Haven't started a thread here in so long, so thought I try to think of something. So what's up with your current patrol.
I just started a new career out of Manila. With the JP's landing all around I decided to sit north of the San Bern Strait and ignore all the traffic coming north.
I pick up a contact Dec 11 on a dark windy night. Was a small TF, 3 DD's and one large Minelayer. Wanted the large minelayer, but couldn't get at it.
All through the night I got many faint sonar contacts. I chased one down that turned out to be a US merchant. Bad news for him, another group of 3 DD's found him and took him out. Seems I ran into several small groups of escorts.
Finally got the big contact. With all the escorts about I new something big was coming.
A large invasion force dotting the sky with smoke as far as you can see. I've ID a Maya CA, 2 Chitose plane carriers, ***a, a few large Pass liners, numerous merchants and many DD's. Guessing about 40 ships total.
I've got good wind, so tracking for an attack at midnight. My goal is to attack from a distance, pull out and do a end around why the DD's hunt where I was. If I can make it around and attack the weak flank on the surface I should be able to pull out and pull the same stunt. Going for the Chistose plane carriers and large Pass. ships.
TMO, RSRD. If you ever start the war out of Manila and play RSRD, this is one of the best invasion forces to attack, a nice mix of different type ships you don't often see.