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  1. We had a saying..."You can die relaxed or you can die tensed up." You my hero, die relaxed.
  2. You make an excellent point if you do this. However I am a skeptical a$$hole by nature and if you actually do this, you are unique among 1GCCFPs. I base that from watching a boatload of videos posted here. Rare is 1GCCFP that bothers to glance over their shoulder when their fangs are out and hair is on fire. Or all the guys downed while performing HUD BFM. Good on you for doing it.
  3. Well my answer is what a fighter pilot says when asked, "What's the best way to defeat X?" So this is a pretty good answer IMO... Not so much these "famous last words"... I salute his confidence. IMO this is an important concept to internalize... Said a bit differently, if I'm running like a scalded ass ape down on the deck at naught height trying not to hit the trees...I won't check six, but I'll check my wingman's six if we're line abreast. I'll rely on my wingman to check mine. If I'm tied up (anchored in one spot) padlocked on a guy trying not to die, then I'm not checking six. I die early and often in MP. For me personally, the lack of g forces makes it very difficult to check six during hard maneuvering (think departing controlled flight rather than G-LOC). If you fly straight into a furball, you'll probably need to check six more frequently than if you put the fight at you 10 or 2 o'clock as you approach looking for an unobserved entry. This is valid too... Once the Mosquito arrives I'm holding out hope the Devs include the audio of my Observer calling out, "Snappers at six..." I'm an old guy, so my mission preference is ground attack, and SP rather than MP. My air-to-air gunnery sucks big time (I'm a 1 g HUD cripple) so I avoid MP unless I have somebody to fly formation with. In a formation if I'm on the left side, then my scan is from 10 o'clock clockwise to 5 o'clock checking my wingman's six. If I'm on the right side then I scan from 2 o'clock anti-clockwise to 7 o'clock checking my wingman's six. I don't ignore my own six completely, but I rely on the wingman to clear my six. Another technique as others have pointed out, I also frequently S turn to check deep & low six.
  4. Hmm...I did this in RL but you're not interested in a RL non-answer, "that depends."
  5. Fixed that for you... Holland, James. Normandy '44 . Grove Atlantic. Kindle Edition. Approximate location of Mosquito FB Mk VI bases if the map doesn't change. Sculthorpe, Hunsdon, Castle Camps, Bradwell Bay are off the map.
  6. "Crowd Pleaser" as back in the Jurassic era we referred to Warsaw Pact central heating...
  7. If you are a stickler (AKA anal retentive) then the answer based strictly on the map is NO. The jpegs show squadrons with their rough date of acquiring FB Mk VIs, and their assigned base (and transfers). Coastal Command bases are either off the left side of the map or waaaaay off the top of the map (northern coast of Scotland). Having said that, I'm all for including them just to get the rockets and the Mk XVIII. Various sources say between 19 and 29 of these were procured. They only carried 24 rounds for the 57mm, and eventually reduced the machine guns to two. Of note missing 618 Sqdn of Coastal Command trained with B Mk IVs (bombers) with the plan to use the Highball to attack shipping (Tirpitz). As it turned out that plan was scrapped, the crews scattered (later to be re-assembled to be sent to Australia) and a few were tasked to test the 57mm. These crew were 618 Sqdn Special Detachment assigned for administrative purposes to 248 Sqdn (just as they were converting from Beaufighters). Also not shown is 254 Sqdn that acquired a couple of Mk XVIIIs in March 1945. Contrary to the 2 TAF trilogy of books, I cannot find any reference to night fighter squadrons getting any Tsetse Mosquitos. Otherwise the three squadrons 23 Sqdn (returning from the Med inJun 44), 169 Sqdn and 515 Sqdn were assigned to 100 Group in support of Bomber Command. Some Mk VIs were equipped with radar, like 23 Sqdn's after being assigned to 100 Group, but I'm unsure how many of 169 and 515 were modified. The other FB Mk VI squadrons you could reasonably expect to see, six came from 2nd Group of Bomber Command that were assigned to 2 TAF. You can see when they transferred to the continent. You can see how these six were split between two wings, staying together (except for brief 2 weeks transfers elsewhere). The last two FB Mk VIs squadrons were 11 Group of Fighter Command up until Nov 1944. These squadrons were dedicated night intruder squadrons from their days in the Boston/Havoc. They rarely carried bombs, and never rockets. The 2nd Group squadrons flew a lot of day sorties prior to D-Day and afterwards the bulk of their sorties were at night (while the Bostons and Mitchells flew mostly day sorties). 2 TAF stood up in June 1943, and according to Martin W Bowman 2nd Group was assigned on 1 Jun 43. I'm searching my references but don't see any pictures of these airplanes carrying rockets, rather slipper tanks or bombs under the wings. [Always happy to be shown evidence they did...] And if one is sticking to the historical imperative and apparent map limitations, not all of these squadrons would be available all the time.
