Keep in mind, that thread was for OOB, and it was well over a year ago.
The basic plan is still the same, but many have come up with their own variations that improve the odds in the battles significantly. I have tweaked it many times and have much better odds now on London in the 90% range.
So whens the poll? I guess it should be phrased like this, if you were playing a 1v1 game, and had the allies, would you choose to start the game with 1 less russian fighter, or 1 less UK bomber.
My vote, ditch the bomber
Poll is up already.
Question is, what is more valuable in the first eight rounds of the game. A single Russian fighter or a single British bomber (and I chose a piece for Germany, Japan and America too.)
The caveat is you have to take into consideration not only what the piece can do, but also replacement cost, opportunity cost for losing it, function of the piece, what your allies can do to minimize the loss of the piece, etc.