Good points John.
Recently I’ve played a few sets of the boardgame Duel In The Dark, which I think elegantly fills the need for a ‘raid level’ game of the RAF’s night bombing offensive. Duel can be played solitaire, but I think it’s best played with an opponent. You can game one raid, or a series of them. Duel is played on a hex grid with a set of flat cardboard miniature airplanes and defense counters. 3D airplane models could be substituted, likewise 3D flak guns, searchlights, fire trucks, etc., but Duel is a boardgame and I’m satisfied to play it with cardboard.
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!