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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/2/2021 7:47:27 PM   
RangerJoe


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Once the enemy moves in, you will not be able to supply your units except by sea. Hello torpedo carrying Betties and Nells.

There are better places to try and hold the enemy. Fortify Chittagong starting 8 December 1941. Have many small minefields there. Each day a minefield is laid at a base, they are considered one minefield.

Fortify Diamond Harbor as well. Minefields also.

Fortify along the Indian-Burmese border. So fortify Imphal as soon as is possible. It is difficult to supply troops through the jungle, especially during the monsoon. Do not defend forward with no support nearby.

Have units in strategic mode ready to react. Keep moving them if you need to. Make sure that every base on the rail line has a unit decent enough to hold against paratroopers until your ready reaction force can move in.

Don't worry about giving up land, it is the bases that you need to hold. You can always bypass the Indian-Burmese border and invade farther back if you want to in 1943/44.

You can NOT afford to waste your troops. The UK/Indian/Commonwealth forces have a low replacement rate. It will take a long time to rebuild a division especially if a lot of units also need replacements. As long as you can keep the enemy from getting an automatic victory, you will win in the end. You can use India to hold the enemies attention and units while the Americans do the punching. That said, you need to keep the Chinese in the game as long as is possible as well.

Don't do something just to do something. Have an objective. Even if it is just a carrier raid where the KB is not. If you can cause enough trouble, the enemy will either react or weaken.

If you need to do so, post overall pictures of the map along with pictures of various theaters, what is where, and then ask for assistance.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/4/2021 2:10:06 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

Once the enemy moves in, you will not be able to supply your units except by sea. Hello torpedo carrying Betties and Nells.

There are better places to try and hold the enemy. Fortify Chittagong starting 8 December 1941. Have many small minefields there. Each day a minefield is laid at a base, they are considered one minefield.

Fortify Diamond Harbor as well. Minefields also.

Fortify along the Indian-Burmese border. So fortify Imphal as soon as is possible. It is difficult to supply troops through the jungle, especially during the monsoon. Do not defend forward with no support nearby.

Have units in strategic mode ready to react. Keep moving them if you need to. Make sure that every base on the rail line has a unit decent enough to hold against paratroopers until your ready reaction force can move in.

Don't worry about giving up land, it is the bases that you need to hold. You can always bypass the Indian-Burmese border and invade farther back if you want to in 1943/44.

You can NOT afford to waste your troops. The UK/Indian/Commonwealth forces have a low replacement rate. It will take a long time to rebuild a division especially if a lot of units also need replacements. As long as you can keep the enemy from getting an automatic victory, you will win in the end. You can use India to hold the enemies attention and units while the Americans do the punching. That said, you need to keep the Chinese in the game as long as is possible as well.

Don't do something just to do something. Have an objective. Even if it is just a carrier raid where the KB is not. If you can cause enough trouble, the enemy will either react or weaken.

If you need to do so, post overall pictures of the map along with pictures of various theaters, what is where, and then ask for assistance.


I feel that enemy moved all of his forces to Pacific/Australia. In China his offensive halted for now near Changsha. I don't believe that he will move against India and India is also place when I can pressure him and force Japan to weaken Australian front.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/4/2021 2:10:18 PM   
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28th June-3rd July 1942

Australia Command

Japanese fighters sweeping Brisbane and slowly gaining upper hand. Tojo planes in hands of good pilots are real danger for Allied older planes.
Also one bomber raid was organized, but big Japanese bomber losses (Nellie's and Bettie's) showed that Brisbane can defend even with decimated CAP..



Fiji

Allies are trying to get more troops do Suva, but unfortunately strong Japanese fleet protects island. This time US Navy HQ decided to send surface fleet to bombard enemy positions at Suva. And once again this attack was prepared in same time as Japanese bombardment. Allied and Japanese TF met and once again US Navy battleship was sunk. This time because of very precise fire from Japaneses Battleships.

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Suva at 132,160, Range 8,000 Yards

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
OS2U-3 Kingfisher: 1 destroyed
Walrus II: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Shell hits 1
BB Nagato, Shell hits 1
CA Haguro, Shell hits 2
CL Kitakami, Shell hits 11, heavy fires
CL Tenryu, Shell hits 2
DD Suzukaze, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Hatsuharu
DD Hatsushima
DD Mochizuki
DD Kamikaze
DD Oite

Allied Ships
BB Nevada, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
CA Indianapolis
CA New Orleans
CA Australia, Shell hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CL Leander, Shell hits 10, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CL Achilles
CL Raleigh
CL St. Louis, Shell hits 1
DD Shaw, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Farragut, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Monaghan, Shell hits 1
DD Rathburne, Shell hits 1

Improved night sighting under 96% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions and 96% moonlight: 8,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 20,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Yano, Hideo* crosses the 'T'



Later damaged CA Australia with escort were sunk by Japanese bombers. Japanese medium bombers also tried to attack CA Indianapolis and others but were shot down by escort planes.

Also IJA tried to bombard Suva base, but Allied counter fire damaged them heavily.

