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  • #124144

    Thomaston
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    I’ve missed a lot. Got to do a lot of catching up but I can say, GO IJN!!!

    Tired is enough.

    #124167

    Thomaston
    Participant

    2 NBKs down in a roll and SBDs killing Zeros.  I guess the Killer Pelicans will be getting a few of the SBD pilots as replacements?

    Tired is enough.

    #124172

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yeah, where ya been?

    Anyway, yes, the sailors were able to gang up on the NBKs two fights in a row and put them under, I was quite pleased with myself. More so now that you’ve come out as such a strong cheerleader for the IJN! 😉

    The Dauntlesses have definitely carried their own in terms of defensive fire… despite how many of them have ended up in the ocean.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #124174

    Just Jack
    Participant

    All,

    1150
    8 May 1942

    Yesterday morning, Lt(jg) Casey led the fighter escort for the Lexington strike force which, combined with the Yorktown’s strike force, managed to sink the Japanese light carrier Shoho. But the Killer Pelicans’ escorts had a rough go: they downed three Zeros and damaged another, but they lost one Wildcat, had the other three damaged, and five of their six assigned dive bombers were shot down, the sixth returning to the Lexington, damaged. Lt Casey scored two more kills to become a Veteran (total of four kills), but he was shot down and badly wounded, which will cause him to miss the Battle of Midway.

    Both sides carried out preparation for battle throughout the night, then launched scouts shortly after 0600 the next morning, to find the other side’s carriers. The Americans got lucky first, sighting the Japanese carriers at 0820, though the Japanese were only two minutes behind. Both sides hurried to turn into the wind and launch their strike groups! The Japanese launched 18 fighters, 33 dive bombers, and 18 torpedo bombers, while the Yorktown and Lexington launched a combined 15 Wildcats, 39 Dauntlesses, and 21 Devastators, though the Lexington’s contingent was about 10 minutes behind the Yorktown’s.

    At 1055 the Lexington’s air search radar acquired the inbound Japanese strike group at a range of 68 nautical miles and vectored nine Wildcats to intercept; it was 1113 local time when Lt(jg) Fitzsimmons again led the Lexington CAP into battle. And this time he found the enemy, but it didn’t work out very well for the Americans. Lt Fitzsimmons and Lt Allen saw their aircraft damaged, Ens Chipman had to disengage and retreat, but that wasn’t the worst of it. Three Wildcats were shot down, with Ensign Camili being wounded, but Ensigns Gordon and Mann were killed in action, while no Japanese aircraft were shot down, and enemy torpedo bombers managed to put three torpedoes into the USS Lexington.

    At 1123, radar contact acquired another Japanese strike group, comprised of Val dive bombers escorted by Zeros, and vectored the Lexington’s Combat Air Patrol to intercept. The six Wildcats charged headlong into the Japanese formation, suffering two aircraft lost (and one pilot KIA) and one damaged in brutal action that saw Ensign Head awarded the Navy Cross for shooting down four enemy aircraft! Lt Allen added another two kills, and Ensign Chipman added one, with the rest of the Japanese aircraft breaking off the attack, so not a single Val dive bomber was able to press home the attack. However, the Lexington is still in trouble caused by the torpedo hits earlier.

    At 1130, LtCmdr Case led a four-ship escort for “Scouting Two’s” SBD Dauntless dive bombers to attack the Japanese carrier Shokaku. The Japanese CAP was successful, shooting down four of the SBDs and forcing the last two to return to base, damaged, though they lost four of their own (two to defensive fire from SBDs!), with LtCmdr Case and Ens Riggins both scoring kills.

    At 1140, LtCmdr Case re-formed his flight of Wildcats and had them escort Bombing Two’s SBD Dauntlesses into an attack on the Japanese carrier Zuikaku. In a wild fight that saw two Dauntlesses shoot down enemy Zeros, then four Dauntlesses arrive over the target but fail to land a single bomb on the target’s deck, LtCmdr Case’s fighters came through unscathed while downing a single Japanese fighter.

    It is now 1150 and the remaining members of the Lexington’s CAP, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Allen, Ensign Chipman, and Ensign Head, are watching as the Japanese strike group that just hit the Lexington is forming up and turning north, straight into them. Lt Allen calls “Tally Ho!” and the three Wildcats zoom in to take one last running shot at the enemy strike group.


    Lt Allen jumps on Zero 01’s tail and gives him the what-for.


    But later, Zero 01 gets the chance to return the favor.

    To see how the fight turned out, please check the blog at:
    https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2019/10/coral-sea-day-2-fight-7.html?m=1

    There’s one fight left: The Japanese strike group has escaped the Lexington’s CAP, as they are flying back to the Zuikaku, they run into the Lexington’s returning strike group, let by LtCmdr Case and his flight of escorts. Coming up next!

