The inbound Japanese air attack. Each strip of thin card has six aircraft printed on it - as casualties are suffered these are simply scored off!
I had decided that the time was ripe to introduce the delights of aircraft and designed a scenario involving three fast (20 knot) troopships being escorted by an RN task force consisting of a KG V class battleship, three K class destroyers and an escort carrier. Command of this force fell to Lloyd - newly headhunted by the Admiralty after his successful career in the Kriegsmarine. It was his own fault for bringing along the battleship...
The inscrutable enemy had two forces. At sea was a Kongo class battlecruiser, two light cruisers and two destroyers. Land based assets consisted of four air squadrons - two each of Zero fighters and Betty bombers. John A had overall command. I didn't keep a precise record, but I think there were at least 16 people involved this time.
The aircraft stands were the work of a couple of hours in the garage - I bought some lengths of 10mm dowel a while back while the bases were cut from some scrap I already had. Add some drilling, hammering and wood glue - and steal some clothes pegs during a Ninja-style raid on the kitchen - and they're done!
The Brits started off well by sending off a Walrus on a scouting mission. While it sighted the Jap fleet it was swiftly downed by some Zeros. Now read on....
TF Powell under way. If the photo looks a bit fuzzy you can blame the barrage of AA fire.
The Jap air raid consisted of 18 Bettys escorted by 6 Zeros.
Although the AA gunners charged a heavy entry fee, the bombing was rather well done.
A second Japanese air formation flies over their warships. Clearly posed for the IJN's publicity department!
Meanwhile, the RN has not been idle, and the Ameer's full complement of 6 Sea Hurricanes and 12 Swordfish are launched.
The second Jap air attack suffered mightily at the hands of the RN AA gunners but still did much damage.
The RN fleet - minus one transport.
The British flagship was a Revell 'King George V' which Lloyd had built and painted. The pre-war style finish contrasts rather well with my own rather scruffy Prince of Wales. To my surprise and delight, Lloyd kindly presented me with the model after the game.