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Title: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 01 December 2018, 02:54:07 PM
All,

It's noon on 13 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI).  The VF-63 Killer Pelicans, led by Lieutenant Shawn Collins and sporting brand new F4F Wildcats, were on the way to Philippines when the decision was made two days ago to cancel that trip and instead divert them to the DEI, so the USS Langley made a quick detour to Timor, dropped them off, and headed to Australia.  The Naval aviators had just enough time to get settled in and check their aircraft out before incoming bogeys of the Japanese 1st Air Fleet, operating out of Kendari, Celebes (captured 24 Jan 1942), were spotted.  The Killer Pelicans immediately scrambled six Wildcats to meet the enemy.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_vbyuj0wLfs/W99LiLK72-I/AAAAAAAAnXU/Bz3oFDm7GvY5Me0MLEl2T367sOFz8BlRwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4330.JPG)
My initial setup.  I'm using some amazing, but teeny-tiny aircraft from "Thomaston," whom I met over on The Wargames Website when he posted some pics of what he calls "Tiny Air Combat" (https://www.thewargameswebsite.com/forums/topic/tiny-air-combat/page/3/), and I'm using some simple rules posted by "Tango" over on The Miniatures Page (http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=489811).  I've actually played seven dogfights using these rules already (yeah, taking me a long time to get them written up for some reason) and I really like them, but I've got a problem with my playing surface.  One, with the tiny aircraft, my old "Flight Leader" boards are a bit too busy.  Second, the Flight Leader boards are hexed, and my rules are designed for squares, and I really couldn't make them work with hexes, so this is the only fight you'll see with the Flight Leader boards.  Having said that, the playing surface for fights 2-7 is horrendous, I really need to do something to get better.  I also need some better lighting.  In any case, the Japanese are on the left and the Americans are on the right.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7i_U5L5ARhE/W_sniOWE_lI/AAAAAAAAnts/r_0dkqicWh0jx6Q7umMRoXAR_VTiTXvWwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4350.JPG)
The fight is on!  Wildcats and Oscars twist and turn, seeking advantage in the South Pacific skies.  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-12.html

This is the first of a series of seven fights, more coming right up.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 01 December 2018, 03:07:58 PM
Nice one Jack!  8)


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Steve J on 01 December 2018, 09:13:02 PM
Great stuff 8)


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: pierre the shy on 01 December 2018, 10:29:03 PM
Excellent stuff as usual Jack......those planes really are small  ;)



Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 02 December 2018, 12:23:03 AM
Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

And yes, Pierre, they are, sooooo cute! ;)

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 02 December 2018, 07:06:25 AM
Good fun, Jack.  :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Womble67 on 02 December 2018, 11:50:59 AM
Great stuff

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 02 December 2018, 02:47:02 PM
Thanks Phil and Andy, next fight coming right up!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 02 December 2018, 02:53:16 PM
All,

It's noon on Valentine's Day, 14 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI) and the Killer Pelicans immediately scrambled four Wildcats to meet the enemy.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sHtxabdlzZo/W_sW7DrqKYI/AAAAAAAAnY4/MFKPaY8ot6kaIjepIjeSipZ4lxZozsGXgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4406.JPG)
My crappy, interim solution to finish off playtesting...

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-__GKASo_3DU/W_sXRIl3WeI/AAAAAAAAnZg/TctZpNIl0qsNg26Bcv7eNKCmbkMxRr_8gCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4416.JPG)
Wildcats charge in on the enemy bombers, breaking up the formation.  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-13.html

Next fight coming right up.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 December 2018, 03:42:59 PM
Nice idea


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Terry37 on 02 December 2018, 07:22:04 PM
Looks awesome! I am going to have to check out those rules.

Terry


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 03 December 2018, 08:03:38 AM
Great stuff !

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Womble67 on 03 December 2018, 10:56:07 AM
Very good

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 03 December 2018, 03:17:07 PM
Thanks Andy and Phil!

Lemmey - It works, and my permanent tabletop is almost ready.

Terry -  I really recommend them if you're looking for some light fun that allows you to get quite a few planes on the table.

Next fight coming right up.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 03 December 2018, 03:22:14 PM
All,

It's noon on 15 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI).   The Killer Pelicans scrambled four Wildcats to meet the enemy.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-InCs6CFVXvs/W_saVmSjLDI/AAAAAAAAnds/YM7Z0FwcBAkfGquK5_qK3OUdIel-HommgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4466.JPG)
Lt Allen charges in on the bombers, but miscalculates and overshoots (bottom left) without getting a shot off!  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-14.html
Next fight coming right up.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 December 2018, 05:00:32 PM
Good teport, however, when reporting back to base their senior officer may well be saying "Allen, you're hopeless, go fly a Catalina!"


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 03 December 2018, 06:50:00 PM
Yeah, if he gets any worse we might have to sh*t-can him to the Army!  ;D ;D ;D

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 04 December 2018, 05:45:04 PM
All,

It's noon on 16 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI). The Killer Pelicans immediately scrambled five Wildcats to meet the enemy.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AnCx-QzVmfI/W_schd7JoAI/AAAAAAAAngQ/crLAOEhYLNcxCpjDnQipK9phKHTA3eZ-ACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4493.JPG)
Five Wildcats taking on six bombers with three escorts, this should be interesting!

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QorrFRd_9E4/W_sdY9TSkQI/AAAAAAAAniQ/aoW_4uanSY4RUhL1UCRY7qh6Fg5xmTJxwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4519.JPG)
The Wildcats are all up in the bombersí business.  Click the link to see the fight:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-15.html?m=1

See ya tomorrow.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 04 December 2018, 05:56:15 PM
Nice one Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 05 December 2018, 01:08:00 AM
Thanks, Will.  Three more batreps to go, one per day.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 05 December 2018, 06:53:34 AM
 8)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 05 December 2018, 01:38:19 PM
Thanks, Phil!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 05 December 2018, 01:50:50 PM
All,

It's noon on 17 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI).  Japanese bombers are inbound but the Killer Pelicans were only able to scramble a single Wildcat to meet the enemy.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vJc3_5DacN4/W_sgVsL1GwI/AAAAAAAAnmA/sesVn4dnEcwwK99bWO7zf_jlcSJrptZIQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4557.JPG)
Looking pretty lonely out here, but hey, we got this, one stud fighter pilot taking on three bombers.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X5_hRTATFgM/W_sgo-NkUUI/AAAAAAAAnm0/w557O-CMc8seBy3BFF0Dx-2Or-QxDX4PgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4569.JPG)
Let Dapper has broken the formation, knocked one bomber down, and is on the tail of a second, but thereís thick black smoke pouring out of the cowling of his damaged Wildcat!  To see how it ends, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-16.html?m=1

See you tomorrow for more shootíem up action, courtesy of the Killer Pelicans.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 06 December 2018, 04:19:22 PM
All,

It's noon on 18 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI).  The Killer Pelicans have scrambled three Wildcats to meet the enemy.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LWHQbQz8LPQ/W_shwqIax8I/AAAAAAAAnoI/0VQS-O5MmDkeQiBGZVexHzlB9-RuUiyUACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4584.JPG)
The Wildcats are all over the Japanese bombers.  To see how it went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-17.html?m=1

For the squeamish amongst you, you may not want to click the link.  Japanese defensive fire has proven quite formidable...
Anyway, one more fight to post, coming at ya tomorrow.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 06 December 2018, 05:43:11 PM
Oh heck!
You know what you are missing?
Your tracer shot and your dakkadakka noises!


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 07 December 2018, 01:48:56 AM
Missing dakka-dakka noises???  That's what you think! ;)

But yes, the orange tracer is missing.  The reason is 1) the planes are so small the orange tracer will dwarf them, and 2) the planes are so small that I couldn't (didn't?) use magnets on them, so there's nothing for the tracer to stick to.  Using the tracer on a separate stand, like I do in the ground fights, won't work, it's too long, the squares are only 1" x 1".