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Ground combat at Suva (132,160)

Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 43363 troops, 404 guns, 199 vehicles, Assault Value = 1314

Defending force 34083 troops, 431 guns, 343 vehicles, Assault Value = 703

Japanese ground losses:
416 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 40 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 10 (1 destroyed, 9 disabled)
Vehicles lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)

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

Assaulting units:
14th Division
48th Division
9th Division
65th Brigade
17th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
11th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion
12th Ind.Hvy.Art Battalion

Defending units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
2nd USMC Parachute Battalion
30th NZ Battalion
2nd Marine Division
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
34th NZ Battalion
147th Field Artillery Battalion
95th Coast AA Regiment
2nd Marine Air Wing
1st RNZAF Base Force
11th MAG
148th Field Artillery Battalion
6th Port Maint Engineer Battalion
45th Base Group
2nd Pioneer Battalion
198th Field Artillery Battalion
35th Base Group
47th Construction Regiment
57th Coastal Artillery Regiment
38th Base Group
2nd Marine Defense Battalion
260th Field Artillery Battalion
Nandi Base Force



There is big pressure on president Roosevelt that US needs success. So operation on 4th July was prepared. US Navy two carriers with support of British carrier that arrived from Cape Town prepared raid against Japanese fleet at Nadi. Supported by sweeping raids from Suva enemy force was attacked.

quote:



Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 17
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 12
Swordfish I x 12
F4F-4 Wildcat x 26
SBD-3 Dauntless x 68
TBF-1 Avenger x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 2 destroyed
Swordfish I: 3 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CVE Hosho, Bomb hits 3, on fire
DD Hishu
DD Tatsukaze
CVE Taiyo, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
DD Myojinami
BB Yamato
DD Tachekaze
DD Kosugiri
DD Kiku
TB Hiyodori


Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Hosho
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Taiyo


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 131,160

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 5
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 10
Swordfish I x 10
F4F-4 Wildcat x 25
SBD-3 Dauntless x 60
TBF-1 Avenger x 14

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed
Swordfish I: 2 damaged
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 10, on fire
CVE Hosho, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CVE Taiyo, heavy fires
DD Hishu
TB Sagi
DD Tatsukaze
DD Uzuki
TB Hiyodori, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Myojinami
DD Kosugiri
DD Kiku



Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CVE Hosho
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Yamato
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Hosho class CVE
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring TB Hiyodori
Massive explosion on TB Hiyodori




It is sure that at least one of the CVE ships was sunk, but performance of Allied pilots was far from expectations. Also targeting small destroyers with torpedo attack was biggest calamity of this day.



Burma

Japanese fighters are trying to destroy CAP over Ramree Island, but according to Recon, that is all what we can expect. Japan has only fighters in Burma Sector.

Allies tried counterattack against Mgawe airbase, but due to loss of surprise element (sweeping raid destroyed CAP, but weather stopped bombers from attack) attack brought only losses to Allies (bombers and sweeping force arrived on next day but enemy was better prepared on this occasion).

Japan also decided to move more ships to Burma. Dutch submarine O16 attacked enemy convoy with troops (sunk one AK) and also detected one battleship (Ise) and heavy cruiser Mikuma with destroyer escort.

US Banshee bombers from Port Blair attacked convoy and damaged AP ship

xAP Hie Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire

loaded with troops, but unfortunately only small part of squadron located it’s target (3 planes).

Royal Navy carriers will try to intercept convoy before it gets to Rangoon.




Summary – June

Air War





Air losses are to high. Airframes levels are too low especially when we see fighters or 4E bombers. It is clear sign that I should move my fighter force to reserve in few places and enemy should have possibility to bomb unprotected bases.



Naval War




Silent War


1. I-153 19550t 5 ships  up

2. I-169 18080t 3 ships  down

3. I-162 14735t 3 ships  down

4. I-156 10290t 3 ships 

5. Argonaut 9580t 1 ship new

6. Seadragon 9105t 2 ships down

7. I-1 8390t 2 ships down

8. I-124 8370t 2 ships down

9. I-17 8290t 3 ships down

10. I-18 8150 1 ship down


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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/5/2021 5:40:39 PM   
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4th July-5th July 1942


Fiji

Second day of operation “4th July” brought another series of US and British air raids against Japanese fleet. Enemy decided that he will disperse fleet and run in almost every direction. Part of his force was also deployed in attack mission against Allied carrier TF.

quote:



Morning Air attack on TF, near Gau Island at 134,161

Weather in hex: Light rain

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

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 15
SBD-3 Dauntless x 13

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Yayoi, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Asakaze



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Gau Island at 134,161

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-4 Wildcat x 22
SBD-3 Dauntless x 13

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
DD Asakaze

Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 126,162

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 8
Swordfish I x 7
F4F-4 Wildcat x 9
TBF-1 Avenger x 8

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 1 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Mutsu, Torpedo hits 4, on fire, heavy damage
CA Myoko



Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 126,159

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 31
TBF-1 Avenger x 6

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 5
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 6, on fire
CA Furutaka, Bomb hits 1


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 126,159

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 14

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CA Kako, Bomb hits 1
BB Haruna
CA Furutaka


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 126,159

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 6 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 8, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:


Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Yamashiro


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 126,159

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 1,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 9
P-38E Lightning x 6
P-40E Warhawk x 7

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 2 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
AO Toei Maru
BB Haruna
AO Kyokuto Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 126,159

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 9
SBD-3 Dauntless x 40
TBF-1 Avenger x 11

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 1 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 3
CL Tatsuta, Bomb hits 1, on fire
BB Yamashiro, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
DD Minekaze
CL Yubari, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Furutaka, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
CL Kiso, Bomb hits 1, on fire
DD Kisaragi



Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Yamashiro
Magazine explodes on CA Furutaka
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CL Tatsuta



Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Niuafo'ou at 140,161

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Kirishima, Bomb hits 4



Unfortunately heavy bombers that should attack Nadi port didn’t fly.

