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How do you keep your bombers alive in Kaga / Shokaku (admittedly, mine's currently stock)? They appear to be made of paper, and it's like playing Tier4 again, and it's gonna be another long painful 3 captain skills before I get the second plane-health CO skill improvement. I'm not talking about preserving planes by squad-shortening, or sling-shotting - I mean how do you get them onto a ship without having them melt? People say "use Islands" – how? I mean yeah if there's a big island in exactly the right place you can fly over it and appear at the last minute and maybe still have time for your crosshair to recover and room to drop your ordinance successfully; but if it's outside / at the AA bubble's range, you're only cutting down on player positioning opportunity not on time spent (damage taken) in AA. If the target's too close to an island, torps have no water to land in (and your DB crosshair goes all janky too). And approaching from behind an island denies you the opportunity to angle correctly because it, not you, picks the attack angle on your target. If there's a small island, you're going to be visible regardless - unless you enter a TB attack run, which adds the frustration of having to fight crosshair bloom and move planes that now handle like flying barns around to try and get the run to connect with a ship who should be evading. I've looked at Youtube, but the videos I'm seeing don't seem to show players continually loitering over islands the whole game - which makes me question whether the "flying over islands changes your height and thus dodges flak" advice is actually true. If it is, how does it *actually* work mechanically? Because whether flying over land or water, my planes seem equally fragile. Likewise, Youtube seems to be sceptical of Concealment spec - which gels with my experience of some unspotted DD or incoming plane breaking my concealment when I've committed to an attack run on another target and thus nullifying the benefit. More planes, and faster replenishment, on deck seems more beneficial. How are you supposed to make use of the Torpedo Bomber heal? You get very few, healing one plane who is taking damage seems a waste, and planes seem to die so quickly that using it reactively mid-attack-run seems awkward to say the least. How are you supposed to minimise damage on an attack-run? Evasion seems to be near-impossible without sacrificing aim-bloom: Is it just a case of screwing aim and hoping to roll more badly-aimed dice than well-aimed ones from depleted survivors? Is it, likewise, a case of just going "screw my angle-of-approach, I'm gonna take the path that gets me in-and-out fastest even if it means my dive-bombs are gonna get scattered in the water all around that CA"? I assumed it was just a case of making your best-guess as to what sector is reinforced and accepting that you're going to get explosions in your face while you're trying to make your ordinance connect - now I'm not so sure given the number of videos on youtube where people seem to be able to fly planes down the throat of targets I've got melted by, and they seem to dance out with a fraction of the losses I take. Is there some way, other than guessing, to know which sector is currently reinforced in order to avoid it? Is there some trick to avoiding flak when you're on your attack run? I don't mean spiralling in on your target so that the flak is constantly spawning off-target, I mean once you're actually letting your crosshair recover and you're locked into an approach, what can you do other than eat damage to the face? I seem to recall people saying entering the attack run temporarily evades flak, but entering an attack run is usually dictated by where I need my planes to be at release-time. Is it worthwhile trying to time engaging attack runs to evade multiple incoming flak clouds? Because listening to guides, tutorials, videos, etc - I get the impression I'm over-thinking this, but there's gotta be some explanation - other than "not enough CO points, not fully upgraded Shokaku" - as to why my planes evaporate before they can apply meaningful damage.