View Full Version : What about... level bombing?

11-18-2007, 11:59 PM
I know the concept of level bombing and I can handle it pretty well with static objectives, but in my squadron I have to prove myself by level bombing a group of tanks in movement with AAA. I am supposed to engage them from back to front. The problem is.... when do I release the bomb? I've tried to be precise but I release it either too soon or too late. The moment I attack I'm flying 100/200 feet high and at 300 miles p/h. Am I too fast and/or too low? And the AAA? How can I avoid being hit by it? Please, I need your wise advise.

11-19-2007, 12:49 AM
100ft ? A good altitude for skip bombing ships (you may find your bombs are bouncing - if you watch a track it should confirm this).

I normally level bomb from 9000ft or above.

You need keys assigned for your bombsight: angle, altitude airspeed (shows as TAS so you need to convert from IAS)

Heres a handy utility:- Bombsight_Table_2 (http://endlager.net/fis/downloads/misc/exe_Bombsight_Table_2.zip)


after release you can reduce your sight angle to observe

11-19-2007, 01:16 AM
Oh, sorry. I forgot to say that I have to fly a P40E.

11-19-2007, 02:28 AM
Sorry again. I'm not English and perhaps I've made a mistake. I ment "skip bombing" not "level bombing". Any advice?

11-19-2007, 02:51 AM
Fly very low and fast.
Try to avoid the ship's masts and cables http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Check out Dart's page (http://www.darts-page.com/) for tutorial movies.

You can use the skip-bombing technique on land too (airfields e.g.)

11-19-2007, 03:24 AM
skip bombing is when you target ships, but you said that your target was a moving tank column with AAA?

I'm going with the tank column.

It depends on your angle, horizontal and vertical. If you're trimming the grass for fear of the AAA, then I'd suggest you travel perpendicularly to the tank column and aim to have the bombs hit the side of the tank itself. Not too hard, as the trajectory is flatish the faster you go.

If you can't travel perpendicularly to the tanks, I'd suggest getting some altitude and dropping it with a bit of an angle. If you can hit static targets, this should be much the same, but compensate for where they will be. How much of an angle depends on the AAA and how they are set up. The close you get to 90 degrees going straight down, the closer the bomb impact will be to your aim point.

You do say that the AAA often hits you. My advice around that would either be to get very low or very high. 100-300 feet is the killzone for the fast-firing AAA. Come straight down blazing with speed, drop your bombs ahead of the column and get out. Or if the AAA is varied and includes higher-alt problems and large calibers then I'd suggest blazing in inches above the ground to take out the last tank. If possible, put the tanks between you and the AAA.

Could you just take out the AAA? That would be one of my top priorities, and would allow me to go in at the very edges of the formation, hit one, bank away, repeat. Staying as low as possible all the time.

There is unfortunately no rule as to when to drop the bomb. It's all down to gut feel. Altitude, angle, speed, trim, bomb type and weight, all influence where the bomb will end up, so it's not possible to draw a table or a chart.

Something that might help: bombs bounce on tar roads. If that is how they are traveling, then bombing becomes a lot easier.

Hope this helps. Good luck http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-19-2007, 03:38 AM
Oh, thanks, kid_SA. A very good explanation.

11-19-2007, 08:56 AM
Bombs skip on grass and dirt also.
If you're going to be skip bombing, make sure to set a delay on your bombs, to give you a chance to get clear.

Try to attack from the front of the column, hitting them head on. When you take out the lead vehicle, it stops the column, so no more moving targets. Attacking from this angle gives you a little more leeway also, if your bombs skip too far.

Good luck!

11-19-2007, 05:22 PM
I'm working on a B-25 skip-bombing campaign. I took 10 months off from mission building and have seriously considered starting up again - to finish the two in-progess campaigns I started a year ago.

11-20-2007, 03:45 AM
Wow, Zeus-cat, those missions look really interesting. Downloading them! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

11-22-2007, 06:26 PM
don't forget to set your delay right for the bomb to explode....I usually use 3 secs....but with moving tanks it might be better to use 1 or 2 secs

11-22-2007, 06:32 PM
Level bombing I'm terrible at but skip bombing at treetop level I'm pretty good at.

Depends a bit on the bomber but the A-20 is an awesome plane to fly skip bombing runs on. Find the tanks and line up from the rear aspect. Do not attack from the front as this presents the most protected angle on the tanks as well as exposing you to potentially fatal fire from the tank guns (the crews will fire at you).

Make the attach run at your preferred speed and do it at very low level. Start dropping the bombs just as the tank moves out of sight below the nose of the bomber (assuming A-20 and assuming a reasonable 400kph attack speed or thereabouts). Keep dropping till your empty and pull out to observe your handywork.

If you timed it right the bomb should hit the ground, skip, and hit the rear of the tank taking it out. Best to have a short delay time of 1 second for moving tanks.