View Full Version : The p-38 is a Life Saver!

02-18-2007, 09:11 PM
I was flying tonight on a full switch Server in a P-38, flying ground attack i destroyed some objects and started to head home. half way there my right engine dies before i cross my front lines and only 20 meters of the ground. I was lucky that my left engine was not damaged, i managed to get back to base safely. I never thought that i was going to make it back but i did and i owe it to the Amazing P-38.

maybe some of u guys would like to share your stories of amazing things that have happened to you and u still managed to overcome them and returned to your base safely.


Here is the link to the video i recorded of my flight.

PS: Right click on the image and click "view image" it should take you to rapid share where u can download the video. I am using 4.08m of Il2 46.

02-18-2007, 09:17 PM
Sure...I have a recent story. Twin engined planes always seem to be more survivable. I can see why many pilots preferred them.

I was flying an A-20C on an attack mission online. A supply post of sorts was the start with a series of tanks, trucks, some ammo crates and that sort of good stuff. The bad stuff being the enemy flak batteries which was probably comprised of 5 or 6 20mm and a couple of heavy 88's. First pass was fine, bombs released, flattened a series of trucks and got a tank. Enemy fighters were reported in the area so I figured I needed to get out...so I make a return pass across the target with my .303s blazing away at some trucks.

Bad things happened...flak on both sides of me managed to hit both engines. Some other random damage...still have control but engine power is fleeting. I loose altitude from about 500m down to 200m where the engines still seem to be hanging on. Without pushing them all the way I'm doing 90% power with the radiators full open trying to keep them alive. Managed to fly nearly 15 minutes back to base holding the plane upright and keeping the nose just high enough to hold altitude.

Even managed to land the thing! Engines both failed on landing...phew http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

02-18-2007, 09:30 PM

'nuff said...

Well not quite... spitfire V attacks me on bombing trip, i jettison bombs and run, he knocks off an engine and dies to my tailgunner, i fly back the rest of the way on the other (failing) engine, barely keeping enough altitude to land...

02-18-2007, 09:45 PM
Similar thing for me on Spits Vs 109. Had my port engine blown right off and was chased almost the whole way back to Blighty in what was little more than a powered glide. My fuel ran dry 30 seconds from touchdown and I was just able to glide it in with enough momentum to coast to the end of the runway and turn into the taxi http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

02-18-2007, 09:49 PM
It was back in the Normandy campaign, if I remember it, 1943. My old butt can't remember much of that week, but I remember that space of two hours like it was yesterday!

Now, y'see, I was a Jug pilot back in the day. You call it a P-47. To me it's a Jug. Reminded me of my wife's... nevermind. Anyway, I's be flyin across the English channel in formation. It was a wacky flight that day. I was on a lone CAS flight over Caen. Some dumbo on the ground wanted me to blow up some building, yadda yadda... right. So I fly over at 5,000 feet, fast, right, real fast. Like the devil himself was on my *** and I was just tryin' to keep from burnin. Yeah. Well, I come over the target and release the bomb. It was a big building, but there must've been some sort of ammunition hold in there because it went up like apesh!t-- The craziest apesh!t I've ever seen. The whole sky turned red!
Comin' back I waggled my wings, and climbed up to 10,000 feet to rejoin with what I thought was an RAF Spitfire. I was wrong. It was a 109. Once I saw those crosses I dove like hell. Got away from him by 6,000 feet, but not without a few 20mm shells up my a$$. Still, the plane was holdin' together. I looked for the bandit, but I'd lost him in the clouds. Not wanting to become sharkbait, I climbed back up under full power to about 15,000 feet. By now I'm just over the Normandy coast and approachin' the English Channel.

BY GOLLY HOLY CAMEL CRUD!!! I spy a flight of three Heinkels headed toward my base!!!

I radioed the mayday and went in for a few passes. My .50's lit one of 'em up, got another smokin', but I ran outta ammo and had to run home.

15,000 feet. Over the coast of Normandy. That damned 109 again! He was escorting them bombers! He caught me in a climb out and popped some more shells into me. Luckily, bout that point, some of my buddies in 38's came in and blasted the bajeezus out of the 109. I stayed on course. And then, me engine dies.

15,000 feet. Over the coast of Normandy. Oh, I said that already? Well, My engine's dead. I'm in my Jug, which glides like a rock. Luckily my butt's clear. Well, my Jug proved me wrong! I done be glidin' all the way back across the channel and did a perfect deadstick landing on the field!!

As it turns out, my radio had died too, which explains the frantic B-25 pilot that touched down directly on my ***.

*breaks character* D@MN IceFire, you've got a high postcount!

02-18-2007, 10:00 PM
LOL...yeah Boosher. I just realized its over the 10,000 post mark. I post when I'm bored...I'm bored allot. I'm mid twenties, I work, I save money for stuff when I'm fifty. Its life http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

02-18-2007, 10:04 PM
I lost 3-4' off the end of my wing to flack in a P-47 once and the rest of the wing was so badly holed that I doubt there was more than 1/2 the wing area left. Geting that bird back to base was the battle of my virtual flying career, but I made it. The P-47 however was a total loss.

02-19-2007, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by VW-IceFire:
Sure...I have a recent story. Twin engined planes always seem to be more survivable. I can see why many pilots preferred them. Interestingly, from a statistical standpoint there is little difference between single and twin engined fighters from a survivability/reliability standpoint. It sounds counter-intuitive but that's the case. Of course, if YOUR engine failed it would be nice to have two. :-)


02-19-2007, 07:57 AM
I've had the P-38 and the B-25 take some serious damage and both bring me home on several occasions. It just luck the enemy didn't knock me down is all.

Because I've been knocked down more times in a twin than I've ever had a mirical return.

I real life these things happened too, and you hear about them, and they become Hero stories.
No one dwells on the failures of these twins unless it was a celeberity flying it when it went in.