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Old 11-28-2021, 12:56 PM   #331
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4 August 1942
USS Jarvis sunk off Pearl by submarine

Five days earlier (and about 3,500 miles further northeast) than in reality.
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Old 11-30-2021, 02:53 PM   #332
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5 August 1942
Transport torpedoed in Bay of Bengal


Bay of Bengal
This was an unforced error on my part. I had meant to escort a troop convoy with an depth charge equipped armed merchant cruiser, but I assigned one without depth charges, which meant this convoy was effectively unescorted. It dropped of its troops at Rangoon without issue, but ran into a sub on the way back, which torpedoed one of the transports. Since I'm behind on mission reports, I'll skip ahead--the flooding was survivable and it was headed for Colombo for repairs. But a small fire on 5 August wasn't brought under control, and by the next day it wasn't so small anymore. The fire caused more water to get into the people tube and by 7 August the ship had sunk.

Sumatra
More sweeps and raids; losses: 3 Zeroes, 3 Hurricanes, 1 P-40. A land attack brought Palembang's forts down to Level 2.

Thailand
We shot down 7 Sallies trying to bomb my secondary force attacking Tavoy.

Solomons
We spotted a sub tender at an atoll to the north of the Solomons were we've seen tanker traffic before. This is odd because there's no real base here. Any fuel there above a rather small threshold would suffer spoilation loss due to lack of proper facilities. But, that didn't stop us from bombing it with B-17s--one 500lb bomb hit for moderate damage.

CENTPAC
At Johnston, the S-47 put 2 fish into a cargo ship for a confirmed kill. No troops aboard.


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6 August 1942
Palembang's Albacores get a pair of APDs

Bay of Bengal
A light cargo ship was gunned down by a Japanese sub. The cargo ship had been acting as sort of a tanker for a pair of small ASW craft that couldn't make the trip from Karachi to Rangoon on their own. The ASW craft had been delivered and the AKL was returning to port unescorted, so it was an easy target.

CENTPAC
At Pearl, a pair of recently-delivered subchasers managed to hit a Japanese sub on their first war patrol today. Not bad, but they'll need to do better to actually sink one.

Now that Pearl has mine tenders again, a minelayer got to work setting up a defensive minefield. Skipping ahead again...within the next 2-3 days it had laid 300 mines, good enough for now. I have enough tenders to support 450.

Kingfishers got another hit on one of the subs blockading Pearl.

Thailand
We lost a pair of fighters trying to protect our Tavoy army with nothing to show for it.

Our bombers went active again and hit Pisanuloke, causing heavy troop casulaties. Probably caught someone packing or unpacking for rail transport.

China
Chengchow is still an active battlefield, at least in the air. We traded 3 P-40s for 2 Oscars and 5 Zeroes.

Sumatra
The Albacore squadron struck again, hitting a pair of APDs on ASW duty with torpedoes. One sunk immediately. The other was hit by a followup raid of Beaufighters, which hit the crippled ship with 3 250lb bombs and several strafing runs, finishing it off. One Albacore was shot down by flak, another crashed on landing from the damage it sustained in the attack.

Solomons
The B-17s returned to the northern atoll and bombed an ammunition tender, setting it on fire.

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DD Aaron Ward beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
DD Buchanan beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
DD Lardner beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
DD McCalla beginning refit in shipyard at San Francisco
--these 4 are all Bristol class boats from the Lex/Sara CVBG
SS S-36 begins refit while under repair at Brisbane
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Old 11-30-2021, 05:32 PM   #333
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7 August 1942
So uneventful I'm just going to do this in one paragraph.
-We lost 3 fighters at Palembang with nothing to show for it
-In Chengchow, we traded 2 P-40s and 3 P-43s for an Oscar, a Zero, and 5 light bombers.
-We lost 2 P-40s trying to defend our army at Tavoy, we also lost a Blenheim bombing Tavoy. We're both trying to disrupt each other's armies enough to tip the balance in the coming ground battle.
-Our armies attacked Tavoy, bringing its forts down to 0. So far, so good.
-Our B-17s from Milne went to Guadalcanal to bomb a tanker instead of the northern atoll, which was bad because the enemy had plenty of fighters there. One B-17 was shot down, we missed the tanker.
-We expanded the airfield at Palembang, which means the squadrons there are now eligible to transition to other aircraft types. The degraded New Zealand squadron received a batch of new P-40s to replace the Hurricanes they ran out of. I am disbanding the Australian P-40 squadron here because it's past due for withdrawal and costing me political points to keep active.

DD Bancroft taken out of commission to begin refit at Sydney
DD Hammann taken out of commission to begin refit at Sydney
AD Dixie beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
SS Grouper taken out of commission to begin refit at Pearl Harbor
AM Conflict arrives at Portland
SS Amberjack arrives at Eastern USA
VF-8 arrives at San Francisco (immediately took a bunch of F4F-3s that I needed as replacements for carrier losses--jerks)
VMSB-242 arrives at Santa Barbara (2 Vindicators--training squadron)

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8 August 1942
Slow again and I need to catch up...

