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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/4/2021 4:15:11 AM   
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xAK Nihonka Maru was hit by a torpedo from Dutch sub KXI. The ship is SYS 17/FLOT 90-59/ENG 12-3/FIRE 2 and will surely sink today. It fled east towards Jolo.

3 ships hit a mine each at Balikpapan:

CA Tone (about 12 SYS damage, not bad)
AK Kaga Maru (SYS 2/FLOT 43-35/ENG 0/FIRE 0)
xAP Buenos Aires Maru (SYS 44/FLOT 46-38/ENG 14-0/FIRE 69) (also hit by a big CD gun)


Samarinda and Balikpapan were invaded. Both should be captured today.

I-7 just took up patrol 8 hexes southwest of San Francisco. It hit xAP Maui with a torpedo. Later in the day, it attacked again, getting 2 more torpedo hits. Maui was sunk. It did not have troops on it.

A big Japanese air attack on Hengyang and troops there found many H-81's of the Flying Tigers. The US planes came from Changsha. Many Sallys were destroyed. Escorting Nates did nothing and might as well not come. Zeros did sweep but arrived after the slaughter of bombers and downed just the one remaining H-81 in the air.

Bettys from Noumea bombed the airfield at Norfolk Island, doing minor damage and damaging a couple of Catalinas. 4 enemy units there, including tanks, it appears.

Tarakan was captured.

Destroyer Michisio was badly damaged by a mine the other day at Noumea. Disbanded in the size 2 port, the destroyer is slowly accumulating more damage, including fire. It isn't going to make it. I'm making a desperate attempt to fly in the Special Base Force from Koumac, to get more naval support to Noumea. However, I don't remember if naval support actually helps put out the fires for a ship disbanded in port. It may be just the size of the port that matters. It's all I can do though. After the attempt, the base force will go back to Koumac.




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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/4/2021 4:16:54 AM   
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12 Mar 42 - Aircraft Lost

With the enemy carrier planes lost "on the ground", it is 100% confirmed that Yorktown just sank.

[EDIT: 100% that the carrier hit by 2 torpedoes the other day sank. Can't say it was Yorktown for sure, fog of war and all.]

As you can see, it wasn't a good day for the Sallys in China. But we got a flattop!




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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/4/2021 10:15:12 PM   
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Big xAP Buenos Aires Maru sank after it left Balikpapan. It was burning out of control. 2 DMS's swept some mines at Balikpapan but got hit by coastal guns. Both are moderately damaged but will survive. Base support for Balikpapan will land at Samarinda, where there are no mines.

Manado was invaded. It should be taken today.

Interesting spotting of US cruisers near the northern tip of New Zealand. They were on the west side, probably coming south from Norfolk Island. They apparently are going to Wellington instead of Auckland. I have subs near Auckland. OPilot may be a bit cautious as I've raided Auckland with carriers already. He doesn't know that I have subs near Wellington also.

Ever smaller numbers of Sallys continue to bomb Singapore. In one example, 6 flew and 4 were shot down by flak. Just brutal. Singapore is showing 8 airbase damage, so at least the goal of stopping fort building is being achieved.

Balikpapan, Samarinda, Tandjoengselor and Singkawang were all captured.

KB will now leave the Borneo area and head back to Truk. It will then go back to the South Pacific. Light carriers will take over covering further landings on Java and Sumatra. Will US carriers known to be in the South Pacific, this seems reasonable.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/5/2021 8:44:30 PM   
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More mines swept at Balikpapan, but more remain.

I-15 is on patrol west of Melbourne, on the coast. It spotted huge xAP Empress Asia but missed it with 2 torpedoes. Interesting spotting. I think it is more likely that it is carrying troops to Melbourne from India, rather than the reverse. It would be more in line with a reaction to my strong early move into New Caledonia.

Ndeni was invaded. It is undefended.

2 US task forces were spotted just north of Wellington. They are southbound, and one of the them is the carrier task force. Carriers not spotted today though.

