First of all, as my first post, I'd like to say I think this is a great site and a great resource for all A&A players. Its fitting that such a great game has an equally great online community.
Here is the situation: Japan has 25 subs, 1 destroyer, and 3 carriers (all loaded with fighters) and is attacking the Philippines (which is held by the US and is defended by 1 inf and 2 fighters) with 6 infantry. I have a fleet and bombers waiting to counter at the Carolines (15 destroyers, 5 subs, 1 cruiser, 2 battleships, and 7 bombers).
My question is in regards to how the fight at the Philippines plays out. The Japan player will first announce what planes he will commit to the fight on the ground, correct? Then I announce that I want to scramble, correct? When I do scramble, can the fighters only hit the surface ships, ie the destroyer or the carriers and not the subs?
I know this might seem kind of ticky-tack, but my thinking is if I scramble the 2 fighters and they can only hit the destroyer or the carrier, that would be huge in the ensuing counter attack (if Japan lost the destroyer, my subs would get surprise shots; if the carrier got hit, that would be 2 less fighters hitting at 4 or less I'd have to worry about).
Thank you for your help!