Air support is revealed. The Luftwaffe attempts to help at Balki and they send interceptors down south to shoot down the Soviet bomber.
The Axis player fires at the Soviet bomber. The bomber will not be firing back as he is a mission unit. The Axis player rolls a 9 (on the 3+ column) ... one of the worst results and the Soviet bomber group has evaded Luftwaffe air coverage. Now for anti aircraft fire. There are no AA modifiers and the German player rolls a 1. No effect (7 or more needed). The Soviet flyers are lucky today. The bomber will add 1 strength point to the ground attack.
Up north the German JU 88 does not have to worry about Soviet air cover, survives the flak ground fire and he will contribute 1 strength point to the Romanian defense of Balki. The stage is set for combat resolution. More later