Background: Fuchida read Colombo in the midst of a sunny morning, flying at the head of 54 B5N2 Kates and 27 D3A2 Vals escorted by 36 A6M2 Zeros. They were picked up and tracked by radar, and the RAF sent 36 Hurricane I and IIBs of No. 30 and No. 258 sqdns (plus 6 Fulmars) to intercept the raid. Fuchida lead the raid north of the city, in an attempt to mislead any defending fighters. He succeeded, and the escorting Zeros met the interceptors, allowing most of the attacking bombers to avoid them.
Map: Ground Map
|Aircraft:||Japanese Navy||=||12x A6M2 Zero Fighters
3x D3A2 Val dive bomber
6x B5N2 Kate attack bombers
|RAF/FAA||=||7x Hurricabe IIB (Trop)
5x Hurricane IA
2x Fulmar II
Game Length: 20 turns
Special Rules: If you also played Albacore for Breakfast as part of this campaign, for every three Zeros damaged (round up), remove a Zero from the original set up.
Aftermath: The raid was successful on sevral counts:
The major fly in the ointment was that the main body of the Royal Navy's Far East fleet was nowhere in sight.
For the D3A2 Val and B5N2 Kate, the last number is the recommended 1/3 of the attacking force available to the interceptors, the rest having gotten through.
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