
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Pre-Invasion action off Manado (75,99) - Coastal Guns Fire Back!

23 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
CL Nagara
CL Itsukushima, Shell hits 2
DD Umikaze
AMC Shinano Maru, Shell hits 3
DD Yukikaze
DD Suzukaze

Japanese ground losses:
28 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

CL Nagara firing at Manado Base Force
Manado Base Force firing at CL Nagara
Manado Base Force firing at CL Itsukushima
CL Itsukushima firing at Manado Base Force
DD Umikaze firing at Manado Garrison Battalion
75mm CD Gun Battery engaging AMC Shinano Maru at 14,000 yards
CL Itsukushima firing to suppress enemy battery at 14,000 yards
DD Umikaze fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 4,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards
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Invasion Support action off Kota Bharu (51,75)
Defensive Guns engage approaching landing force

13 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
AK Sasako Maru
CL Sendai
CL Kushida

18 Pounder Gun battery firing at AK Sasako Maru
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Ground combat at 88,45 (near Kaifeng)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11602 troops, 94 guns, 32 vehicles, Assault Value = 377

Defending force 1557 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 45

Japanese adjusted assault: 385

Allied adjusted defense: 6

Japanese assault odds: 64 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
610 casualties reported
Squads: 39 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 15 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
35th Division

Defending units:
8th New Chinese Corps
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Ground combat at Kota Bharu (51,75)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 6802 troops, 63 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 146

Defending force 6702 troops, 52 guns, 17 vehicles, Assault Value = 98

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 36

Allied adjusted defense: 36

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-), morale(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
204 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled

Allied ground losses:
296 casualties reported
Squads: 43 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 7 (1 destroyed, 6 disabled)

Assaulting units:
56th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
5th JAAF AF Coy

Defending units:
FMSV Brigade
8th Indian Brigade
3rd ISF Base Force
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Good - I'm sending para-infantry here from Takao.

Ground combat at Miri (64,87)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4529 troops, 35 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 81

Defending force 1392 troops, 12 guns, 4 vehicles, Assault Value = 1

Japanese adjusted assault: 49

Allied adjusted defense: 15

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Miri !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
145 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Allied ground losses:
384 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 26 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
I./124th Infantry Battalion
Miri Engineer Battalion

Defending units:
100th RN Base Force
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Ground combat at 88,50 (near Hwainan)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3840 troops, 26 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 124

Defending force 4854 troops, 43 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 165

Japanese adjusted assault: 99

Allied adjusted defense: 32

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: leaders(+), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+)

Japanese ground losses:
272 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 15 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1268 casualties reported
Squads: 49 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 31 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 3 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 5 (5 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
138th Infantry Regiment

Defending units:
48th Chinese Corps
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Ground combat at Kota Bharu (51,75)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2999 troops, 35 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 81

Defending force 6648 troops, 63 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 132

Assaulting units:
FMSV Brigade
8th Indian Brigade
3rd ISF Base Force

Defending units:
56th Infantry Regiment
12th Engineer Regiment
5th JAAF AF Coy

Calayan is occupied by the Japanese

WO Emura F. of 1st Sentai/C is credited with kill number 2
WO Egashira D. of 11th Sentai/C is credited with kill number 2
2LT Iwaya H. of 1st Sentai/C is credited with kill number 2
WO Fuchida U. of 1st Sentai/C is credited with kill number 2
PO1 Kurihara U. of Yamada Det S-1 is credited with kill number 2
2LT Ayanori I. of 11th Sentai/B is credited with kill number 2
PO1 Okano F. of Yamada Det S-1 is credited with kill number 2
PO1 Kurihara U. of Yamada Det S-1 is credited with kill number 3
PO2 Mikami J. of Yamada Det S-1 is credited with kill number 2
PO1 Kurihara U. of Yamada Det S-1 is credited with kill number 4
2LT Inoue U. of 1st Sentai/B is credited with kill number 2
2LT Iizuka K. of 1st Sentai/B is credited with kill number 2
2LT Iwashita T. of 1st Sentai/C is credited with kill number 2
PO1 Ide, S. of Yamada Det S-1 is credited with kill number 2
2LT Futagami T. of 1st Sentai/C is credited with kill number 2
2LT Futagami T. of 1st Sentai/C is credited with kill number 3

Japanese forces CAPTURE Miri !!!

