From: Land o' Lakes, FL
Long-Range (heavy) bombers in India are a wonderful thing. There are lots of targets. You can bomb AFs and Resources in Burma. You can kill badguys trying to invade India. You can bomb bad-guys in China. The fun never stops.
You also need a few Sqdns in SWPac. Your main target will be Rabaul. It's very necessary to clobber Rabaul, and certainly Lae/Shortlands/Lunga are all potential targets. But you're really limited as to where you can base B-17s in SWPac. You can base them at PM once the AF is large enough, but you've also got to worry about getting whacked by Japanese LBA. Same is true for Lunga. The AF has be built up, and if it is, you're also needing fighters to protect yourself from bombers from Rabaul. Don't me wrong, you've -GOT- to have B-17s in SWPac to take out the Japanese bases.
But I'll just say that if you manage to borrow some B-17s from the US*, and base them in India, yes, you will get a LOT of use out of them. Once your squadrons convert to Wellingtons, you've got a pretty good bomber (not as good as B-17, but still quite adaquate). But until then, B-17s are great to have in CBI.
* this really is the case for Knavey and I. He's the US, I'm UK and everybody else in our PBEM games. So yes, I really do have to ask for the B-17s, I don't get them for free... :^)
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