Bettys from Noumea bombed Norfolk Island's port, hitting both AVPs there. One is badly damaged and burning, the other is just burning.

More progress at Singapore, but it continues to be very costly. Good thing that I wasn't intending a move to India. The troops at Singapore will need extensive recovery time.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 85074 troops, 907 guns, 564 vehicles, Assault Value = 2346

Defending force 45964 troops, 564 guns, 393 vehicles, Assault Value = 576

Japanese adjusted assault: 2280

Allied adjusted defense: 923

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

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

Japanese ground losses:
1454 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 293 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 37 disabled
Vehicles lost 32 (2 destroyed, 30 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
2310 casualties reported
Squads: 67 destroyed, 70 disabled
Non Combat: 57 destroyed, 150 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 12 disabled
Guns lost 64 (23 destroyed, 41 disabled)
Vehicles lost 82 (30 destroyed, 52 disabled)
Units destroyed 1


Need to rest a day or two and then attack again. Singapore is close to falling. I'm disappointingly a month behind schedule, having not send enough troops to do the job initially.

Manado was captured.

I've flown most of the special base force from Koumac to Noumea, but unfortunately, the naval support is part of the small part still at Koumac. They should arrive today. The destroyer Michishio continues to accumulate more damage in the size 2 port. It is now SYS 30 (+6)/FLOT 90 (-1)/ENG 40 (+3)/FIRE 35 (+9). And I don't even know if naval support will help put out the fires. It will be an inconclusive test.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/6/2021 7:46:31 PM   
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Enemy mines completely cleared at Balikpapan.

The awesome French destroyer Le Triomphant appears between Ndeni and Luganville. It intercepted the small invasion convoy coming from Ndeni after dropping off troops there.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Torres Islands at 119,147, Range 15,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
APD Nadakaze, Shell hits 1
xAK San Francisco Maru, Shell hits 14, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Zuisyo Maru, Shell hits 6, heavy fires

Allied Ships
DD Le Triomphant

Poor visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards


It's a blind spot for the Japanese. There's search planes at Tulagi and Luganville, but this destroyer is fast and wasn't seen in its approach. Both bases still don't have airfields but are building. Lunga is a size 1 airfield and building. So little risk for OPilot to raid there. The destroyer may head to Luganville next. I have over 100 mines there, but enemy subs haven't discovered any in several visits. He may think it is safe to go there.

Newly arrived upgraded sub chasers hit Greenling with a depth charge at Noumea.

South of Hengyang, Japanese forces rout already routed Chinese forces. They retreated south towards Kukong, which greatly increases the chance of surrounding the Chinese around Kukong.

Ground combat at 79,55 (near Hengyang)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 29126 troops, 239 guns, 323 vehicles, Assault Value = 985

Defending force 15000 troops, 71 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 397

Japanese adjusted assault: 859

Allied adjusted defense: 107

Japanese assault odds: 8 to 1

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

Japanese ground losses:
526 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 46 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled

Allied ground losses:
7025 casualties reported
Squads: 156 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 236 destroyed, 45 disabled
Engineers: 7 destroyed, 10 disabled
Guns lost 16 (8 destroyed, 8 disabled)
Units retreated 3

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
26th Division
39th Division
23rd Tank Regiment
12th Tank Regiment
11th Tank Regiment
11th Army
Botanko Hvy Gun Regiment

Defending units:
70th Chinese Corps
86th Chinese Corps
32nd Group Army


Singapore will be attacked again, and hopefully captured, despite very high disruption and fatigue.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/8/2021 2:45:05 AM   
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S-41 hit xAP Palau Maru with a torpedo at Luganville. Just disregard the 100+ mines there; nothing hits them anyhow. The transport will probably burn up.

Singapore. Is. Finally. Captured.

