It looks interesting. I have been on Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Gizo, and Kolumbangara, and spent a lot of time talking with the local people. They still passionately hate the Japanese, by the way. I will be interested in how they handle the supply situation, having been an Army supply officer, and also having studied the Guadalcanal campaign for 47 years now. I will also be interested in how they handle attacking an airfield to render it unfit to land.
**In World War 2, it took an average of 8 bomb hits, the bombs weighing at least 100 pounds, per 1,000 feet of runway to knock out a Japanese airfield for 24 hours. ** Twelve bombs hits per 1,000 feet or using bombs weighing 500 pounds would take the Japanese about 48 hours to repair.
Generally, the US could repair a runway in about half the time of the Japanese. **Henderson Field was never really knocked out the entire campaign, and with it being 200 feet wide with hard packed coral, the Japanese never really mustered the needed bomber force to knock it out. **
US accuracy from 14,000 feet against runways was about 1 hit per 6 bombs dropped. Based on analysis of Japanese level bombing attacks, their accuracy was about one-half of that. So 8 bombs X 4,000 feet of runway X 6 bombs for one hit X 2 for poor accuracy adds up to 384 bombs dropped to knock out the airfield.
I think that the Betty could rack twelve 110 pound bombs, so that means a minimum of 32 Betties to deliver the needed bombs. I do not think that the Japanese ever put 32 bomb-carrying Betties over Henderson Field. I will need to look that up. Regardlless, I will look forward to seeing the game, and at the very least, I will have more naval miniatures to use for other naval rules and game design.
That was the post I was looking for. Okay not tons of tons but that should give more perspective on attacking an airfield.