From: London, UK
This is the more objective analysis.
Turn 147, 10 Jan 44.
500+ heavy bomber raid on Schweinfurt (with vast amounts of escorts).
Due to the route taken, a large amount of action takes place over St Trond which is my most forward airfield, and a sort of salient in my defences. It has a lot of low level flak based there because its always getting bombed and strafed. Its not a flak trap, its simply defences against the constant attack. As a result, the airfield is in action for approx two hours continuously, and following the attack on my own 109s I thought I'd record what went on there.
This of course does not include aircraft that subsequently crashed as a result of damage received over St Trond, of which I suspect a few did. So its not just a question of firing on your own aircraft, which I can accept to a certain extent but not on this scale, but also the continuous repeat of the same crime. At one point 8 x 190s took off from St Trond and two of them were immediately damaged by the airfield's flak!
Incidentally, NO heavy bombers were shot down by flak the whole day, a lot were damaged and of course some could have subsequently crashed. Of course I should have had more flak at Schweinfurt but I'm still learning at it was a stupid mistake. Two allied fighters were shot down by flak in other places, as was four other of my aircraft. So basically I can't get past the idea that flak is more of a danger to my own aircraft than the enemy.
Add this to the frustration of my Me410s getting shot down chasing after fighters they can't catch and shouldn't be chasing anyway, and I'm getting a little fed up. Sure I can redirect them, but there's enough micromanagement anyway without having to go through the raid list every few minutes to find every twin engine fighter doing stupid things.