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  1. Bien répondu! C'est tout à fait ça
  2. Sqn Ldr J.R. Jack Collins, DFC & Bar, 245 Squadron?
  3. 31°C this afternoon in Biarritz, SW France, Bask coast...
  4. Mais oui, encore au moins un
  5. Pennants were still in use in 1941; and "during the summer of 43, the antenna mast of the Bf 109 G of Oblt. Georg-Peter Eder (StK. of II./JG2), displayed his Staffel's emblem, an eagle clasping a RAF roundel in his talons. Info found in an interesting article and photographs from the freshly published "Luftwaffe Gallery #4" by Erik Mombeeck, with profiles by Thierry Dekker: http://www.luftwaffe.be/LuGa_4.html
  6. Some infos about the spinners of Bf 109 G, found in "Camouflages and Markings of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana" by Ferdinando D'Amico and Gabriele Valentini (these infos are the same for Luftwaffe Bf 109s): 1) Spinners and propeller assemblies were painted by sub-contractors in RLM 70. 2) Spinners and propellers were fitted to the finished aircraft on the assembly line and painted there with the one-third white segment. 3) After leaving the assembly line, aircraft were taken to a Fliegerhorst (aerodrome) where acceptance flights were made, then moved to an Abstellplatz and from there to a Luftpark. During one of these phases, probably either the Abstellplatz or the Luftplatz, the spirals were added to the already finished aircraft spinners, overpainting the scheme with the white segment (as confirmed by the presence of the former scheme, often still visible on the spinner's backplate disc). However, IMHO, in the time range of "Il-2 Battle of Stalingrad", on F-4 and G-2, this spiral (Spiralschnauze) was not yet in use. Spinners were generally RLM 70 "blackgreen" with one-third white segment, the tip being sometimes painted in the Staffel color. On winter camouflaged aircraft, they were very often overpainted in white, more or less carefully.
  7. Excellent! Does this number includes members of Russian forum?
  8. Sorry, but I have reached my quota of positive votes for the day with this thread and this is true!
  9. @Cybermat47: By the way, I like the Haifisch skin in your signature
  10. Hooves is right: stay calm and pre-order.
  11. Not so far, it seems... "Vanitas vanitatum omnias vanitas"
  12. With this nice Bf 110, for example, found (with many others) in "Bf 110 in color profiles" by John Vasco & Fernando Estanislau, published by Schiffer:
  13. Bonjour à tous, Que de bons et déjà lointains souvenirs avec le NeuNeu virtuel, Il-2 premier du nom et "Les Chevalets du Ciel" avec Avirex et Shane! Mais j'ai le sentiment que si un nouveau simulateur peut faire renaître la passion, c'est bien BoS! Alors à bientôt j'espère. Pierre, ex "NN-Pierre@" si j'ai bonne mémoire.
  14. Not when compared with this screenshot of Hermann Graf's Bf 109 F-4 "gelbe 1" taken approximatively from the same angle: A question to the developpers please: for the Bf 109 F-4 and G-2, will we have the additional armoured windshield included in the mods?
  15. Easy! It´s written with cyrillic characters on the basement brass plate when you visit the Muzej na Aviatsyata i VVS in Plovdiv, Bulgaria More seriously, of course you are right, especially in dogfight at 350mph!
  16. Yak-3 and Yak-9 have a very similar look... Excepted the nose! In 1945, OKL ordered Jagdwaffe pilots to disengage if they encountered Yaks without chin radiator. On the color photograph posted above, it is probably a Yak-3M ("modern" antenna under the rear fuselage*) camouflaged as the Yak-3 flown during 1944-45 by Lt Marcel Albert (1917-2010), an ace with 23 kills and Hero of the Soviet Union, leader of the 1st escadrille of the Free French Groupe de Chasse 3 "Normandie Niemen". (Edited) *And US registration Nxxxx behind the white arrow
  17. Welcome and thanks for sharing. Here is the direct link: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=457719
  18. This aircraft was repaired and was later lost in combat while serving in ErgGr. Süd on 23.10.42. (Source: Die Jagdfliegerverbände der Deutschen Luftwaffe - Teil 6/II - Unternehmen „Barbarossa" by Jochen Prien & all).
  19. "Peter", Bf 109 F-2, W.Nr. 6674, "Winkeldreieck + -". Flown by Hptm. Heinz Bretnütz, Gruppenkommandeur II./JG 53 "Pikas". Forced landing after being wounded by returning fire of his 32nd and last kill during WW2, a SB-2 bomber, on the first day of "Barbarossa", 22.06.1941. Died from gangrena on june, 27th. His Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Bretnütz S! Hood
  20. Yes, on june 23, 1942. Killed by russian AAA after his 99th kill. Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwerten awarded posthumously. Too early for BoS? His page on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Steinbatz
  21. Obfw. Leopold Steinbatz, an Experte of 9./JG 52 flew a very similar Bf 109 F-4 "gelbe 8" at that time.
  22. A lot of explanations here: http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php/4127-Luftwaffe-Cannons-amp-Machineguns/page3 And here, p.26 (in French): http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/38605920
  23. According to Marco Fernández-Sommerau in "Messerschmitt Bf 109 Recognition Manual" published by Classic in 2004 (see post above, by Rodolphe), "the MG 151/15 and 151/20 were the same cannon, with the change of barrel and ammunition differentiating from one version from the other". (15 mm cannon lenght: 1,25 m) (20 mm cannon lenght: 1,10 m)
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