Alright, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the following supposed to be true:
Plane vs Ship with no escort = Dead ship
I mean, there is room for argument in a modern day scenario, but we've got lots of examples of that being true even if you ignore the numbers game.
However, to date, I've yet to actually experience that. I finally go so fed up that I calling up random scenarios and trying to kill fleets in the open. As an example, the trigger for my rant/question, I was doing the Crimean scenario out of the bank and the AI left five destroyers a couple hexes away from where I had stationed my German aircraft. Thinking I'd kill off a couple with no real penalty I sent 5 fighters and 3 divebombers after the stack. I came back without sinking a one and down 3 fighters and a divebomber. I probably would have chalked it up to chance, if I hadn't tried WaW earlier and lost 5 levelbombers, 3 Carrier air, 4 divebombers and 6 fighters trying to kill the Kriegsmarine and initial Wolfpack stack off the British Isles. Not to mention countless other examples in past battles. Its getting to the point where I am actively avoiding playing any scenarios with sea hexes simply because I have never been able to achieve anything you could even twist in a definition of success in a aircraft vs ship fight.
So do I just have the worst luck ever, am I wrong in my assumption of how the combat mechanics are supposed to work, or what?