North of Kuching, O19 sinks AKL Raizan Maru with a torpedo hit.
My opponent had been running naval task forces all over the Java Sea like it was a pond in his backyard. I had excellent search capabilities covering the area however, and a very good picture of where his forces were. An opening emerged when his heavy battleship and cruiser task forces pulled farther north leaving the CVL Ryujo group isolated further to the southeast. I quickly assembled a very large cruiser task force with a few destroyers for protection against submarines, gave the cruiser squadron an excellent commander, and set them at full speed towards the Ryujo force. They connected during the day and focused their extensive firepower on the light carrier. Despite the best efforts of the Ryujo’s escort of a heavy cruiser and four destroyers, she was left a complete wreck with 52 hits, heavy fires, and heavy damage. None of my vessels suffered significant damage. My first ever carrier victim of the game slid beneath the waves a short while later, taking her complement of aircraft with her.
Japanese naval bombers pounded the isolated 51st PA Infantry Division at Lucena.
A few Kingfisher floatplanes flew in from Puerto Princessa to hit his landing force at San Jose, delivering a single 250lb bomb into the AMC Saigon Maru. I set the B-17Ds still at Cagayan on naval attack duty hoping they would go after the ongoing landings at either Cebu or San Jose. They instead went for the heavy cruisers all the way north off the coast of Iba. I scored no hits, and lost a couple of the bombers to battle damage from flak and the Zeros on CAP.
It turns out my foolish attack in Manila was a blessing in disguise. Thinking that my forces there were now spent, my opponent launched a shock attack to take the city without waiting for the Japanese reinforcements I could see were on their way. Luckily for me, some much-needed reinforcements arrived from Clark just in time to bolster the defense. It was the Japanese turn to take heavy losses here, with 1,300 casualties for less than 200 of mine. This should buy me some more time to keep pushing at Iba, where I weakened the Japanese further with another attack.
Japanese forces storm Cebu and San Jose and capture them.
Japanese mobile regiments take Taiping, pursuing the fleeing rearguard detachments further south.
Japanese IJA bombers, as always with heavy Zero escort, struck my troops emerging from Ichang, inflicting casualties and slowing them down. My own Chinese bombers hit the 37th Division north of Loyang in an attempt to slow it down.
The Japanese, with a brigade and a regiment, shock attacked the 52nd Chinese Corps just across the border from Vietnam near Lang Son. The Chinese corps was well dug in however and held its own, inflicting almost 2,000 casualties for only a couple hundred losses sustained.
South West Pacific
The Japanese in this area had concentrated on landing troops on the north coast of New Guinea and the islands north of Rabaul such as at Kavieng and Manus. Tonight the Japanese advanced further with a landing coming ashore at Lae. I had placed numerous Australian and American Catalinas on naval attack duty and they repeatedly went in to disrupt the landings but missed.
My opponent sent me a statement with the turn, congratulating me on doing well, but also warning me that things will change
I was happy with how things were developing, but was a bit frustrated that I could not replicate the success achieved by my Catalinas in the Philippines with the strikes in New Guinea. My intelligence also detected an incoming invasion of Rabaul, which my recon had already begun to sight. I had however moved the Enterprise strike force into the Coral Sea, and made plans to send a squadron of dive bombers of its decks to Rabaul to more effectively hit the incoming transports. The Enterprise group itself was reinforced with a large detachment of Australian cruisers and went close to Milne Bay.
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