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 07 December 2018, 06:23:51 AM
Good ones, again, Jack !  :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 07 December 2018, 02:11:40 PM
Thanks, Phil, and the last batrep is coming right up.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 07 December 2018, 02:28:12 PM
All,

It's noon on 19 February 1942, at an Allied airbase at Koepang, Dutch Timor, on the eastern edge of the Dutch East Indies (DEI). The Killer Pelicans have scrambled three Wildcats to meet the enemy.

Yesterday the Pelicans shot down one Oscar and one Helen, at the cost of two of their own precious Wildcats (Ensign Radecek made it back to base, but Lieutenant Collins, the Squadron Commander, was KIA), and a nearby munitions factory was nearly destroyed (10 more damage points, 29/32).

Two days ago the Pelicans shot down one Helen and lost their only Wildcat engaged, with Lt Dapper being declared Missing In Action.  Two Japanese bombers bombed the munitions factory, causing moderate damage (11 more points, 19/32).

Three days ago the Pelicans shot down one Oscar and three Helens, at the cost of three of their own precious Wildcats (Lt Case made it back to base, shot, Ensign Green made it back safely, and Ensign Davis was KIA), and the radar station at Koepang was destroyed while a nearby munitions factory was lightly damaged (8/32).

Four days ago the Pelicans shot down one Oscar and one Helen, at the cost of two of their own precious Wildcats (Lt French made it back to base, burned badly, Ensign Bordagaray was KIA), and the radar station at Koepang was lightly hit (another ten damage points, 23/32).

Five days ago the Pelicans shot down one Oscar and four Helens, at the cost of one of their own precious Wildcats (and the pilot, Ens Bruce, is missing), and the radar station at Koepang was not hit (still 13/32), and one of their pilots (Lt Case) won the Medal of Honor, scoring five kills to become the Pelicans' first ace.

Six days ago the Pelicans shot down three Oscars and two Helens, at the cost of three of their own precious Wildcats, and the radar station at Koepang suffered moderate damage (13/32), though one of their pilots (Fitzsimmons) won the Navy Cross, scoring three kills before getting shot down.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C-la8O9R6z4/W_sjFe0Ve2I/AAAAAAAAnpk/bdoL6359SgMDMfILYfaHLm0AELnKqhAHgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4594.JPG)
Last run out of the poster board playing surface, thanks for bearing with me!  Three Wildcats climbing to intercept three Helens escorted by two Oscars.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gwcggVkbvEw/W_sjemQE6sI/AAAAAAAAnqY/8-mTOUsvfSc-iCaiT9UD1kYDN_0pgRxpgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4605.JPG)
As usual, itís an aerial melee!  To see the fight, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-18.html?m=1

At this stage of the game, the Killer Pelicans are down to 5 serviceable aircraft and Koepang is in danger of being overrun by Japanese landing forces, and so the evacuation is ordered and they boarded a ship for northern Australia, hoping to re-group and get back in the fight to halt the Japanese onslaught across the Pacific.

Total score:
Japanese fighters shot down: 8
Japanese bombers shot down: 13

US Navy fighters shot down: 13
Land Targets destroyed: 2.44 of 3.00

My next campaign stop is with the USAAF Chickenhawks, flying their P-40s out of Australia and then New Guinea, but back to the USN Killer Pelicans for action in the Coral Sea and Midway, then linking up with the USMC Dirt Divers out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.  By that point I'll be working the ground side of the Solomons as well, maybe back to some cruiser actions on the water.  Stay tuned!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 08 December 2018, 05:06:28 PM
All,

So I've gotten deep into Thomaston's "Tiny Air Combat," having bought and mounted a slew of them:

