Really nice AAR! A couple comments:
1. I think not having Germans on Corsica is a mistake.....just a couple units can hold the island during Italian surrender, and Corsica in Allied hands really extends Allied fighter range. If he is planning a landing north of Rome, which I would bet on given that aggressive opening move, he'll have plenty of fighter cover now
2. If the Luftwaffe consistently attempts to defend airspace from Allied fighters, the result will be a worn down and degraded LW by 1944. I would withdraw the LW from Allied fighter range. Here is what I would do:
a. Pull all LW fighters back in N. Europe so that only P-38s can engage your fighters. This will mean leaving France and Ruhr uncovered, except by night fighters. I think that is preferable to the constant attrition, and the USAAF is forced to bomb beyond Spit range in 1943 anyway, where you can cause damage
b. Pull the LW from Southern Italy; HOWEVER, selectively Ambush the Allies, by moving all your fighters there temporarily at times. Doing that will force the Allies to always escort bombers, even when there is no LW around, and selective ambushes will shred the Allies and cause huge losses.
The problem with the LW is a lack of trained pilots; the Allies can afford huge pilot losses, you can't. Even if you getting 4 to 1 kill ratios, that favors the Allies. You simply cannot afford to fly the LW every turn.
Even over N. Europe, it's a good idea to occasionally mass REST the LW, and concede the skies for a week. Using the LW en masse is the way to go; in pockets, you're just getting pilots killed
Thanks for the kind words and suggestions.
I will address both your points:
1) This was more or less a forced situation after the evacuation of Sicily, where I lost the Schmalz PzGren Brigade and suffered quite a lot of casualties during the naval evacuation. True, but he has build up a considerable invasion force and as of turn 11 has not launched an invasion yet. So I was constantly reinforcing Rome and the surrounding areas in fear of an invasion, which I'm guessing will happen next turn and will be quite big.
2a) That has been done. I have no fighters in Allied fighter range and only the NF are defending the Ruhr. You will see we caused some serious damage to WA last turn once I update the AAR.
2b) The LW is concentrated in north Italy and around Rome. No fighter assets have been allocated to southern Italy.
Yes, I am aware of that. Really wish the game had a mechanism to curtail the Allies flying bombing missions every week even when they suffer horrible losses.