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PBY - Data For Adding More PBY Scouts To The Game

 
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Sep - 08:48 (2017)    Post subject: PBY - Data For Adding More PBY Scouts To The Game Reply with quote

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PBY - 
Range: 2,990 miles (100 hex), Combat payload - 1,600 miles (53 hexes) - 800 radius (26 hexes)
Payload - 2 torpedos, 2,000 lb bomb payload (Max) or 4 325lb depth charge


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_PBY_Catalina
http://pby.com/
http://pbycatalina.com/specifications/
http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/aircraft-exhibits/item/?item=pby-5a_catalina
http://www.pbycat.org/indexmobile.html
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_PBY_catalina_US_service.html

Base on historical research, recommend PBYs should be added to the following battles. 


Eastern Solomon
PBY Base 
Espritu Santos - USS Curtis (tender)
Santa Cruz - Nendo Island (hex 4338) - USS Mackinac and USS Ballar (tender) Sqd. VP-23 (9 planes)
Malaita Island (hex 3947) tender = USS MacFarland


http://www.vpnavy.org/blackcats_history.html


Takataka Bay (from https://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/solomons_malaita_island.html)
Located at the southeastern corner of Malaita Island. On August 6h, 1942 torpedo bombers from USS Saratoga overflew Maramasike and Takataka Bay and found them unoccupied. Seaplane tender USS Mackinac arrived and began operating a nine plane detachment from VP-23 with PBY Catalinas on August 8, 1942. After the Battle of Savo Island, USS Mackinac departed on August 12, 1942 for Espiritu Santo.

Santa Cruz Island
PBY Base
Espritu Santos (May be redundant because of B-17)
Santa Cruz - Vanikoro Island (hex 4536) (Will add tender name later) Sqd. VP-11

Guadalcanal Island
PBY base:
Henderson
San Christobal (hex 4046) (Will add tender name later)


Research based on links below.
http://www.researcheratlarge.com/Aircraft/PatRon91/

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Sep - 08:49 (2017)    Post subject: PBY - Data For Adding More PBY Scouts To The Game Reply with quote

With fighters now banned from performing searches. I'm finding that the US is struggling to perform searches and attacks in the Solomon campaign (Eastern Solomon, Santa Cruz Island and Guadalcanal.  The US now lacks the capability to do both. Particularly in the Eastern Solomon and Santa Cruz.  In these battles bombers are in short supply and are too valuable to be spared for patrol duties.  Before this change the US had a surplus of fighter to perform this role. But with the new rule change that surplus just sits on the field. For example in ES, Espiritu Santos starts with only 3 or 4 SBDs. This means The US has only 2 planes available for scouting and 2 for attacking once they get to Henderson. You're really not going to do a whole lot of damage with 2 plane.   To make up for the lack of scouting capability the US either needs to be given PBYs or extra bomber/ torpedo bombers so that the US has sufficient scouting capabilities. Personally I think adding PBYs and a couple of bomber will work.  

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