View Full Version : What's with my squad dumping their load?

09-19-2008, 06:56 PM
I've noticed in a lot of single player missions if I bring some bombs on my fighter (either because I chose too or the mission called for it) about half the as I'm flying along I hear a boom-boom-boom-boom behind me. A quick check shows my squadron jettisoned their load for no reason. We weren't over the front, no enemy planes threatening, not even close to the target.

I've found it can happen either with time compression on and/or auto pilot on, or if I'm at the stick.

Just a glitchy thing or what?


09-19-2008, 07:35 PM
Hmmmmm.....Don't know that I have ever had this problem. And I am mostly offliner. I only see it happen when planes with bombs are attacked.

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09-20-2008, 06:48 AM
Thanks for your reply mortoma. I see I got 137 views but only your comment. Am I to suppose I'm the only one who experiences this anomoly??

09-20-2008, 07:44 AM
Originally posted by canadiantrout:
Thanks for your reply mortoma. I see I got 137 views but only your comment. Am I to suppose I'm the only one who experiences this anomoly??
Does this happen consistently in multiple missions or just in one or two missions? Sometimes I've seen this happen when I'd done something funky with my waypoints and the AI decided to drop the bombs or drop tanks for no reason.

Aside from that...haven't seen it. If they DO see an enemy aircraft they will drop them.

09-20-2008, 07:56 AM
As IceFire mentioned, it could be related to the waypoints, possibly if the AC are set to escort/attack, etc, at a certain waypoint.
I'm not too sure about this, but might they be affected by an enemy ground unit that you didn't notice?

09-20-2008, 08:13 AM
This actually happens to me a lot, in a slightly different way...

If I am leader and I put bombs on my squadron AI, then when I dive in to drop my bombs, they all drop them at exactly the same time, however they are not in the correct aiming position, they just drop them whereever they are at the time.

I c za\nt remember if I was using lowengrins DCG at the time, I dont think I was actually.

09-20-2008, 08:33 AM
I have found that the AI isn't really programmed to handle bombs if you put them on dedicated fighters (like the 109). The fighters seem to look for an excuse to dump their bombs in this case; sort of like a drop tank.

The AI seems to do much better if you put them on fighter-bombers like the P-47. I haven't done extensive testing on this, but it just seems that is how things work in the game.

09-20-2008, 09:37 AM
YES mate, you hit the nail right on the head, they treat them just like a drop tank.

They drop them when their leader does.

09-20-2008, 10:09 AM
I have had this with giving an AI an "aircraft" target on the ground.
I had placed a seaplane with only 2% fuel near the shore so that it remained grounded, but the AI consistantly refused to bomb it (dropping them before the attack) as I think it triggers an "airborne" threat even though the aircraft is on the ground
You could try giving AI a dedicated ground target (AA maybe) with no potential airborne threat and see if this makes them attack using the bombs.
Good luck.

09-21-2008, 06:14 AM
Thanks guys, guess it's just a glitch on my copy of IL2 or something. Just to be clear, I am leading my squad happily along, still behind friendly lines, no enemy ground units near, enemy fighters are still behind their lines far away and I'm following waypoints. Then BOOM. They just drop everything. Doesn't happen all the time but most times.

So I tried the German JABO missions. Now these guys are even dumber. First mission is a long flight to target. I just flew along normal and let the 2 I-16's drop in behind us while maintaining my heading. They line up on the last 109 and start spraying him. He doesn't say a word, doesn't deviate course, DOESN'T DROP bombs until he disintergrates and blows up mid air. Good times.

So i hang out in external view and watch the carnage. The I16's sweep past us and loop around onto the now new tail-end charlie 109. Same thing. Then they do it to my wingman.

Well I can't take anymore of this so i drop my bombs (way before target) and engage the I16's) I got 1 and left the other smoking heading for home before I lawn darted in. lol Whatcha expect, I was in an Emil, low and slow, and let them get behind me. Sheesh. this game....

All in all tho, I love it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif