From: Scandiano(RE), Italy
I basically agree, but in the south there are some hexes where ground support will be useful and personally I prefer to have some bombers left for them rather than destroying another 100 Soviet planes.
if you want to preserve same groups for GS and strike the fighter AF first keeping the LR aircraft for long range strike, you can put in night mission: they don't fly.
i made ten test run using this procedure:
1) recon all the airfields to DL 10, manually selecting the starting base (don't forget to reselect after every missions) in order to reach AF out of range normally: in this way you can recon from the first base in Leningrad area to Zaporozdie (there are same rear base not on sight by default)
2)change required to fly to 0 and AF attack to 100
3) put to night fly all stuka, all the H-111 and rumanians level bombers
4)starting from south, in order to use romanian short ranges at full capacity, manually select the staging base, but not the groups involved, and strike AFs in fighter cover range
5)again starting from sud, selecting the staging base, i strike the AFs outside friendly fighter cover.
6)change to day H-111 and rumanian level and strike the rear area AFs, starting from fighter bases again, selecting the staging base,again from sud in order to use rumanian first
in this way (keeping the stukas for Ground support and making one Do17Z strike at port nord of Riga) i have, before start of land move, from 4816 (the worst) to 6006(the better) for 154 losses (30 H-111, 40 ju-88)in the worst case
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