From: Chehalis, WA
So when I give the same arc to two catalina groups in the same base I'm doing a stupid search !
They cover the same sub-arc simultaneously... I gain a double check but in one direction at a time,
not two checks in two different directions. The best seems to cut in two half-arc and allocate one
to each group in order to increase the chances of spotting something more quickly.
Depends on how you set it up. Let's say you want to search from 180 - 360 degrees (to the west). If both Catalina groups have 9 aircraft, then you would want to assign one group to search 180-260 degrees and the second to search 270-360 degrees. In this way, EACH ARC IS SEARCHED EACH PHASE. So you get your double search bonus plus your bombers would be able to launch an attack in the PM phase if in range.
If you set both groups to search 180-360 degrees, then both groups will search the 180-260 degree sector in the AM phase and the 270-360 sector in the PM phase. The down side is that you would only be able to launch PM attacks against those TFs spotted in the AM phase. The TFs spotted in the PM phase will be safe.
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