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|Posted: Mon 1 Jan - 22:14 (2018) Post subject: Fighter Surface Attacks And More
Regarding the first point, i agree about clarifying what fighters can do against which ships.
First regarding the fighters, i think that not all of them may attack ships since, in the period under concern, some lacked the necessary equipment; furthermore, the pilots were not trained to it.
On the US sides, i would say that Army fighters were fitted to act as fighter-bombers but the pilots were not really trained to attack ships while they were trained to attack ground targets; for the Navy, the pilots were trained to attack naval targets but the planes maybe not really fitted for it... I suggest to wait the summer of 1942 and the Guadalcanal campaign to allow USN fighters (i.e. Wildcats) to attack ships and the very end of the campaign to allow US Army planes to do so (with exception of the P39 based at Guadalcanal).
On the IJN side, i think that A6Ms were not used for such operations, especially the ones from the carrier groups; i think it should be the same for the A5M. For the IJA, its Sentai were not engaged on this theater before the end of the campaign but i think we may allow them some bombing capacities...
Second, regarding ships, i suggest to restrict bombing capacities to DDs and TRS only (and maybe later PT boats and submarines and others auxiliaries when they will be in the game).
Of course, this changed heavily later on during the war with a dramatic increase in the numbers of fighters/fighters-bombers aboard carriers, especially US carriers, instead of bombers, especially dive bombers that almost completely disappeared from the order of battle (and the same later with the torpedo-bombers). But in 1942, separation between fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo bombers was still well established.
Regarding the second point, i fully agree: no ground/naval attack by fighters if there is a CAP protecting the target.
Just my two cents of course...