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yyAbXbFPej8/XAvzKwtg3KI/AAAAAAAAn5w/rye3dLiSKagx7BACDO3zpJB1UKj38EzTgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4774.JPG)
The whole mess, a ton of WWII and Post-WWII stuff.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t5FQV1yXGPg/XAvzKky6YRI/AAAAAAAAn5o/7tfVOjoz3UMq_mD0D2eMs8y3LjVv7NfggCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4844.JPG)
I finished up all the WWII stuff.  I'd been playing a makeshift gaming surface; I'm happy to report that I've finished my new, permanent gaming surface, which you can see under the box holding the aircraft.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GOecHnDZe3w/XAvzknEXioI/AAAAAAAAn64/qfULGPivzBMWfez03oOsma9x6PoxpFKQQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4860.JPG)
A closeup of an SBD Dauntless on the new gaming surface.  What, you're 1/900-1/1200 aircraft don't have red and white tailstripes? ;) 
To see a bunch more pics, please check the blog at:
https://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2018/12/tiny-air-combat-wwii.html

Anyway, wanted to show off what I'd finished in terms of aircraft and my new board, and I'm looking at getting those USAAF P-40s into the action this weekend.

V/R,
Jack



Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 08 December 2018, 05:21:55 PM
Very nice Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 09 December 2018, 08:40:20 AM
Great fun, Jack.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Womble67 on 09 December 2018, 12:11:15 PM
Very good

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 09 December 2018, 10:51:25 PM
Thanks guys!

Got two more dogfights in this weekend.  Yeah, only two, I was teaching my 9-year old boy so the games took a loooooong time, but lotsa fun!  I'll get them posted this week.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Jesus on 10 December 2018, 09:56:07 AM
uauuuuuu  :) :) :)


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: toxicpixie on 10 December 2018, 11:28:10 PM
Looks good - I always approve of bringing in the wee one's to join in :)


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 11 December 2018, 06:35:59 AM
Thanks TP and Jesus, and yeah, it's great getting the kid to the table.

Just slowwwww, so I'll definitely keep playing solo fights as well.  ;)

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 11 December 2018, 06:50:01 AM
All,

It's noon on 19 January 1942 (yes, we've gone back in time about a month from the seven Killer Pelicans dogfights I just posted), and only days before a squadron of US Army Air Force P-40 Warhawks under Captain Brian Jordan was sent to Makassar on the southwest tip of the island of Celebes, to aid in the American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) defense of the Dutch East Indies (DEI) from the marauding forces of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy.  Captain Jordan and his men with their eighteen sleek, Curtiss Warhawks quickly settled into life on the dusty tropical airfield, happy be in the fight and ready to avenge Pearl Harbor!

As a matter of fact, just yesterday Captain Jordan and three of his pilots took to the air and  managed to shoot down three enemy fighters and two enemy bombers, at the cost of only one P-40 damaged!  But the Japanese are keen on making Celebes theirs (in the Killer Pelicans games, the enemy aircraft were flying out of Kendari, Celebes), and the Army pilots expect their stay at Makassar to be short-lived as Japanese landing forces are sure to arrive any minute now.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1P2uKqDFcdE/XA2_Z0yKadI/AAAAAAAAn8U/mB-x7LGA8wshQXQ4blNRd9YUDa5NR2eOgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4875.JPG)
The new setup.  North is left, where the Imperial Japanese Army aircraft are, south is right, where the U.S. Army Air Force is.  East is up, West is down.  The Japanese are charging in, intent on destroying Dutch coastal artillery batteries covering the Japanese Navy's intended landing beaches on Celebes.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Phu2e5l3Aw/XA2_Y6QLzxI/AAAAAAAAn8M/BUOn86ufi1IOenaFMqFsM4SS7O-UAG32wCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4876.JPG)
The Americans, six P-40 Warhawks, from top to bottom:
Chicken 22: 2nd Lt Macon, his first combat sortie
Chicken 21: 1st Lt Pace, 2 kills in his first sortie
Chicken 23: 2nd Lt McKyer, his first combat sortie
Chicken 52: 2nd Lt Verdin, his first combat sortie
Chicken 51: 1st Lt Potts, his first combat sortie
Chicken 53: 2nd Lt Beach, his first combat sortie

