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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/26/2021 12:27:07 AM   
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42/12/8A: Finally got a read on the CV types. Yep, instead of the singing to "Sink the Bismark", we may be singing to "Sink the Shokaku"!!!

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/26/2021 12:37:41 AM   
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Yep, instead of the singing to "Sink the Bismark", we may be singing to "Sink the Shokaku"!!!

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/26/2021 12:48:23 AM   
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Yep, instead of the singing to "Sink the Bismark", we may be singing to "Sink the Shokaku"!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Ufc2hI4FM







Pre-emptive apologies to Johnny Horton ...

The year is 1942, John sails the ocean blue
John has the biggest carrier force, guarded by the biggest guns
The KB is the meanest thing to ever sail the seas
With its bombs as big as steers and torps as big as trees.

Out of the dark and stormy night came the CL Lamotte-Picquet
To deal out a nasty sting that John would not forget
We have to sink a carrier, the heart of the KB!
But when the sun came up again the CL had to flee.

Yet behind her was a carrier slewing in the dark
One of the CL's torpedoes had really found its mark
Now bigred is on the hunt to get this enemy
And end the reign of the Japanese Carrier Force, AKA KB!


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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/26/2021 12:23:09 PM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/26/2021 1:31:14 PM   
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42/12/9b:
Enemy locations, general quarters, all hands to your stations.




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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/26/2021 2:29:41 PM   
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Yep, instead of the singing to "Sink the Bismark", we may be singing to "Sink the Shokaku"!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Ufc2hI4FM







Pre-emptive apologies to Johnny Horton ...

The year is 1942, John sails the ocean blue
John has the biggest carrier force, guarded by the biggest guns
The KB is the meanest thing to ever sail the seas
With its bombs as big as steers and torps as big as trees.

Out of the dark and stormy night came the CL Lamotte-Picquet
To deal out a nasty sting that John would not forget
We have to sink a carrier, the heart of the KB!
But when the sun came up again the CL had to flee.

Yet behind her was a carrier slewing in the dark
One of the CL's torpedoes had really found its mark
Now bigred is on the hunt to get this enemy
And end the reign of the Japanese Carrier Force, AKA KB!



THAT was funny! Nicely attempted Sir.


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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/27/2021 7:12:32 PM   
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Plan on doing a long AAR Post once things are settled. Stay Posted and we'll get it out as soon as it is safe to do so.

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/28/2021 3:02:46 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/29/2021 1:25:32 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 6/29/2021 1:32:30 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/6/2021 10:39:28 PM   
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The attack on the Japanese AOs occurred on Dec 4, 1942. We are now at December 21, 1942. The TF, as seen above, had TEN of Japan's big AOs in it. The enemy's attack and subsequent action caused SEVEN of the TEN to sink. Three made it back to Christmas and they are now headed west for repairs.

I got damned lucky. The AOs had just emptied themselves into the Japanese CTF and were retiring. Had that fuel not been transferred, Japan would have/should have lost five Feet Carriers as well as all four Kongo BCs.

The fuel allowed for a big circle to be done around Hawaii. The CTF headed towards the West Coast, then three days north, and then four days to Midway. Nearly every turn I waited for the CVs to be clobbered by the combined Allied CTF. Thankfully, that never happened.

The loss of these AOs will greatly curtail Japanese operations for the near-future. It is a pain-in-the-ass!!!

Tip of the hat to my opponent for catching the AOs! Am purplexed as to why a Fleet Engagement did not happen but am very thankful to get away with the heavies.

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/8/2021 1:35:38 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/9/2021 5:23:55 AM   
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December 24, 1942
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There has been a lot of aerial fighting and sparring over Australia. Rarely has there been an outstanding day for either side. That thought disappears on Christmas Eve 1942 when Allied Fighters and Torpedo Bombers are drawn north to Cairns where a Japanese STF of 4 CL and 8 DD protect a convoy that is unloading.