Ground combat at Singapore (50,84)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 83623 troops, 907 guns, 564 vehicles, Assault Value = 2190

Defending force 43695 troops, 547 guns, 366 vehicles, Assault Value = 468

Japanese adjusted assault: 2027

Allied adjusted defense: 601

Japanese assault odds: 3 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Singapore !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
2381 casualties reported
Squads: 13 destroyed, 83 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Guns lost 28 (3 destroyed, 25 disabled)
Vehicles lost 26 (7 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
56889 casualties reported
Squads: 865 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 4101 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 191 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 689 (689 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 486 (486 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 31


The only thing notable about the enemy units is that it was just about every Allied unit in Malaya. Lots of rest and recovery ordered for the victorious troops. DMS's are on the way to sweep the mines. And inevitably hit a few. I have no problem finding them.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/9/2021 3:40:06 AM   
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Near Samarinda, Perch got a torpedo hit on xALK Nissyo Maru. A part of a small base unit was lost. Not a dud hit. Trigger got a dud hit on a patrol boat near New Zealand. Sailfish got a torpedo hit on already damaged AK Kaga Maru west of Mindanao. The damaged ship was headed in a big convoy back to Manila. Kaga Maru will try to make it to Cagayan, but it is several days away, and with damage of SYS 50/FLOT 65-49/ENG 9-3/FIRE 36, it isn't going to make it. Another hit that wasn't a dud. Pollack got a dud hit on an xAK in the Aleutians. So, 2 of 4 hits were duds. OPilot continues to do better than the expected dud percentage for the applicable US subs.

Efate was invaded. It was not defended.

Japanese forces attacked at Kukong. The enemy was showing movement out of town. I wish more had moved. It was strongly defended.

Ground combat at Kukong (79,57)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 32467 troops, 278 guns, 111 vehicles, Assault Value = 994

Defending force 39434 troops, 212 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 1028

Japanese adjusted assault: 453

Allied adjusted defense: 1299

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 3)

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

Japanese ground losses:
3577 casualties reported
Squads: 4 destroyed, 265 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 31 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 24 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
670 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 52 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Guns lost 11 (1 destroyed, 10 disabled)

Assaulting units:
116th Division
19th Ind.Mixed Brigade
22nd Division
15th Tank Regiment
12th Army
13th Army
4th Mortar Battalion

Defending units:
49th Chinese Corps
50th Chinese Corps
21st Chinese Corps
100th Chinese Corps
3rd New Chinese Corps
23rd Group Army
11th Chinese Base Force
7th War Area
18th Chinese Base Force


We'll continue to try to encircle this force. The enemy is strong enough to break out to the northwest, but OPilot may not know that. The enemy may try to escape to the west on the trail that heads just north of Wenchow.

Next up will be loading a division at Manila for Makassar. Then gathering forces for the Java invasion, using divisions currently at Tarakan, Samarinda, Balikpapan and the Makassar division.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/10/2021 4:50:27 AM   
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Trout found xAK Kensin Maru at Amchitka Island, unloading supply and unescorted. Trout engaged on the surface and got 9 shell hits, fired many dud torpedoes and got 2 good torpedo hits, and sank the ship. I had 4 xAKs in the Aleutians, escorted by one patrol boat. As they reached each invasion base, an xAK dropped out of the task force and started to unload supply. I repeated this all the way to Adak Island. Enemy subs appeared before I could gather them all back up to leave.

Some minor bombing in China. Norfolk Island bombed.

The pursuit of the Chinese continued around Kukong.

I want to invade Makassar and Java before 1 April, and that is going to be a challenge.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/11/2021 3:42:48 AM   
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Little action. US subs missed a couple of ships. OPilot is still comfortable moving subs directly into newly captured Japanese ports. Not enough sub chasers or air ASW to go around. That is improving but slowly.

AK Kaga Maru miraculously did make it to Cagayan, but the damage spiked way past the point of no return. With Cagayan just a size 2 port, and somewhat damaged at that, the ship was scuttled with damage SYS 99/FLOT 85/ENG 39/FIRE 95.

