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  1. Doing the Aleutians makes no sense. On the US side you have the P39, P40 and P38 that are already done or in progress along with the Gooney bird. You would need the A6M2 Zero, Betty bomber and the Pete float plane. If they were making those a reality, the central Pacific would be much more appropriate (and the weather is better). Oh, I did notice there has been a tiny bit of subtle sarcasm in this thread, I really don’t think that creates a toxic community. If anything, this is an intellectually stimulating group that does not always agree. As an example, everyone does not agree with me that Malta and southern Italy will obviously be the next installment. We have to pay attention to acronyms and BoM is already taken so Battle of Malta is out. BoS is taken so no Battle of Sicily either. That just leaves BoI for Battle of Italy. 😁
  2. Sure thing. I've learned quite a bit about WWII pilot training from this thread. I appreciate the opportunity to share some of what I've found.
  3. Yes, it is rumored to be a payware campaign. Maybe even released with the final BoBP package? Those silly non-disclosure agreements might be holding up a direct answer on when though... 😉
  4. From the internet; "In World War II, Royal Air Force doctors had started to notice symptoms of battle fatigue in their pilots. Before 1942, there was no official limit for an operational tour. Some pilots had been flying over 200 missions with only a short break. Then the Senior Medical Officer of the RAF station Biggin Hill intervened, after asking one flight sergeant how many missions he had done and was surprised to hear 200 over 2 years. A tour system was then adopted, the length of it varied, depending on period, theatre, and Command requirements of the time. In (Western Europe), it was set at 200 hours operational flying. In 1944 in South East Asia, the day fighter pilot's tour was 300 hours or 12 months. In Bomber Command, the tour length was exceptionally based on the number of successful combat sorties (missions), the first tour was 30 sorties and the second 20 sorties. In Coastal Command, the maximum length of a tour depended on tasks and varied from fighter to squadrons, normally 200 hours for flying boats and four-engine land-plane crews’ 800 hours. The tour of duty for B-52 crewmen is four to six months." Career pilots would have stayed operational for the duration, but possibly been transferred to training or other units if not promoted to command positions.
  5. My guess is that the P51 will be released fairly soon. The Tempest will be after, due to external textures and testing already being in progress, and unfortunately the P38 has not even got a skin yet or we would have seen it by now. Oh well, save the best for last. The fact that the campaign mode is getting attention, with finishing work being done on map, voices and pilot bios means that it is all coming together and nearing completion. I agree with Gambit, I will be quite occupied once this material is all available. I am very much looking forward to flying for an American squadron and recreating some good old WWII tank and flak busting!
  6. Here is my attempt at a German Bio ... ================================= Glider Pilot ~ Luftwaffe pilot biography ================================= In the small town of Zobten in lower Selesia, Headmaster $[lastName] proudly held up his third son, $[firstName] who had just been born on $[birthdate]. He would follow in his two older brothers’ footsteps and attend the small one room Catholic School where Headmaster $[lastName] taught. As young $[firstName] reached the age of eleven, he joined the local Jungvolk troop while in school, as was the custom now that the National Socialist German Workers’ Party had taken control of the government. It was a peaceful and simple life in the rural countryside, and $[firstName] spent many pleasurable hours hiking, camping and paddling on the river Bober with his friends in the Jungvolk Troop. At the age of fourteen, $[name] joined the Flieger-Hitlerjugend where young schoolboys were taught to fly gliders by the National Socialist Flying Corps. He did well during the A course and thanks to his experience leading the Jungvolk troop as a Fähnleinführer, he was put in charge of the group of students. He was one of the first to pass the final flight test on the SG-38 training glider and receive his A-rating certificate. The $[lastName] family moved from Zobten to Hermannsdorf, where Headmaster $[lastName] had taken a new position at the Catholic school there. There was news of Germany invading the Soviet Union on the radio, but those political problems seemed far away at the time. $[firstName] now had to bicycle 15 kilometers to Bunzlau to take glider courses on the weekends and achieved his B-rating certificate. He completed the course by the time the thermometer dropped to -15 degrees C and snow covered the ground. $[firstName] spent