I opened up "compare all aircraft" and noticed the line for heavy bombers, I have played a couple of games to 1970 and never saw a request to develop them. Is this a random thing or is there a way to force a development?
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
In reality the only aircraft that would fit the archetype of a "heavy bomber" used for ASuW or ASW work would be the navalized versions of the B-24, namely the PB4Y (new tail arrangement and all that), and the the German's FW200 Condor. I don't think the Japanese flew a four-engine aircraft in any kind of dedicated, direct anti-shipping role that wasn't a seaplane.
I know the British also had RAF Coastal Command that used a lot of spare bombers that used to be on frontline duties, like Short Stirlings and Handley-Page Halifaxes, as well as even a few loaned B-17s and actual B-24s.
Italy used mostly twin-engine aircraft for anti-shipping duties, though they had a handful of Piaggio P108s, some armed with a 4in gun in the nose.
Post by durhamdave on Nov 10, 2023 12:02:34 GMT -6
B-17s were also intended to be used in and anti shipping role they just weren't very good at it, and although niche, the various RAF vs Tirpitz attempts, but that was more a ship at anchor. I wonder how many heavy bombers were used in this role and found to be not so good at it.
Post by oldpop2000 on Nov 10, 2023 15:40:01 GMT -6
Heavy bombers anti-shipping missions were bombing shipyards, dockyards and ships sitting stationary in the harbor. Heavy bombers were not very maneuverable and against transports twisting and turning, it was difficult. Twin engined fighters and medium bombers were the best for anti-shipping.However, there was a radar equipped B-24 named the "snooper" that did perform low level night raids on shipping. I've provided some links to the snooper bomber and the two radars that equipped it. I hope this adds some information for you.