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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/19/2004 9:43:56 PM   
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*tap* *tap* *tap*

Is this thing even turned on? If no one is paying any attention to this, I'd like to know so I can stop spending 2/3's of my gaming time writing.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 12:35:27 AM   
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I'm reading it.

I actually like reading your's and Thayne's reports more than the player vs player aar's. They go faster than the others. I wish I could read something that was in 1943 or 1944, because all of the Jan to Apr 42 AAR's are getting repetitive. (of course, the player vs player aar's are nice because you can usually see both sides perspective)

Anyway, it's nice to read your AAR, but I couldn't spend the time you do on this.

bc

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 12:53:25 AM   
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I second everything BC wrote. You and Thayne have the best AARs going. I wish I had a map nearby as a point of reference.

-Mike

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 7:20:59 PM   
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D I am another person, who only follows yours and Thayne's AAR. They come straight to my email, so that is why you get a response from me. Keep up all the work! I am in march of 42, so I am going through a lot of what you are too. It helps to see somebody else's perspective. Thanks again
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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 10:04:33 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: dtravel

*tap* *tap* *tap*

Is this thing even turned on? If no one is paying any attention to this, I'd like to know so I can stop spending 2/3's of my gaming time writing.


LOL..."Is this thing even turned on?"

Hilarious

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 10:34:05 PM   
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Well, I'm hearing some noise from out there behind the glare of the spotlight.

I don't mean to be cranky or moody but its hard to operate in a vacuum. Some occasional feedback and comments helps. Off we go! or On we go! or whatever.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 10:36:00 PM   
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15 May 42

The Grayling hit a very heavily escorted troop transport near Camranh Bay. The Gar had a brief encounter with a lone destroyer near Aparri. The Plunger spotted another extremely heavily escorted transport near Wenchow but wasn't able to get close enough for an attack. North of Rabaul the S-45 was forced to evade half-a-dozen enemy destroyers. In the Sulu Sea the Permit missed an already damaged freighter.

Night Blenheims bombed the runways at Tavoy. The Liberators and Wellingtons returned, doing good damage to the airfield but not catching any enemy planes on the ground. If it weren't for spotting reports and developments later in the day I would think the enemy had withdrawn his aircraft from Tavoy.

The Chinese did some light damage to the air base at Chengting but missed the harbor at Taan.

Two flights of Sallys escorted by twice that many Oscars flying from Bangkok were turned back by the AVG over Rangoon after several of the escorts were shot down.

Wellingtons continued hammering away at Singapore. They destroyed a few planes and damaged a good deal more. They also hit four transports, a freighter and a destroyer in the harbor. Later in the day Beauforts hit two more freighters and another transport.

The base at Palembang was damaged by an enemy raid by land based air. One of the defending Hawks was lost but almost a decade of enemy planes, mostly Lilys, were also shot down. Two flights of Sallys failed to do any damage to Menado but the two dozen Zeroes kept the defending Brewsters well away. We need to pull this unit out. They can't fight Zeroes and the squadron has been decimated by the attempts.

B-25s bombed enemy troops facing the rebuilding Rangoon Perimeter. The Marine divebombers at Tarawa began attacking the enemy garrison on Makin.

A strike by B-25s on Singkawang hit a freighter. Beauforts and A-20 Bostons put a pair of torpedoes and a pair of bombs into a troops transport at Lae. The ABDA Martins didn't score any hits today, which is a bit unusual now. A flight of A-20s missed a minesweeper north of Talasea. Several of the Gasmata Wirraways were shot down by AAA fire when they attacked an enemy battleship in the same area to no effect. A flight of A-20s later in the day missed the same ship but at least managed to avoid losing any planes to flak. Beauforts scored a bomb hit on the BB Hyuga near Singapore.

Two flights of Bettys and a flight of Sallys tried to attack the freighter unloading at Rangoon without escort. About half were shot down or aborted in the face of the AVG and the rest were unable to hit. Tarakan was bombed. This doesn't bother me as the garrison is retreating anyways.

The Port Moresby Beauforts and Bostons returned to Lae in the afternoon, bombing the area around the airfield.

We've lost track of the enemy carrier force in the southern Indian Ocean but the other one is now about a hundred miles due east of Lombok. This group sank the freighter that was unloading at Macassar.

The lead units of the enemy forces returning to Rangoon began shelling the defenders digging back in along the Perimeter. The enemy landing at Tarakan continued to attack the rearguard of the slowly retreating garrison. The enemy hasn't yet managed to occupy the base but will likely do so soon.

We have been flying in aircraft support personnel from the 222 RAF Aviation in Mandalay to Rangoon. We've also used this break in the siege to try to rotate out the Hurricanes that were in Rangoon and replace them with some fresh units.

More reinforcements. The New Zealanders commisioned a squadron of Kittyhawks. A squadron each of RAF Mohawks and Hudsons arrived in Dacca. And the 38 Bomb Group using B-26 bombers arrived in Seattle. A destroyer and two minesweepers were completed at Sydney. The Royal Navy has sent another carrier, the Illustrious, along with a destroyer to India. A destroyer and two more subs arrived in San Francisco.

More reports to follow.

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16 May 42

Sorry, I got sidetracked by something and completely forgot to write this up before I ran the next turn and lost the combat report. From memory the turn was very similar to the previous day, the only thing of note being that Tarakan fell and neither IJN carrier group was spotted.

More reports to follow.

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17 May 42

Tavoy was bombed during the night. The daytime strike by the Wellingtons and Liberators destroyed several enemy planes.

The Chinese lost a bomber to flak over Chengting. The raid on Taan hit a torpedo boat.

The Japanese raided Yenen again. They lost most of their fourteen Nates and half the nine Sonias.

The raid on Singapore destroyed two enemy planes and hit three transports and a freighter in the harbor.

The enemy attack on Palembang did not fair well. Several enemy planes were shot down and most of the attacking force turned back. Balikpapan was attacked by a decade of Zeroes escorting fourteen Bettys. One of the defending P-40s was lost but they took down half-a-dozen enemy planes and turned the rest of the raid back.

B-25s attacked enemy troops along the Rangoon Perimeter. The Marines continued attacking Makin.

The now almost regular two prong strike on Singkawang from Batavia and Banjarmasin went after a light cruiser and a destroyer but wasn't able to hit either ship. Only one of the other strikes around Borneo or Singapore did any better today, Wellingtons hit a transport near Singapore.

Beauforts and Bostons attacked the enemy surface group at Lae. Many of the Beauforts were damaged by AAA fire but an enemy heavy cruiser was struck by two torpedoes.

We re-acquired one of the enemy carrier groups, a hundred and fifty miles west of Bali. They launched a strike against Soerabaja, destroying several B-25s on the ground and damaging the dirfield.

A flight of Zeroes and two flights of Bettys attacked Gasmata but missed the base again. A similar size strike missed a freighter heading for Gasmata with supplies.

The enemy launched an attack against the Rangoon Perimeter. The arrival of the UK 18th Division helped the defenders hold but losses were high. Fortunately the enemy's losses were even higher.

More reports to follow.

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18 May 42

The damaged tanker that escaped from Tarakan sank in port at Balikpapan.

The Drum misses a freighter off the shore of Honshu near Tokyo. The O16 missed a heavily damaged near Singapore.

Chinese bombers did minor damage to the enemy airbase at Chengting. A pair of SB-2s dropped some bombs on Taan.

The enemy attack from Bangkok against Rangoon was turned back by the AVG's P-40s. The retreat was so fast that they suffered almost no losses, only a single escort Oscar.

The Wellingtons hammered enemy shipping in port at Singapore. We are estimating a destroyer, a minesweeper and six troop transports were all hit by Allied bombs.

Chinese bombers attacked enemy troops outside Wuhan and at Canton. The new Hurricane squadrons at Rangoon made low level strafing and bombing runs against IJA forces outside the Rangoon Perimeter. The Marines on Tarawa continued bombing Makin.

Several strikes were launched by our planes at Gasmata and Port Moresby against the enemy's surface group as it leaves Lae. Two enemy cruisers were hit by a Beaufort launched torpedoes and a battleship by a bomb. A number of planes were damaged by the ships' AAA fire and one of the Wirraways was lost.

Four freighters at Pontianak are hit by strikes from Wellingtons and B-25s. Beauforts bombed a freighter outside Singapore, hitting it with multiple bombs. Another Beaufort strike hit a transport. A pair of Martins hit a patrol boat near Brunei.

An enemy carrier group launched an attack on the tanker Empire Metal a hundred miles east-northeast of Bali. The ship was heavily damaged and is changing course for Bali. The ship was at Palembang when this latest incursion by the enemy's CVs began and her captain apparently thought the ship could slip thru the Java Sea to reach Australia. Soerabaja was also attacked, although this was by only a single Val and a single Kate escorted by twenty Zeroes. The two bombers none the less destroyed two of the Aussie Mitchells and damaged two more.

The empty base at Jesselton was bombed.

The Chinese have launched their attack on Canton and the lead elements have reached the outskirts. The enemy responded with several strikes by small groups of Bettys against the Chinese infantry.

A decade of Bettys tried to attack a freighter unloading supplies at Lunga. Several were shot down by defending P-39s and several more turned back. The remaining bombers failed to hit the ship. Two more flights of Bettys, escorted by a dozen or so Zeroes, tried the same thing at Gasmata. P-40s from the recently arrived 49th Fighter Group shot down one of the Zeroes and disrupted the bombers enough to keep them from hitting this second freighter.

Fighting along the Rangoon Perimeter was relatively light. Enemy troops continue to pursue the garrison retreating from Tarakan, launching another attack on the rear guard units. Japanese forces at Canton tried to launch a pre-emptive attack on Chinese troops closing on the city. But it appears that they were not prepared for the size of the Chinese forces. The Chinese are reporting about seven hundred casualties and are claiming over five thousand enemy troops were lost.

More reports to follow.

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19 May 42

After navigation problems last night the Blenheims attacked Tavoy during the night, doing significant damage. The Wellingtons and LB-30s did more damage during the day.

Chinese bombers attacked the IJA 3rd Division near Wuhan. More bombers attacked Japanese troops at Canton. Hurricanes and Mitchells attacked along the Rangoon Perimeter. A unit of B-25s has joined the Marine divebombers on Tarawa. The first of those joined the Dauntlesses in attacking Makin today.

North of Rabaul a flight of Wirraways, escorted by almost twenty P-40s, attacking enemy ships was intercepted by a dozen Zeroes. The attackers did not fair well, losing two of each aircraft type while only shooting down one of the Japs before turning back. Another flight of Wirraways missed a freighter near Talasea.

Almost twenty Bettys attacked Lunga. Most were driven back and one shot down by the decade of P-39s and the ship that was their target was not hit. One flight of Bettys tried to attack the freighter at Gasmata, escorted by fifteen Zeroes. P-40s intercepted and a couple of fighters were lost on both sides. This ship also escaped damage.

A pair of Beauforts hit a freighter near Singapore. A later strike by nine others scored multiple hits on another freighter. Near Singkawang a third freighter was hit by another flight of Beauforts.

A single Zero and a single Kate attacked Soerabaja. AAA damaged the bomber, but once again we are baffled by this bizarre behavior from the otherwise very good IJN carrier planes.

Two dozen each Bettys and Zeroes bombed Menado, doing almost no damage.

A flight each of Beauforts and A-20s, with a Kittyhawk escort, bombed the enemy's supply dump at Lae.

Chinese forces at Canton were bombed by some Bettys.

A flight of A-20s missed an enemy cruiser southwest of Admiralty Island.

The Chinese tried to counter-attack at Canton but suffered over thirteen hundred casualties without gaining any ground. Skirmishing continued along the Rangoon Perimeter. And the Indian unit behind the enemy lines re-occupied Moulmein.

We have intelligence that at least one enemy division is planning for an attack on Balikpapan. And with the enemy carrier group apparently heading north in the Java Sea, we can finally move at least some of the Australian 6th Division that were already tapped for there. We're also going to board the US 32nd Division onto ships at Darwin and try to get them to Balikpapan.

More reports to follow.

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20 May 42

The Searaven missed a freighter near Singkawang.

The prolonged quiet in the Coral Sea seemed to indicate that the fighting here was done. But this was shown to be wrong when a Jap sub fired on and missed a minesweeper in an Australian ASW group. The ships were not able to track down the attacker.

Tavoy was hit night and day again. Only one or two enemy planes were destroyed but substantial damage was done to the airfield.

A few enemy bombers attacked the Indians at Moulmein but did no significant damage.

Wellingtons continued to hammer away at Singapore. More than a dozen enemy planes are believed destroyed and heavy enemy casualties were inflicted among the garrison. The harbor saw a freighter, a destroyer and two transports hit by bombs.

Chinese bombers continued attacking enemy troops outside Wuhan. Hurricanes and B-25s strafed and bombed forces outside the Rangoon Perimeter. Dauntlesses and B-25s hit Makin as well.

A flight of Martins hit a transport with two bombs near Pontianak. Beauforts hit a transport at Singapore.

The air over New Britain was filled with a large swirling dogfight as the bases at Gasmata and Rabaul both launched strikes against ships in the other's port. While both sides' bombers turned back this would have to be considered a tactical win for the enemy. Total losses here for the day are six Zeroes, one Betty, thirteen P-40s and one Wirraway.

A freighter at Lae was hit by bombers from Port Moresby.

The one enemy carrier group that we are tracking is now near the Java coast about a hundred miles south of Batavia. They launched two strikes, the first against the airfield at Batavia. The defending Demons and Brewsters lost most of their numbers trying to penetrate the Zero escort but were not able to do so. Flak accounted for all the dozen or so Vals and Kates the enemy lost, but they did heavy damage to the air base. We lost more than two dozen planes on the ground and substantial damage was done to the hangers and rivetments. The second was another of those bizarre single plane unit attacks against Tjilitjap. One Zero, one Val and one Kate were involved. AAA fire from the defenders shot down the Kate.

Four Bettys tried to attack Port Moresby. Two were shot down and the other two ran. Several attacks on the Chinese forces at Canton were reported.

The Japanese launched another attack against the growing Chinese forces at Canton. Results were similar to the last attempt, less than a thousand Chinese losses compared to over 5500 enemy losses. I forsee a long siege coming at Canton. Allied forces did well in the skirmishing along the Rangoon Perimeter.

More reports to follow.

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21 May 42

The Searaven attacked another freighter near Singkawang. She scored two torpedo hits and several hits with her deck gun. The Swordfish missed an enemy oiler near Tarakan. The KXVII evaded an enemy ASW group near Brunei.

The night fighters bombed Tavoy again. The AVG made a sweep over Tavoy and encountered a new enemy fighter. It appears to be a new model of Zero. Fortunately the P-40s outnumbered the enemy by four to one and shot down four of them without lose.

Chinese bombers returned to Taan.

Due to the damage from the enemy carrier raid on Batavia yesterday, only two flights of Wellingtons were able to attack Singapore. They went after the airfield but the damage was limited by their low numbers.

Palembang was attacked by enemy land-based air. A Brewster and two Hawks were lost but they took down around half-a-dozen enemy planes, limiting the damage done to the base. Jesselton was also bombed. Nell bombers attacked Morotai but did no damage.

The bombers at Tarawa hit Makin again.

There was more fighting over New Britain. Several P-40s escorting some Wirraways against Rabaul were lost, along with one of the Australian planes before they turned back. However, the enemy's attack on Gasmata did get thru, doing minor damage to the airfield. One of the defending P-40s was lost and the enemy lost several escort Zeroes.

The enemy launched an attack on the Rangoon Perimeter with heavy losses on both sides. The fighting at Canton was bloody with both sides launching attacks. The Chinese are admitting to over two thousand casualties and placing the enemy's losses at over 5500.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 10:50:49 PM   
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Hey,
I really like seeing summaries every 6 months or so. Maybe you could put together a short VP list. (number of aircraft destroyed, LCU points, number and types of ships lost, for both sides)

It's hard to remember what ships you've lost, because I tend to mix up some of these AAR's.

Thanks, bc

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/20/2004 11:55:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: dtravel

Well, I'm hearing some noise from out there behind the glare of the spotlight.

I don't mean to be cranky or moody but its hard to operate in a vacuum. Some occasional feedback and comments helps. Off we go! or On we go! or whatever.



I understand your situation.

I just look at the number of hits I get in a particular period. As long as it stays high enough, I must assume that I am entertaining somebody.

Of course, my wife is out there visiting my report 60 times a day just because she knows it makes me happy.

Thayne

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/21/2004 2:46:51 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Bradley7735

Hey,
I really like seeing summaries every 6 months or so. Maybe you could put together a short VP list. (number of aircraft destroyed, LCU points, number and types of ships lost, for both sides)


I've been considering that for when I reach six months after the last overall situation report.

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ORIGINAL: Bradley7735

It's hard to remember what ships you've lost, because I tend to mix up some of these AAR's.



Why do you think I've been avoiding reading some of the other AARs?

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/21/2004 2:49:19 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Thayne

I understand your situation.

I just look at the number of hits I get in a particular period. As long as it stays high enough, I must assume that I am entertaining somebody.

Of course, my wife is out there visiting my report 60 times a day just because she knows it makes me happy.


I don't suppose I could borrow your wife? (Uh, waitasecond....)

, Duck and Run!

