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RE: The war grinds on

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I would do the both : fight and retreat [:D]

First i would try to hold 1st (yellow) def. line as long as possible (while units from northern Burma escape to saftetly (pink arrow)

once when 1st line is become impossible to hold (or your units there become in jeopardy of being routed or encircled) just move to 2nd line (orange)... and after that to 3, 4th and finally 5th defensive line (Bangkok). Then he will not have other choice than go for Singapore. But by that time you will buy a several months imho.

During this campaign dont forget to set PPs for your next def. line. Remember, Andy will not know where you will make a stand and his Army cant be prepared for every base :)

Ofc, securing flank (indian ocean) is must there! Although KB is intact and Andy doesnt have a lot of CVs Allies can conduct amphibious invasion at your flank (i was in very similar situation in my game against Andy... )

I wish that you could read this in my AAR but due to reckless actions of Joe Wilkerson this AAR dissapeared [8|]

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Great input everyone! [&o]

Hm, 3 months left of the monsoon - that's actually quite a long time! [8|]

There is one problem with a "fighting retreat";
If we stand and wait for a superior enemy army it will take 5 days to march out of the hex.
5 days is enough for a superior force to route us if we're unlucky and then it will become very difficult to stand fast again.

Andy got more troops, I estimate a total of ~8000 AV. 1000 of these will probably be locked as garrisons and on the flanks / to the north.
So say 7000 AV to attack with divided into 3 major stack that soon will merge to 2 (5000 / 2000 roughly). I expect the 5000 stack to form shortly
and pursue SSE of Prome towards Rangoon while the other stack moves slowly south towards Toungoo.

I've attached a new map that illustrates our challenge more clearly.
Most of the terrain south of the basin is "JG" = plain jungle. This doesn't provide anywere near as good defensive ground as "JR" - Jungle / Rough does.
So any stand north of Moulmein and outside of our fortified bases in jungle hexes will be very hard to defend.

The best possible defensive line is probably a 3000 AV stack in the hex north of Moulmein with reserves in Moulmein together with regiments beyond the river.
A garrison is enough at Ghiang Mai with a "plug" in the rought jungle hex below the river to the NE. There is a railway leading up to Ghiang so this base can easily be reinforced.

As we controll the hex borders in the north and since there is a road leading SSE we should be able to march a division worth of troops south for this purpose.
Taung Gyi (JR) will be well garrisoned and fortified and hold the flank until the northern holding force has withdrawn.

So there is our plan for the next defensive line that should be able to hold until into 1945.
In the meanwhile I will do all I can do delay the enemy advance towards Rangoon. If Andy pursued us into Rangoon with his "major stack" I would be tempted to make a stand there.

A feint is of course possible, I'm planning a major diversion soon - should be possible to combine [8D]

Combined Fleet has repaired many major vessels and more have performed lengthy upgrades. Within a few weeks both Yamato's, all our carriers, a new light cruiser, 2 new light carriers
and numerous destroyers should report ready for action. I will then gather the full might of the fleet; we need a heavy hand for the battles that awaits us!

Burma - Gheisa Line

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RE: The war grinds on

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oh i didnt know about that (Allied abillity to concentrate 8K ass points and steamroll throught Burma)..

in that case, your plan is, im pretty sure, best option. The only thing i would avoid is "Stalingrad" at Rangoon. I would never fight for R. or try to delay enemy advance - too easy to get encircled.

and yes, i do like name of your def. line! [:D]

banzai!

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Hmm, had a look at the next turn! We had to sacrifice some planes to bomb Bassein - enemy LRCAP there was difficult to reduce.
Ordered a dozen fighter units to escort our bombers at 30k feet in order to encourage "sweeps". Only 1 units went in....
- The inability to sweep friendly bases is a big BS!

Still, the reinforcement and suppression of enemy forces in Bassein made sure that the place remains in our hands.

Obviously a strong line at Moulmein will encourage an amph landing at Tavoy and further down the coast after Port Blair has been suppressed.
The Combined Fleet together with our LBA assets from Bangkok, Victoria Point and Medan area will have to do their part to secure this weakness, but we must indeed make sure
that we have enough troops in these bases as well.

Andy said that supplies has been his big issue; it's hard to believe so - I got troops on the 2 only roads leading into the basin.
He says he's using 500 supply planes to bring in 1500 supplies each day and that Ramree Island is the new supply hub.
- Ramree Island is...a small island with a small port and no road [&:] Still this is enough to supply 20~division worth of troops.

I'm really confused about how supplies are distributed in AE and don't think my efforts have much effect anymore.
Obviously the blocking division north of Prome was a big hassle for Andy but I would never have believed that.

Except from that, plenty of other hassles; tried to rail a worn down division out of Toungoo - was just on its way this turn when 4-5 units entered the hex.
4 of them immediately retreated again as they were much to weak to face our troops there. Our division still cancelled its movement and now has to walk to Moulmein [8|]
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ORIGINAL: PzB
Ordered a dozen fighter units to escort our bombers at 30k feet in order to encourage "sweeps". Only 1 units went in....
- The inability to sweep friendly bases is a big BS!

PzB, in one of your older posts I suggested testing the sweep, as in my game (beta p8) it works ok.
now I see whre's the devil... [:)]
You're right. It is impossible to sweep friendly base, even if there ara enemy LCUs.
But I can assure you, you can sweep friendly hex with enemy units in it.
That's kind of weird... (what's the difference between sweeping a hex and sweeping a base?) and maybe it's a bug & worth making a new thread on a tech forum?
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RE: The war grinds on

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It is impossible to sweep friendly base,
It has never been possible to sweep friendly base. Frustrating. It was not possible in WITP either to sweep a friendly base.
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Yes, unfortunately I've never been able to sweep a friendly base - with or without enemy troops [:(]

I've hatched a cunning plan for how to complete the Geisha line and defend the flanks.
Troops have been identified and preparations have started.

In general I have to make some sacrifices but I think the worst is over for now; we got some time
and just have to move our pawns in the right direction.

The lack of east-west roads in Burma is a major pain, but that can work both ways...!
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RE: The war grinds on

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It is possible to have cunning plans. As long as they dont include sweeping friendly bases!
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RE: The war grinds on

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ORIGINAL: PzB
Andy said that supplies has been his big issue; it's hard to believe so - I got troops on the 2 only roads leading into the basin.
He says he's using 500 supply planes to bring in 1500 supplies each day and that Ramree Island is the new supply hub.
- Ramree Island is...a small island with a small port and no road [&:] Still this is enough to supply 20~division worth of troops.
I was suspecting that. He probably uses Landing Barges, and he can use them over whole coast, no need for port. It is possible to dump supply directly onto LCU, and it will distribute extra to nearby units.

One thing you should use for sure - your internal lines.
Find a fresh Division in Java/Borneo/Philippines, get it to Burma front, in exchange - get rebuilding Division from Singapore on its old place. When another of your Divisions get routed, just transport it to Singapore, and repeat operation. Even if one of those places will be under attack soon, Division should already rebuild 90% of its strength.

