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Old 11-06-2021, 03:20 PM   #301
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8 July 1942
Marines at Palmyra struggling, probable enemy carrier response

Hawaii and Line Islands
My heavy task force shelled Lahaina again, then left the area to the east. Heavy bombers hit the airbase and port again during the day. The base looks like it's in really bad shape. We destroyed 6 more aircraft on the ground and everything else looks disabled. In the port, we hit a tender 3 times, should be more than enough to sink it.

A PBY reported successfully bombing an enemy submarine near Oahu.

The Marines on Oahu made another push, but ended up taking greater losses despite the poor supply situation of the Japanese invaders--officially 917 to 722 favoring us but we had more squads destroyed.

We tried to overrun Palmyra too, but the enemy turned our marines back, 176 troop casualties on our side with just one enemy tank destroyed. A lot of their defense are tanks, and a lot of our Wolverine tank destroyers were disabled during the landing. I'm resting our boys tomorrow to try to get those back online, we should get a bombardment from Warspite and Colorado to keep the enemy's heads down while we do that. B-26 raids continue daily.

We got another report of aircraft from our picket subs in the Marshalls, this time they reported the contact as a Kate. So, we probably do have at least one enemy carrier on the way. My amphibious task force is offloading at Pearl, hopefully we'll have them empty and gone in time. Wasp (Pearl) and Lexington (Palmyra) are bugging out.

China
Not a great day in the Chenghow area; the Zeroes shot down 3 P-40s, 3 P-43s and a Wellington (that flew unescorted despite the available/assigned P-40s). We only got 3 Zeroes.

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SS S-30 arrives at San Diego

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Old 11-06-2021, 07:03 PM   #302
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9 July 1942
Rangoon mined

Burma and Thailand
Motor launches on ASW patrol detected mines in the river channels leading to Rangoon's port. They cleared a few and managed to give a transport convoy a clear path through, but one of them hit one as the day went on, sinking it. I'm calling in a minesweeper from India and another from Colombo to take care of this. Two convoys in Rangoon now are being ordered to remain there, another convoy that was on its way is going to wait in Colombo.

I'm doing some final recon of the Bangkok area--I have what should be a force strong enough to take it, or so I hope. I'm running out of time to do something about Singapore. Supplies there are already starting to tank now that cargo ships from Sumatra aren't getting there anymore.

Hawaii and Line Islands
The first two thirds of the amphibious convoy finished unloading and departed Pearl without incident. The final third took their place in the docks finished late in the day, and escorts spotted a sub as the convoy departed, prosecuting it and lightly damaging it. The only ships of mine left here in Hawaii are subs and a few cargo ships I plan on stationing here.

I'll be bombing Lahaina daily going forward. Today's raid resulted in an AKE being sunk in port (confirmed). Damage to the airbase is outpacing their repairs.

Several landing barges were sent to Pearl but they seemed to have run out of fuel enroute. One of my subs gunned one down; 4 USMC Buffalos strafed and sank 8 more.

A Kingfisher crew reported bombing a CL near Pearl, I'm pretty sure he meant to type "SS", we'd know if there was still a cruiser here.

Palmyra took a pounding from the Warspite and Colorado, but my troops aren't ready to take advantage. Maybe tomorrow.

Java Sea
The O21 was spotted and damaged by a PB, then Japanese aircraft found it again after it gave the PB the slip and hit it with a bomb. It's headed home for repairs.

Malaya
A new air campaign against Singapore is in full swing again, with multiple sweeps and bombing raids. We lost 2 Hurricanes, each one resulting in an ace wounded in action. We splashed an Oscar and 5 Sallies.

Sumatra
Our Palembang CAP strayed a bit again, shooting down 3 Oscars escorting bombers to the south. It looks like a battleship task force is headed to Palembang, hopefully they eat a mine going through that channel. If they avoid it we might get a shot at them with torpedo bombers.

Banda Sea
Yesterday I noticed enemy amphibious activity getting rather close to Darwin, so I moved the Beaufighter squadron from Port Morseby to Darwin. Today, they had a successful strike against a fast transport group near Selaroe, a small island east of Timor. They strafed and skipbombed a light cruiser and a destroyer there; the destroyer is believed to have been sunk. One Beaufighter was damaged, no losses. Not a bad debut.