-We did great at Palembang today, 4 Zeroes and 4 Sallies downed with just one Hurricane lost. And that's without the NZ squadron. Bombers took out 3 fighters on the ground, though.
-Also a good day over Chengchow: 9 Sonias down with just 1 P-40 lost.
-We got one Zero over Tavoy--the bombers are getting through for both sides.
-The S-47 was badly damaged in a depth charge attack at Johnston, and like the Pollack a few days ago, decided to stay on station. I manually ordered it back--fortunately, it did not get attacked a second time before I was able to give that order. The Pollack is still afloat by the way, but I'm still not expecting it to make it to Pearl.
-A Kingfisher bomber a sub off Pearl again. I'm surprised they haven't gotten the hint yet.

CL Trenton beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
DD Duncan beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
DD Lansdowne beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
SC-703 arrives at Eastern USA
SC-706 arrives at Balboa
AM Igonish arrives at Vancouver
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Old 11-30-2021, 05:55 PM   #334
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9 August 1942
Enemy airpower stymies advance on Tavoy

CENTPAC
At Pearl, the DE Humpreys completed repairs from the KB's strike and went right back to work trying to clear Pearl of enemy subs. One of its prey took a shot at it. It's partner, the DD Caldwell, found the responsible sub and caused serious damage with depth charges.

Kingfishers got another 2 hits on sub. I took a look at their stats and noticed they either carry 2 250lb bombs or 2 100lb bombs. Maybe the reason the enemy isn't clearing out after so many hits is just because the hits aren't that damaging. I'm decreasing their search radius slightly to try to make sure they're carrying the 250-pounders.

Sumatra
One fighter down on each side.

China
One P-40 down over Chengchow.

Thailand
I attempted a shock attack on Tavoy, but it failed thanks to the disruption being caused by the enemy bombers. I'm going to try to concentrate my fighters on CAP here next turn, while sending my bombers to Pisanuloke where they're unlikely to run into a CAP right now. My attack on Tavoy simply won't succeed unless we can stop most of the enemy bombers. I'm sending another brigade down to help, too.

There was plenty of air combat over Tavoy this turn, but no one was actually shot down.

Reinforcements/Refits
SS Narwhal taken out of commission to begin refit at Pearl Harbor
SS S-37 taken out of commission to begin refit at Darwin
SC-702 arrives at Balboa
AM Oudh arrives at Calcutta
51st FG/16th FS arrives at San Francisco (0/25 P-400s, unrestricted)
21st Australian Brigade arrives at Sydney (0% strength, restricted)
7th Aus Div Cav Regiment arrives at Sydney (5% strength, restricted)
91st Infantry Division arrives at Corvallis (20% strength, fully restricted)
Conversion of two minesweepers to subchasers was competed at Portland, the subchasers are headed to Pearl.
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Old 12-01-2021, 11:51 AM   #335
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Great stuff Molon Labe! This AAR is a lot of work, I know. Keep it up. The big blue fleet is starting to come off the ways I imagine. Well I don't know how that works, but I expect your power to grow immensely over the next year or so. Pay back.
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Old 12-01-2021, 01:08 PM   #336
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It's building. I'm planning my next amphibious moves and it looks like I have enough ships to support it. Here's a list of new arriving ships, excluding merchants and anything smaller than a destroyer:

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Old 12-01-2021, 01:27 PM   #337
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Fast battleships....


Yes please. The tables are turning. Hopefully those two can survive and then thrive when the rest are integrated. Good luck commander!
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Old 12-01-2021, 02:36 PM   #338
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Every time I see the word "Reinforcements" I try to recall episode from the WWII series War Factory.

The first year after the attack on Pearl the factories was beginning so slowly to change from civil production to military.

Can't remember when but in the middle of -43 or was it -44 these factories was spiting out material.

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Old 12-01-2021, 03:19 PM   #339
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Every time I see the word "Reinforcements" I try to recall episode from the WWII series War Factory.

The first year after the attack on Pearl the factories was beginning so slowly to change from civil production to military.

Can't remember when but in the middle of -43 or was it -44 these factories was spiting out material.

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All the major participants of WWII had their war production peak in the early half of 1944. The USA were the sole exception, their war production peaked in 1945 and would have continued to grow had the war continued.
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Old 12-01-2021, 06:24 PM   #340
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10 August 1942
USS Pollack lost, Palembang holds off shock attack

CENTPAC
Flooding progressed out of control on the Pollack at is got within about 160 miles of Pearl. Looking at the reports, I decided it was hopeless and ordered the boat scuttled.