On 5th July Allied Carrier Task Force got order to withdraw. It is also decided that transport troops that awaited at Pago Pago should get to Suva base with reinforcements. Enemy in his almost suicidal mission instead protecting his own ships attacked Suva airbase with sweeping raids. On this day also heavy bombers bombed Nadi port.

quote:



Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 10
B-26 Marauder x 5
P-38E Lightning x 5
P-40E Warhawk x 7

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
AKE Syokyu Maru, Bomb hits 2
PB Chosa Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SC Ch 17, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Kyusyu Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
PB Aso Maru #7, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Shosei Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Yamahuzi Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
AKE Tempei Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Hoeisan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Brazil Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAK Tyoyo Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
E Uruyame, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAP Mizuho Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Yokohama Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Syoka Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire

Port hits 2
Port supply hits 1

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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 6
LB-30 Liberator x 2

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 13, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yamasimo Maru, Bomb hits 1
xAK Syoka Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Mizuho Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
TB Kamo, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
E Uruyame, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

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

Port hits 5






Burma

Enemy under fire from US bombers and sub decided that he will unload his troops at Moulmein.

quote:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Tavoy at 52,60

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 2

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Hie Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
69 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAP Hie Maru


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Tavoy at 52,60

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 2

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAP Teibi Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage





Unfortunately once Japanese docked at Moulmein, they created CAP over this base and once again British pilots from carrier group that arrived there at full speed, fly into CAP trap and were decimated.

quote:



Morning Air attack on TF, near Moulmein at 55,55

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 34

Allied aircraft
Albacore I x 24
Fulmar II x 4

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Albacore I: 12 destroyed
Fulmar II: 1 destroyed

Japanese Ships
BB Ise
xAP Teiko Maru
xAK Tone Maru
xAK Hohuku Maru
xAK Hiyama Maru





< Message edited by Runnersan -- 4/5/2021 5:41:29 PM >

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/7/2021 2:06:05 AM   
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Excellent work around Fiji! Those BBs will be spending a lot of time in the yard.

Cheers,
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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/7/2021 7:24:08 AM   
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I'm afraid they will back soon....

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/7/2021 8:17:48 AM   
Runnersan

 

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6th - 11th July 1942


Burma

All supplies and troops were unloaded safely at Ramree Island. Allied bombers continue bombing campaign against Japanaese Divisions just east of Ramree. Terrain and roads there might be bad , so it might be hard for Japan to keep good combat readiness to successfully attack Ramree Island.

Japanese ships were attacked once again by Port Blair dive bomber squadron.

quote:


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Victoria Point at 49,65

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
A-24 Banshee x 12

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Minami Maru, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Teiritsu Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire
xAP Teia Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire



Unfortunately, on the way home, after disastrous attack, royal navy carrier group was attacked by submarine.

quote:


Sub attack near Koggala at 29,51

Japanese Ships
SS I-166, hits 1

Allied Ships
CV Indomitable, Torpedo hits 2
CLAA Van Heemskerck
DD Napier
DD Norman



Damaged Indomitable was sent back to England 2 weeks earlier then HQ demanded. No repairs will be made in Pacific Theatre.


Fiji

Until 9th July bombers tried to close airbase and port at Nadi.


quote:


Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
PB Sozan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
PB Shosei Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Yamahuzi Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Chosa Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yokohama Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Ryuzan Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy damage
xAP Brazil Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
SC Ch 14, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
SC Ch 15, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Tyoyo Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

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

Airbase hits 3
Airbase supply hits 4
Runway hits 22
Port hits 4
Port supply hits 1

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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 3
B-26 Marauder x 5

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Ryuzan Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Sozan Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Horai Maru, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAP Brazil Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
AKE Syokyu Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Yokohama Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Syoka Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Port hits 2
Port supply hits 1

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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 40 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 3
P-40E Warhawk x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 2 destroyed on ground

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
SC Ch 15, and is sunk

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

Airbase hits 10
Runway hits 10



---------------------------------------------

Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
AKE Syokyu Maru, and is sunk
xAK Syoka Maru, and is sunk

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 7

---------------------------------------------

Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
A6M5 Zero x 24
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 17

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 11 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 4


---------------------------------------------

Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
A6M5 Zero x 22
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 3 destroyed

---------------------------------------------

Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 21 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
A6M5 Zero x 19
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 6 damaged

Runway hits 2


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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M5 Zero x 19
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 6

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed

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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 38 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M5 Zero x 16
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-17E Fortress: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Airbase hits 1


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Morning Air attack on Nadi , at 131,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 27 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2
A6M5 Zero x 15
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 4
B-26 Marauder x 3

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D Liberator: 1 damaged
B-26 Marauder: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Yamahuzi Maru, and is sunk

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

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 10




Growing bombers losses and necessity of focusing on providing air cover for incoming troops transports put air campaign temporary on hold.


On 9th July troops transport arrived to Suva and started unloading soldiers to support defense of this base.
Unfortunately, at this time Allied carrier group needed to refuel and rearm at Pago Pago (torpedo storage on carriers were empty). Also increase need of fighter cover for transport TF forced Allied HQ to withdraw few naval bombers from Suva and redirect army bombers to attack Nadi airbase.
Japanese navy seized this opportunity and sent Yamato battleship with support to attack unloading transports at Suva.
Allied dive bombers didn’t damaged battleships

quote:



Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 127,160

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 2
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 3




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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 127,160

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 14

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Bomb hits 2



Facing this grave danger, transports halted unloading and moved away from port. More submarines were redirected to Suva, Nadi zones.