Also, the most supply is used by land combat. Make sure you are fighting with Allied units all the time. They are on constant offensive, and they should have no time for rest. Every disabled squad is now disabled for good, because LCUs had no time for rest. Do not give them this time, and they will be too weak to take Rangoon.
It will be nice, if you will counterattack once they will spent themselves. You should be able to rotate most of your spent units, Allies would have to load them on transports, and get them back to India.
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RE: The war grinds on

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ORIGINAL: inqistor
ORIGINAL: PzB
Andy said that supplies has been his big issue; it's hard to believe so - I got troops on the 2 only roads leading into the basin.
He says he's using 500 supply planes to bring in 1500 supplies each day and that Ramree Island is the new supply hub.
- Ramree Island is...a small island with a small port and no road [&:] Still this is enough to supply 20~division worth of troops.
I was suspecting that. He probably uses Landing Barges, and he can use them over whole coast, no need for port. It is possible to dump supply directly onto LCU, and it will distribute extra to nearby units.

One thing you should use for sure - your internal lines.
Find a fresh Division in Java/Borneo/Philippines, get it to Burma front, in exchange - get rebuilding Division from Singapore on its old place. When another of your Divisions get routed, just transport it to Singapore, and repeat operation. Even if one of those places will be under attack soon, Division should already rebuild 90% of its strength.

Also, the most supply is used by land combat. Make sure you are fighting with Allied units all the time. They are on constant offensive, and they should have no time for rest. Every disabled squad is now disabled for good, because LCUs had no time for rest. Do not give them this time, and they will be too weak to take Rangoon.
It will be nice, if you will counterattack once they will spent themselves. You should be able to rotate most of your spent units, Allies would have to load them on transports, and get them back to India.
Barges, plus aerial support. Whatever supplies he gain by roads alone is certainly not enough for him to sustain his entire army. So he has to rotate troops, mass on your weak points for one strike and avoid attrition battles at all costs.
By allowing him to defeat you in detail you have played in his hand. You defended over a far too large area with several battle groups unable to quickly support each other. Had you concentrated and been fighting a war of attrition he would have been in deep trouble.

He may still be in troubles if you switch to this tactic, but question is can you do it now with so many of your units badly mauled especially your armored divisions.

In any case if he gains Rangoon his supply problem will certainly be solved. But for how long can you hold it now.

Btw where is the Thai army, all in all you can use around 1000AV of them at the front; canon fodder yes, but this is exactly how he is using chinese units as well.
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ORIGINAL: viberpol
You're right. It is impossible to sweep friendly base, even if there ara enemy LCUs.
But I can assure you, you can sweep friendly hex with enemy units in it.
It has never been possible to sweep friendly base. Frustrating. It was not possible in WITP either to sweep a friendly base.

Even if it has always been like that, it doesn't mean it have to be like that. Isn't it kind of weird?
Or there's some logic that escapes me... [&:] Don't know... [;)]
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"Think" I've found a workaround for the inability to sweep friendly bases.
- If enemy is using LRCAP the fighers will be set with range of 1-x hexes.

I've seen that when LRCAP'ing Bassein my fighters "reacted" to enemy attacks on nearby bases.
So this turn I swept Prome heavily; when bombers went in there were no CAP fighters there [8D]

We wiped out the entire air landing force today, good riddance. Hopefully it will take 3-4 months to rebuild it.

Have discussed the sweep functionality and it's just not possible to get the air guys to see the light [:(]

I can indeed rotate routed divisions, problem is that it takes a loong time to do so.
I can't move troop transports into Rangoon without air superiority and it takes more than a month to get a division out
via Moulmein. Wish the Burma railroad could be completed...

Road and rail network in Burma goes north south, very little east west.
Switching forces quickly is very difficult (especially because of my second favorite functionality that makes rail movement
impossible even if a single enemy squad is present in your base).

With Andy attacking in prongs; one westwards, 2 south and one SW towards Prome I was not able to swich troops quickly enough.
My blocking forces in the jungle (1.5 div worth of troops) were routed much easier than I believed possible. Gathering all the eggs
in one basket is a smart idea as long as you don't place them in the wrong basket.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 19, 44

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on Prome , at 55,50
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 22 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 37

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 2
Spitfire VIII x 38
P-39D Airacobra x 12
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 9 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 3 destroyed
P-39D Airacobra: 2 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Prome , at 55,50
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 33 NM, estimated altitude 33,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 22

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 17
P-39D Airacobra x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 3 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed
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Morning Air attack on Prome , at 55,50
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 19 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 21

Allied aircraft
Spitfire VIII x 7
P-39D Airacobra x 1
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Spitfire VIII: 2 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on 77th Chindit Brigade, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 4 damaged

Allied ground losses:
47 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 2000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 77th Chindit Brigade, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 16 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 5
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
14 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 77th Chindit Brigade, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Overcast

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 38
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 13

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
56 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 77th Chindit Brigade, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 15
Ki-84a Frank x 24

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 4 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 77th Chindit Brigade, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 9

No Japanese losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 7000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Ground Combat

Ground combat at Bassein (54,52)
Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 2913 troops, 48 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 133
Defending force 1595 troops, 38 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 71

Japanese adjusted assault: 99
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 99 to 1

Combat modifiers
Defender: disruption(-), preparation(-), supply(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
59 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2376 casualties reported
Squads: 111 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 63 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 38 (38 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 3

Assaulting units:
90th Infantry Regiment
Yokosuka Assault SNLF /1
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company
18th JAAF Base Force

Defending units:
50th Indian Para Bde /2
77th Chindit Bde /2
1st Specl Svc Force /1

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Burma

I'm contemplating a relatively bold option; because of the north south road / rail network in Burma it's very difficult and time consuming
to move east - west.

My plan is therefore to concentrate the bulk of the Burma Army near Rangoon in 2 major formations.
1. Either in the hex north of Burma or - ideally - in Rangoon itself.
- If we do so Andy will most likely be forced to attack westwards and it takes forever to move a single hex without roads.
An east - west movement will make it possible to use our 2500-3000 AV Rangoon stack in a counterattack northwards.

2. Either in Toungoo or in the jungle hex to the south. With 1200-1500 AV we should easily be able to stall the enemy army in this area.

If any of our armies are routed we have to fall back to the Geisha line.

In any case this will take time and enable us to bring in fresh troops. Good progress is already being made to the north and I expect the major
LCU formations to be able to move south. Since Taung Gyi is a rough jungle hex with 4 forts a couple of regiments will be able to defend the base
against the relatively weak formations Andy has here.

The advantages of this plan is that it; a) buys us time b) gives us a chance to hang on to Rangoon.
The risk is that we may be defeated and become to weak to efficiently hold the Geisha Line.
- I can counter this risk by bringing in reserves to the Bangkok area.

The only alternative to this plan is to withdraw to the Geisha Line immediately and hand Rangoon over to Andy...
What does the War Council think about all this?

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WOW [X(]

What a brilliant result. CONGRATS!!!

That is going to hurt ... and the strategy for sweeping. NICE.
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Port Moresby invaded!!

