To provide best protection against fighter defenders, when attacking a city location with level and/or dive bombers, should the fighter escorts be in:
1. The same subformation?
2. Separate simultaneous attacking subformations?
3. Or, should fighters be sent in first to clear out fighter defenses, then bombers?
Which of these three choices do others use, or does it not make any difference in the same turn?
And does your choice depend upon how much flak is defending the city?
When flak is heavy, it would seem that dive bombers first (best to kill and defend against art), then fighters, then level bombers. If you can only reach a city with long-range fighters and level bombers, then choice 3?
Also, does anyone know if there is a difference in merely sending fighters over a city for recon, vs. attacking it? It would seem that a recon mission would keep the fighters concentrated on intercepting fighter defenses, but also subject to losses from flak. Therefore, in the recon role fighters may be more effective at killing fighters than if attacking ground forces at the same time.