The work of naval fighting planes is, in general, offensive, defensive, or protective. Offensive patrols are carried out in the area of the enemy fleet and include action against enemy aircraft of all types and particularly against the enemy defensive fighting patrols, and, by strafing against enemy surface craft. Defensive patrols are carried out in our own area to safeguard the fleet against attacks by enemy aircraft. Protective patrols accompany and protect our spotters, bombers, torpedo planes, and scouts against attack by enemy fighting planes.
Naval Fighting Planes
By Lieutenant Commander F. W. Wead, U. S. Navy (Retired)