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AM Adroit arrives at Portland
SC PC-578 arrives at Portland
xAK Maridal arrives at Aden
14th USN Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Port Hueneme
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Old 11-07-2021, 12:45 PM   #303
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10 July 1942

Sumatra
The enemy heavy task force went through the channel to get to Palembang. A destroyer hit a mine and sank. The task force pressed on and shelled Palembang but didn't do that much; a few aircraft damaged, light facility damage. On the way out the KIX and KXIII tried to attack, but were spotted by escorts, and KXIII was lightly damaged by depth charges.

China
A sweep of Chengchow resulted in 1 P-43 and 3 Zeroes down; my bombing raid there shot down 3 Zeroes intercepting it. 1 Wellington bomber was lost to AA.

Singapore
Sweeps and raids on Singapore resulted in 1 Oscar down for them, 1 Hurricane and 2 Mohawks for me. I miss last week when we were culling them. I think I'm going to need to move the scoutplanes out of here, supplies are going too quickly. I've already stopped rearming subs here. One of the raids hit the Repulse, seemingly permanently confined to the shipyard.

Hawaii
I've outfitted VMF-214 with Wildcats, they'll be online in a few days. Buffalos on patrol found more landing barges to strafe, this time loaded with troops. They sank 3, killing about 700 enemy troops (55 support squads destroyed).

Our heavy bomber raid on Lahaina hit a sub in port.

Casualties were 585 to 682 on the ground in Oahu today, favoring them, but it looks like the enemy is starting to break.

At Palmyra, our marines shelled the enemy while the Wolverines were being worked on. Fatigue is also an issue, I'm going to have to rest them another day.

E. Australia
Destroyers found a sub off Brisbane, one ran itself out of depth charges attacking it. One pattern in particular hurt it badly, but it slipped away.

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13th Indian Light AA Regiment arrives at Colombo
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Old 11-09-2021, 01:53 PM   #304
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11 July 1942

Hawaii and Line Islands
Colorado and Warspite bombarded Palmyra. The enemy troops took heavy casualties. Our troops are still fatigued, though, so I'm not pressing today. We did engage them with artillery, causing significant damage.

My marines on Oahu continue to engage the enemy beachhead. Casualties 679 to 452 favoring us.

Sumatra
He's got a pair of minesweepers dealing with the mines in the channel southeast of Palembang. Fulmars bombed/strafed and probably sank of them. Nells bombed Palembang airbase and dealt decent damage at the cost of 1 lost to AA. Later on, Sallies hit the base, causing little facility damage but destroying a fighter on the ground. 2 Sallies were shot down by the CAP.

Malaya
Sweeps at Singapore took down 4 Hurricanes with just one Oscar lost. There's been a significant buildup of enemy fighter presence both here and in the Palembang area, it's getting overwhelming.

China
We lost another Wellington over Chengchow as our fighters continue to fail to escort our bombers in sufficient numbers. We got 3 Zeroes. An enemy sweep over Chengchow shot down a Lancer. I'm under the impression that enemy pilot quality in this region has improved significantly in recent days.

Ceram Sea
Our B-17s tried to hit shipping at Ambon; there were Nicks and Zeroes waiting for me there. The gunners show down 1 Zero, several bombers were shot up but there were no immediate shootdowns (I probably did lose a few on the trip back/landing/scrapped afterwards).

Marshall Islands
USS Halibut attacked an enemy cargo ship on the surface, getting 4 torpedo hits and several gunfire hits. The enemy surely sank and appears to have been transporting an artillery unit.

Reinforcements
VS-6D14 arrives at Alameda (floatplanes, restricted; will be a training unit)
329th FG/330th FS arrives at San Francisco (12/25 P-38s, partially restricted, training unit)
165th Field Artillery Battalion arrives at Seattle (unrestricted, full strength)
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Old 11-09-2021, 02:14 PM   #305
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12 July 1942
HMS Resolution sunk by submarine near Sri Lanka

CENTPAC
USS Thresher attacked an enemy cargo ship on the surface near Johnston Island, scoring a torpedo hit and raking it with all its guns (.50 cal, 20mm, 3"). The cargo ship appears to have been carrying an artillery unit and likely sank.

The ongoing land battle of Oahu claimed 1089 more enemy soldiers, 496 of my Marines.


East China Sea
USS Swordfish torpedoed an AKL in an escorted convoy near Okinawa, sinking it, and escaping the enemy escorts afterwards.

