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Kamikaze attack on the USS Laffy

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I'm sure at least a few are familiar with the USS Laffy and how it was attacked by about 50 kamikaze aircraft in early 1945. I think it would be cool to re-enact that scenario. We could set up a DD and surround it with Fairmiles, or to be more accurate with the firepower the Laffy carried, maybe load a few Bofors and 25mm AA guns onto a TT and park it next to the DD. I heard that they can be deployed while on board. Then get volunteers to fly a variety of planes, either Axis or Allied (as long as they carry bombs), and see if they can kamikaze into the DD and sink it. In the case ot the USS Laffy, a few Navy Wildcats showed up and shot down some of the kamikaze planes, so maybe a few more players could come in with H81's or an Axis equivalent, depending on which side sets up the ships and boats.

If any are interested, you can find the History Channel's re-enactment on YouTube. Check it out and I'm sure you will agree that it would be an awesome special event. Thanks

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The ship wouldn't stand a chance. It takes as many as three or four 40mm hits to significantly divert a plane from its course. The 25mm has a much lower sustained RPM than the US Navy's late-war Oerlikon 20mm mounts with 60 round magazines, and it takes a large number of 20mm hits to divert a plane from its course. There's nothing in-game like the 5 inch 38 firing proximity fuzed frag. There's no provision for the (multi-part) vessel we'd be simulating to be jinking like crazy at flank speed, while having all its guns manned. And, we fire by eyeball and skill, without the historical predictive sights.

It wouldn't even be a contest.

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It would be a slaughter for the ship.

Cool to watch, maybe. But not even fun to do.

During Intermission that would be different, but during campaign? It's a waste of ressource for both side.

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On 4/2/2017 at 5:24 PM, jwilly said:

to be jinking like crazy at flank speed,

In a TT? i dont think you could jink in slo mo

:D

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Wow I'd forgotten about this... But in answer to jwilly, that simply isn't true. 1 hit from bofors on single engine plane is devastating. A 2nd will take it out. Rare that it takes more than 2 hits(but it does happen). More likely to disable or bring down in 1 hit than to need 3 in my experience. Plus the 1 hit will make the plane hard to steer, if it stays up at all. Plus the idea is to emulate the firepower of the Laffy, so you would need several bofors. Ive flown into flak traps with several bofors...don't usually live long. Add to that close range 20 or 25mm guns...would be very cool in my opinion. Plus the TT is just there for fire support, along with a few fairmiles. The goal would be to sink the DD. Plus now we have the perfect plane to use that would resemble most kamikaze...the Hurricane F/B with 250 pound bombs. They're pretty weak bombs so it would take quite a few to sink a DD. This would be an awesome re-enactment.

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A better idea would be to just let a laffy truck drive 30 km to an objective and see if 50 kamikazis pilots with no anmo can find it and suicide into it :) 

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