the winter attending school in Löwenberg, which required skiing there and back each day. It was a healthy lifestyle but did not leave much time for anything else. $[firstName] took the C-rating Glider course the next summer, but it required staying in Glogau on the River Oder some 70 kilometers away. This course utilized the enclosed cockpit Grunau Baby II aircraft, and was completed successfully before school resumed again in the fall. With a full set of 3 gull wings on his glider certification badge, $[firstName] applied to become a volunteer officer candidate in the Luftwaffe. He was ordered to report to the reception center in Berlin for testing and medical examination. After the duty NCO confirmed that he had been accepted as a pilot candidate, the recruits were given room assignments, but that night was spent in the air raid shelter when the sirens went off signaling an RAF bomber raid. Upon completion of the medical exam at the Charité Hospital the next day, $[firstName] returned home to await call-up papers. When the notification arrived that he was assigned to the 4th Company of Air Training Regiment 33 at Detmold, he presented the papers to the authorities at his school in Löwenberg, and was given his Notabitur certificate of early completion from Gymnasium for military service. The Air Training Regiment at Detmold provided a 3-month basic training course. All their needs were provided for, with the exception of sufficient food. The rations available were never enough and hunger was a constant companion. The difficulties of physical training, parade marching and infantry weapons practice were endured and the next assignment was the 2nd Volunteer Officer Candidates’ Company of Luftkreigschule 3 in the town of Werder. There the candidates were given basic flight instruction in the Heinkel He 72 Kadett biplane and various other obsolete types. The training syllabus stated that transport planes would be included, but none were available to fly. The course ended with conversion onto the Arado AR 96 advanced trainer. The cadets were required to fly 125 hours to be issued a military pilot’s license, but the instructors were certifying the students at 90 hours due to pressure from their superiors to get more pilots into combat units. After completion of the course at Werder, the next assignment was 1 Staffel of Jagdfleigerschule 1 at Werneuchen, just north-east of Berlin. This was where the new pilots learned to fly the Me 109 fighter. They practiced the intricacies of piloting the F and G models and learned how to master the engine torque and narrow landing gear that was a weakness of all the 109 models. It was difficult to get in flight time at Werneuchen, due to frequent air raids and fuel shortages. Almost half his time in the advanced training school was spent waiting for the planes to be deemed serviceable. There were accidents and mishaps, but $[name] made it through unscathed and his pilot’s license was updated to certify him on all models of the Me 109 at the age of $[age]. $[startRank] $[lastName] was declared operational on $[startDate] and ordered to report to $[startSquadronName] for combat duty.
  7. Well, the systems were fairly simple. I happen to know if you take 2 cylinders off a 1940 radial engine and chain it to a 5 speed gear box, you have a motorcycle engine that has not really changed for 62 years except for adding fuel injection and electronic ignition. (HD Sportster) i made valve adjustment clips out of coat hangers and a chain tensioner access wrench by grinding down a crescent wrench. If parts are missing you can make them with basic hand tools. i think their technical manuals were hand drawn comic books if this forum is any indication. 🙄
  8. Well, that’s how we do it now.... how did they keep them running without YouTube back then anyway. 😳
  9. Are you the guy under the motor on his cell phone? 🙃
  10. I got nothing, just don’t ban me for spamming. 😉
  11. I'm sure you can do it as well as any of us... You write briefings for your scripted campaigns don't you? Give it a shot and just think of it as a briefing for a campaign you haven't started yet. 😀 So far most of the Bios posted have an open start date due to injury, R&R leave, previous postings, etc. so yes, I do realize the time frame of BoBP and it would appear the others do as well. If you are referring to my comments about training in '39 through '41 above there was a big difference in how the flight schools were organized during those years and it was even more different in '43. with shortages in fuel and aircraft, not to mention getting bombed and shot down while trying to practice flying. You are aware that RAF pilots weren't trained in England after 1941 right? I'm also thinking a German pilot who flew a biplane in the Spanish Civil War won't be starting a career as a Hauptmann in 1944. This is why I mentioned that the German ones would be harder. Feel free to give it a shot, the more the merrier!