    V/R,
    Jack

    #124182
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    The dice area cursed!  I’d say “toss them out’ but they’d only come up a ‘1’ again…

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #124200
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Damn, that sucked. I hope the Navy can shoot straight next time.

    #124201
    Whirlwind
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    Great report.  The Wildcats seemed to be doing much better in those head-to-head exchanges despite the otherwise awfulness of their shooting!

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #124217

    Thomaston
    Participant

    @Jack

    I’ve been chasing the elusive 6 minute mile, no luck so far. Will try gain saturday.

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by  Thomaston.

    Tired is enough.

    #124293

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Darby – No cursed dice, just the man rolling them 😉

    Kyote -Hey, at this point I’m happy anytime I don’t get all my aircraft shot down!

    Whirlwind – Thanks man, and really just down to being lucky when they were desperate enough to take the risk of going head to head.

    Thomaston – Stop it, you’re too old for such nonsense! 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    #124600

    Just Jack
    Participant

    All,

    1200
    8 May 1942

    Greetings, and welcome to my return to the Pacific!  Both the US Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy are on the prowl in the southwestern Pacific; the Japanese have their eyes on Australia, or at least cutting off the lines of communication between the US and Australia, and the Americans are looking to not allow that to happen.  On 3-4 May 1942, while fighting raged on New Guinea, the Japanese attempted secure their flank, sending an invasion fleet into the Solomon Islands to put troops ashore on Tulagi (across the channel from Guadalcanal), in order to conduct an amphibious assault on Port Moresby on 10 May.

    But the Americans noted the Japanese invasion force in the Solomons, and the USS Yorktown launched strike aircraft that sunk or damaged several Japanese warships, though now the Japanese were aware the US carriers were in the vicinity, made doubly worse by the fact the Americans were shorthanded: they had only the Yorktown and the Lexington in the area because the Hornet and Enterprise had just returned to Pearl Harbor following the Doolittle Raid.  These were faced by the Japanese fleet carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku, and the light carrier Shoho.  The two opposing forces marshalled their troops, refueled, consolidated, and began searching in earnest for each other.

    This morning, Lt(jg) Casey led the fighter escort for the Lexington strike force which, combined with the Yorktown’s strike force, managed to sink the Japanese light carrier Shoho.  But the Killer Pelicans’ escorts had a rough go: they downed three Zeros and damaged another, but they lost one Wildcat, had the other three damaged, and five of their six assigned dive bombers were shot down, the sixth returning to the Lexington, damaged.  Lt Casey scored two more kills to become a Veteran (total of four kills), but he was shot down and badly wounded, which will cause him to miss the Battle of Midway.

    Both sides carried out preparation for battle throughout the night, then launched scouts shortly after 0600 the next morning, to find the other side’s carriers.  The Americans got lucky first, sighting the Japanese carriers at 0820, though the Japanese were only two minutes behind.  Both sides hurried to turn into the wind and launch their strike groups!  The Japanese launched 18 fighters, 33 dive bombers, and 18 torpedo bombers, while the Yorktown and Lexington launched a combined 15 Wildcats, 39 Dauntlesses, and 21 Devastators, though the Lexington’s contingent was about 10 minutes behind the Yorktown’s.

    At 1055 the Lexington’s air search radar acquired the inbound Japanese strike group at a range of 68 nautical miles and vectored nine Wildcats to intercept; it was 1113 local time when Lt(jg) Fitzsimmons again led the Lexington CAP into battle.  And this time he found the enemy, but it didn’t work out very well for the Americans.  Lt Fitzsimmons and Lt Allen saw their aircraft damaged, Ens Chipman had to disengage and retreat, but that wasn’t the worst of it.  Three Wildcats were shot down, with Ensign Camili being wounded, but Ensigns Gordon and Mann were killed in action, while no Japanese aircraft were shot down, and enemy torpedo bombers managed to put three torpedoes into the USS Lexington.

    At 1123, radar contact acquired another Japanese strike group, comprised of Val dive bombers escorted by Zeros, and vectored the Lexington’s Combat Air Patrol to intercept.  The six Wildcats charged headlong into the Japanese formation, suffering two aircraft lost (and one pilot KIA) and one damaged in brutal action that saw Ensign Head awarded the Navy Cross for shooting down four enemy aircraft!  Lt Allen added another two kills, and Ensign Chipman added one, with the rest of the Japanese aircraft breaking off the attack, so not a single Val dive bomber was able to press home the attack.  However, the Lexington is still in trouble caused by the torpedo hits earlier.

    At 1130, LtCmdr Case led a four-ship escort for “Scouting Two’s” SBD Dauntless dive bombers to attack the Japanese carrier Shokaku.  The Japanese CAP was successful, shooting down four of the SBDs and forcing the last two to return to base, damaged, though they lost four of their own (two to defensive fire from SBDs!), with LtCmdr Case and Ens Riggins both scoring kills.

