From: Saint Marys, Ga
Thanks everybody for your insights.
What's happening now:
As far as Suva goes, my bombardment TF was attacked by a lone allied CV. SBD's put 5 1000lb'ers on a BB, but all it did was give me 3 SYS damage. I shot down 4 SBD's and damaged 11 more. He must have been aiming for a quick in and out strike, because I haven't seen that CV in about 3 days since. Mini-KB is still 7 hexes away from Suva providing LRCAP from the few bombers that are still at Suva, and incase that CV pops up again. I've increased my CAP over Mini-KB though incase he's been able to deduce where I've been hiding it. I've been moving Mini-KB a hex or two every turn, keeping within range of Suva, to try and keep from being detected. My first of three guard forces have landed, and the 2nd will land on our next turn. I had to send a 3rd one in after I saw there were more troops at Suva than I thought, but they're still a few days out. I figure if I keep up the bombardment I can whittle away the allied ground troops some before I start attacking with troops. Taiyo is on her way down from Takao with 21 zeroes and 9 kates to join Mini-KB (currently has Ryujo, Zuiho, and Hosho).
Big KB is a few days out of Palau right now. I'm stashing KB there until I figure out where I want to deploy it. Through recon with Nells, I've found that much of the Asiatic and ABDA fleets ran to Darwin. Recon shows 69 ships there, mixed warships and merchant. I'm trying to find a route where I can sneak KB down in striking range of Darwin without being constantly tracked, but I don't think there is a way.
Just a side note....was I an idiot for landing at Mersing? I can't tell if there's a road from Mersing to Singapore, and if there's not, I'm worried my troops will be fatigued to hell after a two-week walk to Singapore.
This post felt like an AAR....
Far as the Mersing landing, as the allies I have had Jap players land there and the results depend on how fast he is withdrawing from farther north. If he tried to delay you for any length of time you can cut him off. But the road from mersing to the west coast is a slow slog, so it is a race. Worth the risk as long as you have Singapore's air supressed, don't let him get bombers in there or you could have alot of shot up ships leaving that port. It is always a risk to land there but it depends on your opponent and your preperation as to if it is going to be a bad risk or a good one
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