The problem for bomber, Stuka and most ground-attack pilots on the Luftwaffe side is that "targets destroyed" feature only very little into this equation. For bombers for example that category will be simply unusable - for the most part bombers attacked area targets from a certain altitude and did not even see individual "targets". Awards like the Iron Cross (2nd and 1st Class) were usually given for a certain number of combat missions and higher awards (like the Knight's Cross) were usually reserved for commanding officers and awarded for continued display of bravery at the head of their unit and especially for continued leadership of it. As I wrote in the Medals thread here in this subforum:
Other branches of the Luftwaffe (bombers, Stuka, ground-attack etc) received awards for much different criteria. While there were some pilots who received high awards because of their individual claims on enemy tanks or ships (i.e. Rudel) most awards went for continued performance in combat (aka a very serious number of missions + maybe some individual achievements), as reward for outstanding leadership and good unit performance (especially relevant for bomber and Stuka unit commanders). It may be virtually impossible to translate this practice into award criteria that can be used for the campaign and in fact the player may (realistically) be challenged to achieve more than an Honor Cup or at best a German Cross in Gold in a bomber, Stuka or Ground-Attack campaign.
My advise would be not to use "hard criteria" such as "destroyed X number of tanks" for awards but design a points system running behind the scenes which gives the player an advancement for flying missions and for individual achievements (succeses).
EDIT: Let me throw in a suggestion for points values.
Mission flown = 0.25 points
ground object (lorry, car, artillery etc) = 0.5 points
tank = 0.75 points
aerial kill = 1 point (not applicable in a bomber - an aerial kill would be given to the gunner, not the pilot)
If we assume that the Luftwaffe uses these awards
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse (Iron Cross 2nd Class)
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse (Iron Cross 1st Class)
Ehrenpokal für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg (Honor Cup for exceptional accomplishments in Aerial Warfare)
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (German Cross in Gold)
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross)
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves)
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords)
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillianten (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)
then one could use these point thresholds for awards.
Iron Cross 2nd Class - 5 points
Iron Cross 1st Class - 10 points
Honour Cup - 30 points
German Cross in Gold - 50 points
Knight's Cross - 75 points
Knight's Cross w Oak Leaves - 120 points
Knight's Cross w Oak Leaves & Swords - 175 points
Knight's Cross w Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds - 250 points
This way the system could work for any type of aircraft, not just fighters or dedicated tank-busters like the Hs 129 (post 1942) - even though for fighters one may add an additional variable "minimum number of kills" (I listed some potential numbers in the medals thread). Achieving high awards was very difficult and for most simply impossible, the campaign should reflect this and require a serious investment in time. I would, however, abstain from making any reference to winning or losing missions in this case, the demands are high enough already to be seriously challenging and adding yet another "gamey" hurdle would be counterproductive.
Edited by csThor, 07 February 2017 - 06:12.