The one I keep in Leningrad is flying for me. I have it under Novikov's command, maybe that helps.
I disband all the others.
Golovanov has just come available so I'll try him. I had the entire Leningrad IAK in the woods by Sviritsa, flying under Danilov. He's not bad apart from 3 initiative. He stood the lot down as hundreds of unescorted bombers were knocking out the last port supplying Leningrad. Just had a similar experience outside Moscow but Golovanov has some serious stats so let's see.
Why would you think an IAK base would only protect its own hex? Is it in the rules? That wouldn't have been much use at Sviritsa as planes don't fly from a swamp.
I forget if I saw it in the rules, one of the threads or in my fevered imagination....
I may have to run a test to see if they do fly when you attack their hex. Also, I wonder if the type of attack mission matters. For example, they would be more likely to intercept a city bombing mission than a ground support mission.
Yes, and given that many of the raids targetting nearby or adjacent hexes were unescorted, I'm wondering if the intercept level has any bearing. This, IIRC, is based on a ratio of fighters the AI will attempt to scramble. Recently I've been set to between 120 and 150. Also should get my PBEM back soon and see if new leader makes diffference.
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