From: The Coastal Elite
What are the factors that go into a successful CAP defense for a CTF? What can cause it not to intercept oncoming bombers, etc. other than weather?
I ask because I just had a CTF attacked by 2 small waves of bombers in AM and PM phases. Morning was 6 bombers and afternoon was 10. The 6 in the morning were successfully intercepted and shot down. In the PM phase, however, 26 interceptors rose up to take on the 10 bombers coming, but nothing happened. They just went through without a fight and proceeded to torp one carrier.
Why does this happen?
Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Rossel Island at 108,137
Weather in hex: Light rain
Raid detected at 73 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 25 minutes
G4M1 Betty x 10
F4F-4 Wildcat x 29
Japanese aircraft losses
G4M1 Betty: 4 damaged
No Allied losses
CV Enterprise, Torpedo hits 1
10 x G4M1 Betty launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 45cm T91 Mod 3 Torp
VF-8 with F4F-4 Wildcat (8 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
(13 plane(s) diverted to support CAP in hex.)
8 plane(s) intercepting now.
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 5 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 0 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 2 minutes
VF-6 with F4F-4 Wildcat (0 airborne, 9 on standby, 3 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 4 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 16000 , scrambling fighters between 1000 and 16000.
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 26 minutes
< Message edited by Anachro -- 12/26/2015 4:17:08 PM >