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/22/2004 9:35:30 AM   
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Tavoy was bombed during the night.

Chinese bombers attacked Chengting. Taan was also bombed.

Japanese planes attacked Yenen. The veterans of the Chinese 11th Fighter Squadron shot down half the seventeen escort Nates and three of the four Sonias.

Sallys tried to bomb Moulmein but did no damage.

Enemy aircraft from Singapore attacked Palembang. The defending Hawks did well, shooting down almost ten enemy planes without loss themselves.

SB-2s bombed Japanese forces near Wuhan. We lost one of the Hurricanes over the Rangoon Perimeter. The Tarawa bombers continued their attacks against the enemy garrison at Makin.

One of the enemy carrier groups is about midway between Belitung and the southern-most tip of Sumatra. A dozen Beauforts with an equal size escort of Hawks from Palembang tried to attack them. Losses were heavy, about half the strike, and only four Beauforts launched torpedoes at the Akagi. The carrier was able to evade all of them.

A flight of Beauforts hit a freighter near Singapore with a pair of bombs.

The enemy carriers launched a counter-strike against Palembang. A decade of Zeroes escorted one Val and one Kate. Several defending Hawks were lost but they took a couple of Zeroes down also. There was another strike against Toboali, made up of one Zero, one Kate and one Val.

Twenty Bettys bombed Menado but did no real damage. There were a couple of attacks on Chinese troops at Canton.

We lost a Beaufort attempting to hit an enemy destroyer at Lae.

Nine more Beauforts attacked a pair of enemy transports near Singapore but were intercepted by carrier-based Zeroes. Some of the bombers aborted and none were lost from this strike, but the ships were untouched. Two flights of Wellingtons were also turned back by these same Zeroes after losing one bomber. One last flight of Beauforts tried to penetrate the enemy CAP but the surviving two planes turned back after the first was shot down.

A-20s out of Port Moresby missed a freighter between New Britain and Admiralty Island.

Eight Bettys and eight Zeroes tried to attack the freighter unloading at Gasmata. Three of the defending P-40s were shot down but the enemy lost a Zero and three Bettys and the freighter was undamaged.

There was an inconclusive engagement in the Coral Sea a few hundred miles due east of Townsville. A Jap sub fired on and missed one of the DD-minesweepers and the ships were unable to locate the sub.

Japanese forces attacked at Canton again. The Chinese had over a thousand casualties and estimate the enemy's losses at one thousand, seven hundred and fifty. The Chinese forces are going to hold their positions and just shell the enemy for a while. The advance and unexpected enemy attacks have disrupted their units and it will take some time to untangle them for a proper attack. Skirmishes along the Rangoon Perimeter continue.

More reports to follow.

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23 May 42

In the Malacca Strait the Truant was forced to avoid a pair of enemy patrol boats. Near Tarakan the Swordfish torpedoed an already damaged freighter. A little east of that the KXV hit a freighter with a torpedo.

In the Coral Sea the DMS group reports multiple hits on an enemy sub.

Another night raid on Tavoy. Thirty six Wellingtons and Liberators hit the base during the day, doing substantial damage.

Five unescorted Sonias attacked Yenen. None of them survived this mistake.

Chinese bombers attacked Taan.

A dozen Wellingtons bombed Singapore. They hit a transport and a minesweeper in the port and destroyed half-a-dozen planes on the ground.

An enemy raid attacked Jambi. The lone Hawk patrolling from Palembang didn't return.

The Chinese bombed enemy troops near Wuhan and at Canton. B-25s attacked enemy forces attacking the Rangoon Perimeter. Dive and medium bombers on Tarawa attacked Makin.

A flight of Beauforts missed a heavily damaged freighter outside Tarakan, probably the same ship hit by the Swordfish. A second flight missed a tanker in the same area.

The enemy carrier group that we have been able to track is moving north, probably towards Singapore. They launched a heavy strike on Palembang. Five of the Hawks were lost in the air and another on the ground along with two Beauforts. But they shot down one of the Zeroes and three of the Vals. Three more of the Vals were shot down by flak. But the huge number of Kates, almost seventy of them, did heavy damage to the airfield.

Menado was bombed by twenty Bettys. Chinese troops at Canton were also attacked by a pair of small enemy raids.

Port Moresby based Beauforts and A-20s attacked a pair of enemy battleships at Lae. One of the Bostons was shot down by AAA in return for a bomb hit on one of the ships. A squadron of Beauforts hit a patrol boat at Singapore. Several more strikes on enemy ships in the region missed their targets, as well as an attack on a pair of tankers.

The Japanese broke off their attack at Canton but launched one against the Rangoon Perimeter. They didn't gain any ground but losses were heavy on both sides.

More reports to follow.

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24 May 42

The KXV missed a damaged freighter east of Tarakan. Near Singapore the O20 missed an escorted tanker. Later she managed to hit a loaded transport.

The DMS group in the Coral Sea had an encounter with a sub. It is unclear if this was the same sub they damaged yesterday or a different one. Either way, no ship on either side was damaged today.

The Blenheim nightfighters cratered the runways at Tavoy.

Two flights of Sally bombers did some minor damage to Moulmein.

A strike by nine Wellingtons against Singapore scored hits on a freighter and a light cruiser. A large strike by Beauforts only scored one hit on a transport in the waters around Singapore. A flight of Wellingtons perfectly bracketed a transport, hitting with bombs from each of the three planes. A full squadron of Beauforts hit the port, hitting the same light cruiser, a freighter and five transports. The final strike of the day was a flight of Wellingtons bombing the airfield.

Chinese bombers attacked Canton and Hurricanes made strafing runs along the Rangoon Perimeter. The SBDs and B-25s on Tarawa continued softening up Makin.

The Wirraways from Gasmata tried to attack the enemy battleships, now near Rinshafen, but were unable to make any hits. A second strike by A-20s and Beauforts from Port Moresby also failed to damage the ships. A third attack by A-20s again lost one plane to get a bomb hit on one of the battleships.

The enemy Bettys finally got thru at Gasmata. The defending P-40s were outnumbered two to one by the escort Zeroes and not able to get thru to the bombers. They shot down two of the Zeroes but the freighter Liberty Glo was sunk by three torpedo hits.

The enemy carriers attacked Palembang again. The defending Hawks did well, they traded one of their own for an escorting Zero and punched thru the screen to get to the bombers. They claimed several of the enemy Vals and AAA downed several more. But the runways were hit hard again.

Enemy bombers struck Jesselton and Menado. Chinese forces at Canton were bombed.

A flight of B-25s, escorted by eight Demons, attacked Pontianak but were intercepted by carrier based Zeroes. Two of the escorts were shot down protecting the bombers.

Two strikes, by a flight of Martins each, both scored two bomb hits on tankers at Brunei. A flight of Beauforts missed a damaged freighter east of Tarakan.

A flight of escorted Beauforts missed an enemy destroyer at Lae.

Neither side made any serious moves at Canton. The Japanese called off their attack on the Rangoon Perimeter. And a Vietnamese division attacked two Chinese corps guarding the crossings across the Mekong about a hundred miles south of Luang Prabang.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/23/2004 6:00:42 AM   
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The Truant missed a freighter in the Malacca Strait. Near Singapore the O20 scored two torpedo hits on a damaged enemy troop transport. She followed by shelling a tanker later in the day. The Searaven torpedoed and strafed a damaged freighter near Singkawang. The Swordfish missed a damaged freighter east of Tarakan.

The DMS group in the Coral Sea continued hunting the Jap sub they've been in contact with for the last couple of days.

The airfield at Tavoy was cratered during the night by the Blenheims. The Wellingtons and LB-30s destroyed half-a-dozen enemy planes and did more damage to the base during the day.

Chinese bombers attacked Chengting and Taan.

Wellingtons attacked Singaport harbor, hitting a freighter, a fast transport and two troop transports. These squadrons are in need of a break. The constant strikes are taking a toll on the units, so they will be stood down for a time while the B-17s continue to try to repair.

Enemy land-based air attacked Palembang. The Hawks shot down several of the Oscars and claimed one of the Lily bombers without losing anyone. The enemy's bombs failed to hit anything of value.

The Hurricanes and B-25s continued attacking enemy forces along the Rangoon Perimeter. Makin was struck again.

A large number of strikes were launched against enemy shipping around Singapore, Brunei, Tarakan and Singkawang. At Singapore two transports were hit and pilots report seeing a minesweeper sinking in the harbor. At Brunei a tanker and a destroyer. Near Singkawang a freighter. We also spotted but unsuccessfully attacked two battleships at Singapore.

Wirraways from Gasmata made an unsuccessful attack on a pair of destroyers near Rinschafen. Beauforts and Bostons missed a pair of enemy battleships at Lae.

We have spotted both enemy carrier groups. One is in the western South China Sea. The other just south of Belitung in the Java Sea. This group launched a large attack on Palembang, over one hundred bombers involved. Two of the Hawks on CAP were lost to the escort Zeroes, who lost one of their own, before they got in among the bombers. Several Kates were shot down by the fighters and AAA fire claimed several more as well as some Vals.

Enemy Bettys and Anns bombed the abandoned base at Jesselton. A small group of Bettys attacked Menado.

There were two raids against Chinese troops at Canton. I-153 biplanes from Wuchow tried to cover the forces on the ground, losing several planes to the Zeroes escorting the first attack. They did manage to shot one of the enemy fighters down and one of the Bettys of the unescorted second strike.

There was shelling and skirmishing around Canton and along the Rangoon Perimeter. The Chinese threw the VM unit back across the Mekong.

More reports to follow.

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26 May 42

Intelligence is reporting indications that the enemy is planning attacks on Wake and Balikpapan. None of the units that took part in Alarm Clock have been withdrawn from Wake and this isn't the first time we've had this warning, so I am not inclined to worry about Wake at this time. Indications of an upcoming attack on Balikpapan are not exactly a surprise. Fortunately the original garrison there from the start of the war has been reinforced. The thousand or so survivors of the Philippine 81st Division are here along with one of the brigades of the Australian 6th Division. The 110th USAAF Base Force also was withdrawn from the Philippines to here. And finally, a convoy carrying the entire US 32nd Division is only a couple of days out, steaming at full speed.

I am dispatching the battleships, West Virginia, Nevada and Oklahoma, along with cruisers and destroyers as escort, to Baker Island. Once they arrive there they will refuel and sail to bombard Makin. The 24th RCT will begin boarding at Baker as soon as these ships arrive. Capturing Makin will give us complete control over the Gilbert Islands and add that much more security to our sea lanes between the West Coast and Australia.

The O20 attacked but missed another transport east of Singapore.

The destroyer-minesweepers finally tracked down and sank the Nip I-boat in the Coral Sea.

Poor weather in southern Burma interferred with air operations in the region, but the nightfighters bombed Tavoy again. Only ten of the daytime bombers found the target thru the clouds, adding their bombloads to the continued suppression of Tavoy.

The Chinese continued their harassing attacks on Chengting and Taan.

Hawk fighters took a heavy toll of the Japanese attack from Singapore. The Oscar escorts were quickly driven off after losing several planes. This left the pilots plenty of time to shot down and drive off most of the Lily bombers and only three of them reached Palembang.

The IJA 3rd Division near Wuhan continued to be bombed. B-25s from Mandalay hit a Japanese armored unit outside Rangoon. And the Tarawa bombers continued attacking Makin in preparation for the 24th RCT's landings.

A minesweeper at Brunei was hit by a flight of Martins. At Tarakan a freighter was hit by Beauforts and a tanker by Martins. Another flight of Martins hit a freighter at Pontianak and apparently set off a cargo of explosives or something similar. And a pair a flights of Martins hit a destroyer in the Celebes Sea.

Several Wirraways were damaged attempting an attack on the enemy battleship Hiei just north of New Britain.

The enemy's carrier strike against Palembang was only seventy bombers today. The escort was extremely light for the size of the attack, only a half-dozen Zeroes. One of the Hawks defending the base was lost but the remaining three shot down four of the Kates and one of the Vals. AAA fire accounted for another two Kates and a Val. Damage to the base was light and only one Beaufort was destroyed on the ground.

Menado was attacked by high flying Bettys. Or rather the jungle around Menado was bombed, I should say. An attack on Gasmata at least found the base, after losing several Zeroes and Bettys to the defending P-40s. The damage was minor and none of the Allied planes were lost.

The Chinese I-153s lost several more planes trying to protect their forces at Canton.

There was only skirmishing at Canton and Rangoon.

More reports to follow.

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27 May 42

The O20 had an encounter with an enemy destroyer near Singapore but successfully evaded it. She was as fortunate when she tried to attack a transport a short time later and managed to survive a depth charge attack by its escorts. The Permit torpedoed a freighter carrying troops in the Sulu Sea. North of Brunei the KXVII was forced to evade an enemy ASW group and was then seriously damaged when she tried to attack a heavily escorted tanker.

Another night attack on Tavoy. Thirty planes flew during the day, doing heavy damage to the airfield.

Another raid on Chengting. And one on Taan.

The Japs attacked Yenen again. Again they lost several planes to the defending Chinese fighters. Eight Sallys bombed Moulmein, doing no damage.

The Chinese continued their bombings of Japanese troops around Wuhan and Canton. Hurricanes and B-25s provided close air support for the defenders along the Rangoon Perimeter.

A-20s out of Port Moresby made an unsuccessful attack on an enemy freighter at Lae. A pair of Martins hit a tanker near Tarakan. Two flights of Beauforts attacked shipping in Singapore, scoring bomb hits on two freighters and a transport. Martins hit a destroyer just outside Brunei.

Enemy carriers east of Sinkep Island attacked Palembang. The defending Hawks avoided the dozen escort Zeroes completely. Between them and the very experienced AAA crews more than half-a-dozen more carrier bombers were shot down, with only two of our own Beauforts lost on the ground.

Australian B-25s attacked Pontianak but it doesn't look like they did any damage.

Menado was subjected to another attack by Bettys. Enemy forces attacked Gasmata. Two dozen P-40s tangled with an equal number of Zeroes trying to protect the two dozen Bettys. We lost three Warhawks but the enemy lost seven Zeroes and three Bettys, plus two more Bettys to AAA fire.

A number of small raids on Chinese troops at Canton kept the defending I-153s off balance and out of position, but the numbers of Bettys were small enough that few losses were reported.

Skirmishing continues along the Rangoon Perimeter. The Chinese launched an attack on the defenses of Canton. Losses were heavy, almost two thousand, and it doesn't look like they made any progress.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/23/2004 10:08:49 PM   
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Great posts Dtravel, I am as well a first time campaigner(scenario 15)
Your little war is fun to read,almost like a documentary . Anyways, I'll keep this short and just say that you seem to be doing alot better than me. I am currently in early April '42, and Rangoon fell about a month ago.
On the other hand, I have the advantage in the Rabaul area. It is reinforced with almost 10,000 infantry and Shortlands is growing as well.I figure to build this area up as large as I can and use it as a springboard to get even with the Japs. Good luck to you and hope to read more of your experiences.

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Is this thing even turned on? If no one is paying any attention to this, I'd like to know so I can stop spending 2/3's of my gaming time writing.


oh and btw, I also have been using some of your strats, especialy the night bombing runs on enemy airfields thanks much

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/24/2004 7:51:34 AM   
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Well, I did get some coughs and drunken "YA!"'s from the audience so I'm still writing. At least for now.

And I'm not taking advantage of the night bombing bug. The only unit that I have flying at night is the one night-trained unit.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 10/24/2004 7:52:09 AM   
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28 May 42

The O20 was tracked by a pair of enemy minesweepers but avoided an attack.

Tavoy was bombed overnight. Thirty bombers attacked during the day.

Another pinprick attack on Chengting. The interesting detail about this is that the enemy fighters didn't even attempt to intercept the Chinese bombers today.

Six unescorted Lilys tried to bomb Palembang but turned back after the CAP shot one of them down.

The B-17s at Port Moresby bombed the harbor at Lae, with a number of bombs landing in what appear to be the enemy's supply dumps.

Chinese bombers attacked Canton. B-25s and Hurricanes attacked along the Rangoon Perimeter. Makin was also bombed again.

A flight of Bostons hit an enemy freighter in the waters between New Britain and Lae. Martins attacking Brunei hit a destroyer and a tanker. A flight of Beauforts hit two transports at Singapore.

The enemy carriers north of Belitung bombed the empty airbase at Toboali.

Fourteen Bettys escorted by over thirty Zeroes out of the Philippines attacked Balikpapan. The defending P-40s started out well, downing three fighters and scattering many others but then the enemy's numbers told. Seven Warhawks were lost and only one more enemy plane, a Betty, was shot down.

Japanese Bettys from Formosa and northern Luzon launched a number of raids on Chinese forces at Canton. Once again the first raid was escorted and several Chinese I-153s were lost to the Zeroes. None of the following unescorted attacks lost any planes to the defenders although several were damaged. It appears that the I-153 just doesn't have heavy enough guns to do any good.

Sally bombers attacked the Dutch forces marching towards Kuala. A flight of Bettys tried to bomb one of the freighters that just arrived at Kendari.

The Japanese launched attacks at both Canton and Rangoon. Allied forces held in both places with moderate to heavy casualties while inflicting heavy losses on the enemy.

With complete control of Gilberts soon to be ours I am beginning to consider further actions. While the Lexington will be in port for a while repairing her torpedo damage, the other four carriers are all completing repairs of the usual wear and tear of sea duty. Also the Hornet has completed a refit to upgrade her AAA and the Saratoga will soon do likewise. (I should also note that a large part of Sub Command has also been undergoing refit, adding heavier AAA, as well as a number of destroyers.) Looking at the map my eyes keep getting drawn to the Solomons. If we could retake Shortlands it would pretty much secure our supply route to Australia, even from the long range of the enemy's bombers. The problem is coming up with the forces for such an operation. Once the 2nd Marine Division has been relieved at Port Moresby and had a chance to recover, possibly them. I will have to think about this further.

In any event, I am having the 125th RCT shipped out from San Francisco to Brisbane. Once there we will team them up with one of the reconstituting Base Forces evacuated from the Philippines, possibly the 108th, and once they are ready send them to Munda Pt. The base there is still "ours" but currently undefended. Maps of the island indicate that it has potential as an airbase and it would be within range of Shortlands for our smaller aircraft. The Enterprise and Yorktown, repairing at Brisbane already, should be able to cover such a landing.

More reports to follow.

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29 May 42

We planted some more craters at Tavoy during the night. The Liberators and Wellingtons returned during the day. Damage assessment hasn't indicated any enemy planes lost in the raids for some days now and the AVG's sweeps over the airfield have been unopposed. Today, some of the P-40s made low level strafing attacks but still didn't get any response or spot any enemy planes. It looks like we may have forced the enemy to withdraw his aircraft from Tavoy and gained control of the air over Burma.

The enemy attacked Yenen. In addition to the 11th FS there, the Chinese moved the 19th FS to Yenen, also equipped with I-16s. They hope is that some time learning from the veterans will leave the 19th in shape to hold Yenen on their own and the very experienced 11th can be moved south. The 19th got their first lesson today. One plane was lost on the ground to a lucky bomb hit by one of the few Sonias to make it to the airfield. Estimates are half-a-dozen Sonias and almost twice that many Nates were shot down.

A raid on Palembang turned back almost as soon as they spotted the CAP, no aircraft were lost on either side.

The B-17s continued to hit the port at Lae in strength. The forty-three bombers was slightly less than the previous day.

SB-2s bombed outside Wuhan. Hurricanes and B-25s hit enemy forces around the Rangoon Perimeter. The enemy garrison at Makin continues to suffer under daily bombings.

Two flights of Bostons scored a pair of bomb hits on a freighter between Buna and Gasmata. It looks like the enemy intends to continue expanding in the Solomons/New Guinea region.

Strikes at shipping around Tarakan failed to hit. A minesweeper was struck by a bomb from a Beaufort at Singapore.

The IJN carriers have sailed around Belitung and are now about a hundred miles east of Batavia. From there they attacked Palembang again. The six Zeroes claimed one of the defending Hawks. The remaining three shot down several more Vals and Kates. AAA claimed their share of Nip planes as well and another Hawk and two Beauforts were destroyed on the ground.

I am beginning to wonder about the strength of the enemy's carriers. At least some of them appear to have been at sea nearly continously for almost six months now. And while their aircraft groups haven't suffered great losses in any one battle, they have been steadily losing planes and pilots to our defenses. How much longer are they going to be able to keep this up?

Zeroes and Bettys attacked Balikpapan again. We lost seven P-40s and the transport Zeilin, which was docked here trying to patch up before heading for a major repair yard, was struck by a bomb. We think the enemy lost slightly more fighters than we did in the dogfighting, but reports are confused.

The Kittyhawks at Gili Gili turned back a raid on that base when they bypassed the escorting Zeroes and shot down one of the Bettys. Gasmata also came under attack by a dozen each of Zeroes and Bettys. The P-40s shot down one Zero and a pair of Bettys, only losing one plane themselves. Much of this raid also turned back.

The Chinese ground troops at Canton were attacked again by a number of small raids.

The fighting at Canton and the Rangoon Perimeter settled back to skirmishes and artillery fire again.

More reports to follow.

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30 May 42

The Permit had a failed attack on a tanker in the Sulu Sea, although the captain does report seeing another one sinking. The Seadragon found a convoy of enemy ships at the south end of the Malacca Strait and conducted a series of attacks on it. She torpedoed a freighter and a transport. She probably could have done more but the escorts were persistant in their efforts to track her down. The KXV missed a freighter east of Tarakan. The Gato shelled a freighter off the southwest coast of Mindanao after her torpedoes failed to detonate. The S-41 was briefly pursued by a minesweeper in the northern Celebes Sea. The S-44 spotted a heavily escorted convoy of transports near Buin. She wasn't able to make an attack but reports that it looked like an invasion force.

Enemy troops began landing at Kuala. While I'm not concerned about losing the base, that was inevitable. But losing the base this quickly cuts off the retreat of the troops from Medan.

The nightly bombing of Tavoy continued. The AVG made straffing runs on the airfield in the morning. They managed to confirm that there are enemy planes still there as they destroyed a Betty. The Liberators switched from bombing the airfield to the port for the day, hoping to catch an enemy convoy that was spotted in the harbor. Unfortunately they failed to hit any of the ships.

Chinese bombers continued to annoy Chengting. I know they are doing their best but their aircraft just don't carry a large payload and they don't have enough of them.

The Japanese lost more aircraft over Yenen. The Nates broke and ran as soon as the first of them was shot down, leaving the four Sonias to all be lost.

The attacks on Palembang continued. The Hawks tangled with the Oscars escorting the first raid but neither side lost any planes. The IJN carriers attacked as well. This time the strike was given a substantial escort of thirty Zeroes. Two of the Hawks were lost trying to penetrate the screen and two Beauforts were destroyed on the ground.

Fortresses continued hammering away at the enemy supply depots at Lae. A-20s followed this up with a second strike later in the day. The Chinese also continued bombing the IJA 3rd Division near Wuhan. The B-25s attacking the enemy along the Rangoon Perimeter were joined by the Wellingtons. Hurricanes also made straffing runs along the Perimeter. The Dauntlesses and Mitchells of Tarawa continued to hit the enemy forces on Makin.

A-20s attacked but missed the freighter they hit yesterday between New Guinea and New Britain, now south of Gasmata. Although it does not appear that Gasmata is the ship's destination. Beauforts hit a transport in the same convoy attacked by the Seadragon.

The Australian B-25s at Soerabaja tried to attack the enemy carriers around Belitung Island but turned back when attacked by almost thirty Zeroes, losing one of their number in the process.

We found out the location of the second enemy carrier group. They are northwest of Taytay in the Philippines. From there they launched a strike against Jesselton, co-ordinated with planes from land bases in the Philippines.

The Chinese at Canton were bombed again, only one raid today.

A decade of Bettys attacked two of our freighters enroute to Port Moresby as they were passing Rossel Island. The ships were able to avoid getting hit.

More shelling and skirmishes along the Rangoon Perimeter and at Canton.

The enemy is obviously about to make more landings in the Solomons. I am trying to deceide if it is worth the risk of putting the Enterprise and Yorktown in range of the enemy's land based air at Rabaul to try to catch some enemy shipping while the Japanese carriers are in the South China Sea. I think I will put them to sea and see if the B-17s can hit the airfield at Rabaul. We should have a few days to recall the carriers if necessary.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/2/2004 3:53:12 PM   
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D, where are you? With both you and Thayne down, I am going into withdrawls!

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/2/2004 8:11:12 PM   
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I haven't abandoned this AAR. It's just the temporary victim of conditions. I've had multiple small but must be dealt with NOW personal matters come up recently, dealing with my father's estate is in a busy period (a ruling on approval for the sale of the house should be next week), I'm waiting on the 1.3 patch because some of the bugs are becoming the size of small houses (about a third of the Allied subs are now commanded by unrated WO's) and I haven't had the contigious blocks of multiple hours at a time that WiTP requires. So I've been playing games I can save and drop at any time when something comes up.

I do still plan on continueing the AAR, its just gonna be a few weeks most likely. Sorry.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/8/2004 3:51:35 AM   
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The Seadragon hit and sank a transport in the southern Malacca Strait.

A small freighter heading for Gasmata with supplies was torpedoed several hundred miles east of Townsville. Hopefully the ship can make it to port. ASW forces are moving to respond.

Blenheims bombed Tavoy overnight. The Liberators bombed the port at Tavoy but did little damage.

Wellingtons and B-25s bombed along the Rangoon Perimeter.

A pair of Martins were intercepted by Nates when they tried to attack a ship in the straits between the Celebes and Sulu Seas. One of the planes was shot down before they could get away.

Balikpapan was attacked again. We lost three P-40s, the enemy one Zero and two Bettys. A small number of Bettys bombed Morotai.

Two flights of Bostons bombed Lae but did no significant damage.

The Chinese forces at Canton were bombed in two small raids.

Several strikes were launched on enemy shipping east of Tarakan but only one was successful, scoring two bomb hits on a tanker.

More than twenty-five unescorted Bettys tried to attack ships in the port at Port Moresby. The defending Wildcats took a heavy toll, shooting down around half-a-dozen and forcing most of the rest back. Only four bombers made it to the harbor and they failed to hit any of the ships.

There was only light fighting at Canton and along the Rangoon Perimeter. The leading troops retreating from Medan reached Kuala, just in time to keep a single squad of enemy soldiers from occupying the base. Apparently the enemy did not land here in any real force.

More reports to follow.

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(Writer's note: This was the first turn run under the 1.3 patch.)

01 Jun 42

The tanker docked at Bali sank overnight.

The S-46 avoided a minesweeper near New Hanover. The Seadragon carried out a pair of attacks in the south end of the Malacca Strait. The first failed against a transport. The second put two torpedoes into a freighter.

Blenheims bombed Tavoy again.

More enemy troops unloaded at Kuala.

A decade of Sallys bombed Moulmein, causing no losses.

Balikpapan came under attack. Ten P-40s intercepted the over forty Nates and almost thirty Anns in the strike and proceeded to tear thru the enemy planes. Almost ten enemy fighters and several of the divebombers were shot down without loss in the air. But one P-40 and several transport planes were lost on the ground.

We lost half-a-dozen out of thirty B-17s attacking Rabaul. Estimates are that there were almost fifty Zeroes defending the base, although the bomber gunners managed to whittle that down by a few. Most of the rest of the bombers were damaged to varying degrees and the enemy base suffered only minimal damage. A second attack on the ships in port by Wirraways escorted by P-40s turned back after losing several planes to the Jap fighters.

Chinese bombers attacked Japanese forces near Wuhan and at Canton.

B-17s at Batavia attacked enemy shipping at Johore Bahru. In three raids they hit two patrol boats, a minesweeper and two troop transports. Both the transports were hit by multiple bombs, doing heavy damage.

Three flights of Nells dropped bombs in the general vicinity of Morotai. No damage was reported.

The enemy launched an attack on the Rangoon Perimeter. Losses are reported to be high on both sides. The Chinese attacked at Canton, making little headway despite over twelve hundred casualties. And a desperate attack by the Dutch at Kuala succeeded in driving the weak Japanese forces there off their beachhead into the jungle to the south.

The Canadians and the New Zealanders both commissioned Kittyhawk squadrons. Another patrol group of PBYs arrived in Alaska. And two more S boats were made available in San Diego.

More reports to follow.

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02 Jun 42

Off the north shore of Luzon the Gar torpedoed a freighter.

The action in the Coral Sea picked up. The DMS Lamberton was hit by two torpedoes and sunk east of Townsville. The rest of the task force wasn't able to find the enemy sub. About a hundred miles northeast of there another I-boat missed when it fired on a destroyer group. And the final action of the day in the area was still farther north, near the south end of New Guinea where three destroyers tried to pin down a sonar contact.

More enemy troops unloaded at Kuala. There was reports of enemy forces landing at Buka in the Solomons.

Tavoy was hit again overnight. P-40s out of Rangoon strafed the airfield in the morning. Unfortunately, most of the following attack by LB-30s got lost in the heavy weather so the base suffered little damage.

Wellingtons attacked Singapore. One was lost to defending Zeroes but the remaining seven hit a transport and freighter in the port.

Balikpapan was attacked again. The P-40s continued to prove their worth, downing half-a-dozen of the Nates but the only bomber the enemy lost was to AAA fire. We lost a number of C-47s on the ground and the damage to the airfield was higher. The P-40s also shot down more than half-a-dozen Zeroes and four Bettys from a second raid, limiting further damage.

Japanese troops at Canton were bombed by SB-2 bombers. Rangoon Hurricanes attacked along the Rangoon Perimeter. Wellingtons and B-25s also hit enemy troops along the Perimeter. SBDs and B-25s continued hitting the enemy garrison on Makin.

The British carriers have reached the northern tip if Sumatra. From there they struck the Japanese ships unloading at Kuala. One freighter was hit by a torpedo and another sunk by multiple torpedo hits. A second strike went after Georgetown but ran into half-a-dozen of the improved Zeroes. Two of the Fulmar fighters were lost but the Swordfish got thru to do light damage to the airfield.

An enemy carrier group near Sinkep attacked Palembang. AAA claimed a few of the Kates but three Beauforts were destroyed on the ground, along with casualties among the garrison and damage to the runways.

An attack on Port Moresby by Bettys and Zeroes was turned back by the defending Kittyhawks and Wildcats, the enemy losing a fighter and a bomber in the process. Warhawks defended Gasmata, turning back the attack on that base. The enemy did better there, not losing any of their planes but the Zeroes shot down several of our P-40s.

Japanese bombers also attacked the Chinese at Canton.

Martins and Beauforts launched various attacks on enemy shipping around Borneo but only one attack was successful. A lone Martin hit a tanker east of Tarakan.

The Japanese expanded their foothold on New Guinea, capturing the empty facility at Salamaua just south of Lea. Japanese forces counter-attacked at Canton but promptly ran into a Chinese meat grinder. The Chinese report less than 500 casualties but estimate enemy losses at over four thousand. The attack on the Rangoon Perimeter continued but may be slowing down. Enemy losses appear to have been over twice the Allied losses of some six hundred.

More reports to follow.

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03 Jun 42

The landings at Kuala and Buka continued.

The S-46 avoided a persistent enemy minesweeper near New Hanover. Another MSW tried to track the Swordfish in the Celebes Sea. In the South China Sea north of Brunei the Pickerel missed a heavily escorted oiler.

Another DMS, the Long, was lost to enemy submarine torpedoes.

The nightfighters hit Tavoy again. A dozen LB-30s followed up during the day and did serious damage.

The Royal Navy shelled Victoria Point. The battleship Warspite and her escorts did light damage to the port facilities. At Makin the US battleships Nevada, Oklahoma and West Virginia shelled the harbor, causing more casualties among the defenders.

Chinese bombers raided the airfield at Chengting. The Japanese responded by attacking Yenen. The two squadrons of I-16s quickly drove off the twenty escort Nates, shooting several down, before destroying almost all the eight Sonias. Another unit of Sonias bombed the airbase at Changsha.

It looks like the enemy has finally deceided to defend Singapore. We lost two Wellingtons to Zeroes in an attack there today.

Palembang was attacked by a decade of Lilys escorted by two dozen each of Oscars and Zeroes. Only one of the four defending Hawks was lost along with a Beaufort on the ground. The enemy lost several fighters and a bomber. The enemy carriers are at Singapore. From there they co-ordinated a strike with land-based Lilys to attack Jambi, but did little damage.

Chinese aircraft continued bombing enemy troops near Wuhan and Canton. Bad weather kept the Hurricanes grounded but the Wellingtons and B-25s hit enemy troops along the Rangoon Perimeter. Aircraft from Tarawa continued bombing Makin.

The Chinese forces at Canton were bombed by Bettys.

Two flights of Martins scored a pair of bomb hits on a tanker outside Tarakan. Beauforts hit a transport just outside Singapore. B-25s did trivial damage to Pontianak's port.

The battleships at Makin were attacked by over twenty-five Bettys in two waves. The task force's AAA fire downed about a quarter of the attacking aircraft and the Nevada was hit by one torpedo.

A decade of Bettys attacked Lunga but were turned back after P-39s shot down two of their number.

The Japanese shelled the Chinese at Canton while they regrouped for another assault. Buka was occupied by the enemy. The attack on the Rangoon Perimeter ended today and the newly landed Japanese troops at Kuala began moving on the Dutch forces waiting for evacuation there.

More reports to follow.

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04 Jun 42

Outside Singapore the KVII torpedoed an enemy freighter. Near Jolo the S-41 missed a damaged tanker.

One of the destroyer ASW groups in the Coral Sea had another sonar contact but could not resolve it.

The Blenheim nightfighters continued harassing Tavoy. A small number of LB-30s bombed during the day and between the two they did minor damage.

Our battleships remained at Makin but could not find any targets to fire on.

An attack on Palembang was turned back, somehow, by the three defending Hawks. They managed to shot down a Babs photo recon, several Oscars and a Lily without losing any planes. The P-40s at Balikpapan also turned back a raid there, claiming a decade of Nates and several Anns.

Chinese bombers continued dropping somewhere around enemy forces west of Wuhan. Wellingtons and B-25s continued supporting the Rangoon Perimeter.

