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How to destroy enemy aircraft

Discussion in 'Strategy and tips' started by starkhorn, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. starkhorn

    starkhorn Chieftain

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    Hey Folks,

    What is best strategy in V37 Europe 1939 scenario to destroy enemy aircraft?

    I've tried air sweep and I can get some aircraft (fighters) down to red - but then AI stops them doing intercepts. In addition my old method of capturing the city where the aircraft was based doesn't work as they escape now.

    For bombers, I find intercept not taking them down much. I find the AI fighters doing air sweep first and no matter how many interception bonus I have for the fighters, the AI fighters always do more damage to my aircraft than I do on their aircraft when they do a air sweep. This was SpitFire MKII against the german starting fighters - sorry forget exact model.

    Is this normal? Right now I don't see any way to beat the enemy airforce unless i take all of his cities.....which kinda means i win anyway. :)

    Thoughts/advice welcome.

    Starkhorn

    p.s. love this mod.
     
  2. constrainer

    constrainer Chieftain

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    With the dog fighting promotion 2 or 3 times you will do much more damage to the enemy fighters when you do air sweeps. Also keep in mind that 1 interceptor can intercept multiple times so you will need more dog fighting planes to damage a single enemy plane all of its interceptions. Also if the AI stops doing interceptions you have air superiority time to send in the attack planes and bombers.
     
  3. Parthius

    Parthius Chieftain

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    I think the only way to destroy enemy air units is to do air sweeps and do so much damage at once that the AI doesn't have a chance to rest the unit as it has been killed. I tend to get a few units that way.

    I believe the intent is to not completely kill air units. With the limited material for reconstituting units, it can be argued that you do not want to kill aircraft; you want to maintain air superiority and clobber anything the AI has with air sweeps to keep his aircraft diverting his material from his tanks and other units. An aircraft with a few percent of its strength/hit points keeps material from going to reinforce useful units and counts against his supply limit. A dead unit does neither! (Sometimes I wonder whether I'm doing the right thing when I kill off enemy units that are down to a few hit points...)
     
  4. starkhorn

    starkhorn Chieftain

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    Ok thanks - that strategy seems to work - helps though of course if u capture the town that there are based. :)

    Ok good to know. I like the way you have to use the fighters to clean the way for the bombers to hit without losing too much damage. I have found some tanks doing over 11 damage to some bombers though which i found strange. I think it was the mark VI tank against my lancaster bomber - I wasn't expecting that.
     
  5. Parthius

    Parthius Chieftain

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    I've seen the same thing. I assume that it is because a huge penalty that gets applied to strategic bombers against ground units as opposed to cities. They should simply do very little damage and only take a little themselves to represent normal attrition, I would think.

    Gedemon, should this behavior of Lancaster bombers getting clobbered when they bomb a tank be considered a bug? Or are you happy with it as is, at least for now?
     

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