On the next day Yamato was detected at Suva and then moved to Nadi where he met S-43.

quote:



Sub attack near Nadi at 131,160

Japanese Ships
BB Yamato, Torpedo hits 3
TB Sagi
DD Kosugiri
DD Tachekaze
DD Tatsukaze

Allied Ships
SS S-43

SS S-43 launches 4 torpedoes at BB Yamato
S-43 bottoming out ....
DD Kosugiri fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Tachekaze fails to find sub and abandons search
DD Tatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tatsukaze fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub



Unfortunately, only one torpedo got through thick ship armor.
In the same time Allied carrier group refueled and resupplied moved to intercept Yamato, but enemy disappeared.

On next day troop transport will try to return to Suva and resume unloading operations.

Australia Command

Japan conducts air campaign against Adelaide and Brisbane. Hundreds of fighters and bombers are attacking both bases. As it was stated earlier, fighter squadrons in Australia needs more air frames to prepare successful air defense, so there is no Allied CAP.

Java
Batavia and Bandoeng are still in Dutch hands.







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You have done very well in your defence of Suva!

Your attacks on the airfield were very interesting because of the ship sinkings observed during the airfield bombing. It illustrates very well how the fires and flooding you inflicted in earlier attacks kept increasing, especially during your subsequent attacks. It does not matter that the ships themselves were not the target of the new attacks (on the AF), their ability to fight fires and do other damage control was reduced and some of the succumbed to their damage.

The sub attack on Yamato may not have done huge damage, but it was enough to prevent a catastrophic bombardment of Suva airfield.
BTW, the previous carrier attack on Mutsu with four torpedo hits probably sank her. For some reason the Nagato and Mutsu don't handle torpedo damage well (as observed during several games against the AI when I got to check such damage). In every game it only took three torpedo hits for those ships to sink.

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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy

You have done very well in your defence of Suva!

Your attacks on the airfield were very interesting because of the ship sinkings observed during the airfield bombing. It illustrates very well how the fires and flooding you inflicted in earlier attacks kept increasing, especially during your subsequent attacks. It does not matter that the ships themselves were not the target of the new attacks (on the AF), their ability to fight fires and do other damage control was reduced and some of the succumbed to their damage.

The sub attack on Yamato may not have done huge damage, but it was enough to prevent a catastrophic bombardment of Suva airfield.
BTW, the previous carrier attack on Mutsu with four torpedo hits probably sank her. For some reason the Nagato and Mutsu don't handle torpedo damage well (as observed during several games against the AI when I got to check such damage). In every game it only took three torpedo hits for those ships to sink.



Thanks, but battle is not over yet. I gained almost equality in AV points, but also I got overstacked in Suva a little. I was thinking about invasion of Nadi but Japan keeps at least one more division there.

I can send more tanks and maybe 3rd Marine Division but I afraid bigger over stack and I expect return of Kido Butai any time soon. I believe that Japan got them to dry dock for upgrade. I was thinking that Japan will use them for invasion in North (intelligence info). But now, I'm not sure. He committed lots of troops at Fiji so he will probably prioritize finishing off Suva base or prepare Fiji evacuation instead attacking Aleutians. At least I would try to end Fiji stalemate.

Mutsu might be alive. I detected it two days after torpedoes hit.

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Burma

Japanese forces captured Myitkyina. IJA planes are also testing fighter cover of Akyab and Chittagong. At Akyab CAP was put on stand down, but at Chittagong allied and Japanese planes fought heavy battle.
Losses were almost equal but unfortunately biggest allied losses were among P-40E fighters. Lack of plane of this type is reason why most of bases are without CAP.

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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
Hurricane I Trop x 3
Hurricane IIb Trop x 30
P-40E Warhawk x 40

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 8 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 6 destroyed

CAP engaged:
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 11 minutes
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 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 21 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (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 20000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 7 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
23rd FG/76th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 0 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 24,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 24

Allied aircraft
Hurricane I Trop x 2
Hurricane IIb Trop x 27
P-40E Warhawk x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 5 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 4 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 4 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet *

CAP engaged:
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 0 scrambling)
11 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 5 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 20000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters to 11000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 39 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters to 13000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (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 15000 , scrambling fighters to 8000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 33 minutes
23rd FG/76th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 4 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 1 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Chittagong , at 55,41

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 23,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 14

Allied aircraft
Hurricane I Trop x 2
Hurricane IIb Trop x 16
P-40E Warhawk x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIb Trop: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet *
3 x Ki-44-IIa Tojo sweeping at 20000 feet *

CAP engaged:
No.135 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 19000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
No.14 Sqn RNZAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 5 scrambling)
2 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes
No.67 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIb Trop (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 4 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
Group patrol altitude is 14000 , scrambling fighters between 21000 and 22000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 16 minutes
No.261 Sqn RAF with Hurricane I Trop (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 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
49th FG/7th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 2 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 5000 , scrambling fighters to 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 15 minutes
23rd FG/75th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters between 17000 and 23000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 21 minutes
23rd FG/76th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 11000 , scrambling fighters to 10000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 10 minutes





Also enemy made first moves against Port Blair. Allies increased naval bomber presence at this base and maybe because of that (and successful convoy attacks) first Japanese sweeping mission and bombers arrived.


