From: PDX (and now) London, UK
C'mon guys, think twice about this issue. Your average DD is brutally hard to hit by a torp.
Just weeks ago there was exactly the same suspicion against torps hitting CVs. I will simply post the link, since it does not make sense
to type everything again, but if you are interested what is the most probable cause for what you see, read my post #28. You have to
shift numbers and percentages, but the result is pretty much the same.
I have sunk DDs by MK14s, and I have sunk DDs by MK10s, not many, but I don´t expect that. 95% of my torps fired against a DD hull are a miss,
and I am absolutely not surprized, this should be the case.
obvert, before I forget: your MK14 dud rate in March '43 is 60%, so duds are still the majority IF you hit at all. Hit percentage and dud percentage are two different things, if
you think the hit rate (as opposed to a torp miss) should increase later war you are mixing up things. It doesn´t.
I give this 'issue' a 99.99% chance to turn out to be an occurance within normal statistical distribution.
Everything you are saying is supported by what we are saying. We both realize that hits against DDs are rare. I feel fine sending out my best DDs on ASW (I'm playing the Japanese side by the way, so they're not my Mk 14s).
We're simply noticing a difference between the messages that are put in reports between the Allied side and the Japanese side. The Allied 'misses' are most often called duds. The 'misses' by IJN subs are called misses. They are very rarely called duds. It's that simple. But that difference could be confusing, especially for a new player, and lead them to make decisions based on that information.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill