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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/30/2021 8:58:56 PM   
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Ahem.

The Avenger is a single engine, carrier capable, US Naval Torpedo bomber that was also used by some of the US Naval Infantry air infantry air units plus sent out as Lend Lease aid to many countries.

The B26B is a twin engine land based bomber known as the Marauder. Four Marauders did carry torpedoes and use them at Midway but not one of them stuck a target and exploded. Since the B25 had a slightly longer range, the B26 was then used in the ETO being replaced by the B25 among other bombers.





You AFBs are super spoiled. The B26 is a great bomber...compared to what Japan gets. The Avenger is a solid improvement over the current CV torpedo plane with generous monthly replacement rate.


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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/30/2021 9:00:42 PM   
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Why are you waiting for size 4 airfields before transferring air groups to New Zealand?


Don't want to incur op losses. Especially among the B17D.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/30/2021 9:02:23 PM   
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There is an alternate "national" base for each nationality to allow their reinforcements and arrivals to show up somewhere. If they do show up at Aden, that is a perfect place to train them to the limits, and in multi skills too.

You could always use PP to buy out a dot base for the Dutch Patrol aircraft - or are they all destroyed already? Should be able to buy the air units back as well when PP become more plentiful.


I thought the Dutch's was Kal..iti.

Dutch Patrols are wiped out.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/30/2021 9:02:56 PM   
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Ex-pats. Think Polish Air Force in Britain. In this case ex-ex-pats.


Okay!

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/30/2021 9:05:50 PM   
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Moving out from Toowoomba today...pretty much going to go slow and steady so that we don't outpace our AA. Should be enough to force a Japanese retreat from Maryborough. My troops are fragile...low experience, poor squads, not a lot of upgraded artillery, Australian tanks at 50% of TOE.

Caught up on a lot of ship upgrades, but April it is raining upgrades.

Trying to upgrade to 1942 Indian Infantry today at Calcutta. Still accumulating Australian squads.

In hindsight, I should have put together 20 xaks and the US Fleet to force a big supply run into Luzon while the KB was around Ceylon.
Maybe not, since this early those carriers are really easy to hit with Iboats.



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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 12:06:51 AM   
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Ahem.

The Avenger is a single engine, carrier capable, US Naval Torpedo bomber that was also used by some of the US Naval Infantry air infantry air units plus sent out as Lend Lease aid to many countries.

The B26B is a twin engine land based bomber known as the Marauder. Four Marauders did carry torpedoes and use them at Midway but not one of them stuck a target and exploded. Since the B25 had a slightly longer range, the B26 was then used in the ETO being replaced by the B25 among other bombers.





You AFBs are super spoiled. The B26 is a great bomber...compared to what Japan gets. The Avenger is a solid improvement over the current CV torpedo plane with generous monthly replacement rate.


A "," would have helped and the ", and" combination would have been better.

The Japanese Army and Navy both have or will get 2E bombers that can either carry a torpedo from a level 2 airfield or a full load of bombs on Low Nav from the same airfield. The Navy gets two such aircraft from the beginning while the Army has to wait for the Peggy T.

The Japanese can also increase their production of aircraft while the Allies can not plus the Japanese can get key aircraft sooner while the Allies can not.

The Japanese also receive flying boat transports that can carry a heavy load. They also get the Jake from the beginning and possibly better ones later on. The Japanese also get float fighters which can be based at a base with no airfield making them immune from damage from bombing and bombardments. They can also produce float torpedo bombers as well.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 4:11:56 AM   
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I've also noticed the Dutch reappear at Aden, but I always seem to have a problem with Dutch pilots running out, so most of those units sit at Aden for the rest of the war.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 11:47:05 AM   
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I've also noticed the Dutch reappear at Aden, but I always seem to have a problem with Dutch pilots running out, so most of those units sit at Aden for the rest of the war.

I use the reminder of fighter pilots for CAP in back areas and others train for ASW. Seem safe enough occupations to last quite a while

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 11:48:00 AM   
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Our first sequential upgrade of a division's infantry, with less than 150 1942 squads in the pool... The best part is we haven't depleted the 1942 pool since the old squads were auto upgraded.

Better the buttered toast!






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 12:28:08 PM   
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India...starting to feel a bit optimistic. Probably too early to feel that way...Ceylon will fall, freeing up two divisions, but at some point Japan has to pull 3-5 Divisions back for Singers and 2-3 Divisions for Luzon. Don't they?

Still plinking away at the economy while maintaining very low losses.




