YH, thanks for the reply, 4Es can use it, but with the stacking limits, if I follow you:
The most 4E, unescorted that could base there would be 37 (150/4). That would assume no other planes of any kind. If you wanted those planes to actually have an escort, you could do maybe 24 B-24s, 16 P-38s, and still have a little room for a few PBYs (up to 16 to be exact). Unless PBY's dont' count, because they sit in the lagoon, not on the strip. And the 4Es fly at reduced bombloads.
Am I following the logic?
If so, that would severely restrict the use of Wake as an offensive platform, certainly for the Allies. I suppose the Japs could still get 2 Daitai of Bettys (108), a Daitai of Zero (27), plus a handful of Jakes.
What happens if you overstack an airbase: Nothing flies?
No, same as WitP. overstack to 2 times is 1 failed check, over 2 times is 2 failed checks and double losses if hit on the ground. So nothing really preventing you from operating 700 B-29s off Wake if you want to other than they fly (to maximum extended range) with reduced bombloads.
Forget Wake, makes Saipan, Tinian and Guam relatively useless. Hope they can be built up to 9s.
Saipan and Tinian can be built to level 7 (which is what a B-29 needs to operate without penalty). Guam to level 8. The thing is about Siapan/Tinian can only be built up to a level 4 port and Guam a level 5. Makes me wonder if you can offload enough supplies to feed the air support units and fly the bombers with such small port sizes. And if they ARE big enough, you may be just as well off flying off Wake or Marcus. The only real effect is to halve your bombload (from 40 x 500 lbers to 20). 200 x 500 lbs will still do significant damage and the islands wont be near as well guarded because of their size limiting the numbers of defenders you can put there. Havent been able to test this all the way through however.
Since Saipan, Tinian and Guam were used as B29 bases, they really should too in AE.
Am I wrong?
They can be yes. But there again, there are islands in the Aleutians that can be built up to level 7 airfields also. So taking Saipan/Guam/Tinian isnt as big a deal either in that regard. Just build them up and hit Japan from there and use smaller atolls for the rest. You cant get all of Honshu from the Aleutians but everything east and north of Sendai is within range.