From: St. Louis
In my first PBEM in late March of '42 I sent my four CVs against all 6 of his CVs and mauled them pretty badly. The location was halfway between Finschafen and PM, with mine on the south side of the peninsula, and his on the north side. Only Kaga escaped with less than 4 bomb hits (1) and only one of my CVs was hit (by both bombs and torps) but still had less than 75% flotation damage and no fires, and I think it would have made it to Sydney, for instance, and all it's air arm successfully landed at PM. He complained that his KB was extremely low on fuel (decidedly careless, I think), and it may have been low on sorties as well, being quite active up to that point without visiting a port. There also were severe thunderstorms over my TF's (each carrier in its own) and only perhaps half his attack found a target, and that was only 1 of the four TFs. His KB was in PC conditions and easily found by all of my strike. I don't remember what land based stuff he had available, but it did not figure in the battle. All and all, I'd say I was extremely lucky (not to mention foolhardy). We stopped the game at that point, of course. My 3 CVs would have hunted down many if not all of his CVs, I think (of course he may have had Bettys around and now had a lot of Kates and Vals on nearby land strips so perhaps pursuit would have been rather risky). A note on running low on fuel: if you don't have AOs available or aren't willing to bring them near the front, and can't be bothered to rendevous and refuel, have some large xAKs handy with their tanks full as an emergency pit stop. You might even keep them with the AOs so they are kept full til you commit them.