Bay of Bengal
I sortied the British CVBG and heavy surface task force to bombard Tavoy. I doglegged their course to avoid an area near Sri Lanka where I knew subs to be operating...but the subs found them anyway. HMS Resolution was hit by 4 torpedoes in the initial salvo. Our escorts pounced on the submarine and scored several solid hits with depth charges. The damaged forced the boat to surface. Extraordinarily, while on the surface, the submarine kept fighting while taking hits from the destroyers as well as the Resolution's secondary batteries. It got another torpedo salvo off, hitting Resolution twice, and hit a destroyer with its deck gun once, before finally succumbing to the gunfire.

Another submarine shelled and sank one my my AKLs near Sri Lanka. A minesweeper that had been escorting this ship was previously diverted to Rangoon to deal with the mines there.

Sumatra
Another 2 minesweepers are operating in the channel near Palembang, a Dutch Catalina bombed one of them. A raid of 27 Oscars and 52 Sallies hit Palembang (plus 6 more Sallies that arrived late without escorts), our CAP took down 3 Oscars and 15 Sallies, flak got another 4 Sallies.

Malaya
A raid of 56 Zeroes and 30 Sallies hit Singapore, we lost 2 Hurricanes trying to stop them. Flak got 2 Sallies, the Repulse was hit in the shipyard and light facility damage was inflicted on the port.

Reinforcements
SC-517 arrives at Los Angeles
328th FG/327th FS arrives at San Francisco (12/25 P-38, partially restricted)
329th FG/331st FS arrives at San Francisco (12/25 P-38, partially restricted)
18th USN Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Port Hueneme (unrestricted, full strength)
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Old 11-09-2021, 03:03 PM   #306
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13 July 1942
Palmyra liberated, IJA invasion of Oahu collapsing

Luzon Strait
USS Spearfish attacked an enemy cargo ship on the surface, scoring 2 torpedo hits and a few gun hits as well, sinking it.

Sumatra
3 light cruisers and 3 destroyers shelled Palembang, apparently having made it through the minefield. Nells and Sallies escorted by Oscars hit Palembang, causing minimal damage on the ground. 3 Australian P-40s were shot down attempting to intercept. 3 Oscars, a Nell, and a Sally were shot down by the CAP.

Hawaii and Line Islands
I ordered another real attack on Palmyra overnight, and it was successful today. The Japanese fought to the last man, but they were so beaten down by that point their resistance didn't amount to much, 1200 to 54 for casualties. Palmyra is ours again. Destroyed units:
23rd Fld AA Gun Co
12th Air Defense AA Battalion
38th Road Const Co
5th JNAF AF Unit
47th Nav Gd /1
(plus whatever tank unit was there earlier, was apparently already wiped out)

On Oahu, we're keeping the pressure on. Casualties were 1245 to 110 favoring us. It's only going to keep getting worse for them. We estimate the enemy has 15,000 troops left on Oahu.

China
I rested some bombers so my P-40s could sweep Chengchow (even though it's my own base, the enemy is starting to control the skies there). Overall, they lost 3 Zeroes and an Oscar, we lost 3 Lancers and a P-40.

E. Australia
Our ASW patrols connected with an enemy sub for a solid pattern hit. Didn't sink it though, probably crippled and returning to base.

Reinforcements
SC-518 arrives at Seattle
SC-522 arrives at Los Angeles
No.9 Sqn RNZAF arrives at Noumea (2/12 Hudson bombers, partially restricted, brought to full strength with reserves and set to pilot training)
7th BG/22nd BS arrives at Aden (American unit, 11/13 B-25, unrestricted--going to China via India)
34th Aviation Base Force arrives at San Francisco (unrestricted, full strength)
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14 July 1942

Marshall Islands
USS Dolphin torpedoed an escorted Yusen-A class cargo ship near Roi-Namur. The ship appeared to be previously damaged, even so, the torpedo doesn't appear to have inflicted lethal damage. Dolphin encountered an escorted tanker and took a shot at it as well, but missed.

Malaya
Singapore was targeted with raids and sweeps for another day. We dominated the Oscars in the morning but the fight was nearly even by the end of the day. A training flight of Beaufighters was drawn into the fight. Enemy losses: 5 Oscars, 2 Zeroes; Allied losses: 2 Mohawks, 3 Beaufighters. HMS Repulse took another hit, other than that, not much damage on the ground.

Palembang
Sweeps and raids here too. Our CAP managed to pick off a few bombers that were too far away from escorting fighters; 1 Nell and 3 Sallies. Another Nell was taken down by flak. Base damage was pretty light.

China
I had one of my P-40 squadrons on long-range CAP over Chengchow to try to bolster the P-43s there. The losses today were all on our side, 4 P-40s, 1 P-43, and 1 SB-III bomber. Our bombers caused moderate casualties on the ground.

