From: PDX (and now) London, UK
Lets say you have a group of obsolete dive bombers (12 in #) that are on an atoll w/ size 2 airfield. They are in command (Command Radius 5 / Commander has an Aggression of 48), well supplied and not over stacked. No damage to the AF. A large TF of Enemy Carriers are nearby supporting a naval landing on the atoll. They have been in range for a number of turns and the weather is mostly clear during that time. Q: Will the AI decide not to attack the TF because it would be suicide to do so? Or is there some other reason the dive bombers wont launch? Thanks.
Naval strikes will occasionally fly without escort into a large CAP. Are they searching? Search increases DL on the ships and allows the DBs to find them more easily. You'll also find out how tough the CAP is by how many planes you lose!
My question is, why do you want them to fly into a suicide mission that has no hope of succeeding?
If you want to hit something you need to know something more detailed about what you're facing, you need escort that is appropriate to the defences of the target, and you need a decently high aggression in the group commander, plus it helps to have experienced pilots that will fly into the face of CAP and push through.
That said, if you want real help that's more specific, you need to post images of the group and map.
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