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Night fighter defense - 1/11/2017 3:46:12 PM   
SheperdN7


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Hi all, I hope it's forum still gets a visitor every now and then but I've been playing 1943 grand campaign as Luftwaffe against a friend, he has carved a corridor from the pas-de-Calais to the industrial Rhur region. He is doing a sustained night bombing campaign of the areas in the Ruhr and I am having a very tough time stopping him. My main night fighter production is He-219 A-2's and Do-217 N's but I'm willing to change it based on the advice that anyone is willing to give me to stop this dark night offensive.

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RE: Night fighter defense - 1/11/2017 4:38:14 PM   
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I think the Ju88C-6 is a better bet than the 217N.

From Vancouver but living in central Ontario. Yeah I know, I ask myself that question everyday from the middle of November until April.

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RE: Night fighter defense - 1/13/2017 6:43:37 PM   
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Don't forget the flak aspect of it, too :)

I have noticed also that chasing the bomber stream through unpopulated space tends to result in very few kills; while fighters operating with spotlights and flak in the area seem to get a real boost from the ground defences. I would try to focus on saturating the likely targets and approaches to them with flak - the Ruhr is especially good for this since it's so full of targets (and therefore the enemy has to fly over some to get to others). If your radar coverage has been knocked out over the likely approaches, I'd not bother sending night fighters (in any serious number, anyway) into space that doesn't have effective radar coverage. Seeing that you can't actually stop a night bomber stream from hitting what they want to hit anyway, I'd put my bets (and my fighters) over flak-covered areas where you're most likely to hurt them.

Ju-88C also seems like a good bet to me since it's nearly as good as the others in terms of performance but at much less drain on resources.
I've seen FW-190s do some really good work as highlighters too, but then it made me think of what a waste of perfectly good day fighters that was...

Oh, and it looks like we have a bit of a Canadian club (southwestern and occasionally southeastern Ontario here!)

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