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VHDVpWKFojs/XA2_ZSIYk-I/AAAAAAAAn8Q/0Z9n1sP8C1c8ER0BJKDmkBnUhA0gE-rJwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4877.JPG)
The Japanese, from top to bottom:
Oscar 02
Oscar 01
Left: Helen 06, Helen 04, Helen 05
Right: Helen 03, Helen 01, Helen 02
Oscar 03
Oscar 04

Still using Bettys as Helens, but actually got the Oscars on the table this time.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mlf-s7fVxow/XA2_kZTYtII/AAAAAAAAn8g/t7_SyrWTisg7QxLYU6cqHQgotxgfVLrjwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4878.JPG)
Turns 1 and 2 bring us to the merge.  The sun is giving a nasty glare off the warm, South Pacific waters...

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uucLtSEV_9k/XA3BfiHwPPI/AAAAAAAAoAY/sxXhSJxMRxEyT-HS5BCi9FeqF7-aAP1OwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4924.JPG)
And this why they're called the Chickenhawks!  To see the U.S. Army Air Force have a very bad day (or, more appropriately, to see me get my butt kicked by my son), please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-19.html

The boy and I immediately played another game, so next fight coming right up!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 11 December 2018, 07:38:07 AM
The boy 'done good !!' ;)

Cheers - Phil



Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 11 December 2018, 08:51:49 AM
He's still kicking your derrier! Go the boy!


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Womble67 on 11 December 2018, 10:03:08 AM
Very good indeed

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 12 December 2018, 04:24:52 PM
Thanks for reading, no thanks for seeming to take a bit too much pleasure in the boy whipping me soundly ;)

Iíll post the next one tomorrow.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 13 December 2018, 02:33:31 PM
All,

It's noon on 20 January 1942 (yes, we've gone back in time about a month from the seven Killer Pelicans dogfights I just posted), and only days before a squadron of US Army Air Force P-40 Warhawks under Captain Brian Jordan was sent to Makassar on the southwest tip of the island of Celebes, to aid in the American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) defense of the Dutch East Indies (DEI) from the marauding forces of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy.  Captain Jordan and his men with their eighteen sleek, Curtiss Warhawks quickly settled into life on the dusty tropical airfield, happy be in the fight and ready to avenge Pearl Harbor!

As a matter of fact, two days ago Captain Jordan and three of his pilots took to the air and  managed to shoot down three enemy fighters and two enemy bombers, at the cost of only one P-40 damaged!  But the Japanese are keen on making Celebes theirs (in the Killer Pelicans games, the enemy aircraft were flying out of Kendari, Celebes), and the Army pilots expect their stay at Makassar to be short-lived as Japanese landing forces are sure to arrive any minute now.

Yesterday was a black day, indeed, for the Chickenhawks, with two Japanese fighters and two Japanese bombers shot down, but ALL SIX American fighters were shot down...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VHDVpWKFojs/XA2_ZSIYk-I/AAAAAAAAn8Q/0Z9n1sP8C1c8ER0BJKDmkBnUhA0gE-rJwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4877.JPG)
Bogeys, 12 oí high!  Lots ofíem, too!

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wImsTPzwd4k/XA3IzRIacdI/AAAAAAAAoFs/FA5doc8BTNwqbX2BsyM5jz44XRwEQBvmACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4981.JPG)
Finally learning to forget the fighters and go after the bombers.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fLbbVWov4vA/XA3JZl1EYEI/AAAAAAAAoHE/S3U-wN7oSAwJ9OTXi4plkEkEdYvxvGwYgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4995.JPG)
Though this isnít exactly where you want to be.  The fight was still rough, but much better than yesterday for the Chickenhawks, with two pilots having multiple-kill days.  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-20.html?m=1

Iím caught up on batreps, so now you just have to wait ;). But not too long, Iíve got plenty of gaming planned for this weekend!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 13 December 2018, 06:01:31 PM
Another top report, the boy is giving you a hard time!


