What bugs me is that I can get 9-30 casualties from half a dozen Ventura's and old B-26's bombing a well fortified LCU from 6k feet EVERYTIME, but raids of 36+ B-25D1's CAN NOT HIT a runway with a single bomb from 100ft. Nor do they seem to be able to hit any a/c on the ground when they strafe. And this against well recon'd targets. It becomes very difficult to build up highly experienced pilots because every rifle in the hex can take pot shots at them. I sure would like to see an option for having attack a/c only attack at 100ft or to act like regular medium bombers. Right now, in my game, I need to close airfields more that sink Maru's...and B-25D1's and-G's don't cut it.
thatīs what Iīm saying all the time and thatīs why I think that itīs not just a bug that causes attack bombers dropping bombs from the alt you set them instead of always dropping from 100ft. but also a design flaw and not enough or no testing at all. Attack bombers are a pain in the ass, not for the one on the receiving end, but for the one who tries to employ them. With Allied players having attack bombers only from mid 43 on, pretty much a game breaker... hurrey, three cheers for this new "feature".
And please lets not forget the design "decision" (or oversight) that you canīt train strafe with your bombers. Thinking about such a new feature like attack bombers and their skills used, you sure would think that they could also think about: "hey, these bombers need strafe and lownav/lowgnd skill so if you set them to train lownav for example, they of course also have to train strafe". Obviously that has not been well thought out, nor tested.
IMO, the identified bug is the least problem because that just changes the attack alt. But thatīs something I can do myselve, just set your bombers to that friging 100ft and they will attack at 100ft. Strafe and lowgnd for example and then you find out that this "bomber strafing to supress flak" is just a non working joke and hit rate with MGs (on flak, ground troops, aircraft, ships) is a joke too. And the non existing hits with bombs from 100ft against an airfield? Lol, use totally untrained B-25D1 on airfield attack and with 50 bombers you get how many hits? 1? 2? What a joke! Use totally untrained B-25C on airfield attack at 10000ft and with 50 bombers you get what? Ten times as many hits? 20 Times the hits? THATīs what really is broken.
Ongoing PBEMs have a big aspect ruined due to this coming up during the game. Well, only spent two or three hours real life to reach mid 43 in the game... Next PBEM wonīt have any attack bombers at all. Fighter bombers werenīt well working in WITP, fighter bombers are still there in AE and it seems all they did was to more or less use the fighter bomber routine on 100ft for attack bombers. Who really cared about fighter bombers in WITP, you had enough medium bombers. Who really attacked at 100ft in WITP? Well, now we have a hardcoded 100ft only attack for all the USAAF medium bombers from mid 43 on. Forget about the USAAF, they are stuck with heavies, something the Japanese player sure likes. Forget about no USAAF 4Es below 10000ft on nav attack too or what?
< Message edited by castor troy -- 8/25/2010 7:58:06 AM >