I am new to WitPAE and started the Coral Sea scenario last night. I was able to set the various PBYs in the area to search for the IJN in which they found the invasion fleet along with a couple of CV fleets. I did not understand what orders to set for my bombers and fighters for example Naval Attack, Sweep, Search, CAP ect? I ended up directing my 2 CV TFs towards Guadalcanal being careful not to go too far north to cover Tulagi. I tried a combination of trying to get bombers set to Naval Attack and assigning fighters as escorts - I did not have any luck with this. I got my butt handed to me by the IJN.
I am a little confused now after reading the tutorial above. All that is needed is CAP by fighters in order to attack the IJN invasion fleet? Once the search planes (PBYs) find the IJN fleet(s) can't I set up an attack using bombers and escorts? If so how do you do this? As I said before I tried using Naval Attack, but I was not able to select the target.
Thanks for any help.
A few comments to get you started. As you discovered, you cannot set a target for naval attack. You will have to hope your search planes spot the target the next day and that your local commanders agressively send in the bombers. As far as fighters go, when you set them to escort the amount you set to CAP will stay behind to protect the base. The escort will come from those not set to CAP or training or rest. Setting the escorts to the same altitude as your attacking bombers will improve the chances of a coordinated strike, but the fighters may arrive with the bombers, or before, or after or not at all.
What actually happens will depend a great deal on what the local commanders decide.
This aspect is frustrating to some but a big part of the appeal to others. If you expect everything to go as planned you will probably be frustrated by this game. If you want things to work a little bit like they do (or don't) in the real world you will have lots of fun.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there is. - Manfred Eigen