The status of my LBA:
Well, losses, as always since mid 1943, have been extreme in the last days. 700 planes lost in less than one week, with 400 pilots gone.
As always the IJN is paying the heavier price, especially in terms of Nav-B and Nav-T trained pilots.
It's really hard to keep a decent LBA with trained enough pilots at this point of the game. The IJN pools are empty...even the schools are empty.
I still have a very good reserve of IJN fighter pilots however... With a lot of crack ones. But the bomber pilots are clearly a problem now.
The IJA is in perfect shape, in terms of pools, but, lacking any decent Dive Bomber, it cannot substitute the LBA IJN in that foundamental role.
The arrival of the Peggy-T in Jan 1944 has opened a window of opportunity and i'm training 160 IJA pilots for the Nav-T role... but I still need one month to get the first class of crews trained at 70 in Nav-T and I don't really have all that time.
The good thing is that, despite the superiority in terms on airframes and pilot quality, my fighter army has managed to keep the enemy bombers at bay. The tactic of leaping from one base to the other, not to give him any "easy" shot, is paying its dividends... even if it's very expensive in terms of self destroyed planes (I do jump to a base and, most of the time, disband those frames that are left damaged in the old base, not to let them being bombed the day after)...
My R&D program is almost over. The SAM is still too far away as I devoted very little effort to its research.
The only fighter i'm still waiting and hope to arrive in time to be a factor is the KI-84b... which should arrive somewhere between June and August 1944. It will be my main bomber killer for the last stage of the war, along with the KI-102b (which should arrive in august).
My fighter line will be composed of J2M5 and N1K2 for the IJN till the end of the war and the KI-84r and the KI-44c for the IJA. Nothing more. Will have to live with those frames and get the best out of them