ADM Nimitz with the Yorktown and Enterprise reached SBD range of Shortlands during the night. The carriers launched two strikes against Nip shipping in the harbor there. Intelligence is still trying to sort out the true extent of the damage but it appears that sixteen freighters and transports, two destroyers, a subchaser and a minesweeper were hit. Most of them multiple times. The sheer number of reported bomb hits makes an accurate assessment difficult, but coastwatchers confirm a freighter and a subchaser sinking in the evening.

The enemy attacked ships at Port Moresby in the morning with two decades of Bettys escorted by half that many Zeroes. The Marine Wildcats and Australian Kittyhawks took a heavy toll, shooting down four fighters and four bombers and forcing most of the rest to turn back. The few bombers that reached the port failed to hit any of the ships. With the failure of the morning attack the enemy tried the penny packet approach in the afternoon, sending several small strikes. The defending fighters managed to either turn back or disrupt all of those without any damage to shipping. But one Wildcat was lost and only one Zero downed during the afternoon.

More than two dozen Bettys managed to place one bomb on the runways at Morotai.

Beauforts and A-20s from Port Moresby attacked the just lost base at Salamaua but did no significant damage.

The Chinese forces at Canton were subject to several very small raids by Bettys throughout the day.

The British carriers Illustrious and Formidable struck the enemy's landing force at Kuala again. Their Swordfish torpedo bombers sank the second freighter there with several more torpedo hits.

There was artillery fire and small unit clashes at Canton and along the Rangoon Perimeter but neither side made any serious efforts today. More of the Dutch forces on northern Sumatra reached Kuala just in time to help turn back another Jap attack on the base there. The last of the evacuating troops should reach the port tomorrow and the entire group can be lifted out the next day.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/9/2004 7:29:05 AM   
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The Swordfish spotted a damaged minesweeper near Tarakan. West of Manila the S-37 torpedoed an oiler. The Greenling hit an ammunition collier a couple of hundred miles to the north.

More craters were placed overnight at Tavoy by the Blenheims just before the Warspite and escorts shelled the base. Two flights of Liberators hit the base in the morning. It really does appear that the enemy has given up operating from the airfield as we haven't got reports of enemy planes being destroyed or even spotted here for some days now.

Chinese bombers attacked Chengting. The Japanese responded with an attack on Yenen. That wasn't such a good idea as they lost one of their fighters and all three of the Sonias in the attempt.

The IJA division outside Wuhan was bombed again. Wellingtons and B-25s attacked along the Rangoon Perimeter. Aircraft from Tarawa attacked Makin but had trouble finding any enemy troop concentrations for their payloads.

The carriers in the Solomons moved to within torpedo bomber range of Shortlands. Their two strikes continued to devastate enemy shipping. The pilots report that most of the ships they hit today did not appear to be any of the ships they damaged yesterday. Considering the number of ships being hit that is hard to believe unless the enemy had a great deal more shipping here than we had believed. In either case, today's toll is believed to be sixteen transports, a freighter, two destroyers, two gunboats and two minesweepers. The local coastwatcher confirms that two minesweepers, two transports and a destroyer sank today.

Two small enemy strikes came after the carriers. The first was only a flight of Battys. The CAP took down two of the three and the survivor was discouraged by the AAA. The second was a bit larger, two flights of Bettys with a seven Zero escort. The CAP lost two of the Wildcats but one of the enemy fighters and four of the bombers won't make it back to Rabaul.

Martins hit a freighter between the Sulu and Celebes Seas. B-25s attacking Pontianak hit a transport in the harbor. Beauforts hit another transport near Singapore.

A single enemy scout plane got thru at Balikpapan and hit the tanker William F Humphrey with a bomb. The damage will be enough to put it in for repairs for a while but doesn't threaten to sink it. The Japs launched a full strike of twenty Nates and ten Anns to try to follow up but the defending P-40s downed more than half of them without loss before the survivors broke off.

The A-20s and Beauforts at Port Moresby bombed Salamaua again.

The Chinese at Canton were subject to two more relatively small attacks by Bettys.

Two flights of Bettys went after the battleships at Makin. Long range CAP from Tarawa only got one of them bombers before they launched. Two torpedoes struck the Oklahoma. The ship will have to retire to Baker for emergency repairs before heading for Pearl.

There was only light fighting at Canton and Rangoon. The last of the retreating Dutch forces on Sumatra reached Kuala just in time to help turn back another Japanese attempt to take the base.

More reports to follow.

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06 Jun 42

The Dutch troops at Kuala report an enemy freighter striking a mine overnight while trying to unload additional enemy forces. We also have a report of enemy forces landing at Admiralty Island, consolidating his hold on the Bismarks.

The S-44 was attacked by a number of destroyers near Buka but escaped unharmed. The KVII, near Singapore, was not as fortunate. She suffered heavy damage from the escorts when she tried to attack a freighter.

A Japanese sub fired on the destroyer group two hundred miles southwest of Gili Gili. The ships evaded the torpedoes but couldn't sink the sub.

The Blenheims continue their nocturnal bombing of Tavoy. A small number of LB-30s added their bombs to the job during the day. AVG pilots finished up with strafing runs on the airfield. It was they who found the first evidence that the enemy is still using the base when they destroyed an enemy plane on the ground.

Chinese bombers continued to harass the enemy force west of Wuhan. Mandalay's Wellingtons and B-25s continued bombing enemy troops attacking the Rangoon Perimeter, even though the Hurricanes at Rangoon itself remained grounded. Aircraft from Tarawa continue to search for, and fail to find, the enemy troops on Makin.

ADM Nimitz sailed his carriers thru the Solomons, repositioning from the western side to the eastern. Once back within torpedobomber range they continued to hammer enemy shipping at Shortlands. Eleven more transports, a pair of freighters and a destroyer were struck by bombs or torpedoes.

The carriers were attacked by a dozen Bettys escorted by only two pairs of Zeroes, but the attack was quickly beaten back by the CAP.

Enemy shipping around Singapore also continues to suffer. Beauforts hit a freighter in the waters around the city. One flight, when they attacked to port itself, scored several hits on a large battleship previously unseen. Intelligence has tentatively identified it as the "Yamato".

This is not to say that we are not suffering losses of our own. Thirty Nates escorted half-a-dozen Anns in an attack on the tanker loading at Balikpapan. The twenty defending P-40s ripped into the enemy planes, downing more than half the escorts without loss. But the enemy fighters, by sheer numbers alone, kept the Warhawks away from the bombers and the tanker suffered several bomb hits. She is fortunate that they were relatively light bombs.

Palembang also came under attack with a two pronged raid from Singapore based planes and aircraft off carriers in the South China Sea east of Sinkep attacking. One of the defending Hawks was lost in the air and a pair of Beauforts were destroyed on the ground. The enemy lost a Zero, a Val and a couple of Oscars it appears.

A second enemy carrier group revealed itself northeast of Jesselton with an attack on that base. The empty base was also attacked by Bettys, probably from the Philippines. Other Bettys attacked the airstrip at Menado.

B-25s bombed Pontianak to little effect. Beauforts and Bostons had a similar lack of effect bombing Salamaua.

Two unco-ordinated flights of Bettys tried to bomb Chinese troops at Canton.

The fighting along the Rangoon Perimeter and outside Canton remained light. The enemy broke off his attack on Kuala, instead just shelling the Dutch as they board ship. The evacuation is taking longer than expected because several thousand more troops made it to the port than was expected, but they should be able to finish loading and leave by the end of the day.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/9/2004 7:42:41 AM   
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Just wanted to say, that the first reported use of "Reports from the Front" was used here by dtravel. However, my copyright lawyers indicate that my use of same is sufficently different to avoid any confusion between the two. I sincerly did not check that it had been previousily used prior to my use of that phrase as part of my title.

Have enjoyed your AAR reports dtravel, thank you for providing them.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/9/2004 10:29:00 PM   
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Bah! Lawyers will say anything you want them to, you just have to pay them enough. (I should know, I'm dealing with at least three different sets. That I know of. )

You can change the thread title easily enough. Just edit the first post of the thread and change the Subject there. Now, I can't force you and in the real world the whole thing is incredibly tiny and petty. But the good news is that if you don't, I'll have a good excuse to rag you as much as I want!

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/12/2004 9:04:55 AM   
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One three destroyer ASW hunter-killer group, 250 miles east of Cooktown, had a brief sonar contact but didn't have the fuel to remain to pursue it. A second, four destroyer group, scored depth charge hits on an enemy sub a few hundred miles southeast.

The Warspite battlegroup surprised an enemy freighter unloading troops at Kuala. They quickly sank the ship and then covered the final loading of the Dutch troops evacuating the base. All the troops boarded in good order and the three ships are now individually making their way at best speed to Diamond Harbor.

Chinese bombers hit Chengting and the AVG made strafing runs over Tavoy.

SB-2s and IL-4s bombed enemy forces at Canton. Japanese forces along the Rangoon Perimeter were hit by Wellingtons, B-25s and Hurricanes all day long. Tarawa's bombers attacked suspected enemy troops on Makin but we can't tell how well they did. The enemy here appears to have disappeared into the jungle.

Near Lae a dozen Beauforts scored a pair of torpedo hits on an enemy freighter. More bombers out of Port Moresby attacked Salamaua but failed to hit the base.

Unfortunately, the enemy is better at that than we are. Eighteen Bettys escorted by fifteen Zeroes attacked our shipping at Port Moresby. Two of the Zeroes were shot down by the Wildcats and Kittyhawks but they kept the defenders tied up and away from the bombers. AAA claimed one of the bombers but two freighters were hit by torpedoes, one twice. A second raid of another fifteen Zeroes and six Bettys lost one bomber and failed to hit any ships, but two Wildcats were shot down by the escorts.

The tanker at Balikpapan was hit by several more bombs from nine Ann divebombers. The defending P-40s were not able to get thru to the bombers but they did take out the entire escort of fourteen Nates.

A flight of B-25s attacking Pontianak hit a freighter in the harbor.

Chinese forces at Canton were subject to a couple of harassing raids by Bettys.

Japanese forces attacked the Rangoon Perimeter. Losses were heavy on both sides but the enemy gained ground against the UK 18th Division, forcing them back. As mentioned earlier, the last of the Dutch forces at Kuala left. The enemy occupied the base very quickly once there wasn't anyone there to shoot at them as they did so. The Chinese launched another assault on Canton. They did not do well against the extremely well dug in enemy forces, reporting more than 2600 casualties. And the Japanese landing on Admiralty Island occupied the port.

More reports to follow.

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08 Jun 42

The S-42, patrolling off the coast of the Japanese Home Islands, was hit by an enemy search plane and is returning to base. The S-46 fired on and missed a freighter near New Hanover Island. Between Borneo and Belitung the S-36 scored a torpedo hit on an enemy light carrier, identified as the Shoho. She managed to evade the rather upset and numerous IJN escorting destroyers.

Chinese bombers hit Chengting again without loss.

Japanese planes attacked Yenen again. They lost all three Sonias and almost a dozen Nates.

One of the AVG's P-40s was shot down by flak during their attack on Tavoy.

The IJA 3rd Division was the subject of another raid by Chinese SB-2 bombers. More bombers attacked enemy forces at Canton. Three Hurricanes were lost strafing enemy troops along the Rangoon Perimeter.

An enemy raid on Balikpapan resulted in a long-running dogfight between the 21st Fighter's P-40s and the escorting Zeroes. About a dozen enemy fighters and a couple of Bettys were shot down, but we lost several Warhawks in the process. A second raid in the afternoon scored several more light bomb hits on the already damaged tanker. The remaining P-40s flying defense shot down a number of the Nates but couldn't get thru to the Ann divebombers. The tanker is now stuck in a conundrum, too damaged to risk the open sea but obviously unable to survive in port.

The light bombers at Port Moresby continued bombing Salamaua.

Chinese forces seiging Canton was again attacked by two small groups of Bettys.

The Japanese launched a counter-attack at Canton but faired even worse than the earlier Chinese attack. Enemy losses are estimated at almost 4,000 while Allied casualties are only a little over a tenth of that. The enemy continued their attack on the Rangoon Perimeter. Losses were relatively light and they failed to gain any ground, despite heavy pressure on the defenders.

More reports to follow.

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09 Jun 42

A flight of SB-2s bombed Chengting again. The AVG straffed Tavoy again.

The Japs tried to bomb Moulmein. The dozen Oscars and twenty Sallys were intercepted by nine P-40s out of Rangoon. The AVG pilots shot down most of the Oscars and a trio of the Sallys. The remaining bombers dropped their payloads early.

The B-17s at Batavia bombed the industrial centers of Singapore. Unfortunately most of them got lost in heavy weather, limiting the damage.

Both sides bombed each other at Canton, with various groups of SB-2s, IL-4s and Bettys flying over the area. Hurricanes, Wellingtons and B-25s continued their runs along the Rangoon Perimeter. The B-25s and SBDs of Tarawa continued hunting for enemy troops on Makin. The airfield on Tarawa was just expanded enough to handle B-17s and the 11th Bomb Group has flown in from Hawaii. Now we just need to get some more aircraft mechanics there to support them and then they can start working on the enemy bases in the southern Marshalls. Chinese bombers based at Haiphong bombed an enemy force moving north along the east bank of the Mekong River. They were spotted by the divisions holding the river against the VM division driven out of Hanoi all those months ago.

The Japanese carriers entered the Java Sea and caught a convoy of freighters heading for Batavia. Two of the ships were sunk and two more heavily damaged.

The carrier's planes also co-ordinated with some fighters from Singapore in an attack on Palembang. A dozen Hawk fighters flew against the over a hundred and seventy attacking planes. Two of them survived the thirty plus fighters to reach the bombers. Total losses on our side were the ten Hawks and a dozen Beauforts on the ground. Best estimates on enemy losses from the fighters and AAA is half-a-dozen fighters and a dozen bombers.

A second, smaller, enemy carrier force announced itself off the north coast of Borneo with an attack on Jesselton. That was followed by some Bettys out of the Philippines adding a few more craters to the runways.

A flight of Bettys bombed some trees near Menado. A flight of Australian B-25s did likewise around Pontianak. The jungles around Salamaua were also subjected a similar treatment from the Port Moresby medium bombers.

Two flights of Beauforts made an unsuccessful attack against a freighter and its escorting gunboat near Singapore.

There was no serious fighting at Canton. The attack on the Rangoon Perimeter continued with several hundred casualties on both sides.

More reports to follow.

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10 Jun 42

The night flying Blenheims returned to bomb Tavoy. The AVG straffed the field in the morning and caught a Betty on the ground.

The Chinese lost one bomber attacking Chengting.

Moulmein suffered minor damage from half-a-dozen Sallys bombing.

B-17s and Wellingtons bombed Singapore, hitting factories, the airfields and the port. Over a dozen enemy planes were destroyed and that new battleship Yamato was hit by a pair of bombs in addition to damage to the runways.

Chinese bombers continued bombing Canton. Thirty Hurricanes made attack runs on the Rangoon Perimeter, followed by Wellingtons and B-25s. The areas behind the targeted landing beaches on Makin were blindly bombed by the planes on Tarawa in preparation for the landing of the 24th RCT.

The Japanese made a strong attack on a freighter unloading at Gasmata. Nine defending P-40s were lost trying to stop the attack. They managed to turn most of the enemy planes back, shooting down a Zero and three Bettys and kept the freighter from being hit. A smaller attack went after a freighter at Port Moresby but wasn't able to hit the ship despite slipping past the defending CAP.

There are now three separate enemy carrier groups. The first is in the Java Sea and launched a strike against a freighter loading at Toboali. The ship was hit by seven bombs and critically damaged. They then launched a second attack, this time against Soerabaja. They blew past the Demon CAP and did significant damage to the airbase, destroying a couple of planes on the ground. The second is north of Singkawang and attacked Palembang. This was a much smaller strike of about twenty-five aircraft. The seven Hawks able to fly managed to shot down one of the escorting Zeroes, losing another plane themselves. Flak damaged a number of the Vals. The third and final carrier force is in the South China Sea north of Brunei. This group attacked the unused airfield at Jesselton.

Demon escorted B-25s attacked Pontianak but were intercepted by enemy fighters. Most of the nine Demons were lost protecting the bombers. Unfortunately the Australian bomber pilots haven't been able to do any real damage in all their attacks here.

Balikpapan came under attack again. One P-40 was lost but the enemy lost almost a decade of Zeroes and a Betty before most of the raid aborted.

The Port Moresby medium bombers bombed around Salamaua again.

After resupplying at Lunga the Enterprise and Yorktown launched against Shortlands from the edge of their range, hitting the port and supply dumps.

Japanese Bettys attacked the Chinese forces at Canton.

Wellingtons and Beauforts made several unsuccessful attacks against enemy ships at Singapore.

Enemy troops began landing at Sabang on the northern tip of Sumatra. Artillery fire was traded at Canton as both sides continued to regroup after the earlier heavy fighting. The attack on the Rangoon Perimeter continued, this time concentrating on the 2nd Burma Brigade. They were forced to fall back despite inflicting good losses on the enemy.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/14/2004 10:01:36 AM   
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The S-31 suffered from dud torpedoes when she attacked a tanker near Rabaul.

The Blenheim IFs cratered the runways at Tavoy. Shortly after sunrise the AVG came over to strafe the base.

The Chinese continued to Chengting, doing some minor damage to the airfield. B-17s continued their attacks on the industrial sector of Singapore.