A division started loading at Manila. It was going to invade Makassar, but I decided that may be overkill. It will go to Java with 3 other divisions. A naval guard unit will go to Makassar from Babeldaob. All of the smaller carriers are either at Jolo or moving to Jolo from Babeldaob. They will support Java. KB is about to get to Truk. It will move back to the South Pacific.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/12/2021 5:17:00 AM   
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Little activity again. Bombed Cebu. It's essentially isolated but produces a bit of supply, and it's still firing flak. Bombed troops in the clear near Hengyang. They appear to have stopped their move across the river, after seeing a Japanese unit get there first. The Japanese unit is just artillery, but OPilot probably doesn't know that yet.

I'm having some trouble trying to sweep the mines at Singapore. Have 4 DMS's there, in a minesweeping task force. Tried home port of Singapore, destination Singapore, not docked, no refueling, and they didn't sweep. Moved them out with a nearby base as the home, and ordered them to patrol from there to Singapore. No mines swept. I've run into this before occasionally. I don't seem to have the trouble with the local minesweeping missions, but these DMS's cannot make such a mission, just minesweeping. I ordered a few AMc's to Singapore to help, but they'll take a week or so to get there.

Loading at Manila continues for Java. Loading to begin on Borneo for Java tomorrow.




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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/12/2021 11:02:32 PM   
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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 !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

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.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/14/2021 4:02:41 AM   
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Enemy mines are finally completely swept at Singapore. Enemy subs are nearby, waiting for the inevitable transports to show up for the next invasions. But they aren't coming soon. Sumatra will wait. Java comes first.

DMS W-10 had hit a mine at Balikpapan. It made minor repairs there, then moved out to go to Hong Kong for complete repairs. Dutch sub KXIV spotted it near Balabac and hit it with 2 torpedoes, sinking the minesweeper.

Enemy heavy bombers show up. Approximately 4 LB-30s tried to hit the oil at Balikpapan. 21 Zeros intercepted. 4 bombers were shot down, while 2 Zeros were lost. Also, 7 B-17Es from Suva bombed Tanna's port, doing very minor damage. Nothing to hit there.

Tabiteuea was invaded and taken by a tiny Japanese infantry company. It was just an undefended dot base, but it can be built up and house more troops than any other island in the Marshalls.

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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/15/2021 8:18:56 PM   
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The scourge of the Allied subs continues.

Sub attack near Jolo at 73,91

Japanese Ships
CVE Taiyo, Torpedo hits 1
BB Yamashiro
BB Mutsu
CA Kako
CL Tama
CL Nagara
DD Yamakaze
DD Umikaze
DD Kawakaze

Allied Ships
SS Sealion

SS Sealion launches 4 torpedoes at CVE Taiyo


No duds. The US subs have over-achieved with working torpedoes, particularly against bigger, high value targets. Taiyo is not badly damaged. It is SYS 13/FLOT 17-9/ENG 23-30/FIRE 0. It will take an indirect path to Manila for repairs. The Zeros on it are flown to Samarinda to support the Java landing.

OPilot has increased hit commitment in fighters in China. Chungking now shows 54 fighters, and Kweilin now shows 51. Most if not all of the Flying Tigers is now in China, I believe.

11 Oscars got lucky and ran into approximately 3 Chinese A-29s bombing troops near Hengyang. Clear terrain. Minor troops damage and 3 Hudsons shot down.




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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/16/2021 12:30:18 AM   
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ORIGINAL: apbarog

20 Mar 42


and ordered them to patrol


DMS won't sweep mines if set to patrol.



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RE: Deja Vu All Over Again - apbarog(J) vs OPilot(A) - 4/16/2021 1:05:50 AM   
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I tried the patrol setting when other attempts, like a normal destination didn't work. Then I tried a normal destination without a remain on station. They wouldn't sweep in any of the cases. I sent them to another base. Then I sent them back, with the original settings of a destination of Singapore and a home base of Singapore. And they swept. Same setting that I started with. Can't explain why it doesn't work sometimes.

I haven't had the issues with a local minesweeping task force though.

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