ORIGINAL:The Mig3 is indeed the best early war fighter the Sovs have. What it also has is good high altitude performance. I don't know if it is used by the engine though. In any case, nothing the Sovs have can beat an bf109 F4 in expert hands. It's probably due to my mishandling of my airforce, but I find the Sovs a bit to good in the air.
There's a lot more to come
Actually, if you want to dive a bit deeper into the historical air battles in the East, try the series by Christer Bergström.
In short: the Russian pilots were so inexperienced they where sent to the front after only 4-5 hours flying time. Compare this to Navy Seals fighting conscripts who haven't fired a shot before being put to the front. Guess who wins
I have far less eastern front knowledge than many here. But the air war follows the same pattern as the ground war: Axis players aren't as stupid as Hitler and Soviet players not as stupid as Stalin. The only important thing is that there is no strategy that can't be countered. 5 hours pilots are 30 morale 30 exp guys in WitE. Almost everyone will train them up first, so the results are not as bad as historical.
A test game Dinglir vs. Hardluck would be good to check the balance of the air war :)
Agreed, to a certain degree.
there's more, The Sovs had no radio's except the flight leader and they where of dubious quality. Bad command and control from base. So they had to fly close enough to each other for orders through hand signals or through wing/flap signals.
flying close means you have very limited view on what is going on at your six (rear). Flying within 50m of each other in nice formation is cool but it takes a high degree of your brain power to do so, even more if you're very inexperienced. So it happened frequently that they flew behind each other, tail end Charlie is always the first to go.
In contrast, the Luftwaffe was a superbly oiled machine. Expertly led, in the air and on the ground. Actually, the Ju88 is a dive bomber and in expert hands it could compete with the Ju87 in accuracy. Unfortunately (like other Russian planes) it is a level bomber (which it off course also did).
they had developed the finger 4 formation which the British, USA and Sovs copied at one point or another. With 2 pairs, each plane flying about 400-500m from each other giving perfect view of the rear.
I can go on and on. Point is, experience of the pilots is one thing, tactics and leadership is another and it took until well into 1943 (Kursk) before the Russians came even close.