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Captain_Rownd #21 Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:31 PM

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View PostWhite_Widow18, on 23 January 2019 - 10:02 PM, said:

Lock Dangerous enemy and Lock Next Target. I use both to pick targets for the gunner when I'm in bomber mode or flight mode

 

Oh, you mean the passive auto-gunner?
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White_Widow18 #22 Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:40 PM

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Yep. It's useful for those times you're mid bombing run or trying to pull hard turns to keep the gunner continuing to fire at the appropriate target without your direct input
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GonerNL #23 Posted 25 January 2019 - 02:18 PM

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Too bad the defensive armament on some bombers is so pathetic.

I was cruising at 3000 meters with a B-17D and a P-40 came all the way up (?!), so I switched to guns and started firing at 700 meters ... with little or no effect. He fired some bursts and poof ...


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SpiritFoxMY #24 Posted 26 January 2019 - 03:17 AM

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View PostGonerNL, on 25 January 2019 - 10:18 PM, said:

Too bad the defensive armament on some bombers is so pathetic.

I was cruising at 3000 meters with a B-17D and a P-40 came all the way up (?!), so I switched to guns and started firing at 700 meters ... with little or no effect. He fired some bursts and poof ...

 

Unless you're packing Ultimate Gunner's Sights, you can only really do damage within 500m.

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White_Widow18 #25 Posted 26 January 2019 - 03:29 AM

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Some bombers do have just.. -pathetic- gunners.. the AR-2 comes to mind.

In the case of the B-series however.. it's more a matter of the usage of the guns than their strength. First, without gunner sights this is true.. your damage falls off a lot with distance even though you can still technically hit.. however.. the bigger thing about the B-series of bombers is that no single gun station is all that impressive. It's when you get the bomber in a wingover side-spiral that the turrets come into their own because you can get more than one on the target and then the damage is kinda nutty even in the B-17D assuming you have a -high skill gunner- to ensure crit shots, damage reduction, etc. Admittedly the B-17D is the single weakest of the B series and has the most blindspots overall.. meaning you have to learn how to position it -very- specifically to the incoming fighter/etc. and keep them there to get appreciable defensive fire from it.

Personally I gave up on defensive fire with the B-17D and on high altitude.. turned up speed as far as I could and started going in low and fast and not caring if I died after I dropped the bombs.. because if I did it right I guaranteed a base flip. It requires a different style of flying and I think it has a lot to do with the "concept" of American bombers.. they wouldn't fly solo, they always flew formations, and they almost always had fighter coverage. In the game this doesn't translate well even though I feel they were true to the concept of the B series bombers. Better than they have been pretty much anything else TBH in terms of being true to the actual plane. However..... getting back to game mechanics.. what this means is you can soak a large amount of damage and ensure you make it to the target.. the problem comes with the fact that without cover.. you -are- dead at the end of that run. This gets better in the B-17G and the B-32 is actually just.. mean... I have 5 pips for aerial kills on the side of mine.
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