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 13 December 2018, 06:38:28 PM
Yeah man, at this rate the Allies are going to lose the war!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Sunray on 14 December 2018, 12:52:01 AM
Lovely eye candy to enjoy Jack.  Thank you.

I followed the links and low & behold there is ground installations, airfields and all manner of targets. Amazing.

I appreciate that at this scale they are caricature - and the scale is what ...at least 1/1200 ?  smaller ?

And +1 for getting the next generation involved.


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Womble67 on 14 December 2018, 09:41:14 AM
Very good indeed

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 15 December 2018, 03:22:34 PM
Sunray - I appreciate it!  Yes, Thomaston's artistry is quite amazing, isn't it?  I'm not exactly sure what the scale is, I put it around 1/1250.  And the boy's (obviously) having a great time ;)

Thanks Andy!

I've played three more fights, working on the batreps.  Getting close to getting back to some fights on the ground, so don't fret if dogfighting isn't your cup of tea.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 26 December 2018, 03:25:33 PM
All,

First off, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Now to the point.

Three days ago Captain Jordan and three of his pilots took to the air and  managed to shoot down three enemy fighters and two enemy bombers, at the cost of only one P-40 damaged!  But the Japanese are keen on making Celebes theirs (in the Killer Pelicans games, the enemy aircraft were flying out of Kendari, Celebes), and the Army pilots expect their stay at Makassar to be short-lived as Japanese landing forces are sure to arrive any minute now.

Two days ago was a black day, indeed, for the Chickenhawks, with two Japanese fighters and two Japanese bombers shot down, but ALL SIX American fighters were shot down...

Yesterday the Chickenhawks shot down three Oscars and four Helens, but two Japanese bombers quickly and easily finished the destruction of the Dutch coastal artillery batteries covering the intended invasion beaches, then shifted their runs to the actual beach fortifications, causing moderate damage, and the Army pilots had four of their P-40s shot down (10 in two days!).

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VHDVpWKFojs/XA2_ZSIYk-I/AAAAAAAAn8Q/0Z9n1sP8C1c8ER0BJKDmkBnUhA0gE-rJwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4877.JPG)
Here come the Japanese bombers...

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Phu2e5l3Aw/XA2_Y6QLzxI/AAAAAAAAn8M/BUOn86ufi1IOenaFMqFsM4SS7O-UAG32wCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4876.JPG)
And here come the P-40s to meet them.

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SButrT0IUIA/XBalABrUE3I/AAAAAAAAoNY/8QARTXxbYRYmRv_-etgAkmu7mnSVFsfzQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5061.JPG)
Lt Daniel pulls high, rolls over onto his back, and flashes through the enemy bomber formation, guns blazing.  In typical Army fashion, he hits nothing...  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dutch-east-indies-21.html

This fight went pretty well, but it was not enough to stave off the Japanese onslaught.  Despite keeping the Japanese bombers from destroying the beach fortifications, Japanese amphibious forces were still able to land on Makassar, and with that it was necessary for the Chickenhawks to quit the Dutch East Indies.  The squadron had only six of its eighteen aircraft left, and their pilots (Capt Biasucci and Lieutenants Kimble, Goode, Daniel, Sanders, and Gann) flew them out, escorting a gaggle of U.S., Dutch, and Australian bombers, patrol, and cargo aircraft south (one carrying Captain Jordan and Lieutenants Cotton, Potts, Dawkins, Banks, Beach, Kenn, Pace, and Macon) to Australia.

There the squadron was able to re-form in Darwin, receiving replacement aircraft but no new pilots.  Just in time for Japanese aircraft of the "Kido Butai" to make their deadly attack on the port of Darwin, coming right up!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 26 December 2018, 03:33:47 PM
Another good report Jack!


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 27 December 2018, 04:28:55 PM
Thanks, Will, Iíll have the next one up in about an hour.

