From: San Antonio, TX
NoPac was unusual. It was like preparing to take the family sailboat out only to suddenly learn that a Category IV hurricane was sixty miles offshore and heading your way. Seriously. It's not like I got the willies or cold feet without reason. There was the most amazing run of concentrated SigInt all focused on the islands I was heading to. Had that not happened, and had the time come to trigger the invasion, I might have gotten cold feet if the location of the KB had remained ucnertain, but I never reached that point.
I will not trigger this op if I think John is prepared, but to this point everthing I'm looking at says he's unaware. Under these circumstances, I'll pull the trigger. In all likelihood, this will end in a carrier battles (after all, it doesn't take long for the KB to get to Buna vicinity from Truk or Saipan). But if I can take PM, Terapo and Horn Island (and, if things go very well, Merauke) before John can gather himself fully, I think the op succeeds.
Question for You Guys: I have a USN squadron at Calcutta with 30 F4Fs. How does that fighter fare against the Tojo?
I personally consider the Tojo-IIc model to be slightly better than the F4F. Being as he's flying the unarmored and undergunned (comparative to the IIc) IIa, it's a push or perhaps the F4F is slightly better. Most of the differences will be due to pilot quality, getting a sweep 'jump', numbers in a scrum, etc. etc.