Battle of Coral Sea (III)


Port Moresby is invaved, with Japanese Marines disembarking. Ground battle starts.
Kidou butai also attacks American TF led by Yorktown and sunk it. Also Rabaul units with zeros and Nells bomb the American TF.

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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR May 08, 42
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Pre-Invasion action off Port Moresby (98,130)

44 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hagoromo Maru, Shell hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W.20
CM Tsugaru
xAK Aso Maru

Japanese ground losses:
73 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 5 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

6″ Mk XI/XII Gun Battery engaging xAKL Hagoromo Maru at 9,000 yards
CM Tsugaru firing to suppress enemy battery at 9,000 yards
DMS W.20 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 5,000 yards
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Amphibious Assault at Port Moresby (98,130)

TF 7 troops unloading over beach at Port Moresby, 98,130

Japanese ground losses:
62 casualties reported
Squads: 3 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

17 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad accidentally lost during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /1
17 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad accidentally lost during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt
17 troops of a IJA Infantry Squad lost in surf during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /3
15 Support troops lost from landing craft during unload of 144th Infantry Rgt /6

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Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Hagoromo Maru, Shell hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS W.20
AMc Fumi Maru #2
xAK Aso Maru
CM Tsugaru

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

6″ Mk XI/XII Gun Battery engaging xAKL Hagoromo Maru at 7,000 yards
DMS W.20 firing to suppress enemy battery at 7,000 yards
6″ Mk XI/XII Gun Battery engaging xAKL Hagoromo Maru at 7,000 yards
AMc Fumi Maru #2 firing to suppress enemy battery at 7,000 yards
6″ Mk XI/XII Gun Battery engaging xAKL Hagoromo Maru at 7,000 yards
AMc Fumi Maru #2 firing to suppress enemy battery at 7,000 yards
DMS W.20 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 1,000 yards

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ASW attack near Deboyne Islands at 106,142

Japanese Ships
SS I-22

Allied Ships
DD Sims

SS I-22 is sighted by escort
I-22 diving deep ….
DD Sims fails to find sub, continues to search…
DD Sims fails to find sub, continues to search…
DD Sims fails to find sub, continues to search…
DD Sims fails to find sub, continues to search…
DD Sims fails to find sub, continues to search…
Escort abandons search for sub

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Shortlands at 111,130

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 22
G3M2 Nell x 23

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 15

Japanese aircraft losses
A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed
G3M2 Nell: 2 damaged
G3M2 Nell: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
F4F-3 Wildcat: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CV Yorktown, Torpedo hits 4, and is sunk
CA Chester
CA Chicago

Aircraft Attacking:
22 x G3M2 Nell launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo

CAP engaged:
VF-5 with F4F-3 Wildcat (0 airborne, 8 on standby, 4 scrambling)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 3 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 7000 , scrambling fighters between 13000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 19 minutes

Ammo storage explosion on CV Yorktown

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Morning Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130

Weather in hex: Partial cloud

Raid spotted at 14 NM, estimated altitude 14,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 6 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wirraway x 3

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Ikushima Maru
xAKL Hagoromo Maru, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Wirraway bombing from 11000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Shortlands at 111,130

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 16,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 15 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 31
B5N2 Kate x 34
D3A1 Val x 33

Allied aircraft
no flights

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 1 damaged
B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed by flak
D3A1 Val: 5 damaged
D3A1 Val: 1 destroyed by flak

Allied aircraft losses
SOC-1 Seagull: 1 destroyed

Allied Ships
CA Chicago, Bomb hits 2, Torpedo hits 3, and is sunk
CA Chester, Bomb hits 4, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
CA Astoria, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires
CA Portland, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires
DD Anderson
DD Morris, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Perkins

Aircraft Attacking:
11 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000′
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
15 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
8 x D3A1 Val releasing from 3000′
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
5 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000′
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
18 x B5N2 Kate launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Type 91 Torpedo
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 2000′
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb
4 x D3A1 Val releasing from 1000′
Naval Attack: 1 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Carrier support unable to supply air cover..
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Portland
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Chester
Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Morris

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Port Moresby at 98,130

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 12 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 5 minutes

Allied aircraft
Wirraway x 3

No Allied losses

Japanese Ships
xAK Kamikaze Maru

Aircraft Attacking:
3 x Wirraway bombing from 11000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 100 lb GP Bomb

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Invasion Support action off Port Moresby (98,130)

21 Coastal gun shots fired in defense.

Japanese Ships
xAKL Noshiro Maru #2
AMc Fumi Maru #2
DMS W.20
xAK Aso Maru
CM Tsugaru

Japanese ground losses:
8 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

6″ Mk XI/XII Gun Battery engaging xAKL Noshiro Maru #2 at 12,000 yards
AMc Fumi Maru #2 firing to suppress enemy battery at 12,000 yards
6″ Mk XI/XII Gun Battery engaging xAKL Noshiro Maru #2 at 12,000 yards
DMS W.20 fired at enemy troops
Defensive Guns fire at approaching troops in landing craft at 2,000 yards

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Ground combat at Port Moresby (98,130)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 4084 troops, 45 guns, 11 vehicles, Assault Value = 100

Defending force 6513 troops, 61 guns, 2 vehicles, Assault Value = 186

Assaulting units:
30th Australian Brigade
Port Moresby Brigade
15th RAAF Base Force

Defending units:
144th Infantry Regiment
Kure 3rd SNLF

OPERATIONAL REPORT FOR May 08, 42

SS I-22 reports having been sighted by the enemy at 106 , 142
Thousand Ships Bay is occupied by the Japanese
Troops from 144th Infantry Rgt lost to accident during amphibious unloading from TF 7
G3M2 Nell sighting report: 9 Allied ships at 106,125 near Rabaul, speed 13, Moving Southwest
TF 1 shadowed by Allied Aircraft at 109,133 near Vella Lavella
TF 1 sights Allied Torpedo Bomber at 109,133 near Vella Lavella
TF 7 followed by Allied Aircraft at 98,130 near Port Moresby
CV Lexington determined to have been sunk on or about May, 7, 1942
A6M2 Zero from Tainan Ku S-2 is written off
A6M2 Zero from Tainan Ku S-2 is written off
E13A1 Jake sighting report: 9 Allied ships at 116,133 near Ontong Java, speed 11, Moving Southwest
D3A1 Val from EI-2 Daitai crashes on landing
D3A1 Val from EII-2 Daitai is written off
Pilot killed in landing accident of B5N2 Kate from EII-3 Daitai
CL Yubari settling in harbor at Rabaul
CV Yorktown is reported to have been sunk near Shortlands on May 08, 1942
CA Chicago is reported to have been sunk near Shortlands on May 08, 1942

The situation on the 9th May is as follows: CV Zuikaku and Cv Shokaku are damaged and sail to Rabaul. American TFs have also been badly damaged and Yorktown in Sunk and Lexington probably.

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