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Cherryblossom: Bougainville 1943

Operation Cherryblossom: Bougainville 1943


 Asisbiz Vought F4U 1 Corsair VMF-214 Black Sheep White 35 and 29 on patrol  Bougainville 1943 01

As a part of the major Operation Cartwheel, Operation Cherryblossom was the panned attack and capture of the island of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. This operation began on November 1, 1943. It began with the preparation of the Torokina Bay area for invasion by Marines. Once the beachhead was secured days later, the IJN hastily reinforced the area with A6M fighters from Truk to the area. 

There was hard fighting on the island for a long period of time as the Japanese maintained control of the Northern Solomons and even the small island to the north of Bougainville, Buka. The months of November and December 1943 saw aerial action over the island, which this FSO attemnpts to recreate. 


Allies: 50% / Axis 50%

Order of Battle:




MAX 16


MAX 24


MIN 10


MIN 10


MIN 10

 Bf 110C (Ki-45)  MAX 12


MIN 12

 G4M1  MIN 12


Loadout Restrictions:

Fighters may not carry bombs.


Bomber Alt Cap is 14K.
Fighter Alt Cap is 18K.
G4M1 available from A26 only. 


Aircraft - 2
Hangars - 6
Ships - 8

Arena Settings:

- Terrain: solomons
- Clouds: med15kmed5k
- Fuel Burn: 1.0
- Icons: 3K Friendly/Enemy
- Ack: .3
- Fighter and Bomber warning range: 63360 (about 12 miles)
- Tower range set to 63360 (for display only to match the above setting)
- Haze/Fog: 15 miles
- Radar: Off
- Enemy collisions: on
- Friendly collisions: off
- Killshooter: off
- Time: 1000 (10AM) Game Clock
- Formations: On
- Formation Autopilot: On
- Bomber calibration: Automatic
- Wind: 0K-6K NO WIND
6K-14K: E TO W - Speed 5
14K-18K: SE to NW - Speed 10
18K+: 45MPH Downdraft


Area of Operations:



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