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Planes in the Philippines - 8/18/2021 9:12:14 PM   
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It is Dec 23, 1941 and I am wondering whether it is worth trying to get any of the planes out of the Philippines. Seems like a lot of points to me. Especially the B17s that will all be withdrawn in 42. Thoughts?
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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/18/2021 9:19:00 PM   
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It is Dec 23, 1941 and I am wondering whether it is worth trying to get any of the planes out of the Philippines. Seems like a lot of points to me. Especially the B17s that will all be withdrawn in 42. Thoughts?


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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/19/2021 4:56:45 AM   
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B-17s are excellent in Naval Search when you have shortage of Catalinas, so by all means evacuate them.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/19/2021 5:17:54 AM   
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It may be better to withdraw those planes early, since they will withdraw anyway. By doing so you will gain PP's.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/19/2021 10:08:14 AM   
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They will be the ONLY fighters you have to defend Australia for the first 6 months of the war.

Sure the fighters pull out by summer, but having them to defend Australia during a very critical period when the continent is otherwise completely devoid of fighters is golden.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/19/2021 1:18:32 PM   
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It is Dec 23, 1941 and I am wondering whether it is worth trying to get any of the planes out of the Philippines. Seems like a lot of points to me. Especially the B17s that will all be withdrawn in 42. Thoughts?

Philippines B17-Ds are one of the few allied units that can seriously spoil JFB mood in the first months of war. Their range makes it possible to bomb almost any oil in the DEI theatre as soon as Japan captures it, as well as some major ports. Japan has to divert a lot of resources to counter those guys. And then there is night bombing

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/19/2021 5:14:12 PM   
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It is Dec 23, 1941 and I am wondering whether it is worth trying to get any of the planes out of the Philippines. Seems like a lot of points to me. Especially the B17s that will all be withdrawn in 42. Thoughts?

Philippines B17-Ds are one of the few allied units that can seriously spoil JFB mood in the first months of war. Their range makes it possible to bomb almost any oil in the DEI theatre as soon as Japan captures it, as well as some major ports. Japan has to divert a lot of resources to counter those guys. And then there is night bombing

This is something I am going to try in my next game. In my current game, where I am now at Nov 30 1942, I wish I had earlier fought harder. I did not do mass withdrawals, but I did let the US Army in the Philippines sit static, but I did buy out the B-17s. Next time I won't.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/20/2021 12:18:25 AM   
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Philippines B17-Ds are one of the few allied units that can seriously spoil JFB mood in the first months of war. Their range makes it possible to bomb almost any oil in the DEI theatre as soon as Japan captures it, as well as some major ports. Japan has to divert a lot of resources to counter those guys. And then there is night bombing

This is something I am going to try in my next game. In my current game, where I am now at Nov 30 1942, I wish I had earlier fought harder. I did not do mass withdrawals, but I did let the US Army in the Philippines sit static, but I did buy out the B-17s. Next time I won't.

But you do buy them out specifically for their usefulness (in human games of course, don't bother against AI). Else they would sit on Clark and repair ad infinitum under Japanese bombings. Their strength is range AND mobility.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/20/2021 10:31:26 PM   
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They will be the ONLY fighters you have to defend Australia for the first 6 months of the war.



For a moment I thought you were referring to the B-17s. They wouldn't be the ONLY fighters, just the best.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/20/2021 10:36:22 PM   
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What's that saying? The Allied 4E bomber is the best fighter they have.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/21/2021 7:52:28 AM   
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Allied attack bombers make great “fighters” too.
IJ fighter pilots seem to prefer to attack them from the front, straight into the teeth of multiple strafing guns…

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/21/2021 8:50:27 PM   
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I am getting as many warhawks out as possible also but they are going to have to transfer from base to base in a lot of transfers. Some of them don't even have drop tanks, grr. Getting a few Cats, too.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/21/2021 10:44:07 PM   
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Also note Ggeilman that a couple of the P-40 squadrons at Clark have excess pilots. Not only that, but the setup has most of your BEST pilots greyed out (not actively flying). It is up to you to decide if you should use these fairly experienced (for U.S.) pilots to fight the Japanese in the Philippines... or send them to the reserve pool or elsewhere to get some more training and form the core of your future Army pilot pool.
I am sure others will pitch in their opinions on this. Personally, I use them to blunt the Japanese in the PI, but some will die to the better enemy pilots. It's a tough call.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/21/2021 10:54:06 PM   
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In my game against the AI I bought the B-17s out and left the fighters in the Phillipines. They got a lot of kills and eventually became elite pilots. After the fall of Clark with only Manila and Bataan left I evacuated all pilots by submarine (Sent them to the reserve pool) and disbanded the fighter wings. They are now training the new pilots in the States.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/22/2021 4:08:03 AM   
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In my game against the AI I bought the B-17s out and left the fighters in the Phillipines. They got a lot of kills and eventually became elite pilots.


Don't count on this in a PBEM game. There're lots of things you may get away with in an AI game that won't 'fly otherwise'.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/22/2021 11:19:40 PM   
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Christmas eve and running into a log jam with planes coming out of Singapore on Java. There is only so much room on the airfields to transfer them to Australia and they all have to go through one airbase, Denpasar. 10 ready B-17s in Darwin so far and now a squadron Blenheims. One squadron of Warhawks will spend Christmas in Darwin, wiii!!!

