Thanx a lot Alfred. Very clear.
@Misconduct: I've started 2 different games, one as Jap and one as Allied.
Now my next step is to grab the "withdrawal problem"...seems that every single air group will be called back to ETO in the next few weeks...so what's the pourpose of training my pilots if Eike is gonna steal them from me so soon? Does the system want me to go through every single pilot every turn, comparing the withdrawal group date with the experience gained and decide if to put him on gen reserve or let him go back to Europe? Isn't this too much of micromanagement??
There are two types of units scheduled for withdrawal:
(a) scheduled to return - the return date can be as soon as the same month as the withdrawal month, or it might return several years down the track,
(b) will never return.
When you withdraw squadrons which will subsequently return, the pilots and airframes go in to the pools. You lose both the pilots and airframes of those squadrons which do not return.
Even squadrons which appear on map for only a few weeks before they have to be withdrawn provide several benefits.
1. With PDU on, if a squadron scheduled for permanent withdrawl is equipped with frontline airframes, you can replace them with obsolete airframes prior to withdrawal. This is an important technique for boosting your limited 1942 Allied airframe replacement rates.
2. You are provided with additional training places. At the cost of micromanaging, you can avoid losing semi trained pilots. Even an additional 3 weeks of training will probably see a 10 point pilot skill increase plus improved experience.
3. The short term squadrons provide an increased insurance against enemy raids on the West Coast.
Alfred, how do you replace frontline airframes with obsolete ones prior to withdrawal?
Wait, I assume it's through "upgrade path"?
If PDU is on, when you click on "upgrade" you are presented with a list of potential upgrades. The list includes some obsolete, some current and some future models.
Note however one very important difference in upgrading between squadrons scheduled to withdraw and those not. In the former you can only upgrade to a model which will completely refit the unit. IOW, if you wish to upgrade an USA fighter squadron which is scheduled to withdraw and its TOE is 25, you need to have 25 airframes available in the pool in order to upgrade, even if the unit currently only has 1 airframe on issue. This condition does not apply to units which are not scheduled to withdraw. Those units can be upgraded to any model (which appears on the "upgrade" list) which has a minimum of 1 airframe in the pool.