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 12:31:49 PM   
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Most of the air action happened over Dacca, with beasts flying in after sweeps, but there was enemy fighter presence for the beasts and the P40s on escort lost a few.

I missed my opportunity to savage Dacca's light industry, but did score 1 hit at night.

Going to have to allocate one B17 squadron of 8 planes to recon on Rangoon.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 12:36:41 PM   
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Japan called it quits on their off road thrust...those five units off road have at least 3 divisions in them.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 12:41:17 PM   
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Australian offensive underway! Japanese bombers have been stood down for the last several days. Japan has earned 1038 VP from strategic bombing.

We now have 14 fighter squadrons protecting Australia...and I have lost count of the AA units (at least 2 at every potential hotspot and at least 1 at all strategic targets in range).




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 3:48:10 PM   
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On recon, the squadron will only send out two aircraft per day to the target - one in the AM and one in the PM air phase. You can split the squadron for a while to recon more targets. Or dedicate the rest of the squadron to bombing ... Commander Lowpe's Choice!

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 5:11:05 PM   
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On recon, the squadron will only send out two aircraft per day to the target - one in the AM and one in the PM air phase. You can split the squadron for a while to recon more targets. Or dedicate the rest of the squadron to bombing ... Commander Lowpe's Choice!


Darn, can't use beasts on recon...I guess I will have to dedicate a Cat squadron to it.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 5:13:11 PM   
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I've also noticed the Dutch reappear at Aden, but I always seem to have a problem with Dutch pilots running out, so most of those units sit at Aden for the rest of the war.

I use the reminder of fighter pilots for CAP in back areas and others train for ASW. Seem safe enough occupations to last quite a while


I have 200 pilots.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 6:22:48 PM   
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In numerous Japanese games I have struggled to get some fuel to flow out of Urumchi.

Here, I want to get it to flow to Lanchow, it seems despite two level 1 runways some fuel does flow from Lanchow to Kunming and Chengtu. In fact, I don't think the size of the base plays any role in fuel moving to and from Lanchow and Kunming.

Normally I build the two level 1 bases on the highway between Hami and Lanchow, but I recall it not working that well. Building Urumchi up just increases the fuel stockpile before wastage occurs.

Anybody have any bright ideas? Not so bright ideas?




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 5/31/2021 6:49:25 PM   
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Capture Hong Kong and Canton, fuel with flow there and oil will flow to Hong Kong.

Capture from Hankow to Shanghai, fuel will flow to the ports. Oil will flow to Hankow and maybe Shanghai as well.

I don't have my game open right now but if I recall, there is over 11k in oil at Hong Kong and quite a bit at Hangkow. I don't remember if any oil got to Shanghai yet.



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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 10:36:33 AM   
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Urumchi - the only way I got fuel/oil to flow out of here was load up what was available at Port Arthur and other ports to be shipped to Japan. You need to create a need someplace.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 12:35:04 PM   
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Japan has 750 AV off road cleaning up my pickets...threats to his supply line.




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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 12:46:04 PM   
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A quiet day it was, with little air activity, bombers didn't fly over Ceylon...but a momentous day as our Australian counter offensive made some progress, we spotted a small blocking unit, and might have been spotted by the Japanese.

Japanese recon is very bad down here, only Maryborough has any enemy DL...

We have morale on our side!





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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 1:58:55 PM   
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Urumchi - the only way I got fuel/oil to flow out of here was load up what was available at Port Arthur and other ports to be shipped to Japan. You need to create a need someplace.


I have plenty of need, just not ship based need.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 2:11:23 PM   
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For the first time ever, I have assigned a sweep mission with Airacobras at 100'...targeting a Japanese base on Ceylon with only a moving infantry division there.

I am curious to see what happens. Will they target the runway or the division? Or not fly?

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 2:57:02 PM   
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Looking at the air supply of China with bombers and transports. Each 2k load = 1 supply point.

There are two minor road hexes north east of Paoshan that are the closest to Ledo at 6 hexes. If I park a ground unit there, I can resupply it from air...and then the theory goes they will redistribute the excess supply minus wastage to the nearby bases with demand.

Additionally I still have the dot base above Lashio to air drop into.

This has, I think the advantage that it is an air drop, meaning the planes won't have to land at a smallish air base. This might not be a big deal for transports, which need a size 2 AF to operate without penalty, but for HB that need a size 5 or eventually a size 7 for B29s...this might be important but my experience with Blenheims flying supply into Paoshan paints a different picture...minimal op losses. But the shortest range might play a bigger role.