Thailand
We took a step backwards, losing 4 fighters over Tavoy while only shooting down one Zero and one Sally. Disruption of the troops below remains too severe to attack effectively.

The Pisanouke raid encountered a few Oscars on patrol. They got one Blenheim; Mohawks on CAP nearby intervened and shot down one Oscar.

Solomons
There's suddenly a lot of naval traffic around Guadalcanal, so I'm keeping the raids going. Zeroes intercepted but no planes were downed on either side; the bombers attacked the port but didn't cause any damage (rainstorm).

USS Seawolf tried to get in on the action, but it was spotted and depth charged. It's limping back to Brisbane.

Sumatra
The Japanese army attacked all-out, and we held them off. It's 45,000 troops of theirs vs 29,000 of ours, which isn't so bad when we're defending. Casualties were 9465 to 905 in our favor, fortifications holding at level 2. This looks like it was an ill-considered attack, maybe he's desperate for this fuel?

Reinforcements and Refits
DM Preble beginning refit in shipyard at Los Angeles
SS Trigger begins refit while under repair at Pearl Harbor
DD Bailey arrives at Balboa
SC-520 arrives at Los Angeles
SC-701 arrives at Balboa
No.452 Sqn RAF arrives at Melbourne (2/16 spitfires)
90th BG/321st BS arrives at Eastern USA (B-24s, already on the way to Capetown, then India, then China)
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Old 12-02-2021, 11:45 AM   #341
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11 August 1942
Chengchow resists shock attack, enemy takes massive casualties

Sumatra
We lost a P-40 and 4 Hurricanes defending Palembang with just 2 Zeroes shot down to show for it. The enemy started bombing the oil facilities, there are now massive fires that are doing damage-over-time to the facilities. Another confusing move, as I've told him I shut the refinery down to avoid a rather gamey result--10% of the refinery's output is Supply rather than Fuel, and Supply is what your troops use, so the oil refinery can actually keep troops supplied and combat ready during a siege. With the refinery shut off, all he's doing now is destroying his future facilities.

Thailand
We shot down two Zeroes but the bombers got through again. We're losing the air war over Tavoy, but it might not matter, disruption levels are returning to normal.

The first of two Canadian fighter squadrons has arrived in India and is making its way to Calcutta, where the fighters will be made ready and flown to Burma or Thailand. I was going to split these squadrons, 1 of P-40s and 1 of Hurricanes, but the key fighter attribute in Thailand right now is range. The P-40 is a little better without drop tanks, but with tanks, the Hurricane is superior, and I have plenty of supply at my main bases to support drop tanks. Hurricanes it is.

We lost one Blenheim over Pisanuloke as the Mohawks decided to sit a round out. But it was worth it: our army took the enemy base.

China
Two Oscars shot down over Chengchow. The enemy attempted a shock attack, which his always enough to make me nervous with an enemy army this size (173,000). But we held the line, fortifications holding at level 3. Casualties 25,355 to 11,825.
That wasn't that close and it's only going to get worse for him, hopefully he takes the hint.

We hit Hong Kong with Wellingtons but came up empty. A few Nates were on CAP and caused a little damage to a few planes. Weather seems to be a constant problem here, and this strike was no exception.

Caroline Islands
USS Finback was bombed by an enemy aircraft near Truk. I'm pretty sure that's a line I've written before, I think the Finback may have to stay away from Truk for awhile--after it's repaired.

Repairs, Refits, Reinforcements
Repairs on the HMS Ramillies have been completed at Cape Town. It will be headed back into the theatre.
SS Sculpin begins refit while under repair at Dutch Harbor
No.31 Sqn RAAF arrives at Wagga Wagga (16 Beaufighters, restricted. I don't have a reserve of trained fighter-bomber pilots to assign, but I do have ex-Wirraway pilots trained in low altitude naval bombing, so I'm assigning them here and training them in air-to-air and strafing. This will probably stay as a training unit until Australia actually comes under threat or until I start taking territory back--I'll pay the PP for it and use it to attack shipping.)
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Old 12-02-2021, 01:04 PM   #342
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12 August 1942
Two tankers hugging coast of Borneo sunk by USS Snapper

South China Sea
Allowing my subs to venture into shallow waters is again bearing fruit. Snapper encountered two 2900 ton Std-C class tankers (which started the war as cargo ships, they're converted) carrying oil from Miri/Brunei east, presumably bound for Japan. It set up a submerged torpedo attack on the first and hit it with both torpedoes it fired--one detonated. The oil it was carrying ignited and doomed the ship. The Snapper then surfaced to engage the other tanker, firing a total of 10 torpedoes plus naval gunfire. Four torpedoes hit, two of which detonated (both in the final salvo), sinking this ship as well.