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Afternoon Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 35 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 20
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 12

Allied aircraft
no flights

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
DB-7B: 8 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 1 damaged
SBC-4 Helldiver: 1 destroyed on ground
A-24 Banshee: 4 damaged
Fulmar II: 1 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 9

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 5000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb



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Afternoon Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 11

No Japanese losses

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 4

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb


Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 18 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 20
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 19

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIa Trop x 15
Hurricane IIc Trop x 16

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

Allied aircraft losses
SBC-4 Helldiver: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 2
Runway hits 14



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Morning Air attack on Port Blair , at 46,58

Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 19

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIa Trop x 15
Hurricane IIc Trop x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 7 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Fulmar II: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 10000 feet *
Airfield Attack: 2 x 100 kg GP Bomb





Fiji

Reinforcements for Suva safely landed. But in the same time enemy increased his submarine activity around Pago Pago and Suva. Two transport ships were sunk. But there were bigger loss. On the way to safe harbor BB Maryland was attacked by submarine.

quote:


Sub attack near Kabara at 138,161

Japanese Ships
SS I-18

Allied Ships
BB Maryland, Torpedo hits 3, on fire
DD Tenedos

SS I-18 launches 8 torpedoes at BB Maryland
DD Tenedos fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tenedos attacking submerged sub ....
DD Tenedos loses contact with SS I-18
DD Tenedos cannot establish contact with SS I-18
DD Tenedos fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tenedos fails to find sub, continues to search...
DD Tenedos fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub


Ship survived and arrived to one of the ports in region, but dangerous and long way to Pearl Harbor awaits him after first ad hoc repairs.

Also one unusual thing happened. Enemy sub sunk US Navy submarine.

quote:


Sub vs Sub: SS I-28 attacking SS S-45 at 147,161 - near Pago Pago

Japanese Ships
SS I-28

Allied Ships
SS S-45, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage

SS I-28 launches 4 torpedoes at 2,000 yards



Also on 18th July Japanese Navy tried to get through to Fiji. Allied bombers detected enemy and commenced attack.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 124,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 15 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 1
DD Kosugiri, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CL Tama
CA Myoko, Bomb hits 1


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Morning Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 124,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-26 Marauder x 4

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna, Bomb hits 2



It is clear that enemy will move again against Fiji, when Japanese carriers will be ready.

Australia Command

Enemy tried to attack Melbourne by night bombings and then sweeping mission, but after one day resigned. Unfortunately once again priceless P-40E and P-39 Aircobra were lost. In September first P-40K will arrive so I hope it will lower pressure on P-40E airframe reserves. P-39 problem will unfortunately continue until bigger introduction of P-38 Lighting models.

Also Japanese bombers protected by almost 70 fighters are bombing Brisbane. I will let those bombers to level city just to preserve fighters for another battle.

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20th July-26th July 1942

Java

On 20th July Batavia fallen into enemy hands. Even most optimistic members of Allied HQ couldn’t believe that city was so long in Dutch hands. Enemy moved more troops to attack Bandoeng. Attack was commenced on 25th July and ended with big Japanese losses.

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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 51777 troops, 511 guns, 252 vehicles, Assault Value = 1526

Defending force 17318 troops, 288 guns, 157 vehicles, Assault Value = 462

Japanese adjusted assault: 404

Allied adjusted defense: 1237

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
4736 casualties reported
Squads: 128 destroyed, 243 disabled
Non Combat: 11 destroyed, 24 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 31 disabled
Guns lost 61 (29 destroyed, 32 disabled)
Vehicles lost 9 (2 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
616 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 57 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 32 (4 destroyed, 28 disabled)
Vehicles lost 18 (2 destroyed, 16 disabled)

Assaulting units:
4th Guards Division
41st Infantry Regiment
2nd Engineer Regiment
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
4th Tank Regiment
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
2nd Recon Regiment
16th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
III./4th Infantry Battalion
16th Division
5th Amphibious Brigade
2nd Tank Rgt /2
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
3rd Mortar Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
1st Regt Cavalerie
4th KNIL Regiment
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
2nd KNIL Regiment
1st KNIL Regiment
Roodenburg Battalion
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
3/2nd Avn Sup Afd
Andir ML Base Force
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Tjilitap KM Base Force
7th Avn Sup Afd





Australia Command

Japanese fighters continue they attack against CAP’s over Melbourne and other cities. Almost all attacks end with heavy Japanese losses, but even light Allied losses increase pressure on Allied fighter squadrons. Their combat ready planes number dwindle every day. Unfortunately Melbourne is too important to be left without CAP.

Fiji

Japanese forces tried to send support to Fiji. Allied carriers reacted, but TF was detected by submarine that tried to attack US Carrier. IJN withdrew to bases (like Allied carriers), but decided to bomb Suva base with planes. They also used sweeping raids. CAP was withdrew and airbase was heavily damaged. After few days of repairs (bad weather stopped Japanese raids) CAP returned to Suva. US planes returned in perfect moment. 32 Japanese G3M3 Nell bombers without escort attacked Suva on 25th July. All bombers were shot down. On 26th July arrived Zero fighter attack and it was repelled also.


Burma

Japanese Army is moving against Ramree Island once again. British bombers are attacking Japanese divisions to slow them down.
Also enemy is fighting over Port Blair. Japanese are sending more and more Zero fighters, but Hurricanes are great planes to fight them off.

On mainland Tojo fighters are attacking main Allied airbases. For now they only met CAP few times. British forces are fighting only when they have to.

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27th - 31st July 1942


Burma

Supply transport convoy arrived to Akyab. Commonwealth fighters created CAP and enemy Tojo fighters used this opportunity to attack Allied planes. As it was expected Tojo squadrons based at Burma are far better then Japanese Tojo squadrons in Australia. Dozens of Hurricane planes were shot down. However supplies were unloaded safely.

