From: Glasgow, Scotland
Bomb Portland with 90 or so Kates. 1 manpower hit, 244 fires, 88 still blazing. Bombing low manpower cities it is really tough to get the fires to do any damage...imho. It was just a test...need to drop way more bombs per plane..
Hastily assembling the Darwin invasion. Battleships and Cruisers here...will go in with a division, brigade, engineers, tank and artillery that are all near 100 percent prep. Opposed by 4000 troops (CD guns!).
Still adjusting to the idea of fighter altitude restrictions. He jumped some Zeroes flying low CAP and gets 2-1. If they had been flying the restriction, it would have been a different story, but how boring to set all fighters to one Altitude. I will play around with altitudes...
If it's just the CD guns, why not Eben-Emael it and take it by paradrop? Lots of bombing attacks to drive disruption and fatigue through the roof, and the paratrooper should be able to take the base.
If that isn't workable, I'd have a seperate bombardment force with the crusiers, and embed the battleships in the amphib force.
In my experience, after firing counter-bombardment fire, CD gun units tend to have a high level of disruption, even against destroyers. Let the crusiers bombard first (where they're unlikely to get hit) to disrupt the guns and let the battleships soak up the fire (the 9.2in CD guns at Darwin can harm cruisers, but less so on battleships - may as well let the BB's soak the damage)
He has three units there now, nothing built up in the area, I am sure Jocke is willing to cede northern Oz, and Perth too most likely. I think a paratroop drop behind at Fenton and a landing to the west with tanks and a race across will do it. Then move the troops in to a safe base rather than risk the frontal attack.
That's what I did with my game with Loka, although he had Darwin chock full of DEI refugees. Nearly pocketed them, but they managed to break through the cordon before the infantry moved up. An air-landing at Fenton and working your way north sounds like a good idea - you can even fly in extra troops if required.
If it's three units, do you know what they are? One is the static CD unit, the other could be the RAAF unit and perhaps something else?