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Well, thanx - it was a daring Pacific attempt ala Market Garden by Andy and he only lacked 1-2 AV to capture Bassein!
It was a good thing to wipe out the airborne elements.

During the last couple of turns several scout planes were destroyed in the Coral Sea, a mixed surface combat group was observed.
Admiral Sakashito in Rabaul cursed and the alarm was sounded.

The fast reaction force, 2 heavy cruisers and destroyers steamed towards Milne Bay while the fighter units in the region were
assembled between Milne Bay and Lae. The attack planes were told to wait and prepare for night action.

An MTP squadron was ordered to patrol Port Moresby region and a unit of midget subs sortied from Milne Bay.

This morning an MTB made first contact!
An invasion force was heading into Port Moresby, ALAARM

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 21, 44

Surface Combat

The MTB performed admirably, speeding around the enemy ships and causing lots of confusion.
Several enemy ships were reported to have collided!

Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 98,130, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-542

Allied Ships
CA Sussex
CL Adelaide
CL Mobile
DD Laffey
DD Sims
DD Napier
DD Pakenham
DE Austin
APD Herbert
APD Dickerson
AM Freemantle
AM Wagga
APA Joseph T. Dickman
APA Doyen
xAP Republic
APA Ormsby
APA Sheridan
APA Callaway
xAP Santa Paula
AK Pavo
AK Livingston
AK Indus
AK Beaverhead
AK Beltrami
AK Blount
AK Brevard
AK Bullock
AK Cabell
AK Caledonia
AK Charlevoix
LST-335
LST-479
LST-484
LCI-85
LCI-219
xAK Mahukona
xAK Mokihana
xAK Jefferson Myers
xAK Shooting Star
xAK Cape Martin
xAK Sea Snipe
xAK Simoon
xAK Cape Constantine
xAK Cape May
xAK Portmar
xAK Scotia
xAK Chief Washakie
xAK John A. Rawlins
xAK Samuel Adams
xAK William T. Sherman
xAP Dunnatar Castle
xAKL Darvel
xAK Stanmore
xAK Empire Rani
xAK Esperance
xAK Gamaria
xAK Glenaffric
xAK Itinda
xAK Kina II

Allied Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Japanese TF begins to get underway
Reduced sighting due to 3% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 3% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
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Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
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Range closes to 9,000 yards...
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Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 2,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 2,000 yards
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer screened from combat
- escorted by DD Napier , DD Laffey , DE Austin ,
KV Freesia , PC Jackson , AM Wagga ,
AM Freemantle
CA Sussex engages MTB G-542 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
xAK Scotia collides with xAP Speelman at 98 , 130
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer , xAP Le Maire , xAP Poelau Bras ,
xAP Idomeneus , xAP Dunnatar Castle , xAP Santa Paula ,
xAP Republic screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DD Sims ,
DE Austin , PC Jackson , AM Bengal ,
AM Wagga
Range closes to 2,000 yards
APA Callaway collides with xAP Siberg at 98 , 130
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DD Sims ,
DD Laffey , DE Austin , KV Freesia ,
PC Jackson , AM Bengal , AM Wagga ,
AM Freemantle
xAK Sloterdijk collides with xAP Speelman at 98 , 130
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer , xAP Le Maire , xAP Poelau Bras ,
xAP Idomeneus , xAP Dunnatar Castle , xAP Santa Paula ,
xAP Republic , xAK Iron Chieftan , xAK Corinda ,
xAK Sonnavind , xAK Gausdal , xAK Mariso ,
xAK Sloterdijk , xAK Umtali , xAK Orfor ,
xAK Markhor , xAK La Cordillera , xAK Kina II ,
xAK Itinda , xAK Glenaffric , xAK Gamaria ,
xAK Esperance , xAK Empire Rani , xAK Stanmore ,
xAK William T. Sherman , xAK Samuel Adams , xAK John A. Rawlins ,
xAK Chief Washakie , xAK Scotia , xAK Portmar ,
xAK Cape May , xAK Cape Constantine , xAK Simoon ,
xAK Sea Snipe , xAK Cape Martin , xAK Shooting Star ,
xAK Jefferson Myers , xAK Mokihana , xAK Mahukona ,
xAKL Matthew Flinders , xAKL Darvel screened from combat
- escorted by DD Sims , PC Jackson , AM Freemantle
Range increases to 3,000 yards
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer , xAP Le Maire , xAP Poelau Bras ,
xAP Idomeneus , xAP Dunnatar Castle , xAP Santa Paula ,
xAP Republic , xAK Iron Chieftan , xAK Corinda ,
xAK Sonnavind , xAK Gausdal , xAK Mariso ,
xAK Sloterdijk , xAK Umtali , xAK Orfor ,
xAK Markhor , xAK La Cordillera , xAK Kina II ,
xAK Itinda , xAK Glenaffric , xAK Gamaria ,
xAK Esperance , xAK Empire Rani , xAK Stanmore ,
xAK William T. Sherman , xAK Samuel Adams , xAK John A. Rawlins ,
xAK Chief Washakie , xAK Scotia screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , KV Freesia , PC Jackson ,
AM Wagga
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DD Sims ,
DD Laffey , DE Austin , KV Freesia ,
PC Jackson , AM Bengal , AM Freemantle
Range closes to 2,000 yards
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer , xAP Le Maire , xAP Poelau Bras ,
xAP Idomeneus , xAP Dunnatar Castle , xAP Santa Paula ,
xAP Republic , xAK Iron Chieftan , xAK Corinda ,
xAK Sonnavind , xAK Gausdal screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DE Austin ,
KV Freesia , AM Bengal , AM Freemantle
Range increases to 3,000 yards
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DD Sims ,
DD Laffey , KV Freesia , PC Jackson ,
AM Bengal , AM Wagga
Range closes to 2,000 yards
xAP Dunnatar Castle collides with xAP Speelman at 98 , 130
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DD Sims ,
DD Laffey , DE Austin , KV Freesia ,
PC Jackson , AM Bengal , AM Wagga ,
AM Freemantle
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer , xAP Le Maire , xAP Poelau Bras ,
xAP Idomeneus , xAP Dunnatar Castle screened from combat
- escorted by DD Napier , DD Sims , KV Freesia ,
PC Jackson , AM Bengal , AM Wagga ,
AM Freemantle
PC Jackson collides with xAP Siberg at 98 , 130
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock , AK Brevard , AK Blount ,
AK Beltrami , AK Beaverhead , AK Indus ,
AK Livingston , AK Pavo , LST-484 ,
LST-479 , LST-335 , LCI-219 ,
LCI-85 , xAP Kelantan , xAP Van Rees ,
xAP Van Overstraten , xAP Van Imhoff , xAP Speelman ,
xAP Siberg , xAP Rooseboom , xAP Rochussen ,
xAP Mijer , xAP Le Maire , xAP Poelau Bras ,
xAP Idomeneus , xAP Dunnatar Castle , xAP Santa Paula ,
xAP Republic , xAK Iron Chieftan , xAK Corinda ,
xAK Sonnavind , xAK Gausdal , xAK Mariso ,
xAK Sloterdijk , xAK Umtali , xAK Orfor ,
xAK Markhor , xAK La Cordillera , xAK Kina II ,
xAK Itinda , xAK Glenaffric , xAK Gamaria ,
xAK Esperance , xAK Empire Rani , xAK Stanmore ,
xAK William T. Sherman , xAK Samuel Adams , xAK John A. Rawlins ,
xAK Chief Washakie , xAK Scotia , xAK Portmar ,
xAK Cape May , xAK Cape Constantine , xAK Simoon ,
xAK Sea Snipe , xAK Cape Martin , xAK Shooting Star ,
xAK Jefferson Myers , xAK Mokihana , xAK Mahukona screened from combat
- escorted by DD Sims , KV Freesia , AM Wagga
CA Sussex engages MTB G-542 at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
AMC Chitral , APA Callaway , APA Sheridan ,
APA Ormsby , APA Doyen , APA Joseph T. Dickman ,
LSI(L) Empire Pride , APD Dickerson , APD Herbert ,
AK Charlevoix , AK Caledonia , AK Cabell ,
AK Bullock screened from combat
- escorted by DD Pakenham , DD Napier , DD Sims ,
DD Laffey , DE Austin , KV Freesia ,
PC Jackson , AM Bengal , AM Wagga ,
AM Freemantle
Task forces break off...

