aprezto
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Gentlemen of knowledge. A little help deciphering what I am seeing here Afternoon Air attack on Auckland , at 115,185 Weather in hex: Overcast Raid spotted at 39 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet. Estimated time to target is 16 minutes Japanese aircraft A6M2 Zero x 58 B5N1 Kate x 30 B5N2 Kate x 100 Allied aircraft P40E Warhawk x 16 Japanese aircraft losses A6M2 Zero: 2 destroyed B5N1 Kate: 2 damaged B5N2 Kate: 1 destroyed, 1 damaged Allied aircraft losses P40E Warhawk: 3 destroyed P40E Warhawk: 1 destroyed on ground B17E Fortress: 15 destroyed on ground Hudson III (LR): 1 destroyed on ground B17D Fortress: 3 destroyed on ground Vincent I: 2 destroyed on ground SBD3 Dauntless: 6 destroyed on ground LB30 Liberator: 1 destroyed on ground Vildebeest IV: 2 destroyed on ground Allied ground losses: 11 casualties reported Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled Airbase hits 31 Airbase supply hits 5 Runway hits 131 Aircraft Attacking: 17 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 17 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 2000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 15 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 3000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 13 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 4000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 2000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet * 9 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 4000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 4 x A6M2 Zero sweeping at 14000 feet * 5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 4000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 4000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 3000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 3000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 4 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 2000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 3000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 2000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 5000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 3000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 4000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb 5 x B5N2 Kate bombing from 5000 feet * Airfield Attack: 2 x 250 kg GP Bomb CAP engaged: 49th PG/7th PS with P40E Warhawk (1 airborne, 2 on standby, 13 scrambling) 1 plane(s) intercepting now. Group patrol altitude is 25000 , scrambling fighters to 25000. Time for all group planes to reach interception is 40 minutes Obivously I have been caught with my pants down and just had my heavy bomber force pulverised. However, as you'll note, the date is early in the war and I've basically got nothing else to defend NZ with, so I felt obliged to use the tools I had. I no longer have that arrow in the quiver unfortunately. So, Noting I have very little in the way of fighters to defend Auckland, I had put some faith in AAA. There is over 200 pieces of AAA located here. As you can see in the combat report the raid is not seen until about 16 minutes out, does this affect AAA accuracy? What you'll also note, is that the kates drop to 35k feet to drop their bombs, which is why they are so ruthlessly efficient. But at this height even the smallest calibre AAA should be banging away like crazy. Why then do I only damage a couple of the kates? Why do the kates drop so low?
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