thanks for the reference Reaper. I found the sentence missing from my “updated” rulebook that I downloaded. I’m bookmarking this page and reprinting my rulebooks.
Page 19 Step 3: “As many hits as possible must be assigned. For instance, if 1 cruiser and 2 submarines attack a carrier with a fighter and score 3 hits, the defender must assign the cruiser hit to the fighter and the submarine hits to the carrier. The defender may not assign the cruiser hit to the carrier, as the subs cannot hit the fighter and 1 sub hit would be lost.”
These three sentences would not be necessary if sequential column rolling of the dice were part of the core rules as is such in Classic.