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RE: Tojo's - 9/26/2016 4:04:32 PM   
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Trivia...The Tojo was barely larger than the tiny Polikarpov I 16, and it could climb like a monkey with a scalded bottom!..
Great for local zone defense and bomber interception at altitude.
Was kept in production from its' inception and the engine looked huge compared to the small body..almost like the old "GeeBee Cleveland racers.
Many were used in the final year for home defense vs the B 29's.




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RE: Tojo's - 9/26/2016 4:14:37 PM   
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Sounds like the Oscars should be imported to China.

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RE: Tojo's - 9/26/2016 4:56:25 PM   
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Escorting bombers does not achieve air superiority. For that you have to sweep. If Tojo can't get there and Oscar can, you need Oscars. LR CAP is a better technique than escort as well. If your pilots are good enough they can handle Hurricanes and Spits and P-40s and P-39s and P-38s in these roles. Make sure your pilots are exp. 80. Once the Allied player transitions to the offense you're not likely to accomplish much bombing his bases in most cases except China and Burma. Your bombers should be transitioning to Naval Search, Naval Attack and ASW. The more tasks your air crews learn the higher their experience level goes and in some cases their defensive skill which helps preserve planes and crews. Again, in the escort role it doesn't matter how good the fighter is, they could be shot down in droves, so don't do that.
Ask yourself if the bombing campaign will accomplish more than those fighter pilots' worth. Also, after the first few months do not use Bettys or Nells in bombing campaigns unless you've lost most or all of your carriers and it doesn't matter anymore. Bettys and Nells are for search and training carrier aircrews.

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RE: Tojo's - 9/26/2016 5:42:25 PM   
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Escorting bombers does not achieve air superiority. For that you have to sweep. If Tojo can't get there and Oscar can, you need Oscars. LR CAP is a better technique than escort as well. If your pilots are good enough they can handle Hurricanes and Spits and P-40s and P-39s and P-38s in these roles. Make sure your pilots are exp. 80. Once the Allied player transitions to the offense you're not likely to accomplish much bombing his bases in most cases except China and Burma. Your bombers should be transitioning to Naval Search, Naval Attack and ASW. The more tasks your air crews learn the higher their experience level goes and in some cases their defensive skill which helps preserve planes and crews. Again, in the escort role it doesn't matter how good the fighter is, they could be shot down in droves, so don't do that.
Ask yourself if the bombing campaign will accomplish more than those fighter pilots' worth. Also, after the first few months do not use Bettys or Nells in bombing campaigns unless you've lost most or all of your carriers and it doesn't matter anymore. Bettys and Nells are for search and training carrier aircrews.


Betty for search only, you are joking!

I have had great results with my Betty bombers, reaching out long range to interdict shipping.
But then again you need to place them at the strategic locations.


And Oscars sweeping hahaha try that in end 1943! you will have lots of space in the hangar after the mission.

About the bombers, the bombing missions i plan have a goal, and only then i commit the units to it.

Sweeping missions need to be planned well, and executed well.
And my plans do not have any oscar in it. It is a crappy plane and a PBEM game as japan will show it.

And thats final!
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RE: Tojo's - 9/26/2016 7:04:40 PM   
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Naval attack wasn't what I meant by "bombing campaign" and Naval Search incorporates Naval Attack, just one plane at a time. I did mention mid '43, didn't I? Build your Oscar IIa's and use them. If you think they're crappy, that still makes them good enough to sweep the Allied player's crappy planes (with inferior pilots) out of the sky. By late '43, the American (not necessarily the Brit) air crews will be equal or better than yours but even then Oscars will be fine at shooting up (or down) Allied search or recon planes. Don't build any Nates. Do maintain some production of Oscars. And manufacture those HA-35 engines to excess. I use Anns and Marys for ASW at choke points. Those Oscar IIa's and beyond will be far better after you run out of the others or use them as trainers. Stopping production of Oscars in my view is foolish. Very versatile planes and the IIb has armor so using them over friendly territory is less risky.

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RE: Tojo's - 9/26/2016 7:13:22 PM   
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It is all meaningless if your good pilots die in the first months - this is why I pulled the top 3-4 out from all Nate and Oscar units. Also some from Zeros, these planes are too fragile to send elite guys out with them. And the RAF and AVG can hand Oscars generally their ass on a plate :) Even P40s are good enough vs. the Os. 1c and ZeroM2... if the Allies mass their planes at least (this means PBM) the AI can be beaten cause it splatters its plane over the map and also brings not enough stuff to the front. Also does not pull out depleted units or dissolve them, so it may end up with 20 squadrons with 3-6 planes each left on a base.

Sweep and escort mission with Oscars are costly in pilots, other than CAP (this is normally over own territory which means pilots may survive)

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