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Planes on night missions - 12/19/2010 9:35:24 AM   
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What are the actual differences in game turns between planes flying at night or by day? The manual isn't really clear on it...

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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/19/2010 2:12:31 PM   
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At night, less planes will fly and operational losses will be higher. AA losses will be much lower. Only certain plane types can fly at night. Generally, there is no reason to switch to night mission unless you want to resupply partisans with the Soviets.

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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/19/2010 5:17:46 PM   
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At night, less planes will fly and operational losses will be higher. AA losses will be much lower. Only certain plane types can fly at night. Generally, there is no reason to switch to night mission unless you want to resupply partisans with the Soviets.


Interesting. I stayed clear of the option up till now just in case, but I guess there's really no good reason to use it. :D

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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/19/2010 5:24:22 PM   
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You should note that Air supply TR squadrons can only fly one night mission per turn.

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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/21/2010 6:06:17 AM   
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Much of the Russian Air Force is too crude to fly at night.

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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/21/2010 8:41:02 AM   
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Much of the Russian Air Force did fly at night

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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/21/2010 8:54:19 AM   
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Why would you say that? The Red AF kicked the snot out of the Germans in time. In fact it was precisely because they became so effective in the end that the Red AF was able to dominate the battlefield from Kursk on. One additional note one of the most effective ground attack aircraft was the Sturmovik.

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The Ilyushin Il-2 was a ground attack aircraft (Shturmovik) in the Second World War, produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers. In combination with its successor, the Ilyushin Il-10, a total of 42,330[3] were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in all of aviation history, as well as one of the most produced piloted aircraft in history along with the Cessna 172 and the Polikarpov Po-2. It is regarded as the best ground attack aircraft of World War 2.[4] It was a prominent aircraft for tank killing with its accuracy in dive bombing and its 37mm guns penetrating their thin back armor.

To Il-2 pilots, the aircraft was simply the diminutive "Ilyusha". To the soldiers on the ground, it was the "Hunchback," the "Flying Tank" or the "Flying Infantryman". Its postwar NATO reporting name was "Bark".[5] The Il-2 aircraft played a crucial role on the Eastern Front, and in Soviet opinion it was the most decisive aircraft in the history of modern land warfare. Joseph Stalin paid the Il-2 a great tribute in his own inimitable manner: when a particular production factory fell behind on its deliveries, Stalin sent an angrily-worded cable to the factory manager, stating "They are as essential to the Red Army as air and bread." [6

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Much of the Russian Air Force is too crude to fly at night.


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RE: Planes on night missions - 12/21/2010 12:36:24 PM   
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The reasons to fly at night are the same ones that exist in reality.  When you don't have fighter cover your bombers have a better chance of getting to the target but less of a chance to do something but hitting an air base seems to reduce the morale of the planes based there so night bombing of Luftwaffe airbases is not a bad idea.  The U2VS is likely to get blasted from the sky if sent in during the day but at night it (with say I153 cover) likely can conduct harassing air strikes on front line German Pz divisions.  Air drops to resupply your units again in the situation where your fighter protection is non-existent are likely better done at night.

The losses, however; can be terrible.  I had several SBAD regiments reduced to 3-4 operational planes after air resupply missions.  Worse was a TBAD regiment reduced I think to 0 operational planes from a single very long range resupply run.

The risk-reward is up to you to determine.  But in early 41 the VVS can not escort worth spit and I'd rather loose to operations then give the Luftwaffe more kill marks.  Plus an I153 might be more successful against a Bf-110 night fighter then it will be against a Me109 in the day...I've yet to test the theory out but I would imagine it is the case.

Flying at night is for "low" loss harassment when you can't risk flying in the day or against targets you feel you can't reach in the day (air bases and cities).

What is not clear is if planes on night missions will conduct ground support missions.  No reason why they should not but I don't know for sure how this works.

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