Loss of AKL Katsura Maru on Dec 09, 1941 is admitted
PG Asheville is reported to have been sunk near Tawi Tawi on Dec 09, 1941
AS Holland is reported to have been sunk near Donggala on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Lepus is reported to have been sunk near Donggala on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Luzon is reported to have been sunk near Tawi Tawi on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Magallanes is reported to have been sunk near Tawi Tawi on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Mauban is reported to have been sunk near Ternate on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Si Kiang is reported to have been sunk near Puerto Princesa on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Bennevis is reported to have been sunk near Cam Ranh Bay on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Chengtu is reported to have been sunk near Hong Kong on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Hanyang is reported to have been sunk near Cam Ranh Bay on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Joan Moller is reported to have been sunk near Hong Kong on Dec 09, 1941
xAKL Kanchow is reported to have been sunk near Hong Kong on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Nanning is reported to have been sunk near Cam Ranh Bay on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Munlock is reported to have been sunk near Balabac on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Haraldsvang is reported to have been sunk near Cam Ranh Bay on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Hai Lee is reported to have been sunk near Cam Ranh Bay on Dec 09, 1941
xAP Neptuna is reported to have been sunk near Puerto Princesa on Dec 09, 1941
xAK Tai Seun Hong is reported to have been sunk near Cam Ranh Bay on Dec 09, 1941
MTB 11 is reported to have been sunk near Laoag on Dec 09, 1941
MTB 12 is reported to have been sunk near Laoag on Dec 09, 1941
MTB 27 is reported to have been sunk near Laoag on Dec 09, 1941


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10DEC41 - 8/23/2019 6:11:51 PM   
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So I have this screwed-up invasion of Manado going on. I had bombardment and air support there. My amphibious TF kind of ran into fleeing TFs and ran this-a-way and that… What a sad endeavor this is… I'm re-routing TFs to another base I'm assaulting - Sorong.
Vindicators… Bill has Vindicators… Did you know they have a range of 8 and 10 with drop tanks? Grumble-grumble. One of my carrier groups was a little too close to Davao… The CV Chiho took a bomb but my carrier got away with only a love-tap. Damage 12/3/3/0. She's still flying aircraft so I'm good for now. I always get a bit of a pucker factor when I see allied aircraft attacking my toys. Especially when you see that message that says fuel explosion…

Morning Air attack on TF, near Talaud-eilanden at 80,97

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 38 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 16 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A5M4 Claude x 17
A6M2 Zero x 22

Allied aircraft
F2A-3 Buffalo x 12
SB2U-3 Vindicator x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A5M4 Claude: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
F2A-3 Buffalo: 2 destroyed
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 6 destroyed, 5 damaged
SB2U-3 Vindicator: 2 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Chiho, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
CVL Chiyoda

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SB2U-3 Vindicator releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
Zuiho-1/A with A5M4 Claude (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 6 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1/B with A5M4 Claude (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 12 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Zuiho-1/C with A5M4 Claude (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 6000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers
Chiho-1 /A with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Chiho-1 /B with A6M2 Zero (1 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers
Chiho-1 /C with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 3 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Ryujo-1 with A5M4 Claude (2 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 4 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Chiyoda-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 6 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 9000 , scrambling fighters between 9000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 22 minutes
4 planes vectored on to bombers
Iwama-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 10000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes
2 planes vectored on to bombers

Fuel storage explosion on CV Chiho


There's still a bit of pushing/shoving going on in the waters of the northern Philippines but I think I'm clearing things out with small SCTFs of DDs and DD/CL combos. I've got a heavy SCTF en route just in case Bill wants to dance with big-boyz. Next turn should see the beginning of my PI assault with amphibious operations targeted for Aparri.

