From: Crystal Palace, London.
I used to fly all my recce missions at max altitudes, but in this game I have been experimenting with 5,000'. It seems to be working well at the moment, and losses are within acceptable limits. Presumably I am getting better results, but I have never done a proper study of I don't know how much better. Of course without radar the recce flights, like all others, are not being spotted as early.
The main thing I must stress is the importance of reconnaissance; without it less damage likely to be caused to the target. Not only in breadth, but in overlapping in critical areas, as some missions will not make it, either because of enemy action or because of weather.
For the first time in the game I intend to rest the bulk of my forces. Why? Because most of my bombers are below 40 morale, and many are down to 14, which is pretty much as low as it gets. I hate to do it because it gives the enemy the same chance to recover their strength, but since my 'quick knock out' approach has failed I need to prepare for a longer slog.
30 recce flights will between them cover virtually all of the radar sites and airfields along the 'radar gap', as well as many of the airfields further inland as well. Both can recover quite quickly so need to be monitored frequently.
Some smallish raids using high MOR crews just to avoid giving the RAF a complete bank holiday. They are:
0815 - 42 Stukas with 110 escort to Rame Head radar, 16,000'
0935 – 20 '88s with very heavy 109 escort at 8,000 to Rye radar
- 37 '88s and heavy escort also at 8,000' to (I think) Pevensey radar
These three raids should knock out the three radar stations close to becoming effective, and the raids should also give the RAF some scrambling practice.
1035 – The main raid of the day, at least to my mind, to Gosport PRIAF, as recce has identified 15 fighters having dispersed to this CC AF. Damaged AFs recover quickly, and it's close to the coast, which should enable me to strike without too much warning and withdraw in good order.
Consisting of 37 '111s at 9,000' with heavy '109 escort split between CE and 2,000'+ HE. By going in at 1035 I hope that he will already be a little unsettled because of the earlier raids, and maybe since its unusual for me (in this game) not to launch the whole first wave at 0600, some of his patrols will have landed and so the pickets might be a bit thinner on the ground.
1212 – Just because they look too good targets to miss, Bircham Newton and Horseham St Faith SECAFs will get visits from raids at 200' coming in low straight off the sea. One will be a small group of '88s while the other is the whole of ErprGr210. At this point in the game SECAFs are nice targets, as the squadrons have dispersed to smaller fields, most of which have no AA cover (although good continual recce is needed here as well, because the RAF know that as well!)
Wish me luck!
Y Ddraig Goch am Byth