In a big number of campaigns, I’ve had results ranging from 0 to 6 battleships sunk, and rarely did I get more than 2 battleships untouched (and more often none at all). As spence says, most of the « historical sinking » were ephemeral. The game engine doesn’t have the ability to refloat a ship sunk in shallow waters, but for all purpose and effect, a ship with very high damage at anchor in a base, while it won’t « sink », can be considered to have done so, and the repairs to actually be the process to refloat it.
In real history, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Maryland were all three ready for service in early ‘42, and Nevada by the end of ‘42. The last two, West Virginia and California, were only returned to service in mid- and early-44 respectively, so two to two-and-a-half years after the attack which « sank » them.
In « game terms », one could consider the Oklahoma did not sink, but suffer from 99/99/99 major damage, which would have taken the duration of the war to repair (hence the « economic loss », like a car wrecked in an accident, which could be repaired but whose repair costs would be higher than buying a new one).
In all of my PBEMs, I bombed PH only once since I am a Manila-boy. Still, I have been on the receiving end and I would say that PH bombing is quite well-modeled in terms of ship sinkings.
Your BBs do not get actually sunk, rather damaged enough to align them to the historical situation, where they have been raised from shallow waters.
I think this is an elegant solution to the absence of the entire "refloating a sunk ship" game mechanism.
In terms of destroyed planes, I have always seen sub-par results, but it is probably due to the fact that many (most?) players prefer to strike harder the ships and lighter the airfield.
Broadly speaking, I would say that I would personally prefer to bomb PH instead of Manila if I would somehow be allowed to decide the priority targets for my planes. Given that the game is as it is (and it's historically accurate in this), you are stuck with BBs as priority target and you end up badly damaging them and keeping them out of war for X months.
NOTE. Sinking big ships in big harbours is quite a tricky business everywhere at every possible moment of the game. I had poured dozens of big bombs (800Kgs from Kates) to the Repulse in Colombo and it sunk after a looong series of strikes over few weeks.
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