  12. Thanks for the compliment, glad I could help inspire you to do some writing. 😎 I don’t know, until they are done I suppose. I don’t think they are ready to release the final product this week so there is plenty of time. I have found some good reference material for German pilot training in 1939 - 41 so I should have a Luftwaffe Glider Pilot bio done by the end of the day today. Feathered, you have great creative writing skills, I would just suggest you put them into the format Jason has asked for, and I am sure they will make the cut. 😉
  13. Yeah, we need the German ones next. That might be a bit harder.😜
  14. The story of LC Wade, 25 confirmed victories with the RAF in North Africa and Italy; ==================================== Yankee RAF Volunteer ~ RAF pilot biography ==================================== $[name] was born in a small East Texas town near the Louisiana border on $[birthdate]. The $[lastName] family and their two sons lived in the farming community of Broaddus during the Great Depression, until $[firstName] was seven years old. At that time, they moved to a small farm in Reklaw, Texas where he went to the local school and helped with the farm work. Working in the fields in East Texas left plenty of time for daydreaming, and whenever a plane passed over, $[firstName] would stop whatever he was doing and say to himself “Someday I will fly one of those planes”. At age 19, $[firstName] decided to leave the family farm and make his own way in life. He longed for something more than what he had seen on the farm, so he traveled to Tucson, Arizona to take advantage of a new deal plan he heard about. He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps, which provided jobs for young men needing work during those difficult times. Unfortunately, after working with them for a while he found he was doing the same things he had been doing on the farm. Driving a team of mules, building roads, and planting trees in a National Forest. With news of war in Europe all over the headlines, $[firstName] decided it was time to become a pilot and go to Europe to fight against the Nazis. His mind was made up, and he started taking flying lessons at the local airfield, where an ex World War I pilot was teaching classes in an old Jenny Biplane. $[firstName] earned a private pilot’s license and racked up 80 hours of flying time before he decided he was ready to join the US Army Air Corps. With license in hand, he went into the recruiting office, only to be turned down because of his lack of education. He had only graduated high school, and they required at least two years of college as a prerequisite. Undeterred, he was soon plotting to join the British Royal Air Force. Due to heavy losses during the Battle of Britain, the RAF was recruiting American pilots for its war effort. $[firstName] went to Ontario, Canada and spoke to the recruiting Officer in the RAF office in Toronto. Fearful that he might be rejected again, $[firstName] claimed that he had learned to fly at age 16, when he and three friends had purchased a plane, and a World War I flying buddy of his father’s had taught them to fly. He also said that his father had been an ace in World War I. $[firstName] was accepted by the RAF for pilot training in Canada. The American government had already agreed to make American citizens applying to the RAF or the RCAF in Canada exempt from the draft, so there were no legal problems with the arrangement. After completing Initial Training, Elementary Flying Training and Service Flying Training courses in Canada, $[name] was sent to No. 52 Operational Training Unit in North Essex, England, where he received 3 weeks flight training in the Hawker Hurricane fighter. On $[startDate], $[startRank] $[lastName] at the age of $[age], was assigned to $[startSquadronName] and began his career as a pilot with the Royal Air Force.
