From: Toronto and Lima
Was this against the AI or a PBEM, because as you say later you've denuded the rest of the map of significant forces. In late '42 I would think the Japanese player would have quite a 'hot' reception for you at Magwe, assuming it were still operational at that time. IOW, large base protected by radar, AAA, fighters. If he can bring down a significant number of 'heavies' your efforts could be hampered for a long time.
In addition, if he got 'wind' of this massing of air power he could launch a preemptive strike(s) that could be devastating. I'm not sure I would risk this so early against a human opponent. Then again, no guts, no glory.
This is my PBEM.
Denuded is relative; the Pacific is a naval theatre, and I still have all the USN and Marines squadrons there, plus all Australian and several USAAF 2Es. These are not great assets against airfields, but they can do lots of damage to surface forces, even the KB. so not great offensively, but they can bite defensively
Magwe was relatively well protected, AFAIK it had AA and radars, plus several dozen fighter. but these were all machine gun fighters (Tojo). There was also a big altitude gap on the 1st attack (the one that close the airfield), basically the CAP was optimized against sweeps (high altitude) and I hit low.
And yes, a preemtive strike can help. problem is that this would be temporarily at most, bombers were based on Madras and Hyderabad until the airbase was ready.. before that, I only had fighters doing CAP at Calcutta.
PTs also were a godsend... no more naval bombardments after a few "dances". Ideally you build a land-only airbase
< Message edited by Jorge_Stanbury -- 2/9/2016 2:06:37 AM >