Bill seems to be experimenting with B-17s flying night attacks at Formosa. I've got the Kwangchowan AF subdued so I'm gathering air support and fighters for the PI campaign. This is gunna be fun. I bought out the 7th Division from Hokkaido and will add it to the PI operations. I'm under the belief that in this mod you can never have too many divisions for an assault.

There's still a lot of sub action going on. I've got a lot of subs and Bill has a lot of merchant and naval shipping that he wants to move out. It's a nice relationship. :-)
I'll say this though - I really-really dislike those Dutch subs…

In China I'm still sorting things out. The first step is a combo of clearing the rail lines and moving garrison units to bases that need to be garrisoned. Clickity-click-click.

I've got my troops into Hong Kong. I did a bombardment to check out what he has there. Next to nothing. My Hong Kong force starts out greatly augmented as they have two divisions, an infantry regiment plus engineers and those 8 arty units.

Assaulting units:
19th Ind. Engineer Regiment
66th Infantry Regiment
300th Division
38th Division
20th Ind. Engineer Regiment
3rd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
10th Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
1st Hvy.Artillery Regiment
5th RF Gun Battalion
2nd Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
2nd RF Gun Battalion
2nd Mortar Battalion
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion

Defending units:
Rifles of Canada Battalion
Kowloon Brigade
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion
1st Middlesex Battalion
2nd Royal Scots Battalion
102nd RN Base Force
Hong Kong Fortress



Over near the Marshall Islands Bill keeps his carrier force plus a lone CA SCTF and they spank some of my empty\almost empty amphibious TFs running back to Kwajalein. Nothing too serious but it's nice to see an aggressive allied opponent.




I think my Guam assault will go down on the next turn also. That'll be fun and afterwards I can reassign some of the assets I have there. It makes it a win-win-win for me. :-)

In other exciting news:
- Tarawa falls
- Kota Bharu forts are reduced to zero
- Kweiteh is occupied by the Japanese
- PO2 Sakai A. of Chiyoda-1 is credited with kill number 2
- PO2 Imamura I. of Chiyoda-1 is credited with kill number 2
- 1st RGC Division takes replacements from Shanghai
- Loss of xAK Tenyo Maru on Dec 10, 1941 is admitted
- Loss of xAK Kamikaze Maru on Dec 10, 1941 is admitted
- Loss of xAKL Kaito Maru on Dec 10, 1941 is admitted
- AS Canopus is reported to have been sunk near Tawi Tawi on Dec 10, 1941
- PT-32 is reported to have been sunk near Iba on Dec 10, 1941
- xAK Tantalus is reported to have been sunk near Tawi Tawi on Dec 10, 1941
- xAK Yu Sang is reported to have been sunk near Tandjoengselor on Dec 10, 1941





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Thoughts on Operations in Burma - 8/23/2019 10:02:44 PM   
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11DEC41 GT (Game Time)
So I was reading Bill's AAR (as short as it was) of his game with WingCmdr. In that game he was playing the allies and he opinioned (and I'm paraphrasing here) that Burma sucked with sucky troops in sucky bases and that he'd instead concentrate on India. I wonder if he'll do the same VS me? I guess I'll find out.
Another note for those that chose to follow the exciting adventures of the Japanese side within the Focus in the Pacific Mod is that I'm working to get Bill 3-4 turns per week. He's retired - I'm gainfully employed with intent to remain in the work force for another 8 years or so as I'm still somewhat of a young pup in my mid-2-late 50s.

Air Operations
So my initial plans are to use Chiang Mai as my primary base for air operations.