Chinese bombers attacked Japanese troops at Canton. One Hurricane was lost to ground fire as they attacked along the Rangoon Perimeter. The SBDs and B-25s of Tarawa covered the landings at Makin, blowing away some patches of jungle in the process.

Our carriers in the Solomons attacked Shortlands. Divebombers scored multiple hits on an enemy destroyer in port. More SBDs and the TBDs struck the port and warehouses nearby.

Enemy aircraft at Rabaul attempted to attack the carriers. The first raid of a dozen Bettys lost half its number before aborting. A second attack by six more Bettys turned around as soon as the Wildcats downed one of them.

Our shipping at Palembang came under attack. The defending Hawks claimed an Oscar and a Lily and the remaining force failed to hit the tanker.

Jesselton was bombed by aircraft off the enemy carriers at Brunei.

We bombed the area around Salamaua but seem to still be having trouble actually doing any damage to the facilities.

Beauforts and Wellingtons attacked enemy shipping at Singapore but they were only able to score single hits on a transport and a patrol boat.

The enemy carrier group in the Java Sea attacked Soerabaja. Despite being outnumbered six to one the defending Demons got the better of the escorting Zeroes, shooting down three with the loss of only one defender. Unfortuantely they couldn't stop the bombers from scoring several hits on a tanker in port. The ship was heavily damaged and the crew is fighting fires.

Tankers at Balikpapan also came attack from the enemy's Ann divebombers. The defending P-40s were able to cause heavy losses to the enemy's strike, claiming five Nates and two Anns but couldn't prevent several hits on one of the tankers. A second attack by Bettys and Zeroes failed to hit any ships but several P-40s were lost protecting them. One Betty and half-a-dozen Zeroes were also shot down.

The 24th Regimental Combat Team landed on Makin. Unfortunately the landing force discovered the the minesweeper which had been there a few days before for most of a week missed an entire enemy minefield. One troop transport suffered serious damage when it struck a mine. Several unco-ordinated flights of Bettys tried to attack the landing ships but about half of them were shot down by P-40s flying cover from Tarawa and the rest turned around short. Once on the island the lead elements of our forces quickly took control of the island and rounded up the surviving enemy troops.

There was only minimal fighting at Canton. Enemy troops occupied Sabang. The Rangoon Perimeter has crumbled under the continueing enemy attack. Most of the defending forces have fallen back to Rangoon itself but the 1st Burma Rifles didn't receive the intial fall back order and is now in some danger of being cut off.

More reports to follow.

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12 Jun 42

The submarine Porpoise torpedoed an enemy freighter in the South China Sea. The O21 missed another east of Singapore. On the western approaches to Singapore the O20 used her 40mm AAA guns on a third freighter before putting a torpedo in its side. In the Java Sea the Tarpon was forced into a deep dive to avoid the destroyers of the enemy carrier group there. In the strait between New Britian and New Guinea the S-18 torpedoed and shot up another freighter.

The nightfighters believe they destroyed one or two enemy planes in their attack on Tavoy. The twenty P-40s making their morning strafing runs over the base spotted one Zero in the air, but the enemy plane fled the area.

Chinese bombers attacked enemy forces at Canton. Forty Hurricanes made attack runs against the enemy forces that have overrun the Rangoon Perimeter. The enemy unit moving on Hanoi was also hit by Chinese bombers.

Beauforts and A-20s followed up the S-18s spotting report and found a destroyer and a light cruiser. They managed a torpedo hit on the DD and two torpedo strikes and a bomb hit on the CL. One of these set off the cruiser's magazine and the ship quickly sank after that. A second strike by a flight of Beauforts put two more torpedoes into the freighter earlier damaged by the submarine.

The enemy carriers in the Java Sea struck four of our cargo vessels in the area. The freighter Luzon at Tobolai and a tanker near Kragen were sunk and two more tankers were critically damaged. They then attacked shipping at Batavia with sixteen Vals and over two dozen Zeroes. The thirty defensive fighters, mostly Brewsters with some Demons, engaged them in a very long, running, dogfight. Despite the number of planes lost on both sides it was an almost bloodless dance considering how long it went on and the maneuvering involved. Losses were equal, with each side losing eight aircraft. But the long defense kept the enemy from hitting any ships in the port. About an hour later a single Kate approached Batavia and was quickly shot down.

Our convoy carrying the Marine 1st Division reached Port Moresby and almost immediately came under attack. A flight of Bettys escorted by a flight of Zeroes slipped over the mountains and was almost over the port before it was spotted. The Wildcats and Kittyhawks on CAP managed to down one of the fighters and one of the bombers, which disrupted the attack enough that the rest couldn't hit.

Our carriers in the Solomons also came under attack. A dozen Bettys and half that number of Zeroes lost half their numbers to the Navy F4Fs before they even came within sight of the ships. The rest ran away.

Beauforts attacked enemy ships at Singapore. They hit a destroyer with one bomb and the Yamato with two. (Now that we know about it, the ship is relatively easy to identify.)

A second enemy carrier group, this one near the northwest corner of Borneo, attacked Palembang. It was a relatively small strike by carrier standards, only thirty bombers and a third that fighters. The eight defending Hawks managed to get past the escorts and shoot down half-a-dozen of the Vals and Kates without loss. One Beaufort was lost on the ground.

Balikpapan was attacked twice, first by three Bettys and almost twenty Zeroes. Two of the base's P-40s were lost but they claimed half-a-dozen Zeros and one of the Bettys. The second attack was a decade of Anns and sixteen Nates aimed at the tankers loading in port. Again the escorting fighters kept the P-40s off the bombers despite their losses, half-a-dozen enemy planes downed. The tanker Manvantara suffered seven bomb hits.

More Bettys made various small, unco-ordinated runs against Chinese troops at Canton.

Freighters unloading supplies at Gasmata came under attack. A flight of Bettys with a dozen Zero escort scored a torpedo hit on one ship. The defending fighters lost two Wirraways but the P-40s took down six of the enemy fighters.

The Chinese launched another assault on Canton. They still failed to gain any ground but losses were lighter than I had feared they would be, less than two thousand casualties. The 1st Burma Rifles was saved from destruction by a sally by the UK 18th Division. Losses were relatively light but the last portions of the Rangoon Perimeter had to be abandoned and both units have retreated to Rangoon itself. Still, I'd have to consider the battle of the Rangoon Perimeter a strategic victory. It tied up several enemy divisions for several months, buying time for the defenses at Rangoon itself to be built up. We have also built up the Irrawaddy Line with extensive defensive works at Pagan and Mandalay and moved substantial reinforcements up. Even if we lose Rangoon (which is not a forgone conclusion itself at this point) I have no reason to believe it will be soon, which will buy still more time for more reinforcements.

Given the losses we've taken at Balikpapan and in the Java Sea, it is obviously too soon to be sending shipping back into the DEI. Especially since most of the recent losses have been among our already too small tanker contingent. Still, the enemy's offensive in the DEI appears to be slowing down and we have already hauled somewhere around 300,000 tons of petroleum to Australia. We've also extracted a heavy toll on the enemy's air forces with new tactics to counter the Zero and the first units of P-40s moving into the region. More P-40s should soon begin moving towards Palembang as we re-equip the squadrons of the 34th Fighter, which was evacuated from the Philippines before they fell.

More reports to follow.

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13 Jun 42

The O21 is fighting heavy flooding after being damaged in a depth charge attack after a failed attack on a transport near Singapore. Although her captain could not resist torpedoeing a freighter a short time later when it presented itself in front of him. Near northern Luzon the Greenling hit an enemy oiler. East of Tarakan the Swordfish spotted a burning enemy troop transport.

The enemy appears to be trying to put together air units at Tavoy again. The Blenheims apparently destroyed several enemy planes and damaged several more in their nightly raid.

Only a few SB-2s flew against Chengting today.

Four unescorted Sonias foolishly tried to attack Yenen. The veteran Chinese pilots based there quickly dealt with them. The enemy launched a more serious attack against Moulmein with twenty Sallys bombing the airfield.

B-17s bombed the factories at Singapore again, doing good damage for only twenty bombers.

With Allied troops forced to retreat to Rangoon itself, we were able to unleash the four-engine Liberators along with the Wellingtons and B-25s against the enemy troops. The Chinese bombers in the Hanoi/Haiphong area continued to bomb the enemy troops advancing on Hanoi. Intelligence is tagging them as another Vietnamese Militia division.

Port Moresby's medium bombers attacked a couple of destroyers in the waters between New Britain and New Guinea but were not able to hit either ship. Strikes against enemy ships around Singapore failed to score any hits either. Martins and Beauforts attacking east of Tarakan scored a pair of bomb hits on a transport.

An enemy attack against Port Moresby failed. The fighters shot down several Bettys and most of the rest turned back. The few that got thru failed to hit any of our ships. A second smaller attack cost the enemy a Zero and a Betty before turning back.

Balikpapan did not fare as well. A pair of strikes by enemy divebombers got past the defenses and scored bomb hits on three tankers. The defending fighters managed to down three Nates.

A pair of Bettys missed a freighter making its way along the south of the Louisiade Archapelago.

Beauforts attacking Singapore scored a hit on a transport and two on the Yamato. B-25s hit a freighter at Pontianak.

Batavia turned into a bloodbath for both sides. The northern of the two enemy carrier groups in the Java Sea launched a strike against the airbase. Out of the over hundred enemy planes only sixteen were fighters and the defending Brewsters and Demons were able to get past them after a fairly short dogfight. Between the fighters and heavy, accurate AAA fire the enemy lost almost forty aircraft. We lost twenty planes on the ground and half-a-dozen getting past the escorting fighters, and the airbase was damaged.

(The southern group was spotted near Bali heading roughly southwest.)

Bettys bombed around Menado but did no real damage. Chinese forces at Canton continued to be harrassed by numerous small raids.

The Japanese forces at Canton launched a counter attack. But they have gotten predictable in that and the Chinese were ready. They are admitting to about 800 casualties but insist that the enemy lost at least four times that. The enemy force moving on Hanoi revealed itself to indeed be a VM division when they immediately launched an attack on the Chinese garrison. The attack was easily beaten back with heavy losses and is now in danger of getting cut off by one of the Chinese divisions that was guarding Mekong crossings. It looks like the enemy forces attacking Rangoon have turned back towards Moulmein. If true then we may be able to reform the Perimeter for a third time, but I'm not sure if that would be a good idea. The units in Rangoon have been worn down by the fighting on the Perimeter and could use the rest they would get by remaining closer to the city.

More reports to follow.

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14 Jun 42

The Dolphin had her torpedoes fail to detonate when she had a shot at the enemy carrier Akagi at the northern entrance to the Java Sea.

Another night raid on Tavoy. AVG Warhawks briefly encountered three Zeroes in the morning but they avoided engagement.

The Chinese continued to bomb Chengting, losing a bomber to flak.

Japanese bombers did minor damage to Moulmein.

After suffering heavy losses in yesterday's raid on Batavia, only six B-17s were able to fly against Singapore today.

Chinese bombers continued their attacks on Canton. The bombers at Mandalay struck Japanese troops near Rangoon.

ADM Nimitz, having run out of targets at Shortlands, turned his task force north and from positions west of Gasmata tried to attack enemy shipping at Rabaul. This may not have been the best of ideas. The first strike was fifty SBDs and twenty-eight F4Fs. They ran into some forty Zeroes. The escorts accounted for six enemy fighters but the strike lost seven Wildcats and four SBDs, with over half the rest of the bombers damaged by the Zeroes or AAA fire. They did do some damage, hitting a cruiser once, the battleship Haruna three times and the battleship Kongo more than half-a-dozen times and starting fires on board. A second strike of eleven Dauntlesses and sixteen Wildcats only met thirty Zeroes. Once again our fighter pilots got the worst of the exchange, losing seven planes in return for only three enemy craft. The divebombers scored bomb hits on a pair of freighters.

Of course, the enemy attacked with several strikes of his own. The first was fifteen Zeroes protecting three Bettys. The CAP got one of the bombers and half-a-dozen of the Zeroes but lost ten planes themselves. The Yorktown was able to evade the two torpedoes launched. Then the cruiser Salt Lake City was the target of another flight of Bettys escorted by a dozen Zeroes. The CAP managed to not lose any more planes but also didn't shoot any down. The SLC was fortunately able to dodge the torpedoes.

By the end of the day, the Yorktown's fighter group was shredded, losing three-quarters of its planes and pilots. The task force has been ordered back to Australia.

A flight of Beauforts damaged a troop transport near Singapore. In the port itself another strike hit the Yamato again.

Balikpapan came under heavy attack. The first raid lost a decade of Nates but they kept the P-40s away from the dozen Anns and the tanker Chas Kurz suffered eight bomb hits. The second was only two Nates and two Anns. The CAP only had time for one firing pass, shooting down one of the Anns, before they were over the harbor. The Manvantara was hit again. A third attack lost a pair of Nates and four Anns but hit the Imlay three more times. A final unescorted pair of Anns lost one plane to our fighters and the other failed to hit its target.

The enemy carriers continued their carnage among our shipping in the Java Sea. Two freighters and a tanker were sunk by strikes. They also attacked Soerabaja, blowing thru the Demon fighter defenders without any difficulty. Five Dutch fighters were shot down and heavy damage was done to the airstrip.

We lost a B-25 in an attack on Pontianak when they were intercepted by enemy carrier fighters.

Menado came under attack again. This time they found the base and a PBY was destroyed when the two dozen Bettys bombed it.

We attacked Salamaua again and it looks like we did some minor damage to the fuel tanks.

Bettys bombed Chinese troops at Hanoi and Canton, with the attacks on Hanoi co-ordinated and effective at causing casualties.

A flight of Martins hit a destroyer east of Tarakan.

Enemy forces landed on and occupied Andaman Island. And the Japanese forces in Burma have definitely turned back to attack Moulmein. There was light fighting around Canton as both sides prepped for the next attacks. Chinese troops at Hanoi were able to drive the VM division south in an attack.

More ground forces arrived in theatre. The Australians formed the HQ for their 1st Army in Sydney. The RAF's 224 Base Force and 224 Aviation arrived in Karachi. And in San Francisco we have the Army's 37th Division, the 53rd RCT, the 3rd and 4th SeaBees and the 32nd Base Force.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/19/2004 10:19:58 AM   
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15 Jun 42

Near Singkawang the Seawolf was attacked by several destroyers but avoided being hit. The KXV avoided another enemy ASW group off Tarakan before attempting an attack on a transport. She missed. In the far northern part of the Philippine Sea the Pompano missed an escorted freighter. The S-36 was damaged by a depth charge attack west of Pontianak. The O20 hit a damaged transport with a pair of fish west of Singapore.

The battle in the Coral Sea has begun heating up again. East of Cairns an Australian minesweeper group was attacked and missed by a Jap sub. About midway between Cooktown and Port Moresby a trio of DMS reported a sonar contact. A few hundred miles off the coast between Rockhampton and Townsville another Aussie minesweeper group reports hitting a third Nip sub.

Tavoy was bombed overnight again. The AVG were able to force engagement with three Zeroes flying patrol over the base and shot all of them down.

Half the raid on Chengting was damage by AAA fire after slipping past the enemy's CAP.

Enemy bombers added a few more craters to the runways at Moulmein.

The Chinese dropped bombs on the enemy division west of Wuhan. Over fifty Hurricanes made attack runs against enemy forces moving south towards Moulmein from Rangoon. Mandalay's bombers followed with bombing runs of their own.

Beauforts got past the enemy planes patrolling over Tarakan to hit a destroyer and a minesweeper in the port. Martins attacking enemy shipping at sea nearby were unsuccessful. An enemy destroyer at Singapore was hit by a flight of Beauforts while another strike hit a transport to the west.

We lost another freighter in the Java Sea to enemy carrier planes. They also attacked, but missed, freighters at Soerabaja and crippled a freighter at Bali. The airbase at Soerabaja suffered light damage from a second attack. Bali's airbase was also hit in a second strike, taking more significant damage.

The enemy lost a Betty in an aborted attack on Port Moresby. Fighters tangled over Gasmata with each side losing a few planes. The bombers only hit open water. A second attack did better, hitting a freighter with three torpedoes. The escorting Zeroes lost almost a dozen planes and shot down several P-40s and a Wirraway. Menado was bombed by high flying Bettys but suffered no damage.

Beauforts and A-20s bombed the Salamaua vicinity.

There were some more piecemeal attack on Chinese forces at Canton.

After a great many harsh words, one court-martial and threats of bloody murder our bombers around the Java Sea finally attacked the enemy carriers. A two-prong attack of Swordfish, Martins and B-25s came from Banjarmasin and Soerabaja. We lost a B-25, three Swordfish and a couple of escorting Demon fighters. But the Swordfish scored two torpedo hits on the carrier Junyo, one of which set off what we believe was a fuel storage explosion. A second attack of Wellingtons came from Batavia. They scored almost ten bomb hits on the slowed carrier, setting of a secondary explosion that intelligence thinks came from their aircraft ordinance bunkers, while only losing one bomber. Hopefully this success will "encourage" our pilots in the region to make more attacks.

There was no major action at Canton. The elements of the Indian 13th Brigade that were occupying Moulmein were overrun by a hasty attack by the Japanese divisions from the Rangoon Perimeter. But this has allowed the Indian 254th Tank Brigade to re-open the supply line to Rangoon. They will replace one of the reduced Burmese units in the defense of Rangoon, while the Burmese unit will make for Mandalay and possibly Diamond Harbor after that.

