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



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