Also submarine blockade of Ceylon is getting weaker every day. Allied destroyers sunk I-9 and successful air raids from Colombo chased away other subs.

At Bombay US Army Division arrived. They will help in future offensive against Burma.


Fiji

Japanese naval forces once again tried to break to Suva and once again they were attacked by dive bombers.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 125,159

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 20 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
P-38E Lightning x 4
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Bomb hits 4, on fire





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Morning Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 125,159

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 14
TBF-1 Avenger x 15

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Bomb hits 11, on fire
DD Suzukaze
DD Shikinami
DD Amagiri

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring BB Nagato


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Anatom at 125,159

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 16

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Nagato, Bomb hits 3, on fire
DD Tagonami, Bomb hits 1, on fire





Australia Command

Tired of constant attacks against Brisbane and Broken Hills, Allied pilots prepared CAP trap at this bases. Results were good.

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Morning Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 103 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 14
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 47

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 8 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb




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Morning Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 4
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 72
Ki-48-Ib Lily x 9
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 6

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 12
P-40E Warhawk x 43

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 2 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 6 destroyed
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 3 destroyed, 2 damaged
Ki-48-Ib Lily: 1 destroyed by flak
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
Kittyhawk IA: 1 destroyed
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed on ground

Runway hits 6

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-48-Ib Lily bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 100 kg GP Bomb
5 x Ki-49-Ia Helen bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
1 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb




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Morning Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-Ia Helen x 7

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-Ia Helen: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-39D Airacobra: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1







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Morning Air attack on Brisbane , at 96,160

Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 9
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 7
P-40E Warhawk x 20

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 5 destroyed, 1 damaged
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 11000 feet
Airfield Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.76 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IA (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 7 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 5000 and 14000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 28 minutes
10 planes vectored on to bombers
49th FG/9th FS with P-40E Warhawk (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 6 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 , scrambling fighters between 8000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 30 minutes
5 planes vectored on to bombers
18th FG/44th FS with P-40E Warhawk (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 10 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 20000 , scrambling fighters between 11000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 29 minutes
7 planes vectored on to bombers




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Morning Air attack on Broken Hill , at 80,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 119 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 48
G3M3 Nell x 26
Ki-43-Ic Oscar x 10

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
Ki-43-Ic Oscar: 2 destroyed

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 10
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 25

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x G3M3 Nell bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb
5 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
15 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 11000 feet
3 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 10000 feet
4 x Ki-43-Ic Oscar sweeping at 11000 feet

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IA (0 airborne, 10 on standby, 2 scrambling)
4 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 12000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 20 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Broken Hill , at 80,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 25

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 7 destroyed, 1 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
B-26 Marauder: 1 destroyed on ground

Airbase hits 7
Airbase supply hits 2
Runway hits 19

Aircraft Attacking:
25 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IA (2 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
2 plane(s) intercepting now.
6 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 15000 and 18000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 9 minutes



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Morning Air attack on Broken Hill , at 80,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Japanese aircraft
G4M1 Betty x 35

Allied aircraft
Kittyhawk IA x 7

Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged

No Allied losses

Airbase hits 18
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 22

Aircraft Attacking:
34 x G4M1 Betty bombing from 10000 feet
Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb, 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
No.75 Sqn RAAF with Kittyhawk IA (1 airborne, 0 on standby, 3 scrambling)
1 plane(s) intercepting now.
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 10000 and 17000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 34 minutes



Java

Japan tried to attack last Dutch outpost at island.

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Ground combat at Bandoeng (50,100)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 46034 troops, 467 guns, 252 vehicles, Assault Value = 1293

Defending force 16926 troops, 284 guns, 155 vehicles, Assault Value = 417

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 397

Allied adjusted defense: 1462

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

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), leaders(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
2998 casualties reported
Squads: 70 destroyed, 117 disabled
Non Combat: 42 destroyed, 38 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 14 disabled
Guns lost 27 (13 destroyed, 14 disabled)
Vehicles lost 72 (34 destroyed, 38 disabled)
Units destroyed 1

Allied ground losses:
619 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 70 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Vehicles lost 5 (1 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Assaulting units:
2nd Recon Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
41st Infantry Regiment
32nd Nav Gsn Unit
16th Infantry Regiment
4th Ind.Mixed Regiment
2nd Engineer Regiment
5th Amphibious Brigade
Yokosuka Assault SNLF
4th Guards Division
III./4th Infantry Battalion
16th Division
2nd Tank Rgt /2
3rd Mortar Battalion
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment
15th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
21st Medium Field Artillery Battalion

Defending units:
2nd KNIL Regiment
1st KNIL Regiment
1st Regt Cavalerie
Tjilatjap KNIL Battalion
Mobiele Eenheid Battalion
4th KNIL Regiment
Roodenburg Battalion
Andir ML Base Force
3/2nd Avn Sup Afd
1st KNIL AA Battalion
Tjilitap KM Base Force
3rd KNIL AA Battalion
7th Avn Sup Afd





Central Pacific

Intelligence claimed that 2 Japanese brigades will try to land at Tarawa. US Navy decided to send Carrier TF based temporary close to Tarawa, to intercept transport ships.


Summary

It looks like position war started at all fronts. Almost all. Air war is very hot and full of losses for both sides.

Ship losses this time will be only for Allied side. Number of sunk Japanese subs, battleships is totally unreal.



Air Aces

One of the B-17’s crew are one of best aces of Pacific War.




Air Losses




Japanese losses in all categories went high. I would call it success but I must remember that also Allied losses in fighters and especially in 4E bombers seriously overgrown production and replacement numbers.


