Monday, June 22, 2015
Enemies in high places
Lt Blake disliked LCdr Caros. He saw Caros as a lazy Romeo. Why couldn't Cdr Broadstreet and the Admiral see that. Blake knew he could do better; but he was stuck as a mission planner at Admiral Hollyworth's.
So, when a diversion was needed to occupy some Jap guns while special forces were inserted he knew just what to plan. LCdr Caros' PT boats could go up against the 3 inch guns!
[ Last battle I rolled that Lt Blake did something to block LCdr Caros. ]
"What a crazy idea is this?" LCdr Caros thought. Act as a diversion for some Jap coastal guns. Why not send some Catalinas? Still, orders were orders.
LCdr Caros lazy/skirt chaser eagle eye Gr III
Ens Elmwood coarse/wealth Gr I
Ens Jackson cunning/ alcohol Gr I
Ens Rains mercurical/ skirt chaser Gr I
Caros would pair with Elmwood who was brand new to the unit. Jackson would lead the other two boats and approach from the other side of the small bay.
Visability was 1,400 yards which helped
Caros and Elmwood demonstrated against the 3 inch gun for 20 minutes. Caros' boat had a 40mm gun mounted on the back in the hopes of causing damage to the gun.
Caros' boat took some damage but then a Jap hit severely damaged Elmwoods boat and cut his speed to 10 knots. Caros' boat fired furiously at the guns and moved up to make smoke.
Meanwhile Jackson and Rains were busy with a pair of 37mm guns on the other side. They also found a barge that they heavily damaged.
As they were pulling out Elmwoods boat was hit with 20mm shells and she gave up her ghost.
The mission was successful! While losing one boat they created the diversion, damaged a barge, 37mm gun and a 3 inch gun. Afterwards the CO, Cdr Broadstreet, greeted them warmly with congratulations. Lt Blake was disappointed to say the least. LCdr Caros was relieved the mission was over; he still did not realize he had an enemy in high places.