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The fast reaction force is a highly skilled and aggressive unit but it had to fight heavy odds today!
4 enemy destroyers were overcome.
Next an old battleship, the Revenge and 4 destroyers were encountered.

This battle became bloody, the revenge took 5 torpedoes, 2 were dud.
Loads of 8" shells hit but the Revenge got its...revenge and landed 1 15" shell on the waterline of both our heavy cruisers.
This caused a lot of damage. Both sides destroyers took some hits.

We also dispatched some long range MTBs to Ramree Island to attempt a night surprise attack at a convoy there.

The enemy invasion force started to unload troops in the morning and Frances torpedo bombers attacked before dawn.
Unfortunately no hits were scored.

During the early morning further skirmishes took place between our reaction force, MTBs and enemy destroyers.
Our ships were now low on ammo.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 21, 44

Surface Combat

Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 98,130, Range 8,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma
CA Kumano, Shell hits 1
DD Kishinami
DD Natsugumo
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 1
DD Yamakaze, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
DD Bache
DD McCall
DD Cummings, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Case, Shell hits 8, and is sunk

Reduced sighting due to 3% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 3% moonlight: 11,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 8,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 8,000 yards
Stone, L.T. crosses the 'T'

Task forces break off...
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Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 98,130, Range 4,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 2, heavy fires
CA Kumano, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Kishinami, Shell hits 1, on fire
DD Natsugumo, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
DD Kasumi
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
BB Revenge, Shell hits 26, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DD Anthony
DD O'Bannon
DD Anderson, Shell hits 6, heavy fires
DD Racehorse, Shell hits 3, on fire

Reduced sighting due to 3% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions and 3% moonlight: 4,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allies radar detects Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 4,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 4,000 yards
Tanaka, Kikumatsu crosses the 'T'

Task forces break off...
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Ramree Island at 54,48, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-10
MTB G-11
MTB G-12, Shell hits 3, and is sunk

Allied Ships
DD Caperton
DD Isherwood
xAK Modjekerto
xAK Liran
xAK Fort Rupert
xAK Samur
PF Glendale
AM Kyber
LST 5
LST 8
LST 73

Japanese Ships Reported to be Approaching!
Allied TF begins to get underway
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 27,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 18,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 18,000 yards
LST 73 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
MTB G-12 engages xAK Samur at 18,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
LST 73 , LST 8 , LST 5 ,
xAK Samur , xAK Fort Rupert screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
Asada E. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 14,000 yards
DD Caperton engages MTB G-12 at 14,000 yards
MTB G-12 engages xAK Samur at 14,000 yards
MTB G-12 engages xAK Modjekerto at 14,000 yards
Range increases to 18,000 yards
DD Isherwood engages MTB G-12 at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 19,000 yards
LST 73 , LST 8 , LST 5 ,
xAK Samur , xAK Fort Rupert , xAK Liran ,
xAK Modjekerto screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
Range closes to 17,000 yards
LST 73 , LST 8 , LST 5 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
DD Isherwood engages MTB G-12 at 17,000 yards
Range closes to 16,000 yards
MTB G-11 engages xAK Samur at 16,000 yards
Range closes to 14,000 yards
PF Glendale engages MTB G-12 at 14,000 yards
MTB G-12 sunk by DD Caperton at 14,000 yards
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 10,000 yards
LST 73 , LST 8 , LST 5 ,
xAK Samur , xAK Fort Rupert screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
MTB G-11 engages xAK Modjekerto at 10,000 yards
MTB G-11 engages xAK Modjekerto at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
LST 73 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
MTB G-11 engages xAK Samur at 15,000 yards
MTB G-11 engages xAK Modjekerto at 15,000 yards
Range increases to 20,000 yards
LST 73 , LST 8 screened from combat
- escorted by DD Isherwood , DD Caperton , PF Glendale
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range increases to 25,000 yards
Range increases to 30,000 yards
orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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Nigh Air Combat

Night Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 12,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
Beaufighter VIf x 4
P-70A-1 Havoc x 3

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufighter VIf: 4 damaged
P-70A-1 Havoc: 3 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x Beaufighter VIf bombing from 100 feet
3 x P-70A-1 Havoc bombing from 100 feet
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Night Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 153 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 45 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 18

No Japanese losses

Allied Ships
CA Sussex
xAK Gausdal
xAK Esperance

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

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Invasions

Pre-Invasion action off Port Moresby (98,130)
189 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Sussex
CL Mobile
CL Adelaide
DD Napier
DD Sims
PC Jackson
LCI-85
LCI-219
LST-335
LST-479
LST-484
DD Pakenham

Allied ground losses:
36 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

CA Sussex firing at 55th Mountain Gun Regiment
CL Mobile firing at 55th Mountain Gun Regiment
CL Adelaide firing at 55th Mountain Gun Regiment
DD Napier firing at 55th Mountain Gun Regiment
DD Sims firing at 20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
PC Jackson fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 6,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards
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Amphibious Assault at Port Moresby (98,130)

TF 139 troops unloading over beach at Port Moresby, 98,130

Allied ground losses:
246 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 49 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 125 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 44 (1 destroyed, 43 disabled)
Vehicles lost 20 (1 destroyed, 19 disabled)

11 troops of a AIF Inf Section 43 lost in surf during unload of 8th Australian Div /1
Motorized Support damaged beyond repair during unload of 8th Australian Div /3
25 Pounder Gun damaged beyond repair during unload of 8th Australian Div /4
9 troops of a Bren Section (PIAT) lost in surf during unload of 7th Australian Div /6
11 troops of a AIF Inf Section 43 lost in surf during unload of 1st Australian Div /3
11 troops of a AIF Inf Section 43 lost from landing craft during unload of 1st Australian Div /8
11 troops of a AIF Inf Section 43 lost from landing craft during unload of 8th Australian Div /6
8 Naval Support troops accidentally lost during unload of 9th RAN Base Force /8
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Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)

82 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
CA Sussex
CL Mobile
CL Adelaide
DD Pakenham
DD Sims
PC Jackson
LCI-85
DD Napier
LST-335
LCI-219

Allied ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

CL Adelaide firing at 20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
PC Jackson fired at enemy troops
DD Sims fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards
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Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)

87 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Allied Ships
PC Jackson
LCI-85
DD Napier
DD Pakenham
LCI-219
LST-484
LST-335

Allied ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

PC Jackson fired at enemy troops
LCI-85 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Surface Combat

Day Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 98,130, Range 26,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Mikuma, Shell hits 4
CA Kumano, Shell hits 2, on fire, heavy damage
DD Kishinami, Shell hits 3, on fire
DD Natsugumo, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Yamakaze

Allied Ships
DD O'Bannon, Shell hits 1, on fire

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 28,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 28,000 yards
Range closes to 26,000 yards...