  15. Come on guys, the sooner we get this done, the sooner we get BoBP released! 😎
  16. Here's one more for today... ====================================== Mechanic ~ RAF commonwealth pilot biography ====================================== $[name] was born in Invercargill, New Zealand on $[birthdate], the first of three children in his family. His father was a transport truck driver, carrying farm animals and general merchandise around the Southland community. $[firstName] attended the Invercargill South School and then Southland Technical College where he studied mechanical engineering. After graduation, he continued his technical studies while working as an apprentice motor mechanic. $[firstName] finished his apprenticeship and began working for a car dealership, where he earned a reputation as a reliable and capable employee. His father had moved the family to a small rural farm a couple of years prior, but had lost his regular job so $[firstName] helped support his parents and family with the money he earned working on automobile motors. $[firstName] saw his first aeroplane when he was just eight years old and had been interested in aviation ever since. He took his first flight in a de Havilland passenger plane and decided he wanted to fly the machines himself. He promptly enrolled in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Civil Reserve to pursue his ambitions, but due to his experience with engineering and motor mechanics, the RNZAF wanted him to work as a ground mechanic. He resorted to taking evening classes in navigation, electricity and Morse code to convince them he was qualified to be a pilot. The global war was raging on all fronts and the British Commonwealth was in dire need of support for its armed forces from any area it could be mustered. Due to the urgent need for trained pilots in Great Britain, Mr. $[lastName] finally got his way and was called up for active flight training with the RNZAF. He began flight training at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, near Dunedin. Upon completion of the basic training course, he soloed in a Tiger Moth biplane. The flight instructor assigned to $[lastName] criticized his lack natural flying ability and clumsiness in the air, but had to admit that he had a perfect understanding of the machine and how to get the best performance out of it. He was rated a below average pilot, but nonetheless he was allowed to continue on to No. 1 Service Flying Training School at Wigram, near Christchurch. Pilot Cadet $[lastName] completed the flight curriculum there, but once again he was marked down on his check out flights for failing to impress the Instructor with a smooth ride. He then progressed to the Advanced Training School, also at Wigram, after passing his wings examination. He did much better there, primarily due to outstanding scores in aerial gunnery practice. $[name] completed his flight training and was commissioned as a pilot in the RNZAF. He was ordered to report to Great Britain to serve with the Royal Air Force, and departed from Auckland aboard The Dominion Monarch to meet his appointment with destiny. It was a long and stress filled trip across the South Atlantic, and around Cape Horn, before turning north towards Gibraltar and the North Atlantic approach. The close, crowded quarters and dark nights with nothing to do but wait for the dull thud signaling a torpedo strike were the worst moments of his life. $[firstName] knew that the end could come at any time, and there was nothing he could do about it. After his safe arrival in Liverpool Harbor, $[lastName] reported to the RAF's No. 56 Operational Training Unit, in Lincolnshire. There he learned to fly the Hawker Hurricane and was assessed as an above average pilot. On $[startDate], $[startRank] $[lastName] was posted to $[startSquadronName] and began his career as the RAF fighter pilot he longed to be.
  17. Here's another regular British Bloke... If you could call Johnnie Johnson "regular" 😀 BTW if no one noticed, the first one was "Ginger" Lacey and the 2nd was "Pat" Pattle ================================= Rugby Player ~ RAF pilot biography ================================= Born on $[birthdate] in Barrow-upon-Soar in rural Leicestershire, $[name] was the son of a local Constabulary officer stationed in Melton Mowbray where the $[lastName] family lived at Welby Lane. Young $[firstName] first attended the local Camden Street Junior School. During this time, Mr. and Mrs. $[lastName] presented $[firstName] with a younger brother. As $[firstName] grew older, his Uncle Charley became a great influence on his life. As a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Fusiliers in the Great War, Charley had won a Military Cross and frequently told stories of adventure to young $[firstName]. He managed a 3,000 acre rubber plantation in Malaya, but came back to England to stay with the family regularly. Charley must have seen some special potential