I got 97k supply dumped in clark field in the opening weeks of the war, those akl's make lovely suicide boats heh, but it's already dwindling. 75k in feb now. And I'm wondering about some specific supply savings. Namely the fighter planes there.
So far I've managed to maintain the 4 p-40 groups there at close to full strength with occasional refills and "upgrades" of stateside groups to free up p-40 e's and b's. However I'm starting to wonder if they're worth the supply usage.
Namely is the cost of operating them and the cost of refilling them with planes occasionally more then I would lose to supply dump hits from bombing? So far they've been able to drive off the relatively light bombing that happens daily (for the most part, they still get occasional hits), there doesn't seem to be any real air effort put into bombing clark or bataan yet. And all the AI's zeroes seem to be around rabaul and in burma so they're actually able to fight off the nates that are around the PI.
And I'm sorely tempted to upgrade that marine regiment to USMC 42 Rifle Squads (from 41 squads). I've had it sitting and resting in bataan thus far as a reserve before I throw it in, hoping it's morale would go up (seems to be stuck at 93, they must know they're doomed), and I noticed it could upgrade to the next years squads, of which I will have enough in the pools within a week or two. But I'm not sure if the supply cost of upgrading it is worthwhile.
So two questions for ya'll to weigh in on:
1. Do ya'll think the supply cost of operating and maintaining the 4 PI fighter squadrons is worthwhile vs the supply cost of daily light bomber raids?
2. Would the improvement of upgrading the 4th marine regiment to USMC 42 rifle quads be worth considering? How much of an improvement in performance does the 42 squad get compared to the 41, and how much does it cost to upgrade 93 squads in supply anyways?
So there ya go, 2 questions . Opinions and advice on this are appreciated.