3. Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Story walkthrough

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Jump straight into the campaign, choose the USN campaign to start. The missions themselves are very straightforward, simply follow the objectives for destroying aircraft or ships. I will advise on the most advantageous aircraft set up before each mission and give additional information on difficult parts or for specific achievements.

THE BIG 'E' CAMPAIGN

PEARL HARBOR

F4F Alpha Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

Simply shoot down the enemy aircraft, marked with white circles - and marked on your radar as white circles or white planes when closer. When you have to shoot down the torpedo bombers look on your radar to find them.

During the campaign you are sometimes given side missions, some of these are mandatory but any others you can skip by selecting 'Advance Chapter' do so if you wish. For the ones you can't skip I'll outline the basics.

AIRBORNE PATROL

TBD Devastator - Charlie Flight

1x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

These are 'find and destroy' type missions. Press cn_Y to take off. Take a look at your radar, you will see a little flashing white part at the top, this is like an enemy tracker, the wider it flashes the closer you are to facing the enemy's position. Just fly around until it is at its widest and you'll find the enemy subs.

Engage and destroy the two subs, you'll see a 'T' shaped torpedo target at the bottom of your screen, simply line up your wings with the top of the 'T' (about 35m altitude) and drop a torpedo - these torpedoes are incredibly slow so you have to lead the subs a lot and get in quite close before you drop the torpedo. Hitting a sub with a torpedo will unlock:

Torpedo Master

Hit a moving ship with a torpedo

Torpedo Master
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After you have sunk the two subs you'll be given the option to land on the carrier, push cn_A (this one time) for yes. Return to your own fleet, line up your plane with the carrier and descend to about 50m, as you approach slow down to 75 power, then when you're above the carrier slow to 0 power and stop. A successful landing will unlock:

Mind the Water

Successfully land on carrier at mission’s end

Mind the Water
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WATCHTOWER PATROL

For these missions you are not in an aircraft, you are using binoculars to spot the enemy. Use the cn_RB to toggle binocular mode on and off and use the cn_A button to report the enemy. There will be dolphins, sharks and whales in the water and birds in the sky to confuse you, these are not enemies and reporting them will lose you a report attempt. If you fail to report a real enemy 3 times you will fail the mission. Look for ships in the distance, periscopes or shadows in the water, or aircraft in the sky, when you see something hold the cn_A button to report it. You can also find little floating life-rafts, these are not enemies but you can report them as they are friendly castaways.

MALOELAP ATOLL RAID

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

TBD Devastator - Charlie Flight

1x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

WOTJE ATOLL RAID

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

BATTLE FOR WAKE ISLAND

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

PROTECTION CONVOY

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

Self explanatory missions really, fly over to the designated areas and destroy any targets that threaten your allies.

DOOLITTLE RAID

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

ATTACK TULAGI ISLAND

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

ATTACK CARRIER FORCE

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

8x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

You should sink your first carrier here and unlock:

Carrier Killer

Sink a carrier in campaign game mode

Carrier Killer
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BATTLE OF CORAL SEA

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

8x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

During this mission you will be given the task of sinking a major Japanese Carrier - take out the enemy aircraft first, they will cause significant damage if you don't, then assault the correct carrier, you know it's the correct carrier by holding the cn_RB down to focus on it.

During this mission you may have shot down 100 enemy planes, when you do you will unlock:

Ace

Shoot down 100 enemy planes in campaign mode

Ace
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Now it's time to move on to the second USN campaign 'Enterprise Vs. Japan'.

ENTERPRISE VS. JAPAN CAMPAIGN

DEFEND MIDWAY

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

BATTLE OF MIDWAY

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

8x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

LAST CARRIER

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

During this mission you should have sunk 20 ships, when you do you will unlock:

Ship Sinker

Sink 20 ships in campaign mode

Ship Sinker
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TULAGI LANDINGS

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

WATCHTOWER PATROL

At the start of this watchtower mission you can spot a castaway on your 8 O'clock, after one minute keep an eye out on your 10 O'clock for some incoming bombers. Spot them as quickly as possible, when you do spot them you will have to shoot one down to succeed in the mission. Just keep your eye on the bomber marked with a white circle and keep firing at it until it is down.