in $[firstName], because he paid for him to attend and board at Loughborough Grammar School. This was a great improvement in status as his father could not afford it on his meager policeman's pay. Unfortunately, his career there came to an abrupt end when he was expelled for swimming in the school pool with a girl. $[firstName] attended the University College of Nottingham where he studied civil engineering. He graduated with his degree and took a position at Loughton in Essex. While working and living in Essex, $[firstName] was an aggressive sportsman, playing Rugby for Chingford Rugby Club. In a game against Park House, he was brought down heavily on a frozen field and broke his collar bone. After his injury, the bone was improperly set and did not heal correctly. This injury had serious consequences and almost ended his flying career before it had even begun. $[firstName] had started taking flying lessons at his own expense, and applied to join the Auxiliary Air Force. He soon found out that the AAF had a strictly enforced social code and he was not at the aristocratic level of society to be included in it's membership. His interview included only one question... $[lastName], with whom do you hunt? He answered, Well, I don't hunt, I shoot... and that was the end of it. With Adolf Hitler forcing his influence on Europe and his expansionist policies becoming evident, the Royal Air Force increased it's rearmament programme. The British military expansion plan led to the creation of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, which allowed for more training slots for reserve NCOs on a local level. $[firstName] applied for a slot with the VR, but was denied this opportunity for pilot training as well. Still wanting to serve his country with global war looming in the future, $[firstName] joined the mounted Leicestershire Yeomanry, where he had many enjoyable days charging over the countryside in the saddle. Before long, and to his great surprise, $[name] received a letter from the Air Ministry stating that his application to the RAFVR had been approved and that he should report for a medical examination at the Headquarters located on Store Street in London. He passed the exam and became a NCO pilot in training. $[firstName] began flying training on weekends at Stapleford Tawney near North Weald. He also took ground school two days a week on Store Street. On September 1st, 1939, that all changed. Hitler invaded Poland and all the RAF reserve forces were mobilized. That included $[name], who was sent to No. 2 Initial Training Wing. Following classification as a future fighter pilot, he was sent to No. 22 Elementary Flying Training School in Cambridge, where he soloed a Tiger Moth less than 2 months later. After passing all his flight tests with a mark of Average, $[lastName] was posted to No. 5 Service FlyingTraining School near Chester where he flew a Miles Master monoplane to practice instrument flying, forced landings and navigation. After a couple of night flights and a final cross country exercise, $[lastName] had won his wings. During operational training, it became apparent that the old Rugby injury was a severe problem, causing numbness and pain in his right arm during high G maneuvers. The medical officers gave him a choice. Either have surgery for the collar bone to be reset, or take an assignment in a non-pilot crew position. He immediately made the decision to have the surgery even though it would involve a lengthy recovery period. With his arm feeling like new at the age of $[age], $[startRank] $[lastName] was finally posted to ${startSquadronName] for active combat duty on $[startDate]. It had taken a long time to get here, but he was ready for the task ahead and determined to be the best fighter pilot Britain had ever seen!
  18. Here's another one. ========================================= South African Soldier’s Son ~ RAF pilot biography ========================================= In the early morning hours of $[birthdate], a second son was born to the $[lastName] family at the Butterworth hospital in the Transkeian native territory of South Africa. They named the young boy $[name], after his grandfather, who had been an officer in the British Royal Horse Artillery before emigrating to South Africa. The proud new father had carried on the military tradition by joining the army when he was only 15, and fighting on the British side in the Boer War and the Natal Rebellion. He had just returned to Butterworth on short leave from fighting the Kaiser’s troops in South West Africa to witness his son’s birth. The Kaiser surrendered, Mr. $[lastName] returned home to his wife and two sons, and they moved to the small town of Keetmanshoop in the backcountry of South West Africa where $[firstName] attended the local school. He proved to have a quick mind and a talent for mathematics, but also managed to get into trouble with the headmaster on more than one occasion. The $[lastName] family moved to a farm on the banks of the Auob river outside of town, where the boys learned to hunt along the riverbank. Their father shared his first hand knowledge of guns and shooting, and taught them to hunt game to supplement the income he made as a lawyer in town. There was not much sporting activity in the small town school, so $[firstName] occupied his spare time with hunting, swimming and hiking in the rugged wilderness surrounding their home. Mechanical things attracted $[firstName], and he spent many hours building things with his Meccano set. After being fascinated seeing an airliner fly over his school one day, his attention turned to building model aeroplanes in multiple varieties. He helped his father work on their family automobile, and turned out to have a natural ability with mechanics and understanding the inner workings of machinery and motors. $[firstName] had a quick mind, and passed the Junior Certificate Examination at Keetmanshoop, and qualified to go to Victoria Boys’ High School in Grahamstown. While boarding at the school, $[firstName] did well in academics and although he never excelled at team sports, he enjoyed participating on the Rugger team. He graduated from Grahamstown, but work was hard to find in the depressed economy of the mid 1930’s. He eventually found work in a garage as an auto mechanic and made just enough money to get by. Hoping to improve his lot and be closer to the aeroplanes he found so interesting, $[firstName] applied for a position with the South African Air Force. He was rejected by the recruiting board, but instead of giving up, he moved to Johannesburg to attend community college. While attending school, he found work at a local gold mine and did very well there. He played tennis and swam in the afternoons to stay fit, and continued to hunt the local wild game to keep his shooting skills sharp. As war broke out in Europe, the Minister of Defense created a training program known as the Special Service Batallion. It was designed to teach young men out of college how to fly in an effort to create employment for them in the expanding aviation industry. $[firstName] eagerly applied for the program and was accepted as a flight cadet. He gave up his job at the mine for the opportunity to finally fly the beautiful machines he had been thinking about. Learning the daily routine as a cadet was difficult, but with his excellent physical fitness and quick mind, $[firstName] did well with adapting to the spit and polish of military life. One day while reading the Johannesburg Star, SSB Cadet $[lastName] saw an add from the British Royal Air Force that declared they were starting a recruiting drive to dramatically expand the size of the military forces in response to the deteriorating political climate in Europe. He wrote a letter to the recruiting office and soon afterward met to discuss details of the new RAF short service plan. The recruiter told him that all he had to do was get to London, apply in person for a medical examination, and pass the recruitment board. The recruiter assured him that he was just the type they needed and had all the right qualifications. They were particularly keen to recruit pilots from the around the Empire. $[firstName] $[lastName] borrowed thirty pounds sterling from his mother, paid off his cadet enrollment, and found a mechanic job on a steamer bound for England the following week. After arrival in London, $[firstName] took the letter of introduction given to him by the recruiting officer in Johannesburg, to the Air Ministry in Whitehall. He sat in front of a panel of three highly decorated officers, with the center one being an Air Vice-Marshal, and answered all of their questions about why he had come so far to join the RAF. Satisfied with what they heard, $[firstName] was accepted as a pilot recruit in the Royal Air Force. As part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan or "The Plan", Cadet $[lastName] set sail for Canada where he arrived 5 days later. After being processed through the No.1 Manning Center in Toronto, the selection committee qualified him for the pilot training program. He attended a 4 week Initial Training school and then was assigned to No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School in Windsor, Ontario flying the Tiger Moth biplane. After eight weeks there, he moved to No.14 Service Flight Training School at Aylmer, Ontario for advanced training on the American Harvard II aircraft. After nearly 7 months of flight training in Canada, Cadet $[lastName] again crossed the Atlantic back to England. A 16 week operational training program was then completed at Netheravon Airfield with No.1 Flying Training School in Wiltshire. Special emphasis was placed on tactical ground support and cooperation with the British Army ground forces before $[startRank]$[lastName] at the age of $[age] was posted to operational duty with ${startSquadronName] on $[startDate].