  8. To the rest of the world...Happy Thursday!
  9. Yep...I show that in Jeffords RAF Squadrons. I was simply borrowing the writing in Chaz Bowyer's Mosquito Squadrons of the Royal Air Force to explain 4 Sqdn was NOT equipped with Mosquitos. Understand. I'm simply using the sources above plus another dozen Mosquito sources. [edit] And the column for the Mk XVI should reflect that those were PR marks in PR squadrons.
  10. Perhaps you might consider adding 464 Sqdn to the Mk VI column and perhaps deleting the Mk XVIII column. My sources don't show Tsetse versions in night fighter squadrons. I am only aware of them in Coastal Command's 248 Sqdn and 618 Sqdn. [edit] And delete 4 Sqdn in the XVI column. They gave up their Mosquitos in May 44, leaving the 4 Sqdn an all PR Spitfire squadron.
  11. No worries. I agree with you. Thanks for posting that chart. It reminded me I had omitted four B-26 Bomb Groups.
  12. Not on the image posted. We plan to have two versions of the map. There will be both pre-Invasion and post-Invasion versions.
  13. If I might offer a correction with some additional information. In late August 1943 9th AF transferred from North Africa to the UK leaving its medium bomber units with 12th AF. For the sake of discussion, 9th AF was not equipped with B-25s whilst operating from the UK. UK based 9th AF bomber units were as follows: 409th BG (A-20 until Dec 1944 converting to A-26) -- 640th BS, 641st BS, 642nd BS, 643rd BS 410th BG (A-20 until just before V-E day converting to A-26) -- 644th BS, 645th BS,646th BS, 647th BS 416th BG (A-20 until Nov 1944 converting to A-26) -- 668th BS, 669th BS, 670th BS, 671st BS 323rd BG (B-26) -- 453rd BS, 454th BS, 455th BS, 456th BS 387th BG (B-26) -- 556th BS, 557th BS, 558th BS, 559th BS 394th BG (B-26) -- 584th BS, 585th BS, 586th BS, 587th BS 397th BG (B-26) -- 596th BS, 597th BS, 598th BS, 599th BS [edit forgot my second page of notes ] 322nd BG (B-26) -- 449th BS, 450th BS, 451st BS, 452nd BS 344th BG (B-26) -- 494th BS, 495th BS, 496th BS, 497th BS 386th BG (B-26 until Jan 1945 converting to A-26) -- 552nd BS, 553rd BS, 554th BS, 555th BS 391st BG (B-26 until Apr 1945 converting to A-26) -- 572nd BS, 573rd BS, 574th BS, 575th BS However RAF 2nd Group had four squadrons (98 Sqdn, 180 Sqdn, 226 Sqdn, 320 Sqdn) equipped with Mitchell IIs and IIIs. All of this is my way of saying, B-25s should wear RAF markings in BON.
  14. I've gifted a couple of things over the last few holiday seasons, usually with some contest...for example posting a picture of my favorite actress...or a YT music or comedy video I would like. My gift...my rules.
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