Most of the remaining Axis airforce flies to the forest hex the Russians are attacking, who respond with every FTR in range. Five Axis FTRs escort five Axis LND against six Russian FTRs. The Axis starts off at -1. The first round of air combat is surprisingly ineffectual, as the Axis rolled a 8, and the Russians an 13, both NE. Round two, both sides try again. The Axis rolls a 16, AA, and the Russians a 9 for another NE. The differential is now +1 in the Axis favor. Round 3 the Axis sends another Russian FTR home with a 14, DA, but the Russians finally do something, rolling a 6 for an AA. The lead German FTR is sent home. This sends the odds to even. Round four is a 9, AC versus a 13, NE, for no overall effect. Round 5 the Axis rolls another NE (13), while the Russians roll 17, DX. The Germns kill a Ju 88 G that they had had in a museum until this turn. Round 6 produces a pair of DAs, (14 and 8), sending another Russian FTR home as well as another obsolete German bomber. Round 7, the Germans kill a Russian FTR and its pilot with a 15 at +2, while the Russians roll an 10, DC, clearing a 7 pt Stuka through. The Russians see no reason to conserve their planes, and stick around at -3. Round 8 they are rewarded. The Germans send another Russian FTR home with a 14 (AA), but the Russians roll a 4, DX. The Germans decide to kill their FTR, hoping to get more bombers through. The next round at +4 the Germans send the last Russian FTR home with a 9, while the Russians let a LND through with a 10.
I thought I knew how to play this game....