Versus the AI, though it could be smarter than Goering.
What have you got?
Bomber Command which can hit a good portion of the map. There are also a number of RCM units and Mossie & Beaufighter Night Fighters.
8AF, Good numbers of B17F & B17G arriving soon, B24D & J arriving in smaller numbers.
A small number of P47D-6, cant escort you to the Ruhr or Emden.
You also get a small number of ADGB Spitfire IX
9AF, A small force of B26B and again, a small group of ADGB Spit IX.
2TAF, Small groups of Mitchell, Boston, Mossie and a good force of Typhoon. Your fighters are a mix of Spits from VB to LXIIand a couple of Whirlwinds & Hurricanes.
12AF, small numbers of B17F, B25,B26 and A20, some A26 Mustang dive bombers and a mix of fighters including P39, P40, P38 & P47
The Brits in the Med Air Force are equally a mix of Baltimore, Mitchell & Boston light bombers and Kityyhawk III & Spitfire fights.
There is a for of Wellington night bombers.
First thought is that you are not going to win the war in 1 raid, its more like eating a elephant with a teaspoon, lots and lots of little bites. You are not going to win in 1943, but need to set a base so that when your best weapons arrive you have a force capable of using them.
1. Recon, I use auto tasking for 95% of my recon, I then make sure they are all at max altitudes and I'll manually add some more lights over specific targets.
2. August, September and October sees 8AF turning Belgium & The Nederlands red. I try to take out every target and keep within the cover of my small force of P47 & Spits. Usually I have equal fighter/bomber ratios, with a force of high escorts (always the Spits plus anything to spare) If my bomber force is getting tired I add a few fighter sweeps, I spread them around so as to avoid a flaktrap but I'll live with losing 4-5 aircraft if I can take out 10-15 on the ground. I'm trying to build up the experience of both bombers and fighters, pickup a few bombing points and attrit the Luftwaffe.
Bomber Command earns your points in this period, make up your plan and stick to it. Your Lancs & Halibags can make a mess of any target they hit, and as their experience grows they hit more often. Even the Stirlings carry a good bomb load to the Ruhr and Northern Germany. The vital thing is to thoroughly recce your targets. I probably waste my Mossies but enjoy sending them to Berlin, only a nuisance but they draw a few NF to them. I use the RCM squadrons to make a shield of window or the spoof the radars and add a few NF to the Bomber screens, I'm unsure they shoot down a lot but may distract attackers.
9AF only hits coastal or near coastal targets, IMHVO the B26B is a magnet that attracts Fw190 and has paper armour, maybe the Spits dont escort them well??, but they carry a useful load.
2TAF, I use their light/medium bombers a little deeper than the B26 as you have reams of escorts, the Typhoons are similar but are also sent deeper into France to the Paris area. Any airfield with fighters are attacked regularly. These are escorted by my Mustang I & IA and Spitfire Va, Vb & Vc. They have to build up experience so that when you can upgrade them to Spit VIII and above or Typhoons etc they are not a waste.
In Nov 43 you start receiving Mustang III, P51C, P38J & P47D-15 which allow you to escort the 8AF past the Ruhr, the weather will not be great but if you have carefully built up your points you should have an experienced force to take on the Luftwaffe over Germany.
12AF should use its heavy bombers to hit first the Naples then the Rome rail yards, always escorted and I shift them to the Palermo area ASAP. Th mediums, fighters of both 12AF & MAF just pound the tactical targets allowed. When 15AF is mobilized in Nov 43 you move to Foggia and start picking your targets, an interesting region with access to a range of targets within escort range (I try to keep the P51 in England and use P38 & P47 in Italy.
I upgrade 205 Group to Liberator III & VI and also take on those targets thought to be safe in Eastern Germany & Poland.
Just some random thoughts, I faff around a lot trying different approaches (Only P40 & Kittyhawks in Italy, didnt do too bad)
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