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The Battle of the Bismarck Sea Campaign
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:11:29 PM »

Hello All,

Happy New Year … Here is my next offering to the community. This campaign was done by request.

Compatibility: 4.12.2m SAS/Mod 5.30 or later is required (VPMod)

The Fw_PNG_42 Map is a required install for this campaign.

The map is part of this download. The map's readme is located within the MAP folder. Follow the installation directions as written.

Much thanks to J30_Otto for the installation instructions for this map, very much appreciated !!!

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea that occurred from March 2nd - 4th, 1943. The battle took place in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during World War II when aircraft of the U.S. Fifth Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) attacked a Japanese convoy carrying troops to Lae, New Guinea.

Most of the Japanese task force was destroyed, and Japanese troop losses were heavy.

The Japanese convoy was a result of a Japanese Imperial General Headquarters decision in December 1942 to reinforce their position in the South West Pacific. A plan was devised to move some 6,900 troops from Rabaul directly to Lae.

The plan was understood to be risky, because Allied air power in the area was strong, but it was decided to proceed because otherwise the troops would have to be landed a considerable distance away and march through inhospitable swamp, mountain and jungle terrain without roads before reaching their destination.

On 28 February 1943, the convoy - comprising eight destroyers and eight troop transports with an escort of approximately 100 fighter aircraft - set out from Simpson Harbor in Rabaul.

The Allies had detected preparations for the convoy, and naval codebreakers in Melbourne (FRUMEL) and Washington, D.C., had decrypted and translated messages indicating the convoy's intended destination and date of arrival. The Allied Air Forces had developed new techniques they hoped would improve the chances of successful air attack on ships.

They detected and shadowed the convoy, which came under sustained air attack on 2-3 March 1943. Follow-up attacks by PT boats and aircraft were made on 4 March. All eight transports and four of the escorting destroyers were sunk.

Out of 6,900 troops who were badly needed in New Guinea, only about 1,200 made it to Lae. Another 2,700 were rescued by destroyers and submarines and returned to Rabaul.

The Japanese made no further attempts to reinforce Lae by ship, greatly hindering their ultimately unsuccessful efforts to stop Allied offensives in New Guinea.

Aircraft losses were one B-17 and three P-38s in combat, and one B-25 and one Beaufighter in accidents.

MacArthur issued a communiqué on 7 March claiming that 22 ships, including 12 transports, three cruisers and seven destroyers, had been sunk along with 12,792 troops. Army Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. looked into the matter in mid-1943 and concluded that there were only 16 ships involved.

I tried to keep the campaign as historical as possible with correct dates and times that I've been to accurately research.  Due to limitations of the flight simulation some minor deviations were required, however, these deviations do not detract from the historical value depicted in this campaign.

I hope that you enjoy the campaign.  :)

* Skin artists are noted in the readme file.

*The campaign has been submitted to M4T for approval.

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Sincerely, DHumphrey


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Re: The Battle of the Bismarck Sea Campaign
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 12:06:00 AM »

This campaign is now available here:

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea Campaign

Enjoy the campaign.  :)
Sincerely, DHumphrey
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