From: The Greater Chicagoland Area
I think I get this . . . if you use the cve(r)s in a historical manner expect ahistorical results, so don't use them, right?
No. Just that with the advent of the "named pool" I believe that it is better for USN CVs to replenish from a proper base port rather than the CVE(r) groups. ex. Essex lost some 15 pilots in addition to 20+ planes; replenished from port and it drew from the named pool, so got some very experienced pilots instead of the generic 60 types.
But, if there is no port handy and you just have to have planes/pilots right now, the CVE(r) is a nice force multiplier.
Also the Named Pilot Pool is being removed in the next patch.
Boo...I trust that at least they will return to the regular pilot pools. I will have to wait and see; other wise I will lose around 300 naval pilots it would seem.
As for the VR squadrons themselves, it appears that the special code for them is not as bullet proof as could be desired. Most of the problems can be avoided by just never removing them from their home carrier (as mentioned earlier ) but there are occasional oddities reported. They are only marginally useful anyways IMHO. The usual limiter on carrier operations isn't losses but sorties. You tend to run out of ordanence for your planes long before you run out of planes and for that you have to go back to port. (I don't know if AEs help here, I don't think anyone has had a game go long enough to find out.)
I don't remove them; though watch out, you can still add planes to them over 54 by hitting get plane button, don't know if that messes them up, have one squadron with 55 now...
I don't agree; last invasion I covered, LBA attacks attrited fighter groups by around 30-33% airframes. Without CVE nearby, it was a bothersome trip back to port 6 hexes away or more to refill, and then they are damaged. With them, I was up and still running the next day for combat; and I had to hang about in case enemy carriers/surface showed up in strength. And I hadn't used many sorties, as I was waiting for naval targets in the main. Personally, I like them.
< Message edited by tabpub -- 8/23/2006 1:20:28 PM >
Sing to the tune of "Man on the Flying Trapeze"
..Oh! We fly o'er the treetops with inches to spare,
There's smoke in the cockpit and gray in my hair.
The tracers look fine as a strafin' we go.
But, brother, we're TOO God damn low...