From: Back in Blighty
Actually this second stage effort (the 1st stage of the BofB was the bombing of ships in the Channel to draw the RAF out) failed which is why the LW lost. Only 1 RAF base was ever closed for more than 48 hours (and that was only once), which is the same as 'never' in a 14 day turn. The German bombers simply did not have the payload to do enough damage. It is also important to realise that the shortage of fighter pilots was far more worrying than fighter numbers, and bombing airfields doesn't kill many pilots.
Similarly the radar system (which was so crucial but absent in WP) was never put out of action for 2 reasons. The stations' radar coverage overlapped so knocking 1 out temporarily made no difference whatsoever, and the LW didn't realise their importance so never made a big enough effort vs them. The (absent) Observation Corps also played a hugely valuable role in the BofB.
In real life, the soviet airforce/armed forces/weather/etc did a lot more damage to the LW than they do in WP in '41 despite the lack of airfield bombing at the beginning of Barbarossa in WP, and even more so in '42. The Barbarossa airbase had a huge impact in the first turn (as it were) but largely destroyed the cr#p a/c, many/most of which were probably inoperable anyway. The pilots weren't killed in large numbers which allowed quick recovery.
Maybe I´m going to be wrong, but I have to disagree here. The original purpose of BofB was to get air superiority in the channel to allow an invasion. They more or less fullfilled that goal by August '40. It doesn´t matter if you lack planes or aircrew, the fact is that UK was outnumbered in fighters agaisnt the Lutwaffe, obviously every german plane shooted down had a big chance to get rid of a german pilot. About the Radar, the germans managed to shut down the coverage in an area (something that could have been crucial), but failed to notice it.
Imho, the fatal mistake of the BofB was "the blitz". After the bold Berlin bombing by the RAF bombers, Hitler decided to retaliate in a doomed campaing against England cities.I said a doomed campaing because the Me-109 didn´t have enough range to protect the bombers inside english countryland, and the Me-1110 weren't an efficient air superiority figther (for obvious reasons), that ended in a enormous amount of losses for the lutwaffe, and also gave some time to RAF for recover her fighter force and to stablish her dominance over the channel.
I recommend James Holland's recent book on the BofB
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