New test, 10 combat rounds. No CAP, just flak.
This time USN have 2 CV (Saratoga, Enterprise), 1 BB (North Carolina) CLAA, 2 CA and 6 DD, TF's AA value: 5716
IJN 2 CV (Shokaku class), BB (Hiei), 3 CA and 6 DD, TF's AA value: 4367
Carrier's best protection seem to be battleship. But it's not the flak boost, but both sides BBs are bomber magnets. So this time PM strikes were not that rare.
Average losses of AM strike were:
US DBs: 11,2/72 (15,5 %). Highest loss was 15 planes, lowest 7.
US TBs: 2/30 (6,7 %). Highest loss was 5 planes, lowest 1.
IJN DBs: 12/54 (22 %). Highest loss was 23 planes, lowest 4.
IJN TBs: 6/36 (17%). Highest loss was 7 planes, lowest 2.
Total losses (AM+PM) were:
US DBs: 125/822 (15,2 %)
US TBs: 29/490 (5,9 %)
IJN DBs: 132/592 (22,3 %)
IJN TBs: 78/424 (18,4 %)
So boosting US TF with CLAA+BB does seem to help. When we look at the US DB losses, there wasn't much difference between rounds. IJN Val losses varied greatly from 4 to 23, I really don't know why. Avenger is still bullet proof plane. Maybe Avenger losses (or TB losses in general) are bit too low and Dauntless losses bit too high. Most of the rounds US flak was quite good, but then there's a few turns when japanese losses were very low, maybe just bad dice roll. Any thoughts?