Task forces break off...
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 97,131, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 2, on fire

Allied Ships
DD Bache
DD McCall, Shell hits 1
DD Cummings, Shell hits 1, on fire

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 28,000 yards
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 24,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 24,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Stone, L.T. crosses the 'T'

Task forces break off...
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Day Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 97,131, Range 30,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-543
MTB G-544
MTB G-13
MTB G-15

Allied Ships
DD O'Bannon, on fire

Maximum visibility in Partly Cloudy Conditions: 22,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 22,000 yards
Allied TF attempts to evade combat
Range increases to 30,000 yards...
Allied Surface Combat TF evades combat

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We obviously got some sync problems; Andy thought he hit and closed Lae with 4Es last turn...
That actually happened this turn (despite our fighter concentration there).

I've placed our fighters in the nearby bases while the naval bombers "live" near Wewak in Central New Guinea.
Want to keep them away from enemy hurt - and I've moved much air support north.

South New Guinea and the Solomons isn't really of key importance anymore, a secondary theatre as we're almost in March 44.
I will fight a delaying action in this area for as long as possible, our MLR is now at SRA, PIs and Marianas. Cent Pac and Marshalls are holding lines together with Solomons - Southern NG.

In Burma enemy armored units are trying to rush to Bassein over the clear hex south of Prome. So we continue to sweep Prome and attack the armor with our bombers.
Obviously I need some reinforcements to hold Bassein.

South of Prome the Allied main force launched an attack on our army moving south towards Rangoon.
The attack was repulsed with heavies losses to enemy. Next turn we move to the hex north of Rangoon; I need to reorganize our troops and it's looks like we have a chance at stabilizing the front now.
- Andy sending troops down the flank is a good thing, if I can get a couple more divs to the Rangoon Army Andy will be stalled.

In Port Moresby enemy air units attacked the base and troops with little effect.
Unfortunately our fast reaction force spent most its prep points in the combat during the night and was still near PM during the day phase.
A tiny flight of 12 Helldivers attacked and scored 4 1000 bomb hits which caused a heavy cruiser to sink - the other is not in good shape either.

Our CAP at Buna provided support but so did the enemy CVE's now in Port Moresby harbour.

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 21, 44

Air Combat

Morning Air attack on Prome , at 55,50
Weather in hex: Light cloud

Raid detected at 49 NM, estimated altitude 32,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 15

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
N1K1-J George: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Hurricane IIc Trop: 2 destroyed
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 2 destroyed

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet
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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 100 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 16
Beaufighter X x 4
B-17D Fortress x 3
B-25C Mitchell x 3
B-25D1 Mitchell x 14
B-25G Mitchell x 3
B-25H Mitchell x 3
P-38E Lightning x 1
P-38F Lightning x 3
P-38H Lightning x 12
P-38J Lightning x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25H Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-17D Fortress bombing from 9000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
5 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25C Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 55th Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking Port Moresby ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
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Morning Air attack on 55th Mountain Gun Regiment, at 98,130 (Port Moresby)
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid detected at 79 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 22 minutes

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 5
Beaufighter VIc x 6
Beaufighter X x 8
Beaufort VIII x 56
Kittyhawk IV x 6
Mitchell II x 23
Spitfire VIII x 6
B-25D1 Mitchell x 73
B-25G Mitchell x 8
P-38E Lightning x 3
P-38F Lightning x 4
P-38G Lightning x 6
P-38H Lightning x 19
P-38J Lightning x 10
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 7

Allied aircraft losses
Beaufort VIII: 1 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 13 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25G Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25G Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak

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

Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 9th RF Gun Battalion ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 11th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Shipping Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 15th AA Regiment ...
Also attacking 6th Shipping Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 6th Shipping Engineer Regiment ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 55th Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 9th RF Gun Battalion ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 11th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
Also attacking 83rd Naval Guard Unit ...
Also attacking 55th Mountain Gun Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Garrison Unit ...
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 4 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 14

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
14 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 268th Motorised Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 47
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
40 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 9 (1 destroyed, 8 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 5000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 33
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 13

No Japanese losses

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 11 (2 destroyed, 9 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
13 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 39
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 3
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 32
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 39
Ki-84a Frank x 21

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 12 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 7 damaged

Allied ground losses:
Vehicles lost 27 (1 destroyed, 26 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
19 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
13 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
19 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 41 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-17E Fortress x 10
B-17F Fortress x 13
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 41

Allied aircraft losses
B-17F Fortress: 2 damaged
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 3 damaged

Port hits 37
Port fuel hits 10
Port supply hits 5

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
13 x B-17F Fortress bombing from 11000 feet *
Port Attack: 4 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-17E Fortress bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 8 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Rangoon , at 54,53
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 44 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Allied aircraft
PB4Y-1 Liberator x 24

Allied aircraft losses
PB4Y-1 Liberator: 1 damaged

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

Port hits 14
Port fuel hits 2

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x PB4Y-1 Liberator bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Milne Bay , at 101,133
Weather in hex: Heavy rain

Raid detected at 122 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 42 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 11

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 12

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 3 damaged

Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
582 Ku S-1 with A6M5 Zero (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 19000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 24 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Lae , at 99,126
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 165 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 56 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 6
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 9
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 40

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 86
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 2 damaged
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 11 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-III Dinah: 2 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 6 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
37 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 31
Airbase supply hits 5
Runway hits 141

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
253 Ku S-2 with J2M2 Jack (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(6 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 3 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 56 minutes
70th Sentai with Ki-61-Ia Tony (0 airborne, 11 on standby, 24 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 2 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 30000 , scrambling fighters to 30000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 45 minutes
Spc.Attck.Unit with Ki-45 KAIa Nick (0 airborne, 2 on standby, 6 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 1 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 15000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 46 minutes
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Morning Air attack on Pegu , at 55,53
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 24 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 112

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 4 damaged

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

Airbase hits 23
Airbase supply hits 7
Runway hits 466
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Morning Air attack on Lae , at 99,126
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 51 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 17 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 6
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 8
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 30


Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 1 destroyed, 10 damaged

Airbase hits 2
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 3

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Lae , at 99,126
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 110 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 37 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 3
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 7
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 29