FYI, Iíve received my flight stands and aircraft are on the way for Battle of Britain!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 27 December 2018, 05:04:37 PM
All,

The Army fighter squadron has fled the Dutch East Indies, ultimately arriving in Australia.  There were new aircraft waiting to be uncrated and assembled, but no new pilots.  Captain Jordan immediately set about getting the remnants of his squadron ready for combat, assuming they'd be striking back at the Japanese in the vicinity of Timor, or even New Guinea, which was now under threat.  But it's 1000 on 19 February 1942, in Darwin, Australia, and a massive air raid by Japanese carrier aircraft is inbound., the Japanese determined to reduce the threat from Australia to its landings in New Guinea.  The Chickenhawks are down to 12 pilots and aircraft, but they scramble everyone, four pilots in three successive flights, rising to defend the myriad ships docked in the bay, nearly defenseless against the coming onslaught.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Jny7eb0oLLc/XBarHk8E0NI/AAAAAAAAoUs/3lQwix_gBKMDfCuy7fs8QzD3iK4dAIOjwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5131.JPG)
The Chickenhawks on the prowl, from top to bottom:
Chicken 02: 2nd Lt Beach
Chicken 01: 1st Lt Kimble
Chicken 03: 1st Lt Goode
Chicken 04: 2nd Lt Daniel

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0VMw6ce3mN4/XBarIqn8BzI/AAAAAAAAoUw/jRthusgUO0wKKpiR_z2rsaP6-qdAosmkgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5132.JPG)
The Japanese 1st carrier strike, six D3A "Val" dive bombers escorted by two A6M "Zero" fighters.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O9dRJWX1fsU/XBaswWdHhJI/AAAAAAAAoYU/6zt6Cs_8QDsjZFMjfhJMe1NRhylIHiGqgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5171.JPG)
Lieutenant Beach is the fox in the henhouse, finding himself all by his lonesome with three Vals.  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/chickenhawks-in-darwin-1.html

Next fight is the second flight of Warhawks, led by Captain Jordan, coming up to meet another group of Japanese bombers.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: paulr on 27 December 2018, 08:04:59 PM
I've been following these games with interest

The Chickenhawks  would have been very welcome at Darwin

On the day none of the 6 Wirraway advanced trainers available for the defence of Darwin were serviceable, probably best for the pilots



Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 27 December 2018, 11:44:31 PM
Nice one Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 28 December 2018, 02:35:03 PM
Paul - The games have been a lot of fun, simple and (thus) quick, really feels fast-paced and intense like I figure a dogfight should.  And yeah, I know what you mean about the lack of (aerial) defenders on 19 February 1942, though I thought there were a couple Allied fighters that got aloft and were shot down?  Wiki (I know, but it's all I've got) told me 1st Lt Robert Ostreicher of the USAAF, took his P-40 up and actually shot down a Val, though "...all other P-40s were shot down or destroyed on the ground."

Anyway, I needed somewhere to park the Chickenhawks after DEI and northern Australia fit the bill; I hadn't planned on actually having any fights there, but then, as my campaigns so often do, it grew.  I just couldn't help myself ;)

Thanks, Lemmey!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 28 December 2018, 02:47:58 PM
All,

It's 1000 on 19 February 1942, in Darwin, Australia, and a massive air raid by Japanese carrier aircraft is inbound.  The Chickenhawks are down to 12 pilots and aircraft, but they scramble everyone, four pilots in three successive flights, rising to defend the myriad ships docked in the bay, nearly defenseless against the coming onslaught.

Lt Kimble already led one flight into combat, downing one Zero and four Vals without loss, though two Vals entered the harbor.  Captain Jordan is leading the second flight into action now.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a1N8b8T3nbw/XBayMgrHK7I/AAAAAAAAopY/QTMKOzzhnn86SFICOmGaPU4DCwhpq8eawCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5256.JPG)
It's an aerial melee, falling shell casings and falling planes, plumes of smoke leading down to the warm, blue waters below.  To see how Captain Jordan became an ace, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/chickenhawks-in-darwin-2.html

Next fight is coming right up, Captain Biasucci leading a four-ship flight up to meet six Kate torpedo bombers escorted by four Zeros.  Yes, four P-40s vs four Zeros, to get at the six Kates, should be interesting!