  19. =================================== Farmer's Son ~ British pilot biography =================================== $[name] was born on $[birthdate] at Fairfield Villas in Wetherby, West Riding of Yorkshire. $[firstName] had a rural upbringing, growing up on the family farm with his older brother and younger sister. His father worked the farm while his Mum took care of the house and the chickens they kept in the back yard. $[firstName] attended Crossley Street Primary School, and after he moved on to Secondary School, he worked with his brother and father in the fields. He was just a skinny red headed kid, but he dreamed of flying one of those aeroplanes he often saw crossing the sky over the farm in the afternoons. His father was having none of that rubbish, and was adamant that he carry on the family business. $[firstName] knew that his future calling was up in the clouds with the winged machines, but for now he just watched, biding his time and working the days away until he was old enough to make his own way. Mr. $[lastName] passed away in 1937 and Mrs. $[lastName] finally agreed to let $[firstName] pursue his dreams outside the farm and family. $[firstName] found a job as a trainee pharmacist in Leeds. While working his way up there, he learned to fly with the RAF Volunteer Reserve on weekends. He was an adept pupil, and did so well that he eventually became an instructor at the Yorkshire Flying School in Yeadon in 1938. As war broke out in 1939, $[firstName] had gathered over 1000 hours of flight time at the school. He was inducted into the RAF as an NCO and sent to France in support of the British troops fighting there. He flew a Hurricane during the Battle of France and did well for himself, earning the respect of his squadron mates for his natural flying abilities and calm nature under pressure. His unit was moved back to Britain before the Germans marched in to Paris, and he made it back home safely. He was allowed to take leave and visit his family on their farm and spend some time away from the aviator's life he had so longed for as a child. By the summer of 1940, France had surrendered to Germany. The British Expeditionary Force had been defeated at Dunkirk and it was apparent that war was imminent for Britain. $[name] was ordered back to duty and stationed at Gravesend Airfield. He grew accustomed to the daily routine of waking up in his hut by the runway, having a cup of tea and eating breakfast. Then it was out to check the aircraft over and make sure it was ready to go on a moments notice. He would get his parachute and flying helmet out and hang them over the control column of the plane so everything was ready. Then the only thing left was trying to relax while waiting for the phone to ring, signaling an incoming raid. $[name] fought gallantly throughout the Battle of Britain and through his well practiced skill, and a lot of luck, he managed to survive the German onslaught. After the Battle of Britain, $[startRank]$[lastName] was given an extensive leave to rest and recuperate. He was called back to active duty on $[startDate] and posted to ${startSquadronName]. Even after all he had accomplished at the age of $[age], there was still a lot of work ahead to achieve victory over the Axis powers.
  20. From what I have read, the P47 pilots in France and Belgium did not like using the rockets mounted in disposable tubes. The ejected .50 caliber shells would break the trigger wires to the rockets if the guns were fired before the rockets were launched. That meant when the attacking aircraft were diving in on the target, they could not fire their guns to suppress AA fire until after the rockets were launched. Since 1/2 the planes usually suppressed while the other 1/2 attacked with rockets or bombs, it screwed up their tactics. They became much more useful later when the rail mounted underwing rockets were available, but we do not have those for Allied planes yet. 500 pound HE bombs were much more effective against tanks so that was the preferred loadout
  21. I understand what you are asking. As far as I can tell, you can have 1 map path displayed per coalition. The program will choose which one to display based on your side. As you probably know, you can select neutral, allies or axis and they are not linked to any planes or objects so display independently from the navigation icons in game. it would appear you can only have 1 set of path markers per side, so currently 3 sets. They would need to be true, false, false... false, true, false... or false, false, true. it looks like each side will need to have a generic mission map path to me.
  22. No problem at all. I know it’s a bit tricky to find. Good luck and enjoy! 😁
  23. And you would know this in BoBP how? I’m gonna say flying head on at an FW190 A8 makes me nervous
  24. Sweet, thanks Patrick. I was flying PWCG ground attack missions in the P47 for about half the day today, and wondering about the possibility of a Jabo campaign in the 262. I will give it a roll tomorrow. Just so happens I am on vacation and have nothing better to do (except housework which I am avoiding). 🤫
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