War in the Pacific Admiral’s Edition. Game vs Herb

1st May 1943 contd

Enemy carriers have made their presence know in the Battle of the Solomons for the first time. The Royal Navy had bravely charged the massing enemy ships to the south of Ontong Java and had sunk the cruiser Kiso and heavily damaged the Kuma for no loss.  Japanese ships were then, inexplicably, spotted later in the day steaming West and North West. Several aerial attacks were intercepted by A6M2 fighter planes with little effect. Just as much of an effect as the B-25’s had over the enemy battlewagons. Two being lost to flak guns over the Mutsu.


Our aircraft, however, do hit something when a light transport was hit by bombs from PB4Y Liberators at Shortlands. Further heavies once again struck Munda getting several G4M’s on the ground. The action was once again bloody in the air as 18 enemy planes were shot down for 3 of our own.


Finally the Japanese carriers were finally spotted to the North of Ontong Java. Several B5N2’s were followed at high altitude by PBY-5’s after sinking the destroyer McCalla at Lunga. These planes approached from the North East rather than the usual north westerly approach raids until then had taken. Two Catalina’s shadowed the Kates back home, several carriers skulking behind the mass of IJN guns seemingly running away from two RN cruisers.

Japanese carriers are spotted!

War in the Pacific Admiral’s Edition. Game vs Herb

1st May 1943

Naval Engagement off Onotong Java, the first salvoes of the Naval Battle of the Solomon Islands.

Radar Room HMS Devonshire:

‘…three solid contacts 30,000 yards to the NNW…’

Able Seaman Smith, lookout USS Columbia to his friend Able Seaman Mackenzie:

‘…its too dark and its too quiet out there Bob, I sure do hope those flyboys actually saw some ships…’

Bridge HMS Devonshire:

‘…and please relay these fire coordinates to the firing officer and sound for battle stations…’

Fire control centre USS Farenholt:

‘…ready turrets one and two, 5 inch AP shells…’

Bridge gantry HMAS Hobart:

‘…definitely three explosions, fire clearly seen sir, three points off port…’

Coalroom HMS Dorsertshire, ‘Blacky’ Keane:

‘..we’ve been that boom must have been a hit for sure…’

1st LT Cooper-Smith, Torpedo Officer:

‘…target that burning bastard over there Jock, full broadside on my mark…’

Bridge HMS Devonshire:

‘…fires under control sir, Turret three out of action 25 KIA, enemy ship seen sinking…’

First Officer USS DeHaven:

‘…5inch ammo running low sir, torpedoes launched, closing to engage enemy cruiser with 20mm AA guns…’

Forward Turret HMAS Hobart:

‘…yes we hit the bastard Bluey, square between both middle funnels. Burn you…’

Headline Daily Mail 3rd May 1943