Just the day before, the American 32nd ID was mauled by the Japanese 48th ID forcing it to retreat. All the LR CAP over that ID was redeployed to cover Cairns. The normal 40-50 Japanese Fighters on CAP double with this change of orders. Against nearly 100 Japanese Fighters, several Allied strikes bore in going after the shipping. To say that it is a disaster for the units involved is an understatement.





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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/9/2021 5:26:31 AM   
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Here are the losses for the day:





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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/13/2021 2:16:39 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/13/2021 8:22:20 PM   
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no action, The cvtf turned west. according to a cbt report i read at work.

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 1:21:40 AM   
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42/12/29: But wait. John3rd orders a sub set of his CVTF to shell Tahiti on this third day in the area as the CVTF goes SW after transports.






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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 1:24:59 AM   
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42/12/29b: Bombardment TF left with no air cover. The CV TF likes to chase after transports.





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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 1:28:12 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 1:32:10 AM   
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Looks like Nachi should sink overnight, and Myoko and Kamikaze are badly enough damaged to not clear beyond strike range tomorrow. Much drama for the peanut gallery!




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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 2:11:58 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 2:53:41 AM   
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Looks like Nachi should sink overnight, and Myoko and Kamikaze are badly enough damaged to not clear beyond strike range tomorrow. Much drama for the peanut gallery!




The Jap SCFT was not on my orders screen when I processed the last turn.

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 3:32:24 AM   
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LESS yammering and more turns PLEASE!

Cannot write as the action is still far from complete.


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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 3:33:18 AM   
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Will say that I absolutely DREAD January 1, 1943. Have taken solid steps for ASW but just simply know that they will not be enough...

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 3:36:10 AM   
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Looks like Nachi should sink overnight, and Myoko and Kamikaze are badly enough damaged to not clear beyond strike range tomorrow. Much drama for the peanut gallery!




The Jap SCFT was not on my orders screen when I processed the last turn.



I had three crippled ships is EASY strike range and not one single Allied Vindicator flew. They were SCARY EFFECTIVE the previous turn! Running away or is that LIMPING away presently.

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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 1:41:33 PM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/15/2021 1:42:14 PM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/16/2021 12:39:21 AM   
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Two Japanese Carrier TFs merge the morning of New Year's Eve. The embarrassment of the CA Attacks two days ago hangs over the Fighter Crews. Orders got mixed up and the CAP ZEROs did not fly. Their two long-time escorts were pummeled and the Zero-Sen pilots are shamed at what occurred.

Vc-Adm Yamaguchi Tamon commands this force. He meets with his Sea Eagles and they decide to formulate a plan to deal with the threat that comes from Tahiti. The Task Force will close the target and DRAW an attack from the AF upon itself. The pilots will have to be successful and shoot down every bomber or the tender flight decks will be vulnerable. The pilots grin and accept the challenge.

The CTF turns SSE and closes Tahiti.

Orders are clear--CAP 80% -- Rest 20% Range 0. All DB and TB get ordered to rest for the day.

Morning dawns with high clouds and some storms. No Allied Attack occurs.

Afternoon begins and the primitive radar sets of the Fleet pick-up the enemy closing. There is plenty of warning. The carriers turns into the wind to double the CAP. The Allied Strike is strong comprising 60 Fighters and 17 Vindicator DB. It is met with ZEROs at 18,000 Ft -- 13,000 Ft -- Float Planes (RUFE and the new REX) at 5,000 Ft. Against the 77 plane Allied Strike, the Carriers put up 121 total Fighters.

The Allies are slaughtered. Half of the Fighters are shot down and ALL of the Vindicators. Losses are light and the pilots return to their carriers knowing that honor has been served.





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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/16/2021 12:40:13 AM   
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RE: Rising Sun, Falling Skies: BTSL Bigred vs John 3rd - 7/16/2021 11:45:03 PM   
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January 1, 1943

The Japanese CTFs begin to move off but not before a double sweep by Akagi and Amagi's ZEROs. Tahiti puts up a very respectable 73 Fighters flying at about 67,000+ Ft. The Japanese lose 9 Zeros for 7 Enemy. Not acceptable.

Order the Fleet to return to its forward bases.


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