I see, that you mentioned, that you use old ZEROs for sacrificial escort duty. Since it does not seem, that either experience, speed, or maneuverability helps much during escort, your best bet would be something with armor. That way plane have chance to survive initial attack (and be target for another pass )
Now, in 10 days, we'll start producing the D4Y4...I really hope to be able to use a lot of them in my next encounter with the allied CVs.
Are you sure it is entirely KOSHER?
D4Y4 was kamikaze variant, and the bomb was not non-detachable. I have no idea, why it can be dropped it in-game.
Yes, that's why i'm really looking forward to have the SAM, tough it won't arrive untill early 1945
And yes, i think it's kosher. The game allows it, exactly as it allows the 8 hexes strikes vs. the 7 hexes of the allied CVs, or the Corsairs to take off from CVE Long Island. And i don't think it's an overview, like Jakes being able to operate from Subs just because the game doesn't understand the differences among FP types. The D4Y4 is a plane specifically made carrier capable by the devs.