Silent War

I-169 and I-153 are constant fighting for leadership. Last month I-153 was on lead, now it is I-169.


1. I-169 24110t 4 ships  up

2. I-153 19550t 5 ships  down

3. I-162 14735t 3 ships  

4. I-26 12190t 2 ships new

5. I-173 11463t 3 ships new

6. I-156 10290t 3 ships  down

7. Argonaut 9580t 1 ship down

8. Seadragon 9105t 2 ships down

9. I-1 8390t 2 ships  down

8. I-124 8370t 2 ships down

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/15/2021 5:38:20 PM   
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1st - 8th August 1942


Burma

Port Blair bombers attacked Moulmain port. Recon detected that no fighters protected this base.

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Morning Air attack on Moulmein , at 55,55

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 37 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25C Mitchell x 3

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
AKE Sydney Maru, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
SC Ch 30, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage

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

Port hits 1
Port fuel hits 1



Both ships sunk

Fiji

Because of events in Central Pacific (I wrote about them later). Enemy decided to send supply convoy to Nadi. Allied planes attacked enemies ship.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 129,160

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 19 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 7 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 8

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 10
F4F-3 Wildcat x 5
SBD-3 Dauntless x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 6 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Sumatra Maru
xAK Bengal Maru, Bomb hits 1, on fire
xAK Atlantic Maru, Bomb hits 2, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
2 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb



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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 129,160

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 6

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 17

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
TBF-1 Avenger: 10 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Bengal Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Karachi Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x TBF-1 Avenger launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 22.4in Mk 13 Torp.




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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 129,160

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 10 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 10
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 7
SBD-3 Dauntless x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Karachi Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
1 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb




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Morning Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 129,160

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 22 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
SBD-3 Dauntless x 15

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Karachi Maru, Bomb hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb




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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 129,160

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 6
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 2

Allied aircraft
P-40E Warhawk x 11
SBD-3 Dauntless x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed

Japanese Ships
xAK Karachi Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Italy Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

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



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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nadi at 129,160

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid spotted at 16 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 3

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 1
SBD-3 Dauntless x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Bengal Maru, and is sunk
xAK Italy Maru, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
PB Sonan Maru #6
xAK Atlantic Maru, heavy fires, heavy damage





Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Bengal Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Italy Maru
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring xAK Atlantic Maru



Survivng ships were attacked by DM ships that mined Suva base.

quote:


Night Time Surface Combat, near Nadi at 131,160, Range 1,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Sonan Maru #6, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
PB Shuko Maru #5, Shell hits 4, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DM Gamble
DM Ramsay
DM Montgomery, Shell hits 1






Central Pacific

Last time I wrote about Carrier TF mission that got their orders to intercept Tarawa reinforcements. What I didn’t wrote about was that I also moved convoys to land on Tabiteuea and build base there.

First mission was a mistake that brought doom to second mission.

Allied carriers arrived near Tarawa and found nothing. Japanese troops probably were to far from Tarawa. But carriers near this base put Japan forces to alert. Japan moved forces to intercept Allied CV’s especially that KB was once again ready for battle.
Allied CV patrolled zone for two days and moved east to protect incoming troop convoys for Tabiteuea.
On next day Japnese naval search planes detected Allied convoy. Allied CV raid alerted Japanese navy so they brought more search planes into zone and they detected convoy quicker then they should (I tried few times how close can I get to Tarawa and I could get there almost undetected).

When Japan detected transport ships it was clear for them that they are facing invasion. They moved land based Zero planes and put Jake planes to attack.

quote:


Morning Air attack on TF, near Nikunau at 139,133

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 74 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 36 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 8
E13A1 Jake x 23

Allied aircraft
F4F-3A Wildcat x 16

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed, 4 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CVE Long Island, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Vincennes
DD Kane


Damage wasn’t serious so Long Island could move forward.

However on next day shocked allied naval forces detected whole Kido Butai just 46 miles away, on next hex.

Battle didn’t went good for Allies

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Beru at 138,134

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 25
A6M5 Zero x 49
B5N2 Kate x 44
D3A1 Val x 46

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 18
F4F-4 Wildcat x 35

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 3 destroyed
A6M5 Zero: 3 destroyed
B5N2 Kate: 6 destroyed, 7 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged
D3A1 Val: 2 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
Martlet II: 1 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 2 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Wasp, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires
BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 4
CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 3, on fire
CV Illustrious, Bomb hits 2
CA Devonshire
CLAA San Juan
DD Inconstant




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Morning Air attack on TF, near Beru at 138,134

Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 78 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 38 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
E13A1 Jake x 9

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 7
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
E13A1 Jake: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-4 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
BB North Carolina
CV Wasp, heavy fires

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 2000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Beru at 138,134

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 39 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 7
E13A1 Jake x 2

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 5
F4F-4 Wildcat x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 1 destroyed
E13A1 Jake: 1 damaged
E13A1 Jake: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, on fire

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x E13A1 Jake bombing from 2000 feet
Naval Attack: 4 x 60 kg GP Bomb




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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Beru at 138,134

Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid detected at 80 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 34 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 16
A6M5 Zero x 38
B5N2 Kate x 26
D3A1 Val x 34

Allied aircraft
Martlet II x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 5 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
CV Illustrious, Bomb hits 2
CV Wasp, heavy fires, heavy damage
CV Yorktown, Bomb hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
BB North Carolina, Bomb hits 5
CA Louisville
DD Aaron Ward
DD Inconstant




Allied counterattack was a failure.