Hawaii
Looks like we got 3 enemy planes on the ground bombing Lahaina. On Oahu, casualties were 595 to 235 favoring us, but we didn't have many squads actually destroyed while he did. Several enemy units were wiped out:
25th Ind. Engineer Regiment
28th Shipping Engineer Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
144th Infantry Regiment
The enemy is now reportedly surrounded. I'll be resting my marines tomorrow, they need a break.

E. Australia
The Anson light bombers struck again, hitting a KD6A class sub with a bomb near Brisbane.

Reinforcements, etc.
HMS Royal Sovereign is about to arrive at Sri Lanka after being repaired from battle damage sustained in February. It was spotted by a floatplane from one of the subs camping here, but not attacked.

6th British Brigade arrives at Aden - 71% Strength, unrestricted

A previously-arrived British Brigade at Aden is now at full strength and I'm moving it to Rangoon.
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15 July 1942

Java Sea
HMS Truant torpedoed and sank a Gozan class cargo ship near the cape dividing the Java sea from the Makassar Strait.

Ceram Sea
The S-41 shelled a Toho class cargo ship on the route between Kendari and the Celebes Sea, setting it on fire. The cargo ship appears to be carrying an artillery unit, as has been a recent trend. The ship is in no immediate danger of sinking, but it's in the hands of the crew to fight the fire successfully or not, and whatever unit is embarked will be taking damage as it burns.

A couple hundred miles east of that, the O24 encountered a flotilla of 4 mine tenders and sank one of them with a torpedo. I think it's strange to see these ships traveling in a group, especially when they aren't all that close to bases the merit defensive minefields. My best guess is they're headed for Surabaya and he's going to distribute them to other bases from there.

Bay of Bengal
HMS Decoy ran itself out of depth charges attacking an enemy sub off Sri Lanka, the sub escaped despite being solidly hit by two depth charge patters. Hopefully it sinks before it makes it to port for repairs.

Sumatra
The air battle over Palembang cost both sides 3 fighters each. The Aussies lost one of their few aces (7 kills).

China
We continue to fight over Chengchow; 3 Zeroes and 1 P-40 went down.

Malaya
We had the upper hand over Singapore today; 5 Zeroes down to 1 of our Mohawks. Enemy bombers got another hit on the Repulse.

Hawaii
We blew up two more bombers on the ground as we continued to bomb Lahaina airbase. B-26s from Christmas Island have been moved to Hickam to support the ongoing attacks on the enemy forces on Oahu. A paratrooper unit also arrived at Pearl, once their aircraft are online I'm going to send a few of them to recon the enemy base at Lahaina. Unfortunately the only way I'll actually be able to probe it is to attack it, so this may be a partial unit sacrifice, but I'll have an APD ready to pick them up all the same.

Reinforcements and refits
The KB's raid on Noumea and the loss of Enterprise and Hornet (resulting in the breakups of 2 CVBGs) has disrupted my upgrade schedules, which I'm now starting to get back on track:
DD Anderson begins refit while under repair at Los Angeles
DD Russell begins refit while under repair at Los Angeles
DD O'Brien taken out of commission to begin refit at Los Angeles
DD Phelps beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
DM Pruitt beginning refit in shipyard at Sydney

Lexington is making a port call at San Francisco, mostly just to get it away from Hawaii/Palmyra after giving the KB a reason to be there. VF-2 is changing sizes from 27 to 36 aircraft, so I'm disembarking the USMC Wildcat squadron that was using that extra hangar space. They'll probably end up in Palmyra, now that we'll have an airbase there soon (after repairs, I trashed the hell of of everything there).

AM Kapunda arrives at Sydney
AM Stawell arrives at Melbourne
SS Albacore arrives at Balboa
328th FG/326th FS arrives at San Francisco (restricted, 6/25 P-39s; so many squadrons, so few aircraft to give them)
141st USA Base Force arrives at Tacoma (full strength, unrestricted)
35th Aviation Base Force arrives at March Field (full strength, unrestricted)
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Old 11-12-2021, 07:41 PM   #309
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16 July 1942
Large tanker sunk by B-17s; bait ships again?

Malaya
Air raids over Singapore resulted in 1 Zero and 2 Mohawks downed, plus one Sally taken out with AA.

China
We're still fighting over Chengchow. 1 Oscar was shot down. The enemy is consolidating their ground forces in Chengchow itself, units that were adjacent have moved in.

Hawaii and Line Islands

A bogey has appeared near the blind spot between my search areas from Christmas Island and Pearl Harbor. Very much like what preceded the raid on Pago Pago about a month or so ago. It actually first appeared two days ago, I ordered a cruiser and a few destroyers out ahead of its direction of travel (east) to prevent it from getting into my shipping lanes. It disappeared for a day, then popped back up. If the pattern from before holds true, I've got a pretty good guess where his carriers are, so I'm just going to send subs there. No need to risk the surface group. I'm also assigning my PBYs to naval attack, if it's just a cargo ship like before they should be able to handle it.

Ceram Sea
At Babo, a small oil-producing base on the western end of Papua New Guinea, we sent 12 B-17s after a task force of tankers docking at the port. We scored a single hit on a Type 1 Large Tanker, setting its oil cargo on fire. It sank shortly afterward. They only start with 8 of these, so this is a high-value asset. They also had 8 similar Type-N large tankers, we previously got one of those as well, so they're down to 14 of 16 of their largest (and fastest) tankers. My opponent emailed me to demand that we disallow all bombing by 4-engine bombers because of this (he probably meant all naval bombing), I declined.

Reinforcements and refits
CA Vincennes beginning refit while under repair in shipyard at San Francisco
DD Woodworth begins refit while under repair at San Francisco
DD Ralph Talbot beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
DD Balch beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
DMS Southard beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
SS Tambor begins refit while under repair at Dutch Harbor
ML No. 303 arrives at Karachi
15th USN Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Port Hueneme (unrestricted, full strength)

Intel
SS I-4 is reported to have been sunk near Efate on Apr 25, 1942 (hit a mine)
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17 July 1942


Sumatra
We lost an Aussie P-40 in a 24 vs 1 battle against Zeroes. I have some replacement aircraft for the British and New Zealand units so hopefully I'll be able to get a better CAP up soon. I might just disband this Australian unit soon, they're overdue for withdrawal anyway. The bombers taking advantage of this were bombing from 20,000ft so they didn't do all that much damage to the highly fortified base.

Malaya
We did a lot better at Singapore. 2 Hurricanes lost opposing the raids; they lost 6 Zeroes, 2 Oscars, and 5 Sallies (and a 6th to flak). They're also bombing from 20,000ft here, so same situation on the ground.

China
Another routine day of air battles over Chengchow; losses: 1 Oscar, 1 P-40, 1 P-43.

Solomons
My B-17s hit the port at Tulagi and hit an ammunition ship, setting it on fire. No, it didn't cook off.

Hawaii
After giving my Marines time to rest, we're going back after the remaining enemy troops on Oahu. Casualties were 1518 to 140 favoring us, and we wiped out several enemy units:
25th Ind. Engineer Regiment
28th Shipping Engineer Regiment
12th Ind.Art.Mortar Battalion
8th Medium Field Artillery Regiment
9th Ind.Hvy.Art. Battalion
21st Ind. Engineer Regiment
144th Infantry Regiment

Reinforcements/refits
CL Caradoc arrives at Cape Town
ML No. 269 arrives at Karachi
No.217 Sqn RAF arrives at Aden (2/15 Beauforts - pretty useless with no additional aircraft in the replacement pool)
35th FG/39th FS arrives at San Francisco (disbanded unit that had been fighting from the Coral Sea area to Java, 4/25 P-39s, training duty until we get aircraft to outfit it with)
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18 July 1942
USS Saratoga returns to service

New Hebrides
I had 2 heavy cruisers shell Luganville. On the way back they were attacked by a sub, their destroyers failed to prosecute it. The shelling didn't appear to cause any damage, so clearly shelling this base isn't worth the risk to do again.

Malaya
Lots of bombers getting through and hitting Singapore this turn, but surprisingly, there still isn't a whole lot of airbase damage. We did lose 2 Albacores on the ground, though. HMS Repulse was hit again by a pair of small bombs and one 800kg whopper that actually did do serious damage. More hits like that and they may actually finish her off. We managed to only lose one Hurricane, he lost 5 Zeroes to the CAP, and two bombers to flak. Most of the bombing was from 15,000 instead of yesterday's 20,000. Estimated bomber sorties on Singapore today: 120

Solomons
B-17s from Milne flew to Tulagi for a second day, hitting the AKE two more times. It's not confirmed sunk, but I'd imagine 3 500-pounders is more than enough.

N. Australia
Our B-17s from Darwin tried to get some enemy merchant shipping at Koepang and were intercepted by Nicks. 1 B-17 was shot down; their gunners took down 3 Nicks. We missed the cargo ships.

