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escort tips? - 10/19/2009 8:02:50 PM   
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have repeatedly revisited pearl from the 7th onwards and attacked clark and manilla - my initial escort does great but then the CAP breaks through and decimates the bombers - are there any tips for escorting - at Pearl i had 80 zeros at 25k ft escorting 65 kates at 23k ft and the cap of 40 warhawks got through and damaged 20, at clark 30 zeros at 9k ft escorted 57 bettys at 6k ft and again i lost about 15 bettys to the cap of 30 warhawks - watching the replay the cap meets the escort and then after a while just breaks on through to the bombers - any tips?
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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 8:04:04 PM   
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Sweep.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 8:08:53 PM   
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?? More details for this newbie, please Tree.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 8:22:13 PM   
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Have your fighters at their best high alt rating conduct fighter sweeps of enemy airbases to wear down their fighters, also if your bombers are taking heavy loses, change them to night attack on airfields (alt around 12,000 ft). Both of these tactics will wear down the enemy air forces and allow you to gain control of the air.

Don't forget to rest/rotate air groups so you don't wear down your air groups!  

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 8:28:00 PM   
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As OP stated he had 80 Zeros escorting 65 bombers and was opposed by 40 P-40s.

Had he set 30-40 of those Zeroes to Sweep he may have cleared a substantial portion of the CAP....of course with RADAR the ensuing Escorted Bombing Raid (assuming the strikes come in uncoordinated) may see even more defending CAP in the air.

So generally I don't like to launch bombers against a target defended by such heavy CAP. Instead I sweep for several days to try to clear the skies of defending CAP...then I send in the escorted bombing raid hopefully catching the fighters damaged by the sweeps on the ground.

Works well early on ...at least until your Oscars meet the Hurricane.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:16:18 PM   
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Hey Pad...HIGH altitude? Isn't a "sweep" intended to represent a very LOW altitude strafing run against ground targets? Wouldn't I set altitude for a sweep at 100 feet?

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:21:20 PM   
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Hey Pad...HIGH altitude? Isn't a "sweep" intended to represent a very LOW altitude strafing run against ground targets? Wouldn't I set altitude for a sweep at 100 feet?



Not unless you want to see your fighters shot up by AAA....

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:29:45 PM   
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Sorry to be so dense - I have a lot to learn about this game, but are you saying that the fighters will execute an effective strafing run from 15,000 feet? Or is it assumed that the altitude selected is only for the approach to target, at which point they will to dive to the appropriate strafing altitude automatically?

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:34:39 PM   
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quote:

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Sorry to be so dense - I have a lot to learn about this game, but are you saying that the fighters will execute an effective strafing run from 15,000 feet? Or is it assumed that the altitude selected is only for the approach to target, at which point they will to dive to the appropriate strafing altitude automatically?



SWEEPS are intended for the SWEEPing fighters to SWEEP the defending CAP from the skies...not to conduct an AIRFIELD ATTACK at 100'.

Although the manual says the Fighters should conduct this strafing attack if no fighters are encountered during a SWEEP, I have yet to see such an attack unless the SWEEP is set to 100'.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:38:52 PM   
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quote:

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Hey Pad...HIGH altitude? Isn't a "sweep" intended to represent a very LOW altitude strafing run against ground targets? Wouldn't I set altitude for a sweep at 100 feet?



Fighter sweeps are for attacking enemy fighters, look at the aircraft data for both your fighters and enemy aircraft, try to pick a altitude where your fighters have a benefit in maneuverability.

Low altitude strafing attacks are for attacking enemy airfields and/or fighter attacks on naval targets (the only way to take out small units like PT/MTB's, & barges)!


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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:41:47 PM   
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AHH...thank you gentlemen, that explains it...I misunderstood the term "sweep".

Thank you for clearing that up!

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RE: escort tips? - 10/19/2009 9:57:53 PM   
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quote:

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As OP stated he had 80 Zeros escorting 65 bombers and was opposed by 40 P-40s.

Had he set 30-40 of those Zeroes to Sweep he may have cleared a substantial portion of the CAP....of course with RADAR the ensuing Escorted Bombing Raid (assuming the strikes come in uncoordinated) may see even more defending CAP in the air.

So generally I don't like to launch bombers against a target defended by such heavy CAP. Instead I sweep for several days to try to clear the skies of defending CAP...then I send in the escorted bombing raid hopefully catching the fighters damaged by the sweeps on the ground.

Works well early on ...at least until your Oscars meet the Hurricane.

Just want to clarify something that Tree has already dutifully mentioned. To be specific setting a portion of a would be ESCORT to SWEEP does not guarantee that the SWEEP will be conducted BEFORE the raid those A/C would otherwise be escorting. This is obviously the intent, when sweeping, but coordination is a key factor in whether SWEEPs are flown before, during, or after the strike....or even at all! You STILL need to consider forecasted weather, leader ratings of all units involved, basing (co-location helps, and distance between coordinating units does not!).

If you are setting units to sweep from a large AF with all participating units there, an Air HQ with a Decent Air commander, good weather and short distances to the target in question, these factors will be the best case for a well coordinated, sweep of an enemy Hex.

If you are having trouble, try to achieve as many of the things as you can above, OR consider prepping the battlefield, by sweeping with strong Fighter units BEFORE you attempt a sustained Air campaign against well defended targets.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/20/2009 2:00:36 PM   
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Also if you are fighting P39's or P400's they don't have a turbo-supercharger and their performance noticably tails off above 9,000'.  Keep everything up above 15k when dealing with them & make them stagger up to fight you, then your Zero's can swoop down (admittedly not very easy for a low wing-loading aircraft) and nobble them

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RE: escort tips? - 10/21/2009 12:22:10 AM   
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Question: Say you have two fighter units available at the same base. Do you sent one Sweep @ 100% and one Escort @100% or do you split each 50/50?

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RE: escort tips? - 10/21/2009 12:26:49 AM   
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quote:

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As OP stated he had 80 Zeros escorting 65 bombers and was opposed by 40 P-40s.

Had he set 30-40 of those Zeroes to Sweep he may have cleared a substantial portion of the CAP....of course with RADAR the ensuing Escorted Bombing Raid (assuming the strikes come in uncoordinated) may see even more defending CAP in the air.

So generally I don't like to launch bombers against a target defended by such heavy CAP. Instead I sweep for several days to try to clear the skies of defending CAP...then I send in the escorted bombing raid hopefully catching the fighters damaged by the sweeps on the ground.

Works well early on ...at least until your Oscars meet the Hurricane.


A good Oscar group can hold its own against a mediocre Hurricane group, but you have to seriously watch attrition. In other words, Oscar vs Hurricane on a daily basis is hazardous to Oscars health, once in a while is OK.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/21/2009 1:36:29 AM   
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quote:

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Question: Say you have two fighter units available at the same base. Do you sent one Sweep @ 100% and one Escort @100% or do you split each 50/50?


I go for 1 full squadron on sweep, other one on escort. 50/50 just calls for additional coordination, which means more chance for strike to be fragmented.

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RE: escort tips? - 10/22/2009 12:27:07 AM   
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Makes good sense - thanks!

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RE: escort tips? - 5/23/2014 7:21:27 AM   
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undercovergeek, I found out when I met her through paris escort, was one who could wiggle. Though not stacked on the top her walk got me going and when we went back to my place after a fun packed evening together, it got better with wiggles getting nearly out of control. thanks

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