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« Reply #15 on: 06 December 2019, 07:56:34 AM »

A great game for the Marines! Keep them coming. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: 06 December 2019, 09:27:00 AM »

Meanwhile in Singapore.....http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,19243.0.html
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« Reply #17 on: 06 December 2019, 12:25:16 PM »

Nice one Jack
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« Reply #18 on: 06 December 2019, 10:26:05 PM »

Thanks guys, I appreciate it!  And I've already been accused of cheating for the Marines; for the record, I have not yet begun to cheat! Wink

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« Reply #19 on: 09 March 2020, 01:54:36 PM »

All,

0800 local time
4 June 1942
Midway

It's 4 June 1942, the dawn of the epic "Battle of Midway," a clash of giants, three US carriers vs four Japanese carriers that proved to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific. For more information, both real-life and how I'm running this campaign, please check here:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2019/11/battle-of-midway-campaign-plan.html

Yesterday at 0900 a US Navy PBY Catalina spotted Japanese ships 500nm west southwest of Midway; B-17s from the island were dispatched but failed to hit anything. US Navy PBYs continued to shadow the Japanese surface force, and actually attacked at 0100 this morning, scoring a torpedo hit on a Japanese merchant ship. Unbeknownst to US personnel, the Japanese carrier task force, as yet still unspotted, launched its first strike group against Midway at 0430. At 0530, the PBYs spotted the Japanese carriers, and noted their strike group inbound.

At 0610, the VMF-343 "Dirt Divers" scrambled six F4F Wildcats to intercept an inbound group of six D3A "Val" dive bombers escorted by four A6M "Zeros," but were roughly handled, having three Wildcats shot down and the other three damaged, as the Japanese lost one Zero and one Val. The Japanese aerial attack caused 18/30 damage points.

At 0625, Captain Haynes led six Wildcats to intercept an inbound group of six B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers escorted by four A6M "Zeros." Again it was rough: the Marines lost five of six aircraft, with one pilot KIA, one MIA, and two WIA, while the Japanese lost four of their six torpedo bombers, which did light damage to Midway's shore installations (26/30, total).

At 0645, Major Chandler led four Dirt Divers in escort of a flight of six TBF torpedo bombers to attack the Japanese carriers, running right into the Japanese CAP of six Zeros, and it was a debacle: the Americans lost one Wildcat and five TBFs, the last being damaged and forced to return to base without even spotting the Japanese carriers. Oh, and the Japanese did lose two Zeros, but they were both to the TBFs!!!

At 0715, 2nd Lt Herman led a flight of four Wildcats in escort of six SBD Dauntless dive bombers from Marine Scouting-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), up against six Zeros of the Japanese Combat Air Patrol.  The mission was sort of a success: five Zeros were downed (two by SBDs!) and the sixth was shot up, no Wildcats were lost, only three Dauntlesses were lost, but no hits were scored on the enemy carriers.

It's now 0800, and Major Chandler is leading a flight of four Wildcats on an escort mission for four US Army Air Corps B-26s specially modified to carry torpedoes.  The Marine escorts have done a pretty good job so far of beating up on the Japanese CAP, so that the enemy is only able to get four Zeros in the air to oppose them.
 

The Marine escorts are getting caught out, staring, as the Japanese Zeros maneuver aggressively against the US bombers.


It's a furball, sky full of twisting planes and tracers.


Lt Cross nurses his wounded Wildcat home (bottom right) as Lt Higbe pulls onto a Zero's tail and opens fire.  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2020/03/battle-of-midway-fight-5.html

Next up, we're back to the US Navy's Killer Pelicans, which will see them carry out their (world famous) strikes on the Japanese carriers, then attempt to defend the Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown from the Japanese strikes.  I expect the Navy pilots to do better, on two accounts: first, they have much more experienced pilots (having flown more sorties in the Dutch East Indies, and having fought at Coral Sea), and second, this is a campaign that is weighted towards the Americans, meaning the US forces had both the Dirt Divers and the Killer Pelicans committed, while the Japanese have considerably fewer fighters, and they've sustained significant losses in the first five fights.

Just saying the Marines did all the heavy lifting, so the Navy could slide in here and get four Japanese carriers Wink

V/R,
Jack
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« Reply #20 on: 09 March 2020, 04:15:53 PM »

Thanks Jack - a rainy dull day in post Op brightened by your eye candy and VERY readable narrative .  Thank you !  James
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« Reply #21 on: 09 March 2020, 05:00:01 PM »

So B-26s don't make good torpedo bombers - who'da thunk it Smiley

Good post, as ever, Jack
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« Reply #22 on: 09 March 2020, 06:06:29 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: 10 March 2020, 12:24:57 AM »

Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words, always good to be back here posting batreps again, and my pleasure, James!