To that end I've sent several engineer units, both construction and air support, along with three AA units. I'm working to build the base up quickly to level 2 so I can start operation other than CAP. :-)

I've also bumped my required supplies up to 1267 to keep a reasonable supply at the base for my projects. I'll gradually increase my local supplies once I get a regular convoy system running from Bangkok to Cam Ranh Bay (and another run from Japan to Cam Ranh Bay).

Bangkok starts out with a level 4 airfield. I've got that ramping up also. Since it's the easiest location for me at the present to maintain enough air support and supplies to field air operations and replace lost aircraft, I'll be flying most of my air support missions from here at the beginning of my Burmese operations.

Ground Operations
For ground forces in my Burma campaign , I'll utilize the Royal Thai Army and the 15th and 21st Armies, all three of which fall under the umbrella of the Southern Army. Additional units of the Southern Army will tag along as I get my assignments in order.

So the 15th Army starts out with a pair of divisions, one of which (the 55th Div.) carries the tag "Some assembly required." I wish one of Japan's divisional commanders was named Michael O'Neal, a favorite character on a book series that I enjoy. Sadly, there are no Amaricinzed names on Japan's roster of officers. Anyway - the Double-Nickle is scattered about in Bangkok and I hope to reform it when all of the components arrive in Moulmein. Of not on 11DEC41 is that one component of the Double-Nickle is the I/143rd Infantry Bn., which is currently at Victoria Point, so it will be the first unit of the soon-2-B-famous 55th Division.

The 21st Army consists of a pair of divisions, the 4th and 5th Guards Divs., both of which start the game at Cam Ranh Bay. They are currently making their way by ground to Phnom Penh and, once in that thriving metropolis, will use the sophisticated rail systems of Indochina and Thailand to advance up north to Pisanuloke.

So the last ground force to cover is that of the Royal Thai Army. I start out with the same under-strength six divisions that are the norm for the Thai forces but I also have an armored division… Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Consisting of cavalry, and armored cars along with a few mortar and AT Gun squads, this mechanized division is sure to fear into the hearts of the Burmese and allied forces desperately trying to prevent Imperial Japan from the oil fields of Magwe, the product of which should go towards efforts to build and strengthen the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. I mean, it only makes sense - right?


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11DEC41 - 8/24/2019 8:45:22 PM   
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I'm landing @ Sorong. Carrier TFs are within range to provide air cover but Bill did not contest by air.

Along the northern end of the PI Bill has subs lurking. It's a good hunting area but his torpedoes suck for the most part and I've a few DD TFs that cuck depth charges at them. It sucks to be a submariner assigned to that coastline, what with the shallow waters and all. I would note that one of his subs, the S-40, taps two into the flank of the CL Tama.
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ASW attack near Laoag at 81,72

Japanese Ships
DD Nobikaze

Allied Ships
SS S-40, hits 4

SS S-40 is sighted by escort
S-40 bottoming out ....
DD Nobikaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Nobikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nobikaze attacking submerged sub ....
DD Nobikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Nobikaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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ASW attack near Aparri at 82,73

Japanese Ships
DD Inazuma

Allied Ships
SS Porpoise, hits 3

SS Porpoise is sighted by escort
Porpoise bottoming out ....
DD Inazuma attacking submerged sub ....
DD Inazuma fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Inazuma fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Inazuma fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Inazuma fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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My invasion force arrives @ Guam and begins unloading troops. Coastal guns at Guam are a bummer.

My subs are still picking up prey along the route to the Makassar Strait.
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Submarine attack near Donggala at 69,96

Japanese Ships
SS I-61

Allied Ships
AS Otus, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

AS Otus is sighted by SS I-61
SS I-61 launches 2 torpedoes

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Submarine attack near Tawi Tawi at 72,90

Japanese Ships
SS I-73

Allied Ships
PG Tulsa, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

PG Tulsa is sighted by SS I-73
SS I-73 launches 2 torpedoes


I'm still pounding Kwangchowan to keep the AF down. I'm also attacking several of Bill's ground units in China.

