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Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/12/2014 10:03:18 AM   
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I have a new allied ironman campaign vs the AI which has just moved into January.

I have just about got my head around arranging a pilot training programme. My pool of USN NavT trained pilots is non existent.

My understanding is to train NavT pilots you need to assign a squadron the training mission with naval attack in a torpedo capable aircraft.

My question is what airframes do people use in the early war to train these USN pilots? The commonwealth forces start with several torpedo bomber squadrons of which I am currently using a couple to train up new pilots.

The USN does not seem to have any suitable aircraft other than on the carriers themselves. Do people pull these planes off the carriers and use them for training purposes? Thanks in advance!


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RE: Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/12/2014 10:24:18 AM   
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US West coast based Patrol, (catalina) squadrons. Once the CVE's start to show up you can use their squadrons for training. The CVE's themselves are more useful with fighter/divebombers

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RE: Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/12/2014 10:38:41 AM   
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Thanks I hadn't considered the Catalina Squadrons.

Although it does feel that there are not enough Catalina's to go around as it is without diverting a couple of squadrons to use as training squadrons. Ahhh horrible choices I guess that's mostly what an Allied player in January 42 gets to do!

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RE: Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/13/2014 1:46:21 PM   
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I like to put all the carrier torpedo bombers on train for the first few months of the war. They really aren't that useful, range is too short, the allied carriers shouldn't be in combat anyway and there isn't any other Navy air group with torpedos except patrol planes. They are needed elsewhere. Around April or May (42), when some good aircraft are coming in, I have enough quality pilots to make a small reserve. The allied carrier groups need a lot of work those first months.

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RE: Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/13/2014 4:41:31 PM   
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When Yorktown shows up, I transfer her torpedo squadron to San Diego as a dedicated training squadron. I will then embark a Marine Wildcat or Dauntless squadron.

Similarly, at war start, I pull the Lexington fighter squadron (flying Buffaloes) and replace with 2 Marine Wildcat squadron's. Lastly Hornets dive bomber squadron (flying those old by plan Helldiver) also gets sent to the beach for training duties. So by April 42, I have one each Navy fighter, dive and torpedo squadron in San Diego training up Newby pilots.


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RE: Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/13/2014 10:01:19 PM   
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Louisvillan I find the floatplane squadrons much more numerous and useful for training USN fighter and dive ombré pilots

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RE: Training USN Torpedo Bomber Pilots - 12/13/2014 11:03:23 PM   
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Oh I agree completely. Those Kingfisher squadron's are great for fighter/bombing training.

I just find that those two squadron's obsolete aircraft are valuable training assets. Putting them on the beach for training frees up their experienced pilots to the pools and, when wildcat numbers are low, I can use marine fighter squadrons to boost fighter numbers at sea.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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