Ok I can't seem to find an answer to this question. If the max losses for a squadron is 8 and the max losses for a flight is 4 (as is common for Germans), what happens when a squadron has 4 losses? Does it become a flight or is it still a squadron?
The biggest reason I'm asking is because the rules already allow losses to potentially impact combat ratings with the Single Aircraft Formations rule [13.6]. It says:
"This rule also applies to squadrons that have taken losses such that they are just one away from reaching their Max Losses value [5.1]."
So, if a squadron (or flight) can be downgraded to a "Single Aircraft Formation" through losses, can a squadron be downgraded to a flight?
This could potentially have far reaching effects in the following circumstances: 1) A squadron takes 4 losses in its first combat (hey . . . I've had it happen) and manages to roll well on cohesion and is either disrupted or still in good order. In the next combat, being a flight will apply a -1 to its combat rating in addition to any disruption modifiers whereas still being considered a squadron would not accrue any negative modifiers (other than possible disruption). 2) A broken squadron is being harassed as it attempts to RTB and has already accrued 4 losses. In the future combats, will it just suffer the -1 for being broken or will it also suffer -1 for being a flight. NOTE that having 7 losses would cause the -1 for being a single aircraft formation per the above quoted rule.
It is worth noting the limited availability of flight counters. The rules specify that you cannot split squadrons if you do not have available flight counters . . . so maybe to avoid a conflict of no available flight counters at times, a squadron with half losses or more would still be a squadron.