Bill attacks Miri from the air. I already have an air unit of Zeroes here. The oil fields take a few hits but my fighters did engage so I think I'm OK as long as Bill doesn't run 40 bomber groups at Miri per turn.

My amphibious landing operations take place later in the day at Aparri in Northern PI.
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Amphibious Assault at Aparri (82,73)

TF 107 troops unloading over beach at Aparri, 82,73

Japanese ground losses:
101 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)

Motorized Support damaged beyond repair during unload of 16th Recon Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 9th Infantry Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost in surf during unload of 9th Infantry Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 20th Infantry Rgt
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 20th Infantry Rgt
12 Support troops lost overboard during unload of 20th Infantry Rgt
18 troops of a IJA Engineer Squad accidentally lost during unload of 16th Engr Rgt /3
19 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost overboard during unload of 20th Infantry Rgt /4
12 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 9th Infantry Rgt /5


At Hong Kong my deliberate attack reduces the forts to level 3.

At Tsiaotso my attack drops the fort level to 1.

At Sorong my attack reduces forts to level 1

At Koto Bharu my attack wins the day. The 8th Indian Brigade and the FMSV Brigade retreat. The 3rd ISF Base Force surrenders.

At Victoria Point my forces capture Victoria Point. The Double-Nickle has been blooded.

In other news:
Beaufort is occupied by the Japanese
PO2 Minowa S. of Yamada Det S-2 is credited with kill number 2
PO2 Hirata R. of Yamada Det S-2 is credited with kill number 2
PO2 Mikami T. of Yamada Det S-2 is credited with kill number 2
Loss of CL Tama on Dec 11, 1941 is admitted
xAK Ishikari Maru arrives at Nagasaki/Sasebo
PG Tulsa is reported to have been sunk near Tawi Tawi on Dec 11, 1941
xAKL Soochow is reported to have been sunk near Miri on Dec 11, 1941
xAKL Yat Shing is reported to have been sunk near Miri on Dec 11, 1941
xAKL Halldor is reported to have been sunk near Miri on Dec 11, 1941
70th Sentai arrives at Kaifeng


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12DEC41 WiTP Chart - 8/24/2019 11:50:14 PM   
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There's nothing grounded in reality with this mod... I start with a nice-sized hammer but Once the Allies start churning out CVs and BBs it gunna be time to pay the fiddler.






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12DEC41 WiTP Gobal View - 8/24/2019 11:52:47 PM   
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And here's the global view from the same day.






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Amphibious landing question - 8/25/2019 7:13:56 PM   
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Hi to those following the saga - lol.

I'm working on a long-term battle plan and I really want to achieve my goals prior to the end of 1943. My WAG is that by mid 1943 Bill's naval forces are just going to be too much for me to go deep without strong bases that can help provide LRCAP for my naval forces. In essence, Bill will be able to out-build me around 5-1 in carriers.

So Japan has the landing bonus for until May. The last time I did an amphibious landing with a division of troops without the bonus, my troops were pretty much slaughtered. I seem to remember Nemo121 using a lot of smaller xAKs for amphibious landings.

Is that the way to go? Do you do something different for the large-scale amphibious assaults? If you've got something down that works well would you do me the favor of posting your solution?

Thanx in advance!

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RE: Amphibious landing question - 8/25/2019 7:24:24 PM   
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Land part of the unit first, then the rest are reinforcements and may not get the amount of disruption. As always, have a cargo ship or two with nothing but supplies to make sure that there are enough on the beach. Use AKs and especially LSDs for tanks. For tank units, strip out the soft devices by using air transport and/or APDs.

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RE: Amphibious landing question - 8/26/2019 1:38:12 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

Land part of the unit first, then the rest are reinforcements and may not get the amount of disruption. As always, have a cargo ship or two with nothing but supplies to make sure that there are enough on the beach. Use AKs and especially LSDs for tanks. For tank units, strip out the soft devices by using air transport and/or APDs.


