Ok guys, you have made up my mind. Kamikaze allied CVTFs isn't the way to go
That is good news.
However i may argue that the CVs, given the present strategical situation, aren't exactly my best asset. If i hadn't thrown them away stupidly, they would serve as a "fleet in being"...but considering that my goal, right or wrong that it'd be, is to breack his ground defences in Honshu, their operational use would be very limited nonetheless.
As you pointed out, this is a battle of logistics. How do you supply your armies in the HI? One of the tools that you need to do this is your carrier fleet. If they aren't present, or don't exist, your task will be that much more difficult. On of the things that I have learned from reading though this is that Raeder will find a way to use his carriers against your LOC regardless of the presence of LBA. The threat of your carriers against his is staying some of his aggression (IMO).
Right now, your carriers are a fleet-in-being. Their sheer existence is controlling the course of his reactions. As others have pointed out, this is a temporary condition. Don't forget the lessons that you learned earlier in the war about the value of a limited number of carriers against a more capable force. Those people that were telling you to hoard your carriers and use them to keep Raeder honest are giving you similar advice now.
BTW, the time taken to read this from the beginning was definitely worth the time. Multiple times have I wanted to chime in with a comment as I was reading only to realize that it would pop up at the end of the discussion and make no sense whatsoever. Finally, I can comment where it might help, and where it will be understood.
MateDow, thanks for popping up and finding the time to drop your suggestions. They are most welcome, wise and logical. And i thank you for being here! feel free to keep on giving suggestions, thoughts...or just to pop up and slap my face when i do stupid things
thanks for joining