From: Denver Colorado
I also feel the air war is flawed, but the claims of the Luftwaffe being destroyed/overwhelmed in 1941 ( latest release of the game ) sound like an exaggeration.
I can only speak to 1.05. I believe my opponent Cannonfodder would confirm that in our last game, he bombed the Luftwaffe down to 200 fighters by Turn 17, at which point, in my AAR (online here, but more than 6 months old at this point), you can see the statistics (and proof). Someone reading my AAR at that point instructed me to communicate to Cannonfodder that the airfield bombing had to stop.
I can't speak to 1.06 and will not be able to in my next game, because we have a house rule of no more than 3 airfield bombings per turn.
I'm not particularly sure why that house rule would be common in the AARs that I read (for example: glvaca used this in his game with Tarhunnas, and MichaelT is using this against glvaca in their game), but it says to me that the bombing can still get out of control given the WitE model that enables mass to outperform its historical capability in the Red Air Force against Luftwaffe pilot quality and experience.
When last Cannonfodder and I spoke about it, he believed that it was a function of the week-long turns and the accumulation of fatigue per mile, which was out of scale with the week-long turn.
Spring 2018-Playing: Demyansk Shield: Frozen Fortress; Advanced Squad Leader,
Rulebooks: ASL (always ASL), Holland'44, Demyansk Shield: Frozen Fortress