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Flydutch
08-29-2004, 09:54 AM
It was again the tactical genious Jimmy Tach,
Who countered a serious problem for the USN.
Then in first fase of the war with Japan the Navy pilots found out at their own dearly cost that the Japanese were excelently trained, and expierenced and were unbeateble in a classic Dogfight
With their overclassed Wildcats (That fought the Biggest part of the Paccific War)the Navy pilots had to go into the defensive vs the Japanese Fighters.
Jimmy Tach came up with the weaving fight (Zig zag fight)that would bring a attacker up infront of the wingman. Succesful this tactic was named after its inventor and dubbed the "Tach Weave"
At the end of the waragainst Japan the USN faced a second chalenge, How doyou protect against younguntrained people who have just one goal; To ram their plane into your (togher with a bomb they drop briefly before) Ship!?
Tach came with the solution of constant air cover over the suicide bases, shoot them down before they become airborne (Simular to Allied Fighter tactics vs German Jet & Rocket bases)
This was done by 3 waves of A/C that would take off, Cover the Base & refuel, reload, and sleep.
This seriuosly hamperd Kamikaze operation the Japanese countered with a simular response Kiksui or constant waves of Kamikaze attacks by Army and Naval pilots.

These offer interesting prospects for the Campaign builders,

Japanese: Defend, your rookie Kamikaze pilots from enemy fighter sweeps. Or as a Kamikaze try to take off! fly under radar until 5 min. from target climb to 1500m and dive through the AA!

American: try to fly a closely timed team effort to secure the Task Force you depend on. let no Kamikaze take off or shoot it down before it dives!

Flydutch
08-29-2004, 09:54 AM
It was again the tactical genious Jimmy Tach,
Who countered a serious problem for the USN.
Then in first fase of the war with Japan the Navy pilots found out at their own dearly cost that the Japanese were excelently trained, and expierenced and were unbeateble in a classic Dogfight
With their overclassed Wildcats (That fought the Biggest part of the Paccific War)the Navy pilots had to go into the defensive vs the Japanese Fighters.
Jimmy Tach came up with the weaving fight (Zig zag fight)that would bring a attacker up infront of the wingman. Succesful this tactic was named after its inventor and dubbed the "Tach Weave"
At the end of the waragainst Japan the USN faced a second chalenge, How doyou protect against younguntrained people who have just one goal; To ram their plane into your (togher with a bomb they drop briefly before) Ship!?
Tach came with the solution of constant air cover over the suicide bases, shoot them down before they become airborne (Simular to Allied Fighter tactics vs German Jet & Rocket bases)
This was done by 3 waves of A/C that would take off, Cover the Base & refuel, reload, and sleep.
This seriuosly hamperd Kamikaze operation the Japanese countered with a simular response Kiksui or constant waves of Kamikaze attacks by Army and Naval pilots.

These offer interesting prospects for the Campaign builders,

Japanese: Defend, your rookie Kamikaze pilots from enemy fighter sweeps. Or as a Kamikaze try to take off! fly under radar until 5 min. from target climb to 1500m and dive through the AA!

American: try to fly a closely timed team effort to secure the Task Force you depend on. let no Kamikaze take off or shoot it down before it dives!