Operation C

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Re: Operation C

Postby alecsandros » Thu May 28, 2015 7:27 am

Carl Schwamberger wrote:
If all this based on daylight battles, only night attacks, or some combination of both? I've not read a lot on Sommervilles intent, but he seems to have been set on a night strike & avoiding a daylight encounter. This may have contributed to failing to fix the IJN location. What is your take on Sommervilles intent?

... I have the same impression.

Sommerville wanted to use his 45 Albacores (later 41) for a night strike...

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Re: Operation C

Postby Rob Stuart » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:20 am

alecsandros wrote:
dunmunro wrote:An excellent article about Operation C:

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/assets ... l-1942.pdf


Another excellent read:

http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo7/no4/stuart-eng.asp

"Admiral Nagumo then headed for Japan as soon as he recovered the aircraft from the Hermes strike. During Operation C, he had destroyed an aircraft carrier, two heavy cruisers, two destroyers, one corvette, and five other vessels, and had shot down 45 aircraft. A separate squadron, with the light carrier Ryujo and several cruisers, sank 21 merchant ships during a concurrent foray into the Bay of Bengal, and the six submarines deployed for the operation sank five more.45 The Japanese lost just 17 aircraft, and no Japanese ship was even damaged."

I'm the author of both these articles. I'm very glad that you find them useful. The earlier one, published eight years ago, has a few errors of fact, such as saying that Nagumo had more than 300 aircraft when in fact he had only 275, but not a lot - so far as I've yet learned!

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Re: Operation C

Postby alecsandros » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:20 pm

Rob Stuart wrote:
alecsandros wrote:
dunmunro wrote:An excellent article about Operation C:

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/assets ... l-1942.pdf


Another excellent read:

http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo7/no4/stuart-eng.asp

"Admiral Nagumo then headed for Japan as soon as he recovered the aircraft from the Hermes strike. During Operation C, he had destroyed an aircraft carrier, two heavy cruisers, two destroyers, one corvette, and five other vessels, and had shot down 45 aircraft. A separate squadron, with the light carrier Ryujo and several cruisers, sank 21 merchant ships during a concurrent foray into the Bay of Bengal, and the six submarines deployed for the operation sank five more.45 The Japanese lost just 17 aircraft, and no Japanese ship was even damaged."

I'm the author of both these articles. I'm very glad that you find them useful. The earlier one, published eight years ago, has a few errors of fact, such as saying that Nagumo had more than 300 aircraft when in fact he had only 275, but not a lot - so far as I've yet learned!

I thought so :D

Many thanks for some wonderfull reads,


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