    At 1140, LtCmdr Case re-formed his flight of Wildcats and had them escort Bombing Two’s SBD Dauntlesses into an attack on the Japanese carrier Zuikaku.  In a wild fight that saw two Dauntlesses shoot down enemy Zeros, then four Dauntlesses arrive over the target but fail to land a single bomb on the target’s deck, LtCmdr Case’s fighters came through unscathed while downing a single Japaanese fighter.

    At 1150, the remaining members of the Lexington’s CAP (Lieuntenant (Junior Grade) Allen, Ensign Chipman, and Ensign Head) found themselves between the Japanese strike group and their carrier, so they threw themselves once again at the enemy.  In the end, Ens Chipman scored two kills and Lt Allen scored one, but both were shot down, while three Kates, a Val, and a Zero escaped to fight again.

    But it’s now 1200, and the Lexington’s strike group is on the way back to the carrier when it spots the Japanese strike group returning to their carrier.  LtCmdr Case calls “Tally Ho!” and the four Wildcats zoom in to take one last running shot at the enemy.


    LtCmdr Case (far left) is already working over some Kates when Ensign Didier pulls in behind to help out (top right).

    To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
    https://oldleadbreed.blogspot.com/2019/10/coral-sea-day-2-fight-8.html

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes the aerial dogfights over the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942.  Here’s how it shook out:
    Sorties: 37
    Losses: 12 F4F Wildcats, with 3 pilots KIA and 4 pilots WIA
    Kills: 22 (13 A6M Zeros, 6 D3A Vals, and 3 B5N Kates)
    The Killer Pelicans led three strikes that lost 10 of 18 SBD Dauntlesses.
    The Killer Pelicans had one pilot awarded the Navy Cross (Ensign Head) and two pilots receive the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device (Lt Casey and Ensign Riggins).

    The series of fights was a lot of fun; well, okay, not a lot of fun, I sure took my lumps!  But it was fun, and the process worked.  This series of fights was really a great laboratory to figure out exactly what I wanted/needed to do to balance aircraft capabilities and pilot skills.  I think I’ve got it down, and so I’m ready to keep it rolling.  Next up, I need to play a few fights over New Guinea with my Army squadron, the Chickenhawks, then it’s time to stage the invasion of Guadalcanal, finally.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #124601
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    A good ending, how soon will you do the Chickenhawks ?? Or it back the Russian Front???

    #124634
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Brutal campaign, just like in real life.  It’s good that some of the “good guys” survived though!  Great reports my man, I really do enjoy reading them.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #124653
    Whirlwind
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    Great stuff Jack, thanks. I see that both sides inflicted exactly equal losses on each other (the USN lost one more bomber, the IJN lost another fighter) and that was largely down to some good shooting by the USN in that last combat.  The rules seem to be nearing a good equilibrium point.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #124654

    Thomaston
    Participant

    Wow! They still managed 2:1 kill ratio. Really need to give IJN more aces.

    Tired is enough.

    #124656
    Whirlwind
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    Wow! They still managed 2:1 kill ratio. Really need to give IJN more aces.

    Well, the IJN fighter pilots managed to get a 2:1 kill ratio too.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #124679

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote John –  Both!  I’ve already played the first two Chickenhawks fights, will try to work in some more, and going back for one, maybe two, Kursk fights this coming weekend.

    Darby – Thanks a bunch man, I appreciate the kind words, always nice to know folks out there are reading and enjoying the reports.

    Whirlwind John – Yeah, the losses couldn’t get much more even, which really surprised me, given the drubbings I was taking early on.  But you’re right again, it was the changes to deflection shooting (taking some away from the Japanese, adding some to the US Navy) that helped even things out, though it’s still really tough sledding against those Japanese NBKs!

    Thomaston – Yeah, neither side really has much to brag about, losses were pretty much even.  Which, as Whirlwind noted, was a pretty good comeback for the US Navy pilots, as bad as things were in the first few fights.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #124686
    Whirlwind
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    it’s still really tough sledding against those Japanese NBKs!

    As it should be.   It would be no fun otherwise…

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #124710

    Just Jack
    Participant

    It didn’t really feel like much fun…   😉

    #124719
    Whirlwind
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    It didn’t really feel like much fun… 😉

    I meant for me and Thomaston, obvs…

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #124722
    JozisTinMan
    JozisTinMan
    Participant

    I don’t think I have commented yet, but great stuff, Jack!  Fascinating reports and coupled with my recent visit to USS Yorktown CV-10, I’d be very tempted.  Will give your rules a spins sometime next year once I can get my head out of the Eastern Front.

     

     

    http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/

    #124744

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Whirlwind John – Indeed.

    Tin Man – Thanks man, and do it.  No need to choose, you can do both, I am!

    V/R,
    Jack

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