More naval and air assets came under this command. The New Zealanders have another squadron of Kittyhawks. A squadron of Mohawks and two of Hurricanes have arrived in India. The Australians launched four new minesweepers at Sydney. But the bulk of the reinforcements are in San Francisco, in the form of the battleship North Carolina, the cruiser Quincy, the CLAA San Diego, two destroyers, two Gato-class subs and a seaplane tender. Three more freighters also became available in various ports.

More reports to follow.

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16 Jun 42

The S-46 sank an enemy freighter near New Hanover Island. The S-31 had a very successful day north of Rabaul. First she shelled an enemy freighter with her deck gun in a night attack. Then she came back that afternoon to torpedo a damaged ship, probably the same one she shelled earlier. In the Celebes Sea east of Tarakan the KXV tracked a damaged minesweeper for a time but ultimately considered it not worth using a torpedo on.

The nighttime bombing of Tavoy continued.

During the night the freighter at Gasmata that was torpedoed by Bettys sank. We also received intelligence of an IJN destroyer sinking somewhere between Ponape and Truk.

The Japanese tried to attack Yenen. The defending I-16s quickly broke up the escorts and downed all three Sonias as well as several of the Nates.

Chinese bombers attacked the IJA near Wuhan.

Wellingtons and Beauforts attacked the Junyo again today. Encountering no CAP at all, they scored several more bomb hits on the carrier. A followup by a single flight of Martins lost the carrier in the clouds.

Fifteen unescorted Bettys tried to sneak in to attack shipping at Port Moresby. They turned back when the CAP let them know that stealth had failed by shooting down one of the bombers. Shortly afterwards three more Bettys approached the base, either a second strike or a flight that became separated from the first strike. The CAP shot down two of those.

While we were blasting one enemy carrier to the north, other IJN carriers continued to attack our shipping in the southern Java Sea. They attacked a pair of freighters at Bali, sinking one of them and heavily damaging the other. The tanker Baldbutte, damaged and fleeing from Balikpapan, was hit by almost twenty bombs by another strike. The ship is still somehow afloat but it remains to be seen if it can make it to a port. A third strike attacked Soerabaja's harbor, sinking a freighter and damaging a second after quickly blowing thru the Demons on defense.

Enemy planes bombed the abandoned base at Sandakan. Balikpapan came under further attack. This enemy force was turned back after losing half-a-dozen Zeroes and three Bettys. One defending P-40 was lost. A pair of Bettys approaching Gasmata quickly turned away when they were intercepted by P-40s.

The fighting around Canton remained localized and confined to small unit actions.

More reports to follow.

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17 Jun 42

Action continued in the northern Coral Sea. Three DMS attacked a sonar contact southwest of Gili Gili and report an oil slick resulting. Farther to the southwest, due east of Cooktown, Australian minesweepers damaged an enemy sub.

The tanker Baldbutte sank overnight.

Blenheims bombed Tavoy during the night. AVG P-40s briefly engaged four Zeroes over the base before making their strafing runs.

The slow, steady attack on Chengting airbase continued. It doesn't appear to be doing much to stop the enemy's attacks on Yenen. While the well blooded Chinese 11th Fighter Squadron has begun moving south, the 19th appears to be well able to continue the defense here. They shot down one of the Nates, drove off the rest of the escort and bagged one of the Sonias.

B-17s and Wellingtons attacked Singapore. The Forts went after the dry docks while the few Wellingtons bombed the harbor. Beauforts hit a transport in the harbor a short time later. Several other strikes by Beauforts in the surrounding waters failed.

Nates and Anns attacked the airfield at Balikpapan. The 21st Fighter took down two of the escorts but avoided getting caught up in an extended dogfight, turning their attention to the divebombers instead. Of the nearly twenty enemy bombers, only five survived to drop their payloads. A second attack by Bettys quickly turned back when one of the escort Zeroes was shot down.

Chinese bombers attacked Canton. One of fifty-six Hurricanes attacking enemy troops near Rangoon was lost to ground fire. The higher flying Wellingtons, B-25s and LB-30s made their attacks without loss.

Some Martins and Beauforts slipped past the enemy Nates on patrol over Tarakan to attack ships in port there, but were not able to score any hits.

The second freighter at Bali was sunk by the enemy carriers, spotted just south of Lombok Island. They also bombed Lombok itself, to little effect.

Attacks by Bettys on Gasmata and Port Moresby continued. Gasmata's P-40s and Wirraways engaged half-a-dozen each of Zeroes and Bettys, driving the raid off. A Wirraway, a Zero and a Betty were shot down. The first of today's attacks on Port Moresby was a dozen unescorted Bettys. They turned back after losing two planes. The second attack was more determined. While the Wildcats kept the Zeroes busy, shooting three of the four down, the Kittyhawks destroyed one Betty and damaged a second before they aborted. And finally, a lone flight of Bettys turned away when the CAP claimed one of them.

Small groups of Bettys continued attacking the Chinese at Canton.

Two flights of Beauforts hit an already damaged destroyer twice east of Tarakan, setting off a magazine explosion on board.

The Chinese launched another assault on Canton. They didn't make any real progress, but if the Japs are true to form they should attempt a counter-attack tomorrow. Inflicting heavy losses on such attacks appears to be our best way of wearing down the defenses of Canton, since the Chinese are lacking in combat engineers.

Two freighters finished their conversion to Mine Tenders in San Francisco. If we can put one or both together in the East Indies with what few minelaying ships we have left, we may be able to cause the enemy some problems by putting minefields around some of the ports he's captured during the last six months.

More reports to follow.

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18 Jun 42

The minelayer Ogalala was torpedoed by an enemy sub between Nanomea and the Santa Cruz Islands. The ship is turning for Nanomea but may not be able to make it, the damage is very severe. This is not good in two different ways. First is the blow to our plans for increasing mine warfare operations, the Ogalala is one of the few dedicated minelaying ships we have left. Second, our ASW attention and assets are concentrated in the Coral Sea and we are not in a position to quickly respond to an increase in enemy sub activity here. There are two destroyers not too far away that were enroute to Townsville that are being diverted and one ASW group operating out of Baker that will turn its attention to this region.

The tanker Gulfland, carrying a load of fuel, was hit by a torpedo as it hugged the west coast of New Guinea south of Port Moresby. Despite extensive fires the captain believes he can make it to port.

Our own subs were not idle. The Drum torpedoed a freighter off the coast of Honshu. The Trusty made a nocturnal surface attack on another freighter in the Malacca Strait, sinking it with two torpedoes as well as a number of rounds from her 4" deck gun. She followed that by shelling a tanker, scoring more hits with her deck gun.

The nightly raid on Tavoy went well. The aircrews report destroying several enemy planes as well as an increase in the number the enemy has deployed here. The AVG's sweep and strafeing of the base also encountered increasing enemy activity, shooting down one Zero of half-a-dozen flying CAP. It appears that we need to re-task some of the heavy bombers in the region to suppressing the base again.

Most of the Chinese raid on Chengting got lost in heavy weather. The few that found the base did no significant damage.

Japanese forces bombed Jambi. Palembang also came under attack. The dozen Hawks on defense shot down three of the Oscars and drove the other six off before making runs thru the twenty Sally bombers. They failed to shot any of the bombers down but damaged a number of them. A pair of Beauforts were destroyed on the ground and there is more runway damage to be repaired.

The Chinese continued bombing enemy troops at Canton. Enemy units east of Rangoon were struck heavily in two attacks. First by almost sixty Hurricanes, then by over sixty Wellingtons, B-25s and LB-30s. The Vietnamese division west of Haiphong was also bombed, by Chinese SB-2 bombers.

The freighter unloading supplies at Gasmata suffered minor damage when an enemy scout plane bombed it. An enemy followup raid by a dozen Zeroes and a flight of Bettys failed to inflict any further damage and lost a bomber and several fighters to the P-40s.

Mandalay came under attack, with somewhat more than a dozen each Zeroes and Bettys attacking. A dozen Mohawk fighters suprised the raid, shooting down a Zero in passing and downing five of the bombers. Two more were lost to our AAA and no losses are reported on the ground.

We have lost most of the enemy's carriers but the one group we have been able to keep track of is now about mid-way between Bali and Sulawesi. They launched an attack on Macassar that unfortunately caught the base just as elements of the 34th Fighter Squadron had landed. This unit is being re-equipped with P-40s and the first of them were enroute to Palembang from Darwin when the attack caught them on the ground. Two were destroyed, several more damaged and significant damage was done to both the airfield and port.

Menado took a few hits to its runways when it was bombed by about twenty Bettys.

Beauforts and Bostons did some minor damage to the port of Salamaua.

The enemy is still launching penny-packet attacks on Chinese forces beseiging Canton.

A pair of Martins missed a destroyer east of Tarakan.

As predicted, the Japanese at Canton tried to counter-attack. Considering the size of the forces engaged here, Chinese losses were negligible. I don't believe the Japs can say the same as the Chinese are claiming over 3,600 hundred enemy dead and wounded.

The Australians commissioned another squadron of Hurricanes.

More reports to follow.

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19 Jun 42

The Ogalala sank overnight. We also have intelligence of two enemy freighters and a transport sinking.

The KXV attacked an enemy convoy in the Celebes Sea but wasn't able to hit any of the ships.

The Blenheims bombed Tavoy during the night again. The AVG made a sweep over the base in the morning, but their engagement of the CAP Zeroes was inconclusive with no aircraft lost on either side.

Forty of out bombers, evenly split between Wellington IIIs and B-17Es, hit Singapore. The Forts again went after the drydocks and shipyards while the Wellingtons attacked the airfield. Intelligence reports twenty enemy planes destroyed with a similar number damaged. Significant damage was also done to the airbase and the ship repair facilities.

More squadrons have flown in to Rangoon and some seventy Hurricanes made straffing runs on enemy troops closing on Rangoon. The Chinese bombed the Indochina infantry near Hanoi and Haiphong.

A flight of Martins hit a damaged freighter in the Celebes Sea with a pair of bombs. Sixteen Beauforts attacked a convoy near Singapore but failed to make any hits. A separate flight of Beauforts hit a troop transport in Singapore and group of Wellingtons hit a freighter just outside the harbor.

Enemy aircraft from a carrier in the northern Java Sea sank two freighters and damaged another. The first enemy carrier force moved east and hammered Balikpapan with multiple strikes. By the end of the day they had lost more than a dozen Zeroes, over half-a-dozen Kates and a Val. But they destroyed half-a-dozen P-40s, several C-47s, damaged the AVD Williamson and an already damaged tanker and sank a transport that had been in port, plus doing some damage to the airbase and port.

The Japs attacked Rangoon for the first time in a while. One defending P-40 was shot down but the enemy lost a pair of Zeroes, a pair of Bettys and more than a dozen Nates. The remaining bombers failed to do any real damage.

A small group of Bettys bombed Jesselton. An enemy strike against a freighter at Gasmata caught the CAP by surprise. Two P-40s were lost while only one Zero was shot down. Fortunately the few Bettys were not able to hit the ship with their torpedoes.

An escorted flight of B-25s attacked Pontianak but it doesn't look like they did any damage. The bombing of Salamaua continued.

Enemy bombers attacking Canton were better organized and more numerous today, but the attacks can still only be considered minor.

The fighting on the ground around Canton was light. A Chinese division moved into position to attack the VM unit in north Indochina.

More reports to follow.

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20 Jun 42

The minesweeper Robin has been working for the last week at clearing a surprising large Japanese minefield around Makin. We were fortunate that only one ship hit a mine during the landing. But the extent of the mines here and our experiences during Alarm Clock show that we need to give more consideration to our minesweeping doctrines and how we're going to handle it during future landings.

Intelligence has passed on a report of an enemy transport sinking somewhere to the northeast of Truk.

It was a busy day for Sub Command. The Grunion spotted but was to attack a freighter near Osumi. The Pompano was attacked by a trio of enemy ships at the western entrance to the Sea of Japan. After spending the day avoiding the enemy's ASW, the ship surfaced for a sunset attack on a freighter. After hitting it with a torpedo and several deck gun rounds, the crew was surprised when their conning tower was hit by a round from the enemy ship. They were lucky that it turned out to be a dud. The KXV had to avoid a pair of gunboats in the Celebes Sea. The Drum also conducted a surface attack at sunset outside Tokyo, hitting with a torpedo and a deck gun round. Near Tarakan the KXV used her 88mm deck guns to shoot up a freighter before putting a torpedo into it. Once again the target shot back but the sub reports no damage.

The night fighters kept up the pressure on Tavoy. The AVG's sweeps over Tavoy have been getting weaker, today's was only eight fighters. They failed to engage a trio of Zeroes over the base. Fortunately those fighters were not a problem for the thirty Liberators that came after the AVG. Intel places the enemy's losses at sixteen planes destroyed on the ground and a like number damaged.

Rangoon came under attack by a dozen Sallys escorted by twenty-five Zeroes and Nates. The defensive fighters shot down one of the Sallys and eight of the escorts. One P-40 and two Blenheims were destroyed by enemy bombs.

We attacked Singapore with thirty bombers, attacking the dry docks and airfield again. Another dozen enemy planes were destroyed and we believe that the cumulative damage to the repair facilities has almost completely shut them down. A flight of Beauforts followed up with another attack on the air base, apparently catching engineers as they were starting to repair the runways. Then more Wellingtons, destroying several more planes and causing more casualties. There were several more attacks by Beauforts on enemy shipping around Singapore but only one ship, a transport, was hit.

SB-2s and IL-4s continued bombing enemy troops at Canton. Five squadrons of Hurricanes totalling seventy fighter-bombers spent the day attacking enemy forces outside Rangoon. A dozen Wellingtons and forty B-25s also bombed the enemy. More SB-2s attacked the enemy's Indochinese unit south of Hanoi.

A pair of Martins slipped past the enemy fighters at Tarakan but were not able to hit their target, a troop transport.

Balikpapan came under very heavy attack from the enemy's land- and carrier-based aircraft. It began with a decade of Anns escorted by five Nates. The dozen P-40s on defense shot down almost all the fighters and three of the bombers but the tanker Chas Kurz took another bomb hit. The two more Anns got past the CAP to hit the Manvantara. Next the enemy carriers to the southwest launched. First thirty Zeroes escorting a single Val. The resulting dogfight cost us four P-40s to the enemy's loss of two fighters. The Val missed all the ships in port. Another attack by the carriers consisted of only half-a-dozen Zeroes, two dozen Vals and almost twenty Kates. The remaining P-40s were able to bypass the escorts and go straight after the bombers, shooting down several Vals and a Kate. But the rest destroyed another P-40 and two transport planes, did more damage to the airbase and hit the Williamson one more time. The final attack was two dozen Zeroes and two flights of Bettys. Five of the enemy's fighters and one bomber were shot down by the exhausted defending pilots. The 21st Fighter is getting ground down trying to defend the base, so I am diverting the P-40s of the 34th Fighter which were enroute to Java to Balikpapan.

Gasmata came under attack by fifteen Bettys and twenty Zeroes. One of our P-40s here was lost but the defenders claimed a Betty and several Zeroes. Most of the rest of the bombers aborted and the few that attacked failed to hit the ship in port.

A second enemy carrier group, just south of Belitung, sank the freighter Vitorlock in the Java Sea as it was fleeing for Australia. Near southern Java the freighter Gandara reports being attacked by a single bomber, apparently escorted by a single fighter. From the description they were probably a Kate and a Zero.

Imphal was attacked by half-a-dozen Bettys and some Zeroes. The bombers stayed at high altitude and did no real damage, but the attack was an unpleasant reminder of the range of the enemy's aircraft.

Another small group of B-25s and Demons attacked Pontianak. Beauforts and A-20s bombed around Salamaua. Neither attack did significant damage but hopefully the aircrews are gaining experience and will get better.

Three unescorted Bettys tried to sneak past the CAP at Port Moresby, but all of them were shot down. Half-a-dozen more bombed the Chinese at Canton.

A flight of Martins attacked a freighter in the Celebes Sea. The noteworthy fact of this was that the ship is too far south to be heading to or from Tarakan or Mindanao. We can't figure out where this lone ship is heading, but any likely invasion target has too many defending troops to be worried by a single ship's cargo.

There was only delusitory fighting at Canton. South of Hanoi the Chinese 25th Corps shelled the Vietnamese in preparation for an attack.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/20/2004 10:40:21 AM   
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21 Jun 42

Intelligence reports that a Japanese freighter has sunk in the Marshalls. They have also confirmed that the CVL Ryujo was sunk at Singapore.

A group of minesweepers had a sonar contact in the same area along the New Guinea coast where a tanker was torpedoed recently.

The Pompano continued to patrol the entrance to the Sea of Japan, attacking and missing a freighter. The S-47 attacked a freighter in the Sulu Sea but had dud torpedoes.

We continued to bomb Tavoy during the night. The morning sweep over the base encountered a flight of Zeroes, leading to one plane lost on each side.

Chinese bombers attacked Chengting. Yenen came under attack. The Chinese 19th Fighter performed well on their own, shooting down a Nate and a Sonia while flak claimed a second bomber.

