The British CO, Lloyd, decided to approach the harbour from three directions. Looking out from the harbour, two destroyers were to appear from the left, another pair from the right while the flagship (Gurkha) came at it from dead ahead.
Meanwhile Isokaze was on patrol at sea and she and Gurkha immediately spotted each other. The more experienced British gunners got off to a better start and the result of the first salvo can be seen above. As before, red markers are hits and anything else is a miss.
The other RN DDs soon came within range of the harbour defence guns. It took the shore gunners a while to get their eyes in.
Isokaze took more hits during her private war with Gurkha.
Ian's two DDs (Jaguar & Jackal) tried to suppress the shore guns, but a lucky(?) hit took out the lighthouse!
Tony adopts the classic Fletcher Pratt player's firing pose. He was able to get up eventually.
By now the Kongo had got up steam and cast off. Slowly.
This hit on Kongo was actually an accident - Ian had been aiming at the dock facilities! It inflicted 1 point of damage from the Kongo's total of over 1,200....
As the RN DDs closed in, more shells fell inside the harbour, wrecking the cranes and taking another paint chip from Kongo. Meanwhile out to sea, Gurkha fell victim to a Japanese torpedo attack and the survivors took to the boats. What happens next? Stay tuned for the next instalment.