21 Mar 42
The DMS's at Singapore kicked into gear today, and started sweeping mines. They had returned to Singapore, with Singapore as the home base, and they got a good start on the mines. Hopefully they continue.
At Port Moresby, patrol boats Hirotama Maru and Chokai Maru have been patrolling, both at the base and just outside of it. They occasionally spot an enemy sub but haven't had much luck hitting one. Today, S-36 spotted them just outside of Port Moresby. 2 torpedoes were fired at Hirotama Maru, with a hit, sinking the patrol boat. Chokai Maru then hit S-36 with a depth charge. Not enough to sink it. Later in the day, S-36 attacked again, firing 2 torpedoes at Chokai Maru. Again, one hit and the patrol boat was sunk. No more patrol around Port Moresby. Quite a performance by the S-boat. I'm not tracking, but these were probably not its first kills of the war near Port Moresby.
45 Zeros from Balikpapan swept Soerabaja, finding 12 B-339Ds and 12 Hurricane IIb Trops. 8 of the Dutch planes were shot down, as well as 4 Hurricanes. 4 Zeros were lost. The cruiser force at Soerabaja is no longer there, nor is the one that had been at Batavia.
Grenadier spotted cargo ships at Ocean Island. I had a few there and at nearby Nauru Island picking up resources before heading back to Japan. Not a big priority, but it was nearby, and every little bit helps. With the spotting, it's not worth staying though.
Chinese troops were bombed at Kukong and then it was attacked. Most of the enemy had slipped out of town to the west, making the capture of the town certain.
Ground combat at Kukong (79,57)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 58813 troops, 505 guns, 319 vehicles, Assault Value = 1726
Defending force 10791 troops, 65 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 224
Japanese adjusted assault: 1374
Allied adjusted defense: 71
Japanese assault odds: 19 to 1 (fort level 3)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Kukong !!!
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Japanese ground losses:
595 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 30 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Allied ground losses:
7877 casualties reported
Squads: 243 destroyed, 41 disabled
Non Combat: 150 destroyed, 21 disabled
Engineers: 39 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 59 (55 destroyed, 4 disabled)
Units retreated 3
Units destroyed 1
A division at Tarakan will start loading for Java.