31 March 1943
I walked into it anyway ... My LB failed to fly, my CV aviators have been crushed and I've got nothing to show for it, well except a torpedo into the Wasp. 350+ IJN planes destroyed in a few hours of fighting today. I wasn't really looking for a fight, I wanted to recombine my forces, but Nemo came my way and well pain and suffering ensued. Bad coordination of strikes and escorting duties really made my TojoIII losses insane. I don;t want to talk about it but 100+ Tojo's won;t be coming home.
The bad thing is that I'm in now and can't get out, IF he comes closer to Davao tomorrow, then he will meet another group of CV's heading that way, I can't send them back cause they need to cover the 2CVTF's which did battle today.
More updates when I find the stomach for it.
I will admit that I must be "thick" because I don't understand exactly what this means and what you are actually afraid of. Maybe the act of you carefully explaining my mistakes below will be theraputic for you and focuses your mind on the possiblities.
1. I don't understand why you are "in now and can't get out". You make no mention of any Allied strikes/hits on the KB, so why can't the 2CVTFs you refer to simply not head north, back to friendly LBA CAP, at flank speed. Indeed, having mentioned that you put a torpedo into the Wasp, then surely the enemy CV TF can't match your speed, and if the Wasp is left behind, he dangerously weakens his own CAP.
2. I don't understand why your converging CVs onto Davao can't be sent back "cause they need to cover the 2CVTFs which did battle today". Firstly, there is the point made in (1) above. Secondly, your opponent has clearly shown his hand tactically on day 1 of the battle, so you must expect the same outcome to ensue - a massacre of IJN airframes. Thirdly, with no reported counter air launch from Allied CVs against the first 2CVTFs, what exactly would these late coming CV TFs be providing cover against?
3. Your "LB failed to fly". What, from all your bases, eg Menando, Kendari, Davao, Jolo, Cotobato etc? Against what - Allied bases or Allied CVs? If against the latter I'm not surprised in view of the likely number of Allied fighters. If against the former, which base. Your last screenshot showed no Allied air on Morotai, so even unescorted bombers should get through to hit Morotai, the only Allied airbase I think which is in range of Japanese fighter sweeps/escorts.
4. You say that 100+ Tojos won't be coming home. Why is this a psychological problem? Firstly, you seem to be producing and flying basically only Tojos, so naturally whenever you engage in any sort of significant combat, irrespective of whether you win or lose the battle, you will lose hordes of them. Secondly, what were the Allied loses. Thirdly, that airframe loss represents less than a week of Tojo production - weren't those carriers earmarked for repairs which would take much more than a week for completition. You are really no worse off than before.