Having SWPAC HQ in Cairns and B-17 Bombers in Cooktown.
If I transfer the squadrons to Noumea under SOPAC HQ, will the B-17 squadrons continue to receive their aircraft replacements and additional pilots from SWPAC HQ?
Or will the squadron suffer penalties for being out of range of their assigned HQ?
Again, AFAIK, units are not assigned to any specific HQ. You can freely transfer squadrons, ships or ground units anywhere on the map. The one exception (that I know about) are the units assigned to Northern Command.
So what happens when I move the Air HQ to the other side of the map? Do the penalties still exist for the Bombers?
Only if they are outside the command radius of *any* air HQ.
If I move the SWPAC 5th Air Force HQ with the B-17 Bombers to Noumea will all aircraft fly or only the 25%?
The 25% is the amount the squadron is reduced, not the total available to fly.
"splendid was their tactic of diving upon our force from the direction of the sun, taking advantage of intermittent clouds"
-Captain Takahisa Amagai, KAGA, June 4th 1942