I'm not complaining just asking if anybody know why strafing is so useless (or totally under historical efficiency).
I understood quickly that strafing was useless and just a way to lose plane but I still don't know why devs (or perhaps bug ?) make the strafing totally unprofitable.
Just some numbers ,
130, it's the number of planes destroyed in Pearl Harbor (according to 8 december scen), the true number is something like 180 but some squadron aren't full at the begining so.
30, it's usually what I got from the first turn as Jap (in PH).
Even considering that dive bomber worked well, the A6M2s are suppose to be really effective as historically. There are not a lot of flaks too so nothing is suppose to reduce their efficiency. But the result is really disapointing.
Flak is anormaly effective too, even with 16 bofors in a hex, you lost half of your squadron in strafing attack. A good strafing attack is suppose to avoid flak, flying a low alt, radar or spotter don't see the attack coming so flak don't shot or don't get efficient result.
In my opinion, even if you don't destroy a lot of planes on the ground, you at least don't lose a lot of planes too.
It mean that fighter become useless in case of air superiority or if ennemy fighters stay on the ground waiting for some bombers to attack.
I've not made a lot of test but it's the same for ground attack except it's effective on disruption.
ps : I don't play AE early so I don't know if peoples complain about it or something else. Although I tried to search but found nothing.