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counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 12:17:42 AM   
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DDs are almost invulnerable to Torpedo bombers. (torpedoes in general, unless of course there is damage)

So for the last 3 turns, my Betties/ Nells had been attacking (with both bombs and torps) 3 DD TFs for no result other than.. plane damage.
pilots' experience and skill is just adequate... neither Kido Butai nor raw recruits

What is the best approach for trying to kill destroyer task forces from the air?

Is dive bombing the best bet? and I am asking from the air ... because of course I have 3 cruiser task forces arriving very soon...


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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 2:03:52 AM   
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Skip bombing was the best anti-DD weapon.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 3:40:43 AM   
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Betty/Nellies can skip bomb?
I thought it was a trick reserved for US 2E bombers.

All I have played are the short campaigns -- so you would train your units to Nav Bomb at what 100 ft?

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 6:25:51 AM   
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DBs work well.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 8:28:20 AM   
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Only attack bombers can skip bomb and only the USAAF gets them. For the Japanese the most potent aerial weapon against DDs was the kamikaze. They weren't that successful from the air before that.

Here is a list of US DD losses with the cause:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Navy_losses_in_World_War_II#Destroyers

DDs are generally fairly tough to sink from the air as long as they have room to maneuver.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 9:07:56 AM   
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Nicks with LowN training and on 1000 foot attack seem to work reasonably well.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 9:26:28 AM   
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You can strafe them with fighters/fighter bombers.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 2:19:35 PM   
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Nicks might be the best Japanese option

Strafing with Japanese fighters won't work: No armor, low durability, light cannons means that at most the DD will be lightly damaged for a very high price on pilots and airframes

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 3:20:48 PM   
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DBs work well.


I agree.


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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 5:55:25 PM   
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Do a 5000 foot attack with bombs, not torpedoes, you can toggle them off. Betties drop lots of bombs, and you will get hits if you have some naval bombing skills. Destroyers for the most part are fragile...any size bomb can hurt them.

I have sunk plenty of destroyers with Kates using bombs.

Dive bombers work well. Nicks low work well.

After the 43 AA upgrade flak is very nasty....

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 6:47:38 PM   
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Fletchers have some armor.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 8:13:24 PM   
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Fletchers have some armor.



Fletchers aren't destroyers.

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/7/2014 9:01:48 PM   
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Lowpe +1

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/8/2014 2:27:03 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Lowpe


quote:

ORIGINAL: Bullwinkle58

Fletchers have some armor.



Fletchers aren't destroyers.


Rather, righteous retribution for the perfidity of December 7?

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RE: counter strategy for DDs on picket - 9/8/2014 6:20:37 AM   
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