From: San Antonio, TX
Ok, here we are.
Nov 8,9 1943
Well, Brad had parked for a whole week 4 BBs right in front of Bathrust Island... a whole week...no movement at all....
I decided to give it a try. Waited for a day with good weather forecasted and then released my KB. Another run at flank speed, positioning 2 hexes east of Lautem and 7 hexes from the BBs.... set up all my search arcs in the right way... everything went smoothly...my CVs were unspotted... kept hidden for weeks just for that....
Storms both over the BBs and over my CVs...both morning and afternoon.... Not a single a/c launched... instead the yankees did send 100 bombers, escorted by 100 fighters over Lautem... we fought back and downed 150 of his planes, losing 90 of mine own... then some 30 torpedo bombers escorted by corsairs attacked my CVs...but got mauled both by LRCAP and by my local CV CAP.... but damn, it's the 4th time my CVs raids get screwed......and Brad is getting so damned lucky with the weather on the naval encounters....:-(
Then, on the 9th, Sweeps came over Magwe...and, once again, we fought back. 100 fighters downed for me, while he lost some 50...not bad, once again.
Brad also asked me about the numbers of my IJN fighters. A good friend wrote me an email saying Brad is a bit concerned about the resize of my IJNAF fighter groups....
I copy what i wrote to Brad
Not that massively. I had expanded 5 groups of IJN fighters from 27 to 81 and divided them in 3x27 (a part from the one you see at Mandalay) and upgraded them to George mainly. The float planes, tough, have been expanded all to 20 planes each (a part from those groups operating aboard AVs and AMCs). At Mandalay i have two groups of 45 N1K2 and one of 81. These were the ones you are seeing in combat.
I had done this during the first year when sentais around were very few and the IJAF was still very little. Stopped doing that in 1943 when the reinforcements groups finally start to arrive. Also the cost in term of supplies spent to maintain those big groups was getting too high and i have never enough pilots to them anyway.
Do you find it not "kosher"? I tried never to use them on sweep missions (i know that sweeping with big groups is, somehow, gamey, cause you have a much more advantage sweeping with big groups instead of smaller ones).
Personally i don't find the enlargements unbalancing (well, maybe if i had expanded the way Rader did :-) ), but i am open to discuss it if you want. The way is see it is that if Japan is able to produce more planes for its pools it's somehow reasonable to create new groups if you have the resources (supplies, HIs etc) to do it, provided you don't "flood" the allies with simply too many planes to be handled.
But it's just my opinion...
I can resize them back, no problem. If Brad finds i did something wrong i apologise. I truly don't think so, but that's just my opinion and i may be wrong obviously.
Think it would be kosher to set an HR that limits the resizing to the max number originally available for the IJN...but, as you know, IJN groups can reach 45 planes... so if i'd resize all my IJN groups to 45 my air force would be much larger than what is now...
But i'm open to discussion. What do you think guys?
How precisely did you resize? If you cleared off every plane on a flight deck in order to maximize the resize to 81 planes only to intentionally resize them as an LBA-restricted fighter, then there was an effort there to make LBA IJNAF something it wasn't and never could have been. I'd be somewhat troubled by that.
I have a HR on resizing carrier air for the sake of training. For example, HR restrictions do not permit me to max size all my float groups just to make training squadrons on CS or making training squadrons on CVs from A6M aircraft, for example. Now, if they're not really used for training but deployment, there's a bit of a grey zone there.
Talk it over with your partner. See if there's something that he can do to expand his air groups accordingly too. If he's restricted because of the artificial construct of the game, then you may need to stay your hand as well.