The multiple raids on Singapore continue. The first attack was mixed Flying Forts and Wellingtons. The B-17s continued to target the dry docks. The Wellingtons hammered the airbase. A decade of Beauforts followed, destroying more enemy aircraft. Then a second group of Wellingtons continued punishing the airfield. Almost forty enemy planes were destroyed and sources in the city report heavy losses among the garrison. Beauforts also hit a troop transport in the harbor with a pair of bombs.

The enemy attempted to retaliate with an attack on Palembang but did little damage while losing an Oscar and a Sally to the defending Hawks.

The 11th Bomb Group at Tarawa launched their first attack today, bombing the enemy airfield at Kwajalein. AAA was very heavy and though none of the bombers were lost, almost a quarter of the forty-four bombers were damaged. Reports are that they plastered the base throughly, doing very heavy damage and destroying over forty planes on the ground.

The Chinese continued to bomb Japanese troops outside Wuhan, at Canton and south of Hanoi. The Hurricanes, Wellingtons and B-25s in Burma continued hammering away at Japanese forces near Rangoon. One Hurricane was lost to ground fire.

Small groups of Beauforts and Martins slipped past the enemy's fighters at Tarakan to score multiple bomb hits on two freighters.

The two IJN carrier groups appear to be heading for each other. A strike from one of them sank the freighter Federlock just as it was entering the harbor at Pamakasan. Her entire cargo of badly needed supplies was lost. The other group attacked Balikpapan but the strike was weak, only twenty planes total. With the new P-40s the defense was once again up to strength. Two defenders and three enemy planes were lost. The AK Gandara was attacked by a single Val, but again evaded.

A flight of Bettys missed one of our DMS in the Coral Sea southwest of Gili Gili. Another flight tried to attack a freighter unloading at Gasmata. The over thirty P-40s on defense were pulled out of position by a separate group of almost twenty Zeroes. This protected the unsuccessful bombers but cost the enemy half-a-dozen fighters.

Mitchells continued to practice their bomb runs over Pontianak. Likewise the medium bombers at Port Moresby gained experience over Salamaua.

Menado and Morotai both came under attack by raids of Bettys, but damage was minimal and quickly repaired.

More minor attacks were launched against the Chinese at Canton. I can't tell if the low numbers of bombers being employed is an indication that the enemy does not consider the threat to be serious or a lack of assets.

Canton was quiet, no serious action by either side. The Chinese 25th Corps drove the VM division south of Hanoi to the northwest into the jungle, cutting them off from the rail and road lines. Another Chinese corp moved back to cover the northern crossings of the Mekong, driving back another VM division in the process.

More reports to follow.

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22 Jun 42

Whatever that mysterious ship in the Celebes Sea was doing became a moot point. The S-38, stationed at the narrowest point between Borneo and Sulawesi, intercepted the ship and sank it with deck gun fire and two torpedoes. Her captain confirmed that the ship was carrying troops. Just north of Kwajalein the Grouper conducted a sunrise attack on a freighter, hitting with a couple of gun shots and a torpedo. The Pompano used the last of her torpedoes, hitting with one, on a freighter at the western approaches to the Sea of Japan.

More bombs dropped on Tavoy in the dark. The fighter sweep over the base failed to bag any of the Zeroes on patrol.

Chinese bombers attacked Chengting.

Twenty Sallys escorted by almost as many Zeroes and a couple of Nates attacked Rangoon. The AVG lost one plane but they destroyed a Nate, four Sallys and half the Zeroes in the process. Damage to the airfield was light.

The all day bombing of Singapore continues. Thirty B-17s and Wellingtons started with attacks on the dry docks and airfields. It should soon become even worse for the enemy. So far it has been the 19th Bomb Group flying against Singapore but the 43rd BG has just arrived in Batavia and will be joining the strategic bombing. The enemy controlled airfields were again hit by Beauforts and a second wave of Wellingtons. Thirty more enemy aircraft were blown apart.

The losses they have been taking have apparently made the enemy's land-based air more leery of attacking Balikpapan. Today they shifted their attack east to Samarinda, cratering the runways and destroying one of the Falcon recon planes. AAA downed three of the Anns. Those Bofors 40mm guns of the Dutch are proving to be very useful.

B-17s continued hammering away at Kwajalein's air power. A single Nate made the mistake of trying to stop forty Flying Forts and paid. Twenty more enemy aircraft were destroyed on the ground. The bombers again suffered a large number of damaged aircraft from flak.

Chinese bombers continued to attack the IJA near Wuhan, at Canton and near Hanoi. The Japanese troops threatening Rangoon again came under concentrated attack by Hurricanes, Wellingtons and Mitchells.

Beauforts and Martins again attacked enemy ships at Tarakan. The enemy fighters were a little more on the ball today and we lost a Martin. One freighter was hit.

The enemy carriers are northeast of Bali and west of Banjarmasin. The southern force was quiet but the northern one launched a series of very small attacks on Balikpapan. First was fifteen Zeroes escorting a single Val. Then two Zeroes and a Kate, and two more Zeroes with another Val and finally another Kate with two Zeroes. No ships were hit but we lost four P-40s while only shooting down two Zeroes.

Banjarmasin was also hit by the carriers and several Beauforts were destroyed on the ground.

The truely frustrating part is that our aircrews are again refusing to attack the enemy carriers despite the success we had the one time they finally did so. The 20th Fighter Group is unloading from ships in Darwin. Maybe once they have refurbished those P-40s and flown them to bases around the Java Sea since the bomber crews apparently have no faith in the Dutch Hawks and Demons. It may be time for some more court-martials.

The cruiser Sumatra and six destroyers had finished repairs in Australia over the last few weeks and moved up to Darwin individually as they did so. They were formed into a task force there and for the last few days have been moving around southern Sulawesi. With the spotting of that now sunk disturbing freighter in the Celebes Sea they moved around the eastern end of Sulawesi. This turns out to have been a mistake as they were spotted and attacked by enemy aircraft today. Over thirty-five Bettys attacked the ships in the Celebes. The destroyers Kortenaer and Bulmer each were struck by a torpedo. The damage to the Kortenaer was light but the Bulmer is battling severe flooding. A second strike by two flights of Bettys missed and lost one plane to the ships' AAA fire. A third strike by a dozen more Bettys also missed. The ships are retiring to Menado so the Bulmer can bring the flooding under control, although they will pull even farther back as soon as possible.

The Australian B-25 pilots continued practicing over Pontianak. Beauforts strikes around Singapore scored hits on two freighters. A freighter east of Tarakan was hit by a pair of Martins.

Chinese forces at Canton were subjected to only one air attack but it was a larger force and escorted.

The Chinese launched another assault at Canton. The results were similar to the last time, no ground gained and heavy losses. Now for the Japanese counter-attack.

The enemy seems to be holding position north of the city in the vicinity of the old Rangoon Perimeter. We don't know why. They may be trying to starve the defenders out but that seems unlikely to succeed. We have two squadrons of transport planes flying supplies in and several freighters already enroute. We may lose some ships but the enemy will pay heavily in planes and pilots. Originally we had expected the battle for Rangoon to be a delaying action buying time for defense lines to the north but it looks like we just may be able to hold the city.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/21/2004 9:03:43 AM   
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In the southern Malacca Strait the O20 made a surface torpedo attack on a freighter, hitting it with three fish.

Tavoy, night, bombs.

Repeat during the day at Chengting.

A Japanese attack on Yenen lost five Nates, three Sonias and one of those annoying photo recon Babs.

Japanese fighters over Tavoy refused to engage the sweep by the P-40s. The 7th Bomb Group began breaking in their new B-24D Liberators with a small attack on Tavoy. Damage was, of course, limited by the small number of bombers but still promising regarding the new bomber's capabilities.

Japanese aircraft attacked Pagan. The defending Mohawks shot down a Zero and two Sallys. Damage to the base was light.

Fifty B-17s and a few Wellingtons bombed Singapore. They did heavy damage to the Japanese controlled industries and added some more craters to the runways.

The attack on Kwajalein was only eighteen bombers today. They spotted one enemy fighter in the air but it declined to engage. They still did some damage and a number of enemy aircraft were apparently destroyed on the ground.

The attack on Rabaul did not go as well. Sixty B-17s from Port Moresby tried to attack the airbase escorted by a dozen P-40s from Gasmata. The Japs somehow knew the attack was coming and swarmed the strike with over forty Zeroes, attacking just as the fighters and bombers were meeting up. Over half the P-40s were lost and a quarter of the bombers before most of them aborted. Ten Forts made it to the target, losing another aircraft to AAA.

Chinese bombers continued nibbling away at the IJA 3rd Division near Wuhan. More bombers attacked Canton. The aerial attacks on enemy forces outside Rangoon continued, with another Hurricane lost to flak. Chinese bombers at Haiphong made the short flight to bomb the Vietnamese unit west of Hanoi.

It is time for more court-martials. While I am please with our pilots' performance against enemy shipping, their refusal to attack enemy warships at sea is enfurating beyond words. It is not just that they are still refusing to attack the enemy carriers even with fighter escort (actually flying beyond the range of the fighters to attack merchant ships in ports where we know the enemy has active land-based fighters instead). A small enemy task force managed to avoid detection until it was just outside Palembang. Multiple strikes of Beauforts based at the airfield threatened actually deliberately dropped their bombs short of the enemy ships. This can NOT continue.

The enemy is obviously not having the same difficulty. The Sumatra's surface group came under further attack from Bettys and Anns. The destroyer Bulmer sank after being hit by two more torpedoes. The DD John D. Ford was also lost after her magazines exploded from a single torpedo hit. The Sumatra herself suffered some damage from a torpedo and two bomb hits.

The freighter Empire Defiance, leaving Gasmata, was also sunk when she was hit by three Betty launched torpedoes.

A small attack on Balikpapan failed when the P-40s bypassed the half-dozen Nates and shot down the two Anns. A second attack of half-a-dozen each fighters and dive bombers turned back after losing three Nates and an Ann.

The enemy carriers just west of Sampit attacked Banjarmasin, doing some damage to the air base.

Trivial damage was done to the port at Salamaua by Beauforts and A-20s from Port Moresby. Two freighters near Singapore were hit by Beauforts. Another flight of Beauforts scored multiple hits on a troop transport east of Tarakan.

There was only one raid against the Chinese troops at Canton, by a dozen Bettys.

A dozen Sally bombers missed a freighter near Rangoon.

The Dutch torpedo boats tried to engage the enemy ships at Palembang. Unfortuantely they were spotted before they could get within torpedo range and three of them were sunk. The single light cruiser and three destroyers proceeded to shell Palembang. They destroyed two aircraft, damaged over a dozen more, hit the tanker Torres once and did significant damage to the airfield and port.

The final insult of the day came when the DMS Elliot was torpedoed southwest of Gili Gili. Her two consorts were unable to find the enemy sub and are now escorting the heavily damaged ship to Gili Gili.

The Japanese launched the predicted "counter"-attack at Canton. The Chinese inflicted over 5,000 casualties while only suffering a few hundred themselves. If we can just find some way to provoke the enemy into making more of these attacks we might actually have a chance of capturing Canton. Maybe if the Chinese launched smaller but more frequent attacks instead of all-out assaults once every week or so?

More reports to follow.

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24 Jun 42

We have reports of a Japanese transport sinking at sea east of the Marshall Islands.

The O20 straffed a freighter in the Malacca Strait, using her anti-aircraft machineguns.

More night bombing of Tavoy. I have to wonder if the aircrews are getting bored with this. The fighter sweep in the morning cleared out the air over the base, shooting down all three Zeroes spotted. Once that was done, three flights of B-24s bombed the field.

Since the Japanese ships remained at Palembang the surviving TMBs made another attempt. They got within torpedo range and several of them fired but the only hits scored by either side were from one of the Dutch machineguns. The Japs shelled Palembang some more after that, hitting the Torres a couple more times and doing more damage to the airfield and port.

Chengting was bombed again, doing minimal damage.

Fifty B-17s and ten Wellingtons bombed Singapore. Half-a-dozen enemy planes were destroyed and substantial damage was done to the industrial sector. More Wellingtons hit two freighters in the waters around Singapore.

The Chinese bombed the IJA outside Wuhan and at Canton. Near Rangoon over seventy Hurricanes, forty B-25s and a decade of Wellingtons continued to hammer away at the enemy forces.

Beauforts based at Palembang and Wellingtons and Beauforts out of Batavia all took off but again ejected their payloads so far away from the enemy ships at Palembang that they were not even fired on by their supposed targets' anti-aircraft guns. (OOC: Yes, I have checked the leaders. There seriously is something hinky going on here in the programs.)

In contrast, Beauforts from Balikpapan have no trouble hitting a transport in the Celebes Sea multiple times.

The P-40s at Balikpapan forced an enemy raid to turn back, shooting down one Ann and four Nates. A short time later three more Anns, possibly separated from the first attack, lost another bomber before the other two turned and ran.

A decade of Sallys attacked the first freighter to reach Rangoon. The AVG claimed three of the escort Zeroes and one of the bombers. None of the rest scored any hits.

We lost two more freighters to the enemy carriers. The Coloradan was blown apart in Lombok's port, along with its full load of supplies. To the east the Empire Brook was sunk by three torpedo hits as it ran for Darwin.

The other IJN carrier task force attacked Batavia. Demons and Brewsters intercepted the raid. We lost almost thirty aircraft, both in the air and on the ground. But the defending fighters and flak cost the enemy two Zeroes and almost two dozen Vals and Kates.

Betty bombers did some minor damage to the port at Menado.

Beauforts and A-20s did similar light damage to Salamaua.

The enemy also attacked Lunga, with a dozen Zeroes and thirty Bettys. They were met by twenty P-39s. The CAP avoided the escorts and went straight after the bombers. A good quarter of the Bettys were shot down and many others turned back. The ones that got thru cost us two more Beauforts and a B-26.

The Japanese went back to multiple small bomber attacks on the Chinese at Canton. There was only light skirmishing on the ground.

More reports to follow.

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25 Jun 42

Apparently the nightfighter crews were getting bored. They got lost enroute to Tavoy tonight. The AVG shot down two more Zeroes over the base, clearing the way again for the Mandalay bombers. A dozen of them attacked today, destroying half-a-dozen enemy aircraft.

The Dutch torpedo boats tried to make another attack on the Japanese ships at Palembang, but the enemy was apparently expecting this and ambushed the boats. Two more of them were lost without any damage inflicted on the enemy.

The Chinese continued bombing Chengting.

The B-17s split their attention today. One bomb group attacked Singapore's industries as Wellingtons walked their payloads thru the enemy's airfields. The other attacked the petroleum facilities at Bankha.

Japanese troops outside Wuhan were bombed. IL-4s bombed Canton. The attacks on enemy forces near Rangoon continued. Those forces are still not moving and an Indian brigade was able to get past them to reinforce the city's defenders. We'll see if one of the most shot up Burmese units there can follow the same route out.

I had orders sent to Palembang and Batavia and read out to the aircrews, ordering the local fighters and anti-aircraft guns to shot down any bombers that fail to carry out ordered attacks on the enemy ships. With Hawk fighters flying on their wing and making strafing runs with them, Palembang's Beauforts finally attacked the IJN ships. (OOC: The Hawks were set to Naval Attack.) Beauforts and Wellingstons from Batavia also, finally, made credible attacks. The Jap cruiser was straffed and hit by two bombs and two torpedoes. One of the destroyers was shot up by the fighters on straffing runs. Strikes in the afternoon straffed the damaged destroyer again as well as a second, hitting both with more bombs. They also confirmed fires burning on board all three ships.

One of the consequences of my draconian, but necessary, order was that there was no CAP over the base. Enemy carriers between Belitung and Pontianak took advantage of this to bomb the base. A few Zeroes escorted eight Vals and twenty Kates. AAA shot down one of the Kates. None of our planes were caught on the ground and damage was relatively light.

Martins and Hudsons based at Menado attacked a convoy in the Celebes Sea, hitting one freighter. A second strike by Hudsons was intercepted and lost three of four bombers to enemy Zeroes. An attack by Wellingtons on a tanker near Singkawang missed. Samarinda Martins hit a tanker east of Tarakan and then a freighter.

A tanker at Balikpapan was hit by two bombs from Ann divebombers after they slipped past the CAP while it was downing one of their Nate escorts.

A force of seven Zeroes and five Bettys tried to attack the three DMS that had just arrived at Gili Gili. This was the group that was attacked by an enemy sub a few days ago. The Kittyhawk fighters destroyed one of the Bettys and drove the rest off. A second attack of four Zeroes and a dozen Bettys reached the harbor, but lost two more bombers and failed to hit the ships.

Chinese forces seiging Canton were bombed but otherwise there was no real action there today. We have reports of sightings of enemy transports approaching Palembang. This is supported by Signal Intelligence of Japanese infantry planning for a landing there.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/23/2004 9:23:23 AM   
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Intelligence reports another transport sinking east of the Marianas.

An Australian PG/MSW group reports a sonar contact east of Cooktown.

Several enemy aircraft were destroyed by the night bombing raid on Tavoy. Fourteen B-24s hit the field during the day, accounting for another dozen enemy planes. The AVG pilots changed their routine, making their sweep in the afternoon. They only were able to find one enemy plane and quickly shot it down.

Chengting suffered trivial damage from the Chinese bombers.

