From: Mohrsville, PA
My reading says the difference between the Spitefire and the 109 is:
The spitefire could out manuever, ie out turn a 109.
Where the 109 had more speed and could out run the spitefire. Big advantage when diving.
This created tactics, as the British would like to dog fight, they had the advantage. The Germans liked to do hit and run, they had the advantage in diving speed, firing and then running.
Due to the restrictions in escort duty the 109s could not always use thier tactics and would be force to fight a dogfight, not a problem with a Hurricane, but verses a Spitefire it was a bad move. This accounts for the ratio of casualties being favourable to the British in the long run.
Also Drop tanks were not in use in 40 and it was not until 43 that they were in wide use in Europe.
Also another thing - is there any reason why german fighters start off with 1 evasion higher than WA fighters?? Its certainly true that 109s could out perform hurricanes but the spitfire was easily its equal. True, for every 2 active hurricane squadrons during the battle of britain there was only 1 spit squadron, but you must also remember there was large amount of 110s also flying escort that were totally outclassed by british fighters. I just feel the evasion bonus the german fighters have is undeserved
I disagree--the early Spitfires were at a serious disadvantage against Bf-109s. It is a common misconception that they were equal because the kill ratio between them was pretty close to 1-1. The trouble is, that statistic is distorted by the fact that the Bf-109s were fighting at the edge of their bingo fuel, and often escorting bombers. Also, the later model Spitfires closed the gap with the Bf-109s.
The general idea of having fighters operate at extended range, at a cost of evasion, is a reasonable one, and would help a more historical Battle of Britain.
BUT! From what I've seen, it's already far, far too easy to invade Britain. Adding this rule would make it almost a no-brainer. The British OOB would have to be improved to make it harder. The German invasions of Scotland are especially ridiculous, since Germany would have been on a shoe-string trying just to cross 8 miles of channel. I could go on, but the absurd German (and Italian) amphibious capability is a subject for another thread...