My current understanding of WW2 involving Japan is that US forces destroyed the brunt of Japanese air and naval forces in the Pacific.
I know however that land battles occurred on large scale in Burma against British forces. Also, I read in this blog about European wars where the author claimed that Americans were not the main fighters, even if the Eastern Front isn't counted (the author seems a bit affirmative though).
- How many Japanese air forces (both army and navy air services) were involved in the Burma theater, and in which timeframe? Same question for naval forces?
- How much does this theater cost Japan in air or naval power?
I got information and a link to a book for 1942 air battles over Burma. Interesting, but I suppose that the battle of Guadalcanal and later in the Solomons led to repositioning of Japanese forces in 1943. For naval forces, I identified that a Japanese force was based in Singapore, but it seemed it only intervene in the Philippines in 1944 (against Americans). The only loss to Commonwealth I identified there is the loss of an Haguro cruiser to destroyers and the loss of a boat (another cruiser?) to midget submarine. Both happened in 1944.