Iíve got six more of these to post, should be able to get them out two per week, and Iíve got ten (10!) fights in Greece with KG Klink to get typed up and posted after that.

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Jack
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« Reply #24 on: 10 March 2020, 01:34:44 AM »

You have been busy Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: 10 March 2020, 02:07:06 AM »

Paul,

Not as busy as Iíd like, but yeah, Iíve got some gaming in, just taking me forever to get them written up. 

Two boys playing baseball and a young lady playing volleyball, plus work, school for the kiddos, and my lovely wife are conspiring against me Wink

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Jack
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« Reply #26 on: 11 March 2020, 01:42:11 PM »

All,

1010 local time
4 June 1942
Midway

It's 4 June 1942, the dawn of the epic "Battle of Midway," a clash of giants, three US carriers vs four Japanese carriers that proved to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific. For more information, both real-life and how I'm running this campaign, please check here:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2019/11/battle-of-midway-campaign-plan.html

Yesterday at 0900 a US Navy PBY Catalina spotted Japanese ships 500nm west southwest of Midway; B-17s from the island were dispatched but failed to hit anything. US Navy PBYs continued to shadow the Japanese surface force, and actually attacked at 0100 this morning, scoring a torpedo hit on a Japanese merchant ship. Unbeknownst to US personnel, the Japanese carrier task force, as yet still unspotted, launched its first strike group against Midway at 0430. At 0530, the PBYs spotted the Japanese carriers, and noted their strike group inbound.

At 0610, the VMF-343 "Dirt Divers" scrambled six F4F Wildcats to intercept an inbound group of six D3A "Val" dive bombers escorted by four A6M "Zeros," but were roughly handled, having three Wildcats shot down and the other three damaged, as the Japanese lost one Zero and one Val. The Japanese aerial attack caused 18/30 damage points.

At 0625, Captain Haynes led six Wildcats to intercept an inbound group of six B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers escorted by four A6M "Zeros." Again it was rough: the Marines lost five of six aircraft, with one pilot KIA, one MIA, and two WIA, while the Japanese lost four of their six torpedo bombers, which did light damage to Midway's shore installations (26/30, total).

At 0645, Major Chandler led four Dirt Divers in escort of a flight of six TBF torpedo bombers to attack the Japanese carriers, running right into the Japanese CAP of six Zeros, and it was a debacle: the Americans lost one Wildcat and five TBFs, the last being damaged and forced to return to base without even spotting the Japanese carriers. Oh, and the Japanese did lose two Zeros, but they were both to the TBFs!!!

At 0715, 2nd Lt Herman led a flight of four Wildcats in escort of six SBD Dauntless dive bombers from Marine Scouting-Bombing Squadron 241 (VMSB-241), up against six Zeros of the Japanese Combat Air Patrol. The mission was sort of a success: five Zeros were downed (two by SBDs!) and the sixth was shot up, no Wildcats were lost, only three Dauntlesses were lost, but no hits were scored on the enemy carriers.

At 0800, Major Chandler is led a flight of four Wildcats on an escort mission for four US Army Air Corps B-26s specially modified to carry torpedoes. The Marines lost two Wildcats and had another damaged, and two B-26s, with another damaged, while the Japanese lost all four CAP Zeros, though one was shot down by a US bomber. The lone B-26 to reach the Japanese fleet missed on its torpedo run and, to add insult to injury, Major Chandler was one of the Marines shot down, and he was badly wounded.

It's now 1010, and LtCmdr Case, the Ace squadron leader of the Killer Pelicans and winner of the Medal of Honor, is leading a flight of four Wildcats in escort of six TBD Devastators (that look a lot like TBF Avengers because I don't have any TBDs) hoping (against history) to put some torpedoes into the Japanese carriers. They will face six Zeros flying Combat Air Patrol for the Japanese fleet.
 

And the fight begins with LtCmdr Case, the hero of the Dutch East Indies, acting out in his characteristically aggressive manner: the American Ace pushes his Wildcat ahead and cuts right, taking a high-deflection shot on Zero 02.


But that aggression allows the Zeros to team up on his wingman.


The Zeros get on the American torpedo bombers.


And they begin dropping like flies...

To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2020/03/battle-of-midway-fight-6.html

So that sucked, but the Killer Pelicans are right back in it, escorting the SBD Dauntlesses that did all the damage ("Scratch Four Flattops!") in real life, so let's see how it goes.

V/R,
Jack
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« Reply #27 on: 11 March 2020, 05:04:13 PM »

What a fight!
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« Reply #28 on: 11 March 2020, 07:37:34 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: 12 March 2020, 03:18:33 PM »

Lemmey - Only if you enjoy watching me get the piss beat out of me! Wink

Thanks, Paul!

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