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I’m just wrapping up a career in BoB with the P-51, flying with the 328th FS, 352nd FG. Between December 1944 and April 1945 all I have done is escort bombers, except for a single free hunt mission. It was tough when the squadron was stationed at Asch airfield, as its about 20-25 min to get to the target site generally. Then in February the squadron moves to Chievres airfield further west, and it literally takes 45 minutes to fly to Arnhem, where all the bombing missions seem to target. 
 

It seems that all the P-51D squadrons seem to cluster at Chievres in late February. My question is, are there any 9th Air Force P-51 squadrons that stay closer to the front throughout the fighting, and have more missions than just bomber escort? I love the realism but I also just don’t have time between three kids, work, and wife to spend 90 minutes just cruising every mission. I rarely have that much time to sit still.  
 

And yes, I know this gripe has been posted before. What I’m hoping to learn though is which P-51 squadron is best to select for career mode, knowing that I prefer a squadron that stays closer to the front and engages in more than just escort...if one exists in game. 
 

Any advice is appreciated.

 

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There are other P-51 squadrons that show up around mid-March 1945 that convert from flying P-38s. 

 

Other than that, enabling air starts will cut down on some of the transit time to the target. 

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Thanks @LukeFF! I didn’t see any that popped up in my career but could have easily missed them. I will check tonight. Any chance you remember some of the squadron numbers that convert? I also don’t own the P-38 so wonder if that would possibly affect what I’d see? I’d assume that the squadron would just be locked to me while it’s flying the P-38 and then become available for me to transfer to from the 328th once the P-38s are swapped out for the P-51? 
 

I’m new to Il-2 series so still learning the nuances of the career mode. 
 

Edit: I also just realized that this forum is supposed to be for developer assistance, not user assistance. Apologies for asking the question in the wrong place. 

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Nah, no problem!

 

The units that convert to the P-51 from the P-38 are the 401st, 402nd, and 485th Squadrons, 370th Fighter Group. If you filter out all planes but the P-51 when creating a new career, you should see them show up.

 

AFAIK, yes, those P-38 units will be locked out if you don't own that plane.

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