Hi there! I've been reading this forum for years now, but started posting only recently. I feel rather confident in my overall understanding of WITP AE by now, but still got some questions that I cannot get a definitive answer to. I've seen many discussions on topics below, but the opinions I've seen are rather conflicting/not confident.
1. Pilot skills questions.
1.1 Is recon skill used when bombing to increase target's DL? Manual speaks of (random) non-recon planes using Experience, but it does not mention "skill" at all, even regarding recon planes.
»» If a recon aircraft type is flying a Recon Mission, the percentage
chance that any given unit will have its DL increased is equal to the
Experience of the pilot. If the DL is increased, it will increase by 4.
»» If a non-recon type plane is flying a Recon Mission, the percentage chance
that any given unit will have its DL increased is equal to the Experience
of the pilot divided by 2. If the DL is increased it will increase by 2.
»» If an air unit bombs any enemy target, the percentage chance that any
given unit in the target hex will have its DL increased is equal to the
Experience of the one pilot chosen at random to take reconnaissance
photos divided by 2. If the DL is increased it will increase by 1.
1.2 Is NavS skill used when NavB, to find the target? Or just Experience/Fatigue/Morale & weather conditions (and random die rolls ofc)? The manual is pretty vague regarding this:
126.96.36.199.2 FAILURE TO FIND THE TARGET
Aircraft can fail to find their Targets due to bad weather en route to or over their target, or due
to the inability of the planes to locate their Target before they are forced to return to base due
to fuel constraints.
1.3 NavB (or LowN when <2000ft) skill for ASW? I've seen this discussed a lot, but no one seems to be certain. I'm certain that I've seen my pilots patrolling on "Naval Search only" gain ASW _and_ NavB skills. But I'm not sure if they got NavB skills while attacking subs or if they attacked surface ships, I just wasn't able to trace this.
1.4 When planes (I'm talking fighters, mostly) attack at 100ft, do they use LowN/LowG skill for bombing accuracy, separately from using Strafing skill for gun attacks, correct?
The devs have never stated that I know of, so any answer is pure conjecture IMO. I will simply state that in my pilot training program:
ground bomb pilots are also trained in recon as they frequently fly that mission prior to bombing mission to increase DL.
ditto naval bomb pilots with NavSearch/ASW. It is common for me to put the groups on a NavAttack mission with 10-40% NavSearch/ASW. Particularly FP groups. This allows the group to attack when something is spotted. There are risks to this, so you need to watch where/when you do it.
ASW is a separately trained skill.
100ft is strafing skill
1000 ft is low bomb (naval or ground)
2. Aircraft questions.
2.1 When MVR drops with higher altitude, does it also decrease cruise/max speed? I mean, most Allied planes have lower MVR than the Japanese planes anyway, but some have better max speed. I know how it works IRL, but how does it work in game? Does speed degrade with altitude, or MVR calculations are tied to speed anyway so it's a combination of factors that matters, so MVR degradation is enough to severely affect a/c performance?
2.2 Drop tanks + torpedoes. I've seen that most of the time both use "C" (centerline) mount, so.. Is it possible to carry both a torpedo and a drop tank? Or only when they use different mounts?
The devs have never commented on this (speed v altitude).
The game engine will allow this to happen in a mod, but it would be a major stretch of reality for most planes. Think about mission flight profiles, ordnance concussion, ordnance interference, ... very few, if any, planes of the era
could have been so loaded.
3.1 I am yet to successfully recon an enemy TF. You can't set TF as a target for Recon, so it's at commander's discretion. The manual says:
Whenever a plane flying a recon Mission reaches its target hex or an air unit bombs a target,
every enemy ground unit, TF or base (not minefield) in the hex has a possibility of having its
DL increased by 1, 2 or 4.
I've had 7 F-4s (!!) and ~20 PBYs on Canton Island, all set to Recon (PBYs also had 70% NavSearch level set). And there was a 5 CV KB roaming 10-5 hexes away. Plus a Surface Combat TF, and an Invasion TF. No Recon flights took place in two days. I tried it in other places/instances too, but also no luck.
So how one does Recon enemy TF? I read historical records, Americans usually sent dedicated heavy LBA (like B-17 or B-24/USN version) to shadow enemy tfs, cuz PBYs were too fragile for "shadowing". So in WITP AE I thought setting some 4E (or an actual recon plane) for recon mission could be used to simulate "shadowing". Can't get it working tho.
3.2 Can't force Shore Bombardment TF to stay, even with "Remain on Station" and "0 reaction" and <50 TF leader aggression. It comes and bombs at night and then stays there, converting to Surface Combat TF. They have plenty of ammo. What am I doing wrong?
Recon is used for land targets ONLY. NavSearch is used for naval targets.
Bombardment is a special mission profile, a high speed run in, bombard, and a high speed exit. That is the definition. If you want something to stay, then choose a different mission profile.
As Allied player, how do you recon distant islands prior to raiding/invading them? It's April 1942 in my game. So far I came up with sending AVP/AV loaded with supplies to a nearby empty island + putting some recon trained PBYs there, separated into 3 sections, all set to recon (that should increase the amount of recon flights, right?) Also, I just got several Marine observation squadrons, but they lack recon planes (only 3 that can be based on a carrier), and there seems to be no production of them in near future. Any tips?
Catalinias with pilots that have high recon. Again, I tend to train my recon pilots with both recon/NavSearch skills as they will alternate between missions. You can also put recon pilots into 4E's, just remember when you that they will then be flagged as bomber pilots ....
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