Welcome corvette,

You don't have to make bombers friendly to keep them from shooting back at you. You can select them as enemy and set their loadout to be empty. Also set their skill level to rookie, and increase it as your confidence grows.

Try shooting at wing roots and engines.

Shift+F1 works in all aircraft, not just German planes.

Keep checking back here for more info. [img]/i/smilies/16x16_robot-happy.gif[/img]

Regards,
Mike

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