Should you continue shooting at planes when engine has stopped?

il-2

#1

What are your personal ethics regarding this matter?
Don’t you think my plane ?was damaged enough to stop continued attack?
I think if a plane is obviously going down and the engine is knocked out, you should stop the attacks.


#2

I always cease fire as soon as I see black smoke or a stopped prop not because of ethics, but to conserve ammo and energy.


#3

True about the ammo consideration. Energy I think is probably the most important.

Its just interesting to think how one would react IRL to same situation.


#4

No, it is not. The generally acceptable goal is to destroy the aircraft. I follow @schurem’s rational.

That said, technically you are not supposed to shoot a parachuting individual (except paratroopers)or a plane that has indicated it is surrendering…i.e. lowers the landing gear…which, as was mentioned in another thread, is a moot point if attacking a fixed-gear aircraft like a Stuka.


#5

Stuka’s always be surrendering if you come at it in anything but a Gloster Gladiator lol


#6

So if a plane is trailing smoke engine stopped going down, you would continue that attack.
but if it lowers the gear you would stop?


#7

Yes. Until a wing breaks off or it enters a death spiral or just explodes, it is still a valid target.

If the pilot surrenders, I would honor that…with my finger on the trigger, just in case he changes his mind.


#8

I shoot till I see the label disappear. When the sim thinks the plane is out, it’s out. :smile:

As for stopped engine, I have over the years scored at least half a dozen kills while dead-stick thanks to an alt advantage and an easy target. While it’s very rare, it in fact happened to me over the Kerch Strait just a week ago. The 109’s engine seized up without splatting oil all over the screen and there was an Il-2 right ahead of me.

So about 45-60 seconds after my engine died, so did that Il-2! I then proceeded to glide to the coast in the hopes of crashing on ground instead of needlessly drowning my concrete-carrying never-seen-water pilot.