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Marvelous and only 17 days until end of month and it is coming this month. Yipeeh, can´t wait 🙂

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1 hour ago, Talon_ said:

Looks great - just as an FYI to the team, the top surface invasion stripes of the B-25s were gone before our campaign begins so if this the default skin it's probably worth removing them 👍

 

There seems to be a mix of the way the invasion stripes were retained: 180 Squadron removed all but the narrow strip on the bottom, but 320 and 98 Squadrons seem to have kept the "full" ones longer (and perhaps the upper wing ones as well? See the first image below):

 

320 Squadron:

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North American Mitchells of No. 139 Wing, No. 2 Group, lined up at B58/Melsbroek, Belgium. The aircraft nearest the camera belong to No. 320 (Dutch) Squadron RAF.

 

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RAF and Dutch naval ground crews prepare to load 500-lb MC bombs into North American Mitchell Mark IIs of No. 98 Squadron RAF, in wintry conditions at B58/Melsbroek, Belgium.

 

But then, 180 Squadron RAF:

A B-25 Mitchell, of 180 Squadron RAF, on the runway preparing for take off. Place made: Belgium: Melsbroek. Date made: December 1944

 

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Aren't the labels in P51 cockpit rotated 180°? I mean GYRO/FIXED GYRO/ FIXED ? 

 

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1 hour ago, thenorm said:

What is the story of the the P-51 "Ole IV" with the Cyrillic and hammer and sickle on it? 

Originally applied during a shuttle-bombing escort mission and seen also on Ole V, this legend in Cyrillic translates as "Major Vazh Hovde", the name of the pilot’s father who was of Russian origin.

(source : the old Mustang Aces of Eight Air Force by Jerry Scutts, Osprey).

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Edit : the profile above and more infos on Colonel Billy Hovde in this thread 

https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/new-book-illustrations-355th-fg-tfw.12629/

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Man, thanks for the eye full preview of whats to come.  In about "2 weeks",  I think Jason and the team are pushing hard to have the next "Big" update by the end of September and I sure wish them the best and applaud :clapping:their efforts.  And again thank you Jason and team. 

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1 hour ago, LukeFF said:

 

There seems to be a mix of the way the invasion stripes were retained: 180 Squadron removed all but the narrow strip on the bottom, but 320 and 98 Squadrons seem to have kept the "full" ones longer (and perhaps the upper wing ones as well? See the first image below):

 

320 Squadron:

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North American Mitchells of No. 139 Wing, No. 2 Group, lined up at B58/Melsbroek, Belgium. The aircraft nearest the camera belong to No. 320 (Dutch) Squadron RAF.

 

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RAF and Dutch naval ground crews prepare to load 500-lb MC bombs into North American Mitchell Mark IIs of No. 98 Squadron RAF, in wintry conditions at B58/Melsbroek, Belgium.

 

But then, 180 Squadron RAF:

A B-25 Mitchell, of 180 Squadron RAF, on the runway preparing for take off. Place made: Belgium: Melsbroek. Date made: December 1944

 

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british-ground-crew-of-the-raf-servicing

 

SHAEF mandated that upper stripes were removed by the end of July 1944, with the lower stripes retained until Jan 3rd 1945 when all of 2TAF received the new roundel livery.

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2 hours ago, LukeFF said:

North American Mitchells of No. 139 Wing, No. 2 Group, lined up at B58/Melsbroek, Belgium. The aircraft nearest the camera belong to No. 320 (Dutch) Squadron RAF.

 

I live a half hour drive from Melsbroek Air Base, which is now adjacent to Brussels Airport (Zaventem). I love the views of the map and can attest to the fact that it looks pretty damn' exactly like the landscape we have here in Belgium.

 

"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melsbroek_Air_Base

The aerodrome was created by German military during World War II. Melsbroek also was operated by the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) and the RAF during World War II (after the 1944 liberation) when it was known as B58 Melsbroek.

