From: Winnipeg, MB
-I saw this conversation and it made me realize there is much I did not realize regarding using torpedoes on Patrol planes and torpedo capable bombers. I had not realized the color of the torpedo toggle had meaning. Further muddled as partially color blind and some days and lighting I mainly see different colors of gray. So I will ask.
-Am currently in the middle (mid November) of a Guadalcanal pbem scenario play as the USN.
-All my patrol planes on the right/Noumea side belong to the South Pacific HQ. The US 13 Air HQ does not arrive until mid December. It as well as the South Pacific Rear Area restricted HQ are in Noumea. SoPac which has a command radius of 5, I left there; so Efate and Luganville are out of command range. I could relocate the Efate so Luganville so both E & LV can be in command range, putting Noume out of command range. However both E ^& LV have been naval bombarded to date so there is some exposure.Through experimenting, I note a patrol plane (PBY5, PBY5a, visiting Australian Catalinas) Using Torpedo/Using Bomb toggle is yellow/green when in command range of Noumea and SoPac; else it is white/red (no torpedoes).
-On the left/Australia side most of the Australian planes belong to the RAAF command, although this is never an RAAF HQ in the game. The SWPac (Command Range 8) and later the 5th AF HQ (Command Range 0) arrives which can be reassigned a group to at the cost of Political Points.
-I have always been frustrated that when my Beaufort V (bomb only) is upgraded to Beaufort VIII (bomb or torpedoes) has never attacked in 5+ attempts with torpedoes whether based in Port Moresby (Airbase 5) or Cooktown (Airbase 5) despite my having selected Using Torpedoes (in red). I thought red just meant torpedoes was selected, missed that it meant no torpedoes are available. In experimenting with my RAAF Beaufort VIII in Townsville (undefined command range to RAAF HQ) can use torpedoes while with the questionable command range to the mythical RAAF HQ. Also if assigned to the SWPac in Townsville it can carry torpedoes, even if 5th HQ is out of command range in Rockhampton (8 hexes as the crow flies from Townsville, 9 hexes by rail). But if in Cooktown 8 hexes from Townsville with no rail connection, it cannot use torpedoes regardless if assigned to RAAF or SWPac HQ. The best place to use Beaufort VIII with torpedoes is Cooktown to contest IJN ships in teh Coral Sea. (at some point in this scenario the IJN routinely naval bombards PM).
A> Is this due to AF being only level 5? Is there a minimum supply required as in ship rearming with torpedoes? (chart on manual page 287)
B> OR No rail connection to Townsville,
C> OR the mythical RAAF HQ too far away of if assigned to SWPac hence 5th Air HQ, the 5th Air HQ is too far away?
D> Cooktown may be less than double supply required (green exclamation mark) or below supply required (red exclamation mark)?
The airfield size for a TB follows the same rules as for a bomb loaded aircraft - the number of engines + bomb/torpedo load divided by 6500.
Not sure about the need for a rail or road connection between the Air HQ and other bases. Command HQs do not affect torpedo possession.
If supply is in the red, your issue may be lack of Avgas rather than lack of torps (assuming your Air HQ already has them).
Naval attack missions will not fly if you do not first have current detection on the enemy ships. That often means detecting them during both night and day phases. Torpedo attacks usually happen in the afternoon after a morning sighting by Naval Search.
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