As for aviation support getting into China perhaps after x date (when Burma is supposed to be in Japanese hands) the units should auto-magically arrive in China. If that makes sense, of course.
Your scenario is a joy
Makes total sense. And thanks; we're really glad you hate it so much Knowing how the code is supposed to work and actually seeing things in practice are two completely different things. Comments like yours are highly appreciated.
What I'm thinking is having, perhaps, half the actual airgroups that went to China - show up in China; in one of the Western bases so they can get redeployed at a player's convenience. The other half will have to be flown over the hump (if that's what a player wishes to do), or not (if a player wants to just blow off China altogether). That has two implications for the base support units.
For the airgroups that automagically show up, their base support units should automagically show up too. The conceptual justification is that instead of humping tons of bombs, a group is humping tons of tool boxes, spare magnetos, cases of oil, and a bushel of freezing mechanics. Now that means that support units show up with only "squad" type devices; AvSup, Sup, maybe some Engs. The other 'heavy' stuff is still in the TO&E, but just not in the unit. To get the heavy stuff, one needs to click on the 'take replacements' and that stuff will eventually get added in from supply - kinda like a piece-part delivery from a supply chain abstraction, yeah?
And for the groups that are "supposed" to go to China, but arrive in Aden, after Burma gets trashed, they can fly there, but their support units don't have wings. So the 'over the hump' transports will have to fly them. In that case, those units will have to be 'squad only' units as well. Once again, the heavy devices will have to get filled out eventually from pools and supply. Think that might work ok.
You kinda caught us short, because we didn't want to touch China with a ten foot pole, much less a twelve foot albanian, but you do raise an issue that we totally missed. Ok. Can fix. Let me know your thoughts. Don't want to just go off and do something; I mean, you put your pud on the table, so you are in this, now too. Your thoughts will be highly appreciated.