ORIGINAL: WO Katsuki
using floatplanes for naval interdiction
wondering what's best - 100 feet or 1000 feet
seems to hit less at 100 than 1000
maybe they have really low straf. skill?
Well, that plus AA is more effective at 100 feet. Damaged planes rarely hit any target from what I have seen. Attack bombers will suppress flak but no other plane including FB or fighters will. I do not think the mechanics change at all with altitude. Anything below 6,000 feet and attack bombers will drop down and bomb at 100 feet-and strafe as well. The attack always goes off at 100 feet, and low nav and low ground are still the best skill as it is the bombs that do the real damage, not the strafing. Above 6,000 and attack bombers level bomb. Standard mediums level bomb at all altitudes but 100 feet where they will strafe. However, it is a waste because below 6,000 feet they carry 1/2 of a bomb load and my testing shows that they are better off bombing above 6k for this reason. If they are high skilled I sometimes set them to bomb shipping at 1,000 for the better accuracy but never for ground targets.
Fighters and fighter bombers if set to 1,000 feet will drop to 100 ft to bomb and strafe, but they will not suppress AA like attack bombers, so if there is heavy AA, this can be very bad for them. All other heights above 1,000 feet and these planes will level bomb.
I really wish fighters could suppress in the game. It really nerfs them
by late war the Allies were using fighters a great deal in both low ground and naval attacks.
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