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Aircraft found in UV - 6/24/2007 2:16:37 PM   
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While I’m waiting for my CAW order to arrive, here’s some interesting info on planes found in UV, courtesy of Amber Books’ Encyclopedia of Aircraft.
Feel free to comment or disagree.

Allied Aircraft

B-17 FF: Tough bomber w/good range vs. the IJ stronghold @ Rabaul, but never @ less than 11,000 ft., although some players prefer twice that height. Higher is safer, but bombing results may suffer proportionally.

B-24 Liberator: Called the “box the B-17 came in,” it was not as tough as the FF. Later variants of the “Lib” were used historically round-the-clock to bring Rabaul to its knees. The PB4Y variant (w/single tall tail fin) was called the “Two-by-Four.”

B-25 Mitchell: Made famous by the Doolittle Raid, use the “J” variant at low altitude; its 75-mm nose cannon will rip transports and screening vessels to shreds.

B-26 Marauder: The accident-prone “Widow Maker,” it flies OK in UV.

Bristol Beaufighter: Long-range escort, but almost worthless in UV save as CAP at Gilli to help protect Allied convoys.

Bristol Beaufort: Not to be confused w/the Beaufighter, the Beaufort is an excellent torpedo bomber at 6,000 ft., so always set it for naval attack only.

C-47 Skytrain/Dakota (RAAF): Great for Paramarines and other light troops, but choose the unit before the location if no airfield is present, then the paras will airdrop and auto attack if the IJA is present.

Douglas A-20 Havoc/Boston (RAAF): A light bomber w/o much range that’s good vs. IJ shipping when stationed at Buna or Lae.

F4F Wildcat: Saw service w/Enterprise, Hornet and “Sara” as well as on the “Canal.”

F6F Hellcat: Successor to the Wildcat, this solid fighter was credited w/turning the tide of the Pacific air war. Hellcats held the line until Grumman’s earlier Corsair was perfected.

F4U Corsair: Often compared to the Mustang, it outperformed the Zero in every category except (pilot) visibility. I actually live in the town that built this bird here at the Sikorski Aircraft plant in Stratford, CT. Its powerful engine's sound is so distinct that you can hear a Corsair coming from miles away.

P-38 Lightning: Long-range fighter, best used as escort for B-17s. In UV, they “come from” P-39s at bases w/good supply.

P-39 Airacobra: No match for IJ air, but great as a dive-bomber @ 6,000 ft. – a role it was never originally designed for – vs. ships/barges. In UV, use it as CAP only as a last resort, but never more than 10,000 ft.

P-40 Warhawk: Durable but out-dated during the time frame of UV. Best used as CAP over PM @ 10,000 plus. RAF variants in UV are the Kitty/Tomahawks.

P-47 Thunderbolt: Fighter-bomber that only does the former in UV.

P-51 Mustang: Arguably the best piston fighter ever built, it comes too little, too late for Allied players.

P-61 Black Widow: First aircraft ever designed as a radar-equipped night fighter, it's useless for almost anything in UV.

PBY Catalina: “Cat” crews said it was so slow that it needed a calendar instead of a stopwatch to rendezvous w/convoys at sea; a multi-role, radar equiped flying patrol boat, the Cat is underutilized in UV.

SBD Dauntless: Although underpowered & lacking in range, historically it sank more IJ tonnage than any other aircraft. Go figure.

SB2C Helldiver: Disappointing successor to the Dauntless, the accident-prone “Beast” was not popular w/its crews, who called it the “Son of a Bitch, 2nd Class”.

Lockheed Hudson: Originally an airliner, it was converted into a bomber w/good range, but in UV, Zeroes eat Hudsons for breakfast. Think high altitude recon for this bird.

Supermarine Spitfire: See comments for the P-51 Mustang.

TBF Avenger: Good torpedo bomber if your “fish” work, otherwise somewhat effective in UV as a long-range dive bomber.

IJA/N Aircraft

Although the list here is small, many respectable aircraft were produced by Japan in late ‘43/44, which is too late for many UV scenarios.

A5M “Claude”: IJN’s 1st monoplane fighter, the Claude squadron at Shortland is almost worthless in UV.

A6M Reisen: Although highly maneuverable, its invincible bark was worse than its flight. The Zero was actually underpowered & under protected; incendiary rounds could easilly ignite its many fuel tanks, all of which were not self-sealing. In UV, the down side of sinking an IJN carrier is that you can give your opponent a well-experienced Zero squadron as LBA.

B5N “Kate”: The most advanced carrier torpedo bomber at the start of the war, it was obsolete by ‘44. But in UV, its range and torpedoes are devastating.

D3A “Val”: Sank more Allied tonnage than any other Axis plane, but the D3A lost its luster after many experienced Val aircrews died at Midway.

G4M “Betty”: A deadly, long-range torpedo bomber, the “Flying Cigar” was so lightly protected it was called the “honorable one-shot lighter” by Allied pilots. Like so many IJ aircraft, it sacrificed protection for range.

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RE: Aircraft found in UV - 6/24/2007 2:30:02 PM   
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Pretty good commentary of listed ac.  What happened to the Japanese recon ac or the Nell?  Did you know that the PBY was used to lug torps and made night attacks on anchorages in some instances?  As a Japanese player I love my Bettys based out of Lunga as they can make life hell for transports in the NH area.  1 attack, stand down, return to Rabul for rest and replacements while a new squadron goes to Lunga.  Repeat and use Nells to fill gaps and kiss them good bye.

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RE: Aircraft found in UV - 6/24/2007 2:54:13 PM   
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Damn, forgot the Nell. For some reason, the encyclopedia didn't list it.

Yeah, the Cat "lugged" torps and gliders (!) and made overloaded, downwind take-offs in blizzards w/ice over her windscreen in the Aleutians at night, re the encyclopedia.

The matt-colored Black Cat PBY-5A used radar to locate enemy ships and pick-up Allied survivors. It could carry bombs, depth charges, frag grenades, and reportedly empty beer bottles, whose whistling noise supposedly distracted Japanese gunners.

As I said, very underutilized in UV, where it can only recon, ASW and transport to almost anywhere.

UV "trick": Use AVs to support Cats and other planes in forward areas. If you can disband the AV in port, it's less vunerable to air attack and it still works! Sometimes I send AVs to PM to help build-up air support until more base spt units/engineers become available.

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RE: Aircraft found in UV - 6/24/2007 4:47:18 PM   
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Remember when using AVs to run recon out of a forward area that after a couple of days (turns) it's a good idea to bug out and set up elsewhere as you opponent will be sure to pay a visit.  I like to send a fast transport in with supplies, an AV and a PBY sqd to get a peek that normally I lack the legs for.

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RE: Aircraft found in UV - 6/24/2007 7:21:32 PM   
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I don't usu. play the IJN; does it have seaplane tenders (AVs), or do those high-value Scout Cruisers (CS) perform that role?

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RE: Aircraft found in UV - 6/24/2007 8:28:44 PM   
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They have AVs too.

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