From: Tucson, AZ
According to the inventory my losses in aircraft have been unusually heavy. Compared to what I had on hand 10 turns ago, I'm down to a handfull of planes on hand for the different models. The early models of fighters, the I-153's, I-16's, and MiG-3's, aren't going to be produced after T48 and there aren't that many on hand so they will soon be gone from the inventory. I'm going to have to depend on the Yak-1 for a long time and that aircraft isn't really all that much better than the biplanes they replace. I'm going to have to press the Il-2's into AS service for now instead of using them for CS because I'm extreamly short of fighters at the moment.
My main bomber, the Il-4's have seen too much combat lately judging from the number of them that have been lost. I'm thinking of holding them back from the fighting so that the number of the on-hand isn't zero any longer. Only 64 of them are assigned and their service probably isn't making all that much difference to the war effort so I'm thinking of moving all of them to Stalingrad for a future fight. Which will leave me with the SB-2's and the Pe-2's for bombers, and of the two the Pe-2's are the better bomber but only slightly. Neither of them are spectacular performers. Of all the Soviet bombers I favor the Tu-2 but I don't start getting any of those until about T300. I'm hoping for some Lend Lease aircraft soon.
"In an operation of this magnitude, some losses must be expected."
SAC Commanding General Curtis LeMay, circa 1964