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: mad lemmey on 28 December 2018, 04:09:21 PM
Coolio!


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 28 December 2018, 10:53:46 PM
Very nice.

How many squares across and won is your board?


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 29 December 2018, 08:13:32 AM
Nice ones, Jack !!

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 29 December 2018, 03:23:42 PM
Thanks guys, and Steve, it's 33 x 14.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 29 December 2018, 04:11:10 PM
All,

It's 1000 on 19 February 1942, in Darwin, Australia, and a massive air raid by Japanese carrier aircraft is inbound.  The Chickenhawks are down to 12 pilots and aircraft, but they scramble everyone, four pilots in three successive flights, rising to defend the myriad ships docked in the bay, nearly defenseless against the coming onslaught.

Lt Kimble already led one flight into combat, downing one Zero and four Vals without loss, though two Vals entered the harbor.  Captain Jordan is leading the second flight into action now.

Major Jordan led another flight into combat, downing two Zeroes, two Vals, and two Kates, at the loss of two P-40s.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TqiiZCGASjc/XBa3M3ZyqHI/AAAAAAAAou4/V4UmMJwDBWMQBHLaCoDyW5VArwCv19PwgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5317.JPG)
Captain Biasucci runs straight in, breaking up the formation of torpedo bombers.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BjdLKM5hG-A/XBa3sKJWWAI/AAAAAAAAowE/ibNXnv3_D6o8rZLhU3UA_dZ6texGmLCFwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_5330.JPG)
But the Zeroes are swarming all over the flight of P-40s, which probably should have spent a little more effort in dealing with the escorts.  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/chickenhawks-in-darwin-3.html

I've also posted new squadron rosters:
US Marine "Dirt Divers"
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/dirt-divers-roster.html

US Navy "Killer Pelicans"
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/killer-pelicans-roster.html

US Army Air Force "Chickenhawks"
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/chickenhawks-roster.html

And in order to track the accomplishments of the three squadrons, and rank them against each other, I have introduced the 'scorecard,' tracking sorties, kills, losses, and awards:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2018/12/air-war-n-pacific-scorecard.html

So more to come, probably going back to the Killer Pelicans for the two Coral Sea battles, and then Midway, then probably a few missions for the Chickenhawks running out of northern Australia, up to New Guinea.  And don't worry about the Dirt Divers, once Guadalcanal kicks off and Henderson Field is operational, they're going to be in for quire a period of sustained combat.

I hope you're enjoying these as much as I (and my kid) are, it's been a blast on this end and I can't see us not playing a lot more of these.  As a matter of fact, I've just purchased a bunch more aircraft, so soon the Battle of Britain shall begin!

V/R,
Jack



Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: paulr on 29 December 2018, 08:49:29 PM
What are the SS & BS/V in the score cards :-\

I've worked out the rest :)


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: Techno on 30 December 2018, 08:16:23 AM
Very good, as always, Jack.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: pierre the shy on 30 December 2018, 09:27:31 AM
What are the SS & BS/V in the score cards :-

I've worked out the rest :)

US decorations?

I'm guessing....SS = Silver Star and BS/V = Bronze Star for Valor


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: sunjester on 30 December 2018, 09:48:08 AM
Those little planes look really good!  =D> =D>


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: bigjackmac on 30 December 2018, 03:37:03 PM
Paul - Yes, Pierre has it nailed, Silver Star and Bronze Star w/"V" (the Bronze Star can be awarded in non-combat situations, so the "V" device, for valor, denotes it was for an act of bravery in combat).

Thanks everyone, glad you enjoyed it/them, and more to come.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: Some Tiny Air Combat at Koepang, DEI
Post by: paulr on 30 December 2018, 08:23:57 PM
Thanks Pierre & Jack, I should have been able to sort those out

My first thought for BS was Battle Star...