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HK wrote:Without radar, no covering fighter CAP is going to be able to stop a determined dive bombing attack.
Say you have a strong CAP with 20 fighters covering. No radar, so only half get to the DBs in time unmolested by the fighter escort. The rest of the CAP are either distracted or too far. 8 DBs damaged/forced to drop early, 4 shot down, the remaining 24 continue on, landing 5 hits at least. Scratch that carrier.
The defending CAP and AAA may get 5-6 more DBs as they exit, but at the end you've lost your carrier and the attacking force still has 16-20 serviceable DBs for a follow-on strike against much reduced opposition.
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