kind of a dumb question by me, i knew that bomb unit, airfield, city was manual.
doing my first game as sov v ai. what i have in mind is to mess with the axis ground support or really any axis mission where i can shoot down bombers. so if i have it right, ground support (escort) to shoot down bombers flying ground support. interdiction for everything else. i understand about % required to fly and moral (better morale, better chance to fly) i assume exp is similar to moral, and leader initiative and moral and air rating.
So, broadly speaking, since i want those sov fighters in the air as much as i can, then use a lower escort setting early in the campaign, then maybe increase it as exp, morale, leader ratings improve.
on a related subject i think i can handle manual upgrades