I like the thought of adding a spare ship for supplies - I normally don't do that. Thanks for the thoughts.

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12DEC41 - the sunrise over Bangkok was exceptional - 8/26/2019 1:40:56 AM   
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The Amphibious Assault of Guam begins on the 12th of December. Bill's coastal guns brutally savage the Matsue Maru. Five 155mm shells rip through her thin frame. Heavy fires and thick smoke obscure the damage done to her body as she lists ominously to port… Eventually the Matsue slips beneath the waves.

In the end though, the goal is accomplished. The 44th Infantry Division and the 15th Base Force, for the most part, have landed and dug in as they prepare to advance upon the besieged allied defenders.

Later a bombardment TF arrives to pave the way for the amphibious assault troops; four massive Battleships with escorts pound the airfield, port, and allied troops.
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Near Bandjermasin the I-158 slaps a torpedo into the flank of the TK Gertrude Kellogg; she was already limping heavily from a previous engagement with the submarines of Imperial Japan prior to the attack of the I-158.
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Many miles to the West at Sorong, the amphibious assault continues without respite. Additional troops land upon the shore and scramble forward towards cover, beating hearts and cold sweat acknowledging their naked fear as they cross the open sands…
Later, in desperate and bloody fighting, Japan's warriors reduce the fortifications to level 0.
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And far to the North of Sorong at Puerto Princesa another Amphibious assault begins…
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In open seas near Howland Isle, Captain Yakimi steps away from the periscope to rub the sweat from his eyes before stepping back to grab the periscope and peer through the eye piece. A Carrier - the Lexington? - accompanied by a pair of destroyers! The destroyers are already turning toward the I-17, lookouts having spotted the tell-tale wake of the periscope.
Yakami quickly reads off the numbers and a firing solution is quickly calculated. The I-17 fires six torpedoes just as fast as the crew can make them ready. There's no time to watch - the destroyers are nearly upon them! Dive! Dive! Dive! - and the bow pushes down as the I-17 dives deep beneath the waves. Above the DDs Flusser and Porter attack with their depth charges but they are way off target.
Yakimi clutches the stop watch as the hands tick away to the expected time of a successful solution. Nothing! It was apparent that the I-17 too was way off target…
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From Bangkok with love, bombers with fighter escorts attacked the airfields of Port Blair in several waves. From 8 thousand feet Sallys and Bettys made their bombing runs, peppering the runway and airbase with 250 kg GP bombs.
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At Hong Kong air strikes from Samah, Canton, and Takao pound the allied troops and the airfield as they try to soften up the enemy prior to another deliberate attack from the two divisions and support troops already engaged with the enemy troops.
Later, during the day, Japan attacks Hong Kong again, reducing the forts to level 2.
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Near Iwo-jima the xAKL Elcano plies the seas in her desperate attempt to escape from the Japanese forces in and around the Philippines. It must have been a bitter pill to swallow for the good captain and crew as Bettys from the direction of the Marianas Islands make their attack runs. The Elcano is too old and too slow to dodge the attacking Bettys. The Bettys fly back home, the Elcano left listing and burning furiously from a pair of 250 kg SAP bombs.
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War is not one-sided; there is ying with the yang. Vildebeests attack the DD Yugakaze near San Fernando. Three hits with 500 lb. GP bombs are too much for the plucky destroyer and her crew. Shortly after the attack the Yugakaze succumbs to the waves…





And in other exciting news:
Aparri is occupied by the Japanese
27th Sentai arrives at Kota Bharu
27th Sentai sub-groups COMBINING at Kota Bharu
64th Sentai Det arrives at Kota Bharu
64th Sentai Det sub-groups COMBINING at Kota Bharu
15th Base Force takes replacements
Kawakubo J. now available for reassignment






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RE: 12DEC41 - the sunrise over Bangkok was exceptional - 8/26/2019 2:07:44 AM   
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Bomb and bombard first, then invade. From what I read, you bombarded after the invasion. Also, include heavy ships in your invasion fleet as the CD guns will engage them plus the heavy ships will engage the CD guns.