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 12:29:22 AM   
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Christmas eve and running into a log jam with planes coming out of Singapore on Java. There is only so much room on the airfields to transfer them to Australia and they all have to go through one airbase, Denpasar. 10 ready B-17s in Darwin so far and now a squadron Blenheims. One squadron of Warhawks will spend Christmas in Darwin, wiii!!!


You can overstack the airfields just be careful if they can be attacked.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 10:45:39 AM   
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Have you discovered that if you let the rump of those squadrons be destroyed on the ground (take out all the pilots) that you can buy them back - and they come back without a withdraw date?

I have the 34th FS flying Mustangs in 1945 - it started life as the 35th PG/34th PS at Clark field, with a June 1942 withdraw date. It is the P-35 Squadron.

And before anyone demands another pro Japanese house rule, this is obviously intentional on the part of the designers - they built in the designation change.

< Message edited by Ian R -- 8/23/2021 10:46:36 AM >


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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 5:20:52 PM   
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Have you discovered that if you let the rump of those squadrons be destroyed on the ground (take out all the pilots) that you can buy them back - and they come back without a withdraw date?

I have the 34th FS flying Mustangs in 1945 - it started life as the 35th PG/34th PS at Clark field, with a June 1942 withdraw date. It is the P-35 Squadron.

And before anyone demands another pro Japanese house rule, this is obviously intentional on the part of the designers - they built in the designation change.


I wouldn't jump too quickly to that conclusion re the intentions of the devs.

The entire air OOB was developed when destroyed air units couldn't be repurchased. The dev who did that work was no longer involved when the resurrection was subsequently introduced.

It might, just sayin', that when the ability to resurrect dead LCUs was introduced post AE release, the dev with overall responsibility for the land OOB, still remained with the team. You can't repurchase dead LCUs which were scheduled for withdrawal.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 7:19:32 PM   
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Alfred is correct I wasnt overly happy with the buy back of destroyed units but finally got comfortable with it for 4 reasons

1. So many un natural acts were happening to rescue fragments it was the lesser evil
2. Aus and Indian units impacted are kindo of self correctign - rebuild the 11th Indian Div feel free you will be short of most CW devices to replace combat losses
3. japanese LCU's destroyed tend to be later in war where its a choice to replace them via industry or save points for other units
4. It helped the AI be more competitive

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 8:06:33 PM   
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Some destroyed units were actually rebuilt such as the 4th Marines and the 31st Infantry.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 9:03:51 PM   
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And are included in the TOE of the marine Divs so the 4th marine Regt if rebuilt is an 'extra'

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 9:12:07 PM   
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Also was 31st regt rebuilt during the war ??

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/23/2021 9:12:33 PM   
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You can't rebuild the 4th Marine Regiment. It comes in as a normal reinforcement, the destroyed one is not able to be bought out.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/24/2021 1:27:15 AM   
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You can buy out the 4th Marines but they disappear. I think that the 31st Infantry was rebuilt as part of a division.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/24/2021 1:28:13 AM   
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To improve the Philippines defense, why not make the Philippines division?

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/24/2021 2:55:33 AM   
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And are included in the TOE of the marine Divs so the 4th marine Regt if rebuilt is an 'extra'



The original 4th Marines withdraws, so can't be bought back from the dead list,, or so I thought.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/24/2021 3:46:03 AM   
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Have you discovered that if you let the rump of those squadrons be destroyed on the ground (take out all the pilots) that you can buy them back - and they come back without a withdraw date?


quote:

And before anyone demands another pro Japanese house rule, this is obviously intentional on the part of the designers - they built in the designation change.




Yup another house rule. Just like I would have one against Japan using the 'get around' of bringing the first BB conversions into play in Dec '43.

When will people stop playing the code? In case you're wondering, that's a rhetorical question. Just one more reason I don't PBEM. TBH the main reason is time.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/24/2021 10:59:19 AM   
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quote:

Have you discovered that if you let the rump of those squadrons be destroyed on the ground (take out all the pilots) that you can buy them back - and they come back without a withdraw date?


quote:

And before anyone demands another pro Japanese house rule, this is obviously intentional on the part of the designers - they built in the designation change.




Yup another house rule. Just like I would have one against Japan using the 'get around' of bringing the first BB conversions into play in Dec '43.

When will people stop playing the code? In case you're wondering, that's a rhetorical question. Just one more reason I don't PBEM. TBH the main reason is time.



The reason I don't play PBEM any more is a matter of history going back 30 years. It is simply this: The Axis FBs bailing out in 1942 (CWIE) or 1943 (Pacwar) when the tide turned against them.

I appreciate there are some honourable opponents who go the distance, but they are very much the minority in my experience. Hence I stick to the AI.

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RE: Planes in the Philippines - 8/24/2021 3:18:41 PM   
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What's that saying? The Allied 4E bomber is the best fighter they have.


Sending B-17s on a raid is sending the best sweepers you'll ever have.

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