Operation Bodenplatte, the German aerial attack of 1 January 1945, hit Melsbroek hard. According to Emil Clade (leading III./JG 27), the AAA positions were not manned, and aircraft were bunched together or in lines, which made perfect targets. The attack caused considerable damage among the units based there and was a great success. The Recce Wings had lost two entire squadrons worth of machines. No. 69 Squadron RAF lost 11 Vickers Wellingtons and two damaged. Possibly all No. 140 Squadron RAF′s Mosquitoes were lost. At least five Spitfires from No. 16 Squadron RAF were destroyed. No. 271 Squadron RAF lost at least seven Harrow transports "out of action". A further 15 other aircraft were destroyed. 139 Wing reported five B-25s destroyed and five damaged. Some 15 to 20 USAAF bombers were also destroyed.[2][3] Another source states that 13 Wellingtons were destroyed, as were five Mosquitoes, four Auster and five Avro Ansons from the Tactical Air Forces 2nd Communications Squadron. Three Spitfires were also lost and two damaged.[4] At least one RAF Transport Command Douglas Dakota was destroyed.[5]

After the war, Melsbroek replaced Haren Airfield as the Belgian national airport. That title is now carried by the Zaventem terminal on the same aerodrome, built for the 1958 world exposition. At that time, the existing terminal was taken over by the then Belgian Air Force."

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2 hours ago, Talon_ said:

SHAEF mandated that upper stripes were removed by the end of July 1944, with the lower stripes retained until Jan 3rd 1945 when all of 2TAF received the new roundel livery.

 

Thanks! Did the 3 January 1945 directive also stipulate the removal of the fuselage stripes?

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22 minutes ago, MasterShake said:

Will the Bodenplatte map be released in the update at the end of the month?

 

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3 hours ago, SCG_Fenris_Wolf said:

There'll be a video of a P-51 dashing along Amsterdam's canals, I foresee it.

 

 

It is not allowed to make photos or videos in the Red Light District.

 

37 minutes ago, MasterShake said:

Will the Bodenplatte map be released in the update at the end of the month?

 

"The team is very busy preparing the next update due later this month which will be a big one, but not quite the final one before Battle of Bodenplatte and Flying Circus are considered ready for release. "

Which means a big update later this month, then another one (the final one?) and  then Bodenplatte map. So let's say...  somewhere in October?

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Very pleasing to see this skin:salute:  

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Really can't wait to do some formation flying with the P38 in VR!

 

I'm under the impression that the next update will be a biggie because we'll get three aircraft and the map? 

 Final update and official release will be the campaign.    Isn't that whats happend before?:)

Oh yeah; forgot about Air Marshall mode - which I presume will mean changes to the GUI also.

 

Well done to the Team for pulling all this off and a big S! to all the beta testers too:salute: 

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Thank you very much for the update, really appreciated.:drinks:

 

 

Some superb images there that really show how good the models look, Mustang and B-25 in R.A.F skins, all is well with the world.:cool:

 

 

All we really need now is that B-25 with a cockpit and happy days indeed.;)

 

 

Wishing you all the very best, Pete.:biggrin:

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2 hours ago, LukeFF said:

 

Thanks! Did the 3 January 1945 directive also stipulate the removal of the fuselage stripes?

For what it's worth, here's what vol 4 of 2nd TAF (Shores & Thomas) say about it:
 

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I keep looking at the pictures of the P-51 from this DD, especially of American Beauty lined up on the PSP runway. I can't spot any flaws in the outline of it. It just looks absolutely incredible.

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3 hours ago, LukeFF said:

 

Thanks! Did the 3 January 1945 directive also stipulate the removal of the fuselage stripes?

 

Yes that's correct

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6 hours ago, ME-BFMasserME262 said:

Hell I think I just became into a brony

The fact you know what this is probably means you already were ;)

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Not a huge fan of the p51, but the devs d did a fantastic job of it. The model and skins look awesome.

 

 

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Ohh i hope map will be in next update....map addict here!

 

Flyable B-25 can't wait for it, having copilot and that not soo comfy cockpit will give true feel of "big" bomber!

 

 

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Outstanding news. I’m very happy to hear you are still on schedule and look forward to whatever awesome things that are ready for later this month. The Lightning looks perfect and I would be happy even if that was the only thing ready for release. It’s going to take a little while to get used to it, so I’ve been reading the J/L model pilots manual in the evenings.

 

Map looks great too, I will be blown away if that is ready this month too. Keep up the great work, we appreciate it! 👍

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1 hour ago, II/JG17_HerrMurf said:

The fact you know what this is probably means you already were ;)

Nah they never admitted me in that selective elite group

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Aaaahhhh Gabelschwanzteufel 😀😈

 

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