AIRBORNE PATROL

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

8x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

BATTLE OF THE EASTERN SOLOMONS

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

8x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

During this mission you should sink your 5th Destroyer, doing so will unlock:

Destroyer Destroyer

Sink 5 destroyers in campaign game mode

Destroyer Destroyer
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Also these Destroyers are manoeuvring so sinking one will also unlock:

Torpedo Wizard

Hit a manoeuvring ship with a torpedo

Torpedo Wizard
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By the end of this mission you should also have at least one Pilot ranked up to the highest rank at 255 XP, when you do you will unlock:

Aces High

Reach maximum experience with any pilot (255).

Aces High
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DEFEND USS HORNET

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

Try to shoot down as many enemies as you can but don't worry about failing this mission- this mission is scripted to be a disaster and you lose the USS Hornet no matter what you do.

BATTLE OF SANTA CRUZ

F4F Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

NIGHT NAVAL BATTLE

F4U Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 500 lb (226 kg) bomb

4x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

In this you have to find the enemy ships in the dark and take out their search lights while avoiding your own allied ships. It's difficult to tell them apart so I tapped a few MG shots at the ship first and if the guy on the radio says it's friendly move on to another ship, but if he doesn't, take out all the search lights on that ship.

NAVAL BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL

SBD Bravo Flight

2x 0.5 inch (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 250 lb (113 kg) bomb

1x 2000 lb (907 kg) bomb

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 1000 lb (453kg) bomb

4x 5 inch (130mm) F.F.A. Rocket

In the second part, after destroying the convoy, the game tells you to hang back and torpedo the Hiei from a distance, ignore this, instead speed straight towards the Hiei and bomb it from close range. Now when you're in the bombers later you can easily finish her off.

BATTLE OF RENNEL ISLAND

F4U Alpha Flight

6x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

2x 500 lb (226 kg) bomb

4x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

TBF Avenger - Charlie Flight

2x 0.5 (12.7mm) M2 MG

1x M13 Torpedo - 2200 lb (997kg)

8x 3.5 inch (89mm) F.F.A. Rocket

After completing this mission you can skip the Watchtower patrol and you have completed both of the USN sub-campaigns and will unlock:

American Campaign

Complete both USN Campaigns

American Campaign
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Now you can begin the more interesting and entertaining IJN campaigns.

AKAGI RED CASTLE CAMPAIGN

You are now playing as the IJN, the Imperial Japanese Navy, and aside from having new missions to complete you will have an entirely different set of aircraft to choose from. These missions are all pretty self explanatory but like the USN campaign I'll advise on the best aircraft set up to take and help with any difficult parts.

Also now that you have all of the side achievements, including the achievement for ranking up a pilot, you can now skip any and all patrol side missions if you wish, just advance chapter when applicable.

PEARL HARBOR ATTACK

D3A Val - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 89

1x 551 lb (250 kg) bomb

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30 kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

BATTLE OF RABAUL

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30 kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

6x 132 lb (60kg) bomb

CAPTURE RABAUL

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 551 lb (250kg) bomb

You fly inland and are tasked with locating some Australian units hidden in the woods, these can be tricky to spot. The first group is on the hillside just to the right of the marker as you fly in at the start, just on the outskirts of the wood. Shoot them with your MG's to reveal their location then destroy them all. The second group is on the opposite side of the same wood hidden in some kind of bushes that resemble a vineyard, again reveal them and destroy them.

THE BOMBING OF DARWIN

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

D3A Val - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 89

2x 132 lb (60 kg) bomb

This mission is very straightforward at first. Sink three ships- target the smaller ones, then take out some fighters on the airfield- use your cannon and swap planes when they're depleted. Then shoot down some more fighters and kill the British Ace pilot, again use your cannons to make short work of him.