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13DEC41: Sorong my friend - C U next time - 8/29/2019 4:11:53 AM   
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At Puerto Princesa I bombard just to confirm what's there.

At Sorong we capture the base; the Sorong Detachment Base Force flees in terror from the might of the Imperial Japanese forces. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

At Kweisui I get 1 to 1 odds but I ran into a stack about twice the size of mine. I guess that show the mettle of the Chinese forces there. I'm bringing a bigger stick; it should arrive in 3-4 turns.

Near Kaifeng I attack a pair of Chinese Corps with the 32nd Div. They retreat in disarray.

At Hong Kong the Forts are reduced to 1. A third division arrives so another deliberate attack is scheduled for the 14th.

Near Rangoon a unit of Lilys finds a couple of enemy merchant ships and drops an egg or two on them. One ship is on fire and the other has heavy fires and heavy damage. My Lilly used 100 kg SAP bombs.

I get in some more good sub action catching merchant shipping near Bandjermasin and Rabaul.

Near Sorong one of Bill's subs catches the AKL Higari Maru in some surface action. The Higari takes 11 shells and has raging fires…

In other exciting news:
Hwaiyin is occupied by Japan
xAKL Latouche is reported to have been sunk near Bandjermasin on Dec 13, 1941
xAKL Sarangami is reported to have been sunk near Agrihan on Dec 13, 1941
xAP Macdhui is reported to have been sunk near Rabaul on Dec 13, 1941


Of note in the turn:
Bill stacked about 5 subs in a row next to Babeldaob. I set three FP units to fly naval Search (Day/night). I have a DB unit flying naval attack. And I have a 3DD ASW TF that's patrol is right over those subs. They are in blue waters but I'm kinda curious to see how things go with all of the DL modifiers I expect to generate.

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RE: 13DEC41: Sorong my friend - C U next time - 8/29/2019 12:12:32 PM   
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Put some FP or other air ASW at 100 or 1000 feet and see what happens. They might not see the sub on the surface, but if they do the sub has almost no chance to dive.

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14DEC41: Anne has a sweet voice - 8/30/2019 7:05:08 PM   
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Anne was talking up the radio today. I love to hear the sweet sound of her voice.

Guam forts are reduced to 1 this turn.

Laoag should fall next turn as its undefended. Puerto Princesa should fall too.

Other than that, there's not too much news. I've getting my Search network up. There are a few enemy TF fleeing past Marcus isle that I see. I've routed a pair of SCTF into those waters.

In China, Burma, and Malaya I've got a lot of troops moving around the map in support of military objectives.

In Malaya I have 7 divisions that I'll be using for Singapore. The 3rd Air Div. Air HQ unit is almost at Kota Bharu. This is a cool air HQ as it has a radius of 4. Alor Star, Georgetown, and Taiping all have AFs in the level 3-4 range so I will be able to fly out of any of those base with torpedoes.

In Burma I'm using the Thai Army plus the 15th Army. Chiang Mai is almost at level 2 for the airfield. That makes a swell 4ward location for air ops VS Rangoon and the Burmese bases closer to their southern side.

I've got my initial airframes figured out but I'm still doing some hemming and hawwing on R&D.


Babuyan is occupied by the Japanese
Japanese forces CAPTURE Hong Kong !!!
Rifles of Canada Battalion SURRENDERS !!!
Kowloon Brigade SURRENDERS !!!
2nd Royal Scots Battalion SURRENDERS !!!
Winnipeg Grenadiers Battalion SURRENDERS !!!
1st Middlesex Battalion SURRENDERS !!!
102nd RN Base Force SURRENDERS !!!
Hong Kong Fortress SURRENDERS !!!
65th Sentai sub-groups COMBINING at Chengting
63rd I.F.Chutai sub-groups COMBINING at Shanghai




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