Allied aircraft
B-24D1 Liberator x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 5 damaged

Airbase hits 4
Airbase supply hits 1
Runway hits 15

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-24D1 Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 9th Division, at 55,51 , near Prome
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

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

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 50
B-25G Mitchell x 25

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 2 damaged
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 destroyed by flak
B-25G Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
74 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
15 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
10 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking Guards Tank Division ...
Also attacking 47th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 7th Burma Militia Regiment ...
Also attacking 34th Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 9th Division ...
Also attacking Guards Tank Division ...
Also attacking 47th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 7th Burma Militia Regiment ...
Also attacking 34th Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
Also attacking 9th Division ...
Also attacking Guards Tank Division ...
Also attacking 47th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 7th Burma Militia Regiment ...
Also attacking 9th Division ...
Also attacking Guards Tank Division ...
Also attacking 47th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 7th Burma Militia Regiment ...
Also attacking 34th Ind.Mixed Brigade ...
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Morning Air attack on 9th Division, at 55,51 , near Prome
Weather in hex: Thunderstorms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 12

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on Lae , at 99,126
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 144 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 49 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 2
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 7
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 25

Allied aircraft
B-24J Liberator x 6

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24J Liberator: 1 damaged

Airbase hits 5
Runway hits 13

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-24J Liberator bombing from 15000 feet
Airfield Attack: 10 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 damaged

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 6000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 120 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 52 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 15

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 12
Beaufighter VIc x 6
Beaufighter X x 7
P-38E Lightning x 1
P-38J Lightning x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 6
SB2C-1C Helldiver x 12

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

Allied aircraft losses
SB2C-1C Helldiver: 1 destroyed, 3 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Kumano, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Mikuma, Bomb hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
3 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SB2C-1C Helldiver releasing from 4000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

CAP engaged:
54th Sentai with Ki-44-IIb Tojo (3 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(15 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
3 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 7 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 52 minutes
1 planes vectored on to bombers

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Maya class CA
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Afternoon Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 114 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 5

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 4
Beaufighter VIc x 6
Beaufighter X x 3
PV-1 Ventura x 7
P-38G Lightning x 5
P-38H Lightning x 11
PV-1 Ventura x 9

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

No Allied losses

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
4 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x PV-1 Ventura bombing from 11000 feet
Port Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

CAP engaged:
54th Sentai with Ki-44-IIb Tojo (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
5 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters between 16000 and 25000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes

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Ground Combat

Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)
Japanese Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5135 troops, 95 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 184
Defending force 23175 troops, 451 guns, 356 vehicles, Assault Value = 1463

Assaulting units:
9th Garrison Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
11th JAAF Base Force
15th AA Regiment
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
28th Fld AA Gun Co
6th Shipping Engineer Regiment
9th RF Gun Battalion
49th Field AA Battalion
47th JNAF AF Unit /1

Defending units:
1st Army Tank Rgt /4
1st Australian Div /2
8th Australian Div /2
2nd USMC Tank Bn /4
Americal Infantry Div /12
7th Australian Div /5
9th RAN Base Force /5
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Ground combat at 55,51 (near Prome)
Allied Deliberate attack

Attacking force 71796 troops, 1541 guns, 1124 vehicles, Assault Value = 2530
Defending force 43027 troops, 630 guns, 761 vehicles, Assault Value = 1435

Allied adjusted assault: 1580
Japanese adjusted defense: 2513

Allied assault odds: 1 to 2

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

Japanese ground losses:
1760 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 105 disabled
Non Combat: 8 destroyed, 145 disabled
Engineers: 4 destroyed, 23 disabled
Guns lost 4 (1 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 133 (8 destroyed, 125 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
1955 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 170 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 184 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 31 disabled
Vehicles lost 68 (2 destroyed, 66 disabled)

Assaulting units:
26th Indian Division
7th Indian Division
25th Indian Division
32nd Infantry Division
19th Indian Division
5th Indian Division
14th Army
IV Indian Corps
30th Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
2nd Indian AA Bde
IV Corps RIASC Base Force

Defending units:
Guards Tank Division
56th Engineer Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
9th Division
34th Ind.Mixed Brigade
11th Division
7th Burma Militia Regiment
52nd Field AA Battalion
55th Field AA Battalion
51st Field AA Battalion
28th Army
56th Field AA Battalion
12th Mortar Battalion
1st Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
3rd Ind. Mountain Gun Regiment
69th Field AA Battalion

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This is the situation in Burma; main enemy force is still not concentrated south of Prome - guess Andy wanted to try and hit us
before we could concentrate. If we get into Rangoon we can hold the enemy main force with a smaller defensive force and block the enemy near and at Toungoo to prevent a flanking move.
As long as these terms are true the front should be stable.

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Something wrong on the forum today; all screens uploaded refuse to show and I have to delete and re-attach after posting.
Annoying...

Well, here is the Port Moresby situation

Wonder if we managed to disturb the enemy landings!?
Next turn we release our fighters and ready 100 naval bombers for action.
- Only have subs and MTBs to engage the enemy for some days now!

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The PM campaign was a short one; 1500 enemy AV unloaded in little more than a day.
Today we "almost" managed a good counterstrike; most of our fighters showed up as escort but only 4 Jills showed up for the party.
The 100 naval bombers all got lost enroute to target. 13 Frances appeared (alone) on the PM phase and were killed by the resurgent CAP.

To add insult to injury; the damaged Myoko suddenly decided to sink - water just pured into her hull and she foundered near Milne Bay.
With 63 flood damage I had hoped she would make it.

In 1944 Allied advantages really become evident.
I will pull our air units in the Solomons / New Guinea back to Rabaul and fight a defensive campaign without throwing more nuts into the fire.

Situation in Burma is more or less stabilized; strong reinforcements have been sent to the coastal hexes south of Moulmein.
With the troop concentrations we have in the area things should be under controll.

I will now step up the buildup of the Marianas, SRA and PI regions.
The Combined Fleet will move to their new main anchorage and sit like a spider in the middle of its web to wait for pray!


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 22, 44

Surface Combat

Our MTB's almost do it; they penetrate the escort and attack the escort carrier, pummelling it with light cannon fire.
The torps launched from a few thousand yards then miss...

Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 98,130, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-542
MTB G-543
MTB G-544

Allied Ships
CVE Chenango, Shell hits 2
CL St. Louis
CL Helena
CL Nashville
DD Braine
DD Strong
DD Thatcher
DD Baldwin
DD Frankford

Reduced visibility due to Rain with 0% moonlight
Maximum visibility in Rain and 0% moonlight: 2,000 yards
Range closes to 28,000 yards...
Range closes to 26,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 22,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
Range closes to 5,000 yards...
Range closes to 4,000 yards...
Range closes to 3,000 yards...
Range closes to 2,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 2,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 2,000 yards
Hamano A. gains tactical advantage
CL Nashville engages MTB G-544 at 2,000 yards
MTB G-544 engages CL Helena at 2,000 yards
CVE Chenango screened from combat
- escorted by DD Frankford , DD Baldwin , DD Thatcher ,
DD Strong , DD Braine
MTB G-543 engages CL Nashville at 2,000 yards
MTB G-542 engages CL Helena at 2,000 yards
MTB G-544 engages CVE Chenango at 2,000 yards
Range increases to 3,000 yards
CVE Chenango screened from combat
- escorted by DD Frankford , DD Baldwin , DD Thatcher ,
DD Strong , DD Braine
CVE Chenango screened from combat
- escorted by DD Frankford , DD Baldwin , DD Thatcher ,
DD Strong , DD Braine
CL Nashville engages MTB G-544 at 3,000 yards
CL Helena engages MTB G-543 at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
CVE Chenango screened from combat
- escorted by DD Frankford , DD Baldwin , DD Thatcher ,
DD Strong , DD Braine
CL St. Louis engages MTB G-544 at 2,000 yards
CVE Chenango screened from combat
- escorted by DD Frankford , DD Baldwin , DD Thatcher ,
DD Strong , DD Braine
DD Frankford engages MTB G-544 at 2,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Sub Attacks

A midget sub hits a transport...with a dud! Symptomatic of the short PM campaign.

Submarine attack near Port Moresby at 97,131

Japanese Ships
SSX Ha-33

Allied Ships
xAK Shooting Star

xAK Shooting Star is sighted by SSX Ha-33
SSX Ha-33 launches 2 torpedoes at xAK Shooting Star

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Air Combat

Notice the extreme casualties caused on our decimated regiment in Bassein.
The enemy ground attack ac are uber efficient.

Same with enemy 4Es, over 800 hits by ~150 bombers and they easily fly through all our best fighters.

The unfortunate thing is that we need to defend Bassein for a week; this means committing a brigade to the
carnage there. Our left flank division has started crossing the river into Bassein at a rate of 7 miles a day.
6 more days remains...so we have to keep bombarding enemy troops moving into Bassein and prevent them from
making much progress.


Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 96,131
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 150 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 49 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M5 Zero x 23
B6N1 Jill x 4
J2M2 Jack x 29
Ki-44-IIa Tojo x 12
Ki-45 KAIa Nick x 5
Ki-61-Ia Tony x 25

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 22
P-38H Lightning x 11
P-38J Lightning x 11

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M5 Zero: 4 destroyed
B6N1 Jill: 1 damaged
B6N1 Jill: 2 destroyed by flak
J2M2 Jack: 8 destroyed
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 2 destroyed
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 4 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
Corsair II: 1 destroyed
P-38H Lightning: 1 destroyed
P-38J Lightning: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
DD Strong

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x B6N1 Jill bombing from 100 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
10 x A6M5 Zero sweeping at 15000 feet
5 x Ki-45 KAIa Nick sweeping at 15000 feet
9 x J2M2 Jack sweeping at 30000 feet
7 x Ki-61-Ia Tony sweeping at 30000 feet *
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Morning Air attack on 268th Motorised Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 12

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1 Corsair x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 3 destroyed, 1 damaged

No Allied losses

Allied ground losses:
12 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 2000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 268th Motorised Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 12

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 3
F4U-1 Corsair x 1

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

No Allied losses

Allied ground losses:
6 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Vehicles lost 3 (1 destroyed, 2 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 1000 feet
Ground Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 45
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 30
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 31

Allied aircraft
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 1
F4U-1 Corsair x 1

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 11 damaged

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 1 destroyed

Allied ground losses:
78 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 10 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 25 (6 destroyed, 19 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
14 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
12 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
18 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x N1K1-J George sweeping at 30000 feet *

CAP engaged:
VF-17 with F4U-1 Corsair (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 1 scrambling)
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 9000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 35 minutes
AVG/2nd Sqn with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
1 plane(s) not yet engaged, 0 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000 , scrambling fighters to 1000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 18 minutes

Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 268th Motorised Brigade ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 268th Motorised Brigade ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 268th Motorised Brigade ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 268th Motorised Brigade ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on Gardner's Horse Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 36
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 6
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 37
Ki-84a Frank x 18

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 2 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 5 damaged

Allied ground losses:
22 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
20 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
17 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking Guides Cavalry Regiment ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on Port Moresby , at 98,130
Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 115 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 46 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-44-IIb Tojo x 20

Allied aircraft
PV-1 Ventura x 3
PV-1 Ventura x 21
PV-1 Ventura x 11

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
PV-1 Ventura: 1 destroyed
PV-1 Ventura: 1 destroyed, 5 damaged
PV-1 Ventura: 1 destroyed, 2 damaged
PV-1 Ventura: 1 destroyed by flak

Port supply hits 1
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Morning Air attack on Lae , at 99,126
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 163 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 56 minutes

Japanese aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft
B-24D Liberator x 12
B-24D1 Liberator x 106
B-24J Liberator x 19

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-61-Ia Tony: 4 destroyed on ground
Ki-46-III Dinah: 2 destroyed on ground
Ki-44-IIa Tojo: 3 destroyed on ground
Ki-45 KAIa Nick: 1 destroyed on ground

Allied aircraft losses
B-24D1 Liberator: 6 damaged

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

Airbase hits 57
Airbase supply hits 17
Runway hits 828
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Morning Air attack on 90th Infantry Regiment, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 103 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 28 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 45
B-25G Mitchell x 15

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25G Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
419 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 15 (2 destroyed, 13 disabled)


Aircraft Attacking:
13 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 25th Field AA Machinecannon Company ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on 90th Infantry Regiment, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 71 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 19 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 19
B-25G Mitchell x 6

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
88 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 14 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (1 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 8 (1 destroyed, 7 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
6 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
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Morning Air attack on 25th Field AA Machinecannon Company, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Moderate rain

Raid detected at 111 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 9

No Allied losses

Japanese ground losses:
21 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 12 (8 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 268th Motorised Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
7 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Afternoon Air attack on Ramree Island , at 54,48
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 28 NM, estimated altitude 34,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 5
Ki-84a Frank x 19

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 6
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
J2M2 Jack: 1 destroyed
Ki-84a Frank: 1 destroyed

Allied aircraft losses
P-47D2 Thunderbolt: 3 destroyed


Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-84a Frank sweeping at 30000 feet
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 97,132
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 13

Allied aircraft
Corsair II x 13
P-38H Lightning x 8
P-38J Lightning x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 7 destroyed

No Allied losses

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Ground Combat

Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)
Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 23236 troops, 451 guns, 356 vehicles, Assault Value = 1473
Defending force 7512 troops, 149 guns, 127 vehicles, Assault Value = 184

Allied adjusted assault: 1019
Japanese adjusted defense: 133

Allied assault odds: 7 to 1 (fort level 5)
Allied forces CAPTURE Port Moresby !!!

