From: Los Angeles
i used the shutle option which doesnt seem to 'activate' the af. However after several turns the fields started to activate themselves and i can use them efficeintly now.
I think I understand now...
The grey airfields are "new" Allied airfields. They will become usable about 7 days after they first appear -- and will change to a white display. They also will be assigned to a specific command. You can "move" units to new airfields in the same commands, Med AF to Med AF, etc. You can shuttle units to any Allied airfield within range. You can not speed the activation process up.
My big question now is how many AC lost can the Germans sustain in '43 before i can really start hammering thier production with b17s with fighter cover? I have 728 losses VS 618 kills in less than a month; How many kills/month do i need to start putting a dent in the lufftwaffe? roughly half my losses are bomber/fighter bombers with the most of the rest being fighters (mostly outclassed types like p39s, p40s and mustang 1s). proably 80-85% of the german losses are fw's and 109s, with the rest being night fighters and Italian ac with a few me 110/410s thrown in for good measure.
I'm assuming you are playing the '43 long campaign.
The game will play along the historical lines. The daylight campaign does not really kick into high until long-range fighters arrive. Starting around Dec '43. But, you have to build up a quantity of them. So figure, Feb '44. Bomber Command is your most effective air force in the beginning. Use the openning months to learn operational tactics, so you are ready for escorted heavy deep raids.
If you want to jump right in, I suggest playing the "Big Week" or "Oil Campaigns"
If you really want to jump right in with both wings, play the '44 campaign. Be warned, the learning curve is straight up.