The Kingfisher and Walrus are almost the same aircraft they're just from different nations i.e. U.S. and UK.
Both are float planes that were primarily operated from battleships and cruisers. Their main mission was for recon and forward spotting for the ship with secondary missions of ASW, search and rescue etc.
The forward spotting is already "factored" into the game. IMHO an SA such as Seaplane Detachment would be better suited for these units because they never operated in groups of 15 - 25 units.
Weeds has commented that the Rule is the same as the Walrus and yet we have the Rufe represented by a mini, however I disagree. The Rufe's were never operated from BBs or CCs, their primary mission wasn't forward spotting for ships but they were operated from forward bases as fighters and used to intercept bombers. Probably why RB gave them there own unit?
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2018 9:06:16 GMT by Striker: Changed Rule to Rufe.
Can you give more detail on the squadron usage o the walrus striker?
From Wiki :-(
The Supermarine Walrus (originally known as the Supermarine Seagull V) was a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell and first flown in 1933. Designed for use as a fleet spotter to be catapult launched from cruisers or battleships, the Walrus was later employed in other roles, notably as a rescue aircraft for aircrew in the sea. By the start of World War II the Walrus was in widespread use. Although its principal intended use was gunnery spotting in naval actions, this only occurred twice: Walruses from Renown and Manchester were launched in the Battle of Cape Spartivento and a Walrus from Gloucester was used in the Battle of Cape Matapan. The main task of ship-based aircraft was patrolling for Axis submarines and surface-raiders and by March 1941, Walruses were being deployed with Air to Surface Vessel (ASV) radars to assist in this. During the Norwegian Campaign and the East African Campaign, they also saw very limited use in bombing and strafing shore targets. By 1943, catapult-launched aircraft on cruisers and battleships were being phased out; their role at sea was taken over by much-improved radar.
If we can justify a card for the Walrus then we should also do the Pete, Kingfisher, Arado etc. etc.
Question : what type is the card to be? I bet it'd be more in the Patrol Bomber than in the Fighter class... When thinking about SAs, I imagine Shadowing (artillery support role) and a rescue ability derived from "replenish aircraft" and "Rescue Operations" : OPG used in a sector where a friendly A/C, restore the A/C