This raises a question of how long these tankers have been making these trips, hugging the coast, evading my submarine patrols. I'm not too worried, though, ships on this route would still probably be going through the Okinawa area chokepoints, and if it was just these two, they're too small to have been making a huge difference. I should be able to identify good places for minefields based on this information (and the Dutch sub O20--a minelaying specialist--just completed repairs), and I'll continue to adjust sub patrol areas to try to find coast-huggers and the areas where they have to cross deep water.

Sumatra
Our Palembang CAP took down 2 Zeroes and a Sally before enemy sweeps cleared the skies. An enemy Lily was downed by flak. The fires are getting nasty and are damaging facilities as well at stored oil. Love it.

Thailand
We lost another Blenheim near Pisanuloke---this one's on me, I should have canceled these strikes after we took the base.
At Tavoy we traded a Hurricane for a Zero and a Sally. My armies at Tavoy are starting to get organized enough that I'm willing to order an attack for tomorrow.

2 ships were detected offshore in the Bay of Bengal. Not sure what their deal is. My carriers are too far south to respond at the moment.

Hawaii
I'm still bombing Lahaina every day--today, we lost a B-17 to flak. I'm moving my bombing altitude up from 10k to 12k to try to mitigate this in the future.

Solomons
I attacked Guadalcanal's port with B-17s again, this time getting results: we destroyed a mine tender and damaged a sub. One B-17 was lost to flak.

Reinforcements and Refits
SC-700 arrives at Eastern USA
No.25 Sqn RAAF Det arrives at Perth - Buffalos--a badly needed fighter training squadron
1393rd Construction Regiment arrives at Corvallis
12th USN Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Port Hueneme
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Old 12-03-2021, 10:45 PM   #343
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13 August 1942

Japan
USS Haddock engaged a pair of light cargo ships near Kyushu. It missed the first with torpedoes, then engaged the other on the surface. It probably scored enough gun hits on it to sink it, but fired torpedoes anyway and got one to detonate.

Thailand
The enemy started sending their fighters to the Raheng area instead of Tavoy. We traded a Mohawk for an Oscar there, while we were able to bomb Tavoy unmolested.

Our land forces attacked, despite the change in balance in the air it wasn't enough, casualties were about 200 to 100 favoring them. We might have to wait for reinforcements from our reserve force in Moulmein.

China
At Tsiaotso, slightly north of Chengchow, the enemy tried to bomb us with 22 Sonias. The Chengchow CAP diverted and splashed 7 of them. Damage on the ground was insignificant.

We hit Hong Kong again, and again the results were poor. One Wellington was shot down by the Nates guarding it.

Sumatra
The elite New Zealander squadron showed its appreciation for their brand new P-40s by shooting down 5 Zeroes with no losses.

Solomons
Our B-17s got another mine tender at Guadalcanal, no losses. It still looks like there's much more here to get. I'm going to take a bit of a chance here--recon flights over Guadalcanal and Rabaul say there aren't any bombers around, so I'm sending a few cruisers up there for a port call.

Reinforcements
CLAA Juneau arrives at Balboa
AM Wallaroo arrives at Sydney
SC-708 arrives at Eastern USA
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14 August 1942
Hong Kong reinforced with fighters, major bomber losses result

Luzon Strait
USS Skipjack encountered a transport and a cargo ship off Bataan Island. It fired 4 torpedoes at the transport, hitting it once, but it was a dud. It attempted a surface attack on the cargo ship, and to its credit, it persisted in the attack long enough to cause significant damage with its gun. But it also fired every last torpedo on board at it--20 total--scoring 4 hits, all of which were duds. So, it's headed back to base to rearm.

Bay of Bengal and Thailand
The bogeys spotted a few days ago was a surface combat task force of 3 CLs and 5 DDs. They bombarded Victoria Point and cleared datum to the south. Damage was minor.

Sweeps in Pisanuloke took out 3 of our Mohawks.

China
I raided Hong Kong one time too many. This time there were 43 Zeroes waiting for us. 4 Wellingtons were shot down. That's going to be the last raid here for awhile.

Hawaii and Line Islands
The Wasp delivered VF-8 to Hickam while a convoy delivered a squadron of P-39s. Another convoy delivered PBYs meant for Pearl to Palmyra--they'll fly the rest of the way in to avoid the sub blockade. The Kingfishers reported 3 hits on enemy subs--the first hits since I dropped the patrol range. Maybe this time we really hurt them. Local ASW surface forces are now in 3 groups (3 subchasers, 2 DDs, and a PG and an AM).

Reinforcements
SC-705 arrives at Balboa
YMS-114 arrives at San Diego
20th USN Naval Construction Battalion arrives at Port Hueneme

Also, intel reported the IJN Kako sunk. This was a heavy cruiser hit by a torpedo bomber in the Strait of Malacca months ago that I thought had gotten away.
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