I agree with what is being said here, but Pax Mondo and John hit the nail IMO.
- You need absolute numerical superiority, sadly this really means 200+ airframes to counter an elite 30+ Tbolt raid, depending on detection range.
- listen to John 3rd. He is absolutely right. To effectively fight back you need to threaten their homebase. If you stay passive, you make every single enemy
fighter airframe available for sweeps (the exact opposite of what you want), and you completely cede the initiative. That is equal to losing already.
- As an addition, I am not a fan of the "symmetric" layered CAP, meaning regular alt bands @10, 15, 20k. Try to modify it a bit if you use something similar.
The best combination in my opinion is to put the majority of fighters at their best alt bands, staggered only a few thousand ft apart, and then a thin layer
of max alt top cover (e.g. by Georges, if not available, Tonys) to exploit any sweeper that gets pulled down into the fray below.
This could look like: 40% 12k, 20% 14k, 30% 19k, 10% 32k, depending on the airframes you are using. Simple chance should pull most of the enemy fighters
down low, and your (hopefully) best pilots then have a chance to dive on them.
One of the most important traits of a Japanese late war pilot is def skill btw.
That said, if you think the P47 is ugly, wait for the Spitfire VIII. That is a beast...
LoBaron, I usually use best MVR altitude of fighter, since altitude also counts with bounce, thus my example.
And I second what LoBaron says..never neglect Def skill..it is difference if your pilot comes home and gains exp or burns.
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