Now after this you are given the objective to 'Bomb Australian Airfields' - note that it says airfields and not airfield. An important point since the game developers forgot to mark the second airfield with objective markers. Don't worry though as you can still complete this mission. Firstly bomb all the targets on the first airfield until there are no more. Now look over the other side of the map from the harbour area and you'll see a tower and some more hangers. This is your second airfield, proceed to bomb the tower and the hangars until the mission ends. But be careful not to go out of the battle area as it will fail the mission.

COLUMBO RAID

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

D3A Val - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 89

1x 551 lb (250 kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

ATTACK MIDWAY

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 551 lb (250kg) bomb

LAST DAY OF THE AKAGI

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

D3A Val - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 89

1x 551 lb (250 kg) bomb

Don't break your neck here trying to take all the bombers down in the second group, the Akagi is scripted to get destroyed, you must however take out all the torpedo bombers at the start. And again later; don't try too hard to sink the USS Enterprise, after you have exhausted all your aircraft the mission will end successfully.

This also marks the end of the first Japanese campaign, you can now proceed with the Zuikaku campaign.

ZUIKAKU - FORTUNATE CRANE CAMPAIGN

ATTACK US CARRIERS

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

TULAGI INVASION

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

BATTLE OF CORAL SEA

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

D3A Val - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 89

1x 551 lb (250 kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

A part of this mission is doomed to fail, when attacking the Yorktown with bombs just expend them all quickly and it is scripted that you fail to destroy the Yorktown and end that part of the mission. Now go on to sink the USS Lexington.

HENDERSON FIELD ATTACK

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

REINFORCING CONVOY

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

AIRBORNE PATROL (Mandatory)

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

Find the enemy convoy, its on your 9 O'clock.

BATTLE OF THE EASTERN SOLOMONS

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

D4Y Suisei - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x 1100 lb (500 kg) bomb

BATTLE FOR HENDERSON FIELD

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

BATTLE OF SANTA CRUZ

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

D4Y Suisei - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x 1100 lb (500 kg) bomb

Another mission doomed to fail I'm afraid, at the part where you have to sink the USS Enterprise just drop every bomb you have with each plane and the mission will end with the Enterprise badly damaged but still afloat.

BATTLE OF PHILIPPINE SEA

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

D4Y Suisei - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x 1100 lb (500 kg) bomb

During the part where you have to defend the torpedo bombers; use your cannons effectively and be careful not to crash into other aircraft. You shouldn't have much trouble keeping at least four alive. Don't worry about the part where you have to sink the Submarines, they are scripted to survive and destroy the Shokaku.

At the end when you have to sink the Light Carrier be sure to hit it with every plane, you must destroy this carrier.

ATTACK US FLEET

B5N Kate - Sanban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x Type 91 Torpedo 1760 lb (800kg)

BATTLE OF SIBUAN SEA

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

BATTLE OF CAPE ENGANO

B6N Tenzan

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x 1670 lb (800kg) bomb

A6M Zero - Ichiban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

2x 20 mm MG (0.79 inch) type 99-1

2x 70 lb (30kg) bomb

D4Y Suisei - Niban

2x 7.7 mm MG (0.3 inch) type 97

1x 1100 lb (500 kg) bomb

At the end when you have to kamikaze and sink at least four carriers make sure you target 'carriers' as opposed to destroyers, they are marked with the blue objective markers. It's also OK to use a couple of bombs on the carriers as you speed towards them but make sure you finish the carrier off with a kamikaze. You can tell the carrier is destroyed when they stop moving in the water and the smoke rises directly up or back.

After completing this mission you have completed the second Japanese campaign and the fourth and last in the game unlocking:

Japanese Campaign

Complete both IJN Campaigns

Japanese Campaign
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*Some people have encountered crashing at the point where you end the mission. The only known way to fix this is to load the campaign from the campaign mission selection screen and not from the continue.

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