China
The massive enemy army at Chengchow attacked, reducing my forts to level 4. Casualties were 26000 to 10000 favoring us.

Sumatra
The 16th Division has arrived at Palembang and has begun attacking with artillery.

Hawaii
We continue to eliminate the invaders on Oahu. Casualties 1165 to 19. Too bad they don't just surrender. Divisions are sometimes broken up into thirds; the "B" fragment of the 21st Division was wiped out. The other 2/3rds of the 21st are reported to be on Oahu, along with a formally-undivided 2nd Division and the 14th Army headquarters unit.

Our paratrooper recon of Lahaina doesn't appear to have reported a fortification level. Maybe that's because there aren't any. But we did get a list of units present:
4th Division
3rd Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
11th Air Defense AA Battalion
2nd JAAF AF Bn
35th JNAF AF Unit
56th Const Co
13th JAAF AF Bn
2nd Div /1 (a fragment apparently brought over on those landing barges)
Total assault value: 410

Reinforcements/refits
USS Saratoga has completed repairs from the torpedo damage it took in the Naval Battle of Oahu, along with a refit that upgraded its radar and removed some AA mounts for a smaller number of higher quality.

DD Ward taken out of commission to begin refit at Sydney
DD Crane beginning refit in shipyard at Sydney
AO Neosho taken out of commission to begin refit at Sydney
AO Platte taken out of commission to begin refit at Sydney
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Total assault value: 410

Is that a lot?
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Is that a lot?
A Japanese army division is usually around 450 AV at full strength, so with a division here plus two tank regiments, they appear to be beaten up a bit.
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19 July 1942
VT-5 delivered to Hickam AFB

Hawaii
The enemy sent another flotilla of landing barges to Oahu to try to evacuate troops. They were obliterated--2 by patrolling subs that surfaced to gun them down, and 10 by USMC Buffalos on low altitude patrol.

The land battle for Oahu claimed another 902 Japanese soldiers and 14 of ours.

USS Wasp delivered the Yorktown's former torpedo bomber squadron to Pearl/Hickam, which immediately transitioned from Devastators to Avengers. They'll be fully operational in 4 days.

The suspected bait ship is moving north towards Pearl, moving deeper into my PBY search radius. My subs are trying to reach it and are searching for possible enemy forces in the areas near it outside my PBY range.

Johnston Island
I used B-24s to raid Johnston and was surprised that there was a decent CAP of Oscars there. We ended up losing 2 of the B-24s to the damage they sustained in the raid. The raid itself didn't do any significant damage to the airfield we targeted. There are ships at Johnston, including a cruiser. Probably an evacuation.

Malaya
An enemy sub skipper got a little too aggressive (I know, Subsim doesn't believe that's ever possible), firing 2 torpedoes at a motor launch patroling near Singapore and giving its position away. The torpedoes missed and the ML retaliated, scoring multiple hits with depth charge patterns, severely damaging the sub. It didn't sink at Singapore--but I'll be surprised if we ever see it again.

Singapore was hit with air raids again; 1 Zero was shot down by the CAP and AA took down 2 bombers. A Hurricane, a Beaufighter, and 2 Albacores were destroyed on the ground. The damage to the base is still manageable, but my supply is cratering. During the original siege of Singapore, I had occasional cargo runs from Palembang and the factories in Singapore had sufficient resource stockpiles to produce supply--both of those are no longer the case. A possible ray of hope: my troop movements in Thailand may be producing a reaction; troops across the river from Singapore appear to be moving north. I'm putting a recon pilot in my last Beaufort and trying to get eyes on them. If the garrison gets too weak I might attempt to break out of the siege and retake resource areas to get my factories back at full capacity.

Celebes Sea
The KXVIII torpedoed an enemy PB on patrol near Tarakan. Surprisingly, the torpedo did not appear to cause severe damage, and the PB attempted to prosecute the sub. The KXVIII disengaged, then set up another torpedo salvo, which missed.

China
Two fighters down on each side in Chengchow, otherwise everything looks quiet.

Thailand
I've resumed bombing troops near Raheng to try to deter an attack on Raheng as I'm advancing towards Bangkok, and to soften them up in case they fall back to Bangkok. Nicks intercepted; 1 P-40 and 1 Nick were shot down.

Reinforcements and refits
DD Gwin beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
DD Hughes taken out of commission to begin refit at Los Angeles
SS Gato taken out of commission to begin refit at Brisbane
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