A flight of Sallys bombed the airfield at Luang Prabang. Imphal also came under attack, in this case by more than a dozen Bettys. Neither attack did any serious damage.

Thirty B-17s did heavy damage to the factories of Singapore. A half-dozen Wellingtons bombed the airfield. Another eighteen B-17s hit the oil facilities at Bankha.

Bombers in China attacked enemy troops west of Wuhan and at Canton. The Hurricanes of Rangoon stood down today but the Wellingtons and B-25s continued to bomb the enemy in Burma. The Japanese militia division in the jungle west of Hanoi was also bombed by the Nationalist's bombers.

If you will recall, I mentioned some time ago that some Dutch bomber units had done some experimenting with very low level attacks on enemy ships. Some of those pilots have been working with British Wellington crews at Batavia and they have just given us solid proof of the viability of the tactic. A dozen Wellingtons scored four bomb hits on the IJN light cruiser retreating from Palembang in the South China Sea. A second smaller attack concentrated on one of the enemy destroyers. While failing to hit the smaller ship, they did confirm that the cruiser is heavily damaged and on fire.

Bombers from Balikpapan have been joined by units recently moved into Menado in attacking enemy shipping in the northwest Celebes Sea. A flight of Hudsons from one of these units scored a pair of bomb hits on a freighter today. Two Martins hit a troop transport.

A dozen Bettys attacked ships at Tarawa. The P-40s shot down three of them but the Ammo Collier Lassen was hit by a torpedo.

Enemy carrier planes attacked Palembang. They were only opposed by AAA since the fighters were still assigned to "close escort" of the bombers. They added to the existing damage to the airfield and port and destroyed several Beauforts on the ground.

B-25s with a Demon escort attacked Pontianak but were intercepted by carrier Zeroes. Two fighters and a bomber were lost but, surprisingly, the remaining bombers actually did more damage than in previous raids.

Menado took minor damage from half-a-dozen Bettys.

The Chinese at Canton were annoyed by two small raids by more Bettys.

On the ground, the Chinese began trying a new plan of attack on Canton. Since the enemy has been reliably launching counter-attacks after the Chinese assaults, leading to heavy losses among the Japanese forces, the objective is to provoke them into leaving their heavy defenses more often. So instead of launching massive assaults with all available units once every five or six days, they are going to be making a hopefully constant series of smaller attacks, rotating units. The first of these went off today.

More reports to follow.

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27 Jun 42

The sub S-41 sank a freighter west of Jolo.

Half-a-dozen Blenheim IFs bombed Tavoy during the night. For the number of aircraft they did a good amount of damage. The B-24 strikes on Tavoy are growing in strength, with nineteen planes attacking today. We estimate sixteen enemy aircraft destroyed in the two attacks.

More minor damage was done to Chengting.

Enemy planes attacked Akyab. This initiated the first action in the Pacific for the Spitfire fighter. The half-dozen defending fighters got around the ten Zeroes and shot down two of the four Sallys.

Twenty-six B-17s and seventeen Wellingtons bombed the industrial sector of Singapore. (OOC: What is strange about this is that the Wellingtons were set to Naval Attack with no secondary mission. WTF are they doing flying along with the B-17s on a City Attack mission?!!!!!) A dozen more B-17s bombed the oil plants at Bankha. Half-a-dozen enemy planes were destroyed by a dozen Beauforts bombing the airfield.

The bombing of the IJA continued at Canton, outside Wuhan and outside Rangoon.

Palembang was attacked by Japanese carrier aircraft again. AAA downed one Kate and one Beaufort was destroyed on the ground.

B-25s bombed the jungle outside Pontianak. Beauforts and Bostons bombed Salamaua, doing some minor damage.

Menado and Morotai came under attack but no damage was done. Bettys attacked the Chinese at Canton in three waves.

Two flights of Beauforts got past the defending Nates at Tarakan but missed the ships in the port.

It looks like the first attempt to draw the Japanese out of Canton failed. There was no serious action there on the ground today.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/24/2004 9:04:22 AM   
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The S-18 spotted a freighter between New Guinea and New Britian. The S-47 encountered an aggressive light cruiser in the Philippines but evaded.

The full squadron of nightfighters flew against Tavoy, destroying an estimated half-dozen enemy aircraft. The AVG lost two planes over Tavoy to an enemy force of only three Zeroes. The twenty B-24s that followed hopefully made up for that, destroying some twenty enemy aircraft on the ground and damaging somewhat more.

The attacks on Chengting continue. The Chinese say they caught some enemy planes on the ground today.

We went after Rabaul again, this time with almost sixty B-17s from Port Moresby and thirty P-40s from Gasmata as escort. They ran into almost fifty enemy Zeroes. The resulting battle was vicious and bloody. One bomber crewman stated in his debrief that at one point he could see as many planes falling from the sky as he could flying in it. Only eight of our fighters made it back to base and one B-17 was lost to flak. Intelligence says that a third of the enemy's planes in the air were shot down and about fifty more destroyed on the field, along with serious and widespread damage to the base. Recon flights by PBYs later in the day over the base confirm that the enemy CAP was greatly reduced, down to a third of its morning numbers. I have to wonder how many "victories" of this nature we can afford.

Still, the enemy must not be happy about his losses today either. Between Rabaul and Tavoy he has lost close to a hundred planes in just one day, almost all of them destroyed by bombs on the ground.

Chinese bombers continued dropping on Japanese troops. Rangoons Hurricanes rejoined the fighting there in force, with more than seventy of them making attack runs against the enemy. One Hurricane was shot down by machinegun fire from the ground. There is still no indication that the enemy intends to close on Rangoon. While this makes me wonder what I am missing, it has given the defenders time to complete all their defensive works. Even if the enemy is holding for reinforcement I think he has made a mistake in giving us time to do that.

Half-a-dozen Beauforts bombed the airfield at Singapore, destroying a slightly higher number of enemy aircraft and inflicting heavy casualties on the garrison.

The enemy's attacks on Menado have increased in strength, with almost twenty Bettys bombing the airfield today.

Port Moresby's medium bombers bombed the port at Salamaua. They also attacked the freighter spotted by the S-18, sinking it with multiple torpedo hits.

Bettys bombed Chinese forces at Canton.

The enemy carrier group still in the Java Sea launched two strikes today. The first was two decades of unescorted Kates against Batavia. The Demons and Brewsters shot a quarter of them down and drove the rest off before they could reach the base. The second strike blew thru the Demons defending Soerabaja and sank the tanker Dilworth as it was preparing to set sail for Australia.

The Chinese tried upping the ante at Canton, attacking again with less than full strength but more than the last assault.

Intelligence reports that an IJN destroyer has sunk in the South China Sea. It seems likely that it was part of the force that bombarded Palembang a few days ago.

The bulk of the 121st USN Base Force arrived in San Francisco today. Unfortuantely the unit has only a bit over half its authorized TO&E, so will remain there for a while.

More reports to follow.

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29 Jun 42

The DMS Wasmuth and Dorsey caught an I-boat on the surface during the night south and a bit west of Gili Gili. They are pretty sure they scored at least one hit with their guns before the boat dived.

More significant damage done to Tavoy during the night. 27 Squadron is becoming very good at this. I'm told that SLDR Williamson logged his 100th mission last night. The Liberators are also doing well. Twenty-three of them today accounted for another twenty enemy planes destroyed.

The Wellingtons at Batavia again disobeyed orders and flew with the B-17s against Singapore. More damage was done to the industries there and the oil facilities at Bankha. Six Beauforts made a separate attack on Singapore's air base.

The 5th Bomb Group went after Rabaul again, despite no escort being available. Two of the thirty-eight bombers were lost to the seventeen or so enemy fighters, but they did heavy damage and it looks like they destroyed twenty enemy planes and damaged over thirty more.

Japanese troops north of Rangoon were again subjected to heavy attack by Hurricanes, B-25s and Wellingtons. Most of the Chinese bombers stood down today, but some did fly against the VM unit near Hanoi.

A few B-25s flew over Pontianak. Forty-five B-26s of 22nd Bomb Group joined the A-20s and Beauforts of Port Moresby in bombing Salamaua. They did serious damage, especially to the runways. But their report is disturbing because they saw no indication of the enemy garrison. Where are they?

An attack on Balikpapan by fifteen Zeroes and twenty Bettys was ripped apart today. Thirty P-40s were able to intercept and they shredded the enemy fighter escort. It looks like only four of the Zeroes survived. One of the Bettys didn't turn around fast enough and was also shot down. Only one P-40 was damaged.

It appears the enemy carriers are finally retreating. The only group we can find is now just south of Belitung and heading north. It launched an attack on Batavia of twenty-five Zeroes and eight Vals. The Zeroes blew thru the ten defending fighters, shooting down most of them. They managed to take four of the Zeroes and a pair of the Vals with them. Two more Vals were lost to our AAA. At Palembang a lone Val, probably a scout, hit and sank another of the Dutch Torpedo Boats there.

A lone Japanese freighter managed to sneak in to Palembang. A few Wellingtons and Beauforts from Batavia attacked it, scoring two bomb hits. But it proceeded to begin unloading troops under fire from the Dutch CD guns anyways.

Eight Bettys attacked a freighter unloading at Makin, scoring a torpedo hit. Fortunately it wasn't a very good hit and damage is light.

No serious action at Canton again. The garrison at Palembang began shelling the enemy's beachhead there.

More reports to follow.

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30 Jun 42

The Seadragon shelled and straffed a freighter outside Camranh Bay.

Three destroyers on ASW patrol in the Coral Sea hit a Jap sub.

More nocturnal bombing of Tavoy. Eighteen B-24s hit it during the day, despite resistance by half-a-dozen Zeroes. Twenty more enemy planes were destroyed on the ground.

Chengting suffered minor damage from half-a-dozen SB-2s.

A dozen Nates and half-a-dozen Sonias attacked Yenen. The Chinese fighters shot down several of the Nates but couldn't get thru to the bombers.

Two dozen B-17s each attacked Singapore and Bankha. Ten more Forts attacked the airfield at Kwajalein. A number of them were damaged by a few Nates on CAP but none were lost. Thirty more attacked Rabaul again, running the gauntlet of twenty Zeroes. One bomber was lost and many of the rest damaged. Damage Assessment puts the enemy's losses at a dozen destroyed on the ground and a couple by Fortress gunners.

The Chinese bombed the IJA division near Wuhan and the Indochina militia near Hanoi. The bombing campaign in defense of Rangoon continues with multiple strikes by aircraft based at Rangoon and Mandalay.

The enemy carrier group has turned back south. B-25s and Demons from Soerabaja attempted an attack on them but got butchered by the Zeroes. Only a couple of the fighters came back. The carriers also launched an attack on the tanker Pat Doheny at Soerabaja, hitting it with several bombs. Our pre-war intelligence must be seriously off since as far as we can tell these ships have used about double the amount of ordinance that we thought they carried.

Trivial damage was done to the airbase at Menado by some Bettys.

Several groups of Bettys bombed the Chinese forces at Canton.

The Chinese launched a larger attack on Canton. Casualties were substantial. The garrison at Palembang continued shelling the landing there. The freighter that landed them appears to have withdrawn, leaving only an extremely small force behind.

The AVD Williamson finally succumbed to her damage at Balikpapan.

The 14th Chindit Bde arrived at Karachi and the UK 29th Bde is now at Colombo.

More reports to follow.

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RE: Reports From the Front (AAR from a first time player.) - 11/25/2004 9:37:57 AM   
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We lost the tanker Manvantara overnight at Balikpapan. The flooding from damaged caused by so many bomb hits could not be controlled and the ship sank.

The Dutch sub KXI had an encounter with an aggressive minesweeper outside Singapore, but evaded the attack without too much trouble.

The nightfighters bombed Tavoy again. Thirty B-24s hit the base during the day, destroying almost as many enemy planes and doing heavy damage to the base.

Chinese raids on Chengting continue.

The Japanese attacked Yenen with ten Nates and seven Sonias. A few of the fighters succeeded in running away, but only one Sonia made it to the Chinese base and it was shot down by AAA.

The B-17s continue bombing industry at Singapore and petroleum infrastructure at Bankha.

Japanese forces outside Rangoon continue to be hammered by over a hundred aircraft, mostly Hurricanes.

A small strike of B-25s from Soerabaja began rebuilding and training with a strike against Pontianak.

A decade of Nells bombed in the vicinity of Morotai but failed to hit the base itself.

Port Moresby's mediums continued bombing Salamaua.

Several small strikes, made up of single flights of Bettys, were attempted against the Chinese at Canton but four I-16s flew cover over the Allied troops. One bomber is shot down and most of the rest were turned back.

B-26s based on Guadalcanal attacked a Jap convoy at Shortlands but failed to make any hits.

We finally provoked a Japanese attack at Canton. The Chinese absorbed the attack without difficulty, only losing a few hundred men while inflicting some fifty-five hundred casualties on the enemy. The defenders at Palembang continued to bombard the small enemy landing.

The Canadians are building up their air force, with two more squadrons of Hurricanes and a squadron of Wellingtons. Two subchasers are also newly arrived on the West Coast. I think those will be ordered to the Baker Island area. Another S class sub is also available.

More reports to follow.

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02 Jul 42

In combination with the apparent slowing of the enemy's offensive operations, the inability of the Dutch to produce enough aircraft to come even close to replacing combat losses has persuaded them to re-equip their units with American and British models. All their bomber and patrol units are receiving Hudsons and Catalinas as I write this. The Dutch are able to replace their fighter losses so far, so those units will retain their current aircraft. While we will suffer a temporary loss of intelligence on enemy ship movements and strike ability, the long term benefits will more than make up for it. The real demand will now be on their ability to train enough pilots. Many of the Dutch squadrons are down to only one or two aircrews and aircraft. These veterans will form the core of the new squadrons.

The KXI shot up a tanker near Singapore before putting a torpedo into it. Near Tarakan the KXV had her attack on a freighter interrupted by an escort.

The nightly raid on Tavoy was scrubbed by poor weather.

The B-17s continued bombing Singapore's industries. The Bomb Group that was attacking Bankha has switched targets to Mersing.

Fifty heavy bombers out of Tarawa bombed the enemy air base on Kwajalein. Enemy fighter resistance was light in comparison, less than ten Nates. The bombers did heavy damage and destroyed around twenty enemy aircraft.

An enemy raid of five Zeroes, two Nates and five Bettys attacked Rangoon. The AVG shot half the aircraft down and only trivial damage was reported on the ground.

B-25s continued using Pontianak to practice. Salamaua was hit again.

Menado came under attack, suffering only minor damage. Various small groups of Bettys bombed the Chinese at Canton.

Two flights of Hudsons attacked an enemy convoy in the Celebes Sea but failed to hit.

The enemy carriers have gotten as far south as Banjarmasin. Since I had believed they were withdrawing from the area, out of ordinance, I gave the OK for a number of freighters and tankers to head for Soerabaja and Batavia with supplies and to carry out raw materials. The turnaround by the enemy has caught many of these ships and two freighters which had just pulled into Soerabaja were critically damaged by an enemy strike. The Demon fighters defending the facilities there are just not up to the job. Fortunately elements of the 20th Fighter Group, equipped with P-40s, left Darwin yesterday and should be arriving at Soerabaja about now. They should do a better job defending the base and provide some escort to encourage the bombers there to attack the enemy ships.

There was only light fighting around Canton. In north Indochina the Chinese defeated an attempt to cross the Mekong. A Dutch attack on the beachhead at Palembang ran only into boobytraps.

The tanker Torres, recently evacuated from Palembang, sank at Batavia. We have reports of an enemy freighter sinking in the South China Sea.

Another squadron of PBYs was commisioned at San Diego.

More reports to follow.

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03 Jul 42

The Trusty found a lone minesweeper in the Malacca Strait and proceeded to put two torpedoes into it. Outside Camranh Bay the Seadragon was forced to evade a pair of subchasers.

Australian minesweepers pursued a sonar contact between Cooktown and Gili Gili. Just a few miles to the south a DMS group had another sonar contact.

Another raid on Chengting.

A raid of nine Nates and three Sonias attacked Yenen. None reached the base, although a few fighters ran away.

One IL-4 was lost to flak over Canton.

Sixteen Zeroes escorted three Bettys in an attack on Balikpapan. Four of the fighters and one bomber was lost to our defending P-40s. Damage to the port was trivial.

Salamaua was hammered again by the Port Moresby medium bombers.

Chinese forces at Canton were attacked by two groups of Bettys.

The introduction of P-40s at Soerabaja appears to have finally put some backbone in some of the bomber crews. Unfortunately not enough of them. Four Demons and ten P-40s escorted only three B-25s in an attack on the enemy carriers south of Banjarmasin. The fighters kept the enemy Zeroes away from the bombers but paid a heavy price, with two-thirds of them lost while only shooting down one Zero. The B-25s missed the target carrier.

Two flights of Bettys tried to torpedo our destroyers in the islands southeast of Gili Gili but the ships were able to avoid them.

Those enemy carriers with their ever full ammo bunkers continued to blow apart our shipping. We lost a transport and a freighter sunk outright and two tankers were crippled and are unlikely to make it to a port. Another tanker along the eastern Australian coast also sank from damage sustained earlier.

Light fighting continues at Canton. The Dutch tracked down the enemy troops at Palembang. They were forced to kill all 163 of the enemy when they refused to surrender.

More reports to follow.

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