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Onotoa at 137,135

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 67 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 13
A6M5 Zero x 47

Allied aircraft
Swordfish I x 6
F4F-4 Wildcat x 10
SBD-3 Dauntless x 44
TBF-1 Avenger x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 2 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Swordfish I: 3 destroyed
F4F-4 Wildcat: 3 destroyed
SBD-3 Dauntless: 8 destroyed, 10 damaged
SBD-3 Dauntless: 2 destroyed by flak
TBF-1 Avenger: 5 destroyed, 7 damaged
TBF-1 Avenger: 1 destroyed by flak

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
CV Hiyo, Bomb hits 2, on fire
CVL Shoho, Bomb hits 1
CVL Ryujo
CV Zuikaku, Bomb hits 1



On next day it was clear that Surface Forces must counterattack to save Carriers.

And that went also wrong.


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Night Time Surface Combat, near Onotoa at 137,135, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei, Shell hits 2
CA Takao
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 3, on fire

Allied Ships
CA Indianapolis, Shell hits 4
CA New Orleans, Shell hits 3, Torpedo hits 1, on fire
CL Achilles, Shell hits 1
CL Danae
CL Raleigh, Shell hits 2
DD Hughes
DD Clark
DD Monaghan




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Night Time Surface Combat, near Onotoa at 137,135, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Hiei, Shell hits 3
CA Takao, Shell hits 1
DD Akigumo, Shell hits 15, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

Allied Ships
BB Mississippi, Shell hits 12, heavy fires
DD McCalla
DD Bancroft, Shell hits 1
DD Cushing, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Kane, Shell hits 1




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Night Time Surface Combat, near Onotoa at 137,135, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CV Soryu
CV Zuikaku
CVL Ryujo
CVL Shoho
CA Aoba, Shell hits 2
DD Kagero
DD Yukikaze, Shell hits 1
DD Hayashio

Allied Ships
CA Quincy, Shell hits 5, heavy fires
CA Vincennes, Shell hits 1
CL Nashville
DD Duncan, Shell hits 1
DD Lang
DD Downes




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Night Time Surface Combat, near Onotoa at 137,135, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Hayate, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
CA Vincennes, Shell hits 1
CL Nashville
DD Duncan, Shell hits 1
DD Lang
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Arorae at 138,138, Range 27,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CV Hiyo

Allied Ships
CA New Orleans
DD Monaghan



Even destroyer and heavy cruiser didn’t manage to hit lonely Japanese Carrier.

But to be honest mission was completed. Allied Carriers run away. Planes attacked only damaged transport and surface navy ships.

quote:



Morning Air attack on TF, near Arorae at 138,138

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 24
B5N2 Kate x 9

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
CA Quincy, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage


Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Beru at 138,134

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 3 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 1 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
xAP Hong Kheng, Torpedo hits 1

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


Morning Air attack on TF, near Nikunau at 140,133

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 64 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N2 Kate x 3
D3A1 Val x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
CL Raleigh, Bomb hits 1, on fire
CA Indianapolis

Aircraft Attacking:
2 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
3 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm Type 91 Torp
7 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..


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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Nikunau at 140,133

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid detected at 68 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
D3A1 Val x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
D3A1 Val: 4 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied Ships
CL Achilles
CL Danae, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Indianapolis

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..





But gods of dice rolls didn’t ended playing with fates of allied carriers.

Wasp sunk on this day. Ship had 70 system damage after battle, 35 float and 33 fires. Nothing strange.
But bad luck really hit Yorktown. Ship had 56 system damage, 44 float damage, 30 engine and 8 fire. On next day crew even quelled fires to 7. But 2 days later ship sunk after fires and float damage skyrocketed.

It was second carrier that sunk in state that normally should survive and get to base. No legendary allied damage control was present.

Part of land forces were successfully unloaded at bases, but some transport were lost. Other ships moved away.

Summary

After careful consideration after events of last turn we both decided to restart game.

Japanese carrier force was strong, but my opponent had problems with trained pilot pools and plane pools. I also had problem with my airframes number. In Fiji zone I got almost empty squadrons or with 2-3 planes. And only one big carrier.

Final Score



Japanese ship losses



Allied Ship Losses




I wanted to add planes losses but I just noticed that numbers between Tracker and Game differs. For example for A6M2 Game claims that over 1000 planes were shot down while tracker shows only 894.


And in the end, I would like to thank all the readers that were reading my AAR (and survived my grammar errors). Sorry that I didn’t end it in 1945.

And of course I would like thank my opponent for very interesting game full of surprises and unexpected moves. Even loosing planes and carriers was fun : )

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/15/2021 8:42:18 PM   
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Shame game ended so soon , hope you will make another AAR

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/20/2021 2:36:47 PM   
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I also had an early war American carrier with medium damage sink suddenly over night when it was making cruise speed a day out of Sydney following a carrier battle a few days before. It had been slowly recovering damage and seemed to be in no danger of sinking. However the end came quickly when flooding started and the damage repair parties were overwhelmed. It appears that the damage repair quality of the American ships is far less earlier in the war and lessons learned with the lose the Lexington were applied in training with the result the damage repair quality dramatically increased in 1943-45.

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/21/2021 1:10:08 AM   
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Good luck in your next outing.

Cheers,
CB

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RE: Lost... As always. Runnersan (A)vs Deaniks (J). No ... - 4/21/2021 8:16:56 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: CaptBeefheart

Good luck in your next outing.

Cheers,
CB


I will need it. My opponent invaded Hawaii, Midway and Johnson Island on first turn, so it will not be easy...

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