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Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:41 pm

I have started building a map for us to fly a tribute to Jack Stafford and 486 Squadron.
486 squadron based out of Volkel, Holland in early 1945, the missions are largely armed reconnaissance across Holland and Germany so lots of low level
ground pounding with the odd surprise of late war German aircraft to stumble on. It is going to be a very large map area wise so there will be many hunting options as we roam
all over North West Europe.

I will try and have a decent crack at it this week so we can have a look this weekend, but there will be a lot too add over time as well.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby ilikepie » Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:26 pm

keen.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Sloop » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:08 pm

Awesome, Woody. Good on ya!
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby R33GZ » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:37 pm

My Great Uncle flew with 486... poor bugger got 'shot down' by a Ta-152 H in a low level dogfight over Northern Germany, April 1945 :salute:

Would love to have a crack at the huns in a tempest and get some utu :evil:
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:26 pm

Two solid nights building so far, its good to go as is but I will keep adding things of interest, try not to go overboard...
I have to apologise in advance, it is very nasty, there is some very formidable ground arrays, especially around large towns and airfields (the airfields in this map are quite incredible, some of the most detailed and vast I have seen in IL2). But from my research this reflects the reality of flying a fighter in this area at this time, 486 losses from ground fire were horrendous around this time to a point where they stopped the squadron attacking ground targets in March because of the loss rate, quickly brushed aside however in favour of loosing more good men... Hunhunter you will have a far more in depth account of 486 in this period no doubt so if I am mislead or you have anything of interest to share please climb on board.

I think if there is one map, one time for The Flying Kiwis to really lift our game and fly like a true fighter squadron this map is it, other wise I fear we will suffer heavy losses, together we stand a better chance.
So lets plan it right, load out right, stick to the plan and punish those Nazi pricks. Lets do it for 486 sqn, for Jack, Sloops uncle and R33GZ's uncle too, they deserve that don't they?

I am really looking forward to this map and I really want to park my original Tempest up at the end of the night, it will be a tough call but doable.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby archbarch » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:44 am

Bravo - I'm in!
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby HunHunter » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:49 pm

I'm happy to join in on this one.

Losses were bad as the Tempests were used on long range low level sweeps with drop tanks (The 486 tempest never carried bombs or rockets in war time) and flak was more a danger than the jadgwaffe, not that they were quiet all the time either.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:47 pm

Thanks mate, reluctantly removing bombs and rocket load outs tonight, at least the 20mm Hispanos are wickedly potent.
All is not lost though, we will have AI flights attacking independently some of the thicker defensive areas so we should have a sporting chance, hopefully some of those flights make it back to our base at Volkel where they will become available if we need/want a different ride, but really what is an upgrade to a Tempest?
Jadgwaffe aircraft are roaming the map, not heaps of them but their skill is higher than usual so an encounter with them should be quite a challenge, but good teamwork will make the difference.

Should be a good night, thinking of a test flight Friday night too if anyone wants a recce on this map.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:57 pm

Heading up on a Recon flight, have a bit of a snoop around before the squadron arrives...

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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:23 pm

Im going to have to abort unfortunately, for some stupid reason I clicked the upgrade to windows 10 thing and now my system is running like a Pentium 1.
Going to have to sort this out before I can fly cos 4 fps is no fun....
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby beepee » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:12 pm

Im going to have to abort unfortunately, for some stupid reason I clicked the upgrade to windows 10 thing and now my system is running like a Pentium 1.


I'm running Win10 just fine. Saying that, I have turned off most off the apps, cortana and anything that sends info back to microsoft.

Also, when I installed Win10 I had to go back to the Nvidia settings and make sure the Nvidia GPU (not the inboard dedicated) was my primary GPU.

I'm guessing it reset due to drivers needing to be updated for Win10 compatibility - another thing to check.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:27 pm

Got to test the mission for a short time and it all checks out.

Warming up from 20:00 then mission on as soon as we are assembled.

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Looking forward to this!
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Sloop » Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:10 pm

Great stuff, Woody, looking forward!
I think 486 were at Volkel at the time of my uncle's last mission - and I believe it was ground fire that got him.
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:39 pm

Thanks guys, that has potential as a good roaming map, I will extensively rework it and we can give it another shot next week.
So much for flying the same tempest all night, I had a shocker, but lessons learnt and it will be much better balanced in future renditions.
Great turnout, cheers guys!
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Re: Jack Stafford/486 tribute map

Postby Woody01 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:13 pm

Will give it another run tonight, but I have a major rework in mind so hopefully it will be a bit more survivable. I will try and get onto it this arvo.

As usual warmup from 20:00, into it about 21:00.

See you there.
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