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

Japanese ground losses:
4039 casualties reported
Squads: 99 destroyed, 79 disabled
Non Combat: 127 destroyed, 88 disabled
Engineers: 11 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 91 (91 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 103 (102 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Units retreated 11

Allied ground losses:
523 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 70 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 40 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Vehicles lost 77 (1 destroyed, 76 disabled)

Defeated Japanese Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
2nd USMC Tank Battalion
1st Army Tank Regiment
Americal Infantry Division
1st Australian Division
8th Australian Division
7th Australian Div /5
9th RAN Base Force

Defending units:
9th Garrison Unit
83rd Naval Guard Unit
20th Ind. Mtn Gun Battalion
9th RF Gun Battalion
49th Field AA Battalion
15th AA Regiment
6th Shipping Engineer Regiment
28th Fld AA Gun Co
55th Mountain Gun Regiment
11th JAAF Base Force
47th JNAF AF Unit /1

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Port Moresby captued by Allies

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RE: Port Moresby invaded!!

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I've been reviewing the next turn and here is a summary of some of the main events;

In Burma we succeeded in hitting enemy shipping at Ramree Island with our Frances bombers.
2 transports and 2 LSTs were reported hit and sunk (or sinking).

As 2 enemy LCUs moved into Bassein and shock attacked accross the river our reinforcement brigade from Rangoon elegantly moved into position and
blocked their assault. Enemy ground attack ac will most likely tear this unit apart but we will not leave the enemy units alone either. Our division crossing the river from the left
flank is now ~30 miles away. When this group has moved to Rangoon the door into Bassein can be closed.

Near Port Moresby an MTB claimed a kill by torpedoing a transport. Our air force stayed home; I notice that it could have been possible to hit enemy shipping with LBA but
the awful coordination of long range bomber and local fighters make this a very expensive prospect.

Andy was quite please with that we didn't spot his preparations for invading PM until a couple of days before the invasion.
That's true and he prepared and executed well using only moderately strong surface forces to support his invasion.

- The strip of ocean between the massive Allied air bases in and around Cairns make it difficult to fly efficient search missions and while I've been flying recon missions
over all the major bases for a year nothing out of the ordinary was spotted. The only way of hanging on to Port Moresby would have been to issue 2 or more full size divisions to the place and I wasn't willing to do so. We keep our reserves; ~1.5 divisions worth of troops, in Rabaul and I now distribute packets of troops to the smaller bases in New Guinea that have forts and engineers but no garrison.

I expect Rabaul to become increasingly isolated during the reminder of 1944 and by 1945 the frontline should be Truk, Northern New Guinea, Marianas and PIs.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Feb 23, 44

Naval Attacks

Night Time Surface Combat, near Port Moresby at 97,131, Range 2,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
MTB G-13

Allied Ships
xAK Mokihana
xAK Shooting Star
xAK Cape Martin
xAK Scotia, Shell hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAP Siberg
xAP Speelman

Katsuma D. orders Japanese TF to disengage
Task forces break off...

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Air Combat

Morning Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 54,48
Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid detected at 84 NM, estimated altitude 18,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes

Japanese aircraft
J2M2 Jack x 4
P1Y1 Frances x 9

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 1 damaged

Allied Ships
LST 5, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
xAK Fort Rupert
xAK Liran, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
9 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
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Morning Air attack on 16th Chindit Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 7 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 2 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 5

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

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

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 16th Chindit Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 5,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 8 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 12

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
64 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 2 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking Guides Cavalry Regiment ...
Also attacking 16th Chindit Brigade ...
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Morning Air attack on 4th Marine Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 29 NM, estimated altitude 7,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 49
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 16
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 25

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 5 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 3 damaged

Allied ground losses:
211 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 17 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 17 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
18 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
4 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
13 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 268th Motorised Brigade ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking 16th Chindit Brigade ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on 75th IAC Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 33
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 3
Ki-45 KAIc Nick x 26
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 14 (2 destroyed, 12 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
15 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
3 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking 75th IAC Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on Guides Cavalry Regiment, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 30 NM, estimated altitude 6,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 9 minutes

Japanese aircraft
N1K1-J George x 18
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 6
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 15
Ki-49-IIb Helen x 30
Ki-84a Frank x 17

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 1 damaged
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 5 damaged
Ki-49-IIb Helen: 6 damaged

Allied ground losses:
47 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 3 destroyed, 32 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (1 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 31 (4 destroyed, 27 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
17 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
13 x Ki-49-IIb Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
6 x Ki-21-Ic Sally bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
15 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 4000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking Guides Cavalry Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking Guides Cavalry Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking Gardner's Horse Regiment ...
Also attacking 4th Marine Regiment ...
Also attacking Guides Cavalry Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on 18th JAAF Base Force, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 96 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 26 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25D1 Mitchell x 72
B-25G Mitchell x 15

Allied aircraft losses
B-25D1 Mitchell: 1 damaged
B-25G Mitchell: 1 damaged

Japanese ground losses:
688 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 33 destroyed, 36 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 15 (4 destroyed, 11 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (1 destroyed, 11 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
11 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
12 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
14 x B-25D1 Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
3 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb

Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 25th Field AA Machinecannon Company ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
Also attacking 18th JAAF Base Force ...
Also attacking 90th Infantry Regiment ...
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Morning Air attack on 90th Infantry Regiment, at 54,52 (Bassein)
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
B-25G Mitchell x 6

No Allied losses

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

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x B-25G Mitchell bombing from 9000 feet
Ground Attack: 6 x 500 lb GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on 16th Chindit Brigade, at 54,51 , near Bassein
Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

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

Japanese aircraft
Ki-49-IIa Helen x 10

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-49-IIa Helen: 1 damaged

Allied ground losses:
31 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
10 x Ki-49-IIa Helen bombing from 3000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb
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Morning Air attack on TF, near Milne Bay at 101,134
Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 23 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Allied aircraft
TBF-1 Avenger x 19

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
DD Kishinami, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Natsugumo, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
19 x TBF-1 Avenger bombing from 12000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring a Minekaze class DD
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Kishinami
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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Ramree Island at 54,48
Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 147 NM, estimated altitude 21,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 44 minutes

Japanese aircraft
P1Y1 Frances x 9

Allied aircraft
Hurricane IIc Trop x 2
P-47D2 Thunderbolt x 2

Japanese aircraft losses
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed
P1Y1 Frances: 1 destroyed by flak

No Allied losses

Allied Ships
LST 73, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
xAK Fort Rupert, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
xAK Modjekerto

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x P1Y1 Frances launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
AVG/2nd Sqn with P-47D2 Thunderbolt (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(2 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 14 minutes
No.79 Sqn RAF with Hurricane IIc Trop (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes

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Ground Combat

Ground combat at Bassein (54,52)
Allied Shock attack

Attacking force 4834 troops, 64 guns, 337 vehicles, Assault Value = 209
Defending force 6669 troops, 86 guns, 74 vehicles, Assault Value = 166

Allied adjusted assault: 29
Japanese adjusted defense: 97

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

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

Japanese ground losses:
341 casualties reported
Squads: 16 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 9 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
48 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 6 disabled
Non Combat: 10 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Vehicles lost 33 (28 destroyed, 5 disabled)

Assaulting units:
75th IAC Regiment
268th Motorised Brigade
Gardner's Horse Regiment

Defending units:
90th Infantry Regiment
24th Ind.Mixed Brigade
25th Field AA Machinecannon Company
18th JAAF Base Force

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