Now, I have no clue how this works, and on my first attempt flying LB30's I suffered an op loss when the planes had low fatigue, and I delayed my experimentation with it....but now I am ready to start again.

Although the included picture is several days old, I have lost Myitkyna for example, I will move some ground troops to the road hexes and give that a try, and also air drop into the dot base and closely monitor op losses.

I have been flying Blenheims into Paoshan with only very occasional op losses at 30% for most of the war...and the pilots had very low transport skills.

My transports, the few I do have, have been moving troops in and out of China and haven't yet done any straight supply runs. I know from past games the op losses from running supplies into China is generally horrendous.

Blenheim, Hudson: 1 supply point
B26: 2 supply points
C47: 3 supply points
B17: 3 supply points
LB30: 4 supply points

Ledo will be a level 6 runway next turn.

Does anyone know if multiple HQa provide a stacked benefit in transport missions?











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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 3:38:24 PM   
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For the first time ever, I have assigned a sweep mission with Airacobras at 100'...targeting a Japanese base on Ceylon with only a moving infantry division there.

I am curious to see what happens. Will they target the runway or the division? Or not fly?

Sweep or ground attack?

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 3:50:29 PM   
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For the first time ever, I have assigned a sweep mission with Airacobras at 100'...targeting a Japanese base on Ceylon with only a moving infantry division there.

I am curious to see what happens. Will they target the runway or the division? Or not fly?

Sweep or ground attack?


Sweep! Never done it before to the best of my memory...might have done it by mistake.



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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 4:00:05 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Lowpe

For the first time ever, I have assigned a sweep mission with Airacobras at 100'...targeting a Japanese base on Ceylon with only a moving infantry division there.

I am curious to see what happens. Will they target the runway or the division? Or not fly?

Sweep or ground attack?


Sweep! Never done it before to the best of my memory...might have done it by mistake.


Hopefully, the IJA will be just a little surprised and have to wash alot of their loincloths!

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 9:33:53 PM   
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A little strafing and a lot of bombing...all fighters strafed, those on ground attack carried bombs and released them, counter AA fire was from machine guns only unless an IJA division has had their TOE beefed up.

So, the sweepers strafed, but given the small numbers set to sweep did no noticeable damage. Next test will be to sweep an enemy
runway with planes.

Ground attack planes were spotted at 42nm at 2K feet for 16 minutes warning.

Sweepers were spotted at 16 miles and at 6k for four minutes warning.

Most pilots had 50 skill strafe, but under 30 in lowG.






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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/1/2021 11:16:02 PM   
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Bring the CAP lower then bomb higher.

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RE: Spanking Lowpe (NJP72 vs Lowpe (A)) - 6/2/2021 12:45:23 PM   
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India

I desperately want to keep Ledo...the air bridge flying in supplies to China.

With the Japanese push from Chittagong, I paid very close attention to those bases that Japan has DL on and flooded them with troops of any flavor and planes, relying up the excellent British AA to keep the runways safe (and a bit from my own recon that shows very few bombers in this theater).

To further the misinformation, more than 3/4ths of the engineering units at Ledo moved out to swell the numbers. As soon as recon showed up I would send forces there, preferably from bases in the dark to Japan intel agents.

The Chinese Corp, and their ability to swell each day thanks to Commonwealth supply certainly has helped, along with the US Army coming in with Marines and Base Forces. Our TOE is generally bad, experience poor, but the numbers look great and I suspect daunting to the Japanese.

Then I picked the outlier IJA ground forces and hit them with bombers, preferably B26s, but even Blenheims on two opportunities to swell the numbers...and of course the Hurricanes have been sweeping and doing well. This worked well, as Japan didn't bring enough AA (plus the beasts have been hitting Rangoon and Magwe).


Many of the forces are stuck on railroads, ready to relocate...I was prepared to evacuate all of Southeastern India at the drop of a hat....Japan stopped and concentrated at Dacca.

But for now my deception seems to have worked at sowing confusion in the Japanese high command as the movement pip of the 19 unit IJA ground stack at Dacca is south...they might head over to Ledo way, but I think not.

I have paid a price, in that our air supply of China was more than cut in half and for about five days dropped to 0 and base building at Ledo came to a complete stop...but we are ramping back up now. The transports though, flew everyday bringing in the Chinese 6th Corp...which at one point two weeks ago I despaired of getting out of Burma.






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