I prefer to use it hitting the SZ 45 submarine for that specific reason. Germany’s Africa is easier to liberate if Japan’s navy has been hit hard.
However, I’ve had good success with Battleship, Destroyer, Carrier, 4 Fighters, Bomber, (submarine if it survived) in SZ 52. I then send 7 infantry, 2 fighters to China.
BTW, I have been toying with sending the transport to SZ 52 as well and of course bringing the carrier, battleship from SZ 37 over to SZ 45 as well. Sets me up nice for a hit on W. USA or Australia and doesn’t really slow me down much in Asia. Also alleviates the need of building warships in SZ 60 to protect the transport.
I did a couple of runs incorporating the SZ 37 fighters when the Solomon Sub was killed and it worked out rather nice, it really gives you a very nice chance of cleaning the SZ52 stack in one roll. The allied fighters can be deadly if one of them - or even both - can roll twice, so having a high chance of a one roll sweep really puts some pressure off the dice. The attack on China - with two fighters - still is dominant enough to start pressuring the mainland.
I meant 8 bid, if you get 9 and extra 1 to Japan’s bank is good. Given that Germany will be attacking Egypt with normal starting forces, it’s more likely the UK fighter will be used for a counter-attack in Egypt. That makes Japan’s position in SZ52 even better. Also that Transport in sz50 has other options besides Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand are also open for a round 1 assault.
I tried this last night and it worked out extremely well. I had a 9 bid, placed a J-transport in SZ 50 and opened with a 2 transport 1IC build for Japan. Germany did a conventional G1 Anglo-Egypt assault that was countered on UK1. G2 I broke the Anglo-Egypt defense with a new landing + the remaining forces present in Africa which still provided a good income bonus. The Solomon Sub was thus alive and participated in the J1 SZ 52 attack and landing in Hawaii (3inf 1arm 1 fighter). The good part was that the USA player got a bit jumpy and started with a rather conservative build because of the threat on the West Coast. I attacked Australia J2, New Zealand J3 and then used the fleet to support the southern prong.