Fifty Dollar Jones
This is my first post on these forums,but I am a little familiar with some aspects of what you are talking about.I'm not sure that what I have to say can help,but one point in particular may be the at the root of your confusion about the damage to airfields.
I can't tell you much about the BoB as aggressor as I am playing that as Allied.I am somewhere around 14sept1940 in that one.I haven't played it in about 6 months though.I am however the aggressor in the BTR 700 day campaign,and I'm only a week in on it (in game time).I haven't set it up in about 2 or 3 months.As I tend to micro-manage all aspects of that operation,I have learned a fairly good bit about it in that relatively short time.
I plan on writing about the first week on the After action reports section of the forum sometime,but that is for later.
Right now I hope I can help you by saying that running a successful recon mission about 10-30 minutes after the Time-over-Target will give me a better damage assessment.Remember that this information may still be flawed but it gives you a better chance of having as reliable information as there is going to be.It's not a glitch by the way,it seems that they have designed the information to be slightly-to-very vague on purpose.Your sides information is generally correct,but as for information about the enemy,your HQ will take it's "best guess" based on the most recent information.Remember that your recon ships will take photos of five (5) different targets each.If you manually set your waypoints to ensure that the flight paths cross those specific targets that you wish,which is very time-consuming,you may pick and choose which targets your recon ships will photograph.
Recon is not a sideshow...it is the foundation of your operation.I often have to reign myself in so as not to overtax my recon pilots.I'll run extra missions at odd intervals if the weather is bad in the hopes that the weather front moves on by the time the second recon sortie arrives.I fly pre-flight and post-flight recon missions to most of my targets for Heavy bombers.
It might help that I am working a specific angle in the early part of the war(knock out most of the radar in France and the Low Countries during week one ,and then establish an air corridor to the Rohr and Rhine Industrial areas.Those I will work over during the winter and early spring while hoarding my newer bombers for an overwhelming onslaught all summer long in '44).I am pasting Southern Italy and have worked those airfields over pretty hard,and I have found that while the bombers do OK at tilling the field and destroying service capacity,I much prefer to put a fighter CAP ( "Fighter Sweep" with "Patrol" set over the target) over the enemy field and shoot them up while they take off and land. And like most people I'm not above a little terror bombing here and there,but it is not my main goal.But again those are for the long reports,which I hope to write before too long.
Unfortunately,my time is being chewed up by football,and playing the Battleground Civil War series by e-mail with a friend.(we have completed Wilson's Creek ,where I lost -I only play US - and we are on turn 46 of 49 on the First Battle of Bull Run,where I am just short of a Minor Victory,but it will probably end up as a Draw because it just got dark ingame).We are going to take some time off before Shiloh.But I just bought Battles in Italy (Decisive Battles of WWII series) and I just finished the rules so today or tomorrow I shall be hitting Sicily with Ol' Monty and Blood and Guts.
EDIT - to add that as the RAF in BoB , I have found that my airfields repair pretty quickly.I only have minor shuffling around to do because of that.Also by this time (mid sept '40) I have shot down a lot of jerry planes,around 1200-1500 I think....but it's been awhile.
Good Luck.I hope this helps another rookie,even though you seem to be flying for the bad guys.
< Message edited by Fifty Dollar Jones -- 12/4/2011 10:06:52 AM >