From: St Augustine, Florida
ALRIGHTY THEN! Just returned 12-9-41. Didn't find any gross variations from plan. I was surprised to see a determined ASW effort off Singapore against the initial IJ sub concentration. Didn't lose any, two aborting to Saigon for repairs.
Letting merchants move another turn before setting up initial resource convoys. Went through Japan to continue naval and float air unit upsizing and merchant conversions.
I feel my weakest point is air production/R&D. We are playing PDU On, so I have a chance to really screw up. At one-day turns, I do have some time to think. For now:
Halted - Hitachi Early & Amakaze, Kayaba Argus and Nakajima Kotobuki
Airframes under consideration for continued production and future development (all others, R&D turned off)
Night Fighters - S1A1, P1Y1-S, Ki54KaiD, Ki46-III Kai, Ki102b, JINI-SA, D4Y2-S. I think several of these really aren't to be considered, just hedging my bets. Not envisioning a need for carrier borne fighters, Not sure J1N1 really cuts it.
Kamikazes - Toka, all Ki-115
Level Bombers - P1Y3, Ki67 all, Ki49 all Ki48IIa
Torpedo Bombers - P1Y2, P1Y1, Ki67Ia, B6N, B7N
Fighters - N1K1 all except the float, Ki84 all, Li83, Ki61 all thru Ki100, Ki45KAIa, Ki43 all, Ki201, Ki202, Ki102 all, J8M1, J7W1, J2M all. This list will likely be trimmed
Recce - Ki95, Ki46 all, J1N1c, C6N1 all
Trans - I think it will be the G4M-L, but haven't ruled out the L2D2, I forget the early war one I intend to continue as a bridge, Tina or Topsy
Long range fighter(maybe) Ki93-1a
ASW - Ki49-1a, KA1. I think G3m and G4m may prove to be the actual here, but didn't go through all of them.
Dive Bomber - Ki48IIa, D4Y all. I think the B7n can also dive bomb(?)
I intend to trim basically all of these lists so I can focus engine R&D and production, any and all comments welcome.
I don't want to address KB ops ahead of orders execution.
Down like a CLOWN!